Letters to the editor, March 7-9, 2012
March 7, 2012
A reduction in the number and quality of our teachers equals a reduction in the quality of education (unless our current administrators are idiots which they are not we currently do not have excess teachers).
A reduction in the reputation of our excellent school system equals a negative impact on the value of everyone’s home (ask any real estate agent whether sales of homes are made based upon the school system). Although its national ranking has slipped considerably in the last few years, a plan which reduces the pay of our teachers by the cost of benefits shifted to them and causes our experienced teachers to retire equals a negative effect on retention of our best teachers.
We can improve the budget imbalance by raising the school tax mill levy spreading the effect over all who pay taxes by a few dollars instead of saddling a relatively few teachers with most of the burden and simultaneously diminishing the quality of our school system.
I have a son who is a senior who has received an excellent education and access to superb educational opportunities. I have a son who is a sophomore who thus far has received the same. I wouldn’t want to see that changed for any future students.
What am I missing here?
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Park City, Utah
Lawmen are wrong to ignore leash law
Having been attacked by a "friendly" dog in the past, I was appalled to learn that another fellow member of the community who was recently injured unprovoked in Round Valley by an unleashed Rottweiler has been vilified by many for reporting the incident.
Park City, like almost all communities throughout the country, has leash laws regarding dogs. But by employing omission, wink and nod, openly encouraging the flaunting of the law in public discourse, or deterring a victim’s rightful process, the County Sheriff and the city Police Chief, and other leaders in the community want the problem to evaporate rather than enforce law for which they do not have the political will to otherwise administer.
When government officials paid to enforce laws we have all passed through legislative process openly challenge the enforcement of the laws, one of the nasty results is the polarizing effect involving once friendly neighbors who, when violating these laws, feel an unwritten franchise to ignore the law as it applies to them. The aggrieved have no recourse except to escalate when public officials deny them legal protection and redress.
In Park City, we pride ourselves in being friendly, neighborly, environmentally aware, and leaders in living peacefully in an ever-complex world. Yet our current attitude about letting dogs run free is no longer compatible with these ideals.
It’s time we come together, be realistic, open new areas specifically stated for dog use, and call our law enforcement to task in enforcing the leash laws for the benefit of ALL citizens. And it’s time we stop vilifying the victims of these attacks. It could have been you, your spouse, or your child, and it could have been a lot worse.
I intend to take physical measures to protect myself and others from attacks, and to seek maximum legal financial remedy when threatened or injured. It’s not what I prefer to do.
The alternative, it seems, would be to just enforce the law.
It’s time to rally around the teachers
Teacher positions are being cut in the Park City school district and decisions are being made this month. Thanks to new legislation, seniority is no longer the decider of which teachers keep their jobs but that also means some of our best teachers with seniority and higher salaries, along with all the other teachers in our schools are fearful of losing their jobs.
As parents, we all know who the great teachers are; the ones who so positively affect our children’s love of learning
Now is the time to let the principals know who they are!
Please join me and email our principals supporting the teachers who made and make a difference in our kids lives and ask other parents to do the same.
We may not be able to affect the budget at this point, but we can help our principals make the best choices.
Email addresses are:
Jeremy Ranch: Shawn Kuennen, email@example.com
Trailside: Kathleen Einhorn, firstname.lastname@example.org
McPolin: Bob Edmiston email@example.com
Highschool: Hilary Hays. Hhays@pcschools.us
Thank you for making a difference!