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Put a little color in your life

Editor:

After reading the concerned letter from someone who doesn’t like color in Park City, I had to stress "my opinion." I love the colorful houses that are affordable in the middle of the exclusive million-dollar properties. Park City has way too much brown and beige going on. Perhaps this writer needs to be a little more flexible, as there are other viewpoints going on here. Maybe she should visit the very expensive "Painted Ladies" in San Francisco or perhaps the "Queen Anne" neighborhood in Seattle. These architectures go quite well with the Park City downtown area.

Some people prefer a little color on their homes, and I applaud the city for jumping out there and creating some versatility. I even know of a few homes in the area that do have the initiative to paint other than brown. Perhaps she needs to add a little color into her life and adjust.

Diane Thomas

Park City homeowner

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Editor:

Mr. Morris [Letter to the Editor, July 15] doesn’t like anything about "the low cost housing at the entrance to Deer Valley Resort, destroying real estate values for others and giving a black eye to the No. 1 ski resort in North America." Wow, all that with just a splash of paint.

Similar sentiments came from another Deer Valley neighbor recently.

Aside from being a bit narrow, perhaps even effete, they are also wrong. Climb the hill, Mr. Morris, and cast an eye toward Main Street. What do you see? Color? Whimsy? History? Fun? What do you think brings folks to Park City? Deer Valley’s preponderance of "two-tone" brown? Boooooring!

Personally, I love Mountain Home’s cheerful color choices. I, too, am a neighbor, just up the hill, and I doubt that their choice of color will impact the value of my home. It brings a little cheer and, it might even add a little value.

What makes the Park City I know such a wonderful place to reside is not the those big, empty brown boxes on the city’s east side hills. No, what I love is the way that this city has been able to retain the flavor of a rich and "colorful" past.

Michael Semrau

Park City

Response to Matt Lindon

Editor:

I found Mr. Lindon’s guest editorial [Park Record, July 15] to be wrought with hypocrisy.

As he was "hoping to leave no trace or disturb the wildlife," he happened to "wish he was a hovercraft" but instead found himself leaving "footprints." If I’m not mistaken, Mr. Lindon should not have even been in the Preserve because, there are signs at every entrance that say, "Do not proceed beyond this point." In his graphic description of his trespassing, he states that there was "no visible path." Mr. Lindon claims to love nature so much, but for some reason he feels he is above the rules of the Swaner Nature Preserve.

I’m sure Mr. Lindon and others could say that the preserve is public land and that they pay taxes. Unfortunately, not all public land is available for the public to use. The BLM limits OHV usage in Utah and confines OHV’s to relatively small areas. This, too, is an example of how public land is "off limits" to the public. In my experience, there seems to be a general sense of hypocrisy among those who consider themselves environmental preservers. Mr. Lindon’s excursion into the Swaner Nature Preserve should be frowned upon by the environmental community. This behavior is unacceptable, and even though it does not legitimize the ATV tracks he found, it makes him just as guilty.

Sincerely,

David Reynar

Park City

Take a guided tour of SNP

Editor:

We at Swaner Nature Preserve feel compelled to reply to the July 15 guest editorial "Don’t Tread on Me." Like Mr. Lindon, the preserve’s staff, its many supporters, and its terrific volunteers appreciate the diversity of life and habitat in Swaner Nature Preserve’s "hallowed grounds," and do our best to protect and manage them. We hope to foster this appreciation in all local residents, through experiences on the preserve for all. However, we must clarify that the area of the preserve south of I-80 that Mr. Lindon visited is fenced to restrict public access, and is only open to guided tours.

As a private nature preserve surrounded by rapid development, Swaner Nature Preserve faces a multitude of resource management challenges. Unrestricted public access often exacerbates these challenges, since even many soft footprints can eventually lead to unwanted trails, wildlife disturbance, noxious weeds, and habitat fragmentation. While we appreciate Mr. Lindon’s care in leaving his dog at home and leaving "only footprints" on the preserve, we ask that visitors to the southern portion of the preserve join a tour.

The staff and volunteers of Swaner Nature Preserve are actively working to restore these sensitive wetlands, and do not allow ATV (or foot) access for recreational purposes. We do utilize an ATV as we actively restore the preserve’s 1,200 acres; including the removal of noxious weeds, planting native vegetation, and reintroducing species like the Columbia spotted frog. The tracks Mr. Lindon saw were created during restoration work, and will have a far shorter lifespan (no more than a season or two) than the restoration measures implemented.

We invite anyone interested in the preserve to join us for one of our many educational classes or tours, and to consider volunteering on a restoration or education project. Please give us a call at 649-1767 or stop by our office at 1208 New Main St. (near Kimball Junction) to learn more.

Greg Larson

Education and land manager

Swaner Nature Preserve

A music man, not a crusader

Editor:

I’m not sure I would agree that Randy Barton is on a "crusade" about anything other than trying to provide locals and visitors with a free opportunity to enjoy talented people playing live music in open air venues. Thanks, RB — Keep up the good work!

Sincerely,

Randy Jones

Park City

Speed-related tragedy

To the owner of a black truck pulling a white boat on Lucky John Drive in front of the speed monitor on Sunday evening around 9 p.m.:

We are disappointed in the lack of care and maturity you displayed after killing our family dog and nearly hitting my 11-year-old son as he was crossing the street with her.

We accept the responsibility of her death because she was not on a leash. However speeding in a residential area is not acceptable, and at 40 mph in a 25-mph zone, it would be difficult to avoid this accident. Would you have stopped if you’d hit my son? How do you explain to him why you didn’t stop after running over his dog? We understand that accidents happen, but it is important to take responsibility for your actions.

My son questions why you didn’t stop and it’s not my place to answer for you. We would appreciate an apology from you for not stopping on Sunday evening and we apologize to you for allowing our dog to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The Papineau Family

Park City

Mid-East conflict

Editor:

After a relative quiet in the Middle East, Israel is at it again, or so says most of the world. Let’s see: There are many Palestinian nationals in Israeli jails, none for jaywalking or stealing apples. They are terrorists that got caught with defused bombs or blood on their hands otherwise. So how to get them freed? Why not kidnap an Israeli soldier or two and demand an exchange? Hey, I couldn’t think of a better trick myself. It’s like getting a license to kill in Israel and, when you get caught, demand "get out of jail free." I love it.

Small problem, though. The meeting of the "G 8" is taking place in Russia right now, and instead of talking about Iran’s nuclear ambitions, the meeting is effectively diverted to the problems in the Mid-East. Well, the Iranians had Hezbollah start a little war for them and now no one has time to talk about the Iranians’ "Atom for peace intentions." No one said the Iranians are not smart. Alas, we are not exactly stupid either and can see through this little maneuver. After all, it was the Iranians that elected this president — a man who took a major part in kidnapping/holding the American diplomatic mission in the Teheran hostage situation (documented). Pity there are so many innocent casualties along the way, pity that Lebanon is in the grip of Hezbollah, pity that Hamas, when given the mandate of the people, chose the path they have. Most of all, I know in my heart that Israel would be blamed, as usual, and I haven’t even started with Syria.

Jack Karmel

Park City

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