Letters to the Editor August 16, 2008 | ParkRecord.com

Letters to the Editor August 16, 2008

Film insults the intellectually disabled


The Utah Developmental Disabilities Council is a statewide advocacy organization dedicated to the full inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in our communities. We voted to write this letter because the movie "Tropic Thunder" opens in Utah this week. This R-rated comedy is very inappropriate and depicts Ben Stiller in a film within a film as "Simple Jack," a man with intellectual disabilities. This is a extraordinarily negative portrayal of someone with intellectual disabilities making liberal use of the "r" word. People with intellectual disabilities deserve respect and they want people to refrain from use of the "r" word because it is very hurtful. Please join our council and boycott this movie and tell your friends and family to join you, too. We believe that people should not profit by disrespecting other people.

Claire Mantonya Executive director Utah Developmental Disabilities Council

Demos tab Rendell to beat Buttars


Park City resident Elizabeth (Beano) Solomon hosted a group of 25 Park City residents on Wednesday night, August 6, 2008, for a fund-raiser to benefit John Rendell. Mr. Rendell is the Democratic State Senate candidate running in District 10 in the south end of Salt Lake County. The District 10 seat is currently held by controversial Republican Senator D. Chris Buttars.

Mr. Rendell is an executive with a medical staffing company based in Salt Lake City. Rendell explained to attendees that he is running to provide residents of District 10 a senator of whom they could be proud. He promised attendees that he would focus on the major issues facing state government such as education, the environment, and the economy. He assured guests that he would not become a distraction to the legislative process and that he would represent his constituents with dignity and honor.

When asked why Park City residents should care about a Salt Lake County race, Ms. Solomon stated, "Senator Buttars votes at the state level and his votes affect all of us."

For more information on his campaign, please contact John Rendell at 1-801-637-9427.

James Gonzales

South Salt Lake

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