Letters to the Editor, October 29-November 1, 2011
October 29, 2011
This is an open letter to the residents of Summit Park.
Geneva Rock has spent the past four months reconstructing a section of Parkview Drive, which is the main road in and out of Summit Park. As a company, we wanted to thank the local residents for the patience and level of understanding that has been shown. The narrow roads and lack of detour-route options make working in Summit Park very difficult. However, in my 17 years in the construction business, I do not recall a community that was so willing to put up with some minor inconveniences and so appreciative of the work that we were doing. We hope that we left you with a product that was worth the frustrations that we are sure you endured. Again, many thanks!
Superintendent, Geneva Rock Construction
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Liza’s a devoted public servant
I urge you to vote for Liza Simpson for City Council. Liza is one of Park City’s most devoted public servants, and is unparalleled in her desire to retain Park City’s character and charm. Although I had to withdraw from the City Council race in order to devote more time to my family, I am confident that Park City will be in good hands with Liza! Please remember to cast your vote for Liza.
Planters come and planters go
Having continued to observe the Bonanza Drive continuing drama, I have felt bad for myself and mostly the businesses that rely on that street to be open. The "fix" on "the Fix" on Bonanza has shown that Park City must be without budget restraints that plague other municipalities. After Bonanza had a year-long redo, then we dig up the new roadway to put in colored concrete. (Might we not have thought of that before the new road had to be dug up again?) The prize of all: that very special gift to the PC snowplow drivers, the planters! Did we not learn anything from the planters and recent removal of same on Highway 248?
I think we will start an office pool — five bucks in and pick a date for the planters to be torn out. Pick the correct date and you win the pot.
A love letter to a council candidate
"Why?" you ask. I answer: "Why not?"
Andy Beerman has been leading since before he was legal to drink. As a guide for NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) he was making decisions (without a legal department) that were graver than those he’ll be facing on council. He took groups into the hinterlands of Alaska for 30-day stretches with no more gear than each could carry. His choices revolved around what to take and what to leave behind; but that honed an ability to prioritize that he still implements daily.
Realist: His glass is half-full, but he doesn’t flinch or falter in the face of tough decisions.
Funhog: He loves this Park City lifestyle, and he happily chooses a life with fewer embellishments so he can live here, at the trailhead to mountain fun.
Reliable: I’ve never known him to shirk a responsibility.
Well-thought-out: He has the courage of his convictions.
Not arrogant; listens well.
Consistent and trustworthy; friendly and effective.
A progressive realist; a pragmatic idealist — he lives by the motto: "The harder I work, the luckier I get."
Not exactly patient, he values a decision well-considered.
Analytical: Breaks big problems into manageable and sequential challenges.
Centered: Values fitness and acuity above money and fame.
He’s addicted to exercise;
He’s having a love affair with S-Works and won’t renounce her;
He indulges in cookies and gumdrops;
He has one irreverent wife!
Disclosure: Andy is my husband, business partner, playmate, adventure guide. I’m willing to share him with you only because the needs of this special community, in this unique place, in this pivotal moment (Treasure, Bonanza Park, etc.) transcend my petty objections. I, too, plan to live and work here for a long time, so I’m willing to plant a tree today for the promise of its shade tomorrow.
Support those that do so much for us
Summit County and Park City rock. We have so many outstanding nonprofits in our area that significantly, and often dramatically, improve quality of life for all of us.
At the coffee shop just this morning I encountered people I know involved in nonprofits in recreation, health, international poverty, and performing arts. Wow! Our community has a great ability to come together as it often has, and make a big difference in our county and towns.
On November 11, 2011, The Park City Foundation and all nonprofit organizations are inviting you to support the community, organizations, services, events, people, and places that you love. On this single day, they are asking everyone to visit http://www.livepcgivepc.org and support the organizations that make our lives vibrant and uniquely Park City.
Help our children, our animals, our trails, our elderly, and our community. I urge you to join with your neighbors and support all our area nonprofits that do so much for each of us in so many ways.
Local voters have a lot of clout
First a disclosure and a declaration — I have been Liza Simpson’s partner and husband for 18 years and I will be voting to reelect her to the Park City Council on November 8th.
Park City has a population of 7,500. However, in order to support, service, and promote our resort-based economy, the city budgets and operates like a city of 40,000 or more. As an example, the city operates a transit service that carries approximately 2,000,000 riders a year, greatly reducing the traffic and parking impacts on the city’s citizens and visitors. As a result of this disparity between the voter base and the economic and policy decisions required to operate this city effectively and efficiently, our votes are significantly more powerful than if we were voting in a city of 40,000.
Think about that as you are deciding if you have the time or interest in exercising your right to vote. Do you really want to leave this selection to a few hundred voters?
We celebrate and value the "small town feel" of Park City. As you fulfill your responsibility to become as knowledgeable as possible as to the qualifications, experience, and policy positions of the various candidates, remember that the successful candidates will be called upon to deal with issues, determine policy, and authorize expenditures far more complex than those experienced by the average small town — Park City is, in fact, a city.
