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A mixture of tears and pride

Editor:

I have been a Park Record subscriber for more than 15 years and it is with a mixture of tears and pride that I read your front-page article today (November 28) explaining the "resignation" of editorial cartoonist John Kilbourn. I have enjoyed his pointed and humorous wit expressed in art regarding our hubris-rich community, and will miss my rare opportunities to laugh out loud. But I admire the journalistic responsibility demonstrated by the Park Record management in their public display of values.

Plagiarism is a form of cheating and should be considered as unacceptable as deceiving the IRS, padding your resume, or shoplifting. Celebrate and own what is yours admire and respect what is not. Thank you for the laughs, John but thank you Park Record for modeling integrity.

Matt Culberson

Wanship

A gift to us all from the Raymond family

Editor:

I am writing to express our deep appreciation to the Raymond Family Foundation, which continues to generously support recycling initiatives in our community.

For the past eight years, the Raymond Family Foundation has been the largest private contributor to The Park City Conservation Association, dba Recycle Utah. Through their assistance, our community recycling center has been able to substantially expand its conservation and educational efforts in Summit County.

Specifically, the Foundation has provided the funding needed to subsidize our heavily-used plastics collection program. Together, we are preventing tons of plastic material from being discarded as trash. Our landfills are nearing capacity, and gifts such as this help preserve our irreplaceable open spaces and thus represent a major benefit to us all.

We also use this support to further develop our educational programs in local schools. These lesson plans are vitally important as the next generation holds the welfare of our planet in its hands. Recycle Utah has created a number of programs designed to educate our students on conservation and re-use opportunities.

The Raymond Foundation has given a gift to us all. On behalf of everyone at Recycle Utah, thank you for your support of an environmentally friendly Park City.

F. Marc Estabrook

Recycle Utah

A letter from a proud son Editor:

I feel compelled to let the community know what they are going to be missing out on in The Park Record. For over 10 years my Dad, John Kilbourn, has been illustrating the highly debated and controversial topics in Park City and Summit County for the Park Record. He recently resigned from his position.

Whether it was the 2002 Olympic Scandal, fat politicians or the many corrupt real-estate developers, Kilbourn has struck many hot buttons. John has a way of voicing through art what words cannot. Growing up, I would always relish the stories of my Dad getting phone calls from angry politicians and their staff. These calls were obviously about the uncomfortable truths that his caricatures and captions portrayed. It’s very sad to see John leave The Park Record because cartooning and illustration are very rare with computers now doing most imaging. John is a phenomenal artist, political activist and member of the community that can never be replaced.

Thanks, Dad Patrick Kilbourn

Help us keep it real, John

Editor:

OK … a mistake was made, an honest mistake, by the way, as we all are human, John. First and foremost, as a longtime fan of all of your work over the many, many years you have helped keep our town "real" and help us all "not take ourselves too seriously" I forgive you. Also, I truly believe we all forgive you in our community. Who among any of us has not had a weak moment when we all have not made the best of decisions or choices, sometimes in our lives?

John, you rock the house, no matter what happens, and I for one wish you would seriously reconsider your decision of resigning from the Park Record as its cartoonist. Take some time off on the ski hill or islands like we all need sometimes then apply back with the Park Record. And when you are reinstated in your role as our beloved and local cartoonist, your very first cartoon back in the seat is of yourself. We love you, John, we forgive you again, and most importantly, we all are human again, and … we need you, John … your home, your friends, your fans, and less than fans, and your community of Park City needs you! Please reconsider and come back … help us all, John, to always "keep it real" in this village we all call home!

A. Flint Decker

Park City

Affordable-housing open house is Dec. 3

Editor:

On behalf of both Summit County and Park City Municipal Corporation, we are pleased to jointly sponsor a Community Open House on Affordable Housing this Monday, December 3, at the Utah Olympic Park between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. This free community event will be hosted by the Utah Housing Coalition and is open to all in our community with over ten separate experts and organizations discussing affordable housing all available for us to meet and talk with each personally in a casual and highly informative environment! Many of our elected and volunteer appointed City and County officials and planning commissioners will also be attending, as well as many other representatives throughout our community so we hope you can come out "to The Park" on Monday night to talk one on one with each other and be a part of this important discussion on affordable housing and learn more about our local affordable housing solutions. Feel free to show up anytime best for your commute on the way home again, between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and we’ll save you a brownie and some homemade holiday eggnog!

Look forward to seeing all at The Olympic Park Monday evening!"

Mike Washington

Chair, Snyderville Basin Planning Commission

NOEC fund-raiser was fantastic, naturally

Editor:

On behalf of the board of trustees, mentors, and all our youth involved with the Norwegian Outdoor Exploration Center, "TUSEN HJERTELIG TAKK" (a thousand heartwarming thanks) to everyone who made our 27th annual Celebration for Youth and Nature on November 16 such a huge success.

NOEC is especially grateful to Corinthian Colleges and Jan and Jack Massimino for underwriting the evening’s event. Because of them, all the money raised that evening through ticket sales, donations and the sale of our silent and live auction items went directly into NOEC’s Youth Development Program for Summit County.

We are also so very grateful to those who joined us for the fantastic evening, to those who could not attend yet contributed, and to more than seventy merchants, corporations and others who donated the wonderful items for the auctions. Once again, the Joe Muscolino Band was terrific. And the Deer Valley staff demonstrated why their resort is number one! We also want to thank the many table sponsors; we are so appreciative of your unselfish giving and for bringing so many to this special NOEC event. Thanks as well to KPCW, The Park Record and P.C. Printink ("tusen takk" for helping to get the message out to the community); to Judy Jackson and Chesa Verde for adding so much to the elegant dining tables; and to my "family" of our board of trustees and our awesome NOEC mentors and volunteers.

If I failed to acknowledge anyone of the so many who helped, please forgive me because I never want to forget any of you! All involved with NOEC are so humbled and grateful to all of you, the Summit County RAP Tax Committee and United Way of Salt Lake in Summit County.

Once again, my heartfelt thanks! Have a wonderful holiday season. In the spirit of "friluftsliv" (free-air-life) live long and naturally.

Tom Cammermeyer

Founder and executive director


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