Letters to the Editor, February 24-26, 2010
February 24, 2010
On behalf of the Organizing Committee for the recent Sweetheart Gala, thank you to everyone who helped to make our sixth annual dinner dance fundraiser for the Park City High School Music Department a wonderful success: the enthusiastic guests who helped us sell out early; St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the St. Mary’s Women’s Group for our beautiful new venue and larger dance floor; our premiere sponsor for 2010, the Park City Education Foundation; the band directors and Varsity Jazz Ensemble students who prepared and performed hours of great big band dance music; the small army of band students and parents who volunteered.
Particularly impressive in this challenging economic climate was the generous support so typical of our Park City community. The contributions of many, many local businesses and individuals in publicity, funds, in-kind donations, and items for our opportunity drawings, from Jazz basketball to jazz concerts, contributed greatly to the success of our fundraiser. We wish we could acknowledge each and every one individually, but please know how much you are appreciated.
All proceeds from the Gala will be used to help maintain our excellent Park City school music program, including new music and equipment, clinics, and a contribution to the travel budget.
We hope to see you all at the Gala again next year! Meanwhile, come see and hear the future of the Park City High bands at Bandapalooza, featuring musicians from grades 6 through 12, at the Eccles Center on Thursday, February 25, at 7 p.m. The students appreciate your support as audience members, and the public is always welcome at our many free concerts — one of the best bargains in Park City!
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Kudos to Allied for can-do attitude
Many thanks to Allied Waste Service for exceeding my expectations. As always, in a rush to get out of the house, I discovered that someone had totally destroyed both our garbage and recycle cans. With no time to spare, I continued on my way, dreading the cleanup that was awaiting me when I got home. Much to my surprise, upon returning, there were two new cans and all the remnants of the old cans and trash in the driveway were gone.
Too bad that whoever hit these cans could not give the courtesy of a knock on the door!
Thanks, Allied Waste Services. Your above-and-beyond service was greatly appreciated.
If state snubs feds, we can snub state
A modest proposal to the Park City Council and the Mayor:
I’m sure you’re all aware of the Utah State Legislature’s Senate Bill 11, which proposes to exempt guns and ammunition manufactured in Utah from federal regulations. The senate knows full well that federal law trumps state or local law in all instances, but they are pressing ahead anyway.
Instead of worrying about the legal fees that the taxpayers may incur fighting the federal government over this legislation, I see this situation as an opportunity for the Republic of Park City.
Since the State Legislature has decided that in some instances the tail does, indeed, wag the dog, why don’t we jump on the bandwagon. I’m quite certain that a survey of Parkites will prove that there are statutes in force in the State of Utah that are not terribly popular in our fair city.
Why not take a page from the State Legislatures play book and declare Park City exempt from these statutes. It would be the height of hypocrisy for them to object, since they are navigating the same course.
For instance, we could declare that bar owners can take those silly little gizmos off their liquor bottles and "free pour" to their hearts content. While we’re at it, we could legalize gay marriage within our borders, and declare ourselves a truly free and equal society. Then we could legalize marijuana like in California (for purely medicinal purposes, of course). And maybe we’re not going to want to opt out of health care reform, should it ever come to pass.
So go for it, Park City pols, while the time is right. We may never get this opportunity again.
Letter didn’t attack dietary choice
I read Ms. Thomas’s original letter to the editor "A vegan’s lament in the hunterlands" (Park Record, 2-6-10) with interest and amusement and responded to her in "Sportsmen are last hope for wildlife" (Park Record, 2-13-10). However, when I read her "Personal attack in letter to editor was out of line" (Park Record, 2-20-10) I was alarmed. Since I have no problem with the vegan philosophy or persons who are vegans, did I inadvertently criticize Ms. Thomas for her dietary preference? To that end I quickly re-read my article of 2-13-10 and with relief found that I did not.
What I did was criticize Ms. Thomas for her statement, "We feel it (eating meat) is detrimental to your health, to the environment and to the animals." That is not as she responded "merely stating something that was of importance to my eating pattern " My response then was that her statement "shows a level of ignorance that sadly is all too common." I stand by that statement which is not a criticism of the vegetarian diet but rather a comment concerning her lack of knowledge.
David C Ludema
Olympic fever spreads to the slopes
This weekend, after watching the alpine skiing speed events, I wanted to go skiing. I wanted to go to my favorite cruiser runs and just go fast!
While driving to the resort I watched a cross-country skier attacking one of the hills by the barn course. What did she watch?
In the parking lot as I looked up at the halfpipe, it seemed like the riders were flying a bit higher than I normally saw. Had they been tuned in?
Riding the lift with a young racer competing that day I asked, "How are you doing." He turned to me with the biggest smile and simply said, "Great." I did not have to ask what place he was in.
On another lift I watched a skier plant his poles in the snow like a start gate, above a mogul run, and then let loose a great run. Yes, he could feel it. I think we can all feel it.
For a lot of us that live here, the Winter Olympics are our sports, our "Games." We can appreciate how amazing these athletes are. We can imagine what it would be like to go that fast, that high, that strong, in a sport we do.
Yes, it sure is great.
Team Snyderville, USA
Gov. is right to block nuclear waste
Kudos to Governor Herbert for effectively shutting down (for now) the plans by Energy Solutions to bury tons of nuclear waste in Utah.
Have you seen the commercials Energy Solutions is airing with the former university professor exclaiming that the rhetoric against the disposal plans is false? I wonder how much this guy is being paid. From what I have read and researched on the subject, it is pretty clear. Depleted uranium increases in radioactivity as it ages and has a radioactive life of 4.5 thousand million years. Not sure how many zeros that is, but it is a long, long time. Depleted uranium is not classified as Class A, the least radioactive waste. And Energy Solutions is only licensed to dispose of Class A waste.
In the end is it really worth tens of millions in tax dollars and hundreds of millions in profits for Energy Solutions to make Utah the nuclear waste dump for the world? Do we really think Energy Solutions has Utah’s best outcomes in mind? Or is it possible this is simply a matter of business opportunity. Energy Solutions thinks they can lobby politicians, exploit loopholes and dupe the people of Utah so that they can pollute our land, rake in billions of dollars and call it a day.
Kudos to the governor for putting an end to this … at least for now. And we should all remain diligent as this fight with Energy Solutions is far from over.
Parents should teach lift safety
This is a response to the article in The Park Record, "Litle girl falls from a Canyons chairlift," on February 20-23 and particularly to the comments of Miss Tabin.
Although it seems that in this case the lift operator was slow to stop the lift, I had wonderful experiences with lift operators at The Canyons stepping behind the chair and helping pull small children onto the lift each ride. I wonder why Miss Tabin did not ride the lift with her niece since she was there. I heard from a reliable source that this was the second time during the week that the 7-year-old fell from a lift. If a child is too small to reach the back of the chair and pull them self on, then an adult should be accompanying the child on the lift. Otherwise, the child should be trained to ask the lift operator to slow the lift. It is my opinion that parents must teach their children the necessary safety measures for riding lifts.