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Letters to the Editor, June 16-19, 2012

Do people working out need special parking?

Editor:

Honestly, I had to chuckle when I read the article, "A gas guzzler ban remains" (Park Record, June 9-12, 2012). Do people really need to have a special LEEDS parking spot when they drive to work out? I really don’t mind parking my Subaru (24 mpg) in the back lot. It is easier to get out of the lot and I get extra exercise. Sometimes I even ride my bike!

Kudos to the good intentions to develop our green-ness, though.

Kristin Egan

Park City

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Armstrong is a man of unquestioned integrity

Editor:

My husband, Kevin, and I have known Roger Armstrong since we moved to Park City seven years ago. I have interacted with Roger in several capacities as a parent of school-aged children, as a nonprofit board member (on two very different boards the Park City Day School Board of Trustees and the Sundance Institute Utah Advisory Board), and as a lover of independent documentaries that have the added impact of instigating social change.

Having worked on many boards both in Park City and when we lived on the East Coast, I can say without reservation that Roger is one of the best people I have ever worked with. He is intelligent and giving both in terms of time, knowledge and also philanthropically. Roger knows how to work as part of a larger group he always keeps the best interests of the group at the forefront of the conversation and doesn’t let personal agendas or opinions sway his decisions. He makes decisions that will benefit the most, rather than attempting to placate those who may speak in a louder voice in order make sure that they are heard (regardless of the merits of their argument).

Unfortunately, we live in an increasingly litigious society, just another reason we need Roger’s well-trained, deeply experienced legal background working for Summit County’s citizens. Roger Armstrong is a man of unquestioned integrity I can’t think of a better person to represent our community on the County Council.

Donna Gruneich

Park City

Donors, volunteers, kids made Grad Night a hit

Editor:

Park City High School’s graduation, held on Friday, June 8, brought the Class of 2012 together on Dozier Field. Following graduation and private celebrations, approximately 280 graduating seniors attended Grad Night at Jupiter Bowl. From 10 p.m. until 2 a.m., the Class of 2012 celebrated together one final time.

We would like to thank the local businesses and organizations, as well as the parents of the Class of 2012, for the generous donations of cash, gift cards, and prizes that were given away throughout the evening. (An appreciation ad listing the donors is in the Wednesday, June 13, Park Record.) Additionally, we would like to thank the many volunteers who gave up a few hours of sleep in order to make sure our graduates had a safe and fun environment. Lastly, thank you to the great group of kids who attended. Most stayed until the very end.

Linda Eisenbarth

Julie Stevens

Grad Night Co-Chairs

‘PC’ cleanup crew did a hill of a job

Editor:

As Park Meadows neighbors of the "PC Hill," we have enjoyed listening to the late-night sounds of PCHS students scrambling up the hill to make their mark during the last week of school. Each year they, or a rival school, splash multicolor paint on the concrete "PC" or spell out their class year or a message with hundreds of plastic bags. Often the junior class replaces the seniors’ message the next night. It is fun to watch the friendly visual banter our own senior made that trek 10 years ago.

But always, long after students graduated and moved on, the bags blew around the hill, and the splotchy paint weathered but never fully disappeared.

This week, the fun once again returned. One day it was yellow stripes on the PC, a few days later the plastic bags spelled out "’12". But before caps were tossed in the air on Friday, we were delighted not only to see the plastic bags gone, but for the first time in our memories, the PC cleanly covered in fresh white paint.

So, thanks to all involved, for this act of community pride. As you go on your way this summer, we’ll remember this gift!

Chuck and Sarah Klingenstein

Park City

Something stinks in school principal shuffle

Editor:

(This is a response to the story, "Principal promoted to PCHS," which appeared in the June 9-12 edition of The Park Record.)

Interesting: All of the male principals have been reshuffled. The lone female principal was terminated in spite of a sterling record of achievement. Sort of makes you wonder, doesn’t it? Something stinks. Sexism?

Kara Cope

Salt Lake City

Family of Mark Hurd expresses appreciation

Editor:

A great big heartfelt thank you to the Park City and Heber communities for your love and support. We wanted to thank everyone who participated in the health care of our beloved Mark and in laying him to rest upon his passing; for the timely response of the Park City Fire District and Summit County Sheriff’s Office your care and professionalism was so appreciated; Olpin-Hoopes Mortuary for your sensitivity to the feelings of the family and your gentle care of Mark’s remains; Intermountain Medical Center and the many associated doctors, nurses, and assistants, who provided Mark with such good care over the past eight years; the Park Record for your help and patience with posting Mark’s obituary; the community (family and friends) for your outpouring of love.

