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Protecting wildlife

Editor:

Last week I witnessed the very persistent and nearly thankless effort of a Summit County Sheriff’s Department Deputy as he endeavored to prevent a large male moose from crossing into heavy auto and truck traffic near the Jeremy Ranch Elementary School on Interstate 80. With lights flashing, he repeatedly moved his SUV alongside the roadside fence blocking and eventually discouraging the moose from crossing onto the busy highway.

This action obviously was of both public safety benefit and it also protected wildlife, which enhances the Nordic/out-of-doors amenities of our locale. Bravo to the Sheriff’s Department for a job well done!

And, as an aside We have two family dogs at our residence that are kept in the yard during the day with electronic collars. They then sleep in our garage. We can’t say the same for all of our neighbors. On many a night we wake up to hear dogs who are accidentally allowed out to run free. Sadly, they are often in pursuit of deer and moose that have wandered down out of the foothills.

Stu Carlson Jeremy Ranch

Responsible actions?

Editor:

For all of you pet owners who have never had your beloved pet escape from your yard, walk without a leash, pull out of their collars, gone to the end of your driveway, chased a cat, another dog, perhaps even a deer and have had your pet live life at the end of a rope, kudos to you! You are a perfect pet owner (according to Animal Control). Please don’t pass judgment on others who are not as perfect as you.

If you want to talk about responsibility, let’s talk about the actions of the sheriff and his responsibility — two stray bullets behind the elementary school on a Friday afternoon. It is said that he shot from a good 60 to 70 feet away. Where did the two stray bullets go? Is that responsible? Is that acceptable? What about the man who shot the moose in the Black Hawk Station neighborhood and who was charged criminally for discharging a firearm in a residential neighborhood? He wasn’t right next to a school. So let’s really talk about responsibility.

For all of you who believe that it was justice that a dog was shot and killed, maybe you should try having an animal. They will lower your blood pressure and make you laugh, smile and cry. These are all healthy emotions and maybe if you evoke them you might not be so miserable and filled with hate.

Katie Johnson Park City

A poem for Shannon

Shannon

Your life was short but your happiness was never ending.

A smile everyone loved.

A personality no one could hate.

I do believe it was your time to go.

Your work on Earth was done.

God needed you in heaven.

No one should mourn.

You wouldn’t have wanted that.

We miss you!

Sincerely,

Belle Arnone Park City

Financial literacy

Editor:

In a guest editorial in the Jan. 7-10, 2006 edition, by The Park City High School Community Council, it was stated, "The State of Utah has mandated that a .5 credit of financial literacy be completed to obtain a diploma, commencing with the graduating class of 2010." I believe that the State of Utah has mandated that the financial literacy credit must be completed commencing with the class of 2008.

The Utah Jump$tart Collation, which is dedicated to teaching financial literacy to youth and of which I am a board member, was instrumental in helping get the financial literacy requirement passed into law. Only one other state requires high school students to complete such a course. I can attest, by virtue my professional career, that requiring such a course will be of benefit to all the students for the rest of their lives.

Bill Mullen CFPR, MBA, CSAR Park City

County code violations

Editor:

I am delighted to listen to KPCW and hear about organizations’ suits against Summit County affordable housing non-compliance.

Summit County approved a development called Aspen Highlands without adhering to their own code.

They and our recreation department approved of sidewalks within the development and called them trails, in addition to fields and parks that aren’t up to code.

They and Mountainlands Community Housing Trust approved of lots, not dwelling units, for affordable housing.

In addition, they approved of one-foot seedlings to be planted, in lieu of trees, to screen this development’s houses from the summit of I-80.

Despite over 500 signatures gathered on a petition against the development because it did not comply with the county code, this development passed with higher than the eight allowable houses.

Maureen McAllister Park City

High level of hypocrisy

Editor:

Bode Miller’s confession that he skis "wasted" may have been reckless, but the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association earns my prize for most hypocritical. USSA President and CEO Bill Marolt publicly denounced Miller, but his organization collects sponsorship dollars from the world’s largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch. Miller was right in describing his behavior as risky — one in five ski injuries involves alcohol. That fact alone should make Marolt question whether the USSA should continue to do the alcohol industry’s dirty work by promoting an "official malt beverage" to young ski fans.

Sincerely,

Lindsay Leon-Atkins San Rafael, Calif.

Lacrosse fundraiser

Editor:

Park City Lacrosse Organization would like to thank the entire community for their support of our annual fundraiser. We picked up over 500 trees and took them to the mulching facilities around town. We also left trees with Swaner Nature Preserve and they will use them around the preserve for various projects. This project benefits everyone.

Special thanks to The Park Record, KPCW and the Park City Nursery for getting the word out to the community. The funds raised from this project go towards coaches, referees and renting the Newpark Field house for the boys and girls high school lacrosse teams. Both teams now have a JV and Varsity squad, which requires quite a bit of field space. PCLO will also provide transportation to away games this year.

Thank you again and we hope to see everyone out this spring to watch America’s fastest growing sport.

Karen Emerson PCLO Christmas tree chairman


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