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Letters: Debate over Prop 3, Treasure bond

Donate for life
Editor:

Once again it is that time of year to support our local charities through Live PC Give PC. We all have many charities that are near and dear to our hearts. Please consider supporting the Playing for Life Foundation and our goal of providing free breast exams and mammograms to those in our own community who are uninsured, underinsured, or do not have the means to afford this necessary, preventative procedure. We need to support those in our community who medically have been determined to need this procedure, but for whatever reason are unable to afford the cost. This currently is the only free breast exam/mammogram screening program in our community.

In 2012 our board finalized our dream of providing free breast exams/mammograms and in 2013 we were able to provide 75 free breast exams and 53 screening mammograms. Through generous donations our program has grown since and in 2017 we contributed to 272 breast exams and 93 screening mammograms. If further diagnostic tests or screenings are found to be necessary after the initial breast exam/mammogram then Playing For Life funds will go toward those costs as well. Examples of further follow-up diagnostic procedures that we have contributed toward in the last few years include ultrasounds, co-pays for chest x-rays, a CT scan, a nodule aspiration, and even biopsies. Since 2013, breast cancer has been found in 2 women through this screening program.

Playing For Life Foundation is an all-volunteer organization and we keep all money raised within our local community. With your assistance we will be able to continue growing our program providing free breast exams/mammograms locally. Our goal is to be able to better serve our community of friends and neighbors to give everyone in need the opportunity to receive these procedures.

Susan Brewer and Janis Moore
Park City

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Sweet sound of support
Editor:

Once again the Live PC Give PC fundraising effort is upon us and PCHS Choir is need of your generous support.

I am a PCHS senior that has been in the choir since 9th grade. During my time in the choir I have had the opportunity to sing for the Utah governor, travel to fun and exciting places such as San Diego and St. George, and have participated in several concerts as well as state and region competitions. These experiences have been an invaluable part of my high school experience.

Please consider making a donation to this important program at the following link: https://www.livepcgivepc.org/story/Pchschoir2018. Your donation will allow the choir to build up its music library with much-appreciated new music for our concerts this year.

We thank you in advance for your support!

Abby Bullock
Park City High School

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Countdown is on
Editor:

The countdown to Park City's annual day of giving is ON. We are just a couple weeks away from Park City Community Foundation's Live PC Give PC on Nov. 9. We are all so very lucky to call Park City home as well as have a long list of wonderful nonprofits doing work to make our community a better place.

If you are like me, you may struggle with this long list and wonder how can you possibly choose one nonprofit to support. Luckily, the day of giving supports many of the nonprofits here in our community and encourages residents to offer support in any way that they can. If you find that you have some extra dollars laying around, the donation platform allows individuals to donate as little as $5 to the nonprofit of your choice. If giving money is not your cup of tea, there are many volunteer opportunities available depending on your schedule. Sign up for a donation station to educate others and spread awareness for your favorite nonprofit. If you are energetic and crafty, volunteer to hold signs around town representing Live PC Give PC or the nonprofit of your choice.

I plan on donating to a few organizations this year that are working to better our community. Recycle Utah ensures that we work towards a sustainable future by offering recycling and educational programs here in Summit County. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah is another organization high on the list. Donated funds go to creating community-based matches so our youth receive much needed mentors to expand their opportunities and better their chances to succeed. Lastly, I plan on donating my time to increase awareness for Leadership Park City and encourage others to get involved with this awesome program that creates future leaders.

Join the festivities by going to livepcgivepc.org and donating to the causes that matter most to you.

Lydia Rupnow
Pinebrook

Issue long ago decided
Editor:

In response to Mr. Hermann's recent letter to the editor, I am sorry that Mr. Hermann feels inconvenienced by the traffic calming measures installed on Hillside Avenue recently, but perhaps if he and others took note of the two existing yield signs at the top, all conflicts would be avoided. You seem to have not noticed them, the big yellow ones that ask you to wait for traffic to clear. A little bit of history might also help Mr. Hermann understand what the city is attempting to do: eight years ago, Hillside was rebuilt purposefully narrow after a unanimous decision of the council by and for our entire community concluding years of debate. It was done in order to keep both the volumes and speeds from increasing AND to stop access to and from the commercial district past 39 residential homes, mostly historic.

Unfortunately, there are many who are unable to grasp this. If it inconveniences Mr. Hermann so much to actually wait at the top for your neighbors' vehicle to clear or perhaps slowing down instead of speeding fast enough to damage his car, then too bad. I suggest doing your homework before commenting about how horribly inconvenient Hillside Ave. is for you and before commenting that it "needs to be widened." This was fully debated and resolved just eight years ago and the city is finally acting to protect that decision.

