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Letters to the Editor, September 19-21, 2012

Editor:

Park City enjoyed a visit from nationally renowned writer Ryan Smithson, author of "Ghosts of War," recently. This was the fourth annual Artist in Residence event. The event included a free community night open to Park City residents, which was held at the high school September 5, followed by two days of visits to English classrooms during the school day and a general assembly for the entire high school on Friday. The last two years the event has been funded by the Park City Education Foundation. The program is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for Park City High School students, faculty and the community at large.

Each summer students are given a summer reading assignment with the knowledge that they have an entire program awaiting them when they return to school in the fall, including a visit from the author to their classrooms.

The Author in Residence Program is a unique and creative way to get students engaged in summer reading and to include the community at large. Last year Garth Stein, who wrote the New York Times bestseller, "The Art of Racing in the Rain," was the visiting author and this year, English teachers Kelly Yeates and Melissa Nikolai, who head up the program in the high school, chose another author that would appeal to young adults with "Ghosts of War."

This book is a coming-of-age story about a young man who experienced the events of 9/11 while in high school and responded by enlisting in the Army Reserve after graduation. Nikolai noted, "The Author in Residence program is powerful because it’s the only time that the entire student body has the opportunity to read the same book, thus giving students a common voice to connect to their peer community. This year’s program was especially impactful because the author, Ryan Smithson, was one who related to the kids and demonstrated the embodiment of how one person can make a difference."

It was "eye opening and worth reading," said 10th grader Ellie Meyer, who initially said she wasn’t eager to read a book about the war but enjoyed the book and "the visit from the author made his experiences seem real."

In Park City we are lucky to live in a community where a partnership between the high school and Education Foundation can create this unparalleled experience for our high school readers and community. Thanks to all who took part in the event and to the parents and community who donate through the Ed Foundation in Park City. It was another successful event.

Maura Robbins

Co-chair, Author in Residence

Park City Education Foundation

Thanks, Park City, on behalf of Jack Sutton

Editor:

On behalf of Jack Sutton and Chrysalis, we would like to thank the community members of Park City who went out of their way to celebrate Jack’s 90th birthday with him. A special thanks to the Park City Police and Fire departments for all they did in making Jack’s 90th birthday a success. Also KPCW and Randy Barton for allowing Jack to be on the radio and to all the community members who called to talk to Jack and came to his party. Jack is also very excited about the dozens of hats he received from so many wonderful community members. Thank you, Park City, for being such a big part of Jack’s life for so many years!

Kamille Chlarson

Northern Region associate director, Chrysalis

We need better access to school-trust lands

Editor:

Utah is facing an aggressive administration that is trying to create more wilderness-type lands. While we all appreciate the natural beauty and wonder of our great state, access to Utah’s lands has been greatly impeded by the increase of federal lands and the restrictions that come with them.

These expansive federal policies that cut off access are killing jobs, hurting our economy, and robbing our children’s classrooms of greatly-needed funding. If Utahns could have better access to their lands, instead of being forbidden to use certain roads that fall on federal land, we could maximize the use of our own lands. As every dollar the state gains in income tax goes directly to fund schools. Maximizing the school trust lands would result not only in more jobs, but in better funding for our children.

Tom Boyer

Coalville


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