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Public safety provider heroes

Editor:

The extraordinary response from the off-duty Ogden Police Officer is indicative of the commitment of public safety providers in the state of Utah. Dedicated public safety providers are never really "off the job." The time and personal sacrifice to first acquire and then maintain the training and certifications required for Police, Fire and EMS providers makes it difficult to use the "off" button.

Instead of short-term accolades for one hero, The Utah House and Senate needs to fast track and enhance proposed "presumptive illness" legislation for all heroes. The bill should adopt an inclusive list of Medical Conditions including hepatitis A-Z, cancer, post traumatic stress disorder and other stress related conditions.

Along with the victims and witnesses of Monday’s horrible tragedy, the public safety responders were exposed to severe psychological trauma. Aggressive counseling and assistance programs need to be made available to all responders. The process for obtaining assistance needs to be non-adversarial and must include an ironclad guarantee of continued employment.

From local to national media, governmental "non-support" of your public safety providers has been making headlines. The Salt Lake Tribune wrote how "Many cops can’t afford to live in the cities they patrol." National headlines were made following The CDC’s inefficiencies in reporting and correcting problems with firefighters’ Personal Alert Safety Systems (PASS).

The Utah Legislature has an opportunity to make significant changes in the way we protect the people who protect you. As a former firefighter/EMT-B/HAZMAT Specialist for a large Salt Lake Valley Department, I can personally attest to the commitment of the people of the various public safety agencies around the state. I have witnessed off-duty personnel from The SLCPD, The SLCFD, The UFA, Weber County Fire and Murray Fire Department provide significant aid to patients and victims in dangerous and threatening environments. Let’s provide them the same high quality care 365/24 as they provide us.

Sincerely,

A. Jason Barto

Kamas

Unnecessary rudeness

Editor:

Driving to work Wednesday, Feb. 14, I was stopped by Lieutenant Kirk on Wyatt Earp Way. I noticed a police car by the school crosswalk and thought there had been an accident. As I turned onto Wyatt Earp, I saw more police cars and people being stopped. I rolled down my window. I was immediately questioned in a condescending tone as to why I turned down this street. I said that I work on Sidewinder.

Then, he said "Didn’t you see the lights and the cones and the sign?" I did see lights, but no signs. Now with a hostile tone in his voice he said that signs were posted indicating no turns between 7 and 9 a.m. and asked why I just did it anyway? I asked him if the signs were new. Since I frequently turn here due to the back up at the school. He said yes and I would have to drive to Bonanza since this was a residential area.

I told him that I did not want to argue with him, but I need to turn at the Pizza hut and 7-Eleven. I asked him if people were not allowed to turn into 7-Eleven? He had to think about which road I was talking about and finally said, oh, yes you can turn there. I proceeded. I stopped at the stop signs, I drove the speed limit. So, what is my point? The signs were new, I did not see them, I was stopped. Fine. However, treating me like a criminal and an idiot is not OK.

I understand the concerns the people living in Prospector have, so I will follow the law, and I will wait in line for 20 minutes to drive two blocks to my office. I will NOT accept being spoken to in such a manner. The police department needs to remind Lt. Kirk that a more gentle approach to the people who live AND work in Park City would create a better attitude in general towards the police, and the problem that is Kearns Boulevard.

Sincerely,

Kim Hammel

Park City

Response to ‘slow drivers’

Editor:

This letter is in response to the "Slower Traffic Keep Right" letter in the last Park Record. The letter’s author has obviously never heard George Carlin’s axiom: "People who drive slower than me are idiots, and people that drive faster are maniacs."

If this axiom holds true, then it stands to reason that the speed I am driving is the correct speed. The idiots that are driving slower than I am need to move over and get out of my way. Those driving faster should stop flashing their lights and just slow down and stay behind me. This of course does not hold true for Toyota Camrys and drivers with Wyoming plates. They seem to have special rights for driving in the fast lane and can not be bothered to change lanes.

Sincerely,

Randy Weatherly

Park City

Thank you, Niños on Skis program

Editor:

My name is Tushig. I am in Mrs. Moser’s second grade class at Trailside. Father Bob, Ernest, and the kind people at St. Mary’s Church let me learn how to ski at PCMR. They gave me ski clothes and gloves and helmet and skis and lunch. In Mongolia, we don’t ski so I had fun learning how to ski in Park City. Thank you for the Niños on Skis program.

Sincerely,

Tushig Tsogtbaatar

Park City

Middle East lecture

Editor:

Feb. 25, Creekside Christian Fellowship, 1400 Bitner Rd., Park City, is fortunate to have Rabbi Jonathan Bernis (head of Jewish Voice in Phoenix Ariz.) coming to speak to us in the 10:30 a.m. morning service on "Israel in prophecy." Rabbi Bernis has fully embraced Jesus Christ as his Messiah, and is working hard to spread the good news to Jews around the world.

Jonathan holds University degrees in Judaism and Early Christianity. In addition he has done extensive post graduate work on archeological excavation in Israel. Jonathan also hosts a weekly television program called "Jewish Voice Today" which airs in much of the United States and abroad. All are welcome.

Gwen Henley

Church secretary

Traffic on Kearns Blvd.

Editor:

I want to submit a request that either we expand the road inbound to Park City from U.S. 40 on Kearns to four lanes, or we allow traffic to pass through alternate public roads. It took me nearly 40 minutes to drive a few miles from the freeway to 1500 Kearns. This is unacceptable. I never drove into the neighborhood streets, but it certainly helped traffic flow. I felt like I was back in L.A. this morning. We need double lanes on Kearns like on Park Ave.

Sincerely,

Max Willis

Park City


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