Pete Marth
Old Town

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Keep it simple
Editor:

There has been much written over past few weeks about the open space bond to save Treasure Hill and Armstrong Snow Ranch Pastures from development, and quite frankly some voters may be missing the point of this vote. Firstly, I applaud the City Council for putting this bond on the ballot, so voters like me can vote on this issue. What better way to decide this matter than the will of the people, the citizens of the town? Unlike some, I do not think open space is a "sacred cow." I am all for letting the voters decide. Secondly, regardless of the size of the developments (5 Walmarts or 10 Walmarts), regardless of the how many units are proposed, regardless of the size of the building envelope (10 acres or otherwise); this vote is about buying the development rights for both Treasure Hill and Armstrong Snow Ranch Pastures and preserving the land as it stands today. Pretty simple. Personally, I do think these 2 pieces of land are worth saving, and I do not believe that Park City needs another high-end hotel condominium development (in Old Town no less). Fifteen years from now this bond will be paid off and most of us will not remember what we paid for these open spaces, but we and future generations will all benefit from their preservation.

Join me in voting FOR the open space bond!

Joe Cronley
Summit Land Conservancy board president

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Miller gets it
Editor:

I agree with many of Meaghan Miller's positions. Expansion of Medicare, affordable housing, solar tax credits, and better funding for education to name a few. But those aren't the only reasons I voted for Meagan for Utah State House 54.

It is her experience in the community. She knows first hand the struggles our community members face on a daily basis. Too many of our elected officials view Park City and the Wasatch Back as a bubble of wealthy people, not understanding how many of our families can't find affordable housing or child care, or how many visit the food bank, how many children are in assisted food programs.

Meaghan gets it. And she's working to make it better. That's why she has my vote.

I hope she has yours too.

Liza Simpson
Park City

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Preserve our values
Editor:

I moved to Park City in 1971 and have lived in Old Town for 47 years. Both as a resident and a commercial property owner, I understand what the Treasure bond will cost me. I served on the Park City Planning Commission for 8 years and was the chairperson for 2 years. As a Commissioner it became clear to me that this project was vested and could be built in some form. It also became very clear that if Treasure is built it will change the character of not only Old Town but all of Park City. The construction impacts will be with us for at least 5 years and the increased traffic and congestion will be with us forever. This bond is not only for open space but also to help preserve the character of our town. Please help protect our 4 core values; Small Town, Natural Setting, Sense of Community and Historic Character, by voting for the Treasure Bond.

Charlie Wintzer
Old Town

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Invest in Utahns
Editor:

If you were offered 9 dollars in exchange for 1 dollar would you take the deal? The vast majority of us would say yes. That is the offer on the table in Proposition 3 — and better yet, the investment in Proposition 3 pays dividends too.

Proposition 3, the initiative to expand Medicaid, is a prudent, long-term investment in Utah. It represents an investment in our state's greatest asset: our people, our workforce. For too long, thousands of our friends, family and neighbors have gone without health coverage. Too many Utahns have avoided or delayed seeking care. Too many Utahns have filed bankruptcy due to medical bills. And when a large part of our workforce is grappling with unresolved health care problems or crippling debt, they are not working at their full potential. So, our entire economy suffers. Proposition 3 not only brings $800 million (annually) in our taxpayer dollars back to the state, it promotes a healthier workforce, which means a more sustainable workforce.

32 states that have already expanded Medicaid are ahead of Utah. They have lower uninsured rates, and as a direct result, they have a healthier workforce. Much like we need to invest in infrastructure and education, we need to invest in the health care of Utahns. Utah's economy and our economic competitiveness depends on it.

Since Jan. 1, 2014, Utah has rejected returning around $1.4 billion back to the state of Utah. We can't afford to ship another dime off to Washington, D.C., and get nothing in return. Vote "yes" on Proposition 3.

Matt Slonaker
Utah Health Policy Project executive director

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Not the answer
Editor:

It's heart wrenching that some deserving Utahns face a health insurance coverage gap when they first do not qualify for a federal subsidy or cost sharing reductions via the federal marketplace and then Utah's Medicaid program also rejects them. However, expanding Utah's Medicaid program through Proposition 3 is not the answer. State legislators already passed legislation this past spring that expands Medicaid, thereby addressing the coverage gap.

The current Medicaid expansion plan, available to those that earn up to 100 percent of the poverty level, accomplishes this feat without raising Utah's sales tax, while Proposition 3 will raise the sales tax. Keep in mind, this plan is pending approval from the federal government. Therefore, Utahns should wait and see if federal officials approve this option before hastily voting for Prop 3, which will cost Utah more.

