Letters to the Editor, March 12-14, 2014
March 11, 2014
New Kimball design is "captivating"
I was one of the many critics of the original proposal for an addition to the Kimball Arts Center that used "old wood."
Your article which states "50 designs were considered after the original was widely criticized," gives satisfaction in knowing that critique from Parkites carries some weight. The captivating new concept in the March 05-07 issue will certainly attract worldwide attention.
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Thank you Parley’s Park PTA
As PCSD teachers, our mission is to "maximize resources for academic rigor and excellence through staff, programs, and technology that make learning relevant to the emerging world in which we live." I feel strongly that we couldn’t do this without the tremendous support of our parents and specifically our PTA. Their tenacity has funded technological improvements, science materials, field trips, media, research materials, Scholastic News and so much more. Thank you for your partnership and generosity!
PPES, Third Grade
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Shame on you Park Record
Wednesday, March 5 at 6:30 a.m., I emailed a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org of 21 Park City High School lacrosse girls and their coaches along with their names and a short tagline about the team winning a national tournament in Nevada for the second year in a row. Saturday March 8, I was surprised to not see the photo printed in The Park Record. But then again maybe I wasn’t so surprised, as outraged, at the ongoing, (year after year since I moved to Park City in 2006), rampant sexism The Park Record displays through its inequitable coverage of female athletes.
The PR printed an article about the boys’ lacrosse high school team in last Wednesday’s issue about the same tournament. There is a pattern here with The Park Record and it is shocking to see this ongoing inequitable coverage of female sports, which sadly exists across the nation, be so blatantly displayed in the home town newspaper of Park City, Utah. It’s 2014, are we really still talking about women’s rights in the US? The Federal Civil Rights law, commonly known as "Title IX" is 40 years old this year. It reads in part, "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance." If the PR receives any federal aid, arguable it is in violation of this federal act, as the girls and women of Park City are certainly not receiving the benefits that are derived from published articles (College recruiters request such information). The girls and women of Park City deserve better!
Margaret Grosse Hyatt
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Legislature doesn’t care if laws are constitutional
The Legislature’s self-appointed constitutional expert, Rep. Ken Ivory, wants to make it more difficult for legislators to know whether or not their laws will pass constitutional muster. Ivory’s HJR7, Joint Rules Resolution on Legislative Review, which would eliminate what are often referred to as constitutional review notes, quietly passed the House late Wednesday night.
The notes, attached to legislative bills and authored by the Legislature’s General Counsel, are designed to put legislators on notice if there is a risk that a proposed law conflicts with either the State or U.S. constitutions.
The House’s decision to remove constitutional notes from bills is just one more step in the recent history of elevating the legislature’s constitutional knowledge above the real constitutional experts. In 2011 it was the silencing of the Constitutional Review Commission. This year it is Ivory’s HJR7.
Though constitutional notes are routinely ignored, they provide important context for writing and passing legislation. They can also save the state millions of dollars in later legal battles. As noted in Better UTAH’s amicus brief in the Amendment 3 case, the most timely example of this is a 1995 note by the Legislature’s General Counsel that suggested same-sex marriage bans were likely unconstitutional. Almost 20 years later, the State is involved in expensive and protracted litigation that defies the very constitutional advice it was originally given.
The Legislature should be strengthening the practice of constitutional review, not weakening it. The Senate should not pass this bill.
Maryann Martindale, Executive Director
The Alliance for a Better UTAH