Letters to the Editor
December 31, 2007
The Kenny G show continues.
In a week of poignant tragedy and remarkable recoveries, The Park Record gives us brilliant mad-cow derangement from the mouth of our very own town clown and most insignificant landlord, Kenny Ebenezer Griswold.
In a Park Record Christmas Eve article about the heart-rending tragedy of The Canyons avalanche and the death of one man and the fight for life of an 11-year-old local boy – guess who’s quoted? Demonstrating that during the Christmas season no event is too tragic that one can’t find a way to turn it into his own personal gain, Kenny G again attempts to inject his legal problems into an unrelated issue and fabricates an opinion that The Canyons Ski Patrol was not trained or adequately staffed this holiday week. The G Man, with a tear in his eye, claims, "It was my worst fear."
Never mind that the boys at the Utah Avalanche Center, our state’s avalanche experts, unequivocally stated that The Canyons Ski Patrol performed a heroic rescue. Never mind that the community was waiting for any word on the condition of the Park City boy who spent a half hour under the snow and was in critical condition. Instead of news and concern for the community, we get to hear from the man who thinks Rolex makes avalanche transceivers, from the guy who can’t tell an avy shovel from a tulip trowel.
Every mountain town suffers its kooks. But the litigious Griswold doesn’t need to be quoted, while ensconced in his Hollywood Hills mansion, about his greed-fest litigations with ski areas, when our own community would rather hear news on the welfare of one of its own.
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Opening homes, hearts to seasonal workers
I am writing in response to the letter from Bob Rasmussen in Wednesday’s Park Record, which in turn was written in response to the article about all the seasonal employees who are homeless in Park City. I agree with him that the businesses in Park City, and especially the resorts, should be taking more responsibility in making sure that the workers they recruit will have a place to live when they show up in town for the season.
I disagree, however, with the somewhat curmudgeonly suggestion that it is solely the responsibility of the resorts, that the businesses are the only beneficiaries of the seasonal employees and that the only reason a local should think of taking any of these wonderful kids in is out of "mercy."
Last year Michel Boroff, queen of the Roommate Roundup, twisted my arm until I agreed to rent an extra room to two young sisters from New Zealand who were working as ski instructors at PCMR. It was a gracious gesture to "take them in," I suppose, but very quickly it became a pure delight. They were wonderful housemates, I’ve made friends for life, and I just recently got back from New Zealand where I spent an absolutely delightful two weeks with them and their parents. It was so much fun that I am again renting the room this winter to an equally wonderful young couple (she from England, he from New Zealand) who are working at The Canyons.
Opening up your home to a couple of the seasonal employees helps the businesses and resorts, for sure, but it’s also possible that it will open up new friendships that will last a lifetime and be a great experience for you. I love this town because it is a real community. Let’s pull together as a community and make sure that all our guests, whether paying tourists or seasonal employees, have an excellent experience in our town. Sara Pfrommer
Park Record is heavyweight champ
Congratulations are in order to The Park Record! Their Saturday, December 22, edition outweighed Sunday’s Salt Lake Tribune 2 lbs 3 oz to 1 lb 8 oz. Truly an amazing feat considering their relative distributions. Special thanks, in addition to the usual Real Estate section, goes to the Red Ledges, Promontory, Talisker and Victory Ranch ads without which we would never know how great a community we live in!
What happened to Park City hospitality?
It is interesting that a letter to the editor would slam the resorts for not providing housing for employees without mentioning the unbelievable greed shown by people offering rentals in Park City. The stories of inflated rental pricing are not new to Park City but I have never seen in the 35 years that I lived in Park City such massive corruption exhibited towards seasonal workers and on such a grand scale. A friend related a story of 12-15 workers from South America housed in a basement paying $400 each and the Record story of 2 boys sharing a bedroom, each paying $500 each was so embarrassing. What are these greed mongers thinking? Where are the rental regulations that should be in effect? What happened to the hospitality of Park City?
The fact that anyone would try and make the easy buck on college students trying to get ahead or immigrants saving for college or trying to make a better life for themselves is reprehensible.
And what happens when they no longer can afford to come and work because it doesn’t pay the rent or give them food to eat? Who will clean your toilets or serve you food? No wonder America has such a low standing in the eyes of the world. What a bad rap for Park City!
Globally, we think about fencing out the world instead of treating the problem. Do you really think foreign aid reaches the communities suffering from the ravages of poverty, earthquakes, and a poor economy? It is time for us to step up, count our blessings, and directly help the immigrants. What better way than to help them help themselves and also serve us in the recreation industry?
Hail to those who have opened up their homes to boarders for a reasonable monthly rent for this short season! What a great way to promote understanding and harmony in our world! May that effort expand and drive out the greed. Thanks to the Christian Center for showing that some care.
Valerie K. Thurnell
In good hands with local paramedics
As a Park City police officer who is also a city resident, I have had the opportunity to observe our Park City Fire District firefighters and paramedics in action on numerous occasions. As a cop in "the valley" for 20 years before coming to Park City I have also seen other fire personnel performing their duties in difficult circumstances.
On Thursday (Dec. 27), police and fire personnel were summoned to a warehouse on Munchkin Rd. on a call of an "unconcious man." It turned out to be a 63-year-old man who had suffered an apparent heart attack.
When I arrived I observed PCFD paramedics work on the man for what seemed like an eternity. I don’t know all of their names but I have seen most of them on different calls at one time or another. On that day, on that cold cement floor, in a large warehouse, I was privileged to watch a group of emergency medical professionals work feverishly to try to save a life. It was apparent to me, as I’m sure it would have been to anyone who watched them, that they did everything humanly possible, utilizing their training and the most modern technology available. Long after I would have imagined that they would have considered their efforts futile, they worked on with the singular objective of saving a life. Their patient was ultimately transported to the U of U in extremely critical condition. I am not certain but I don’t think that he made it.
What I came away with from that experience was the knowledge that the citizens of this community are fortunate to have the finest emergency medical personnel available. It gave me a sense of appreciation that if something should ever happen to a family member of mine, a loved one, a friend or even myself, that here in Park City we would receive a level of emergency medical care that I would put against any place in the country.
My thanks to the men and women of the Park City Fire District for the tremendous service that they render.
Mountain lion is a dangerous threat
Craig Clyde, a state wildlife biologist, said Parkites should not be worried about the multiple recent sightings of a mountain lion in and around town. What la-la-land is he living in? A predatory animal that becomes habituated to an urban life is a very, very dangerous threat. Don’t repeat the mistake of Boulder, CO. They had a mountain lion peeking in people’s windows, seen walking through yards, being spotted by public service employees, and even in downtown. The residents were told not to worry as Mr. Clyde has told the Parkites. However, one day the mountain lion killed and partially ate a high school athlete as he was jogging in the middle of the day! (Boulder’s experience is documented in the book "The Beast in the Garden" by David Baron). Mr. Clyde stated he "could" contact someone to scare the animal out of the area but would wait until there were more sightings or until the animal appeared to be aggressive. Don’t be naive, Mr. Clyde! You SHOULD do something now contact someone immediately to drive the animal out of the town and back into his natural habitat or better yet, dart the animal and move it away before Boulder’s deadly situation is repeated here in Utah. Do something NOW to prevent a tragedy.
D. Ann Taylor
Salt Lake City
Why pick on Kenny?
Why don’t people like Kenny Griswold?