Letters to the Editor, August 25-27, 2010
August 25, 2010
True, my status as possibly the only North American who does not own a cell phone might make me biased, but I am in disbelief in this day and age of information at what I witnessed at Kimball Junction last Wednesday, August 18th. At approximately 5:30 p.m., the traffic at the intersection of S.R. 224 and Ute Boulevard was heavy as usual. I was in the parking lot of the Sheldon Richins Building waiting to turn right and get into the queue to turn left toward I-80. A young woman in a small white sedan was already on Ute headed east toward the traffic light, which could not have been greener. Yet here she was, head down, texting. Not driving. She had efficiently blocked the westbound turn lane on Ute for the patient woman who wanted to turn into the Sheldon Richins Building lot, along with all the traffic from the roundabout behind her, as well as me, from moving. Ahead of her lay four lanes of open road, three car lengths long at least, as the light slowly turned yellow.
I want to borrow someone’s cell phone to submit the following text (could also be posted to Twitter, blog, and Facebook): PUT DOWN THE PHONE AND DRIVE. Oh, and a special shout-out to the woman driver: There’s a remedial Logic 101 class being offered this fall.
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Spray-painting was selfish, criminal
This is an open letter to the person or persons who spray-painted graffiti on rocks all over the trail system on Quarry Mountain.
Dear Sir or Madame:
As a frequent user of the trail system on Quarry Mountain, I was and am upset by your recent spray-painting on the rocks all over Quarry Mountain for one of your private events. I had assumed, since you had not done it for several years, that someone had educated you on the ethics of using property that does not belong to you. You were obviously either not raised in the West or have forgotten what you learned as a young child about the privilege of being on or using someone else’s property (be it public or private) which is that, whether you are running, hiking, biking, camping or just going through a gate, leave it like you found it. This does not include spray-painting rocks for your private little events. While you may not know it (although I think you do), the bulk of Quarry Mountain is privately owned and we are privileged to be allowed to use the trails there. It is not public property and you have no right to be on that property without the landowner’s gracious permission. Your private events are not the problem — rather it is your selfish defacing of the natural beauty on the trails that is the problem.
If the ethical and moral considerations are not enough to overcome your sense of entitlement and self importance, perhaps you should consider Park City Municipal Code- Title 8 Criminal Code at Section 8-3-3 (A) Criminal Mischief, which provides in part: "A person commits criminal mischief if he intentionally damages, defaces, or destroys the property of another" (emphasis added). Section B goes on to define criminal mischief as either a Class B or C misdemeanor depending on the amount of the loss caused by the actor’s (that’s you) conduct. Section 8-1-26 goes on to provide that a person convicted of a Class B misdemeanor may be fined up to $1,000 and a Class C misdemeanor up to $750. Consider the potential consequences if each of the dozens of rocks you have spray-painted were considered by the prosecutor to be separate events.
While ignorance is no excuse, you now do not have even that crutch to rely on. Please cease and desist from defacing the trails on Quarry Mountain.
Thank you in advance for your consideration in the future concerning your use of property owned by others.
It’s time to end OPEC oil addiction
While running for office, President Obama promised that, if elected, he would get us off OPEC oil within 10 years.
Two years are gone and we still don’t have a plan. In fact, there is some evidence that we’re going in the wrong direction. In July 2010 we imported 388 million barrels of oil. That’s the single largest import month since President Obama was inaugurated.
The NAT GAS Act will create jobs, clean up the environment and improve our national security by providing tax incentives to organizations which operate fleets of vehicles that are fueled with imported oil to be replaced with vehicles that run on domestic natural gas.
Election Day will soon be here. Those who are running for office — be it open seats, incumbents or challengers — need to take a look at this legislation and make promising to reduce our need for OPEC oil a central part of their campaigns.
Salt Lake City
Tea Party members don’t preach hate
(This is a response to a letter to the editor, "Extreme anti-Obama slant is unbecoming," which appeared in The Park Record’s August 21-24 issue.)
Obviously, Dr. William Hickman isn’t very knowledgeable regarding the Tea Party Movement. We aren’t hate mongers, we just want to keep the freedoms our forefathers wanted for us. Is that "hate"? You are right, Dr. Hickman. Obama is a gift. Without him, we wouldn’t realize how easy it is for one man in power to take away our freedom so quickly. He has given us a taste of what a socialist society could be like. The majority of Americans want no part of it. Thank you, but no thank you, Mr. Obama. The majority has spoken and, thank God, most Americans still love America and the Constitution.
Sun Lakes, Ariz.