Letters to the Editor, March 23-25, 2011
March 23, 2011
It is outrageous that Republicans, with apparent full authority and backing of the President, can so easily mandate deadly revenge at any cost on a North African country over 6,000 miles away and yet claim moral right and divine guidance in denying food for our own poor, wrecking fair health-care measures, providing huge tax breaks for the rich and dismissing all science related to environmental and climate issues.
This claim of morality is nothing more than hypocrisy and greedy capitalism disguised as democracy and nobody seems to care.
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‘The Last Mountain’ raises key issues
In these days of uncertainty over where our energy should come from, an excellent opportunity to learn about one source heavily used in our state and nationwide exists on Thursday, March 31, at the Jim Santy Auditorium.
Summit Land Conservancy’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival is even more exciting this year because we were able to get Bill Haney to bring his film, "The Last Mountain," to the event. Some of you may have seen this at Sundance this past January. It’s a very powerful documentary about coal mining in West Virginia and has a relevance to us not only in terms of land conservancy, but the way we live in general.
The film has gotten a lot of buzz since it premiered and was picked up for national distribution. The fact that the director agreed to bring it to us and come himself for a reception after the film is a big coup thanks to Richard Sheinberg, one of our board members. It’s an excellent opportunity to see some great films and engage in an always important dialog about the landscapes we live in and how to be good stewards.
I really hope everyone has a chance to attend. It’s very simple to buy a ticket online at our website, http://www.summitlandconservancy.org or by calling
Board member, Summit Land Conservancy
Short fence doesn’t stop enough deaths
When I see dead animals on I-80, I remember the inferior 4-foot-high fence extending from Lamb’s Canyon to Kimball Junction that some people don’t even see. It may be trying to protect animals from getting hit on that road, but it doesn’t do a good job. It has a ton of gaps and has to be in constant repair. A taller fence would help deer, moose, and elk from becoming roadkill, and it would protect people, too.
During certain times of the year, these furry friends of ours migrate naturally, but because of the busy road, they can’t get across I-80 safely. As for the fence described above, they just walk or jump right over it. Once a car comes by, CRASH! At least one life form obliterated.
This isn’t just bad for the animals; this is also bad for the people driving on this major east-west road, especially with all of the tourists coming here for various activities. If someone crashes headlong into a deer fast enough, (s)he could die or get crippled for life. At night, it is even worse. The classic deer-in-the-headlights thing happens very often, causing frequent crashes.
A higher, stronger fence like the one built from Lamb’s Canyon to Mountain Dell Golf Course would suit the needs of this dilemma. Yes, it won’t be cheap to build a new 7-foot 6-inch fence, but it will definitely be worth the cost. For one thing, it’ll basically maintain itself. Also, it would help stop people and animals from becoming statistics.
So please, Park City and county officials, do something for us. Please persuade UDOT and the government officials to build a higher, stronger fence.