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Generosity of strangers

Editor:

On Christmas Eve, we were driving home from the airport when our car struck a patch of black ice. The car spun out of control, hit a snow bank and flipped over (we’re not sure how many times). Almost immediately, a man appeared, asking if we were OK. Two men helped us out of our upturned car and called 911. Another driver came to help; he said that, seeing the accident, he felt sure there would be injuries, and he had emergency training. A minute later, a semi-tractor/trailer stopped and both occupants got out and came to check on us and to try to upright our car. EMTs, an ambulance, and two Utah Highway Patrol cars soon followed.

After having been on jam-packed flights all day after having visited family in Florida, we left the airport thinking we didn’t want to see any more people for a while — our fellow travelers had, for the most part, been high-maintenance, demanding, and cranky. However, we had never been so happy to see someone than those who came to our aid after a very frightening experience. The kindness and generosity of all those involved reminded us that the human spirit, when tested, is a wonderful thing.

We’d like to thank all the people — professional and otherwise — who took time from their own holiday celebrations to come to our rescue, particularly the Goode family from Heber City and Kristina Ure of Kamas. Because of your selfless acts, we felt very blessed, indeed, this Christmas.

Allyson and John Hogan

Park City

Gridlock solutions

Editor:

As the traffic in Park City gets a bit worse every year, we should be proactive in seeking solutions to problems that are simple to implement.

Many of these fall into the category of "If THEY would just " or "Why don’t THEY just…" things could flow much smoother.

Here’s one: Why don’t THEY allow two lanes to turn right from westbound Deer Valley Drive onto S.R. 224 [Park Avenue]? THEY do allow two turn lanes coming the other way eastbound from Park City Mountain Resort. One lane is a dedicated turn lane and the other is a straight or turn lane. Little of the afternoon traffic volume wants to go straight through from Deer Valley Drive. Most need to turn right on 224.

This would help eliminate having everyone jockeying for position in the right lane between the roundabout and S.R. 224. No longer would an unfamiliar visitor realize too late that he or she needs to be in the right lane approaching S.R. 224.

Any more suggestions for THEM?

Drive nice, watch out for ducks and bikers.

Sincerely,

Russ Werner

Park City

Compassionate service

Editor:

Recently our dog died. He was old and he had a good, long life. Still, it was a sad time. Not knowing what to do, my husband called the vet for advice. She was very helpful; we now had a grip on the situation. We were given the name Koefran Services, located in Pleasant Grove, Utah.

It is a wonderful service they provide very kind and very proper with it all. The come and pick up the pet. They deliver the remains back to you in a lovely cedar box. The cremated remains are placed in a lovely velvet bag. Everything was done so well. There are many dogs, cats and other pets in Park City. I wanted their owners to know of this wonderful service. It is reasonably priced and the staff is kind and very thoughtful.

Patricia Moldenhauer

Park City

Save our snow?

Editor:

Park City is such a funny place. We worry about global warming, while a bunch of vacant 6,000 to 15,000 square-foot homes have the furnaces running and heat tape blazing. The average car driven by Americans living here gets about 15 miles to the gallon.

Summit County is getting an 18 percent increase in its Public Works budget. A big portion of this increase is going to be used to chip seal or slurry seal every road and street in Summit County. Chip seal and slurry seal are pure government waste, originally used as a quick and easy way to sustain a high budget for roads. A bonus feature of this process is to make your car get worse gas mileage and wear your tires out faster. The best feature of slurry seal is that it’s so bicycle friendly. It’s like riding on bumpy ice.

After next summer, Summit County will be like places in southern Utah that chip seal roads with no traffic on them every year just to waste money.

I recently took a trip through Texas (the No. 1 government-waste state). They chip seal every highway and frontage road. My brother told me to be careful driving from Houston to El Paso, because more people crash on that road than on any road in the country. I figured out why. Not only does your car get terrible gas mileage in Texas, it’s extremely fatiguing to drive there. I think everyone know how tiring it is to drive 50 miles on chip seal; try driving 600 miles on it.

I know an easy way to make Park City a more bicycle friendly town and cut vehicle emissions by at least five to 10 percent in Summit County. Eliminate chip seal and slurry seal. Also, cut out some of the needless repaving they do. Cut the budget for Summit County Public Works by 18 percent instead of raising it.

John Haney

Park City


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