Letters to the Editor
July 12, 2006
On Friday night, June 30, while I was at work, my dog, terrified of the storm, escaped from my house and was frantically running when she was struck by a vehicle on Deer Valley Drive. Someone called 911 and Officer Leslie Welker responded. She stayed with my dog as she left this life.
My dog’s tags and collar were torn off, but Officer Welker and Officer Annette Ellis verified through a photo that it was my dog. They even returned to the scene to try and find the collar for me. Then, after I went home, very upset, Officer Ellis came to my house to be sure I was OK.
I want to thank both of you for all your help. Though I lost my dog, I was able to retrieve her to be cremated and have closure. We have two very compassionate police officers in Park City. Thank you again, it meant a lot.
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Thanks to parade participants
On behalf of the Park City Ambassadors, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all who participated in the 2006 Park City Fourth of July Celebration. Early reports indicate the event was enjoyed by young and old (and all those in between!).
The interest and enthusiasm of ALL the participants makes this event a success year after year.
We look forward to your participation in 2007!
Park City Ambassadors
Pulling hair out in Coalville
I’m a general contractor who has had a taste of the Summit County Building Department in Coalville. Trying to get some questions answered on a simple footing for a deck support and obtaining a permit, I was surprised that not only did I have to wait a week to get the permit, my question regarding the footing had to wait, too. Unlike the Park City Building Department, where questions can be asked anytime and permits issued immediately, I was baffled as to how the county can be so radically different.
I waited eight days to get my permit and my question answered. The secretary, irritated with me, told me that the plans were signed off by the inspector and I wasn’t scheduled to talk to him. I expressed my need to ask him specific questions. Until this point, my information was from the Park City Building Department, with a simple phone call. Since there were some differences between the two areas, I needed clarification from the county.
At the front desk, I was treated as a "problem child" who was creating an inconvenience for all concerned. When I finally went in to talk to the building inspector, I thought I’d be treated with a little more dignity. Not so.
I shared my "hair pulling" experience with my client in dealing with these "public servants." My client, a realtor, said another general contractor she knows expressed the same frustrations that the county building department is very difficult to deal with. I was not surprised that I wasn’t the only one dealing with this poor service.
What if anything can be done about the poor service rendered at an institution that is supposed to support the public? The public relations policy is up on the front desk wall that one needs to make an appointment just to get a simple question answered. If they are a week out on appointments, why not hire more help? I’ve dealt with building departments in several states and never experienced this kind of treatment. I hope others with similar experience will express themselves so some needed modifications happen.
Global climate and the Internet
I did not read Mr. Baker’s original letter, nor have I seen Al Gore’s movie, but I did read a letter to the editor that troubled me. In response to Baker’s letter, the author refers to a Web site as the source of truth regarding global warming (or cooling in this case).
I am not a climatologist, so I will not attempt to make definitive statements on global warming, but I do have two degrees in computer science that I feel give me credibility enough to discuss the Internet and scientific concepts in general.
It is important to remember that anyone with meager amounts knowledge, energy and money can put up a Web site that says anything the author wishes. The Internet is a nearly free and public bazaar of information, most of which is not formally reviewed, vetted or verified.
Therefore, as with any literature claiming truth, the author should give full representation of the pedigree of their information, and the caring reader should verify such pedigrees. Given the friction-free nature of publishing on the Web, verification is even more important.
A good example of what I am talking about can be found at http://www.monbiot.com/archives/2005/05/10/junk-science/ . This blog attempts to follow the information pedigree of some statements made against global warming that originated elsewhere but, guess what, trace through the referred site, http://www.iceagenow.com. One important thing the blog does, that iceagenow rarely does, is provide sources that the caring reader can follow up on. Repeatability is a fundamental concept of scientific method, and its absence is a sure sign of propaganda.
It is also useful to understand motive. http://Www.iceagenow.com was constructed by Robert W. Felix to promote his self-published book about the coming ice age. Be wary of self-promotion.
Who’s right? I don’t know. What I do know is that people who care ought to be vigilant with regard to the information they use to bolster their arguments. If you care, don’t stop at the first Web site that bolsters your initial opinion. Keep searching.
Moderate and beautiful
It was such a disappointment to have my future home referred to as an "eyesore" [Letters to the Editor, July 5]. As one of the future owners, seeing paint on the buildings was exciting, and gives hope there is an end to this project coming soon. We all know it has been a long journey and we wait with anticipation to close on our units. I’m thrilled that the colors give the units character and fit with the Old Town feel. I realize they are no million-dollar white stucco mansions, but at least they will be complete soon!
