Letters, Jan. 6-8: Welcome, newcomers. Here’s what you should know.
Well, another year is upon us. Hopefully this new one will be much better than the last one. The one major thing I have noticed is the large number of out-of-state license plates on cars in town and at the resorts. Based on information in The Tribune, many people are coming to Park City for a change of state, both geographically and emotionally.
As a transplant myself (27 years), I would like to offer a few suggestions to make your stay here all it can be.
First: Get over yourselves, no matter how privileged, special, famous or wealthy you are and which car you drive or what your address is. Most people here could care less.
Second: Realize that the vast majority of people who work here can’t afford to live here. So, if you are dealing with service people, be generous. If you are blessed to be helped by a health care provider, be grateful. Don’t try to make Park City part of you and where you came from — make yourself part of Park City.
Third: Pay attention to the rules and signs. Speed limits are for everyone’s protection. Noise ordinances are there out of respect for people around you. Parking rules are the same. Remember, Handicap/ADA is not a synonym for lazy, fancy car, privilege, in a hurry and definitely not your golf score. And if some old dude, like myself, challenges you as to why you are parked improperly, be kind and just move on.
Fourth: Wear a mask, even when you don’t think you need to. Kindness and consideration to others are the hallmarks of living in Park City.
Stop the shaming
As the COVID-19 vaccine is being rolled out, many of my peers, who work in health care, are virtue signaling on social media — sharing photos of their flexed arms consecrated with a band-aid and holding up their COVID-19 vaccination record card. Several have implored their social media audience to “Just get your damn vaccine!” The insinuation being — stop asking questions and do what you’re told for the good of the whole.
Shaming and judging individual medical choices is in direct opposition to one of the core principles of medical ethics — autonomy. Autonomy refers to a competent adult’s right to make decisions about their own medical treatment whether their health care providers agree or not.
Medical interventions are not benign. There are always risks and benefits to be considered. Changes are made daily to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination fact sheet (cvdvaccine.com).
Asking questions and educating oneself does not make one a conspiracy theorist or an anti-vaxxer. It is our right and ultimately may ensure safer treatments for everyone.
Help Rotary fight the fight
When I was in elementary school, we lined up at the cafeteria window and picked a little cup off a tray. It had a sugar cube with liquid on it and grown-ups watched while we ate it. Delicious. Did I see my mother with tears in her eyes? Did I know anything about Jonas Salk, or atrophied legs, or iron lungs or the draconian hot compresses used to treat polio? Of course not.
It’s been many years since parents trembled in their boots to think their children may contract the polio virus. Polio has been almost eradicated, thanks to Rotary International and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
But polio is still real in two places on earth, so we are not safe, and Rotary International is still fighting the fight. The organization’s worldwide vaccination capabilities will help fight the current virus crisis as well.
That’s why it’s time to get out your change — you know, those coins just lying around your house that have been amassing in a bowl through this whole pandemic. They’re in your bureau drawers, your car cupholders, your pant pockets. There’s probably $2 in your dryer right this minute!
Take your change to Rotary’s Change the World Coin Collection event Saturday, Jan. 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and donate it to the Rotary Foundation.
We Rotarians will be waiting for you at 1) the parking lot on Park Avenue opposite the Park City Library, 2) the Ecker Hill park-and-ride lot or 3) the Quinn’s Junction dog park parking lot. Very convenient drop-off locations. We’ll give you a big smiles underneath our masks.
Park City Sunrise Rotary
Science or politics?
I agree with Gus Sharry’s letter about choosing. Almost 350,000 Americans dead from COVID-19 is a tragedy that was not necessary and the deaths continue to grow. Factual messages from the government on our “powered devices” would have saved many real lives. Which do you choose, science or politics?
Patience for progress
Some thoughts on The Dakota Pacific project in Kimball Junction on the agenda for a public hearing before the Summit County Council next week:
1.The current Research Park plan is a failure and will not resurrect. Something needs to be done to make this development look like it is successful. I was involved in the original approval and understand all the arguments for declining the amended application. However, those arguments are “yesterday’s” and what needs to be approved is a “today and future” oriented solution that is more in line with the county’s Kimball Junction Neighborhood Plan approved last year.
2.The property tax benefits to the county are substantial and cannot be ignored.
3.The impact fee benefits to the county and community organizations are overwhelming and also cannot be ignored.
4.The economic impact to the county in both permanent and construction jobs must be seen as a positive.
5.There is NO impact to open space.
6.The retail benefits to the Kimball Junction neighborhood are also overwhelming and must be taken into consideration.
7.The “free” affordable housing is a unique benefit. When have we seen an applicant provide additional units over and above the requirement?
8.Finally, the only way to heal the congestion at the on- and off-ramps to I-80 is to provide the state with the justification to take the necessary steps to solve the problems.
I hope you will see this as a solution for the Kimball Junction neighborhood, rather than the clamor that surrounds ordinary development in the Snyderville Basin. The usual suspects will shout NO rather than see the long-term benefits to their tax bills and property values and improvement in the current congestion. It takes patience to allow progress to benefit the community.
An idle problem
Thank you for outlining our local resort’s efforts towards environmental sustainability.
Under the category of every little bit helps, I humbly submit that part of the resort’s efforts, as well as those of the city, should be a well-crafted awareness campaign to let locals and visitors know that idling engines is ultimately bad for our snow.
I see people waiting in an idling car while someone “runs” into the store way too often. This happens in the summer and winter. I frequently see city and private workers sitting in their cars with the AC or heater running … presumably during lunch or just waiting for their next appointment.
It’s very bad for our air and consequently bad for our snow. I’m sure that if people were made aware it would drastically cut down on the problem. Of course, there will always be the scofflaws that simply don’t care, but there are legitimate situations — for instance, an elderly passenger waiting or a parent with an infant. We must have tolerance when it’s warranted, but the majority of the many idling engines that I see year-round seem to be primarily from ignorance and/or laziness. Turn it off!
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