Letters to the Editor, April 16-18, 2014
April 15, 2014
USSA thanks Deer Valley for presenting top notch events
Deer Valley and the Park City community have been valued friends of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association for years. This year, we were fortunate to enjoy the Deer Valley Difference for two different world class events: the Visa Freestyle International, held in January, and the USANA U.S. Freestyle Championships, which took place this past weekend.
Deer Valley consistently delivers the very best in events, and U.S. Freestyle Championships certainly illustrated that well. Because of weather challenges in California, Deer Valley stepped in to take over the event less than two months before it was scheduled to happen. Its willingness to take on this event at short notice this year shows Deer Valley’s incredible commitment to and passion for freestyle skiing. The best freestyle athletes in the USA were able to showcase their skills on the iconic 2002 Olympic courses. This would not have been possible without the dedication of the outstanding Deer Valley team, volunteers and cheering fans.
On behalf of our athletes, I’d like to extend my sincere thanks to Deer Valley and the Park City community for their amazing work and support with the U.S. Freestyle Championships. Thank you for your dedication and commitment to showcasing our Best in the World athletes.
President and CEO, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association
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Representative Kraig Powell listens to Park City
Residents of Summit and Wasatch counties should be proud of the work Representative Kraig Powell (R-Heber) is doing on behalf of us and our tourism-oriented economy.
Contrary to the wishes of Utah’s more powerful lobby, Representative Powell offered legislation to modify some of Utah’s more silly liquor laws. Before offering the legislation Mr. Powell organized an open public forum for citizen input, met with lawmakers and individuals on both sides of the issue, and eventually crafted well-thought-out compromise legislation. Issues such as the limitations on liquor licenses, "intent to dine" rules (restaurant personnel must first inquire whether the patron is intending to eat before serving them a drink) and the "Zion Curtain" regulation (unique to Utah, restaurants must place a partition to separate bartenders from patrons) were broached. Unfortunately even a watered-down version of the legislation did not make it through the Legislature’s political process.
Utah’s draconian liquor laws are confusing and a burden to residents and visitors alike, don’t accomplish intended objectives, and directly hinder our tourism-based economy.
Thank you Representative Powell for your efforts on our behalf!
Michael E. Kaplan
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PCMR’s threats to remove lifts hurt the community
In a previous letter published in Vol. 134/16 I said I felt your paper’s coverage of the PCMR/Talisker case was biased towards PCMR.
In your recent article (Vol.134/19) you have, in my opinion, corrected that by setting out the comments by PCMR President and General Manager, Jenni Smith.
These comments regarding the threat to remove the ski lifts show that in spite of them claiming for the last two years that PCMR has had the town of Park City and its community’s best interests at heart, and that throughout this lease dispute it was in fact Talisker that was acting in ways detrimental to our community, PCMR has shown by these recent comments that it is only out to protect its balance sheet regardless of the cost to others.
The statements by PCMR president Jenni Smith, show PCMR as acting in a spoiled brat, if I don’t get my way, I’m going to take my bat and ball and damn the rest of you, manner. Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t it the incompetent act of not complying with the terms of the lease by the company she heads that started this mess in the first place?
Maybe the President of PCMR Jenni Smith could be more constructive by taking a leaf out of Vail President Rob Katz’s book, issue a letter in open forum to explain their side of the dispute. If she is so moved, may I suggest an opening line for this letter, "I’m sorry. "
How, after threatening to cut off the ski hill from the PCMR-owned parking/base portal and now with this latest threat to remove the lifts, PCMR/Powdr Corp can still hold to being a local firm with the interests of Park City and its community at heart, is beyond me.
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Local Olympic athletes show their mettle
Thank you Ted and Joss —
On April 1st I was one of the parents standing in the back of Park City Day School’s gymnasium watching a true "only in Park City" moment. Watching Ted Ligety and Joss Christensen speak to the students, I was struck by the answer to one of the many questions they fielded from the students: "being on Letterman."
Both athletes commented that being on "Late Show with David Letterman" was one of the highlights of their gold medal afterglow. And here they were, sitting in front of the students of Park City Day School. The fact they took the time, 90 minutes of their busy time, to speak with our kids was extraordinary.
They spoke of the merits of hard work and dedication, the necessity of loving what they do and most importantly, that it’s okay to fail, as long as you get up and try again. Great lessons for our kids. Great lessons for the parents in the audience too.
They answered questions. Lots of questions. They listened intently and patiently as preschoolers to 8th graders asked their questions. Questions about Sochi, favorite colors, pre-race music and even puppies. They took pictures, lots of pictures. They let everyone hold their gold medals. They signed autographs. Hundreds of autographs on pictures, skis, hats, iPhone, even arms. And smiled and greeted every student as if he or she was the only one in the room.
These gold-medalists and big-time stars, who’ve been on Letterman were off to meet the President the next day – as they engaged with kids aged 3 to 13, many of whom aspire to that kind of greatness exhibited such grace, sincerity, and humility.
Thank you Ted Ligety. Thank you Joss Christensen. You are true hometown heroes.
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Library remodel needs more scrutiny
I agree with the editorial by Allen Davies in the recent Park Record. In this day and age "where is the data?" is most important in any decision, whether health care or community expenditures. Maybe 9.3 million dollars to our affluent city council is just extra tax money to be spent, but to we, the general citizenship, it becomes recklessness with our hard earned money. In this digital age, a 2008 study of library need, is extremely out of date. Our kids don’t use the library, and instead of a library card, their first need appears to be an "app" for that. Don’t waste money on rooms and equipment that will never be used. Keep the library as is and search for more ways to attract us to the person to person, eye to more ways to attract us to the person to person, eye to eye contact that characterizes the present library experience. Who is reviewing these reckless council decisions? Where has the fiscal responsibility gone?
William T. Smith
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Slowdown, Kilby Road is not a freeway
I am writing concerning the new "freeway" in Summit County. If you haven’t heard of it, I will tell you where it is. It goes from Summit Park to Kimball’s Junction and is called Kilby Road.
You may go any speed you choose because no one cares! Stop signs are optional! You can ignore them or stop if you want. If you find yourself behind someone who is going the posted speed, by all means, get as close to them as you can. It might speed them up, or you can just pass them. Generally it doesn’t matter if it is a passing zone or not, after all, this is your "freeway." Good luck!
My husband and I walk the path from Fresh Market to Walmart most mornings. We start walking anywhere from 7:30 on, so we are there when people are going to work or taking their children to school. We have observed people doing 45 to 50 mph in the 25 mph school zone, many of them parents with children. We have seen people go through stop signs. Many are parents leaving the school. One morning we happened to be in a crosswalk and were almost hit by a car not stopping at the STOP sign. It could have been a child in the crosswalk! After all there are two schools along this "freeway".
If you drive the new "freeway" and think it is your right to speed, think again. We have laws and rules for the safety of everyone. After all, it could be your life or the life of your child that you save. I would personally like to see others walk the path along Kilby Road. Perhaps if they saw what is happening, they might choose to slow down and obey the law.