Letters: Join in Park City’s annual day of giving, readers say
November 7, 2018
Join a lively group
The Park City Historical Society & Museum held its annual Dungeon Party/membership renewal last week and what fun it was! A big thank you to all our longtime members who support us year after year as well as quite a number of new members we were excited to welcome.
The costumes were clever and unique, the hors d'oeuvres from Riverhorse on Main and desserts from Java Cow were delicious, themed cocktail from Top Shelf very spooky, the Slot Machine people so funny and fun, and the small but original silent auction items a huge hit. We welcomed our new Board of Trustees Chair Paige Anderson, Vice Chair Randy Scott and Treasurer Bruce Petersen and honored outgoing Chair Karen Keating and longtime Board member Gil Williams. To celebrate Sandra Morrison's 20th anniversary as our organization's executive director, we presented her with a gift and a huge round of applause. Thank you, Sandra!
It's not too late to join this lively group! Call 435-649-7457 or visit parkcityhistory.org.
Park City Historical Society & Museum
Board of trustees
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As we rapidly approach our EIGHTH year of Live PC Give PC, I am reminded of how fortunate we are to be part of such a caring community. In the first year of Live PC Give PC, 57 nonprofits received gifts from 1,561 unique donors. Those numbers grew to 107 nonprofits receiving gifts from 4,123 unique donors in 2017, not to mention the fact that almost $8 MILLION has been raised over the last seven years! On this amazing day of giving, join us as we strive for MORE unique donors! Spread the word and let's come together in gratitude to support the organizations that make our community one-of-a-kind! Join in the fun and express your generosity on Friday Nov. 9!
Park City Community Foundation board member
It is my pleasure to serve on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah, here in Park City. BBBSU matches kids facing adversity with dependable mentors to build relationships that can change a kid's life. In my line of work I know firsthand how easily kids can slip into risky, criminal behavior, and the consequences that behavior has on their own life, as well as the fabric of our community. Often, it only takes one mentoring relationship to push a child in a more positive direction. I also know firsthand the power of mentoring, having been both a Little Brother and later, a Big Brother in the BBBS program. On Nov. 9 for Live PC Give PC, I urge you to support this worthy organization. Go to https://www.livepcgivepc.org/organization/Bigbrothersbigsistersofutah.
In the 10-27-2018 edition of The Park Record, in her Sunday in the Park column, Teri Orr laments the seemingly constant drumbeat of bad news — pipe bombs, caravans, Khashoggi, etc. I agree that this drumbeat can be exhausting. However, in her piece she tells of her days as a journalist where she was taught that a good (I assume she meant a credible) reporter must find two separate sources to verify a story. Her reference in the piece to Ms. Ford's testimony against Justice Kavanaugh brings to mind that there was not even one source who testified Ms. Ford was at the house where the alleged incident occurred that verified her allegation yet every left-leaning reporter, commentator and politician in the country, including Ms. Orr I assume, accepted the allegation as the truth. I guess the principal of having two knowledgeable and separate sources only applies to certain stories.
No debate about PCHS team
Has the recent election rhetoric left you feeling deflated? Are you concerned for the State of the Union? I know that there are times that I am troubled about the direction of the country.
Then I judge a high school debate tournament, like the one that PCHS hosted this past Saturday … and that restores my faith in the future of our country!
These students are diligent, dedicated, articulate, and just plain smart! I truly cannot say enough about the quality of these young people. If our U.S. Congress ran as diplomatically and efficiently as a typical debate tournament Congress, our country would indeed be in good hands!
As you may have heard, the Park City High School debate team, 50-plus students strong, has been touring the state and ranking in the top three consistently. We have representatives for all debate events, including Policy, Public Forum, Lincoln-Douglas, Congress, Spar, and Speech.
This Friday, Nov. 9, please consider supporting the Park City High School debate team. Help save our country! Go to https://www.livepcgivepc.org/story/Pchsdebate2018.
If I had my druthers, studying debate in high school would be a requirement to ensure that all of our graduates have these essential critical thinking skills. I hope you agree!
Our children deserve it
Live PC Give PC is around the corner and those of us at the Friends of the Summit County Children's Justice Center hope you will show your support for us on Park City's day of giving. We exist solely to support our Children's Justice Center (CJC), a place designed to make children feel comfortable and safe when meeting with investigators and team members about allegations of child abuse. We are not immune to child abuse in Summit County. Since its inception in 2012, the CJC has served over 1,500 child abuse victims and their families and the number of cases continues to increase annually.
