Letters to the Editor
Editor: I guess the deal is now if you build a subdivision on S.R. 224, you now get a free traffic light. Would it make more sense for planners to connect these subdivisions with roads leading to fewer traffic lights, yet still providing safe access to 224? Sincerely, Rick Wagner Park City Thanks to the community Editor: We would like to thank the wonderful people of Park City for the love and support shown to us since the death of our son Shannon, on Jan. 7. We have been overwhelmed by your thoughtfulness and generosity. Your cards, personal notes, flowers, food, and simple acts of kindness have eased our pain. We are blessed to live in such a caring community. St. Mary’s Catholic community resided over beautiful, moving and holy ceremonies for Shannon’s viewing, funeral and burial. The congregation continues to be a tremendous source of strength for us. Thanks to the city employees who put aside their other important commitments to prepare Shannon’s site for burial on such short notice. Thanks to the counselors and youth ministry leaders from St. Mary’s for giving up their weekend to come together and help the young people of our community, from all religious faiths, grieve and try to unravel the feelings involved at the death of someone so young and vibrant. Thanks to the Black Diamond Soccer Club for providing a delicious luncheon following Shannon’s burial. We heard that over 500 people attended this luncheon. These people are not professional caterers; they are our mothers, fathers, coaches and daughters from our daughter Sarah’s soccer club. Their generosity is truly appreciated. We would also like to thank Coach Barry and the Park City High School JV and Varsity hockey teams for the encouragement and support they gave Shannon while he was on the team. He loved being a Park City High School hockey player! We have received many letters from Shannon’s friends sharing their personal feelings and memories of Shannon. These letters will be cherished and read many, many times over our lifetime. Thank you for providing this extra insight into his life. What a beautiful community we live in. Not only for its natural beauty but, more importantly, for the people who call Park City their home. We thank you. Brian, Lisa and Sarah McInerney Exploring ghost towns and mines Editor: I was recently made aware of an article regarding abandoned mines in Utah. I’m disturbed at the lack of research into the subject. Also, it was a very one-sided article that did not portray accurate information. In June 2005, Mark Mesch (OGM) was credited with the following quote: "Since 1985 there have been five deaths and numerous injuries in abandoned mines in Utah." Five deaths in 20 years? I can’t think of any outdoor activity that has a lower fatality rate, except maybe flyfishing. More people were killed in avalanches in 2004 alone, than in 20 years of exploring abandoned mines, but no avalanche areas have been closed. Rock climbing fatalities in 2003 were higher than the 20-year total of abandoned mine related deaths. To date we have yet to destroy any mountains due to the hazard they pose. Mines and ghost towns are an integral part of the history of the west and of Utah in particular. Without the mines, an estimated 90 percent of the backcountry trails and roads would not exist. Gold Rush Expeditions fields thousands of e-mails each year from people planning vacations to Utah who want to visit old mines and ghost towns. I don’t think anyone can deny the excitement that is felt when finding an old mine or ghost town. Yet each year, Utah Oil, Gas and Mining seeks to close more sites. Each mine that is "reclaimed" is taking tourist revenue from Utah. If the current trend continues, the ghost towns and mines will be gone and with it — a significant chunk of tourist revenue. The fact is that mines are no more dangerous than any other outdoor attraction, and as numbers show, mining is the least dangerous of ANY outdoor activity. As with any hobby or sport, common sense is key. Gold Rush Expeditions documents many historic sites and shares our findings with the public. Our Web site, http://www.goldrushexpeditions.com , receives over 12,000 hits monthly, testament to the interest in this field. Sincerely, Corey Shuman Gold Rush Expeditions WWII pilgrimage Editor:
The Association of Sons and Daughters of WWII Veterans will lead a group to England and France during April 2006 to commemorate the 62nd anniversary of the historic D-Day landings, the Battle for Normandy and the drive through France to Bastogne.
The itinerary will include London, Portsmouth, Cherbourg, Omaha and Utah beaches, Caen, St. Mere Eglise, Caretan, Argentan, Falaise and Paris. A memorial service will be held at the American Military Cemetery at Colleville Sur Mer in France.
For detailed information call Sy Canton, executive director, (561) 865-8495 or send inquiries to 5121 B Nesting Way, Delray Beach, Fla. 33484. Sincerely, Sy Canton Delray Beach, Fla.
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Buses, trains and gondolas doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, but they make up the transit alternatives for the mountain transportation system the Central Wasatch Commission is trying to create, mostly in the Cottonwood canyons.