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Water wasters


Shame on Park Meadows Golf Course. I read with incredulity the article on the watering habits of the golf course. Yes, the staff and their members may not have the legal obligation to cut back on their water use, but that does not absolve them of their MORAL obligation to reduce water use.

Based on the numbers quoted in the article and my observations that not more than 250 members use that club per day, that works out to over 3,300 gallons per member per day. Compare that to the average Utahn’s use of 308 gallons per day. That is obscene. What really pushes it beyond the pale is when their superintendent states "And we’re suffering the consequences because it does not look as lush as it did." God forbid that those precious greens should look unsightly to the few that actually use the club. Shame on you! Peter Knauer Park Meadows

What water shortage?


Anyone that drives the mine connecting road has to wonder where all that water is coming from. When I contacted the public works department to tell them where I thought the water was coming from I was told it was a mountain spring and they ended the conversation. A few years ago I was told the same thing when I was hired to take care of the condos above the mine road. The HOA president even showed me the mountain spring that was running into the basement of one of the condos and out the back and on to the mine road. I had the public works turned off the supply to the condos and guess what, the mountain spring stopped. Of course we then had to find the leak and fix it ourself. My money is on a big leak by the amount of water and not a mountain spring as I am being told. Come on public works department and stop the flow. Last week I was out by the justice department at three in the afternoon and the sprinklers were on right in front of the building. I guess they don’t have to go by the ten and eight o’clock rule either. Sincerely, David Gaither

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Golf In Park City


Let me get some disclaimers out of the way. I have a bias toward golf courses that lean toward the natural. I prefer to walk and my son, Geoff, has written a number of books, most about classic golf courses built in the 1920’s.

So when researching golf in Park City I have been disappointed to learn that most, if not all, the courses in the area are modern. Modern being defined as altering the natural landscape to create artificial mounds, lakes, ponds and bunkers all done by "name" designers who create green carpets and dictate where and how I should hit the ball in order to score well.

I was hoping that the citizens and developers in Park City would demand more than just the importance of branding a development where the experience is pretty grass, quality cart paths and predictable golf.

Have you not studied Sand Hills in Nebraska, Ballyneal in Colorado or Bandon Dunes in Oregon?

In a community that is enthusiastic about the outdoor experience, someone should build a course on a good site that embraces the natural terrain and excites my soul when I start choosing shots to work my ball toward the hole. I want holes that give continuing pleasure instead of manicured beauty. I want to know I am outside in one of the nation’s prettiest spots, exercising both my body and mind in a great sport. Sincerely, Lynn Shackelford

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Coaches rock


This morning as I got out of the pool at Silver Mountain, I noticed that several coaches had arrived early to greet their 20 or 30 eager young swimmers.

As I rode my bike home, I passed the Rail Trail lot and saw another coach or two helping 15 or 20 young mountain bikers.

A few minutes later I passed the skate park and saw even more coaches helping even more kids.

I am impressed. These young men and women provide our community a valuable service. They coach for little pay, yet pass on to our kids their love of athletics and fun and the outdoors.

Thank you. I very much appreciate the legacy you leave. Every town should be so lucky. Dick Roth

Peace in a Holy Land


The old joke says that all Jewish holidays are essentially the same. "They tried to kill us! We survived! Let’s eat!" It would be nice if old holidays commemorated outdated themes. Sadly, there are millions of people and whole regions of the world who still want to kill Jews. In his rebuttal to Lou Fine’s thoughtful editorial on peace in the Holy Land, Bill Melville has condemned the Israeli people for hating their neighbors. Yet, he admits that one in five who live in Israel are Muslim. Six and a half million live, work, pray, and play as citizens with full protection of law. While regrettably imperfect, imagine the fate of one Jew living in Gaza. Imagine the fate of a Jew living in Syria, Lebanon, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Yemen, Oman, UAE, Libya, Tunisia, Afghanistan, and the list goes on.. Life expectancy would be measured in hours or minutes. Even Egypt and Jordan would be unbelievably dangerous.

The problem is hate! If we can just get past the threat of annihilation, peace is possible. However, peace is not possible when the premise of one side of the relationship is ‘you and your family have to die.’

Israel exists because history has taught us painful lessons. From the Spanish Inquisition to the Pogroms in Russia, the Holocaust, and now the international threat of radical religious domination and murder, we may be excused for feeling insecure. Innocent life is sacred. Our Jewish faith teaches us that life is precious whether in Darfur of Tel Aviv. If anyone wishes to stand up for the right of innocent people to live in peace without the threat of religious, cultural, personal, or genocidal annihilation, then we stand with you.

Iran has promised another Holocaust. Hezbollah and Hamas wish for us the peace of the grave. Israel will defy the hatred and survive, because it is the dream of this tiny nation to live among its Muslim neighbors in peace. The question remains, will this most dangerous of neighborhoods choose to LIVE with Israel, or KILL or DIE as self described martyrs taking the lives of random innocent victims?

L’Chaim. To Life! Sincerely, William Tumpowsky

Save East Canyon Creek Editor:

On August 13, 2003 East Canyon Creek went dry, killing hundreds of fish and disrupting wildlife that depend on the creek for survival.

As the summer continues to be hot and dry this natural creek which was once a blue ribbon fishery running through the Snyderville Basin near Kimball Juntion is in serious danger once again.

Please help by cutting back on the amount of water being pulled from East Canyon Creek and the Head Waters that make up East Canyon Creek. If you are pulling water out of any waterway without proper water rights: STOP. Not only is it illegal, but by doing this action you are affecting every living creature downstream. If you were a golf course I would hope your clients would understand if the fairways were a little brown. It is up to all of us to help protect our natural resources and take pride in our community and state. Mary Perry Friends of East Canyon Creek