However, out of the 23 CJCs in the State of Utah, Summit County is the only one to work out of a shared County building, and not in a traditional private "home like setting." We have happily reported that the Friend's Board recently purchased what is fondly known as the "zebra house" located off of Exit 2 of U.S. 40. The property is ideal for a CJC, providing privacy, security and accessibility and we plan to retrofit it to meet our exact needs. We have raised well over $700,000 through private and individual donations and board member contributions, but we still need an additional $1.5 million before we can begin the retrofit process. We would love to open our new doors to Summit County child abuse victims and their families soon rather than later, and we are looking to our community to dig into their pockets on Nov. 9 to support this cause. Our children deserve it.
Friends of the Summit County Children's Justice Center board
Better care needed
This past Sunday, we took a hike up Sweeney's Switchbacks from the Town Lift. The hike was cold, slippery, and steep, but kind of fun. While hiking, we talked about the bond vote — why preserve the area, how much it costs, etc. But what we saw on our hike made us wonder if people really do value the space and its natural beauty as much as they say they do. In just 300 yards, we picked up six plastic bottles, two aluminum cans, a Slurpee cup, half of a broken glass bottle, a retractable dog leash, empty chip bags and candy bar wrappers. We carried the limit of what we could, but ran out of free hands. If the bond passes, we hope this community will ensure better care of this open space.
Sebe, Dean and Blake Ziesler
Support inclusiveness through sport
It's time for Live PC Give PC again! The Solomon Fund's mission is to provide sports and recreational opportunities for low-income Latino children in grades K-5. We strive to get them on a bike, a field or on the mountain. Our focus is on access and participation. A donation to the Solomon Fund on Friday, Nov. 9, will allow these children to participate in the amazing programs in our community; creating a place where all children, regardless of background or socioeconomic status, can play side by side.
For more detailed information, visit parkcitycf.org/solomonfund and follow the link to give.
Thinly disguised attempt
Recently the State of Utah submitted a petition to the U.S. Forest Service asking for so-called "needed changes" to the existing national Roadless Rule established in 2001. When the rule was first proposed, it underwent much scrutiny not only among biological, zoological and ecological experts, but more importantly, it was open to many weeks of public comment resulting in an overwhelming number of people favoring the rule — easily over 90 percent. The state claims the rule prohibits adequate wildfire suppression and/or prevention, but agency maps show that since 2013 only a little more than 10 percent of burned acres occurred inside designated Roadless Areas. The state's desire to change the rule in the name of wildfire suppression is nothing more than a thinly disguised attempt to make it easier to develop new roads, cut more timber and allow more commercial extraction activities on our public forest lands than are currently permitted. But if these activities don't continue to be tightly regulated, unnecessary wildlife displacement, habitat alteration and watershed degradation will likely occur. The benefits of the existing rule are great for the general public — in that these roadless forest lands keep ecosystems intact, as well as ensuring a wealth of recreation opportunities.
James W. Thompson
Salt Lake City
A place to grow
"All the world's problems can be solved in a garden." — Geoff Lawton
Never before has this quote seemed so appropriate. In this time of confusion and division, we need a place to unify, to calm, to inspire. A place in which to gather, to learn, and to grow. A garden holds magic, it holds peace.
At Summit Community Gardens, we hold those values and qualities to be the core of our existence. As a community garden, we gather together to experience nature, to bond over planting seeds, to nourish our bodies with freshly grown fruits and vegetables, and to engage as a community.
We share in a passion that growing food is a way to better health in all disciplines: physical, mental, and spiritual. We encourage the land to thrive as open space, as a beautiful haven of native plants and flowers. We feed the bees, which in turn help feed us. We inspire the community to learn, to grow on their own. We learn to feed our families, and to appreciate the journey from seed to plate. We are a space to gather, to learn, and to grow.
This Friday, our community gathers together to give to all of the worthy and impactful nonprofits throughout Summit County. We hope to be an organization this community can gather around, and of course, in. Please consider Summit Community Gardens for this Friday's LIVE PC GIVE PC. Thank you.
Summit Community Gardens program director
Critical open space at risk
Armstrong Snow Ranch Pastures is still at risk!
Unless Utah Open Lands raises $1.8 million, the bucolic Pastures that have remained through mining era days will be developed. The $3 million from the city is not enough to secure the $6 million purchase price for the protection of the 20 acres owned by the same family that brought the community the Armstrong trail.
The family has already contributed two-thirds of the value of the actual $16 million purchase price. We currently have a $250,000 challenge grant from the Alternative Visions Fund that we need to match by the end of this year. Help us save this critical open space.
Utah Open Lands executive director
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