We have never felt so much love and support such wonderful cards, food, phone calls, and wonderful bottles of wine with which to toast Mark’s memory. We will certainly miss him and hold his memories near our hearts. Thank you so much and may God bless each and every one of you.

Linda, Michael, Wendy, Gabriela, Grayson and Emira Hurd

And Shawn and Tricia (Hurd) Hazelrigg

Marilyn will be missed but never forgotten

Editor:

Thank you for printing the obituary of Marilyn Modling in your June 9th edition. The Kimball Art Center mourns the loss of a great woman who was one of the dreamers and schemers who helped her best friend Bill Kimball create our nonprofit community art center in the first place.

Marilyn was not only one of the cast of characters who helped open our doors and serve on the first board, she also ran the famous Kimball gift shop for years. In 2008 we created the Marilyn Eccles Modling award for Outstanding Volunteer Service in honor of her legacy of dedicated service, henceforth naming December 14th Marilyn Modling day at the Kimball Art Center. Past award winners include Jen Taranto, Brenda Hall and Jane Riley. Marilyn would join us for lunch to meet the award recipient and celebrate the early days of the Kimball with her dear friends Anne Prince, Dolly Makoff, Syd Reed and Tina Lewis. It was always such a joy to hear about the rooting-tooting early days.

The last time I saw her she was still (at 92 years of age) laughing, doing aerobics at the Park Lane and talking about the stock market and her time at Stanford. Her contributions, energy and infectious positivity will be missed but never forgotten.

Robin Marrouche

Executive director, Kimball Art Center

Tireless advocate for children in our schools

Editor:

We are writing to support Tania Knauer for the Park City School Board, Precinct 3.

We have known Tania many years as a tireless advocate for children in our schools. Her viewpoint is simple: She puts our kids first. She asks what will make our education better for our kids, and then she works to get it done. We have worked with Tania on various Park City School District committees, Community Site Councils, and nonprofit boards advocating for children. Tania is very bright, creative in her thinking and implementation, and very knowledgeable and experienced in school district issues. She will bring great energy, ideas, thoughtfulness and balance to the board.

Please support Tania in Precinct 3 for Park City School Board!

Maura and John Hanrahan

Park City

Nancy is dedicated to educational excellence

Editor:

The upcoming election on June 26 will give all of us a chance to vote for some very talented candidates running for a position on the Board of Education. We are endorsing Nancy Garrison.

Nancy has been a friend and neighbor for the past ten years and arrived in Park City ready and willing to share her talents with the community. She embraced Park city by becoming active in her church, the community and most importantly, the School District.

She has always accepted volunteering with open arms. We can remember a conversation with her almost 10 years ago when she told us that she had become the chairman for Habitat for Humanity. At the time, Habitat was about to begin building two homes in Heber City. Nancy coordinated, raised funds and, most of all, raised our consciences in the importance of volunteering for Habitat. With her leadership skills, the two homes were finished and ready that year by Christmas Day.

Nancy is dedicated to educational excellence and making the Park City School District the best in the nation. Her abundant energy, critical thinking skills and approachable manner will greatly enhance the Board Of Education.

It is an honor and a privilege to cast our votes for Nancy Garrison.

Jeri and Bob Briggs

Park City

Tania is passionate about academic issues

Editor:

I will be casting my vote for Tania Knauer to represent District 3 for the Park City Board of Education.

I have known Tania for seven years. We have worked together on the McPolin Community Council and the McPolin and PCSD Science Fair Committees. Make no mistake: Tania is passionate about academic issues in our district and works tirelessly to offer educational opportunities to all students such as the Spelling Bee and Science Fairs.

Tania does not hide from sensitive issues relating to our school district, but rather initiates the conversation. She will do the necessary research and listen to all perspectives for comprehensive understanding of an educational matter. Tania is skilled in identifying the strengths and skills of community members and organizing teams to work towards finding solutions.

Currently a regular attendee at the Board of Education’s meetings, she is familiar with how things work. Tania would represent District 3 will diligence and commitment.

Stacey Hamill

Park City

A voice of reason in a polarized body

Editor:

I recommend a vote in the June 26th Democratic primary for Donna McAleer for the House of Representatives. She will be a voice of reason in a polarized body, our Congress. She is strong in character and civil in demeanor and will listen to both sides of the aisle. She has integrity, courage and she will "speak truth to power." She knows the critical issues that face our country and she will vote true to her conscience on the many issues that face us. I trust her judgment.

