Letters to the Editor, April 2-5, 2016
Critic says Utah’s coal export terminal will harm California children
Dear Residents of Utah:
The Utah Legislature has fast-tracked a bill to Governor Gary Herbert that allocates $53 million of taxpayer funds to finance a proposed coal-export terminal in West Oakland, California. I am writing to beg the taxpayers and residents of Utah to contact Governor Herbert to stop the coal-export terminal.
Oakland is a port city about six miles east of San Francisco. During World War II, thousands of Black (African-Americans) war-industry workers relocated from the Deep South to work in shipyards and dangerous munitions plants in Oakland. Many of these migrants settled in West Oakland, and West Oakland neighborhoods border the Port of Oakland.
The Port of Oakland is responsible for a significant amount of air pollution and a coal-exporting operation will make West Oakland’s pollution even worse. There are elementary schools in West Oakland in which children ‘park’ their asthma inhalers in boxes upon entering the classroom. The prevalence of asthma among the children of West Oakland is so high that the community petitioned the Port of Oakland, philanthropic organizations and individuals to purchase a Breathmobile. The Breathmobile is a gutted out bus that travels to elementary schools in West Oakland to provide asthma screening and treatment. According to the Executive Director for the Breathmobile, one out of three adults in West Oakland and one out of five kids has asthma. Asthma is among the causes for children being absent from school.
About 25,000 people live in West Oakland. The population is about 39 percent black and 13 percent Hispanic. About 31percent of West Oakland residents are below the poverty level. Our West Oakland neighborhood has many formidable challenges. What we don’t need is another threat to our health.
Please call Governor Herbert at 801-538-1000, and ask him to stop the coal-export terminal in West Oakland, California.
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EpicPromise and Women’s Giving fund team up to help young girls
Sometimes you don’t know what you have until someone points it out to you.
That’s what happened at Park City Community Foundation. Nicky DeFord, head of Vail Resorts Epic Promise, asked us how we were going to put our network of 1,200+ Women’s Giving Fund members to work in the community?
From this conversation, an idea hatched; now the Women’s Giving Fund Mentoring Program for local middle school girls is going strong.
Twice a month, we host Power Lunches for girls in the sixth and seventh grades at Ecker Hill Junior High. A WGF member speaks to the girls about her career, weaving in antidotes of lessons learned and skills needed to succeed. Perseverance, hard work, and determination are just a few of the important traits the girls take with them. At first there were 30 girls; now over 150 attend each time! At an age when girls start dropping out of sports and STEM classes, Power Lunches are a fun introduction to career options.
Last Friday, thanks again to support from Vail’s Epic Promise, 15 girls had a very special and educational afternoon. Paired with a WGF mentor, they enjoyed: a wild ride on the mountain coaster, a workshop to build confidence presented by ZGiRLS founder Libby Ludlow (zgirls.org) and a guest appearance from Olympian Lindsey Vonn! We all have memories of one comment, person, or moment that had a huge impact on our lives; Friday we were part of that moment.
Thank you, from Park City Community Foundation’s Board of Directors and staff, to Vail Resorts for supporting this incredible program and fabulous day. And, thank you to our WGF members for stepping up for our local girls.
Katie Wright, executive director
Lauren Vitulli, mentoring coordinator
The Women’s Giving Fund
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One Park City: ski area connection benefits the town
Hello, my name Mitchell Provines and I am in 9th grade. Since Vail bought Park City Mountain Resort and connected it to The Canyons it has made many people wonder. In my opinion, I think that it was a really good idea to connect the two resorts.
Now, people can ski both resorts by riding a chairlift, instead of getting in your car and driving. Except, there is one not-so-good-thing about that. The place on the Canyons side where they connected the gondola from Park City, is not that good of skiing terrain. When Vail first came out with the plan to connect the two resorts, everybody loved it because you could ski both resorts fast. Except they didn’t think of the fact that you have to take a bunch of chairlifts to get to the gondola, then you have to take more to ski good terrain off the gondola.
Anyways, now Park City is the biggest resort in the United States. That means that a lot more people will want to ski it, because it is the biggest. Also, there is one benefit to having more people ski it. The whole town will bring in more money because of people coming into Park City to ski and snowboard. For example, the hotels will bring in more money, the ski resorts will, and lastly, the restaurants. All that money will be a very good thing to Park City in general.
Since Park City is a ski town, it relies on the ski resorts’ income for money. If no one comes to Park City and skis, then Park City would be in trouble. In conclusion, I think connecting the resorts was a good idea for these reasons, more convenience, the town of Park City will make more money, and it is now the biggest resort in the United States.
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Park City’s nuclear energy resolution is misguided
Who the hell is Ann Ober to make uninformed policy for Park City?
I have a little experience in the area of nuclear energy, and I support it as having the potential for clean, safe electric power.
Many years ago, I visited aboard a nuclear submarine. The Navy has never had a vessel lost to failure of a nuclear power plant.
Years later, though still long ago, I was part of the legal team that represented GPU, the owner of Three Mile Island. I visited a similar plant in Ohio, studied the TMI event, and have a substantial understanding of what happened. If there was any party to blame, it was the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which encouraged each plant to be designed and built singly, and failed in its obligation to make sure information about potential problems was promptly shared. I would be entirely comfortable living near a next-generation reactor at sea or ashore.
Ann Ober is spreading knee-jerk nonsense. As I understand it, she is an outside consultant, trying to justify her continued employment. Our elected officials are the City’s policy-makers. The need for Ober is long over.
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