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Letters to the Editor, Oct. 18-21, 2014

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Join the Live PC Give PC Movement

Editor:

The Park City Community Foundation’s annual Live PC Give PC day of giving on Nov. 7 hopes to raise $1 million. Yes, that’s a lofty endeavor. I like bold goals and say, count us in!

I ask that you follow suit. Enlist your friends, your business and your neighbors to spread awareness and donate or volunteer. Working together towards this monumental goal, we can create additional opportunities for the more than 75 nonprofits involved to do more good works.

The advertising company I founded more than 25 years ago has a long tradition of supporting brands that make a difference. That’s our mantra and it’s in the DNA of our RIESTER team. We know whole-heartily the benefit of giving and the importance of asking people to get involved because every donation or volunteer hour adds up to create a big impact. These efforts make society, town and our lives better for it.

It’s easy to be proud of Park City – its trails, workforce, children’s activities, sporting and arts initiatives, animal-rescue efforts and health programs, many of which are possible because of the hard work and cooperation of local nonprofits, businesses and the city/county.

Park City is a hotbed for grit and goodwill. That’s what makes it so special. In fact, its’ vibrant and inspirational climate motivated us to move our Utah office here from Salt Lake City over a year ago. And, Live PC Give PC emulates all these wonderful characteristics. That’s why we’ve jumped in early in support and hope we can count on you to do the same. Join this great endeavor on Nov. 7 and live PC, give PC.

Tim Riester, President, RIESTER

Park City

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Kimball Art Center and Bonanza Park would be a great match

Editor:

I heartily support the idea of the Kimball Art Center anchoring the redevelopment of Bonanza Park, as presented in citizen Dave Hanscom’s recent letter to the editor. As the city and county grapple with traffic concerns, I hope Park City decision-makers will do everything possible to keep the Kimball within city limits and give us a reason not to get in our cars. I’d much rather use the bike paths and bus routes that my local tax dollars support and my family utilizes already.

I’d also like to see Park City proper continue to be supported as an arts destination for our local youth and artists. I’m sure there’s a way to align development interests to support these ideas.

Alexandra Ziesler

Park City

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Give your support to Hendricksen for sheriff

Editor:

My name is Steve DeMille. I am currently the Director of the Law Enforcement Satellite Academy Program at Utah Valley University. I have been in Law Enforcement for 29 years, and I served 20 years at Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) where I was the Deputy Director for 12 years. I have college degrees in Criminal Justice and a graduate degree in Public Administration.

I have known Kris Hendricksen since 1984 when he went through the state Law Enforcement academy (POST) and I was his Training Supervisor. Kris did an excellent job in all areas of training during his time at the academy. After he graduated, most of his Law Enforcement career was in Utah County where I live. I was aware of the good job he was doing and the excellent reputation he had.

In 2002, I became the Director of the UVU Academy where Kris had been teaching part time since the start of the academy program in 1996. For the past 12 years, Kris has been my lead firearms instructor, as well as teaching several other classes. He is totally dependable and hard working. One of the things I have admired most about him is the way he treats the students. He always treats them with respect. From the student who commits a serious safety violation on the firearms range, to the student who needs to be taught over and over again before the light comes on, Kris is always patient, fair, and shows respect.

Although I do not live in your county, there is no doubt in my mind that the Sheriff’s Office in Summit County, under the direction and influence of Sheriff Kris Hendricksen, will demonstrate this same patience, fairness and respectfulness to all its citizens. I know Kris, and I know Law Enforcement. I believe the Summit County Sheriff’s Office is right for Kris; and Kris is right for the office of Summit County Sheriff.

Steven DeMille, Director

UVU Police Academy, Orem

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Hunters need to be held responsible for negligence

Editor:

In a previous letter I mentioned that sometimes I see things differently. An article recommending hikers to wear orange in the Oct. 15 Park Record sparked another one of those moments.

