Letters to the Editor
September 5, 2009
Looking for owner of camera chip
Please help. While vacationing in Park City August 2, my son, Collin, found an Olympus-brand digital camera chip at the base of the chair lift off Main Street (not the Park City Mountain Resort) during the Kimball Arts Festival. We viewed the chip on our computer and one name was visible: Archuleta. There are so many "first" pictures and family videos (including a birth) that my and Collin’s hearts ache that this someone Archuleta lost this camera chip.
One man who is found in many of the pictures is wearing a Park City Mountain Resort long-sleeve shirt and two other photos are with family members.
I’m hoping you can help find the owner of the chip. Collin has been careful to keep the chip safe and is disappointed that I have taken so long to find the owner.
I hope you can help us.
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Problem isn’t valuation, it’s spending
Your article about 20 people filing appeals to their property valuations raises an issue as to whether we should all file appeals. All our homes have dropped in value. In fact the county should just reduce the valuations across the board and everyone would feel warm and fuzzy because the assessed valuations would more closely reflect market conditions. Now, would that reduce taxes? No! The county has budgeted amounts that have to be covered by taxation. Our bills would stay the same regardless of valuation.
The problem is not valuations; it is the county failing to control costs. My bill shows Park City A, J, K & U, whatever that is, going up 27 percent, multi-county A & C going up 18 percent, and uniform school fund going up 15 percent. PC School District seems to have done well with a decrease.
The problem, in my opinion, is that the county has failed to reduce costs and in fact is increasing them.
Dana has the tools and experience
I want to thank the Wasatch Brew Pub for hosting Dana Williams’ first Community Night on Tuesday. It was a great turnout of citizens who obviously care deeply about the past, present and future of Park City. Dana Williams is a unifier and a motivator. He inspires our citizenry to pay attention, get involved and vocalize their cares, concerns and dreams. He listens to all people and legitimately cares about each individual’s opinions. This is what makes up the fabric of a truly participatory and successful community.
Dana’s leadership has inspired me to get involved in the issues that I find important. When he speaks, I hear a call to action. Dana talks of creating and nurturing a "sustainable community." This is critical for all of us as it means preserving what we deem to be our precious resources and quality of life. Dana eloquently describes the honor we all have of living in this community. He talks of having a sense of humor in service as he works to incorporate all of our needs and hopes. Most importantly, Dana has the tools and experience that will continue to enhance and expand Park City’s unique qualities and nurture our ever-evolving community makeup. Through Dana’s proven leadership we can continue to be a thriving world-class destination that is made up of passionate locals.
Thank you again to all those who attended to support Dana in his re-election efforts. Please remember that this truly is our city, our future, our mayor. Vote for Dana Williams in the September 15 primary and reelect him on November 3.
What is a child’s life worth? Peanuts?
To the parents at Trailside Elementary participating in the effort to have the peanut/tree nut ban repealed: I do not know anyone involved, but became aware of the situation at the Sept. 1 school board meeting. Trailside has a six-year-old student who has a doctor-verified life-threatening allergy to peanuts/tree nuts. The school enacted a ban on nuts to protect this student. A group of parents, spearheaded by the PTA President, organized to get the ban removed, arguing in a lengthy flyer the benefits of peanut butter and the fact that a "true" nut free zone is impossible to guarantee.
I am astounded and ashamed of the behavior exhibited by these parents. It is one thing to bemoan the inconvenience of a nut ban, but it is another to mount a concentrated effort to the detriment of a student. I do not believe the parents of this student expect a "true" nut-free zone at school. They just want their child as safe as possible. If a nut ban gives even a 1 percent additional chance of preventing death, it is worth the inconvenience to the population of Trailside. Fortunately, our superintendent and school board acted quickly in voting for a prohibition to peanuts/tree nuts at all elementary schools where a student is enrolled who has a severe allergy.
Life is difficult enough for parents who have a child with such a severe allergy. For the school community to turn against them and argue about inconveniences when their child’s life is at stake, shows a level of callousness I cannot believe. All I can say to those involved in making these poor people’s lives harder is Shame, Shame, Shame.
Why no story on Treasure site visit?
I’m wondering why there was no coverage in The Park Record last week or in the issue today (September 2) regarding the site visit of Treasure Hill on August 26? I know Jay Hamburger did an article about it prior to the meeting and he attended the site visit but nothing was ever printed in the paper about what happened. I believe your readers would be interested to know what took place, some of the reactions, and more about the very large turnout of concerned citizens. Unfortunately not everyone can attend these meetings but do rely on The Park Record to cover the details. It’s unfortunate that The Park Record did not report on the meeting and further inform the citizens of Park City about this massive proposed development in the heart of Old Town.
Brian Van Hecke
Volunteers, paid firefighters saved the day
I want to send a heartfelt thank you to the strangers who grabbed hoses and fought the fire in several pastures directly behind and next to my house until the firemen arrived. The fire damage could have been much worse if you hadn’t taken such quick action. Also, thank you to the firemen who were able to contain the fire and keep it from spreading.