Letters to the Editor, April 2-4, 2014
April 1, 2014
Even guys can give to WGF
The Women’s Giving Fund is closing in on its goal of 1,000 members. Upon reaching that goal it will qualify for a grant of $35,000 from Zions Bank. The 1,000 people giving $1,000 each is a remarkable achievement. Just using very crude numbers it suggests around 20 percent of women in the combined Park City, Snyderville Basin, Silver Creek and Jeremy Ranch/Pinebrook areas have committed to paying $1,000 each into an endowment fund.
And $1,000 is not a pittance to most folks. It is representative of sacrifice at some level. I say WOW!
The money is to be held in a perpetual endowment fund with one to three major grants being made each year to local non-profits serving women and children. The grantor members will determine what worthy charities receive these funds.
Believe it or not, the Women’s Giving Fund will accept donations from men. I know because I was allowed to do it! There are just two things that really miff me about this. First, I did it and my wife gets all these notes from the WGF saying how much they appreciate the donation, not a peep about how I helped them out. Second, as a mere man and therefore a non-member, I don’t get to help designate what organization I think should be the recipient of the annual largesse. But, I can cope because the cause is good.
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In spite of this perceived sexist abuse, I ask you for the order. Only 25 more donors at the $1,000 level are needed to reach the $1,000,000 level. But, that level must be reached by April 30th in order to qualify for the $35,000 grant from Zions Bank. That is an attainable number but it also requires almost one person per day to make the commitment.
To join call 435-214-7475 or Google Park City Women’s Giving Fund and send in the membership form. Just do it, and do it now!
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KAC expansion proposal rates no exemptions
Russ Paskoski, in his letter (Park Record, March 28) concerning the Kimball Art Center’s proposed addition, was spot on. He and other Park City homeowners in city Land Management Code-controlled neighborhoods are held strictly to code requirements. So should the art center, its acknowledged contribution to the community notwithstanding.
Extending Mr. Paskoski’s eloquent statements, individual homeowners wanting to make houses in historic districts comfortably habitable are made to jump through tight hoops when the city planning department judges their remodeling and/or addition applications. They cannot depend on an organized public relations campaign for help if the department compels design changes. And yet, KAC officials contend that if enough people publicly endorse their proposed building addition, it should get planning department approval. Unfair and inaccurate.
Applications to the planning department for work done on structures designated in the city’s LMC as Landmark Sites must abide by stern guidelines in order to be approved. Nowhere in the applicable LMC language is latitude granted for approval or disapproval decided by a popularity contest.
As a formally declared Landmark Site, then, the KAC is not exempt from adherence to the strict guidelines that govern any of its modifications no matter how many endorsements or favorable comments respond to well orchestrated center efforts.
Folks who purchase residential property in the city’s officially declared preservation districts value their ownership rights every bit as much as others. But if they must fashion their structure improvements as dictated by ordinances based on historic preservation edicts, then, in elemental fairness, so does the KAC, no toting up public yeas and nays as if the subject is some sort of ballot-box election.
Harry E. Fuller Jr.
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Dog owners and their pets should "leave no trace"
Ah, spring, when an active person’s fancy turns to piles of poop? Once again this year, as winter’s snow begins to melt, we are "treated" to visions of dog poop throughout our lovely trail system. We are reminded, by the good folks at Mountain Trails, by the "poop tagger," and by the evidence in front of us that there is, indeed, no Poop Fairy.
My folks raised my sister and me to "leave no trace" when using public lands. One aspect: picking up others’ trash or litter, in order to leave public places better for everyone.
Modest "leave no trace" proposal: dog walkers could get in touch with their inner Poop Fairy and make it a point to pick up poop, even from others’ dogs. That will more than make up for your dog’s messes that you happen to miss. After a little while, I’d bet that our spring fancies would be able to turn to more delightful pursuits.
Consider the alternative: doggie DNA testing: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/23/world/europe/a-forensic-approach-to-a-sidewalk-nuisance.html
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Plastic bags have their place
Banning plastic bags? Say it ain’t so, Jay! Now what am I going to use for picking up dog poop? What will my newspaper be protected with on a rainy day? Certainly not paper bags; I use those to bundle newspapers for the recycle bin. And what about the groceries? Recent reports reveal that Salmonella bacteria are fairly common in those re-usable cloth and fiber bags. Oh dear, those unintended consequences! At least we have a dramatic modern design for the Kimball Art Center to preserve the character of our community.
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Endorsement for PCSD board candidate
I first met Julie Eihausen in the spring of 2009 when I was taking over as treasurer for the Jeremy Ranch Elementary School (JRES) Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). I had no formal accounting background and was frightened at the prospect of being a treasurer! Julie was so kind, understanding, and helpful — she went above and beyond what anyone else would have done. She actually came to my house and spent several hours with me to bring me up to speed on all of the intricacies involved with the role of treasurer. I am still grateful for her support.
Julie’s experience speaks for itself — she has been involved with the PCSD since 2002, often holding more than one position at a time due to her daughters being at different schools. Julie is passionate about volunteering and openly listens to parents and staff. Her priorities as a board member include balancing the PCSD budget, reducing class sizes, and engaging our community with the PCSD.
I am endorsing Julie Eihausen for PCSD Board Candidate for District 5 (Summit Park, Timberline, and Pinebrook). I hope that those of you who reside in District 5 will support Julie, as well. The primary is Tuesday, June 24.
Nancy A. Bond
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On the KAC proposal
I would hope that a single person’s opinion of the new KAC design would not merit the front page of The Park Record. The Park Record should either come right out and say they fully support the new KAC design or at least provide professional standards to their articles.
I support the KAC expansion but not their design plans. I went to visit the KAC and was told that the main reason they needed the height exception was to be able to place larger exhibits in the space created by the second floor however the area where the height is greatest is over an open area looking down into the lower lobby. No exhibits can go there. The lobby seems to have plenty of open space and the height to show taller exhibits so why the need for the exception. Use the lower lobby and keep the historic district restriction in place for everyone.