It is much easier to follow laws when they are consistent, don’t you agree? Therefore if I am careless as a driver and accidently kill someone with my car, I may be charged with manslaughter. Isn’t that correct? On the other hand, if I am hunting and am careless with my shot and kill someone, it is called a "hunting accident." Correct? Do you think that possibly it is time to make the laws consistent? Either drop manslaughter as a charge for drivers who kill someone or add it as a charge for a hunter who carelessly kills someone else; whether they are a fellow hunter, someone in a cabin they did not know was there or someone else enjoying the outdoors.

For 15 years we lived on 30 acres in hilly north central Maryland. Our house was uphill from a wooded area with a stream. We had herds of deer cross from the wooded area behind our house through a knoll to the wooded area below our house. One fine hunting afternoon, I was standing on our porch looking downhill when a shot rang out and the bullet zinged just above me. The incident demonstrated to me that even at my home I was not safe from careless hunters.

Recently a gentleman (using the term very loosely) broke the law by allowing his dog to run off leash near an area that was inhabited. His dog was killed by a moose that obviously felt threatened by his dog. Depending on whom you want to believe, he either aimed high to scare the moose (and possibly kill a human behind his target) or tried intentionally to kill the moose. Neither is good. Obviously he was not thinking clearly. What happens if a hiker disturbs a herd of deer so a waiting hunter misses their shot? In anger the hunter kills the hiker. Will that action be dismissed as a hunting accident? Yes.

It is time to put some teeth in hunting accident laws. It is also time to be vigilant if you are a hunter or someone else enjoying the great outdoors.

Bill Humbert

Park City

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Doctor’s endorsement of Hilder is a welcome remedy

Editor:

I second the motion of Dr. Robert "Winnie" Winn’s endorsement of Judge Robert Hilder as Summit County Attorney (Park Record letters, Oct. 11 14). That Judge Hilder, retired from Utah’s Third District Court, would agree to serve in this consequential county office is an opportunity resident voters should welcome at the ballot box.

Dr. Winn’s thoughtful and eloquent support for the Hilder candidacy was spot on: an acclaimed judicial officer, alert to the law’s requirements and assurances, prepared to mediate as well as adjudicate, Judge Hilder has established his credentials as fair and fearless in preserving personal rights and commonsense justice. Moreover, his organizational skills derive from administering legal workloads in private practice as well as the courtroom, experience crucial to efficiently managing responsibilities delegated to the county’s chief legal authority.

Dr. Winn’s diagnosis was perfect. His prescription applies a healthy dose of clarity to the queasiness that can afflict election seasons with infectious indifference and is a welcome remedy

Harry E. Fuller, Jr.

Park City

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Former Coalville mayor supports Sean Wharton’s bid for council seat

As a former two-term mayor in Coalville, I have had the opportunity to meet most of the people who have run for county office in the past eight years. When they came to my office to ask for an endorsement, I tried to determine two things. The first is if they were capable of doing the job, did their skill set match the job. Second, I tried to ascertain if they were running for the right reason.

I have worked with every member of the current County Council, and met all of the candidates currently running for office. That is why I would like to extend my support to Sean Wharton, he would be a great representative for the interests of the East Side of the county. Summit County is a special place but the interests of Coalville and Kamas are different than Park City, and the East Side needs a voice in county government. Having one member of the council with ties to the Kamas or Coalville won’t change the outcome on most votes but it would be constructive to get someone who can be trusted at the table.

Sean is a businessman with deep roots in the county, and he is a straight shooter. For too long, the interests of the elected officials on the County Council have not been in sync with the interests of the people who live and work here. The water litigation is a great example, where the council has spent millions of dollars that could have been used for economic development on the East Side of the County to try and condemn Summit Water. Each time they lost the case, they got up and dusted themselves off and grabbed another handful of taxpayer dollars and failed again. Summit County needs more individuals like Sean Wharton to stand up and run for public office to replace 20-year incumbents, and I believe he is both capable and running for the right reason.

Vote for Sean Wharton on Nov. 4, for a better Summit County government.

Duane Schmidt

Ivins

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Hendricksen ‘has great compassion’

Editor:

This is a letter of endorsement for Kris Hendricksen in his bid for the office of Summit County Sheriff. I have known Kris for more than 30 years. Over that time, Kris has proven himself to be one of the most professional law enforcement officers I have ever known.

