Letters to the Editor, April 13-16, 2013
While driving to California, I was issued a ticket for "failing to yield to an emergency vehicle" near Fillmore, Utah.
The speed limit was 75 mph, which I obeyed. Ahead I saw flashing lights which was obviously a speeding stop.
I saw the patrol car’s light go off and the car pull out back into the lane far ahead. The left lane was full of about six cars, so I stayed in the right lane and continued at the speed limit, passing the slow cars in the left lane. It seemed like the right action on my part.
When I passed the stopped police car on the right, policeman in the car, I continued as was normal. As soon as I passed the police car, the lights of said car went back on and he pulled me over.
The officer was obviously upset at what he claims was a failure to yield to an emergency vehicle. I apologized, was very polite and accepted the ticket.
Once in California, I followed the directions on the ticket, claimed "no contest," as I really didn’t think I had done anything wrong, and sent in the $115 money order. The ticket instructions explained that the "no contest" claim would admit no guilt and end future prosecution.
At this point, I assumed it was a done deal.
Today I received a letter requiring me to attend a four-hour safety class or my license will be suspended. Needless to say, I am not a happy camper. The class will cost me additional money and time.
In hindsight, I should have taken the time, expense and hassle to go to court and dispute the ticket, but it was obvious to me that the young officer who issued the ticket had recently lost a friend/coworker due to this infraction, so I didn’t dispute it or cause a problem. I feel for him, but come on really? a four-hour course after 50 years of no tickets and paying the ticket and a no contest? Really?
Help PCHS seniors celebrate in style
On June 7, over 300 students will be part of the 2013 Park City High graduating class. We need your help to throw them an unforgettable party! To honor these students and their accomplishments, the PCHS PTSO will continue the tradition of "Grad Night," a fun, safe, alcohol- and drug-free celebration which is free to all graduating seniors from Park City High and the Park City Winter School.
This year, Grad Night will be held on June 7, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Jupiter Bowl. The evening will be full of music, games, fun, casino games, prizes, entertainment, and food.
While the evening is free to all graduating seniors, we rely on donations from senior-class parents and local businesses to make this memorable celebration happen. Any amount of money will help make this a special night for the kids, but we appreciate your consideration of a generous, tax-deductible donation and/or gift items that can be given away to the kids during the event.
Parents who make a cash donation by April 15 will be entered in a drawing for reserved seating during graduation ceremony.
Please join us in recognizing and honoring the accomplishments of these students and providing a fun, safe, drug-and-alcohol-free celebration! Encourage your senior child to attend and consider making a donation to help fund the event.
Sue Ann Kern
PCHS Grad Night chairperson
Climate change: Utahns need to weigh in
Climate change is empirically measurable and scientifically predictable. Fossil fuels cause collateral damage in health costs, security, environmental damage and destructive weather patterns.
If the elected representatives of the great state of Utah are unresponsive to climate change, there are others who want to hear from you on this subject. A bipartisan group of senators and house representatives have released a discussion draft of carbon tax legislation. (See http//whitehouse.senate.gov/news release/waxman-whitehouse-blumenauer-and-schatz-release-carbon-price-discussion-draft-). If there was ever an issue which should transcend party politics, it is climate change. Here is an opportunity for bipartisan action for the good of the whole nation. We are already leaving fiscal debt to our children and grandchildren. Must they inherit a broken environment also?
The people of Utah need to exert their political will on this most important issue.
You have a choice how to ReStore your items
At Recycle Utah, we applaud the opening of a Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore in Summit County. A part of our mission is to keep as much out of the landfill as possible and this is another avenue to keep construction and furniture waste from filling up our already constrained landfill.
However, we also want to remind the citizens of Summit County about the long-standing local options for those same items Recycle Utah’s Good Wood project, The Christian Center of Park City, St. Mary’s and others who still have programs that help fund their organizations as well. In Recycle Utah’s case, the income from our Good Wood project funds almost 2/3 of the loss from our recycling operations.
Please re-use, repurpose or use one of these programs instead of throwing your old construction or furniture items away. But, make a conscious decision about what organization you would like to support with your items when you are giving them away.
Board chair, Recycle Utah
If people are in need, their pets are, too
The Pet Food Pantry is a locally run nonprofit organization developed by two Treasure Mountain Junior High students, Cannan Prior and Maddie Morgan. These two eighth graders got together with Rob Harter, with the Christian Center. The organization aims towards supporting low-income families who can’t support their family pets. Our main thought was, "If they can’t support themselves, then how are they going to support their pets?" Donations and financial contributions are greatly appreciated and can be delivered at any of these places: The Christian Center, Park City Animal Clinic, or Treasure Mountain Junior High. Please, help your community today!
Letter doesn’t reflect the Deer Valley I know
I was saddened to read Christopher Devine’s recent letter that alleged Deer Valley personnel discriminated against a disabled skier. After researching the skiing device in question as best I could, I can report that many of the statements in his letter are, at a minimum, open to dispute.
However, I don’t want to focus on the incident because, as is often the case, there are two sides to the story. Instead, I want to address my thirty-two years of observing Deer Valley’s general manager and employees.
As the physician overseeing medical care at Deer Valley for its entire existence, I see the unhappiest guests who visit our community. After all, many patients I treat have seen their vacation ruined. Some will even face surgery on their return home.
Still, I consistently hear the same feedback when, as is my custom, I inquire about a patient’s DV experience. To a person, I am told that he/she was treated with professionalism, respect, and most of all, kindness.
Early in my career, such praise surprised me. Not now. Over the years, DV’s general manager has called countless times to check on a patient with whom he has become directly involved. I have watched him arrange transportation and/or lodging for a guest’s family, visit Salt Lake hospitals, and provide warmth and comfort to families when a tragedy occurred on his property. And this admirable behavior is not limited to the general manager. His entire staff follows his lead. They provide superior service to their guests, with a special caring.
So, Mr. Devine, I regret that your friend had an experience different than he expected. However, I feel the shame you wished on Deer Valley is unwarranted. Instead, due to the consistent approach of DV’s general manager and staff I have witnessed over many years and many cases, I feel a different emotion. Pride.
Winnie (Robert Winn, M.D.)
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