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Get your heads out of your rockets, Congress

Editor:

"LET THEM EAT CAKE," Marie-Antoinette (1755-93), the Queen consort of Louis XVI, is supposed to have said when she was told that the French populace had no bread to eat. Well, wake up Congress, we have no reasonable ability to get from one place to another.

We do not have adequate mass transit, fossil fuel, wind power, nuclear power, bio fuels, pedal power, or the desire to use shoe leather. What we do have is a bunch of partisan narrow-minded self-centered politicians spending our money acting like school kids on the playground trying to blame each other for a recent cooties outbreak.

While the American public suffers, you are so arrogant that you continue to fund a bunch of little boys with pointed hats, big glasses, and pocket protectors who send toys into space so they can jump up and down throwing confetti in the air every time the pretty rocket goes up in the sky.

NASA is irrelevant given today’s economic conditions. Think about it. They specialize in fuel technologies, and propulsion systems. They already have a huge infrastructure and all of the players in place to make not the next moon shot but the next energy shot.

What would make NASA relevant again is to divert their attention toward fuel and propulsion systems that get us where we here on earth want to go. Turn those fuel-systems scientists to the search for a sustainable fuel that is environmentally sensitive and economical. Direct the rocket scientist to build an engine and associated systems that safely enable our citizens to move about this country.

Congress, get your heads out of your rockets and help the American people. Address the issue and stop pushing your petty little self-serving agendas. On the other hand, what do I know? I am just a redneck living in a small country town in Utah.

Robert Sasser

Peoa

Outlet coupon books support local schools

Editor:

The Parley’s Park Elementary PTA would like to give a big thanks to Nancy Gray and the Tanger Outlet Center. Through their wonderful TangerBucks coupon book program, over $1,200 was donated to our PTA for the 2007-08 school year!

The entire community can easily take part in this program. For every coupon book sold, $1 gets donated to schools like Parley’s. The coupon books are full of savings at most of the Tanger Outlet stores, and are available at the mall office.

Thank you, Tanger, for supporting our local schools and letting us participate in this terrific program!

Laura Falter

TangerBucks chair and Parley’s Park PTA

Anne Bransford likes to get her hands dirty

Editor:

Very few people have the distinction of claiming he or she is a fifth-generation property owner in Park City. Very few parents, for that matter, have the courage and the patience to raise three young children alone for the last nine years.

This lady is the epitome of a multi-tasker as a perpetual volunteer, businesswoman and single mother of three. Anne Bransford is enormously proud of her three accomplished children: the eldest is in the eleventh grade at Park City High School, the second is a tenth-grader at PCHS and her youngest is finishing the seventh grade at Ecker Hill. All three children graduated from Parley’s Park Elementary School where Anne is still remembered by students as Miss Anne, the mom who chaired Field Day for five years running and was nominated twice for Volunteer of the Year.

Anne can usually be spotted at girls’ volleyball games, band/jazz band concerts, Ecker Hill drama productions, Park City Miners’ football games either running the concessions of in the bleachers cheering with fellow supporters. As a member of the State Lacrosse Championship Committee, she was in charge of all gate security and ticket sales for the event. Recently, Anne acted on one of her favorite expressions: "I like to get my hands dirty!" as she and Glen Shurtleff chipped away four feet of snow and ice from the field and the bleachers in order to host the event.

Anne has had numerous direct dealings with teachers and administrators and four out of eight schools in the district. She has served on hiring committees for replacement teachers in the district, served on numerous boards, chaired, or was involved in, several school fund-raisers or social events, and has been in as many as five carpools at one time!

As a native Utahn and graduate of PCHS’s #1 rival, Judge Memorial, who later earned a degree in economics from Wheaton College in Massachusetts, Anne often jokes with her children: Once a Judge Bulldog, always a Park City Miner.

Please vote for Anne Bransford for the Third District school board position on June 24. Anne CAN do the job and will serve us well.

Carolyn MacDonald

Park City

Coaching educators get a warm welcome

Editor:

I wanted to thank all those who helped make the 8th Annual National Coaching Educators Conference an unqualified success last week. The USSA and USOC hosted the event up at the Grand Summit Resort, and over 90 college professors, youth sport and high school adminstrators, and national governing body staff attended the conference. Despite the cool temperatures they received a very warm welcome and had a really great experience here in Park City. Special thanks to Kasey Stanislaw at the Grand Summit, Dr. Eric Heiden, the crew at the UOP, and all the establishments at Redstone, and Main Street (especially the No-Name.) I’ve heard lots of folks are planning to return to vacation here, so good job Park City!

David McCann

Park City

We need an educator on the board

Editor:

On June 24th, those of us in the Park Meadows South, Park West, Quarry Mountain, Ranch Road South and Silver Springs precincts have the opportunity to vote in a primary for the Park City Board of Education Precinct 3 (Vern Christensen’s seat). The top two candidates, of the three running, will continue on to the general election in November. If you are unable to get to your polling location that day, please consider voting by absentee ballot (http://www.summitcounty.org/clerk/election ). Absentee ballot applications should be received by the County Clerk by June 18th so they have time to verify you on the voter roles and send you a ballot all ballots must be postmarked by June 23rd.

When you vote, please consider voting for Gerd Holmsen Aguilar. Gerd is the only educator on the ballot her 40 years in public education and 25 years of involvement in education at the legislative level make her the candidate we need on our school board in the coming years. Many of the issues facing PCSD have to do with curriculum, teachers and state-level politics. Whether it’s reviewing our math curriculum, ELL program, PATHs program, participation grading policy, understanding contract negotiation, retaining teachers or fending off the state politicians as they review taking more of our education tax dollars we need someone who understands the education side of education representing our district.

A school board needs to be balanced to include parents, the business community and educators. Please make sure we keep an educator on the school board by voting for Gerd Holmsen Aguilar on June 24th.

Thank you,

Tania Knauer

Park City McPolin and TMMS parent


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