Letters: Experience the magic of Main Street this holiday season
Magic of Main Street
We all know that Park City has grown and our community is ever changing, but on Main Street in early December, you are reminded that Park City remains a small town. The beauty of the twinkling lights that reach across and up and down Main Street combined with the brightly decorated stores and restaurants, especially with the fresh dusting of snow, will instill a special holiday memory and let you and yours experience the “old town feel” of Historic Park City.
Early December is a great opportunity for locals to enjoy Main Street. The retail shops and restaurants are gearing up for the season, and the fresh dusting of snow makes it all look magical! Now, before our many visitors arrive is a perfect time to come to Old Town to do some local holiday shopping, family dining, create some memories and take some great photos!
Main Street is easily accessible, especially this time of year! Year-round you can park in the China Bridge parking structure for FREE until 5 p.m. (and whenever you arrive your first hour of parking will be free). In addition, if you download the Go Park City parking app, you can enjoy three hours of free parking on Main Street until Dec. 14 using promo code PCHOLIDAY19. And as always, it’s great family fun to ride our free city bus to Main Street.
As long-time small business owners, we encourage you and your families to experience the magic of Main Street this holiday season and support our local businesses.
We hope to see you on the street!
Robert and Linda Dugins
Historic Park City Alliance members
Follow kids’ lead
Like many things, our kids are ahead of many of us on this issue. Several climate action and sustainability movements are going on in our schools. They see clearly that if we don’t take actions now, the earth as we know it will no longer exist — and possibly us gone with it.
Eliminating plastic bags is a relative small thing, and is really just modifying our behavior so that we remember to bring our reusables to the stores with us. Or if we forget them, just put the groceries in the car and take them home and unload them that way.
I can’t tell you how many plastic bags that I see all over Summit and Wasatch counties while I am hiking. They blow around, get caught in the sage brush or the trees and are so unsightly. As a general rule, they are NOT recycled. They are just collected and, hopefully, incinerated rather than landing in the landfill.
There is so much construction around our counties, and take-out bags wind up blowing all around, or blowing out of the back of trucks.
Krogers (Smith’s) sees the future. They plan to phase out single-use plastic grocery bags by 2025. Why wait until then? The time is now.
I hope that Summit County will rise to the climate occasion and follow Park City’s lead on this, and go further! Ban all single-use bags — no matter what the business is that uses them. And thank you to the businesses that have already done this. And a big thank you to the young adults who are leading the charge!
Best to you, Jay
It was bound to happen sooner or later. But it seems like we’re never quite prepared for life’s disappointments. The Wednesday Park Record won’t be the same without Jay Meehan. He’s an institution, part of the fabric of the place for too many years to remember.
I’m sure I could count on one hand the number of his columns I’ve missed over the years. Even when his topic is one that doesn’t reside up my alley, I can’t resist following his verbal wanderings to see how he’ll toy with the English language this week. His plays on words are always worth the journey.
Best to you, Jay. We’ll miss you.
A great public servant
I returned to Park City this week for the first time since moving to a retirement community in Salt Lake City. The occasion is the retirement of a great Park City public servant — Karen Yocum.
I moved to Park City 30 years ago and soon (with my son and a German friend) founded the Park City Boys Soccer Club to compete in the Utah Youth Soccer League. At the time, the only two fields in Park City were at City Park and the High School — but, thanks to Karen, they were always available for our home games. Those two teams combined to win PC’s first two state high school soccer championships and lay the foundation for today’s club.
A few years later I coached PC’s first girls team and, with Karen and her husband as assistants and her daughter Kristen as one of the stars, to the school’s first girls state championship. I coached and Karen both coached and kept the volatile girls’ temperaments in check! Probably, few Parkites remember that until recently Park City had more soccer state championships than any other school in the state. Due in large part to Karen’s contributions at the Rec Department.
She will be missed.
Free the fest
As a local artist and exhibitor at the Kimball Art Festival, I’ve always advised Kimball it should find a means for free entry. There is a lingering tension between visitors who want to patronize a Main Street business that weekend and don’t want to pay an entry fee, and those who want to finagle free entry by going in the back door and coming out the front. It’s not productive.
To make up for a loss of entry revenue, there is an alternative to increasing exhibitor area: Increase the artist entry fee. What artists want is high shopper traffic, and Kimball is very good at selling them that. I would pay more for higher traffic. Presently Kimball turns away hundreds of artist applications and if higher fees trimmed off a few applications I don’t see how anything would change. I’ve also told Kimball I would pay more if it provided anchor weights for canopies, a necessary evil that most artists hate. That might be a logistical challenge, but the Utah Arts Festival in SLC provides them and it’s one thing I love about that festival.
Back it up with facts
This letter seeks to inform Ms. Holly Carlin, who wrote in a letter to the editor printed on Dec. 4 that the Trump administration’s defying of subpoenas from Congress is “a most dangerous situation,” “truly an American tragedy” and “will be the end of an America as I know it.”
I urge Ms. Carlin to study history. The separation of powers is something both Congress and presidents wrestle with and each frequently asserts what they believe is their right according to the constitution … Congress to oversight and presidents to executive privilege. It is and has always been up to the courts to be the final arbiter.
In modern times, starting with Harry Truman, every president has refused certain information to Congress and the issue was either resolved through negotiation or settled by the courts. President Eisenhower defied congressional subpoena 44 times between 1955-1960. Each of Presidents Nixon, Reagan, Bush 1, Clinton, Bush 2 and Obama defied Congress. And best I can tell the U.S. is still here. … It is not the end of America as anyone knows it.
Passion in communication and opinion is great, but it is best when it is backed up by fact.
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