Letters to the Editor, February 22-24, 2012 | ParkRecord.com

Letters to the Editor, February 22-24, 2012

School phone-a-thon a tremendous success


On behalf of the Park City Board of Education, I want to thank all the volunteers who helped make this year’s Park City Education Foundation Phone-a-thon a tremendous success. It was amazing to see all the students, parents and community members who participated in such a worthy cause. I also want to thank all of the people who generously made contributions. The funds donated are used to support so many programs in our district as well as grants for our teachers and schools and really make a difference in the lives of our children.

Moe Hickey

President, Park City Board of Education

Thanks a million for helping conserve ranch

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As your readers know by now, the Summit Land Conservancy was successful in its campaign to raise the last $1,000,000 to complete the conservation of the Osguthorpe’s Round Valley Ranch. This land would not have been saved without the dedication of the Osguthorpe family to preserving their heritage and giving a gift of open, agricultural land to future generations. Park City Municipal’s willingness to spend the last of its bond funds formed the basis of the purchase, and the Snyderville Basin Recreation District/BOSAC/Summit County’s willingness to spend the first of its new bond funds gave us the major boost we needed. Funds even came up from the State of Utah’s Quality Growth Commission.

But in the end, more than 50 percent of the last million dollars came from private businesses, foundations, and individuals. Mike and Barb Phillips make a fabulous lead gift that was followed by major contributions from the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, Backcountry.com, the Altschulers, the Warrens, and the Bronfmans.

In the end over 200 individuals donated money to this campaign. Many of them told us they heard about our need by reading The Park Record or seeing our ads in the paper. Simply put, without The Park Record and its generous, involved readers we would not have been successful.

So thank you,

Cheryl Fox

Executive director, Summit Land Conservancy

Chimney design? Was writer blowing smoke?


Scott Iwasaki, in the February 15-17 issue of The Park Record, used a description "chimney design" for the addition to the Kimball Art Center. Most surely, for anyone to imagine these "stacked timbers" as a "chimney" is a zenith of imagination.

Albert Einstein said: "Imagination is more important than knowledge."

Webster defines a chimney as "a structure for carrying off smoke."

If Einstein’s imagination is applied to Webster’s smoke-carrying structure, one can imagine smoke being carried off, giving meaning to "chimney" as a description of the "stacked timbers."

Perhaps it could be a pseudo-chimney image of a gargantuan mythical extinct lost abracadabra phantom fireplace from eons ago, spewing mythological imagined smoke for generations to come.

Iwasaki used the description "chimney design," not because it is a chimney, as such, but because of imagination. Imagine that!

Rudy Lang

Park City