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Letters to the Editor, November 27-30, 2010

Road upgrades put pedestrians at risk

Editor:

(This is a response to a letter to the editor, "Thanks to county for road upgrades" by Don Jacobs, which appeared in the November 24-26 edition of The Park Record.)

While I echo many of Don Jacob’s sentiments about the improvements to the roads and entrance corridor of Summit Park, I do not believe the improvements have enhanced pedestrian safety.

I walk my dog twice daily, often crossing the intersection of Parkview and Aspen where the STOP signs have been removed on Parkview. I have had several close calls with car traveling in excess of 40 miles per hour. Children from our neighborhood must cross this intersection to reach the bus stop, by the fire station. I fear for their safety.

If I as an experienced adult have difficulty judging the speed of an oncoming car, it is only a matter of time before a child gets hit or killed. The liability for the accident will fall square on the Summit County. This intersection was originally a four-way stop for this very reason. The road had a cross walk painted on it to re-enforce the fact that this was a school crossing.

How can you justify the presence of this dangerous cross in light of these facts? Please re-evaluate the school crossing before it is too late.

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Dave Platt

Park City

Another successful year ends at WSS

Editor:

We are celebrating the close of another successful year at The Winter Sports School in Park City.

Since 1994, The Winter Sports School has prepared students for academic success in college while giving them the opportunity to train and compete in multiple sports during their high school years. Our students’ track record in academics, community service, and sports performance is exceptional, and they would not have been as successful without community support.

Our 2010 highlights include:

  • Steven Nagie, ’09, National Merit Scholarship recipient;
  • Katie Bernhard, ’10, 2010 Intermountain Division Scholar and founder, Non-Profit Anything Goes 1;
  • Sam Dupratt, ’11, awarded scholarship from Energy Solutions Foundation;
  • WSS 2010 ACT results: 1) outperformed the state and the nation with respect to overall college readiness by a factor of three, and 2) achieved an overall composite score of 25.5 vs. 21.8 for Utah and 21.0 for the United States;
  • WSS implemented series of clinics, seminars, and events, i.e., WSS Pride (exterior renovation), WSS Sports Cup (ski race), WSS 5K & Community Fair, WSS Cycling Clinic;
  • Cam Chin, ’97, named head conditioning coach for the Russian Women’s Olympic Ski Team;
  • JJ Tomlinson ’10 nominated to U.S. Snowboard Team; and
  • Seven WSS alumni at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games (four medals won).

    The Winter Sports School faculty and staff look forward to helping current and future students to continue to achieve remarkable results like those mentioned above. However, the support of our donors is critical to ensuring the excellence of our school’s programs; student tuition is just not enough to sustain our momentum.

    Please make a donation online on our website http://www.wintersportsschool.org/online_giving.php or by sending in a check to the Winter Sports School, P.O. Box 1998, Park City, UT 84060. Your donation will help ensure that The Winter Sports School can continue to deliver a high caliber academic program and top performing athletes. And because The Winter Sports School is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, your donation is 100% tax deductible.

    Thank you for your continued support!

    Rob Clayton

    Head of School

    It’s the yuck part of owning a dog

    Editor:

    OK, so it’s that time of year again and this will probably sound very familiar. This issue is a problem EVERY year so I will try to make this short and to the point. Clean up your dog sh*t. Every trail head seems to have bags, so really there is no excuse. Yes, it’s the yuck part of owning a dog and yes, it may crimp our exercise routine on the trail, but get over it.

    This is our responsibility as dog owners. And, if you should so happen to ignore the poop bag dispensers, then figure out a way to scoop the poop and toss it well off the trail into the sagebrush. I am relatively new to nordic skiing so I am a little unsteady. I will be really pissed if I fall into a pile of dog sh*t. Please be courteous for the sake of everyone’s enjoyment of the trail (humans and our four legged buddies).

    Dena Hartz

    Park City

    MIDA serves no national interests

    Editor:

    Who remembers the Haus at Snowbasin that started this whole MIDA thing? It was 10 units — and labeled "rustic" (Tribune) or "ramshackle" (Deseret News) back then.

    I don’t think 10, or even 20 units at the Red Maple property would have made anyone go nuts, but 200 units and a large commercial development there was outrageous; and remember, the developer told us on KPCW that he didn’t care what the community thought. Then it moved to the 500 unit hotel idea at the Quinn’s Junction property.

    I was personally offended that the Air Force was willing to deal with an individual who was under indictment in Florida for selling adulterated arms. Especially after Park City and Summit County offered a number of attractive options: the Air Force has not shown a friendly side here.

    Enter the Utah legislature — a group that has never considered Park City a particularly worthy bunch. We’ve been redistricted out of representation, our educational funds are annually raided — why not create a little additional economic benefit to others by taking a little more from Summit County

    I don’t think Coldwell Banker put their web site up and spent the money to have CLC do architectural work on a lark. This was not a cheap website or preliminary effort. There is more here and I don’t think MIDA is simply standing by waiting complacently in the background. The controversy this website created meant it was certainly going to be taken down fast — so I downloaded the documents and have now taken the time to review them.

    From 10 units in Snowbasin to 3 hotels, multiple big-box anchors, and a commercial plan that exceeds a million square feet. The reason the military needn’t abide by local planning is obvious — if the national interest requires a radar station at an inconvenient location, that’s the cost of a strong defense. No national interests are served by a 1.2 million square-foot commercial development at a ski-resort location.

    Of course freedom from local planning was just the start. A get-out-of-jail-free card from property and sales taxes assured the costs of the monstrosity would be born by the immediate neighbors who had to live with it. So just to add a little insult to injury — the legislature exempted Salt Lake, Utah, Weber and Davis counties. The target was obviously Summit County, and no chances were being taken. Oh, and it is of no surprise that the Caldwell Realtor’s who were the contacts at the website were not Summit realtors.

    A discounted recreational area for the Air Force is a fine idea. In its current iteration, however, it stinks. I am not interested in our Mayor, City or County Council’s following the beg trail to try to mitigate what has become a feeding frenzy for a very embarrassing cast of characters.

    Enough is enough. Good faith efforts show no return. No doubt there will be a backlash, and we will likely find ourselves redistricted again in the 2011 effort — this time representatives with Colorado City at Utah’s southern border.

    But that’s the cost of creating a successful destination location out of a town that literally could not give property away a generation ago. It has not been cheap — and we pay the price with every open-space and walkability bond we pass. Everybody wants a piece.

    Bob Derber

    Park Meadows

    Still fighting Nature Deficit Disorder

    Editor:

    Thank you to everyone who made the Norwegian Outdoor Exploration Center’s 30th Anniversary and Fund Raiser a success. More than $70,000 was raised to help children find balance in life through nature.

    In particular, we would like to thank our wonderful sponsors: Corinthian Colleges, Inc., Rikka Floral and Deer Valley Resort. We would also like to thank our major in-kind sponsors, Parallel Wine and Rick & Annie Mastain. Finally, we could not put on an event like this without all of our wonderful silent-auction-item donors. We recognize the generosity you have shown NOEC as well as many, many other local not-for-profits.

    NOEC has been fighting Nature Deficit Disorder since before the term was coined. We take children out of the classroom, unplug them and let them experience Nature and their connection to it and to each other in an unstructured and unique way.

    Our goal is to increase the number of youth participant days by 50 percent in 2011 and by 100 percent in 2012. Want to be a part of this next year?

    Email us at info@thenoec.org to inquire about volunteering, donating or sponsoring events.

    Kate & Elan Bush

    Co-chairs, board of trustees, NOEC

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