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Letters, April 23-26: Happy Earth Month!

Letters to the editor

The democratic process

I was recently asked about my decision to apply for the vacated school board seat, while others abstained from this process because they felt it “didn’t support the democratic process.” Thus far, the local news outlets have not been clear on why this process is necessary, so I thought I would provide a short primer on the democratic process. As an educator, one of the most important things I taught my students is how to find the answers. Those answers can be found in their textbooks, libraries and even online. A quick Google search will render explanation as to why appointing a school board member actually supports the democratic process. Pursuant to Utah Code 20A-1-511, which addresses “Midterm vacancy on a local school board,” the Park City School Board is required by law to fill the vacancy left by Kara Hendrickson’s sudden and unfortunate resignation and passing. If they are unable hold this process because no one applied, another local governing body would be required to make the appointment. As such, it begs the question: How can a law NOT support the democratic process? Firstly, laws are written and passed by elected officials; individuals that we chose to represent us in the state legislature. Secondly, the process by which laws are passed couldn’t be more democratic! Before it becomes a law, it is presented to the legislature as a bill and is voted on. If it passes muster, it then goes to our governor, who is also an elected official, to sign or veto. This is the democratic process by which Utah Code 20A-1-511 was passed and made law. As such, I respectfully disagree with candidates Mann and Reed, and I encourage them to do their homework, or at the very least, a quick Google search.

Mandy Pomeroy

Park City

Happy Earth Month!

Happy Earth Month! It’s a very busy time of year for Park City’s favorite non profit Recycling Center – Recycle Utah. I wanted to take a minute and thank our community for your commitment to the environment. We’re lucky enough to live in a great place, surrounded by so many people and partners who want to protect it. I wanted to highlight a few of our community partners and remind you to put some important events on your calendars.

One way we protect our water is the Household Hazardous Waste collection day on April 30 from 9:00-1:00 (for Summit County residents only). This event is supported by Summit County, Park City, Snyderville Basin Water Reclamation District, PCMR and Park City Sunrise Rotary. It will be held at Canyons Cabriolet Parking lot, a space that is donated by EpicPromise. I also hope you’ll save the date on August 6th for the 100 Mile Meal, an event that truly showcases eating local, along with our partnership with EpicPromise. This event features food sourced from within a 100 Mile radius of Recycle Utah and is creatively prepared by PCMR’s chefs. Sustainability takes a lot of small efforts by a lot of committed partners and I’m happy to have partners like this on our side.

Carolyn Wawra

Executive director, Recycle Utah

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