Donna has the background to perform well in the Congress. She is a graduate of West Point and served in our military, which tells me she is a patriot. She has an MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia, one of the truly excellent business schools in the country, which speaks to her analytical skills. She has been the executive director of the People’s Health Clinic that serves the disadvantaged members of our community. Donna has a real passion for sports, training for and just missing the 2002 Olympics in the bobsled, and coaching the Park City High School girls’ volleyball team. Finally, she is a published author, having written "Porcelain on Steel," a book about women serving in leadership positions in the military. This just doesn’t tell the whole story.

She is something of a heroine for me. How many of us think we know things but then don’t have the guts to take action? This is an accomplished person who will serve us, Utah and the USA well if we can get her elected. She deserves our support.

If you want, you can get information on her positions on critical issues facing our state and country by going to http://dmcaleer.com . She is worth the time you spend to become aware. In conclusion, I urge all of the readers to vote in this critical election cycle, both in the primary election and the general election.

Ray Freer

Park City

Four treasured giants have been torn away

Editor:

Our community is again experiencing another example of the division between those individuals who destroy trees for expediency and those individuals who recognize the importance of the continuity of very special habitats that will allow future generations of our most ancient neighbors to coexist in our community. Four more of our irreplaceable treasured giants have been torn away.

What is greatly bothering me is the content of the letters to the editor by Duna Strachan, executive director, and Bruce King, administrator, assuring us, the public, that these willows were infected with "verticillium wilt."

Upon searching for the characteristics of verticillium wilt, the sites I visited all showed willows on the list of trees immune or resistant to this disease. Willows are actually recommended to replace trees that died from this soil-borne infection. The recent photos I have seen of these trees do not reveal the progressive indications of wilt. What I did observe is that the ancient tree-life stage was being reached with the height increments being reduced while the tree continues to increase in girth. The crown dies back and branches may be lost, reducing leaf area so less photosynthesis takes place. This stage may be the longest in the life of the tree.

Further, there are disease-control measures that can be taken by an ISA certified arborist after a positive laboratory diagnosis, a diagnosis no "certified Master Gardener" is qualified to make. Also, there are thermal-imaging cameras that can assess the health and safety of ancient trees and their branches. This technology is being used for trees near roads and schools to carry out safety checks.

It appears that SWM either got their information quite wrong regarding these willow trees, or SWM did not properly use care and oversight, or did not recognize the value of the elements on the property they purchased. This has resulted in a learning loss to students and a loss of ancient neighbors from our community.

Stewards of our land and its attributes must provide safety to all its inhabitants; people must learn to appreciate the aesthetic and historical character of individual trees of all ages. Without recognition and care of old or ancient trees, they will disappear from our lives and diminish the learning and living potential from our children.

Lucy Archer

Park City

Roger is the kind you want leading your team

Editor:

I was delighted when I heard the news that Roger Armstrong was running for Summit County Council.

I had the privilege of working closely with Roger as an independent school board trustee and on various committees for several years. Roger is exactly the kind of person you want leading your team. He has strength of character and courage to make the right decision for the right reason. Roger is well-informed, insightful and dedicated to our community.

I urge you to join me in voting for Roger Armstrong for Summit County Council.

Sheri Page

Park City

Obama: Scrap health-care reform, fix economy

Editor:

If President Obama wants a decent chance at winning the November election, I recommend he scraps his health-care reform legislation and focuses on improving the economy, which includes: lowering the unemployment rate, provide more jobs to Americans domestically and abroad, and balancing tariffs for foreign imports/exports to ensure that free trade doesn’t negatively impact indigenous industries or local agriculture.

Moreover, Obama should seek advice from the leading economists of our times, from Alan Greenspan to Oxford professors. If the economy improves by election season to the people’s liking, he should get reelected. Otherwise, the GOP would take over the White House and Mr. Obama will be voted out of office. Ways to get the economy back on track are to pass a public works bill to support a high-speed rail system which would bolster our nation’s infrastructure while lowering the unemployment rate.

Moreover, I recommend the President strengthen his pro-Israeli stance by extending diplomatic ties with Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli cabinet officials, offering more financial support and military aid for a potential air strike at Iranian nuclear sites, which would be mutually beneficial for both American and Israeli interests. This strengthened alliance would only garner the Jewish vote come November.

Zach Haskins

Cooper City, Fla.