Letters to the Editor
February 11, 2008
Several weeks ago, I read a letter to the editor from an individual expressing their frustration over the fact that when their street is plowed, the driver of the plow often leaves a large wall of snow in front of their driveway. They also expressed their concern that by writing a letter, they might experience retribution in the way of a larger wall left on their driveway with future plowings.
For a moment, I empathized with the author of the letter. We often have a large wall left at the top of our driveway, usually right after we have cleared the previous wall! However, it doesn’t take long to figure out that if the drivers of those plows had to lift their blades every time they crossed a driveway, well, you figure it out.
This letter is to not only compliment the snow plow drivers that are keeping our streets passable under very challenging conditions this season, but also to thank one driver in particular. This past Sunday evening around 10 p.m., driving a large, yellow, New Holland plow and seeing that our driveway was covered from top to bottom with huge drifts (we had just returned home from a four-day trip), topped by a five-foot wall of snow at the top of the driveway from previous plowings, this driver, wearing a vest and a cowboy hat, took a moment to help us.
With several passes of his machine, he swept the huge mass of snow off of the top of our driveway, saving us hours of labor. We wish to express our appreciation to this gentleman, as well as the city for hiring this type of individual. A small act of kindness like this goes a long way and serves as another reason we love living in Park City.
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Seat belts needed for school buses
Dear Mr. Barker,
Thank you for your information on the maintenance procedures and air quality around and in our children’s busses. Since your school busses are lacking the most basic of safety equipment, seat belts, let’s hope all that healthy air will protect them in case of an accident. If you want us to breathe easier about the condition of the vehicles you transport our most valuable cargo in, perhaps the additional money would be better spent installing seat belts.
Interfaith Council praises Hinckley
The Interfaith Council of Park City wishes to express their unified feelings of sympathy at the passing of President Gordon B. Hinckley. We wish to join with our LDS neighbors in an interfaith expression of prayer and gratitude for this spiritual leader. His influence and example have provided a noticeable and welcome spirit of unity.
President Hinckley has been key in our community in building bonds of friendship and respect among faith communities. We have all felt the influence of his spirit and teachings, as we have become better neighbors, friends and bothers and sisters.
As an Interfaith Council, we take great joy in our friendship. We have a bond of brotherhood, and sisterhood that we relish. Much of that has been fostered by local representatives of the LDS Church modeling the inter-faith sentiments of President Hinckley, and we have welcomed it. President Hinckley’s life has been one of selfless service to his faith. A consistent leader of the LDS people for over 75 years, and an example of how people of faith should reach out into the world and find ways of assisting others.
He built houses of worship, taught courageously the tenants of his faith, encouraged people to reach for something higher than self, but humbly shunned the spotlight. He will be missed! We encourage all in our community to be good neighbors, friends and influences for good in our community. No matter what Faith Tradition you wish to follow, the example of Gordon B. Hinckley will live in our memories of one who cherished his people, and his neighbors. He will be missed.
The Interfaith Council of Park City
Tim Dahlin, President
Representing: The Baha’i Faith; Calvary Chapel of Park City, The Christian Center of Park City; The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Park City Stake; The First Church of Christ Scientist, Park City; Mountain Life Evangelical Free Church; Mountain Vineyard Christian Fellowship; The Park City Community Church; The Park City Presbyterian Church; Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church; St. John’s Anglican Church; St. Luke’s Episcopal Church; St Mary’s Catholic Church; Temple Har Shalom; Unity Spiritual Center
Put SB 117 in an oven
The General Session of the Utah Legislature is before us again and the fight to enact SB 102 (Henry’s Law) has begun. SB 102 calls for a first offense felony option when prosecuting animal abusers.
One of the most adamant opponents to Henry’s Law is Dist 19’s Senator Allen Christensen. (R-Morgan, Summit and Weber Counties). This year Sen. Christensen has proposed a watered-down version of Henry’s law-SB 117.
