Letters to the Editor
June 30, 2007
I can’t even explain how pissed I am at the Park City School District. How many years has the high school been under construction? Why were the construction workers wearing masks during the construction process and probably even some of the employees?
I asked the administration when I saw this and got no response. Why were the teachers allowed to work at home? Why didn’t they just have more trailers and allow NO KIDS in that building? How many problems did those kids encounter and how many problems were ignored? I will mention just a few: dust in the cafeteria (that’s where they ate lunch), holes in the walls, electricity going out and being told class would continue even though there were no windows in the classroom.
What about the asbestos? Do you know how harmful that is? And on top of it, having a kid with respiratory problems? I just cannot believe that this is our great school system in action. The one thing I am grateful for I’m done with this whole mess.
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Reading the incessant, boorish and petty letters about a proposed dog park, enforcing leash laws, and the childish bickering that ensues when dog owners encounter non-dog owners on a trail, positively pains my head.
For the love of God, people, get over it!
I’m jealous that whether or not a dog is on a leash is the biggest concern you have to gripe about. I have an idea — instead of spending all your time bitching about something so trivial, why don’t you pick up a copy of the New York Times? Guess what? There’s a genocide happening right now in Darfur. This is in Northeastern Africa for those of you who have been so busy writing down your list of canine-related complaints and the sins of others that you are completely oblivious to what really matters. There’s also a war happening in Iraq, and if you can manage read past the front page, I’ll bet you’ll even find mention of a natural disaster or two.
The people who get all worked up about such inconsequential matters need a serious reality check. So here’s another idea for you: Get a friggin’ passport, pop your little Park City bubble and visit a third-world country. I bet you come back with a whole different concept of what’s worth complaining about.
Unleashing a bit of reality,
A balanced response
Frances ReMillard (letter June 27) has, for many years extolled the inequities imposed on the Palestinian population. There is no doubt that these poor souls are suffering gross inequities. Let’s put the ball in the court and play it honestly. First, when the state of Israel was formed, the true Palestinian inhabitants left in fear of being "decimated," as told to them by Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Iran. The Israeli government said, "Don’t leave you have nothing to fear. Stay and remain full citizens of the state of Israel" None of the above countries wanted the Palestinians in their countries.
In the past 60 years, the only things given these poor deluded souls were words of hate, guns and other instruments of death to focus on the Israeli state.
Did any of the above countries contribute to the economic and social welfare of these people? All of these other countries awash in oil revenues, wealth unparalleled in history, only gave them lessons in hatred, guns, munitions and propaganda to destroy Israel rather than focus on the inequities they wrought upon their own people of the Muslim faith.
How come you have never brought this side of the story to the table, Frances? These people are truly suffering and yet you blame it on the U.S. and Israel.
Ten million dollars a day from the U.S. government equates to $3.6 billion to Israel per year. Can you quantify any number of dollars given to the Palestinians, or any form of government they have formed to build an economic base for the Palestinians to provide employment, education and sustenance.
the way, Abu Dahbi has built a magnificent ski resort, where you ski indoors when the temperature is 120 degrees outside.
You are right, Frances, somebody should answer for the plight of the Palestinians. Have you tried talking to the governments of all the aforementioned kingdoms and dictatorships.
Bush and his advisors may not be the brightest stars in the sky, but they certainly mean well.
What do you think, Frances?
Shocked by dismissal
I am shocked and dismayed by the recent firing of Mike Guetschow, PCHS Boys Soccer coach. I had the privilege of managing the boy’s team this past year and found Mike and Greg Gendron to be two professional, caring and organized coaches. I have managed countless coaches over the past eight years in club soccer and found this pair to be a joy to work with. I was looking forward to all of my three boys being able to have this high school experience.
When I went to the alumni game this year, my intent was to drop off uniforms for the athletes to wear. When I got there I was amazed at the camaraderie amongst the alumni and Mike and found myself staying until the end of the game. He so enjoyed being with these athletes and you could tell the alumni loved seeing him again. With his ten years of experience came a sense of community and a wealth of contacts.
Our two freshmen coaches this year were past players of PCHS who were coached by Mike. So we don’t only lose Mike but the vast amount of experience, sportsmanship and community he brought to the program. Mike, you will be sorely missed by countless athletes, parents and coaches.
Ceci Laufer, manager
PCHS Boys Soccer Team
I just want to send my heartfelt thanks out to all the people and businesses in the community that supported our charity event on June 17. Three and a half years ago, my father, Mark Tibbits, died of brain trauma as a result of a skiing accident at The Canyons. This Father’s Day, I honored him by hosting a charity event to benefit the Brain Trauma Foundation.
The donations of local businesses and generous community members helped us raise nearly $2,000. A special thank you to all of the Park City and Salt Lake businesses whose donations made our event a success. I would like to specifically thank Bill White Enterprises and The Sidecar who went above and beyond to make our event as great as possible. Your sincere generosity is very appreciated!
To the community: please wear helmets when biking and skiing! Your safety is important to us all!
Medicare funding cuts
A new study conducted by health policy researchers from Emory University shows that funding cuts to the Medicare Advantage (MA) program would cause 48,730 beneficiaries in Utah to lose their coverage while half of all states would lose more than 50,000 enrollees if Congress adopted funding cuts.
Medicare Advantage is the lifeline for the 8.3 million beneficiaries it covers. The program acts as a single entity providing coordinated care for beneficiaries with multiple chronic diseases, many of whom are low income or minority beneficiaries. Private sector coverage options such as Medicare Advantage strengthen the safety net for low-income Medicare beneficiaries and help expand access to critical healthcare services.
We owe the seniors of today, as well as those of tomorrow, reliable, quality healthcare coverage. Let’s urge Congress not to look at Medicare Advantage as a piggy bank and instead preserve funding for this successful program which has so effectively provided healthcare coverage for more than eight million Americans.
LaRee Miller, executive director
Utah Citizens Alliance
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