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Letters to the Editor, June 19-22, 2010

We need Kaye in legislature


Primaries are on June 22nd. The demographics of House District 25 lean in favor of Democrats, so whoever wins in the primary stands a good chance of winning in November. And for those of us in the other half of Park City — HD 53 — your vote speaks for all Park City Democrats.

I live in HD 53 and won’t get to vote in this race, but if I did, I’d vote for Tony Kaye. Currently, we have ONE Democratic attorney in the Utah House of Representatives, Brian King. There are many controversial and difficult issues coming our way in the next legislative session; we need a legislator with a diverse legal background.

  • Education — Equalization is coming our way again. We need an attorney to not only fight the next round of equalization legislation, but dig through the current state budget and find a better way to fund education that benefits ALL Utah students.
  • Redistricting — When redistricting starts in spring 2011, Park City will once again be a target. In 2001, Park City was split into two house districts and Utah emerged as one of the most gerrymandered states in the nation. We need an attorney who will question the constitutionality of the outcome. If not, we are in for another 10 years of unfair representation by ineffective legislators who are difficult to remove from office.
  • Immigration — There are already discussions about Utah becoming the next state to pass immigration "reform." We need an attorney in the legislature who has the legal background to fight poorly crafted racial-profiling legislation.

    House District 25 primaries are on June 22 and turnout is often as low as 5%. Don’t let a small minority decide on our next representative in the House. Please get out and vote for Tony Kaye.

    For more info visit: http://www.anthonykaye4house25.com/ .

    Tania Knauer

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    My family would like to thank everyone who sent letters, cards, prayers and their condolences to us in this time of grief over the death of our beautiful daughter, Elise. Your thoughts and kind notes are very comforting to us and we appreciate them greatly. We are heartbroken and we know now that there are a lot more people out there that feel the same way. Thank you all.

    Love from the Minard family,

    Ron Minard

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    Show us your stuff, Mr. Hellander


    This is an open letter to Jon Hellander.


    Primaries are very soon upon us. I like what you say, but I need help here, as do a few others. We are tired of those who sound like Thomas Paine but have no girth behind it. I believe you to be an honest man. Please show me you have earned the trust of representing us.

    You told the Morgan County News you ran a business up here with 40 employees. I can’t find it. I’ve looked. I can’t even find a business permit. Where is this?

    You said you were then a general contractor. I checked the state records and don’t see any such license issued to you, or Sonia, for that matter. Maybe they’re late on updating the records.

    Jon, at the same time you claim our trust in you because you are a successful businessman, your campaign documents state you haven’t made $5,000 from anyone in the last year in your business. It’s been tough for me too, but these comments cause concern.

    Like you, I revere the constitution and anchor my life in family values. I can talk this talk every hour, every day. But today, I want my vote to count, and I ask you now to show me you walk the walk.

    Our family is active in the PTA and on the school community council. We’re not leaders. Rather, we sit at the registration desks and fill goodie bags. All have their place and, when times were better for us, we did much more.

    I don’t see your name in 4-H, PTO/PTA, school community council or booster meeting documents. If you have put out when an election was not on the line, show it. I want to see it. You may have.

    Let me challenge you to show your stuff. If it’s there, I’m there with you, and I will help you become our 53rd District representative. If not, I still wish you the best.

    Bob Derber

    Park City

    My vote is for Tony Kaye


    I was a state delegate for District 25 at the Utah State Democratic Convention. I was undecided as to whom I would cast my vote to represent the Snyderville Basin and the remainder of Utah House District 25, until Arizona’s landmark immigration bill passed.

    The Utah State Legislature is chock full of "message bills" that give the country the perception that we are a state of "Jell-O"-eating bigots. Tony Kaye is the candidate to change this perception. The Utah State Legislature currently has ONE Democratic attorney serving. Tony Kaye is an attorney and the best candidate to represent Utah House District 25. Because of recent xenophobic bills running rampant through state legislatures, such as Arizona’s infamous immigration bill, we cannot stand back and hope such issues will resolve themselves. Tony is trained to navigate legalese and ensure that Utah laws meet the stringent test of the U.S. Constitution.

    Please do not allow a woman’s right to choose, education funding, environmental protection, or universal health care be challenged in a "cash-strapped" economy. Do the right thing and vote Tony Kaye on Tuesday, June 22. Given the political landscape of the district, the winner will likely go on to represent the Snyderville Basin and the remainder of District 25. Vote with your conscience.

