Letters to the Editor, May 25-27, 2016
May 24, 2016
Our town’s name is not for sale
Park City is a community, not a trademark that should be owned by one person or one corporation.
I personally, have never heard of one entity trying to take over a name of a town; a town, which has been known by this state, this country and the world (since 2002, for sure).
City officials, STOP this insanity NOW. So many companies use
Park City as part of who they are in their business names. Don’t let one entity own our cities name as their trademark. This is a NO BRAINER.
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Park City is a place and name unto its own.
Linda Sailer, BHHS Broker Associate
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Student asks community to support service trip in Madagascar
This summer I have the opportunity to volunteer with Youthlinc (A Utah-based 501c3 nonprofit) in Madagascar as an Alumni Leader. Last summer I volunteered in Guatemala and contributed 80 local service hours, attended meetings, and helped organize and prepare for the trip. It was a remarkable experience, it not only left a profound impact on the people we helped but on me as well. In Madagascar I will be working long and productive hours in a two-week service project with extremely poor people, participating in the rebuilding of their community. This is not a vacation, this is hard work! But it is rewarding on so many levels.
I am so excited to continue my experience in Madagascar, but I can’t do it alone. I need your help to get there.
I am having a yard sale on Saturday May 28 at 9 a.m. at my house: 1920 Cooke Drive in Park City, across the street from the high school. If you have anything that you would like to donate to the yard sale, it would be greatly appreciated, and you can bring it to my house any time.
Also, if you would like to donate online, you can go to my Indigogo page:
Any donation you can make puts me all that much closer to changing people’s lives. Thank you so much for your kindness. It helps so much in so many ways!
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Who is more important: tourists or full-time residents?
This past Tuesday night’s unannounced fireworks display brought another opportunity for this community to discuss the correct balance between accommodating the tourism economy vs. protecting fulltime residents’ right to quiet enjoyment of our community.
Tourism has been the driver of growth in the greater Park City area for the past 20 years. But, one only need look at the number of primary homes that have been approved in the Snyderville Basin to understand that we have matured into a community not entirely dependent upon a tourism economy.
If enough citizens decide that it is no longer desirable to program every weekend in Park City with a special event or to invite out-of-town recreation groups to use our recreation facilities because traffic, air quality, and overall quality of life is too heavily impacted, then we as residents have an obligation to push our civic leaders to craft ordinances designed to meet this sentiment. If there is not enough political will to restrict these events then so be it.
Since no ordinance preventing the Tuesday display existed, the Fire District correctly permitted it. Should they have considered notice? Certainly it would have been helpful, but they are not at fault. I’d urge readers that in this election year it is easier than usual to get involved in the political process and to help forge a community which represents our collective values and of which we can be proud.
the way, count me in the "no fireworks during the work week when school is in session" camp.
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Communities need to address long-term climate change
In contrast to the naive assertions in Tom Harris’ recent letter, "Climate efforts should focus on the here and now," May 13), the damaging effects of climate change are hurting people now.
Consider the observations confirming these impacts by three highly respected organizations:
A partial summary of the impact of climate change in the U.S. from the National Climate Assessment includes declining water supplies, reduced agricultural yields, health impacts in cities due to heat, flooding and erosion, and compromised infrastructure.
The Center for Disease Control and prevention (CDC) summarizes the global health impacts of climate change. A few of the items cited are heat-related illness and death, water and food supply impacts, and forced migration and civil conflict.
A DoD 2015 report to ongress states: " climate change is an urgent and growing threat to our national security, contributing to increased natural disasters, refugee flows, and conflicts over basic resources such as food and water. These impacts are already occurring, and the scope, scale, and intensity of these impacts are projected to increase over time."
The full impact of the current level of greenhouse gases has not yet been realized. With no changes, we’re on track to see a 6 C (10.8 F) rise in average global temperatures, which would be catastrophic. One of the most effective ways to curtail this is through a market-driven approach to eliminate carbon-based energy sources.
Yes, we need to support those already affected by climate change but we also need to prevent the rapid escalation of the number of people that need help. These are not mutually exclusive goals.
Bears Ears needs to be protected
The world of Peter Pan and the subsequent movie about its creation "Finding Neverland" staring Kate Winslet, Johnny Depp and Julie Christie is about an important concept and place. A place where children may find joy and adults hope, peace and solace. It is a wonderful place and even if you have never been to Neverland, it is comforting to know it’s there.
We have a Neverland in Utah. More real than the Neverland of Peter Pan, only lightly touched by civilization and the reality of the marketplace, a place where one may still experience the peace and quiet of nature that exists now as it has for millions of years.
I have found Neverland, an area where gardens grow in small rocky hollows of sand, where one can find fossils eroding from the rock with endless vistas of desert, dry washes, slot canyons and mountains. It’s an area the state of Utah went on record with a resolution against making it a National Monument, a resolution the Governor is expected to sign.
The area is called Bears Ears.
In Utah, as well as the other 49 states, we have enough land marred by roads, development, strip mines and oil wells. There are few places left like Bears Ears and the land surrounding it. We have Neverland, let’s do our part to save it by encouraging the President to designate it a National Monument before he leaves office.