Letters to the Editor, September 8-11, 2012
We, the family of Glen Thompson, would like to express our deep thanks for the outpouring of love we have received.
Glen loved and respected the citizens of Summit County. He very much enjoyed serving as treasurer for those many years.
We miss him as a husband, dad and grandpa. Thank you for the many prayers, floral offerings, cards, phone calls, food and hugs.
Ben and Stacy Thompson
Sherri and Michael Harper
Jennifer and Bryant Richins
SkiLink: new skiing experience at one price
I view SkiLink not like a bus ride where the rider wants to get to his destination as soon as possible. Instead, a journey to SkiLink will serve skiers who enjoy the excellent skiing at Canyons and Solitude to be a superb additional skiing experience as part of their skiing day much more enjoyable than driving up to an hour between the ski communities. Ride in a gondola or a car? It’s a no-brainer, in my opinion.
The comments by some that to get to SkiLink requires four lift rides at Canyons, which "is a waste of time or the same time it would take to drive," is missing the point. The SkiLink experience is about using lifts and skiing at both Canyons and Solitude resorts in one day. That is what makes the interconnect so special.
Buying a single lift ticket at a modest price increase at either resort to ride SkiLink (not two separate tickets, or twice as much, as some believe), a skier could access over 5,200 acres of skiable terrain between the two ski resorts (Canyons 4,000 acres and Solitude 1,200 acres). Combined, the two resorts will make up one the largest skiable acreage areas in the United States. All of this simply by building one gondola with no expansion of ski terrain and no new roads. Talk about little to no impact on the environment for a very unique ski experience.
Fossil-fuel addiction is the real villain
Regarding the several recent letters to the editor regarding the increasing number of tanker trucks traveling the major highways between the Uintah Basin and the Wasatch Front, I find it more than a bit ironic that the complaints are coming from people traveling in their own vehicles, driving along those same highways that are fueled by the refined products that those trucks are delivering.
For those who complain, I feel your pain too, but perhaps it’s time to get off your proverbial soap box and realize that unless you live in a hand-crafted mud-brick building, grow your own food, and travel by foot, then you best not be complaining about such things.
Like it or not, our current world is fueled by petroleum and other fossil fuels, and nearly everything we touch has the handprint of these resources on it whether it be the plastic bottles we drink from, the cars we drive in, the homes we live in, and even the food we eat. It takes energy to make the products we use and have them delivered to our doorstep. If you need or use the necessities that we, as a society, live on, then you best stop complaining and, rather, accept the fact that because we choose to live the way we do, then we must accept the "bad" with the "good."
As for looking into pipeline and rail alternatives to the use of tanker transport, let us not forget that it too takes fuel and lots of it to extract the resources, refine it into metal and other products, construct the infrastructure, and utilize machines to build and maintain it. And that doesn’t even take into account the onerous task of getting it all permitted before one shovel of dirt can be moved.
The efficient use of energy in our homes and our vehicles, enthusiastic recycling, and the wise use of consumables are but some of the small things that we can do to help curb our almost total reliance on nonrenewable resources, and if done collectively, can and will make a difference.
Lack of sensitivity for those with disabilities
To the gentleman having lunch at Kneaders on Thursday, 9/6/12, and LOUDLY declaring his disdain for the ADA and a new law proposed requiring all public pools over a certain size to add a ramp/lift to accommodate people with disabilities:
A person with a disability is not someone who isn’t around until they "show up to sue you," as you said. They are one in five of ALL of us. They are elderly parents who get enjoyment from swimming, but their joints don’t allow them to walk out of a pool. They are para/quads from untimely accidents who use the pool as therapy. They are people with disabling diseases or conditions such as Parkinson’s, chronic arthritis, cancer, ALS, etc. They are children with cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, birth defects, or other conditions who just want to be kids. They are the wounded warriors who fought for your freedom, but you don’t understand concessions to give them back some of theirs. They include many other types of people with many other conditions.
Your lack of understanding is obvious, but shame on you for your lack of sensitivity and lack of couth, especially in public when you don’t know who is within earshot and what they might have to deal with on a daily basis due to a disability or in caring for a loved one with a disability.
(Wife of a quadriplegic)
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