Letters to the Editor, May 20-22, 2015
May 19, 2015
Recycle Utah is helping to raise environmentally conscious kids
As another Earth Day celebration recedes into memory, elementary counselors would like to both celebrate and acknowledge the exceptional educational efforts that Recycle Utah has made in our Park City Elementary Schools. Each year, Insa Rippen and dedicated staff like Mary Closser provide a wonderful experience for students to learn significant, Core related curricula around environmental science and issues that will directly affect their futures. Great care is taken to craft meaningful and engaging lessons for classes, as well as creating opportunities for field trips to the Water Festival in the spring and recommendations to visit our remarkable recycling center.
These young students will, in turn, share information with many of their parents who may not have had the opportunity as children to learn about the critical ways that we can save resources, water and energy. As elementary counselors in our Park City School District, we applaud Recycle Utah’s desire to help our students become caring and responsible citizens.
Mindy Nelson, Jeremy Ranch Elementary, Johnna Roussos, McPolin Elementary, Laura Waugaman, Parley’s Park Elementary, Alison Vallejo, Trailside Elementary
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A tip of the hat to Silver Queen Derby supporters
Because of the generosity of so many Women in Hats, the fifth annual Silver Queen Derby was a wonderful success.
Many thanks to Nancy Liepmann, Director of Event Services at Stein’s, Kimberley Goldberg Catering Sales Manager at Stein’s, Splendor Beauty Emporium, the generous ladies of Right at Home, Farasha Boutique, Di’Jore, DeDe Beck Designs and all those who stepped up to help raise money for Women’s Services at the Clinic. It was a fabulous afternoon of women helping women.
We hope to see new and old friends again next year.
Fundraising Director, The People’s Health Clinic
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Dogs should be required to prove they can behave off leash
As a community, we need to figure out a solution when it comes to loose dogs. People are being injured and becoming afraid of our furry friends. So, here’s an idea.
If an owner wants to walk their dog off leash, they will need to prove their dog is under voice control and friendly. Give Summit County Animal Control the funds to hire a trainer and develop a test to determine if a dog is well behaved or not. It should include other dogs, cats, bikes, skateboards, runners, etc. This test could be offered once a month and people could pay a fee to sign up with their dogs. If a dog and their owner passes the test, the dog would receive a ‘special collar’ to be worn when off their own property. This way, other people could easily identify your dog as being under voice control and friendly. But, if there is any incident involving a ‘special collar’ dog, the privilege of freedom would be revoked. So if your dog doesn’t have a ‘special collar’, and isn’t as well behaved as you think, then it must be on leash! Problem solved.
As for my own dogs, cats are a big problem. So when you see us out walking, they’ll be on leash.
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Renovations at animal shelter will be a welcome improvement
As a founding member of Summit County Friends of Animals who was one of the group in 1990 that persuaded the county commissioners to build the original animal shelter to replace the shed on the site where the Sheldon Richens Library is now located, I would like to thank all those involved in the planned remodel for the present shelter. Friends of Animals Utah is delighted with the proposed plans and hopes to work with the improved shelter to help our county to be one of the most effective components of No-Kill Utah. This is certainly a big step forward.
Vice-President Friends of Animals Utah
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Uber fan regrets insulting local taxis, still advocates choice
In response to the replies to my "Letter to the Editor" regarding Uber, I would like to first apologize to Jack Felton. It was unfair of me to classify "all" taxis as being "unreliable, dirty, overpriced, smoky, and smelly". There are some great operators in the Park City area that do provide a great service.
The reason there were limited Uber vehicles available a couple of weeks ago, was because it was prior to the start of SB294 and therefore only the officially licensed and permitted Uber Vehicles were allowed to operate in Park City. With the implementation of SB294, an Uber Vehicle is free to operate in Park City and does not require a Park City Decal/License.
With regards to the comments of Diania Turner, she failed to mention that the prices she quoted were for UberSUV, a premium service that was only in town for 10 days. Uber teamed up with Acura, the Sundance Film Festival, and a local licensed transportation provider for the past two Sundance Film Festivals — and were properly permitted to operate during the Festival.
