Letters: Keeping 3.2 percent limit gives Utah a unique beer culture
A niche for Utah brewers
May I offer an alternative take to the Park Record editorial supporting making full-strength beer easily available? If the few states that have 3.2 percent as their standard presently move to 4.8 percent, we may see national/international brewers quit making 3.2 percent beer for small areas like Utah. This is a fine outcome, actually even better than fine. Should this occur, we all get to increase our support for existing and new local brewers. We end up with interesting brewing companies with local employees and owners supporting our state.
Our country is overwhelmingly commercially homogeneous. Homogeneity is dull. Making the Utah beer market unique will help make our state more interesting. Creating a niche for Utah brewers to thrive is worth making national brands slightly more inconvenient to purchase. Let’s make Utah a little more unique by sticking with 3.2 percent and thereby encouraging national brands to focus their efforts elsewhere. Signing off, but heading to the refrigerator for a Bohemian Pilsner.
Dear Mayor Andy Beerman and Park City Council,
Thank you for focusing on community successes and my individual power to be a loving steward of my environment and helping my neighbors in need. Tolstoy intelligently noted, “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” I only have the ability to change me. I cannot change others, that is up to each individual. It is the things that I do every day that make a bigger difference. I appreciate the inspiration from the city, from my neighbor that bikes everywhere, every day, every season and would never think of telling anyone to bike, she just does it and from my neighbor that always looks for ways to be helpful stealthily and takes action without ever a thought of acknowledgment, accomplishing more inspiration this way. Truman said, “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets credit”
Make the world a little greener
Recently, we have been trying to make our school more environmentally friendly in various different ways. But, we decided that we also wanted to reach beyond our school and help this entire county become a more environmentally friendly place to live. So, on Wednesday, Feb. 13, with the help of Mary Closser from Recycle Utah, we were able to speak about the plastic bag ban that we would like to enforce at a council meeting. We proposed to spread the ban that is enforced in parts of Park City to all of Summit County. Currently, the ban only covers distributing single-use plastic bags from local stores such as Fresh Market and the Park City Market. Our plan would be to include larger stores in Summit County, like Smiths, and Walmart, and eventually we would like to spread the ban to stores in Kamas and Coalville. Currently, the plastic bag ban in Park City only applies to certain stores and types of plastic bags. The stores must, firstly, operate year round as a full line, self-service market offering staple foods, meats, produce, or other perishable items, and secondly, must be over 12,000 square feet, and plastic bags that are included in the ban are less than 2.25 millimeters thick and contain cadmium or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts. We hope we can make this ban available to all kinds of stores and restaurants, and make our world a little greener.
Sonja Preston, Dax Marshall and Shiva Minter
McPolin Elementary School fifth-graders
Why is there such controversy over energy choices when we’ve got this wonderful system called capitalism? Capitalism performs a vital service to humanity. It takes a miasma of human emotions and the reality before us and converts it into dollars, whereupon otherwise intractable problems that we only bicker about and get nowhere become more manageable.
Capitalism is wonderful. But remember, capitalism is only as good as its accountants are honest. When capitalism makes a mess, it’s almost always because costs get swept under the rug.
The fact that we today, right now, are saddling our children with the ruinous costs of our greenhouse gas emissions is not capitalism, but crony capitalism designed to keep greenhouse gas emissions costs off the books.
There is a growing consensus among conservatives and progressives that we need a way to price carbon emissions into the public reservoir, our atmosphere. That’s why I support H.B. 304, which Rep. Joel K. Briscoe has introduced into our Utah Legislature.
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