Letters to the Editor, Nov. 26-29, 2013
November 27, 2013
Super Senior is not happy with Vail
In reply to Blaise Carrig’s editorial in the Nov. 16 Park Record, I take exception to his statement, "We all want …to ensure the continuation of everything that makes this place so special." The fact is, Canyons has discontinued senior/super-senior season passes.
In discussing this with a Vail representative, I was told the Epic pass was an even better deal because I could ski all Vail resorts. Really, Mr. Carrig. I have a condo in Park City and enjoy a short drive to a local slope. I am an arthritic super senior who is grateful if her legs will last for two hours on the slopes every other day (excluding weekends). Why would I want the hassle of traveling to Colorado to stay in a hotel to ski two hours every other day? No way!
You state, "Vail reaffirms commitment to local community." Seniors are a part of this community, Mr. Carrig. So how about showing this commitment and reconsidering your stand on senior passes?
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Owner of Uintas mine defends his claim
"The Park Record’s" last two articles, concerning a possible Spanish gold mine at Hoyt Peak, that I own, titled, "Spanish gold mine discovered?" caused a worldwide feeding frenzy published and engendered as, "Utah man claims he has found Spanish gold mine."
Of course both titles were taken out of context. Sound familiar? Many of the negative comments were inspired by quoting Tom Flannigan, a Forest Ranger. The most damaging comment being that the mine is not being mined. When I interviewed Tom he said he had been baited and rescinded his statement about no mining at the site. Another comment, attributed to "Larry" had been taken out of context.
For a complete response to the two articles, that was emailed to The Park Record; request that I email the response to you, since I only have 600 words, that can be published here, in a guest editorial.
To get to the gist of the response, I hereby categorically deny all the assumptions by Ranger Flannigan and justify said declaration by making a negative case for Obama’s administration decision to phase out certain positions in the Forest Service. Ranger Tom Abby, retired, who was their qualified Geologist and mining expert has been replaced by unqualified existing Rangers who have exceeded their authority, breached their due diligence and fiduciary responsibility, not by choice but by ignorance. That is another fully documented story.
Bottom line, people that boast about finding a Spanish gold bar at the mine and selling it, give all treasure hunters a bad name, perpetuating the Forest Ranger paranoia. If the illegal treasure hunters, I am not one, could get together with the Forest Service to follow Spanish miners that discovered the gold bloom they mined to a much richer stem (they did not have the technology to go further). I did say our economically challenged country would receive the benefit. Our Canadian cousins, thru U.S. citizens, are doing it as we speak but the gold is not finding its way into the U. S. economy.
the way, I did not say the gold, by legend, if in the Josephine, would pay the current national debt as reported. In conclusion, in my response, I said that the news media was somewhere below the Congress in public confidence.
KUDOS to Park City Municipal
We would sincerely like to thank everyone involved in resolving a serious drainage issue in our neighborhood that has affected us and out neighbors on Little Bessie in Prospector. We suffered significant water damage to our lower level when heavy rains from the early morning 4th of July storm took place. Matthew Cassell (City Engineer) showed up on his day off to survey the damage first-hand, acknowledging that indeed a storm drain was necessary to divert rainwater from the front of our houses successfully.
Lisa Rogers (assistant City Attorney) was instrumental in preparing the documentation necessary for Council review. Steve Butcher of Disaster Professionals went the extra mile for us during our absence since we are here only part time.
It is very reassuring to know that our Park City officials stepped to the plate and were caring enough to help us through such a profoundly stressful period. Our most sincere thanks!
David and Barbara Anthony
Critics of Mall don’t know the whole story
First, I enjoyed your balanced article though it reminded me of a very negative experience in Park City.
We moved to Park City in 1982. We were quite close to the process of planning, design and construction of the Main Street Mall. We saw how accommodating Randy and Debbi Fields were to the wishes and requirements meted out by local government and preservationists. The Fields wanted to raise their family here and they contributed enormously to everything from the Swede Alley parking structure to the technology needs of the newly organized Summit County Library on Rasmussen Road.
The city finalized the plans for a Mall that would duplicate the architecture of existing buildings and issued the building permits. The Mall was already under construction when a very small number of distractors of the Spagnoletti-ilk reared up their heads and were allowed more input than was befitting. The Fields were then required to jump through inordinate hoops and to pay more than $250,000 in architectural re-drawings and engineering changes to raise a modern, differentiating design. Then as the second design was being constructed the graffiti artist provided destructive controversy. The results were a truly unfair and unbalanced response to late coming bleaters.
For many years I have worked as a volunteer for Sundance, the Olympics, the Art Festival, and other events on Main Street, I have never heard a single derogatory comment regarding the Mall from any of the visitors and participants, except for contributors to the Park Record. Distractors and late-comers should not be given more credence or influence than those people who perform within the rules and who want to create, plan, build, and expend their resources for the benefit of this city’s residents.
