Letters to the Editor
I am writing in response to the Salt Lake Tribune article on Blair and Susan Feulner’s salary for running the community nonprofit radio stations KPCW and KCPW.
First, I believe we have a good local radio station in town, but unlike Greg Schirf (who wrote in the last edition), I would not agree that is unfair for the Tribune to question (on the front page) the large salaries they make or the almost $900,000 the Feulners pocketed from selling a radio station license they managed to buy through the nonprofit KPCW. The balance of $2.7 million did go to the station.
Greg goes on to say how Blair struggled in those early years and deserves what he gets. How many small businesses do not struggle in their early years?
I do find it interesting that the combined salary of Blair as manager and his wife as co-manager was $270,000 in 2003 when the manager of KUER, an equally good nonprofit station out of the University of Utah is making $65,000. Also mentioned was that each semi-annual fundraiser for KPCW makes about $200,000.
One thing I do question, however, is making deals for the station and in the station’s name (remember, a nonprofit entity) when there is, potentially, substation financial rewards for oneself.
I am all for making money and being successful but when one calls himself a nonprofit entity, I believe there is a different standard one goes by and is perhaps assumed by the person on the other end of the deal. This is what separates most nonprofits from the Sunday TV preachers asking for phone-in donations.
One quote that stood out in the Tribune article was Blair’s response to the new expansion of KCPW into the AM market and if it failed, "The worst thing that could happen is I make a million dollars on the deal — maybe a hell of a lot more." I am not saying what is right or wrong here, but people should ask the same hard questions Blair does when doing his interviews, especially when they are asking for our donations to keep themselves on the air.
Russ Paskoski Snyderville
Donations as salaries?
As an avid listener to National Public Radio I have given donations to both KUER and KPCW. I assumed that both stations had governing boards who made sure that the donations their listeners made were used wisely. I was dismayed and disheartened at the financial decisions made regarding compensation to staff at KPCW.
I will continue supporting the professionalism and sense of community responsibility that KUER continues to display but can no longer trust the fiscal oversight and judgment of KPCW’s governing board. If the station can afford the salaries being paid why are they continuing to ask their listeners for money?
Katherine Sheehan Park City
It’s interesting to read the views on the remuneration gained by the leaders of KPCW. The amount individuals gain from a nonprofit organization is really irrelevant, it is the standard of service given that is most important, and that is where I take issue. KPCW is really a pseudo-commercial station that benefits mainly the real estate community in Park City. Over 40 percent of the airtime is chaired by volunteer announcers who get little training and range from very poor, to extremely good, in their delivery. Frankly, the music played in most of the supermarkets in town is better in variety than that delivered from of the KPCW play list. Well done to those announcers who add a personal touch to their programs, although they are risking getting taken off air.
When pitching the uniqueness of KPCW during pledge drives, we are told that KPCW is not like other corporate-owned radio stations and to that I will agree. However, as far as the music programming goes it is just as bland and vanilla, if not worse, which is a shame, as potentially it could be so much better and truly a jewel in Park City’s crown.
Don Pritchard Park City
Appreciation from Sundance
On behalf of Sundance Institute, I would like to express our deepest appreciation to the Park City community for your support in the recent mutual agreement to relocate our headquarters to Park City. We are thrilled to be officially joining this community for the long term. In addition, we are honored to be joining fellow arts organizations that have built such a vital foundation for arts and culture in the area. We look forward to working with them to the benefit of the overall community. Park City and its charm add significantly to the overall success of the annual Sundance Film Festival. Our relocation will ensure that we continue to present an economically strong and successful event in Park City on an ongoing basis, and secure local businesses’ ability to enjoy significant economic benefits in relation to the Film Festival for many years into the future.
I would especially like to thank the following individuals and community leaders for their support as we worked through the details that allow our relocation to take place: City Manager Tom Bakaly and staff, Paladin Development Partners, Hugh Daniels, City Council and Mayor Dana Williams, Park City Chamber Bureau; and leaders from the lodging, restaurant and Main Street associations. Your support is truly overwhelming! We look forward to our move to Park City next August, and to many years of contributing to this great community.
With much appreciation,
Jill Miller Sundance Institute
Through-the-roof water bills
After reading a recent article titled, "Water rates again take center stage in Basin," I knew my complaints were valid. We own a home in Glenwild Estates. It is a second home and we visit it randomly about five weeks a year. This is why I was so frustrated when I received a water bill for July in the amount of $1,603. When I called Mountain Regional to complain, they said it was quite common in Glenwild Estates to receive a water bill around that amount. They said my new landscaping attributed to the large bill. I called the landscaper and had them turn down the amounts and times of water usage. Then my bill came in August with a shocking $2,363. I again called and complained and again they said it was quite normal.
In the article, Mountain Regional was quoted as saying that the average "luxury estate" water bill is $530. I would like to know which of their statements is correct. Is the average luxury home water bill around $500 or are my $1,600 and $2,300 quite the norm. I am appalled that one month’s usage could possibly be $2,363 and I don’t even live in the home year-round and only spent five days in August there.
I have lived in Arizona, Dallas and Austin, Texas, San Diego and now New York, all on two-plus acre properties and all with new landscaping and have never paid any water bill close to $2,363. In fact my entire year’s water bill for our three-acre, New York home with all grass and perennial gardens was $1,601. That is less than my Park City July bill. This is an outrageous gouging. I have spoken to other neighbors and we are working on a plan to get to the bottom of this robbery.
Wendy Hildebrand Part-time Parkite
Support for a hospital
Dear Park City Patients and Friends:
Years ago I was your obstetrician/gynecologist. My Ob/Gyn group (Tina Fought, CNM, Dr. Billie Rowles, Dr. Syau-fu Ma and me) delivered your babies and cared for you.
Remember when you sat in my office for hours waiting while I delivered a baby down in Salt Lake City? My group found it very hard to sustain an office practice in Park City and perform surgery and deliver babies in Salt Lake City. Our group disintegrated. No group has replaced us.
I believe we need a hospital — a very good hospital — here in Park City. You need and deserve to have your Ob/Gyn provider in the office building next door to labor and delivery and the operating room.
Park City is considering annexing land at Quinn’s Junction for a hospital. Please, your elected officials need to hear your voice. They need to hear your stories of almost delivering in the car, of not having your provider present for your delivery, and of those night runs down to Primary Children’s Medical Center.
The time to be vocal is now. Please support the hospital effort!
Valerie K. Logsdon, M.D. Spokane, Wash.
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