Letters to the editor
This letter is in response to Peggy Fletcher Stack’s well written and balanced article, "Gay-friendly Mass on way out" in the March 5, 2007 Salt Lake Tribune.
Although not religious in the conventional sense, I hold Jesus to be the most perfect person to ever live. That is because my Episcopalian mother taught me that Jesus was kind, loving and strong in defense of those who needed help.
I am not a member of his congregation, but have known Father Bob Bussen for years. He is the man who shamed Park City into treating its growing Hispanic population with respect and dignity. He is the man who started the program to allow Hispanic children to learn winter sports so that they could assimilate into the school social community. He is the man who insisted that warm clothing be provided to people released from the county jail in the dead of winter. He is the man who has always derailed the train of bigotry and hatred, and demanded love and respect instead. He is the conscience of Park City.
If there is a human on this Earth who lives as Jesus would have wanted us to live, it is Father Bob Bussen.
No left turns
Ever since the "No Left Turn" signs went up on Kearns Blvd., Prospector residents have been very much maligned, being blamed for the unacceptable commute times as workers try to get into Park City in the morning.
In all fairness to Prospector residents, of which I am one, it should be noted that in meetings with city officials, the residents pleaded that something be done to improve rush hour conditions for workers trying to get into the city. A 40-minute wait time stuck in traffic is unacceptable, and we feel the frustration of those commuters just wanting to get to work. But, unfortunately, re-directing large volumes of traffic off of Kearns into a residential neighborhood is not the solution.
Prospector resident after resident testified before city council about witnessing traffic violations in the neighborhood during morning rush hour. One homeowner even provided video documentation — traffic violations in Prospector on weekday mornings before the signs went up were not an aberration, they were the norm. It was an issue of public safety.
Ours is a neighborhood without sidewalks, close to the schools, with children walking to school at the same time cars were speeding through our neighborhood, running stop signs and not yielding to pedestrians in sidewalks. Something needed to be done to ensure public safety, just as something still desperately needs to be done to improve commute conditions into Park City.
Lastly, to the commuter from Heber who complained about the misuse of police resources to enforce the "No Left Turn" rules: Since when is public safety NOT a concern for the police?
Habitat For Humanity For Summit and Wasatch Counties would like to give a big thumbs up to Dave Burbidge of Burbidge Construction, Mike Hale of Mike Hale Chevrolet, and Mike Holm of The Market at Park City (formerly Dan’s). Thank you for your support and commitment for such an important cause.
Thanks a bunch!
Julie Bernhard, Director
Habitat for Humanity for
Summit and Wasatch counties
For the past five to 10 years in particular, the predicted traffic backups into and around Park City highlight even more the "canary-in-the-silver-mine" notice to all.
Does it surprise anyone that we’ve been overrun by cars, trucks and commercial traffic speeding through our surface streets? Oversold and getting hammered by it, this used-to-be-perfect place is losing its soul. The Flagstaff (Empire) Canyon mega-project has turned historic, 20 mph Marsac Avenue into a people-free zone with speeding the norm. The Creole Gulch project, if approved as proposed will wipe out another historic residential neighborhood by adding hundreds more construction and service industry vehicles forever past these homes.
The recent revisit of and comments regarding the S.R. 248 traffic backups and poaching of our neighborhoods by commuters and guests is indicative of measurable decline in what brought us here to start with. Unfortunately, the idea that widening the road to four lanes would solve the problem is a misguided myth. It does nothing but increase the volume and speed of clueless drivers. The 248 entry was designed one lane and slow speed, so that drivers would be forced to slow down entering past existing neighborhoods and schools. Complaining about it does nothing but trick us into wasting millions of taxpayer dollars to make it even worse. Get used to it. Change your work/travel times. Try some patience. Maybe move to L.A. where there are lots of wide roads.
Most of us can deal with the traffic problems most of the time, but don’t be fooled into thinking that widening roads or building new ones solves anything long-term. It only serves as a catalyst for more traffic volume, resident angst and a real loss to the community as a whole.
After attending last week’s hearing on the school district budget, I am greatly concerned that we as a school district are heading towards disaster. I am also concerned that many people in the community, with whom I have spoken, have absolutely no idea we face this crisis. I have reviewed all the proposed recommendations and I am dumbstruck by the lack of vision or clear direction that has been put forward at this time. Each and every recommendation was focused on cutting expenses, and after reviewing them, I am convinced they will lead this district in a direction that we will never recover from. The Park City School Board wishes to increase class size, reduce counselors and increase teachers’ workloads at a time the state of Utah — never a leader in educational foresight — is attempting to do the opposite. As John Pollard stated at the meeting, we should be embarrassed that we are making teachers and personnel beg for their positions. We have some of the best teachers I have come across working in this district, and we should not allow the present proposals to go forward unless we are willing to lose a most valuable resource. I am also surprised that there was not one recommendation as to how we might increase revenues, which must certainly be a part of any serious study. It is time for the district to hear from ALL concerned parents, in writing, that this direction is unacceptable, and that we expect them to lead the district to excellence, not mediocrity!
It is outrageous and beyond comprehension that a few legislators, even according to KSL radio’s Nightside program March 1 who witnessed the last seconds of the session, apparently intentionally sabotaged S.B. 190, the Animal Cruelty Offenses bill. There is no reasonable, civil explanation for how this sensible piece of legislation that the majority of Utahns have supported for 12 years, could have passed both the House and Senate, and yet still die at the stroke of midnight as it did.
How in the world could they vote for issues like toxic waste and extravagant soccer stadiums, both very unpopular with the public, yet callously dismiss S.B. 190 and, in so doing, send a message to the world that, here in Utah, it’s normal and OK to torture companion animals, as some representatives implied in their public comments. It’s clear after several years of attempting to pass this bill, which specifically exempts livestock in its protections, that some of our legislators (especially some in Utah County) do not represent their majority constituents. Find out how your representative and senator voted on S.B. 190. If they ignored you and voted against S.B. 190, remember it next time you go to the polls. Some representatives (their statements are on public record) dismiss the seriousness of torturing an animal, yet are astounded at Utah’s escalating domestic violence incidents. And now, in defeating S.B. 190, they ignore those without voices (defenseless children and animals). These are not people who should be in office representing the rest of us who know better. Animal torture is an act of depraved, intentional violence that should be punished accordingly. Come on, Utah!
We implore Governor Huntsman, now, to listen to the voices of the citizens of Utah, as he did with regard to canceling Divine Strake, and call a special session to pass S.B. 190, Henry’s Law, at long last. The people of Utah, and indeed the majority of the House and Senate have spoken, only to be bullied by a couple of ag-industry politicians. Shameful.
UAAC, formerly Wasatch Humane
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