Lawmakers wisely chose the 100 percent poverty level because individuals living in states, like Utah, without full Medicaid expansion receive federal subsidies towards private sector plans available on the exchange. These plans offer very rich benefits at a low cost, $25 per person per month. If Medicaid is expanded to the 138 percent federal poverty level through Prop 3, Utahns currently earning between 100 percent and 138 percent will lose their fully federally-funded subsidies. Under Prop 3, the 30,000 Utahns currently receiving federal subsidies because their earnings fall between 100 percent and 138 percent of the poverty level, will move to Medicaid, which is partially funded by the state. Consequently, the state will pick up new costs that are currently paid for with federal tax dollars.

Proponents of Prop 3 claim Medicaid expansion will help children. This is an emotional ploy. Low-income children qualify for Medicaid already. Proposition 3 does not provide new eligibility to any children.

Prop 3 Medicaid expansion goes beyond providing coverage for those in the coverage gap. Legislation already exists to take care these individuals. Let's see what happens at the federal level before voting on an expansion plan that will cost the state more.

Craig Paulson
Utah Association of Health Underwriters past president

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Elect a teacher
Editor:

With elections nearing, I am happy to see that Kara Hendrickson's opponent, Vicky Fitlow, recognizes "Teachers have impacted my life and my children's lives in ways that I can barely articulate." That she is "…passionate about making sure that the people who can and do teach have everything they need." As an educator, I thank Fitlow for her words of support.

Fitlow has expressed her "…experience with the school budget cycle." and claims the "… ability to hit the ground running". As a 16 year PCSD educator and parent of two children attending Park City's public schools, grades K-12, Kara Hendrickson has had first-hand experience with the PCSD budgets and knows the district from both sides. She has literally, run a marathon.

Fitlow states she "…demonstrated personal commitment to supporting excellence in education management." Teachers are excellent managers. Visit any one of our classrooms and witness teachers' fine management skills not only practiced, but also taught. Kara Hendrickson, as a teacher, was no exception.

We have had board members who came from the business world, but we have been lacking in expertise from the education world, something that is sorely needed for our district to run in a truly balanced way.

My children attended PCSD schools, K-12. As a parent and educator, I have witnessed a lack of continuity, commitment, and follow-through within our district's leadership. We need a new board member who can provide all of these facets. Kara Hendrickson, through her career serving our district as an educator and as a parent who fully entrusted her children to the district, has proven that she is the right person for the job.

The time is now, to elect Kara Hendrickson to our school board.

Debra Barfield Corrigan
Park City

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Support stellar musicians
Editor:

"Music calleth with voice divine." — Malcom Archer and Rooger Drabble

If you were not able to attend the Park City High School Band's concert on Oct. 26, you did indeed miss something divine! The audience was treated to three wonderful opening numbers by the Symphonic Band, which culminated in a fun, spooky medley entitled "House of Horrors." Next came a percussion trio, who demonstrated their exacting and musical skills of cadence and coordination. Each time I thought the piece was coming to its conclusion, a new torrent of rhythm and passion was unleashed!

Last, but not least, we heard four selections from the Wind Ensemble, a very accomplished group of musicians. Notable was the lyrical performance of "October" by Eric Whitacre, who described the piece, as follows: "The simple, pastoral melodies and the subsequent harmonies are inspired by the great English Romantics, as I felt this style was also perfectly suited to capture the natural and pastoral soul of the season." We also heard a classic piece by Edvard Grieg, "March of the Trolls" which is likely familiar to many music aficionados. The final selection of highlights from "Star Trek into Darkness," brought back memories of those fantastic films.

However, that wasn't the end of a week of hard work for these young instrumentalists. The marching band rehearsed less than 12 hours later and was on a bus to St. George for the State Competition at 4 a.m. on Friday morning!

On Nov. 9, please support these talented, hard-working musicians led by our stellar team of Chris Taylor and Bret Hughes. Look for https://www.livepcgivepc.org/story/Pchsband during Live PC Give PC!

Then, remember to start your holiday season off right by attending the wonderful Park City Band holiday concerts on Dec. 13 and 14 at the Eccles Theatre!

Kathryn Zwack
Park City

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Miller is the choice
Editor:

Meaghan is your (WO)MAN!

I'm voting for Meaghan Miller for Utah House of Representatives District 54 to represent me.

I have known Meaghan for the past 4 years when she began working at the People's Health Clinic. She is a smart, competent woman who tackles difficult issues with passion and integrity. She feels strongly that she can make a difference in our community, the community where she lives and works.

Meaghan represents what most of us believe are the important issues to be considered in the Utah House of Representatives: Healthcare for all, outstanding education for our children, local control over local issues, smart growth that limits sprawl, protection of our environment, wildlife, open spaces and public lands.

It's time to elect a candidate that will represent us — a working mom who is passionate and cares about the future of our community.

NOW, Please get out and VOTE!!!

Julie Stevens
Park City

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No place for hate
Editor:

Can I tell you whats on my mind?