In closing, I will be voting to re-elect Liza Simpson to the Park City Council on November 8th because she understands that balance, and she has proven that she can successfully navigate that complexity. Please join me in exercising your right, and fulfilling your responsibility to vote for the candidate that you believe will best represent you and this community.
Where intellect meets practicality
I served on the Parks and Recreation Board with Liza Simpson for several years. Liza is one of those amazing people where brilliant intellect meets down-home practicality. These traits make her not only a great friend, but also an extremely capable city council person.
A recent Park Record headline suggested that this election is a "yawn." And while I agree that there seem to be few large divisive issues this year, I have noticed that Liza is taking this election with the kind of dedication and seriousness that shows how much she honors the position of city council person and how sincerely she wishes to serve the people of Park City.
Perhaps one of the most important characteristics a city council person needs is to be able to get along with the rest of the council: to be able to listen, disagree, suggest alternatives, and still be friends at the end of the day. This isn’t "selling out;" this is democracy.
While our culture tends to admire mavericks, it is becoming clear by observing the impasses in Washington, D.C., that holding hard lines does not solve the problems that governments face. Liza has demonstrated over the past four years her ability to listen, and then to articulately and fairly promote ideas in a way that builds consensus and that actually solves problems, making Park City a great place to live.
Please join me in voting for Liza on November 8th.
Leadership, passion, brains, and empathy
When someone works for you over a period of time you get to know him or her. Strengths, weaknesses and quirks all come in to play. In funny situations. And in tense moments.
Alison and I were very pleased when Andy came on board as general manager of Kirwin Communications. After several months, we were thrilled.
Calm. Prepared. Good people skills. Good negotiator. Salesman. He was, and is, all of those things. We then watched as he and Thea grew Treasure Mountain Inn into a strong lodging business in the Historic District and then transformed it into being profitable, and green. And that’s Park City. Business with an environmental bent.
His skills are beyond that of a 40 year old and that is why we are asking you to closely consider Andy for City Council. You’ll find a pattern of leadership, passion, brains, and empathy … all in a tall package.
City needs strong ties with schools
As the election approaches, Park City voters will choose 3 people for city council to help lead us during this important period. It is important to remember that voters are choosing individuals — and not a "gang of 3."
Anne Bransford is uniquely qualified to serve as one of the elected council members. She is a 5th generation Parkite and the only candidate with children attending the Park City school system. She is also serving on the school board.
A tight partnership between the city and the school board is vital for our community, and Anne has shown that she is a consensus-builder and problem solver. For these reasons I support Anne Bransford for city council.
Drink and be merry to benefit clinic
The People’s Health Clinic would simply not exist without the generous and creative support of our exceptional community. Last week’s annual Cocktail Contest, hosted by the Park City Area Restaurant Association, is a great example of local entities working together to keep Park City a unique and wonderful place. Thanks to those who mixed, stirred, imbibed and contributed to the clinic’s mission of providing health care to our uninsured neighbors, many of whom work in local restaurants and resorts.
And while there is nothing funny about being uninsured, next Thursday’s benefit comedy night, "Healthy Laughs at the Egyptian," is sure to entertain.
All proceeds from ticket sales go directly to providing days of care at the clinic. Don’t miss out! Limited tickets are available at http://www.peopleshealthclinic.org or by calling Jenny at 333-1871.
Event director, The People’s Health Clinic
Another marcher in the Peek parade
I would like to add my voice to those who have endorsed Dick Peek for City Council.
I have known Dick for ten years, and believe that Dick is eminently qualified for City Council, and more importantly, cares enough for Park City that he wants to see it continue to be the great community that brought him here in the first place.
As a previous member of the Historic District Commission, Planning Commission and most recently the City Council, Dick has a pragmatic and practical knowledge of the functions of the city, as well as the understanding of its citizens.
Dick’s education in business and finance, coupled with his practical experience as a business owner in the tourism and construction segments of our town, gives him a broad base to evaluate issues and make decisions.
Please join me in supporting Dick Peek for City Council.
There’s fewer deer to hunt?
In the October 26-28 issue of the Record, an article appeared on page A-2 entitled "There’s fewer deer to hunt." There is? At best this is unfortunate vernacular. But in truth it’s bad, improper English. Unless there is only one deer to hunt, the proper title should of course be, "There are fewer deer to hunt." The article was otherwise well written, and I have to credit the author for using "fewer" rather than the singular modifier "less," (which would have read "There’s less deer to hunt."). The Record knows the hallmarks of a good newspaper better than I do, but surely correct use of the English language is critical to the paper’s believability.
Liza has a record of caring, hard work
I urge all Park City voters to turn out and vote for Liza Simpson for City Council.
Liza has a track record that is easy for us to see. Over the years her many volunteer jobs in Park City and Summit County are a testament to her caring and hard work on our behalf. Her record on the City Council shows intelligence, a commitment to all segments of our community and a very special "Liza brand" of gracious and great good humor.
This November I will be voting for Liza Simpson for City Council and I hope all my friends, neighbors and fellow community members will join me in making sure Park City has another four years of thoughtful and wise city government.
Thank you for taking the time to read my letter.
Susan B. Feulner