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Letters to the Editor, July 30-August 2, 2011

For these seniors, Park City is a picnic


The Park City Chamber/Bureau’s annual Summer Senior Picnic was held on July 12 at City Park with approximately 100 summer senior visitors in attendance. Many of these visitors come to Park City each summer year after year, staying for a month or more and enjoying our delightful weather and activities. We want to thank the many Park City Chamber/Bureau members who contributed to the success of this event, especially William and crew of Leger’s Deli Kimball Junction, Eric and Alison Samuels of the Utah Music Festival, and our emcee, Joel Fine. Also thanks to Rich Fine, The Market at Park City, Wasatch Audio/Visual, Park City Municipal, and to all of our members who donated prizes for our drawing and/or participated in our Summer Senior Program with special lodging deals and other offers for the Silver Card and Senior Packet.

Deborah Lewis

Pat Ball

Park City Chamber/Bureau

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A show of support for military families


This is a big thanks to those who attended Park City’s Fourth of July celebration in City Park.

The Park City Ambassadors, who sponsor the event, and Big Four Distributors, who provided the adult beverages, had a display provided by Budweiser collecting donations for the "Here’s To The Heroes, Folds of Honor Foundation," which helps support military families with scholarships and other assistance for children of our fallen and disabled service members.

Through the "tips" collected at the beer-sales areas, the donations made at the "Here’s To The Heroes" display, and generous match based on beer sales by Big Four, we were able to donate $1,050 to the organization.

The generosity of the Park City community never fails to amaze!

Thank you all.

Nancy McLaughlinfor the Park City Ambassadors

Tom Olinghouse

for Big Four Distributing

They understand value of community


During this Season of Civility I was privileged to join thirteen other members of Mountain Life Church on a short-term mission trip to Ecuador. We worked with a jungle village called Shandia to build a discipleship training center.

The scattered wood and concrete buildings in Shandia are isolated from most worldly distractions. I observed that the Christian community was extraordinarily loving and inclusive, reminiscent of the church described by Paul in the New Testament. They work with, and for each other, and the will of the many supersedes that of any individual. This is the reasoning behind their tradition of minga, or workday, when the entire community rallies to accomplish a collective project.

Most of the locals I worked with weren’t receiving any financial compensation. They were grateful for the slightest bit of help, even from gringos who were clueless about what they were doing. I never saw any of these diligent villagers overcome with anger. They understand the value of communicating fully, with gestures and minute expressions, going deep in their connections. I remember my tacit agreement with a man name Orlando, wearing a blue shirt and white cap covered in moist jungle sweat, to relieve each other of our burdens. A sharp head nod sufficed to prompt one of us to resume shoveling furiously to mix a heterogeneous pile of cement and sand. I never hesitated, and pushed forward enthusiastically of my own accord, to buy someone else another sweet second of reprieve. Everyone else did the same, and there were some Shandians who never seemed to stop working, even long after the gringos turned in for the day. I burn to use this desire, this eagerness to help, without hesitation and in an immediate, tangible way

This mindset is the core of the third tool of civility, be inclusive, which urges all citizens to work for the good of the community. Too often we work only for the good of ourselves, for the next letter grade or paycheck, fixated on the end. Shandians, and hopefully the Parkites of the future, view people as more than an end, and invest in lasting relationships that recognize the intrinsic qualifications of individuals.

With this collaboration, I hope to sacrifice my resources when they are needed for the greater good. I believe that the challenges our community faces will be consistently overcome. Choosing civility is a call to action to make the world a better place.

Caleb Diehl

Park City High School

Park City Leadership Class XVII