Letters to the Editor
One of the most attractive factors drawing me to Park City is the forward-thinking organization of the city government. Allowing residents the affordability to live year-round in town provides both a stable workforce and additional revenue streams for local businesses (bars, restaurants, and retail stores where our money is spent). I would like to say thank you to Park City for making it possible for me to purchase property in town and allowing me to enjoy the wide array of recreational activities on a consistent, year-round basis while my residence here allows tourists, vacation, second home and business owners a local workforce, and provides an example for the rest of the country what progressive governance can achieve for taxpayers.
A response to Joseph Clark
Dear Mr. Clark,
I am a 21-year-old woman who works and lives in beautiful Park City. Unfortunately for you, I, along with hundreds of others, give people of your "status" even more of a reason to purchase properties in the area. The work force provides diversity and entertainment! Park City wouldn’t be one of the greatest places on Earth if you kept the blue collar out. If we leave who will rent or manage your/others’ condos during the seasons? Who do you think keeps Park City thriving during the spring/summer/fall? Well Mr. Clark, I assure you that it isn’t just the part-time residents or the out-of-town employees.
The commute that some make to work has made Park City traffic a growing problem, even during the off season. Imagine how much worse it would get if all of us were to drive. When you grace us with your presence, Mr. Clark, do you notice the volume of congestion? In my opinion, I believe the full-time Parkites have more say over what is done with this gorgeous spot than someone who lives across the country — especially more than a "gentleman" in your position that compares Park City to Long Island. Sir, if you don’t like it don’t stay!
Problem of not fitting in
To Mr. Joseph Clark, part-time resident at the Windrift Condominiums, and resident of Scotia, N.Y.: This is a good time for you to seriously reconsider your legacy investment here in Park City before you discover what Park City is truly about; a city based on diversity and caring for all the individuals who live and work here, no matter what "class" they belong to. Now would be a good time to sell out, and find a community more suited to your needs and attitude. People of your "type" do not fit well here in Park City, and I for one would not want to cause you any discomfort by being part of what makes Park City what it is.
Protect your head
Great job by The Park Record this past week to showcase all the events going on with Bike to Work day, but I was extremely disappointed to see a photo on the front page, and on the Web site of three cyclists riding on the Rail Trail without helmets. Too many times I see people riding on the so-called "easy" trails like the Rail Trail, or the trail that runs alongside S.R. 224, without helmets. Just as you should always wear your seat belt, no matter how short the trip, you should always have a helmet on, no matter how easy your route. Especially on those routes that are frequented by dog walkers, parents with strollers or kids just learning to ride, you never know when someone or something will cut in front of you, sending you to the ground.
A five-foot drop onto concrete is a dangerous thing, and the best way to protect yourself is by wearing a helmet. The newest models are lightweight and inexpensive, especially when compared to the cost of a head trauma.
Most importantly, parents should be the ones setting examples for their kids — don’t put a helmet on your toddler in the bike trailer, but leave your own head bare. If kids see adults riding without helmets, they’ll grow up thinking that’s how they want to be when they get older as well.
Halting the violence
Ever since our recent tragedy at Virginia Tech, I have given much thought to the violence on our school campuses and other places. After 30 years in the classroom, I am highly aware that graphic violence presented to the mind often produces violent actions. The developing minds of children are especially vulnerable to the glorification of violence seen in all forms of media today on a daily basis, and we are reaping the results in tragedies such as the ones at Columbine and Virginal Tech.
When people in our country are harmed by poison in food products such as spinach or meat, the government steps in and immediately does what is necessary to prevent harm to citizens. Mind poisoning, however, is being passed through our public airwaves with no response from the government. When Charles Gibson mentioned that Congress is trying o put limits on the graphic violence being presented, he added that the lobbyists would probably block such an effort because they have money and political power behind them. The networks claim that freedom of speech allows them to present anything they care to even if it results in people being killed. It is time for citizens to demand that out representatives take action to reign in the violence being presented and prevent the next tragedy from happening.
McDonald’s is awesome
We would like to thank everyone in the community who supported McFootball night — it was one of our most successful fundraising events ever. Thanks to all the great supporters that turned out and helped fill the "tip" jars!
A special thanks goes to McDonald’s owner Mark Young who donated 50 percent of all lobby sales. Additional thanks goes to the McDonald’s team including Cynthia Smith, Ali Threat, Jim Godfrey, Sandra Guzman, Dave Ward and the rest of the employees who helped out that evening.
This incredible support moves the team closer to their goals of quality protective gear on the field, new grandstands, a new scoreboard, timing equipment and a state-of-the-art weight room for all PCHS athletes. Thanks everyone!
Park City High School
Football Task Force
Thank You TMIS PTSO
The teachers at Treasure Mountain International School would like to sincerely thank the Parent Teacher Student Organization. Throughout the year they have provided us with multiple delicious dinners, snacks and kind notes. Those things help to keep us smiling and proud to teach. Thank You PTSO!
Reality Town thank you
On behalf of Treasure Mountain International School, we would like to thank the many community and parent volunteers that helped make Reality Town such a success again this year.
The event culd not have taken place without the incredible efforts of our four Treasure Mountain PTSO coordinators Mickey Palomaki, Lynn Cier, Kay Lynn Stafford and Tani Doering who spent countless hours in support of this project. A big "thank you" also goes out to Barbara Zimonja, the Park City Rotary volunteer coordinator, along with the many businesses and banks who donated items or gave us substantial discounts, which helped make this program affordable.
We so appreciate everyone who helped with the stations during Reality Town, you made a big impact on our students!
TMIS Guidance Department
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