    Kara Cody

    Park City

    We’re going to miss you, Dr. Barbe


    It is with great sadness that we wish goodbye, but best retirement wishes, to Dr. Randall Barbe. His departure from our community comes sooner than any of his grateful patients and their families would choose. Dr. Barbe has given my own dog, Roxy, and my wife’s late dog, Loopy, years of care and treatment of the highest level. The depth of our appreciation for Dr. Barbe’s service cannot be expressed in this letter. Despite our selfish wishes that he could treat our current and future companions indefinitely, we recognize that Dr. Barbe has earned, many times over, the rest and relaxation to which he now retires. Thank you, Dr. Barbe. You have been a model of compassionate concern and professional objectivity and competence.

    Despite our sadness to see Dr. Barbe depart our community to enjoy a well-deserved retirement, we are reassured that the level of treatment and service we have are accustomed to will be continued by Drs. Stiens, Artz and Pasquarello. Daniela and I have come to know Dr. Stiens quite well through his treatment of both of our dogs and his patient consultation with us in the wrenching lead-up to Loopy’s last days. Roxy and I have met Dr. Pasquarello and I was immediately comfortable with what seems to be a common thread of concern, compassion, and competence.

    While I have yet to meet Dr. Artz professionally, we have met socially and I am assured that, like Dr. Stiens and Dr. Pasquarello, he will be a wonderful addition to the community, his affililation with the Pittsburgh Penguins notwithstanding (go Red Wings!).

    So, once again, thank you Dr. Barbe. Your invaluable contributions to our family and our community will be sorely missed, but you leave us in the best of hands. Best wishes for a happy retirement.

    Michael Szczesny

    Park City

    ‘Flight’ owners deserve applause


    I was very disappointed to see the angle of your story, "Flight grounded during legal dispute." These young ladies have created an incredible business and should be applauded, not sullied, for their "chutzpa." The article really comes across very one-sided in favor of an attorney (and client) who are upset about losing the most recent court hearing and grasping at some final straws.

    Quite honestly, it sounds like the only mistake these ladies made was gaining a loan from a man who had dishonest intentions all along. Does this make them another casualty of young entrepreneurs "not respecting the rights of their more financially sound"? Of course not. I work as a motivational speaker and preach to audiences about the necessities of taking risks to achieve your ultimate goals. If there were more people out there willing to stick their necks out like Kristen Moss and Blaire Hayes, then maybe we’d finally be pulling this country out of its recession.

    Stores like Flight are actually bringing people into Park City to help the town prosper. I know several well-off women who have traveled to Park City just to shop at Flight. They told me that they love the clothes and the warmth and personality of both Blaire and Kristen. This is what will continue to bring the store its success.

    It’s quite an unfortunate situation, but I look forward to watching the women’s efforts continue to take Flight!

    Nikki Stone

    Park City

    Why the destruction of healthy trees?


    I am concerned about what appears to be the destruction of several healthy trees (which could have been transplanted) and possible denigration of the habitat of the remaining trees at the construction project occurring on SR 248, approximately across from the Park City School District offices.

    There is a pile of seemingly healthy trees that were uprooted on the east side of the debris piles. There are also no barriers or other indicators of a "tree protection" zone for the trees that have not been uprooted. This lack of a protection zone allows for heavy equipment to compact the soil around the remaining trees which can affect the long-term health of these trees.

    ANSI A300 (Part 5)- 2005 Management for Tree Care Operations-Tree, Shrub, and Other Woody Plant Maintenance-Standard Practices (Management of Trees and Shrubs During Site Planning, Site Development, and Construction) 53.5.2 states, "Tree protection zone barrier(s) should be installed prior to site work." According to the International Society of Arboriculture, these protective barriers should be "placed as far out from the trunks of trees as possible. As a general guideline, allow 1 foot of diameter from the trunk for each inch of trunk diameter."

    The ISA also states that "one technique to reduce compaction on construction sites is to spread a thick layer of mulch such as wood chips, 6 to 12 inches deep Additional weight dispersal can be obtained by placing large plywood sheets over the mulch."

    There are many other components from the ANSI A300 that are possibly not being followed. In addition, there may violations of Park City’s tree ordinance occurring.

    I urge you to investigate the current situation to confirm what is being done to protect these community trees. My concerns echo the sentiments of several other "environmental" organizations in the area. We share the belief that this situation is in direct conflict with Park City’s intention to be a "sustainable community" and may also compromise the City’s recognition as a "Tree City USA" by the National Arbor Day Foundation.

    A. Jason Barto