Letters to the Editor
May 9, 2007
After reading the article in The Park Record concerning the recent meeting of Latino immigrants at St. Mary’s, I was a little surprised by their perspective. Proyecto Latino de Utah director Tony Yapias claims, "Our people are living in fear," and that they are somehow being "victimized." Do they think they are victims of some evil monster we call law enforcement? Do they believe this monster was recently created with the intent of tearing apart Latino families?
Mr. Yapias and Latino advocate Shelley Weiss even suggest that federal agents were out of line while performing their duties in Park City. They claim that the agents were the ones doing something illegal. Mr. Yapias argues that "everybody has to follow laws and regulations, even them."
This is ludicrous! If everybody had followed laws and regulations, there would not have been any raid, or any meeting at St. Mary’s. In fact, none of the people he refers to as "our people" would even be here.
I, like most Americans, approve of immigration. However, I am confused as to why Mr. Yapias calls for a legal means for these people to work and live here. Does he not know that there are already legal ways for these people to work and live here? There always has been. Perhaps Mr. Yapias’ time would be better spent encouraging immigrants to pursue these legal avenues.
People that choose to break the law should live in fear of law enforcement. Entering the country without permission, forging Social Security documents, working illegally, and identity theft are all things that make you a criminal. Law enforcement is a necessary part of a lawful society, and its job is to arrest criminals. It is not smart to think you can get by as an illegal immigrant, because after all, everybody has to follow laws and regulations. Even them.
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End of Bad Ass gathering spot
I read with sadness last week about the closing of Bad Ass Coffee (Thanks to John Kilbourn, for the sketch – it was so right).
Though I cannot drink coffee, I regularly bought stuff there for my caffeine-addicted friends and family (and OK, myself too — who doesn’t like having a mug with a Bad Ass on it?). And the "roomie round up" — where is that going to go?
As a local, there are still a few Main Street businesses that I visit (quite loyally), but with each passing of a local flavor, those become less. I am not interested in million-dollar houses and being bugged about time-shares. As our small localities close down there, my presence on Main Street will be less and less.
While I understand that things change and prices rise, still I worry with rising rents that only ultra-rich, catering-type businesses can afford, who is going to be left on Main Street in the future? Any other locals feel similar? With the leaving of Burgies (remember the fried egg burger? — scrumptious), Love your pet Bakery (condolences to the loss of your sweet Newfie), Claim Jumper, and Bad Ass, what’s going to be left? Are my other favorites going to "pass away" too?
High school construction
Looking at the picture in the paper regarding the construction and the rubble from the science wing, I was upset to see so many tables, chairs and desks among the ruins. One only needed to go further in the editorial section and read the letter from PCHS senior Tres Wilson III, to know that others feel the same about this waste.
And right there, next to Trey’s letter, the PC Board of Education goes to great lengths in "Setting the record straight" about fiscal mismanagement and "expenses outpacing revenues." At least we won’t have to worry about that anymore. Nice.
A big thank you!
Habitat for Humanity for Summit and Wasatch Counties would like to extend a BIG thank you to the Park City Board of Realtors Philanthropic Foundation and affiliate members for organizing the upcoming Building Balance Charity Golf Tournament, June 4, at Tuhaye Golf Course — Talisker Club. Also, we very much appreciate the tireless efforts that have been put forth by committee and event chair Nancy Erni, associate broker, GRI, Prudential Utah Real Estate and event coordinator Annette Worlton, president, Worlwind Creative, as well as the hard work of all of the other amazing committee members. The event will generate the funds urgently needed to break ground mid-June in Kamas for a needy family from our community.
Thanks so much!
Habitat for Humanity
Summit and Wasatch Counties
Sincere thanks to The Colby School
The weather was snowy and cold, but the character of the impressively hearty 200-some runners and walkers was warm and balmy. It was a truly terrific community event at The Colby School for the first annual Cinco de Mayo 5K Run. The snow just added to the scene as many, many young and old, first timers and seasoned runners cruised along the beautiful McLeod Creek Trail and smiles were the order of the day.
Mountain Trails Foundation sincerely thanks The Colby School for their very generous invitation to be a part of their "Circle of Friends." We were truly honored to be included in this upbeat celebration and look forward to many years of this cheerful collaboration.
Thank you so much to The Colby School, the sponsors, the competitors and volunteers. We will see you on the trail!
Mountain Trails Foundation
I want to extend my highest regards and an enormous thank you to the resilient and dedicated merchants and partners of Quarry Village who put on an amazing Cinco de Mayo celebration in the midst of spring blizzard conditions. An equal dose of appreciation to our guest non-profit, the Park City Ute Conference Football who demonstrated that young football players, and their parents, possess heart and determination, come rain or shine.
And finally, to the many families who participated, dashing from store to store — your support was incredible. I hope you had as much fun as we did. On behalf of the Quarry Village Merchants Association, we thank you for the opportunity to celebrate Cinco de Mayo together in the amazing and unpredictable town of Park City.
President, Quarry Village Merchants Assoc.
Owner, Cost Cutters Family Hair Salon
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