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Letters to the Editor, Sept. 24-27, 2016

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School board is grateful for support during crisis

Editor,

Last week was arguably one of the most traumatic in the Park City School District's history. Through the black cloud of sadness we've seen a huge ray of sunshine. We've seen our staff, police department, mental health resources and community rise to meet the challenges facing our community and care for our children. Our administration and especially our counselors have rolled up their sleeves and performed beyond what is called for in the crisis manual. They've worked as a team with both Federal and local law enforcement to make sure we are providing a safety net for at-risk families in our community.

On behalf of the Board of Education, we'd like to thank Dr. Conley for her leadership and the PCSD staff, especially those at Treasure Mountain and Park City High School for their professionalism, compassion and tireless hours.

In the words of Winston Churchill "Don't ever let a good crisis go to waste." We owe it to Grant, Ryan and their families to make sure we start a community discussion on this epidemic, that we shine a light on a problem that is lurking in the shadows and impacting many Park City families. This is not a school issue, but a community issue and it is plaguing communities nationwide. We all need to take responsibility. The district will play an active role in efforts to take on this epidemic.

We'd also like to thank the Park City Police Department, Summit County Sheriff's Department, Park City Fire Department and other first responders, Valley Mental Health, Park City Medical Center, University of Utah and all the other agencies that have been part of the intervention team. Thank you.

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The Art of Neighbor Day

Editor:

Community connection. Feeling part of something larger than yourself. Having a relationship with the people and place where you live. Valuing your neighbors and your local organizations and businesses. Creating interactions in small ways with one another.

This Saturday, Sept. 24, is the second annual Park City Neighbor Day. Launched by Leadership Park City – Class XXI in 2015, Neighbor Day is a designated Park City holiday designed to build and celebrate community connection. In our small town, it's as easy as making eye contact on your daily dog walk, waving from your car, or dropping off a book or baked goods to someone who is sick.

Patrick Overton is the Director of the Front Porch Institute in Oregon. His writings lament how we have replaced the public front porch with the private back deck. His work demonstrates how the arts and storytelling can help us reconnect with our sense of place and rebuild our community relationships.

Let's echo his work. The arts help us understand issues, ideas, people, and experiences that are different from our own. They help us express ourselves and have conversations that we might not otherwise. They bring us together.

Community connection is always meaningful, but especially so during fragile times. This Neighbor Day weekend commit to reaching out to those around you. Take a neighbor to a film, a performance, or an art opening (visit pcscarts.org to see what's going on). Make a piece of art and give it to someone. Go outside with a friend and a sketchbook and share some inspiration. Or just wave, smile, and say hi.

Hadley Dynak
Park City Summit County Arts Council

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PLI, Running Out the Clock

Editor:

The Public Lands Initiative's web site states that the PLI is an "effort to bring resolution and certainty to some of the most challenging land disputes in Utah." I believe the PLI has fallen considerably short of that goal. When it was first released, one of the red flags for me was the proposed abolishment of the Antiquities Act, the measure that U.S. presidents have used to establish such parks as the Grand Canyon, Capitol Reef and Zion national parks.

Then I researched what conservation groups thought of the PLI. I came up with quotes like "it rolls back existing protections on our wild lands" and "its National Conservation Areas are riddled with loopholes… allowing things like mining, deforestation projects and rampant development." Also disconcerting was the tiny percentage of Utahns allowed to participate in the PLI process. The two million people living on the Wasatch Front were among those left out of the process.

It now seems the purpose of the PLI is to give Washington hope, false hope, that Utahns can resolve their land issues. That this will create enough hesitation and run out the clock so President Obama doesn't use the Antiquities Act to create the Southern Utah, Bears Ears National Monument by the end of his presidential term.

Of course this is all interrelated to Utah's looming lawsuit against the federal government to gain control of Utah's public lands. First the PLI, then the land grab of Utah's public lands, then what? Secession from the United States and the formation of the Independent Republic of Utah? Politicians come and go, we all do… but the land stays forever. Let's be good guardians and stewards of the land for us, all its inhabitants and for all generations of Americans to come.

Peter Gatch
Park City

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City needs to provide for its senior citizens

Editor:

Becca Gerber’s recent plea for more low -priced housing is a given here in Park City! BUT what about the growing need for a place for our seniors who have contributed so much over the years to the enhancement of our community!

We as seniors do not want to move SOUTH. We want to stay in Park City! In order for us to remain here we need a senior-living facility that offers assisted living with continuum care.

Over the years this issue has been addressed several times, to no avail. Many of our present leaders are aging — where will you go? NOW is the time to act!!

.Jan Zinn, Barbara Wine, Gerd Holmsen Arguilar, Tony Aguilar,Jinny and Ben Vallor, Karl Walker
Park City

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