Letters: Utah’s breweries shouldn’t stand in the way of progress
Don’t stand in way of progress
While the local Utah breweries scramble around trying to block the impending changes to alcohol laws, what they don’t realize is that they already have priced out many of us. Our purchases will not change whether the local breweries have more or less options available on the shelves. It is unlikely that anyone would say the big brewing companies supply a superior product to local brews; I’m sure I am in good company in saying I enjoy a local brew when I am feeling spendy. However, those of us that aren’t willing to pay two to three times what the big brewing companies charge on the regular will not be affected. We will, however, gain more options in our price range! I believe the general population would have more empathy for the local brewers if they showed some towards us in the form of price reductions. Please don’t stand in the way of progress because those of us that would like more options most likely already aren’t your customer base.
A profane encounter
This letter is addressed to the foul-mouthed guy who, at around 11:10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb 23, in the parking lot of The Market knocked on the car window of my Jeep Liberty to yell at my wife who was in the passenger side of the car. Ostensibly, but not civilly, he yelled a profanity at her and told her to shut off the car engine while she waited for me to return from the store. It could not have been idling for more than a few minutes but I understand the Park City municipal code and it is considered a violation if idling longer than a minute. There are also exceptions and the health of a passenger is one. The temperature this particular morning was in the single digits and I wanted to make sure she was OK while I was in the store for a few minutes. I could have pulled out the Utah municipal code (10-8-50) outlawing profane language but two wrongs don’t make it right. Park City residents are some of the kindest, friendliest folks we have ever met but this jerk, if a resident, needs to have his citizenship revoked … or at least his language tempered instead of yelling an obscenity at a woman sitting in a car through the window. (By the way, she did turn off the engine just as I got back to the car.)
A lovely tribute
I would like to publicly acknowledge many of the wonderful members of our community who made my husband, Wally Stuecken’s, Celebration of Life Service an outstanding and memorable event Sunday, Feb. 24. First, I would like to thank Pastor Tracy Hausman and all the staff members of Park City Community Church who cooperated to bring people together for the event plus Rob Harter from the Christian Center who provided some thoughts for us to ponder. I especially appreciate the members of Park City Athenaeum Club who organized the reception, getting and serving food, setting up tables, plus cleaning up after all of us when the reception was finished. I also appreciate the large crowd of people who came to honor Wally for who he was and what he contributed to our community. With the cooperation of the aforementioned people and help from some friends and family members, this event was a lovely tribute to one of Park City’s finest citizens and dedicated volunteers.
Cuts will be devastating
Education is important. Utah is falling behind. Why are we making potentially damning cuts now?
I teach middle school students with severe intellectual disability. They challenge me and bring me joy every day. The past two weeks are the first time I have had adequate help in over three years. Notice I say adequate, because it is still not ideal. Two of my kids require 1:1 attention due to behavior needs, and three others are regularly aggressive. I am expected to be a behavior specialist, counselor, supervisor and teacher simultaneously. There is literally not enough time in the day to finish everything.
Teachers everywhere feel the pressure. Students who exhibit problematic behaviors are finally getting their right to an education. However, this means that teachers have second-graders who destroy property and threaten others, requiring an evacuating the room of all students, in special and general ed settings. Since we rightly must teach every student, we need more resources just for basic safety. We need behavior specialists, mentors, counselors, aides, but we can’t even staff teachers. This is the reality of underfunding. The Utah Legislature has promised since the Great Recession that they will fully fund education when our economy recovered. Our per-pupil spending is still lower than 2008, and our students needs are ever growing.
If you know a teacher or care about a child, call your representative. Tell them that cuts to the income tax will be devastating to the future of Utah.
An admired man
With apologies to the many wonderful men in Park City, Dr. John Hanrahan stands on the top of all the pedestals there are. He is just the best. There is no one I admire more. Thank goodness for all of us, he is not moving away.
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