Letters to the Editor, Jan. 24-27, 2015
January 23, 2015
Mountain views along entryways worth saving
I attended the Jan. 13 City Council meeting addressing Bonanza Park, Form Based Code.
I acknowledge that the 99 acres is in need of improvement, but I question at what expense.
An Orange County developer with large holdings along Kearns Boulevard spoke, and appeared to favor height. With the Form Based solution, a percentage of some structures could rise to five stories. His comment was "who cares if mountain views are blocked for three minutes as one drives into town on the main thoroughfare, Kearns."
The philosophy of preserving views was voiced by the citizens with the purchase of the Osgothorpe property on S.R. 224. Again and again, we have expressed the desire to maintain vistas, open space and natural setting. This same philosophy should be applied to Kearns as an entry corridor.
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I gleaned from the meeting of Jan. 13 that the City, i.e., the taxpayer, would bear some of the cost burden of parking, infrastructure, toxic waste removal and attainable housing.
A precise cost analysis has been absent. How can we proceed without full knowledge? Questions remain unanswered that affect quality of life and dollars spent.
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Thank you for a magical evening
This past Sunday eve at Park City Community Church I experienced two hours of magic. A community church, an amazing pastor and a chapel filled with community members interested in helping our aging population experience joy through personalized music. A screening of last year’s Sundance Audience Favorite, "Alive Inside," two brilliant Music and Memory volunteers who, along with Pastor Tracy, dreamed up and organized the event. And lastly, an outpouring of financial support to outfit Elk Meadows Assisted Living Community in Oakley, Utah, with iPods and music for more than half of our residents.
Thank you for coming, thank you for caring, and thank you for your support. The next day I put personalized music on for a new resident with dementia, Marie, for the first time. Quietly she began singing to the song "My Girl." Then, her head started moving to the beat as she looked up, smiling and singing. This works.
Thank you for the magical evening. I love living in a community where remarkable people come together to make positive change. And thank you to the anonymous donor who donated the first 15 iPods and earphones in October — I know you’re still out there and I hope you are reading this right now.
Activities Director, Elk Meadows Assisted Living
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Does one person’s disability define all others?
After reading the lengthy guest editorial entitled "Must all disabilities be treated at public expense?" I find myself puzzled and concerned. Puzzled because the author describes an extraordinary life, yet I can find no record of him — on the Internet, in the Kamas phone book, or on databases of poetry authors (the person who wrote the guest editorial claimed to have read his own work at the Kennedy Center). If congratulations are in order, then I extend them.
Let’s assume that everything the author claimed for himself is true. Them I am left with a feeling of concern. Having dealt with disabilities in my own family (two deaf children), read for the blind, and served on national boards dealing with disability, I draw from broad experience. The author uses the term "All Disabilities" so I shall do the same. Are we to take this astounding personal tale as a standard by which to make decisions about addressing ALL disability solutions? I think not. Abraham Lincoln had very little formal education — some accounts say 18 months. Should we use this standard in preparing education budgets?
I congratulate the author of the guest editorial for the incredible accomplishment of making it clear to graduate school before his dyslexia was diagnosed. Does this mean that dyslexia should not be treated early? Deanna Gerber’s letter on the same page as the guest editorial provides grounds for a resounding no.
"Disability" is defined as restricted capacity to perform certain activities. If we can help individuals to become less restricted and more capable of becoming a full-fledged tax-paying member of society, then the investment is worth it. Thank you to everyone who has supported budgets in the public and private sector which include treatment for disabling conditions.