Mall design was best compromise at the time
The evolution of the people’s perception of Historical Preservation in Park City is as amazing as the rise of this phoenix from a ghost town to a five-star resort. In 1982, I was on the commission that approved the Main Street Mall. Its primary owner, Randy Fields, owned about 80 percent of Main Street. Park City had just begun to breathe.
The mall project was not a "clean slate." It included a number of historical structures; with the exception of Bloom’s, all the buildings from 4th St. to its southern edge.
No one ever complained about that part of the project the saved buildings. Property lines needed to be removed for the application giving the city a bit of bargaining power.
One of the proposals mimicked a western town (Heber Old Town) with boarded sidewalks, hitching posts and all that. Another was a full blown San Francisco ginger bread Victorian replication. Neither had any precedent and would have made a lie of the streetscape.
The TMI lesson with its uninterrupted monster facade was taken into account. The project was broken into historic 25-foot increments with individual concrete color treatments, and stepped back. The tan brick came as a change. City staff and the Commission where faced by a hoard of powerful LA suits. I dissented because the one-color-boring-brick negated much of the small-scale increments.
It should be noted that preservation was hardly popular at the time. Historical preservation was seen as an impediment towards development. We fought a huge ground-swell of resistance to anything that smacked of control. It is amazing that the district came about at all: thank you Tina Lewis and Helen Alvarez (the "iron maidens") and of course, Mayor Jack Green.
It would be great fun if this paper ran an article on how the perception of the Historical District evolved.
Paul de Groot
The fight against HIV/AIDS isn’t over
Currently, more than 1.1 million people are living with HIV/AIDS in the United States, and more than 33 million individuals are living with the disease around the world. While these numbers may seem daunting, the combination of rapid progress, better data, and breakthrough science has opened a window of opportunity to end the AIDS epidemic as we know it.
This historic achievement can only be made with continued support to organizations such as the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Malaria, and Tuberculosis.
The gains made thus far are incredible. Currently, 5.3 million people are receiving anti-retroviral therapy (ART) to treat HIV with Global Fund support. In sub-Saharan Africa, 56 percent of people eligible for treatment receive it, an increase from less than 5 percent in 2000. In addition, ARTs makes HIV-infected patients dramatically less infectious to their uninfected partners. Treatment of HIV/AIDS is also prevention.
In December there will be a pledging conference for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. As the largest single contributor to the Global Fund and the host of its donor conference, U.S. leadership is critical to reach the $15 billion replenishment goal through 2014-2016.
This money is essential in the fight against these diseases and will be used to prevent 140-160 million infectious and save over 10 million lives. Poor and rich countries alike are doing their part- the U.S. should continue its support by pledging $5 billion over three years to the Global Fund.
As Dr. Mark Dybul, Executive Director of the Global Fund said when launching the replenishment effort, "we have a choice: we can invest now, or pay forever."
RESULTS volunteer, Salt Lake City
12th Annual Turkey Drive
Last Thursday and Friday was the 12th Annual Park City Turkey Drive held at the Market at Park City and once again, the event was a big success.
The Big picture; we collected in excess of 1,800 turkeys and hundreds of pounds of non-perishable food items. On a local level our drive provided 500 birds to the Park City Food Pantry located on Munchkin Road which serves both Summit and Wasatch counties. The remaining birds along with hundred pounds of non-perishable food items were delivered to the Utah Food Bank for distribution statewide. The Park City Turkey Drive has earned the distinct recognition of being the number one "individual" contributor of turkeys statewide to the Utah Food Bank.
This drive is made possible by the many generous members, colleagues and friends of the Park City Board of Realtors who gave from their hearts to support this successful event. You have again shown the depths of your compassion and without you, the overwhelming results and the number of people we are feeding this holiday season would not be possible. To Rick Otto and all his many contractor friends, Mario Ferraro and Barclay Butera and their clients, a ginormous heartfelt thank you for your generous contributions during the Wednesday fund raising event that push this drive into the success category. And finally a great big thank you to the many members of our wonderful community who again supported the turkey drive this year. Together we are making a big difference by "giving hunger the bird." Because of you, over 10,000 people will be thankful you provided them with dinner this Thanksgiving.
The annual turkey drive is provided in its entirety by Mike Holmes at the Market in Park City. He has been our ardent supporter for the past 12 years and for two days Mike and his staff commit their time and resources to ensuring the success of this event. Thank you for another amazing year.
Every penny collected goes to purchasing a turkey – we have absolutely no overhead so we rely completely on volunteer help. This year, we are grateful for those who tirelessly gave of their time and incredible upbeat and high energy to help make this year’s drive a success. They are individually and collectively amazing and loving thanks to them all.
Thank you to all our Realtor and affiliate friends for their never-ending support to our community in so many generous ways and we hope you will put the 13th Annual Turkey Drive on your 2014 calendar.
With sincere appreciation and heartfelt gratitude.
Park City Turkey Drive