Letters to the Editor
July 18, 2007
When we first started to "plan" the 2007 July 4th Parade and City Park activities a number of months ago, we were concerned that we would not have enough volunteers to make events of the day safe, festive and enjoyable for all. Over the years the size of the Parade and City Park activities has grown in popularity with people coming from near and far to enjoy what we consider to be an "old-fashioned American tradition in our little mining and ski town." As usual, Parkites showed their giving spirit! We had over 100 guest volunteers as well as members of the Park City Ambassadors who helped make the day a success. We graciously offer a big "thank you" to all of you for your hard work and volunteer efforts. Without your help, the July 4th Parade and City Park activities would not have been possible. We would also like to thank the parade entrants (for taking the time to decorate their floats and help us celebrate "Happy Birthday USA"), the Park City Fire and Police Departments, the LDS Scouts for a great breakfast, The Sunrise Rotary for a wonderful lunch, the Pinebrook Scouts for the games, Arts Kids for face painting, Mountain Town Stages for fabulous entertainment and the staff of Park City Municipal Corporation for their hard work and dedication. Once again the Park City Ambassadors would like to thank all who volunteered. We look forward to July 4th 2008. Dick Vennett, President Joel Fine, Vice President Park City Ambassadors
Thanks For Open Space
The pastures of the Hi Ute Ranch, Peaceful Valley Ranch and every acre of the 47,000 acres Utah Open Lands has protected would not be possible were it not for support from donors like The Treasure Mountain Inn. As a company the Treasure Mountain exemplifies environmental consciousness. As a 1 percent for the planet company, the Treasure Mountain Inn goes beyond recycling and reducing waste to contributing to many critical environmental causes.
Beyond their donations to Utah Open Lands they are currently hosting Tom Till’s Utah Open Lands series of places the organization has protected. It is because of this kind of generosity that Utah Open Lands is able to work on stream preservation in Summit County, and protect sage grouse habitat in Eastern Summit County.
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For those who are concerned about global warming, environmental degradation and loss of place, it may be gratifying to know that the Treasure Mountain Inn is making a difference in our own backyard. The work of Utah Open Lands along the Wasatch Back and Front is possible because of the conscientiousness of companies like Treasure Mountain Inn.
Our Sincere Thanks,
Wendy Fisher, Utah Open Land Director
Record has negative attitude
"Once a week merchants…" "Fly-by-night booths…" "Break the rules…" What gives Park Record?? Could your questions be any more negative??? I dare say that I run an incredibly respectable business here in this town of ours (and spend thousands advertising with your newspaper, by the way) and was shocked at the way you decided to present these questions. Is Park City becoming so uptight and boring in your opinion that you need to create this kind of non-controversy? I have only received positive feedback about the market, but your questions would seem to indicate that you have been flooded with complaints. If so, you should preface your questions with this fact. If not, then for goodness sake support this wonderful event that brings neighbors together and gets people up to Main Street!! Sara Henry The Art of Wine
Citizens’ check on expansive government powers
The Park Record should not vilify Park City citizens for exercising their constitutional right. In its June 13, 2007 issue, "’River Spat is Headed to Courtroom," the Park Record referred to Summit Water Distribution Company as "litigious." This simply repeats the same propaganda issued by the County government, in this case through Andy Armstrong, every time a County action is challenged.
Take a moment to consider the options available to Park City citizens when a conflict arises with the County. County government is both the legislative and executive branches of our local government. Who then remains to check an abuse of County power? Every high school student knows the answer — the courts. For The Park Record to disparage citizens who exercise their only recourse against the County is indefensible. Moreover, the County’s ongoing attempts to somehow equate those who challenge its unbridled power as tantamount to the woman who sued McDonald’s for hot coffee is absurd.
Simply look at the history of litigation between Summit Water and the County. The County attempted to condemn Summit Water through eminent domain. The court told them they were wrong. The County and Mountain Regional tried to convince everyone they were immune from the antitrust laws. The Utah Supreme Court told them they were wrong. The Concurrency Officer claimed he would not be responsible for actions done in his professional capacity. The court told him he was wrong. These decisions not only help Summit Water, but they help establish good public policy for everyone. Is it really fair to label the company that paid for these policy verifications as "litigious?"
The Park Record is fully aware of the facts about the Weber River illegal water diversion case, it should know better than to participate in the Mountain Regional propaganda game. Absent from the article is the fact that The Park Record knows all too well: Mountain Regional took water illegally from the Weber River when it had no authority to do so. That is why the State Engineer required Mountain Regional to file a new Exchange Application. Any other conclusion would insult the Park Record’s readers’ intelligence. Summit Water challenged Mountain Regional’s unlawful diversions because the County water entity was operating outside the law. Calling that effort "litigious" does a disservice to all citizens who value the courts as a check on expansive government powers.
Thank you, from Habitat for Humanity
On behalf of Habitat for Humanity of Summit and Wasatch Counties, I would like to thank The Park Record, Andy Bernhard, and Chris and Lacy Brundy for their support to Habitat for the 4th of July parade. Through their support, Habitat’s parade entry won first place in the non-profit division.
Habitat for Humanity for Summit and Wasatch Counties provides affordable housing for people in need. Through volunteer efforts, wholesale materials, and monetary and in-kind donations, Habitat provides a low cost, modest home to qualified family partners who would not be able to buy a home in today’s market. We offer a "Hand Up!"
Their support makes a difference in our organization.
Thank you for your attention,
President, Habitat for Humanity, Summit & Wasatch Counties
Bell’s Gas Station Expansion Project
How many times have residents of Summit County heard that, "We must protect our open space and the small town charm of Park City and the surrounding areas."
Park City closed a rest stop that was in the middle of a sheep pasture on I-80 due to vagrancy issues and the like, and now there is consideration to approve an expansion for a truck stop/gas station that’s within a half mile of this so-called "problem rest stop" and within a half mile of a Montessori Pre-School and within sight of a children’s bus stop.
Come on — have you looked at Bell’s Gas Station lately at the intersection of I-80 and 40? It’s an eyesore and a "junkyard." Trucks bring in hitchhikers and vagrants that we often see trying to catch a ride at the corner or wandering the neighborhood, and now the Summit County Commission is considering exposing the residents and the children to an even bigger problem. How about making Bell’s clean up their act and make improvements to the site they already have, and pick up the junk cars, trucks and garbage that are already there. If Bell’s wants the support of the community for an expansion project, they should look to cleaning up their space first and maximizing the space they have, instead of utilizing it as a used car lot, RV sales center and dumping ground.
Thank God the Snyderville Planning Commission had the good sense to reject this project and see the problem that’s already there. Won’t the Summit County Commission please do the same and protect the "small town charm" and homeowners’ security that Silver Creek keeps trying to maintain.
"Peace" letter wrong about Israel
The letter to the editor, "Peace in a Holy Land" sent July 12 by William Tumpowsky falls back on disingenuous Israel lobby propaganda in order to justify Israel’s heinous actions against its neighbors. First, he states that, "there are millions of people and whole regions of the world who still want to kill Jews." Even if this were true, which it’s not, how would they accomplish this since Israel has a military superiority over all of its enemies combined (thanks to the U.S. taxpayer)?
Then he states that the problem is hatred of Israel by the Arabs. He fails to mention that the root cause of this hatred and of the violence in the Middle East is clearly Israel’s brutal and inhumane occupation, oppression, and enslavement of the Palestinians. It is Israel that is the impediment to peace in the region, and unfortunately, the U.S. continues to support, finance and arm Israel.
In summary, it is Israel’s policies, not its religion, that cause its unending quarrels with its neighbors.