Letters to the editor, Dec. 20-22, 2017
December 20, 2017
Thank you to local business owner
I want to give a huge thank you to Jesse Shetler for all he has done for my family over the years. He has always taken great care of us. This was a very sudden and very difficult time for our family. With our Mom passing he was so gracious to have us all for a celebration of life. His staff at Butcher's Chop House took the best care of all of us! Some of us where a mess at times and the love received from them all was so great.
Thanks to all who joined and shared great memories. There were even some that we had not remembered. It was great to see and hug you all. We appreciate the time and loves.
The Peretti family just wants to make sure to Thank You all for such loving care and support during this time.
Parkite is grateful for community's support
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During this Christmas time of prayer, gratitude, and thanks, I would like to give my thanks to the greater community of Park City for their gracious support and hundreds of prayers offered on behalf of me and my family over the last few months. I was badly injured in a vehicle/bike accident on Bonanza Drive on August 22, 2017. I am a parent, local government participant, triathlete, and computer engineer, among other things. I am grateful to be able to say I AM ALIVE, I'm recovering well, and I'm looking forward to biking again.
My heart overflows with gratitude. I want to thank the citizens and professionals who provided immediate help at the accident scene. I want to thank the many families who checked in on my family and helped support them by bringing meals, errands, good spirit, and childcare while I was in neurocritical care for nearly three weeks. I want to acknowledge the many athletes who enjoy biking in this town, as I do, and let them know that I survived. I know many prayed for my recovery.
I want to thank the driver of the vehicle for having insurance and for having the heart to care about my well-being. I don't harbor any ill-will towards that person, a feeling maintained from the day I regained lucidity in the hospital. I want to thank my wife for her unfailing support during these indescribably difficult times. The healing power of Christian Science supported her, our three children, members of my extended family, and others, and it brought me through an intense medical episode, with healing well beyond what the doctors expected.
As the holiday season graces each of us, please accept this letter as a gift to you — my gratitude for what you bring to our community and brought to my family — and be joyous to be a member of this caring community we call Park City.
Sebastian (Sebe) Ziesler
Trump decision is harmful
The Trump administration ruled on Friday that animals raised for food under the "USDA Organic" label need not be treated any less cruelly than those in conventional farming. The decision reverses years of U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, which held that the "organic" label should impose minimal ethical, health, and environmental standards. For the animals, this included adequate space, light, and access to the outdoors.
Under the Trump administration, this will no longer be the case. "Organic" farm operations will be allowed to cram laying hens five to a small wire cage that tears out their feathers and to grind or suffocate millions of male chicks at birth because they don't lay eggs. Mother pigs will spend their miserable lives in tight metal crates, as their babies are torn from them and mutilated with no anesthesia. And dairy cows will continue to cry for their babies torn from them at birth, so we can drink their milk.
Caring consumers opting for "organic" animal products, to reduce their role in subsidizing these abuses, will now have no choice but to switch to plant-based foods, including the widely available nut- and grain-based meats, milks, cheeses, and ice creams.
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