I’m looking forward to living on Deer Valley Drive in a house that "doesn’t fit the surrounding properties" and feel blessed that Park City has more character than the matching "cookie cutter" houses you see so often these days.
Black Diamond 5K support
On behalf of the Black Diamond Girls’ U14 (2005-2006) soccer team, we would like to thank our sponsors: Conscious Fitness, Educational Advantage, Park City Bread & Bagel, Dan’s Foods, Beth Bradford and the Silver Queen Hotel for their support of our 5K "Sprint for Soccer" event held on June 10. We would also like to thank the many local
businesses that contributed wonderful prizes for the race participants.
Thanks to your generosity and support, the 5K was a success and enjoyed by all! Proceeds from the event will help pay for costs associated with upcoming out of state tournaments.
Beth Miller and Kerri Reynolds
Green habitat but still smoking
I just got back from the Soccer World Cup in Germany. Everyone was very friendly and the interest in the games overwhelming.
For a country that is every bit as industrialized as the USA the environmental contrast was eye opening.
No visible trash on the streets and especially not in the countryside. Hundreds of electricity generating windmills all over the country in clusters of three to six. To my eye, they were very elegant (Germany has no oil and used to get much of its power from nuclear stations but closed most — maybe all — of them several years ago.) Residential garbage cans approximately half the size we have in Park City. No free plastic or paper sacks in grocery stores — almost everyone takes their own cloth bag or pull cart. Most city and town centers are pedestrianized. Hardly an SUV to be seen.
The negatives? Almost everyone seems to smoke — everywhere.
When losers win
In a way, playing in Park City’s kickball league takes us back to the simpler days of the childhood playground when everyone could participate and have a good time. But when one team decides that winning is more important than anything (like playing by the rules, conducting themselves with sportsmanship, or having a good time), you end up with losers who win.
I played on a team that could not have cared less about winning. Something unexpected happened though — we found ourselves undefeated at the end of the season. Holding onto our beers was as important as making a play, but I’d be lying if I said by the end of the season that we weren’t hoping to go all the way and become, still a comic thought to us, "kickball champions."
There was one team that just didn’t seem to get it. We didn’t appreciate their attitudes or behavior in regular season play when they were sore losers and whined about ridiculous, unjustified things to the umpire and we didn’t appreciate them when it came down to the tournament.
They went on to eliminate us after a runner refused to own up to being tagged out by the ball. Some would say, hey, the ump didn’t call it so that’s how it goes. I would argue a real winner would want to win honestly.
You’re on notice, Park City Kickball champs, we’re gunnin’ for you, the losers who won.
Eric LaGuardia and the entire Corner Store Kickball Team (except for Bill, who was the only team member who did not completely endorse this letter — he just wants to crush you in the next game)
A local tradition
"Hats off" to the Off Main Cafe for reopening (at least for breakfast), as of July 1. Without knowing all the details, several friends and I do not understand why they chose to close in the first place.
We miss their lunches as well as the breakfasts and their catering. If there is one restaurant in Park City that stands as a landmark, it is Off Main.
Besides the excellent food, there was a distinct ambience inviting friends to just meet and talk over things or discuss business matters, not to mention buying their fine bread and pastries.
Are there are no smart investors in the vicinity who stand ready to continue to keep this fine tradition going?
Randy Barton’s headache
Twenty years ago, when Park City was my home, I was strolling down a near-empty Main Street one Sunday morning and noticed a commotion outside one of the bars. A man was being thrown out of the place unceremoniously and into the street. I felt as if I had been transported back in time to the Old West. The proprietor dusted off his hands, went back inside and the drunk staggered down the street. Business as usual.
My, how things have changed!
My heart goes out to Randy Barton and his problems with the culture that has infiltrated that mountain town and is now busy flexing its muscle. As Randy has roots in that culture, it must be excruciating for him to have to now face criminal charges for merely offering an alcoholic drink at a function that evidently was deemed outside the law-of-the-land that this culture is famous for enforcing with a vengeance nowadays.
But as a friend (also from that culture) once told me, "You might as well go outside and find the nearest tree and bang your head against it, rather than to think you are going to change anything about the group." He added, "They are extremely Aryan-like and believe they are right on everything. Everything!"
When Randy points out that he is tired of being told that if he doesn’t like the liquor laws in Utah, he should move — he might want to seriously consider that option. Or else, go back outside and find the nearest tree to do more head banging, but I think this might result in an addiction to Excedrin.
This culture prides itself in folding their arms, sticking their fingers in their ears, digging in and not budging. That’s how they win. And whenever the soul is at stake, you have an unmanageable condition with only those in authority reaping the benefits of such power over others. And the power trips appear to be getting more intense, especially during election years.