In his personal as well as his professional life, Kris has every attribute you’d expect to see in a law enforcement officer. Honesty, integrity, fairness, and maybe most important, he has great compassion for people as well as their circumstances. Kris has always been an inspiration to me. I believe him to be a great leader. I am sure Kris will serve you well as your sheriff.

Thomas W. Runyan

Payson City Chief of Police

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Wayne Stevens: Water needs to be a priority

Editor:

"Without water, there would be no people," Lt. Governor Spencer Cox at the Uintah Basin Water Conference 2014, held in Roosevelt, Utah.

True statement. It is unfortunate that Utah Governor Gary Herbert, Utah Senator Kevin Van Tassell, Utah Rep. Kraig Powell, as well as many others in the Utah Legislature, School Institutional Trust Lands Administration,(SITLA), Division of Oil, Gas, and Mining, (DOGM), and Division of Water Resources, (DWR), do not remember basic science. All of these people and agencies promote mineral extraction activities that destroy watersheds and use millions of gallons of water to gain mineral products.

The legislature, SITLA, DOGM, and DWR, continue to put mineral extraction above drinking and agricultural water and their protection. Removing top soil destroys watersheds that provide water for culinary and agricultural uses. How does destroying watersheds, (such as the one for Vernal’s primary drinking water source), that provide culinary water assist Utah’s students? This thinking sacrifices one set of students by destroying their drinking water, for the educational benefits of other students.

The state allows water to be sold to the highest bidder. The highest bidder is usually some type of industry. Water is used in almost every aspect of life: drinking, cooking, personal hygiene, various beverages, (including milk), food production, and manufacturing. The bottled water industry sells water for more than the price of gasoline. A litter (about a quart) of water costs about $2. This translates to $8 per gallon. We complain about the price of gasoline, but not the cost of water, which costs more and is essential to life.

Water always has been, is, and always will be, in the West, the limiting factor for growth. Drinking water and water for agriculture should be the top priorities. Water for industries such as tar sands and oil shale should be placed at the bottom of the list, No. 100 on a list of 10.

Wayne Stevens

Candidate for Utah State, Senate Dist. 26

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Kamas mayor backs Yost for treasurer

Editor:

It is with great pleasure that I write this letter in support of Amy Yost to be our next Summit County Treasurer. I have known Amy for many years as she grew up in the Kamas Valley and as she has lived here most of her married life as well. Amy has background and experience in financial matters that qualify her for the position of treasurer. Her integrity, ethics, and hardworking personality will make her election a benefit to the citizens of Summit County. Amy is uniquely qualified to administer the Summit County office responsible for managing our tax dollars.

Mayor Lew Marchant

Kamas City

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David Brickey is Children’s Justice Center hero

Editor:

The Children’s Justice Center is a wonderful place for difficult situations. It provides a place of solace where children (ages 4-17) that are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and neglect can be interviewed by law enforcement and social workers in a non-threatening environment.

Prior to David Brickey’s sojourn as Summit County Attorney, the closest Children’s Justice Center was in Heber. For many of the involved families getting to Heber posed a hardship, and the children were not able to utilize the comforting location.

Brickey saw how this process continued to traumatize the victimized children. He then put forth extensive effort to bring Summit County their own Children’s Justice Center for the purpose of interviewing these victims in a safe, comfortable and now LOCAL site. As a woman and a mother, that is important to me. Better yet, Brickey brought us this service at NO COST to Summit County taxpayers by resourcefully using grants, contributions and unused office space.

The establishment of the Summit County Children’s Justice Center required tremendous exertion and influence to change the inertia of the established system. I am glad that David Brickey is running for County Attorney again. He has the vision, energy and ingenuity to continue implementing innovations that champion individuals in our community. Vote for Brickey!

Natalie Morgan

Park City

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Robert Hilder will do what is best for our community

Editor:

I support Robert Hilder for Summit County Attorney.

I first appeared before Robert Hilder as a new lawyer in 2000 and since then, I have had the honor to not only try cases before him, but also use him as a mediator when seeking alternative dispute resolution. Even if the judgment or outcome was not favorable to them, my clients always commented that Judge Hilder was fair, well read and understanding of the issues presented. Whether he took a matter under advisement or ruled from the bench, his rulings were informed and presented with great detail.