Prior to the deregulation of Taxi Fares in SLC, Yellow and Ute Cabs charged $2.20/mile. UberX, similar in size to most taxis, charges $1.25/mile. UberXL, which can accommodate up to 6 passengers, charges $2.40/mile. Diania’s estimate of $21 from Main Street to the St. Regis of $21 for a 1.5 mile ride breaks out to $14/mile. If a SLC Taxi Company can charge $2.20/mile, why should a Park City Taxi be able to charge over 6 times that amount? Using Diania’s own statement the Surge Pricing for UberX would have to be greater than 11 times to equal the same $21 fare something that never happens.
In addition, the Park City Cabs that do not have SLC Airport Clearance are only required to have $750,000 worth of insurance—while Uber maintains $1,500,000 in coverage. Ultimately the public will decide the success of Uber, but there are several local transportation companies that have partnered with Uber—so they must see the value in the service.
I did fail to mention that I am a fully permitted Uber Driver in both SLC and PC just like Diania Turner failed to mention she was the owner of Deep Powder Transportation, but I do not feel that was important to mention, as I was speaking to the benefits of Uber and my experience as a Rider. Everything in my original Letter to the Editor was accurate.
I would encourage the public to experience both Uber and the local taxi providers and then decide on the service that they prefer.
Sam Rubin, Uber Partner
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Park City Institute gives kids an extraordinary experience
Recently, I had the opportunity to speak at TEDxYouth@Park City. TED was an amazing experience for me. I am a thespian and this allowed me to perform. There isn’t really anything much better than standing on the stage looking out at the audience. I thought it was really great to be taught by professional speakers, like Teri Orr. I loved everything about speaking at TED, and I will definitely never forget this experience.
I am grateful to live in a town, like Park City, where I have these opportunities. I appreciate The Park City Institute. They do so much for students.
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Rio Grande: another failure in preservation
Like many Parkites, I have chosen to live in this beautiful historic town that is rich in mining and railroad history. We are told that our municipal government and elected officials consider historic preservation to be a critical issue. However, contrary to this preservation goal, another historic building is destined to be demolished: the yellow corrugated metal Rio Grande building that was located at 820 Park Avenue.
This yellow metal baggage building was the only remaining structure of the 1890 Denver & Rio Grande Western railroad. It is tragic to witness the history of our town destroyed building by building. The site of this historic building will now be the location of another condominium development. The new structure will have 10 condos (total of approximately 16,000 square feet) and will be for sale at approximately $1,000 per square foot as well as commercial space.
Rough calculations reveal that the value of this project will be greater than $16 million and this does not even include the commercial space. It seems to me that when we are talking about this kind of money, the preservation of the historic railroad structure should have been incorporated as a part of the plan.
The recent Park Record article (May 16-19, 2015) reports that the "corrugated yellow metal was historically not attached to the exterior walls." Additionally, the article reports that the yellow corrugated walls will not be preserved (new wood will be used instead) and the roof will not be preserved (new wood will be used instead). Historical research reveals that this exact corrugated yellow metal dates back at least to 1946 and photographic research shows the exact building in 1955. These dates would render the Rio Grande building as historic and one that should be preserved. However, the only portion of this historic building that has been stored for potential "preservation" are some four-foot-tall wood boards! This is not "historic preservation" and promotion by any entity as such is misleading.
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TEDx Youth at Eccles Center was a great experience
We would like to thank The Park City Institute for bringing the TEDX Youth event to the Eccles Center. Park City Institute continues to provide many opportunities for the students within the Park City School District and the students can’t thank them enough. The Institute has provided student-rate tickets to their performances as well as many student outreach programs. TEDX Youth provided students with the opportunity to speak, attend and be mentored by world-class speakers.
Thank you Park City Institute for giving us once in a life-time opportunities!
Morgan Anderson and Brooke Mitchell