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Prospector road closures

Editor:

I am outraged that the city and county have refused to address Park City’s east corridor traffic issues. Rather than upset a few Prospector residents, they chose to bottleneck the corridor even further with the closing of Wyatt Earp and Buffalo Bill during peak morning commute times. With these closures, I certainly hope that the Prospector homeowners are now accepting the responsibility of upkeep and maintenance of these roads rather than relying on the taxpayers of the community to foot the bill so they can have a private drive.

I’m also outraged that in order to enforce these closures the city had to allocate four of Park City’s finest to make sure no one makes a left. Is there truly nothing more important in this town that these officers should be doing? Has the community suddenly become bereft of all crime so that stopping traffic from accessing public roads is now priority one? Perhaps it’s time for a change in the city’s government and police department, since those in power clearly believe the city is lacking in any true crime and that these officers should be focusing on acting as private security guards for Prospector, rather than as police officers.

Also, concerning is how lopsided these closures are, what about afternoon commutes? Does this mean that afternoon commuters will now get bottlenecked back onto Kearns and the interior of Prospector will be closed to afternoon/evening traffic as well? It only makes sense that Sidewinder, east of Comstock, should be closed, as well as all right turns from Buffalo Bill and Wyatt Earp onto Kearns in the afternoon. After all, that would only be fair to commuters and in the best interests of Prospector residents.

How much money is being proposed and thrown at Kimball Junction vs. Quinn’s Junction? Perhaps it’s time we find city and county planners that are willing to address all of the traffic problems facing our community rather than just those that will better assist the wealthy homeowners of Park City and their daily commute to and from Salt Lake.

Sincerely,

Matthew Watkins

Heber City

Response to Dan Vorkink

Editor:

To Mr. Dan Vorkink: To say that no cars speed or go through stop signs in the Prospector residential neighborhood is naive. I live in Prospector, and you may not realize how bad the problem is, but you are one of 200 to 400 cars that cut through our residential neighborhood every day between 7 and 9 a.m.

I walk to and from work every day, from Annie Oakley to Sidewinder Drive, and about one in five vehicles comes to a complete stop at the two stop signs I pass. I’m sorry you feel that it is an inconvenience to have to sit in traffic, but it is an inconvenience for me (and a major safety issue) to have you and several hundred others cut through our neighborhood five days a week on your commute. How would you feel if we ran a two-hour parade of cars at 25-45 mph every morning through your neighborhood. I bet you’d have a better perspective of how we feel.

This is a residential area with many children this is why we moved to Prospector. We shouldn’t have to bear the burden of this traffic issue.

Sincerely,

Maria McGuinness

Park City

Slow drivers and speeders

Editor:

This is in response to Perry Needham’s letter to the editor urging drivers to move over if they are being overtaken by another driver in the left lane of traffic. In addition to the law he cited, there is this law: "Except as provided in Section 41-6a-604, any speed in excess of the limits provided in this section or established under Sections 41-6a-602 and 41-6a-603 is prima facie evidence that the speed is not reasonable or prudent and that it is unlawful."

In my experience, speeders present more of a hazard than people driving the speed limit in the left lane do. In addition to speeding, which is technically illegal, speeders often tailgate, which is extremely dangerous behavior. I have been overtaken in the left lane by people driving at least 75 to 80 mph. Yes, Perry, if I am in the left lane, I do move over, but sometimes that speeder approaches too fast, then tailgates while I wait for a safe opportunity to change lanes. "It all comes down to common courtesy." You wouldn’t breathe down someone’s neck while walking on the sidewalk.

The timing of Perry’s letter is unfortunate. I think a more appropriate message in light of the recent tragedies in Parley’s is: Stop speeding, start respecting the laws and other drivers, and above all, remember that vehicles can be killing machines.

Sincerely,

Meg Leaf

Park City

Sweet, sweet Sweetheart Dance

Editor:

Thank you, Park Record and P.C. community, for another sweet evening at the third annual PCHS Big Band Sweetheart Dance! Teachers, parents, grandparents, relatives and friends as well as empty nester community members danced the night away at our fun(d)raiser. The "generation mixer" benefits the PCHS Music Department. Many thanks goes to the Yarrow Hotel for their generous contribution, as well as the Market at Park City, Deer Valley, PCMR, P.C. Jazz Foundation, and many others who donated goods and services. The community sustains us, and it is our pleasure to provide good music in return!

Sincerely,

Keiko Ito Moffett

Park City

Hooray for vouchers

Editor:

The legislators have found the solution to our broken public education system! Rep. Steve Urquhart from Washington County said the people have spoken. He knows what the people want is fewer students in each class, modern facilities, respect for the teachers and education for their children that is better than just adequate. The way to achieve this is through utilizing the good old American free enterprise system. Private schools that are responsive to parental concerns and supported by parental money to the level of education that the parent is willing to pay for. Thus, in the way of free market forces, some schools will offer more and some schools will offer less, depending on those forces.

Why has it taken so many years for parents to realize what the Legislators in their combined knowledge have known all along? That a public education system that tries to treat all students equally just won’t work over the long term. There have to be allowances made for different levels of wealth. Thus a voucher system that encourages private educational facilities through the use of economic forces will help all Utah students to achieve the education that they deserve.

Vic Rainey

Coalville

Jazz Music in Park City

Editor:

THANK YOU to the Park City community for coming out to support jazz music and the education programs of the Park City Jazz Foundation and The Egyptian Theatre Company.

WOW! Sunday night’s Jane Monheit concert was magical. Underwritten by a Summit County RAP tax grant, Zermatt Resort and Spa, and Knead-A-Massage, the proceeds support the educational programming of both the Park City Jazz Foundation and The Egyptian Theatre Company.

The concert sold out and the theater was packed with everyone from students to musicians to second-home owners.

Thank you PARK CITY!

Sincerely,

Julie Hooker

Park City

No excuses, the money’s there

Editor:

I’ve lived in Utah 60 years and, for most of that time, Utah was at the bottom of all 50 states in its funding for education. It’s not something to be proud of. Year after year the legislature told parents, students, and teachers to be patient because there wasn’t enough money to move us up.

What is the legislature’s excuse this year? We have a record surplus, which is increasing every month. The public has repeatedly told the legislature they want to bring Utah schools up from the bottom of the nation. We are approaching a teacher shortage crisis. Seventeen districts started the year understaffed. Being last in the nation in per-pupil funding certainly won’t attract teachers to our state.

What is the legislature thinking? Yes they are putting a greater amount of money into education this year, but we have a record number of students heading into our schools requiring more money just to stay even.

The next lowest state spends $1,000 more per pupil than Utah. That money could make a difference for our children. Let’s at least strive to be next to the last in per pupil spending.

The legislature frequently compares education to running a business. Any CEO that is too stingy to invest in the company and tries to do everything on the cheap will cause that company to struggle and eventually fail. No more excuses. Invest in our children’s education.

Dr. Steven V. Romney

Vernal


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