Hate is on my mind. I have made a point to never use the word Hate in my vocabulary and I call people out on it when I see it. I don't like the word Hate because it represents to me, evil. This past week there has been too much Hate in our country. It came in every direction. Against our Trans community (of which I am one), against blacks, against our politicians and finally against our rights to practice our own religion.

Hate is wrong. Love trumps Hate.

You know what, screw it. I Hate, Hate!

If this Administration is "Making America great again" then I prefer to go back to the way it was.

Vote blue on Nov. 6. Only we can make the change we need.

Cami Richardson
Kamas

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Dream realized, again
Editor:

Thank you, thank you, thank you. Again, the Park City community came out to support aspiring young winter sports athletes. This beautiful event took place at the Stein Eriksen Lodge with dining and socializing and a live and silent auction. Wonderful product and luxurious trips were donated for generous community members to purchase and purchase they did. This money will make it possible for many young athletes in our community to participate in the winter sport they love.

The Jans Winter Welcome has been raising money for 38 years for this cause. It was the dream of Jan Peterson to provide financial support for all young winter sports athletes who want to participate in their favorite winter sport and cannot afford it.

The impetus began 39 years ago when his daughter's best friend wanted to ski but could not afford the cost. She was heartbroken. This should not be, he thought. Every child in this town should have a chance to ski. The question was, how to make that possible. With the community support and generous contributions from the ski industry suppliers, he and a group of parents hosted a party to do just that. This was the humble beginning of Jan's Winter Welcome.

Jan's Winter Welcome has grown into a fall fundraising event that supports more than skiers. It contributes money to all community winter sports organizations within the Park City community.

A shout out should also go to the tireless committee who worked their fannies off to make this happen. Every detail was meticulously planned and orchestrated. We noticed and we loved it.

Jan would be proud.
The Jan Peterson family

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A scary industry
Editor:

I have no fear of zombies, witches, or evil clowns lurking on Halloween. What really scares me is the meat industry.

This is the industry that deprives, mutilates, cages, then butchers billions of cows, pigs, turkeys, chickens — animals who feel joy, affection, sadness, and pain, as we do…

— that exposes undocumented workers to chronic workplace injuries at slave wages, and exploits farmers and ranchers by dictating market prices…

This industry contributes more to our epidemic of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and cancer than any other, then bullies health authorities to remove health warnings from dietary guidelines…

— that sanctions world hunger by feeding nutritious corn and soybeans to animals, instead of people…

This industry generates more water pollution than all other human activities, spews more greenhouse gases than all transportation, and destroys more wildlife habitats than all other industries.

Fortunately, my local supermarket offers a rich selection of plant-based meats, milks, cheeses, and ice creams, as well as a colorful display of fresh fruits and veggies. Even the meat industry publication Feedstuffs reports that sales of plant-based foods doubled last year. That's what gives me both courage and hope.

Pruitt Richardson
Park City

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Save all three
Editor:

Right now, the residents of 84060 and 84068 are voting on the Treasure Hill and Snow Pastures bond. It is my sincere hope that the bond passes and both of these iconic open spaces will be preserved forever. Concurrently, Summit Land Conservancy is actively fundraising to preserve the Osguthorpe Farm on Old Ranch Road. No, it has not yet been saved! If every residence in 84098 made a donation to Summit Land Conservancy's Osguthorpe 158 campaign, we could save this Heritage Farm by the end of the year! At this time, your donation will be doubled, thanks to a generous donor who has offered a matching grant. In addition, your contribution will go towards our Live PC Give PC campaign. Every Summit County resident benefits from the open spaces in Park City, from the increase in property values to the plethora of activities open space provides. We must continue to preserve what is left. But it isn't free. Don't assume someone else will save The Farm, let's do it together as we did with Bonanza Flat. If we want to keep Park City the unique and beautiful place it is, please visit wesaveland.org today. Let's save Treasure Hill, Snow Pastures and the Osguthorpe Farm now and for future generations.

Kathleen Nichols
Summit Land Conservancy board member

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Voice on our behalf
Editor:

I am writing to wholeheartedly endorse Meaghan Miller for State House Seat 54.

I have worked with Meg for several years at the People's Health Clinic where she has worked tirelessly for the uninsured in our community. Meg has a broad array of experience in the health arena and is a staunch advocate for improved access to health care for Utahns. Meg is bright, thoughtful, and an excellent listener who wants to know what we care about. She is very hard working and will work on our behalf at the state level to address our concerns. We need to have a voice in our government that understands the needs of our community and has the overall health and wellness of our community in mind when making policy decisions and I believe that Meaghan has those qualities and will bring them to our State House. Join me in voting for Meg Miller House Seat 54!

John Hanrahan
Park City