Letters to the Editor
Editor: You’ll undoubtedly see much legal positioning regarding the proposed development of a gargantuan condo/hotel (Equivalent to The Canyon’s Grand Summit) on Parcel 16W in the middle of Sun Peak’s neighborhood. Terms like "stipulations" and "vested rights" will be bantered about by both parties. However, the real issues are quite simple. As a Sun Peak owner since 1995, I relied on a set of recorded CC&Rs and referenced 1994 county agreements. The pertinent 16W agreement actually expired in August 2004 and is not even in force today. The developer, of course, is saying it is in force. However, even if it were, the CC&Rs and agreements clearly state and exhibit only two uses for 16W: a 140-room hotel with restaurant OR single family lots. Further, in late 2001, the commissioners reviewed a preliminary sketch submitted for a 140-room, 140,000 square-foot hotel and restaurant. In the minutes is much discussion regarding parking and traffic impact of a 140-room hotel. The minutes clearly show the commissioner’s intentions and concerns (i.e., size/density limitation and no condos wanted). Therefore, acting consistently with our CC&Rs and pertinent agreements, they contingently approved the 140 room hotel plan limiting the size and stating "no lockouts" allowed. However, a new developer is now proposing a mammoth 300-plus room, 275,000-square-foot condo/hotel with no restaurant, in our residential subdivision. As a neighbor of the proposed building, I also relied on a simple CC&R rule to limit the size of the hotel, if it were ever built — no more than 10 percent of 16W could be covered by "structures" (buildings, roads, parking). The developer’s plan now shows a whopping 80 percent of the originally platted 16W covered by structures. The Chicago developers have deep pockets and may be big enough to bully through our little town. But neighbors, planners and commissioners: Now is the time to "Just Say NO." To date, nearly 200 petitioners and 12 other HOAs support enforcement of the expiration and urge a full, fresh, and public look at this parcel’s land use today. Tim Petracca Park City From public to commercial Editor: I have been in Park City for over 20 years. For a long time, it has been apparent that Park City does not have an authentic public radio station. Park City has a public radio station, privately managed by a married couple and their hand-picked board of directors. Whether their decisions are always made in the best interest of Park City and its citizens has long been subject to debate. The time has come for a commercial radio station that serves the Summit County/Wasatch County area. Mike Cherry Park City Wow and thank you Editor:
The Park City Performing Arts Foundation hosted the most amazing and memorable program that I have ever seen at the Eccles Center this past Saturday evening. "Drum!" a multi-cultural smorgasbord of historical music, dance and oration, was presented by a cast of incredibly talented visitors from Nova Scotia. The program filled the auditorium and the hearts of all who attended with joy.
It is a credit to the foundation’s director, Teri Orr, the benefactors, the sponsors, the volunteers and the community’s support that such programming is available here in Park City. We are truly fortunate to live in a place where such fine people are making a good place great. This Thanksgiving we had something else for which to be thankful. Please support the Performing Arts Foundation any way that you can. We all benefit from its positive presence in our community. Ric Catoni Park City A major achievement Editor: Okay, I’m a Park City ex-patriot who lived here for 13 years, but now only visits each summer. Still, as a former on-air KPCW-ite, I have to say: Radio listeners, you cannot be serious! Why shouldn’t Blair and Susan Feulner be paid what they are worth as expert professionals whose incredible work and astounding accomplishments have not been seen in Park City before or since Sam Raddon managed to get out the first issue of The Park Record? For many of us who were present at its creation, KPCW still remains an amazing achievement. It has only happened because of two people whose talents inspired us and whose dedication motivated us. It continues to happen each day and every year for the same reasons. This past summer, I was interviewed by Blair about my authorship of a recently published book. Since then, I have done television and radio spots about the book on both coasts and in between (including Salt Lake City). KPCW and Blair stand out head and shoulders above the others as the one and only such experience that demonstrated fantastic personnel organization and expert station management — combined with exceptional on-air professionalism. That Park City can have a resource as noteworthy as KPCW is phenomenal, fortunate and not to be taken for granted. I salute Blair, Susan, and all the KPCW staff. Katherine Reynolds Chaddock Charleston, S.C. Tennis champs Editor:
On behalf of the Park City Municipal Corporation and the Park City Racquet Club, I would like to thank the participants from all over the USA who made the 2005 Hamlet Homes USTA National Men’s 45s Indoor Championships a great success. Also, I would like to thank Susan Brodsky and Hamlet Homes for continuing to support our national events.
Congratulations to Michael Rose, who defeated Tres Cushing 6/2 and 7/5, to win the Gold Ball and the National Championship. In the doubles final, Tres Cushing and Mike Fedderly defeated Bud Farrington and Paul Vishnesky. Of special note: Mike Fedderly, with his doubles win, completed a doubles Grand Slam, winning all four national Championships (grass, clay, hard and indoor championships).
Finally, a big thank you to the staff at PCRC (tennis staff, front desk, pro shop and maintenance) for all the behind-the-scenes work that makes an event such as this possible. Regards, Warren Pretorius USPTA Master Professional Save public education Editor: When the school district administration and the teachers’ union are pitted against the school board and the district’s parents, everyone loses. When parents from one area are pitted against parents from another to fight over which schools to close, we all once again are losers. School districts have been left with too few dollars to fund vital needs for too long. They’ve been forced to make cut after cut after cut and we are at the bare bones now. We must stop the cuts. We need to turn to the cause of our problems: the legislature. Public education in Utah is in grave danger, of losing teachers to higher paying jobs, of losing even more programs, of having class size raised precipitously, etc. It is also in danger of losing its fundamental building blocks — its local neighborhood schools. We need to stop the in-house fighting and band together for all Utah’s children. We must ask our legislators to better fund public education and allow us to keep all our neighborhood schools open. We also need their help to protect educational programs, to pay higher teacher salaries, and to lower class size. We have surpluses in the state budget, yet Utah has the lowest per pupil spending in the nation. If our legislators can’t better fund public education, we should replace them. Legislators are expendable. Neighborhood public schools and Utah’s current and future young citizens are not. It’s time we all work together to save public education. Sincerely, Anna Clare Shepherd Salt Lake City Cancer research is a priority Editor: As someone who has been touched by cancer and as an American Cancer Society volunteer, I believe that investing in cancer research and programs should be a top national priority. That’s why I was so disappointed to learn that Congress could cut cancer research funding by as much as $100 million this year. A cut in cancer funding could lead to delays in the development of new cancer-fighting drugs and treatments, screenings that detect cancer at its earliest stages and programs that improve the quality of life of cancer patients. A funding cut would mark the first time in more than a decade that the federal government has reduced support for cancer research. Last September, 92 senators and 280 members of the House signed a letter supporting the Bush administration’s goal to eliminate suffering and death due to cancer by the year 2015. With adequate funding, we can make cancer a disease people live with, rather than die from. Thirty years ago a cancer diagnosis left many without hope. Today, 10 million Americans are survivors of the disease. Now Congress has the chance to ensure there is enough money invested in research and programs to allow for far more progress in the future. I urge my congressional delegation to oppose any cuts in cancer research and programs. Rather than reverse our progress in the war against cancer, Congress should give the gift of hope to cancer patients and their families this holiday season. Sincerely, Mary Martinez Magna, Utah
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