Letters to the Editor
Round Valley hunting
For the record, it doesn’t take 30 to 40 shots to kill a deer. What the runners, bikers and other Round Valley recreationists are hearing is the Summit County target practice range, which echoes in Round Valley and the surrounding areas. I would actually feel safer hearing those practice shots being fired, because I know that when the practice is turned into a real situation, that the Summit County Sheriffs will be able to shoot with precision. Hunting has been allowed in Round Valley for a while now, so people who recreate in Round Valley know when the hunting season starts, and thus, avoid the area for the short amount of time the hunting season is open. It would probably be more beneficial to post signs that encourage recreators in the Round Valley area to recreate in another one of the numerous trail systems around Park City. The outdoors should be open to all outdoor users, not just runners, bikers and joggers.
Immigrants and bigots
I was saddened and quite honestly appalled at Chuck Hayes’ letter about the Latino population in our schools and community. My son also attends McPolin and though I had looked into private schools several times, we were so pleased with the quality of teachers, staff and parent involvement at McPolin that I easily decided against it. I find it interesting that many of these people who complain about immigrants often boast about their Irish/English/German (fill in any group here) origins. Not too many generations ago many of our families were coming to America to find a better place to live and a better life for themselves and being vilified by small-minded bigots as well. I regularly volunteer at the school and I can say that the idea of these children posing a health risk or threat to my child or anyone else’s is downright absurd. Park City has always had drugs (ask people who have lived here all of their lives) and it’s usually only the rich kids who can afford them. I am happy that my son has the opportunity, in a place with as high a socio-economic status as Park City, to be able to have some diversity. He wants to learn Spanish. So do I. I feel sorry that there are people in our great town who feel as Chuck does. I feel sorry for the poor children (and adults) who have to deal with attitudes like Chuck’s every day. I feel sorry for my son that he will be exposed to close-minded people when I am trying to teach him to judge people on their actions, not what they look like. And most of all, Chuck, I feel sorry for your children who are going to grow up learning that hating people who are different is OK. As for the people who come to Park City to clean our rooms, wash our dishes and make a better life for themselves and their children them, I admire. I would do anything to make my son’s life as good as it can possibly be. Wouldn’t you Chuck? Wouldn’t you do the same in their place?
Halloween at the Glenwood
On behalf of the Glenwood Cemetery Association I would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to everyone who helped make this year’s "Halloween at the Glenwood" such a great success. In spite of colder than usual temperatures, more than 700 people visited the Glenwood Cemetery on Sunday, Oct. 30 and enjoyed the depiction of Park City history by our fine volunteer actors. We would especially like to thank The Park Record and KPCW for the fine publicity and thank the volunteers who directed traffic and greeted our visitors. All of the donation revenue will be used for the maintenance and improvement of the historic Glenwood Cemetery.
Editor: The debate over changing the form of government for Summit County is ignoring the real issue: the boundaries of Summit County itself and how the east siders are ripping-off the residents of Park City and Snyderville Basin. Residents and businesses in Henefer, Kamas, Coalville and other east side Summit County areas receive much more in Summit County services than they pay in county taxes, all to the detriment of their west side Park City neighbors who foot most of the bill and traffic congestion.
Every U.S. municipality has its richer and poorer taxpayers, and the very foundation of our great nation is built upon the fact that poor people receive proportionately more in government services than they pay in taxes.
But, in this case, the actual "poor" of Summit County are not the east siders the poor are mostly new immigrants living in Park City.
Our poorer Summit County residents who reside in Park City are being cheated out of what they deserve by much wealthier east side Summit County residents, led by east side Commissioner Woolstenhulme.
The permanent solution is to secede from Summit County and create a new Park City County incorporating Park City and Snyderville Basin. This would leave Commissioner Woolstenhume to rule only his own neighbors on the east side of Summit County. A less desirable, but easier-to-implement, alternative would be to fairly apportion Summit County representation and spending based on population, including second-home owners who pay taxes at almost twice the rate. No taxation without representation, sounds good doesn’t it? What was once good for our great nation would now be good for our local government. Vive Park City County! Paul Zane Pilzer
Park City Winning readers
Park City Television’s Seventh Annual "Summer Fun Reading Challenge" was a huge success. I wanted to write and congratulate the huge group of students that completed Park City Television’s reading challenge as well as the recent K-12 winners of season passes to The Canyons. We recently announced the winners: Maddie Kwun at Colby School; Braedon Richins at North Summit Elementary; Monica Mendez, Cristian Jimenez, Jennifer Capone and Sahili Barrios at Parley’s Park; Tori Vangeison and Kevin Loughlin at Ecker Hill; Sarah Morrison and Robbie Malcolm at TMMS; Gina Kopcrack, Alexis Sumsion and Tyler Anderson at PCHS. As most successful community events, Park City Television’s Seventh Annual "Summer Fun Reading Challenge" was backed by generous sponsors. We had a record number of readers this year. PCTV awarded over 900 readers who completed our challenge with prizes worth more than $100,000 donated from our 19 incredible sponsors. I can only thank six of them in this letter but all were critical to the overwhelming success of this year’s challenge and I hope the kids thank the sponsors as they redeem their great prizes. Some of them expire this year, so remember to redeem your prizes soon. A special thanks to Crandall Ford Mercury, Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley Resort, Zion’s Park City Bank, Cows Ice Cream and Jans Mountain Outfitters.
