Letters to the Editor, November 7-10, 2009
November 7, 2009
We are celebrating the close of another successful year for The Winter Sports School in Park City.
For those of you not familiar, The Winter Sports School opened its doors in 1994 and is housed in three trailers near the Utah Olympic Park. Our goal is to prepare students for continued academic success in college while giving them the opportunity to train and compete in all sports during high school. Our graduates’ track record in academics, community service, business, and sports performance is impressive, and they would not have been as successful without community support. In fact, recent highlights include: two National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists; many volunteer projects locally and globally for organizations; an alumnus and former U.S. Ski Team member and teammate founded an organization to assist athletes; many successful business entrepreneurs; five students honored at the 2009 Youth Winter Sports Alliance Circle of Excellence Ceremony; and lots of our alumni have gone on to become Olympic and professional sports athletes.
In addition to helping our current and future students achieve similar results, our 2010 plans are aggressive. The Winter Sports School needs to raise funds for a variety of projects, including adding a library, creating a chemistry lab, and growing our scholarship fund. Last year, $80,000 in scholarships was awarded. This aid extended to approximately 50% of our student base and subsequently helped all of our students by creating a diverse environment both ethnically and socioeconomically.
Your donation will help ensure that The Winter Sports School can continue to deliver a high-caliber academic program and top-performing athletes. And because The Winter School is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, your donation is 100% tax deductible. Please make a donation online on our website http://www.wintersportsschool.org/online_giving.php or send your donation to: The Winter Sports School, P.O. Box 1998, Park City, UT 84060
Please join us in celebrating our students and their success with a donation that will help carry on the tradition.
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Thank you for your support,
Head of School
The Winter Sports School
Manager selection process was biased
(This is a copy of a letter sent to the members of the Summit County Council.)
It is with great displeasure that my wife and I have become aware of your statement to the public and bias regarding the hiring of a county manager.
Your statement that the county manager candidates "were not qualified," as stated by (Human Resources Manager Brian) Bellamy in his radio interview, throws disparaging overtones toward the Citizen Selection Committee. In fact this is not the case. The Citizen Selection Committee spend considerable time reviewing and interviewing the candidates. It is yourselves who did not give the time and attention to the matter, and it is apparent that a social bias was part of your selection process. We, the people, do not expect a bias of religion, race, sex, or state of work history to be in your decision process.
In the business community we seek the highest and best qualified. We look for employees who strengthen the company and thus strengthen us as their managers or board of directors. You are no different than a board of directors of a company; you are to create policy, not manage the company. It is your responsibility to hire the highest and best-qualified person in the best interest of the community, not for you personally. We are the stockholders and we expect to have the best and brightest work for us.
I have also checked into the council’s election term limits and find that your positions are without term limits. This is another issue that needs to be immediately addressed by yourselves as you can save the residents the cost of a county initiative. The term limits should be two terms or eight years, whichever comes first, (and) a four-year period between any reelection to a county council seat cycle. If you do not impose term limits upon yourselves and change the county charter, then the people will have no choice but to take action. The lack of term limits was clearly an oversight when the initiative to increase the council from three seats to five seats was placed before the electorate.
More than before are the people paying close attention to the political environment, locally and nationally. The economic and policy decisions mande by local officials have a greater and quicker impact on us.
Give homeless things to smile about
Anything Goes is a project designed to give homeless families something to smile about during their hard times. In light of the difficult economic times and approaching winter, families in already difficult situations are under a lot of stress to provide their children not only with the necessities but with fun. In my experience working with the homeless, good entertainment is in high demand and low supply while the opposite is true of anxiety.
To relieve some of the pressure, on weekdays Monday, November 9, through Monday, November 16, I will be collecting donations of new or gently used board games (must have all pieces), books of all reading levels, and arts & crafts supplies. I will also be collecting shoes, coats, blankets, hats or other winter necessities in good condition. I know that the economic dilemma is affecting everyone, so anything that might help goes. As long as it is in good condition and it will be helpful, it can be donated.
You may drop off your Anything Goes donations at the following times and locations: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Winter Sports School in Park City, in trailers by Utah Olympic Park, 3000 Bear Hollow Drive, OR 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Park Record newspaper, 1670 Bonanza Drive, and KPCW, 460 Swede Alley.
Once collected, all donated items will be taken to The Road Home Family Shelter to be distributed to the families. For more information on Anything Goes, please call Katie Bernhard at 435.649.5728.
Thank you in advance for helping families to smile with your Anything Goes donations!
Junior, Class of 2010, The Winter Sports School
City candidates ran a great race
Thanks to everyone who participated in the election. I was really impressed at the effort that everyone put into this election, particularly my fellow candidates who ran an admirable race.
Park City is truly one of the best places to live because of the great people who live here. I have enjoyed going door to door and listening to your concerns. I really believe, as I said in my campaign, that we need to work together to preserve the Park City we all love.
I look forward to listening to your ideas and working with you.