Letters to the Editor
Bob Richer is a man of integrity. I strongly urge that everyone exercise his or her precious right to vote for Bob Richer for Summit County Commissioner in the Nov. 7 election. Each vote in this local election is very important as we are directly affected in our daily lives by the decisions made at the county level. Bob displays exceptional knowledge, leadership and listening skills. I endorse Bob’s candidacy and urge you to vote for him.
The article that Patrick Parkinson wrote in the Sept. 23-26 edition of the Park Record about the immigration meeting at St. Luke’s Episcopal church did not capture the spirit of the meeting. The first hour was devoted to the six panelists answering questions posed by the moderator, Dr. Hanrahan.
The panel handled questions in a very intelligent and dignified manner. Some of the answers showed compassion for the immigrants and some mentioned the problems relating to breaking our laws concerning immigration but it was all done with dignity and respect. The one-half hour devoted to Q & A started out on a sour note. Mr. Rudd mentioned communities near where he lived in California that were destroyed by multiple families living in one house. That resulted in an uncalled for outburst from a man who tried to explain that multiple families live together because their wages are so low they can’t afford anything else. This man later apologized to the audience and Mr. Rudd for his behavior. This outburst lasted two or three minutes. Your reporter’s comment that tempers flared at the meeting gives a distorted view of the meeting.
Comments were made that if businesses paid more for jobs in hotels, restaurants, lawn care, farm work, etc., Americans would take those jobs. I wonder what the millions of Americans that would take these jobs are doing now.
Literary fest assessment
It’s over and it was great. The second annual Park City Literary Festival celebrated and inspired readers and writers last week and, by many measures, was a great success.
The writers had a ball. Most enjoyed themselves thoroughly, made new friends, and learned from one another. More than a few with several books and dozens of magazine articles to their credit said that they had picked up new insights into their craft. It’s too bad that they also had to compete with the great weather that gave them such a quality experience. I am sure some of them will be writing about their experiences here in the days to come.
I want to express the board’s appreciation to everyone who made the Literary Festival work. Prospector Square Lodge and Convention Center was — and will be again — a great venue. We couldn’t have done it without Dolly’s Bookstore for support and onsite sales. The merchants of the NOMA district were generous in their support, as were Zions Bank and the Salt Lake Tribune. The Park City/Summit County Arts Council stood by us, and we had support from the various taxes collected by the county. There were also numerous public figures who took the time to meet and introduce our authors and generous donors who hosted dinners for many of the authors in their homes.
It could never have happened without each of them and our great committee and volunteers. On behalf of the board, I thank you all.
Bruce Margolius, chairman
Park City Literary Council
For the good of our planet
I have recently seen Al Gore’s movie "An Inconvenient Truth" at our Park City Film Series. I am so grateful to him and others for the work they have done to educate us about global warming and sustainability. I’m also grateful to people in Park City such as Mayor Dana Williams. It appears the human race is, truly, in trouble. There is now no dispute among the scientific community that we are causing our planet to heat up and the carbon dioxide levels to rise. We can’t be in denial anymore; we may be in for a tough ride.
I used to feel there was nothing I could do to help the situation, but I have come to realize that each one of us can actually make a difference. I have downsized my car and my house. There is more that I can do. I feel that we can make a difference by living a life of integrity and affecting the people around us. Science is proving, and it’s becoming clear, we are all connected. When sufficient numbers of people raise our level of consciousness, there’s a good chance the situation can be re-directed to a more positive outcome.
We can all agree that education is important for the well-being of this world and ourselves. As a mother of three, I want my children to receive the best education possible. I also want them to have a decent planet to live on. As adults, we need to continue to educate ourselves and be open-minded. For some eye-opening insight, read "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man" by John Perkins. It helps to explain the behind-the-scenes motivations of our international policies such as in Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Iran.
For a slightly different take on the situation, we are beginning to see that we can affect our world with our thoughts and actions. Go to http://www.thesecret.tv and download the movie "The Secret" (it will cost $4.95). Also, go to http://www.climatecrisis.net , as recommended in "An Inconvenient Truth."
I wanted to take this opportunity to comment on Mr. Sol Browdy’s letter to the editor in last Saturday’s paper. Mr. Browdy is either misinformed or misguided as Silver Mountain Sport Club installed a defibrillator in 2002, e.g., four years ago.
Silver Mountain Sports Club has a strong commitment to our members that goes well beyond having Park City’s only full-service fitness centers and we are proud to be the leaders in the important area of customer safety and health.
We hope we never have to use the defibrillator but it’s in the club, located on the wall next to the front desk.
Membership services director
Silver Mountain Sports Club
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