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Aftermath of dog shooting

Editor: We would like to thank everyone for their support regarding the shooting of our family dog, Rowdy, including The Park Record, KPCW and commissioners for allowing time to speak about the issues and getting the story out to the public. Thank you to Wasatch Animal Hospital for taking care of Rowdy and making sure he was properly cared for so he could come home. Words will never express how much we appreciate your kindness and humanity. Thank you to all of the people who took the time to call the radio station and the sheriff’s office, wrote letters and spread the word about the senseless murder of Rowdy. Without all of your efforts and support, nothing would have been done to assure that acts of poor judgment and killing such as this will never be repeated. We understand the leash law and our responsibilities as pet owners. We never let our dog run free on purpose and never wish harm on any animal. Sometimes things happen which are out of our control. We cannot control all the variables in life at all times. We thank you from the bottoms of our hearts. We couldn’t have been taken seriously without your support and feedback. The sheriff has assured us that there will be a full investigation. Hopefully, we will see some changes and receive results so that no one else will have to endure what our family did, and hopefully before the sheriff is up for re-election. Thank you all and go home and hug your furry family members for us. Walk tall, because you made a difference. With sincere gratitude, Jenny Schapper and family Park City Brueningsen editorial Editor: Jeffrey Brueningsen, thank you for your recent guest editorial. I was beginning to wonder whether I was alone in feeling uneasy about the way one of the most prominent nonprofits in Park City was being operated. However, what you did not comment on was the recent granting of RAP Tax monies to the station. I believe that KPCW should consider itself fortunate, when it not only receives RAP Tax money, but also resides in city buildings on a favored status. There is probably no other nonprofit in town that benefits in this way. Perhaps in the future this will be taken into account by the RAP Tax allocations committee, so that other nonprofits, run truer to the intent and ideals of a nonprofit, may gain a greater share of this money. Don Pritchard Park City The world is watching Editor:

In case you haven’t noticed, the traffic in town and out to the junction in the afternoons has been increasing to the point that now we resemble a major city during rush hour. I think everyone in Park City understands the state had the opportunity pre-Olympics to build a long-term solution to the problems at the junction. The result now is that we’ll pay a higher price for that low-cost decision.

However, that’s not the point of this letter. With all the cars coming and going and with the thought of this getting out of hand in the next couple of weeks, it appears our city government is sitting on their hands wondering how to tackle the problem of traffic and parking. Since it’s not going away any time soon, city council, the mayor and Summit County officials need to develop an emergency plan right now to handle the upcoming Sundance traffic and for the balance of the ski season.

You’ve seen the free buses running around town with one or two people on them. Could it be the wrong equipment is being used, the buses are not running the right routes, frequency or all three? I think it’s a combination. The larger buses would be better employed running the major resort routes, hitting the Transit Center and out to the junction. Using smaller mini buses would allow service in parts of the neighborhoods where families live. More frequency, better service and expanded routes would help keep the traffic off the roads during critical periods and prevent traffic from backing up on S.R. 248 from all the moms and dads dropping off their children at school. Who is going to pay for this? We are, as well as our visitors. If the money is not currently in the city and county coffers, borrow it and pay it back with revenues generated during the season. Action is required now. The face of Park City is once again about to be exposed to national and international media. Hopefully, we won’t look like fools to the rest of the world. Dennis Wilkinson Park City Graduation requirements Editor: Shouldn’t we be focusing on the current student population that is not performing as well as they could be, instead of adding the increased burden of additional credit requirements on them? We are all very proud of the successful students at PCHS. But, they are already succeeding. What are we saying to the students who are struggling to succeed or even get by? "We know you are having problems with school but if we make it harder for you, we think you will do better." Let’s just dig a bigger hole for them to fall through. There is a large part of the high school population that needs our help — such as children with academic challenges, who have little or no support at home, who are bored with school and/or those that have to work to support their families. Just because they are not the bright, shining academic stars of PCHS doesn’t mean that their needs should not be met. We need to find a way to help these students. A successful student comes in many forms. Emily Schwab TMIS parent Old Ranch Road signal Editor: I just wanted to join the chorus of grateful residents to thank Summit County for the effort involved in making Old Ranch Road, Sun Peak Drive, and S.R. 224 safer for all of us. The new traffic signal at the intersection of these roads is wonderful and really helps eliminate some dangerous intersections. I know that it took many years of effort and want to thank the county engineer, the Public Works Department and, of course, the Summit County Commission for having the foresight to make this happen. It literally took years to acquire easements to realign Old Ranch Road, negotiate with property owners, design the new road, budget for the new road, negotiate and execute a corridor agreement with UDOT that not only allowed the new traffic signal, but had UDOT pay for it, and of course the time to construct the road and the traffic signal. I believe it cost Summit County almost $1 million to acquire right-of-way and construct the new road. Completion of the traffic signal may have taken a few weeks longer than hoped, but after many years of effort and a lot of time and money to help the local neighborhoods, it was well worth the wait. I am sure it is heartwarming to the County Commission who showed the foresight and perseverance to make this road realignment and subsequent traffic signal happen to read the positive editorials from both the local neighborhoods and the positive support of our local newspaper. Thanks for the good work, Summit County. Dave Allen Park City Contributing to racism Editor: Reference: your article: "Anglo makes most-wanted list. The police say putting white man on list was not reaction to criticism" by Jay Hamburger. I am an average American, 64-year-old grandmother and I want to tell you, directly, that I am sick of this racist, politically correct garbage, which you publish as "news." Why can’t the newspaper industry realize that we are all simply people. Not white people, black people, or brown people. We are Americans. What you are doing is very detrimental to the unity of our great country, and you will be brought to task for it in the long run. You have an opportunity to stop it now, on your own accord, or the newspaper reporting industry will cease to exist due to lack of interest. Why don’t you try to turn The Park Record into a serious reporting vehicle of news instead of socialist propaganda meant to tear down America? Dona Terry Houston Roberts ready for gold Editor: Parkite Nate Roberts will take to the moguls course Thursday afternoon and Friday night (finals) at Deer Valley. Our reigning World Cup and national champion enters DV ranked eighth in the world with just a few events left before the 20th Olympic Games in Torino, Italy. Skiing better and faster then anyone in the world, Nate always shocks us with his gigantic 60-foot back flips on the bottom jump. Go watch this spectacular event Friday night at DV. Cheer on our life-long Parkite while he wins on the toughest course in the world. Go Nate Dawg, Speedy, Pack, Jillian and Bergy. Sincerely, Eric Kramer Park City


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