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Huntsman adoption

Editor:

In regard to your editorial lauding the governor and first lady, as much as I congratulate the Huntsmans on adopting an Indian baby& I just don’t understand the need to travel to foreign lands to adopt a child. It seems to me we have many children needing homes, right here in Utah. In the U.S. there must be thousands upon thousands of such kids. What’s the reason for going foreign? Can anyone please explain this phenomenon to me?

In a similar vein, we have all these people doing good for children in foreign lands… i.e. Doctors Without Borders, orphanages, donors, etc. Many of the do-gooders travel to exotic places, applying their largesse. Is it because they get a free trip if they do good in alien lands? Are they trying to make up for the hatred of the U.S. that Bush has engendered in these foreign lands?

Please help me understand the mystery…while I think they are doing good, I wonder why they can’t walk across the street instead of traversing countries. Help me understand, please.

Sincerely

Mike Eberlein

Park City

Dreaming of a giant schnauzer Christmas

Editor:

Our beloved giant schnauzer, Axel, has been missing from our Park City home for nearly five weeks and it is our wish to have him home with us for the holidays. I wake up at night with dreams about Axel being with us on Christmas. I can picture him trying to sneak a taste of mom’s cooking, shredding the newspaper as dad keeps up with the town’s happenings, nibbling on my brother’s boots as he helps clear the snow from the sidewalk and climbing into my lap as if he were a mini schnauzer and not a giant. My dreams are as real as day, and I hope that they come true.

We miss Axel desperately, but we realize that we have so very much to be grateful for. Our wonderful community has given us so much support and hope. We are eternally grateful to all of you who have embraced the search for Axel by spreading the word, visiting and sharing findaxel.com, posting signs and calling with your kind words. It is all of you who will bring Axel home to us.

Our Christmas wish is to have Axel in our home and peace, love and good health in all of yours!

With respect

Christina Schiebler

Park City

Regarding biodiesel

I am writing in response to Leo Everitt’s letter to the editor, for the second time now, about biodiesel use and specifically NOx (nitrogen oxide) emissions. Mr. Everitt seems to have forgotten the content of my previous letter regarding his concerns about NOx emissions from diesel engines when running on biodiesel, saying that I am "dismissing the whole notion," when I am now addressing them for the second time.

NOx is a very important emissions category and no one, including myself, dismisses them or any of the other drawbacks of biodiesel. As I mentioned previously, the ONLY emissions increase when running biodiesel is NOx, and even this is debatable. In all other categories, emissions from diesel engines when running biodiesel are reduced, and in some cases drastically. This includes a 67 percent reduction of total unburned hydrocarbons, 47 percent reduction of particulate matter, and complete elimination of sulfur dioxides.

When you consider overall biodiesel emissions, many fleets in both urban and rural areas have chosen to embrace biodiesel specifically because of its emissions characteristics, including Salt Lake International Airport and even in many cities in California, despite current problems that can be attributed to NOx emissions. Mr. Everitt is nit picking about one emissions category while failing to evaluate the overall scenario. Furthermore, improved emissions is only one of the many benefits of using biodiesel fuel, including 78 percent reduction of greenhouse gases, and less dependence on foreign oil.

Andre Shoumatoff, director,

Utah Biodiesel Cooperative

Park City

In loving memory of Bosco

Editor:

We truly love you, Bosco. What a pleasure you were in our lives. Caring for you and Simon when Troy had to be away was the greatest joy and gift I could ever have.

The love and commitment the three of you had for each other was so incredible to watch. Only the three of you know how great it was.

The wonderful early morning walks in the snow hikes, trips, playing with your big and small friends will live in Troy and Simon’s hearts forever.

What an amazing companion and much more than a pet to Troy.

Thank you, friends and family and pets of Park City, and all who loved Bosco that are with Troy and Simon at this time of great sadness.

Bosco will always be sadly missed and loved by all.

Betty Stevens and

Bosco’s Missouri family

Eliminate drunk drivers!

Editor:

Drunk driving is one of America’s deadliest crimes. According to the Utah Highway Safety Office, in December 2005, 10 people were killed in alcohol or other drug-related crashes. In 2005, there were 282 fatalities on Utah’s roadways, 38 were alcohol or other drug related. We are fortunate in Utah to be the leading state in the nation for the least amount of alcohol-related deaths. How can we get the message out to our community to "eliminate" drunk

driving?

Because the holiday season is one of the deadliest and most dangerous times on our roadways due to impaired driving, Utah law enforcement will be conducting sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols and using undercover officers to get more drunk drivers off the road. Cops will be out in full force looking for and cracking down on impaired drivers this holiday season.

Please remind your neighbors to designate a sober driver and not let friends drive drunk. These are just two of several simple steps to help avoid a tragic crash or an arrest for impaired driving. Other important tips include:

"Plan ahead: Whenever consuming alcohol, designate a sober driver before going out and give that person your keys.

"If impaired, call a taxi, or call a sober friend or family member to get home safely.

"Promptly report drunk drivers to law enforcement.

"Wearing a seat belt or using protective gear on a motorcycle is the best defense against an impaired driver.

"And remember, Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk. If there is someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help make other arrangements for them to get to where they are going safely.

For more information, visit http://www.StopImpairedDriving.org.

Teri Pectol

Program Manager

Utah Highway Safety Office


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