Letters to the Editor, Sept. 2-5, 2009 | ParkRecord.com

Letters to the Editor, Sept. 2-5, 2009

Editor: I’d like to thank The Park Record and Andrew Kirk for the story about the Park City Career Network. My co-facilitators and I also want to thank Temple Har Shalom for hosting our nondenominational group. This networking group is particularly focused on individuals facing career change or job loss as well as business owners seeking to expand their businesses. The intent is to provide a forum for an exchange of ideas as well as bringing in professionals to help with resume writing, interviewing and networking. We want to encourage people to sit in on one of the meetings, which are free, and participate. Again, thanks to The Park Record for supporting our efforts and for helping get the word out to our community. Anne Gardner Park City Affordable housing: flawed, but vital Editor: I am writing in response to Mr. Ainsworth’s editorial regarding affordable housing in the August 19th edition. I feel lucky to have grown up in Park City since 1977. I lived in affordable housing for most of my childhood, and without such housing, I wouldn’t be able to call Park City my home. I am now a local Realtor so I study this subject extensively. I feel it necessary to point out the following: Affordable housing’s number one goal is to provide housing for those who could not afford it otherwise. If affordable housing didn’t exist in the Park City area, our work force would have to live outside the area, increasing pollution and work-force costs while negatively affecting the quality of life for our workforce. Mr. Ainsworth’s concerns about urban sprawl and affordable housing owners getting stuck in properties are valid, but it is better to have these problems than to be without a home. The main flaw in his logic is that he does not give an alternative for work-force housing. Affordable housing is a compromise that is going to have some drawbacks, but without it, our work force doesn’t have a place to live and our town can’t function without them. I believe Park City and all it has to offer should be available to all those who care to enjoy it, regardless of their income. Brett Peretti Park City It’s time for Hatch to speak out Editor: This is an open letter to Senator Orrin Hatch: Dear Senator Hatch, America did lose "a great elder statesman, a committed public servant, and leader of the Senate" and for you, "a treasured friend." With the current tone of the health-care debate and the fierce partisanship, many in Utah would be surprised to read your eloquent tribute about the Senator. I see your genuine sadness and I offer you my condolences as this is not only the end of a friendship but it appears to be the end of an era. Senator Hatch, I am not writing to ask that you compromise your ideals or policies but I do expect you to role model honesty, civility and partnership. This is the mandate for any elder statesman and we need your leadership and mentorship in the United States Senate. We have a reprieve in partisan fighting as we pause to mourn, and you have the opportunity to live up to the ideals that you and Senator Kennedy exemplified as you reached across the aisle and worked together. Senator, I paid a visit to your office last week and spoke with two thoughtful staff to ask that you reach out to your colleagues and speak out in the media. This was prior to Senator Kennedy’s passing and I feel even more intensely about your responsibility today. When I came to your office, in the federal building, I was screened quite thoroughly. Why is it that senators in federal buildings are protected against people wielding guns but elsewhere it is considered a right and rallying cry to bring a semi-automatic weapon to a debate? Your silence is quite literally giving ammunition to a public who believes lies that have been propagated by special-interest groups. This is a dangerous situation and yet you have no comment. You know our president is not a racist and that there are no death panels. You know that this bill contains no provision for coverage to illegal immigrants and you are aware that no one will be forced into a public option. Yet you allow this rhetoric to drown out the debate. Senator, please know again that I have no expectations that you will change your policies but I expect you to change this process when the recess is over. I recognize that this will take both courage and independence but nonetheless, I expect this from you as another elder statesman that could leave your own legacy in the United States Senate. Otherwise, I fear that we will have lost the voice of two elder United States senators: one "whose influence cannot be overstated" and one who let down his country when we needed him most. Kathryn Meyer Park City ‘An honest man,’ he says? Hmmm Editor: Mike Eberlein wrote that a multimillionaire who is campaigning for mayor came to his door and handed Mike money that Mike said he did not lose, claiming he found the money in Mike’s driveway. Honest or suspicious? Deborah Perry Park City Without snow, what would Park City be? Editor: I want to send a heartfelt thank you to all participants in Saturday’s "Where’s the Snow?" at Park City Mountain Resort. Over 250 sports teams, families, youth groups and concerned citizens arrived bright and early to show their concern over global climate change. More than 40 volunteers including Deer Valley and Park City Mountain Resort (PCMR) staff, U.S. Ski Team athletes, and dedicated citizens organized a line of participants at the top of the Payday lift in a fun-loving and efficient matter. The line displayed Park City’s 2050 snow line if climate change continues unabated. Brent Giles (PCMR), Liza Simpson (Park City councilwoman) and Katy Wang (environmental educator) were especially critical to the event’s success. Their time, skills and dedication are indicative of the power of community collaboration. The event exhibited Parkites’ concern for our environment, our local economy, and our ski culture. To quote one participant, Shane Cumming, age 9: "Without snow, Park City isn’t Park City." Thank you, Park City, for sharing your time, energy, and concern for the future of our community. We look forward to seeing even more Parkites at September 30th’s Save Our Snow II. Trisha Worthington Executive director, the Park City Foundation Making adjustments is part of coaching Editor: Yes, the football Miners are great, and have been since I began attending the games in 1978. But what has happened to the coaching staff in the past five years? There was a blocked fourth-down punt in a recent playoff game that lead to the loss of a game already won. Also there was failure to adjust the offense in the second half of another playoff, when the opposing defense keyed on Jared Tew, holding him to almost no rushing yards. This led to another loss. In fact, there is a continued lack of halftime adjustment as evidenced by the recent Juan Diego game. Park City has the players but continued coaching failure to reassess game plays and match up to their opponents has led to losses in big games. Coaching change, maybe, but insightful adjustments to our opponents is necessary. W. Gary Smith Park City