Letters to the Editor
May 19, 2009
New season, same problem. I took my first ride on the Glenwild trail system last weekend and of course there were a ton of riders, hikers, responsible dog walkers and of course the irresponsible dog walkers with their dogs off their leashes. Being my first ride of the season I politely told the six people I passed with their dogs off the leash that they are required to have them on one and went along my way.
Today I went for a quick lunch ride on Lost Prospector. All of us who ride that trail know that it’s one of the most used trails in Park City as well as it being one of the "tightest" trails. It came as a big surprise to me today when I came upon a woman with three dogs, two of them by her side and the third walking slowly right in the middle of the trail.
Luckily it was on a short straightaway and wasn’t a blind corner, but I patiently stopped and waited for her to call her dog off the trail. I also tried to whistle to the dog to get its attention with no luck. The woman proceeded to tell me that he was deaf. I pulled up next to her and asked, "Deaf?" She said, "Yeah, well, partially." When I suggested that since it’s a busy trail and maybe she should at least leash her partially deaf dog, she looked at me like I was insane. I just smiled and rode off.
My point is this: I’m a dog lover but I leash my dogs all the time. I take my dog to a dog park to let them run free and I suggest you do the same. I’d never want to hurt a dog but I know no matter how cautiously I ride my bike the day is going to come where an unleashed dog runs in front of me and the two of us get hurt. Not cool. This "everybody but me" mentality in Park City’s got to go … use common sense and good judgment.
There’s a brand-new dog park … USE IT!
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Just happy to share the road
(An open letter to bikers of Park City:)
I am writing to thank you for biking on the road, and bringing a new vehicle onto the streets of Park City in the spring time. I am happy to share the road. Once, I was worried as to how anyone could have ever comfortably biked on the street. It was when I got my drivers license that this fear ceased. I found that at sixteen years of age I never got distracted while driving and had complete control of the car. I never swerved while picking up a dropped quarter or drove with my knee while eating a burrito. In fact, I was such a good driver at the age of sixteen that I would be fine being in a vehicle with no airbags or seatbelts or protection of any kind next to a teenager in a vehicle containing more mass and more power. Even if a collision were to happen, all you need is a helmet to show up Newton and his law regarding "linear momentum." Anyway, back to my main point: Thank you for contributing a little something extra to driving in the spring. Getting to drive behind you is excellent as I rarely want to get within 15 miles of the 20 MPH speed limit, and when I do feel like cranking it up to 7 MPH I get to pass easily with no threat to you (so long as you are wearing a helmet).
See you on the streets!
Bag the weight limit for soapbox derby
I would like to comment on the soap-box derby held on lower Main Street last Saturday. I applaud the effort in general and think the event was a great idea, well executed and an awesome addition to the summer calendar of events on Main Street.
That being said, the weight limit imposed by the organizers of the event was insensitive and runs counter to the overall spirit of inclusivity and camaraderie that should be the central mission of this activity.
First, kids with weight problems constantly have to face roadblocks and exclusion when it comes to sporting events. This could have been one area where their weight could actually benefit them in a contest and they were summarily denied the right to enter.
Also, the scenarios for enforcing this limit invite devastatingly embarrassing incidents for fragile childhood self esteems. Placing a scale at the entry booth to screen young kids who fit the "profile" would be infinitely worse than waiting to get picked last to play kickball on the playground. More likely, the publicized announcements on KPCW, The Park Record, and Park City Magazine citing the weight restriction prevented any kids with weight problems from even showing up.
To the organizers of the event: Do what you have to do to get rid of this requirement next year and otherwise keep up the good work.
Food was great; support was the best
To the generous parents of the Treasure Mountain International School (TMIS) PTSO:
Thank you so very much for the chocolate, the breakfast, the lunch, the gift card, and, most of all, the continued support and kindnesses throughout the year. You are the BEST. Iris Durfee
On behalf of the faculty and staff of TMIS
Thanks for the publicity
Thank you for putting our request for parents to run for a position on Treasure Mountain’s School Community Council (TMIS SCC) in your Education Briefs May 13-15, 2009, section of the paper. We appreciate your generosity and feel The Park Record is sincerely dedicated to our community.
and the TMIS SCC
Garage sale was a community effort
Shining Stars School would like to thank Park City for a very successful garage sale last Saturday. This could not be done without the generous donations of so many individuals and businesses. Thank you to Pastor Bob Kaylor and Park City Community Church. Your open door policy and "whatever you need" attitude for a solid week leading up to this event is greatly appreciated. Thank you to The Sports Authority, Walmart, White Pine Touring and Starbucks. Your donations of clothes racks, hangers and coffee kept us moving. Thank you to the community for donations and for coming to shop. Most of all, thank you to Jennifer Terry. Your hard work and selfless giving is an inspiration to us all!
They made tribute to teachers a success
Last week we celebrated Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week at Parley’s Park Elementary School. We are fortunate to have such a high quality of staff and it was wonderful to show them how much we appreciate them. This week would not have been possible without the generous donations of time, effort, food and gifts from our dedicated parents and our very supportive local merchants. It is wonderful and heartening to live in a community where people willingly and happily support local educational events, even in this economic downturn. As chairperson, I would like to thank everyone who helped make this a truly special week for our teachers and staff.
Teacher appreciation chairperson