SB 117 would not allow a felony charge unless the animal abuser was caught twice within five years. In essence, Henry would need to be put in the oven again, Ozzie the Pomeranian would have to be shot again and another litter of puppies would have to be thrown away before prosecutors would be allowed a felony option.
Recently there have been many horrific stories of animal cruelty. These acts can only be punished as misdemeanors. Isn’t it time to stop animal cruelty? Make a change?
Henry and I along with help from many volunteers have been out in the community for the past year speaking to and with the constituents about Henry’s Law. We know what the constituency wants. Christensen says his voters don’t want Henry’s Law…Let him and all Representatives and Senators know the truth. It is time to have a first offense felony option available when dealing with animal torture and abuse. It is time for Gene Davis’ SB 102 (Henry’s Law) to be passed. It is time.
Rhonda Kamper (owner of Henry)
Bush is running up the debt
Troubled about giving poor folks a little money and some food? What about help with education for those not so fortunate as yourself? The thought of providing health care for others probably pushes that button pretty hard, doesn’t it? But wait just a sec, lighten up friend, now is the perfect time to buy your first Maserati. Not enough cash? No problem – I’m sure your credit rating is still top notch. Even better, charge it to your kids! This is pretty much what Bush has done for the U.S. in Iraq, except he was actually too stupid to even get a neat car. This message was not approved by Barack Obama but I’m sure he appreciated your Utah vote.
Over Plowed and Under Appreciated
Old Town is always a challenge especially this year. Thank to all the plow drivers out there trying to make a difference.
Wanship The proper role of government – privatization?
The last several sessions of the Utah Legislature have sought to pass various measures attempting to limit the authority of our cities and locales to control their own destiny. One of the first bills was an effort by then Senate President Alma Mansell, a major real estate industry figure, to limit or prohibit local planning and zoning functions that affect developers. Last year saw the disastrous bill by Mel Brown, giving developers the ability to incorporate their property into their own city without any input from the county government or neighbors, and without even requiring agreement by any of the other 100 required named landowners. We have three of these monstrosities pending in court actions in Wasatch County, and Speaker Curtis has refused to allow any "fixes" to the bill this year.
This year we are faced with the most insidious bill yet a bill to privatize any government activity or property that competes with a developer/entrepreneur. Craig Frank, (R) Pleasant Grove, has introduced bills that could require cities to sell their golf courses to developers. Close and sell their fitness centers. Close equestrian centers so the "private" sector would not face competition. Obviously this is like cracking Ft. Knox for developers who are salivating over some of the choicest real estate in every municipality. Frank was quoted as saying "we need to step back and determine what is government’s responsibility and what is private sector’s." (SLTrib 1/29).
At least he got that right. Let’s examine the proper role of government.
The principles of the Republican Party and democratic government in general have always been to have decision-making at the level closest to the people. For the State Legislature to dictate how our cities are run, how we choose to zone and plan, and what life enhancing benefits we choose to offer in our communities is dead wrong. Un-American.
Our community facilities are operated and priced to serve all the citizens, the elderly, the poor, teenagers, as well as the top two percent of money earners who, with their tax cuts, can afford gated communities and exclusive and expensive golf if they choose. Our children grow up in communities with opportunities to do something other than "hang out" at the Wal-Mart. The open spaces and trees of our golf courses enhance all our lives whether we play golf or cross country ski or just look at these beautiful parks. Recreational facilities raise the property values of a community. They enhance our quality of life. Most importantly, they represent the desires of the people who live in a community. That is a proper role of government.
What is not proper is for State legislators to pass laws about what we can or can’t do in our home communities. It’s not proper to turn our jewels and treasures into multiuse developments with a Wal-Mart or a gated private expensive and exclusive golf community to enrich developers and speculators. It goes against everything the formerly Grand Old Party ever stood for. It is bad policy. HB75, HB76, HB120 and SB45 by Howard Stephenson, must be defeated. Call your state representative or Senator and demand they stay to the proper role of government. If you don’t, your family’s quality of life may shortly diminish forever in our beautiful state.