Letters to the Editor
Judy Taylor, a lady, artist and Park City champion, departed from her precious mountain home and left a huge void in Park City’s heart and spirit. Judy’s love for her town is reflected in each of her beautiful pieces of art.
Judy was able to capture the soul of Park City with her dazzling watercolor detail in snow and landmark treasures as they appear in every season. She brought fame to our mountain resorts and Main Street by showing our favorite places for shopping, dining, entertaining and recreation.
Many Park City locals and tourists lost a friend on Monday night but all of us will remember her each day when we look at a Judy Taylor painting hanging on our wall.
Paint the heavens, Judy! I will think of you each day.
Oil and gas prices
There have been a lot of articles and editorials lately on the price of oil and the price at the pump. No one likes it, everyone complains about it and no one has a clue how to stop it. However, the increases in the prices have managed to provide us some benefits that perhaps no one has considered.
First, it ensures, at least in for foreseeable future, we’ll be able to keep our boats, campers and SUVs fueled and on the go. Higher prices provide the incentive to keep up production and find new sources. The second thing higher prices have done is, for the moment, bring an awareness to everyone of the need to conserve and produce vehicles that are more efficient.
The third benefit to the American people is that the higher gas prices have avoided the necessity for the government to impose a war tax. Paying for our involvement in Iraq and keeping Israel armed not only come in the form of lives, but money. The government is not a for-profit entity; all it does is spend money and their only source of revenue is through taxes. Income taxes are the government’s largest revenue item in the budget. allowing oil companies to increase prices, thus increasing profits, the government has, in effect, imposed an indirect tax on the public. Thirty-nine percent of the increase in profits for the oil companies flows directly into the government coffers. It enables our elected officials to proudly announce that tax revenues are up and there will be a less-than-predicted deficit in the budget.
This may sound familiar
Somehow, while Parkites have been desperately hunting under their cars’ floor mats for spare change to house themselves, Park City property owners have pocketed record-breaking profits. According to the Park City Board of Realtors, Park City property values just posted their "highest prices ever."
And it appears most of the property owners that have been drilling into our bank accounts this year have enjoyed similar windfalls. Also according to the Park City Board of Realtors, property owners in Old Town, Prospector, Jeremy Ranch and Kimball Junction have raked in record profits.
While the Park City property tycoons have been plumping up their bottom lines, everyone else, from young families to working people and immigrants, have had to beg, borrow and steal from other budget categories to put a roof over their heads.
Maybe we missed the memo that explained the hike from $200,000 to $600,000 for the same miner’s shack was a contribution to the Park City property owners’ retirement fund, but it seems most Parkites have been under the general impression that the rising property prices was directly linked to two unavoidable factors: more people want to live here and available land is being bought up for trophy mansions.
Apparently the joke is on us and it is not amusing.
It is, however, one more incentive to more seriously consider downsizing, renting or sharing a house with another family.
Park City Municipal Corporation recently took a big step forward in its commitment to lower housing costs by building low-income housing on Deer Valley Drive, and Summit County is getting into the spirit too by setting aside deed-restricted homes even though it hasn’t actually enforced them.
But until millionaires start throttling back on trophy mansion consumption, it is likely that Park City property owners will continue pumping three-car garages of cash into their personal war chests and the rest of us will keep paying more to sleep with a roof over our heads.
I was visiting my son in Park City last month, and we went to the Deer Valley concert of Etta James. I was extremely upset and disappointed at the irresponsible lack of, and concern for, any handicap aids. Park City should be ashamed.
Johnson City, Tenn.
Middle East peace
Why is Bush so opposed to a "fake" peace in Lebanon when he is so clearly comfortable with a "fake" democracy in Iraq?
After years of being out of date, I am delighted to have learned that the ordinance requiring that the dogs and cats of Summit County to be over-vaccinated has been updated.
Currently, and for many years now, the manufacturers recommended vaccination schedule for adult rabies is every three years. We in Summit County have been required to over-vaccinate our animals simply due to the neglectful monitoring of this ordinance. I inquired over a year ago why this ordinance was the way it was. I was told that no one had ever asked and they were not sure why they required rabies every two years.
I would like to thank Steve Jenkins, of the health department for taking the time to assist me in my quest for a three-year rabies ordinance. After reviewing the pharmaceutical manufacturers’ usage recommendations he started the ball rolling.
Although, as Sally Elliott told me, "The wheels of government turn slowly," and they did, but the ordinance was finally changed about a month ago. Unfortunately, no one has bothered to tell the local veterinarians.
So, to all you dog and cat owners and lovers in Summit County and I know you’re there, don’t allow your animals to be exposed to the many health issues that can result from over-vaccination. Talk with your vet, and if they are not aware of the ordinance change ask them to contact the county to verify the current regulations.
Significant human to Lucy (dog), Nell (dog) and Max (cat)
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Given the current environment, Park City needs to reexamine its planned arts and culture district and reject some of its prior assumptions about the project, writes Tom Horton.