There could be no finer candidate for the position of Summit County Attorney than Robert. His experience as a 17-year member of the Utah judiciary speaks for itself. Anyone who knows him understands that he is not only compassionate and community-minded, but also that he is a great leader.

His decision to re-enter public service presents an opportunity to elect a county attorney who will consider what is practical and best for Summit County’s citizens. I encourage you to vote for Robert Hilder for Summit County Attorney on November 4.

Natalie Segall

Park City Attorney, SEGALL & BANKO

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Yost is the most qualified for Treasurer

Editor:

I have worked with Amy Yost for the past nine years in several different capacities through community in Eastern Summit and Western Summit County in outreach programs as well as collaboration of resolving mutual client’s issues and needs. In that time I have come to know of the level of dedication and knowledge that Amy has to create solutions for her clients and peers and how she is willing to be creative to create a mutually beneficial resolutions.

As county treasurer I know that she creates a unique understanding of county issues that impact Eastern and Western Summit County and how to create solutions to resolve those issues. She has run a successful business that has survived economic swings I know that she would provide that same level of success in the office of the county treasurer. That is why I am supporting Amy Yost for county treasurer.

Ben Castro

Park City

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Glenn Wright is the best fit for District 54 in legislature

Editor:

Glenn Wright will be an outstanding Utah State House Representative. As a decorated Air Force Veteran in Vietnam, as a business manager with decades of experience, and as a volunteer for great causes in our community, Glenn has distinguished himself in many ways. He is a leader who will serve with integrity, hard work, commitment and wisdom. Glenn will help get better funding for our schools, currently last in the country in per pupil spending. He will work hard to expand health care coverage for the poor. He has the vision to help grow our economy, and emphasize stewardship of our unparalleled environment. Glenn is a devoted husband and father who will serve us extremely well in the Utah House. Please vote for Glenn!

John Hanrahan, MD

Park City

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Construction causing ‘increased angst’

Editor:

I understand that construction in and around Park City must be accomplished within time constraints due to weather; however this year it seems the construction projects have resulted in increased angst for both construction employees and drivers. Oct 15th was the scariest situation that I have experienced. I was a passenger in a vehicle that was exiting from I80 onto State Road 224 (the Park City exit) in the left lane of the 2 lane exit. In the right lane – and right next to us – was a HUGE orange/gold piece of construction equipment, also presumably exiting. The driver of this piece of equipment must have figured out this was not the exit he wanted to use so he began to change lanes into our lane right next to us. My friend had to suddenly swerve left around this HUGE piece of equipment to exit as he continued move into the next left lane onto I80 cutting off the vehicle on I80 that was not far behind us. Do these pieces of equipment have turn signals? Do the drivers look?

This is after experiencing a season of seemingly overly disgruntled road construction personnel, especially at the round-about construction near Home Depot, and a significant lack of flaggers at several different construction projects. At one project at Silver Spur Rd in the Jeremy Ranch area I was informed the county did not have enough flaggers for all of the construction projects this year. The construction personnel on the frontage road improvements also seemed to have increasing attitude issues. One time, the traffic "director" was verbally annoyed with me – stating so in a few not acceptable words – because I was not moving quickly enough. It seemed that whatever routes the community thought we could take to avoid delays or sudden non-expected tire/shock issues – it was to no avail. I was very scared today.

Arla E. Baragar

Park City

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Forsling has proven to be farsighted and innovative

As someone who has worked alongside Corrie Forsling during her past four years as Treasurer, I can tell you she has been one of the better Treasurers for Summit County. I would encourage all of you to re-elect her to a second term, so vote for her on Election Day. From someone who has worked closely with her department, she has clearly been the most innovative with new technologies in the Treasurer’s office. With her enthusiasm and encouragement, other departments have accepted the move to credit card processing and making services available online. Property tax collection is much more efficient in her office now, requiring less temporary hired help and overtime hours. So when it comes time to vote, please make the right choice for Summit County–vote for Corrie Forsling.

Steve Martin

Summit County Assessor


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