Letters to the Editor
July 8, 2006
This year’s Fourth of July parade really had me wondering where we lost the true meaning of the observation of Independence Day. I really enjoyed the celebration of our local children’s and social clubs and
it was really a pleasure to see the joy in their experience. What was missing? Our flag! Our military appreciation! Our display of love of country!
Independence Day is not about Park City, it’s about the fact that Park City is able to survive as it does because of our military, our flag and our Constitution.
As long as we have Americans at risk we should be wearing our patriotism on our sleeves — and there is no better time to show our love of our country than Independence Day. Hopefully next year we can celebrate a time of peace.
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Feeding the community
Park City’s annual Fourth of July celebration is one of the best in the country! The Park City Sunrise Rotary Club is proud to be a part of this celebration and is dedicated to providing an affordable lunch to citizens after the parade.
Many thanks to Wild Oats, Dan’s, and Smith’s who donated supplies for the luncheon. We would like to offer a particular thank you to Wild Oats whose extremely bighearted donations will enable the Sunrise Rotary Club to provide additional humanitarian service to various local, statewide, national and international organizations.
Our Sunrise Rotary Club members are a diverse group of dedicated professionals, whose service and hard work along with friends and family during the Fourth of July lunch is one example of community service that occurs during the year. They are to be commended for their commitment to pooling their talents to support the community.
Sunrise Rotary Club
Chairman, Fourth of July Luncheon
July 4 parade disappointment
Every year one of the highlights of summer is the wonderful Fourth of July parade in Park City. There has always been a friendly "small-town" ambiance associated with this event. Not only does one recognize fellow residents on the street but also in the parade itself.
Sadly, this year, our resident veterans — up to and including Desert Storm — were not allowed to ride their motorcycles in the parade exhibiting their red, white and blue colors in various costumes. It seems the "bikes" were limited to eight only. We also understand the kids on decorated bicycles were also limited. There were more members of the police department on bikes of all sorts running up and down the route than like-kind parade participants. Where were the horses with riders? And where was the candy tossed from various floats? Is this also considered an unsafe practice these days?
Paaleeze — do we really need to see all those commercial advertisements thinly disguised as floats? TWO mobile pet-grooming businesses, car dealerships, and the newest real estate ventures in the proximity of the ski resorts?
It is a sad day when the on-the-street commentary after this event was, "Is that IT?"
Filling teacher positions
I would like to offer a few clarifications responding to a recent letter about teacher opportunities to transfer schools within the Park City School District.
There were two positions at the high school this spring that were created when two teachers retired, not five. Three teachers applied to transfer to one position, two for the other. One of the teachers did, in fact, receive a transfer to the high school.
Schools are instructed to form hiring committees to recommend replacements for open positions, using their best judgment from multiple points of view. These committees consider both internal and outside candidates. So far this spring we have had eight licensed educators apply for and receive a transfer to another school within the district for next year.
I hope this helps.
Student helping students
Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to engage in a life-changing project. Two years ago, during my seventh grade year, I created the Basin Recreation Youth Sports Scholarship Fund, and raised $4,500 dollars through a raffle and silent auction. Earlier this year, I learned that the money I had raised was quickly running out, and the scholarships were still in high demand. This year, I decided to raise more money to benefit the fund, and to sustain it for at least five years. This time however, I decided to approach corporate, municipal and business-oriented sponsors.
I was overwhelmed with the support, donations and positive attitudes from the sponsors I approached. I have raised over $60,000 dollars to date. This money will benefit hundreds of kids. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the project sponsors for their support of youth athletes in Summit County. Please see the advertisement in this issue of The Park Record, page C-2, for a complete list of project sponsors.
Thank you to all of the sponsors, to The Park Record, and a special thank you to Mr. Vern Greco, who was my mentor for this project. He believed in me and gave me a lot of support when I needed it, because he knew this project would help a lot of kids.
I would also like to remind any interested parties that there are scholarships available for recreation sports at this time, and thanks to the project sponsors, scholarships will continue to be available into the future. Please contact Basin Recreation for information.
All kids should be able to play sports regardless of their families’ income level. Because of the generosity of all of the project supporters, all young athletes who want to play recreational sports in Summit County are now able to do so.
Hayden Ward, ninth grade
Treasure Mountain International Middle School
Get rid of the legalese
Thank you, Park Record, for enlightening me by printing the letter from Peter Kemp [June 28]. Thank you, Peter!
Unless Summit County and Park City lawyers and planners make their laws and codes readable and understandable to the average person and airtight to developers and realtors, the same thing will happen to the proposed elderly facility for Kimball Junction.