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Cell access to ski patrol

Editor:

With the widespread use of cell phones while skiing, the time may be right to institute a "911" type access directly to the ski patrol at each mountain. My suggestion is to list a three-digit number, different for each mountain, to be included on the trail maps. In the event of injury or being lost, one would contact the ski patrol office directly, therefore saving valuable time.

Sincerely,

Gary Gerber

Park City

Support for recycling

Editor:

Since December of 2000, the Raymond Family Foundation has been the largest private contributor to Recycle Utah. Through their continuing and very generous support in 2006, the recycling center has been able to substantially expand its conservation efforts in Summit County.

The foundation directed us to use their gift for the collection of plastics, developing a Styrofoam re-use program and for educational purposes. Accordingly, Recycle Utah has instituted a Styrofoam collection system, is continuing its current plastics programs and has expanded its educational and outreach activities. As many know, plastic recycling is not a profitable business and must be subsidized to achieve its goals. Through the support of the Raymond Family Foundation, we are preventing tons of plastic materials from being discarded in, and shortening the life span of, our landfills. We wish to extend our heartfelt appreciation to the Raymond family for again giving a gift that makes a difference to us all.

Marc Estabrook

Treasurer

Recycle Utah

It’s time to take action

Editor:

Many of us living in Park City are concerned about our safety while driving on I-80 to and from Salt Lake due to too many serious accidents on this stretch of freeway.

The large trucks seem to be the biggest problem.

The drivers of these trucks often switch lanes while driving at low speeds and ignore the speed of other vehicles. Those drivers are forced to move to avoid hitting the truck but too often there just isn’t enough time (or space) and the consequences have been deadly.

There are not adequate signal devices on these trucks that will clearly indicate the driver is even planning to change lanes. Often, they don’t use the signal at all.

These large trucks should be confined to the slowest lane at all times while driving back and forth from Park City to Salt Lake.

The second problem is the lack of Highway Patrol on I-80 between Park City and Salt Lake especially during peak hours. Patrols are needed to make sure all drivers obey the law. It’s easy to speed, especially when people are late for work or eager to get home.

Finally during the winter, we need "black ice" signs posted where necessary on I-80. Oftentimes there is no sign and if there is one, it is not posted or removed at the appropriate time.

Officials way too long have ignored these safety issues and it’s time we do something about it before more people are injured or lives lost.

Also, the law must be changed so that drivers of large trucks use only the slowest land while on I-80 driving to and from Park City to Salt Lake.

To make this happen, we need everyone to band together, perhaps forming a grass roots organization, so the officials can hear our voices loud and clear.

Helping to prevent accidents and trying to save lives on I-80 is a gift we can give to our loved ones, others and ourselves.

There is power in numbers, so please contact me at 655-2799 or karen@brookscotv.com.

Karen Brooks

Park City

Commuter gridlock

Editor:

It isn’t fair for the residents of Prospector to bear the brunt of overflow traffic through their neighborhood. However, it is equally unfair to subject Park City’s support staff (those of us who cannot afford to live in Park City) to an hour-long commute every morning. I hope that the recent war between Prospectorites and commuters illustrates the need for a better solution…and one that needs to come quickly.

Sincerely,

Kristina Watkins

Heber City

Middle East situation

Editor:

Parkites who did not attend former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak’s talk last week at Kingsbury Hall missed a remarkable opportunity to get a clear sense of just what Zionists, currently in power in Israel, are all about. Mr. Barak described Israel’s neighbors as demented people, told anti-Muslim jokes and chuckled as he described shooting Palestinian guards and leaders at point-blank range as if he were recounting a boyhood prank.

Barak seemed to forget the Holocaust, as he encouraged us to let go of values like international human rights and justice (the very laws which, if in place, could have stopped Hitler) and instead, join hands to fight his root causes of terrorism — poverty, illiteracy and oppression. (Never mind that Israel continues to oppress, occupy and/or confiscate land and resources from all her neighbors, especially Palestinians.)

Barak later offered "what happened 70 years ago" (the Holocaust) as the reason Jews must have a "pure Jewish" state. He stressed Israel’s need to create a Palestinian state to relieve Israel of the occupation and apartheid and to serve as a depository for Israel’s 20 percent non-Jewish citizens, who will have to leave Israel. All of this is an important "sell" for Zionists. If they are to carry out their plans, they need our continued tax dollars and our government’s continued protection via vetoing U.N. resolutions calling on Israel to obey international law.

Frances ReMillard

Kamas


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