Summit County is full of terrific young people and all of us at Park City Television were proud to once again host this reading program for them. With the continued support of our sponsors, teachers, schools, libraries and parents, we know that next year’s challenge will have more readers than ever. Keep reading! Stanton D. Jones
Park City Television
The big indictment
Vice President Cheney’s Chief of Staff was charged with obstructing an investigation into the White House cover-up of the lies that led our nation to war in Iraq. Two senior White House officials outed CIA operative Valerie Plame as punishment for her husband’s revelations about the administration’s Iraq lies a clear effort by the White House to cover up the lies that brought our nation to war.
Karl Rove and Scooter Libby were part of the White House Iraq group. This secretive team operated out of Cheney’s office and was formed to sell the case for war. According to the New York Daily News, WHIG "morphed into a virtual hit squad that took aim at critics who questioned its claims." Despite Joe Wilson’s discovery in 2002, Bush lied in 2003. In 2002, Wilson was sent by the CIA to Niger to investigate if Iraq was trying to buy nuclear materials. He discovered those claims were a lie. He told the CIA, and they told the White House. Bush made the discredited claim in his 2003 State of the Union Address as he made the case for war. The nuclear threat was key to selling the war. Why did Bush repeat the discredited nuclear claim? A CBS News polling report in late 2002 made clear, "there is no consensus on adopting a pre-emptive strike policy in general, except where a nuclear attack against the United States is contemplated."
American people must know the truth about the indictment. The Bush White House will try to minimize the significance of today’s indictment. The American people must know that today’s indictment is about the White House cover-up of the lies that led our nation to war in Iraq. Bush must clean house. We will not be able to trust our government until every one of the White House officials who conspired to mislead the American public into war with Iraq are out of the administration – President Bush has an obligation to clean house of all the liars. Jonelle Simons
Tales of Old Park City Editor: I’m sure many of you have wondered what happened to the stories that were written about Park City by Justin L. (Jack) Fuell. [Published in The Park Record, 1992-1994]
I am his youngest child, Sherri. I’m sorry it has taken so long for me to write and explain what happened to him. My father passed away on Halloween day 2004. It’s hard to believe it has been a year. The doctors explained his death as "failure to thrive." I know he died of a broken heart. My mother Beeba had fallen and broke her pelvis. She spent six weeks in the hospital and rehab. She came home early against everyone’s better judgment to be with him, but by then it was too late. He told me on several occasions that when you’ve slept next to someone for 60 years, there is no life without her there. Those of you who got to read my dad’s wit and humor will, I’m sure, appreciate the fact that when they called me on Halloween day and said he had passed away, the first thing I thought was that my dad would have said, "Trick or Treat!"
My mom just had her 80th birthday& without him. She misses him terribly as we all do. But we have daily reminders that fill us with warmth. My son Gabe misses him also. He asks about him often. He knows he is with the Heavenly Father, watching over us all. I hope Halloween was extra special for all of you this year. Sincerely, Sherri Fuell Nieto, Beeba Fuell and all of the family
Legislation for children
Recently, historic legislation passed the House and Senate that Utah citizens can and should be proud of. Congressmen Matheson, Cannon and Bishop and Senators Bennett and Hatch all voted in favor of the Assistance for Orphans and Other Vulnerable Children in Developing Countries Act of 2005. This is the first time legislation providing help for the needs of orphaned children in poor countries has made it to the floor of the House and the Senate. A sincere thank you to our Utah delegation for showing compassion to this most innocent and often-neglected segment of humankind.
The administration is now required to develop a comprehensive strategy and appoint a special advisor for coordinating the gathering and distribution of critical, basic medical and educational care to the millions of future world citizens left alone by the global AIDS epidemic and other causes. Please continue the good work.
Linda Allen, RESULTS, Utah
Salt Lake City
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The unemployment rate in Summit County in September rose slightly and the state upwardly revised the August figure, evidence job gains in the Park City-area have largely stalled.