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Un Día Sin Latinos

Editor:

May 1, 2006 is quickly taking shape to be a monumental day in the history of these United States. As a local employer of dozens of hardworking and wonderfully loyal Latinos, we as a company are looking forward to celebrating "Un Día Sin Latinos" with our fellow workers. In fact, we have not only declared it a paid company holiday for all our employees, but will be there hand in hand with our hermanos.

We would like to encourage all the countless businesses that benefit from Latino employees to think of May 1 as "worker appreciation" day and provide at least a half day of paid leave for any employee who chooses to participate in "Un Día Sin Latinos." No escuela! No trabajar! No comprar! No nada! Except the respectful support and solidarity for all who labor to help make this country function.

Greg Schirf

Wasatch and Squatters Brewery

P.C. welcomes immigrants

Editor:

The headline in the April 11, 2006 Salt Lake Tribune stating, "Park City welcomes immigrants, says congressman isn’t listening" is very misleading.

To quote the mayor — whose interest is obviously a continuing source of cheap labor for the businesses in his realm — and a couple of activists, and imply that they represent the entire community is a sham. My circle of contacts in the area certainly welcomes immigrants if you precede that word with legal. We would gladly pay another dollar for our meals and lift tickets if that’s what it takes.

Rob Bishop is listening but Ms. Weiss is correct when she says

"Some people just don’t get it." Except she is talking about the wrong people.

Don Covert

Park City

Shame on Park City

Editor:

I recently received a parking ticket on Park Avenue, next to the Kimball Art Center. I was halfway into a no-parking zone with our handicap card. I paid the fine. It’s interesting to find no handicap-posted parking spaces on Main Street, Park Avenue or Heber Avenue.

The next shame comes from the low-cost housing project by Mountainlands and sponsored by Park City. Two years late in construction, almost a million over budget, now asking the city for another $250,000 to complete this mess at the entrance to Deer Valley. If you looked in the dictionary under the word "ugly" you’d find a picture of this project.

Rob Morris

Park City

Immigration laws

Editor:

I honestly feel that the immigration laws of allowing people to work here should be reached and passed. I myself am a U.S. citizen, so are my children. Nevertheless, we all went on Sunday to rally as well. I wanted my kids to 1) be part of history in the making 2) realize that the opportunities that they have and I have are because someone somewhere down the line took the chance of coming here illegally to provide that somebody’s father’s father or someone’s mother’s mother migrated here.

What’s with the "We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal?" Should I teach my children that equality lies on certain status, color, or race? I became a citizen when I was five. I have gone from Head Start to one year at a Vocational College. I’ve worked and paid taxes since I was 16 yet I have been treated, when going to cash my check at the bank, like I have no language communication skills. Why not give me the opportunity to tell you if I do speak English or even understand? We are needed, we are indispensable, we are hardworking.

There are illegals who have been here many years and never once committed a crime while there are U.S. citizens who have. There are many pros and cons about illegals, but every race has theirs. Every race has their upper class and lower class. From living in the gated estate communities to trailer trash. Each one has their issues.

You don’t want us coming over here, but Americans sure like going over to Mexico. They love our Cancun, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Rosarita, Ensenada, etc. You love our food, our tequila, our music. It sounds like a contradiction.

You allow our children who are born of Mexican ancestry to fight in the military — some have even died for your freedoms as well, yet you cover your eyes in seeing that they are here, again because someone down the line migrated here. The land of the free? Obviously not.

Sincerely,

Elisabet Torres

Heber City

Thank you goes both ways

Editor:

In response to the Doug McClelland letter (April 12), I completely agree with the idea that a cashier, teller or other salesperson, accepting your "hard-earned dollars" should absolutely say "thank you." However, I’d like to point out that be it a teen, as you mentioned, or a 60-year-old cashier, they do not get all those thousands of "hard-earned dollars." They get minimum wage, if they are lucky, and many work more than 40 hours a week.

They occasionally forget to show their appreciation to you, the consumer, but maybe, just maybe they are exhausted from standing in a 3 X 3-foot square (where staff are not allowed to lean back or sit between customers). They lift item after item and put all those items, into bags for you.

I have worked at a few grocery stores and now thankfully I am working in an office, where I am not on my feet all day long. Those people get treated pretty badly as employees and as people. They are looked upon as low class because of where they work, as if they are less human than the upper class Park City transplants. Working in that type of negative environment, it is very hard to just "put on a happy face" for the people. There are days when their best friend just died and they have to work because they need the money. Even on a normal week, they can’t afford to pay rent, bills or to buy food.

Are you friendly in your approach to them? I think if you share a positive comment with them, most likely, they will open up and be happy that someone acknowledged them and they will say "Thank you for coming! Have a great day!" Because, instead of ruining theirs, you improved it with kindness. Try it out, otherwise, you won’t be buying much, anywhere, for much longer.

With sincere gratitude to the people who take the time to be friendly.

Holly VanDenAmeele

Heber City

Give the gift of life

Editor:

Park City High School PTSO and ARUP Blood Services urge residents to participate in the upcoming Community Blood Drive on May 1, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This blood drive is being held to benefit local patients in need of blood and blood products, as well as to provide an opportunity for the public to get involved and help local health care facilities replenish their blood supplies. Children and adults undergoing bone marrow transplants or suffering from cancer, burns, trauma, surgery, or illness count on ARUP to have an ongoing supply of blood for their treatment. In addition, ARUP provides blood to the only children’s hospitals in Utah. Many people are not aware that blood for many babies must be less than five days old, which creates a continual need for donations.

The blood drive will be held in the high school cafeteria. There will be plenty of parking available, as school is not in session on that day.

For an appointment, contact Patsy at 645-9270 or e-mail pbarnes@cmcpc.net . Seventeen year olds will need a parental permission slip, available at the high school office. Thank you.

Brenda Lake, Co-president

PCHS PTSO


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