Letters to the Editor, April 23-26, 2016
Utah Life elevated – really?
This Earth Day is an opportunity to think globally and act locally. There is one issue that demands our attention — the quality of the air we breathe along the Wasatch Front.
Athletes, children, seniors — all of us are suffering from the effects of environmentally-induced health issues. Fine particle pollution has been linked to premature death, cardiac arrhythmias and heart attacks, asthma attacks, and the development of autism and chronic bronchitis. Being advised to stay indoors or wear a mask shouldn’t be the only answer.
As a mother, a father, a citizen of Utah, it’s time to say enough is enough. It’s time to think for ourselves and demand new representation. We should not tolerate elected officials who voted against — or did nothing to improve — air quality measures during the last legislative session.
The $53 million in our taxpayer money that Utah lawmakers allocated to open a coal export terminal in Oakland, California is a slap in the face to human rights. Let us demand that the oil refineries make the transition to tier 3 gasoline. Let’s look to our neighbors in the Mountain West and learn from what they’ve done to address their inversion issues caused by similar landscapes.
It’s time that we transform our Apathy into Action. What can we do? We need to demand that the attorney general’s office investigate the current air quality issues and how they have been ignored by our elected representatives. If the findings conclude that our representatives have made legislative decisions that allowed corporations to profit knowingly poisoning our citizens, they should be prosecuted and held accountable.
We can all do something, and Earth Day is a great day to start. Send a letter to the attorney general’s office or email today, email@example.com.
Kevin J. Boyle, President KÜHL
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A widow’s might, family asks for assistance
Cancer. It’s hard to say, hard to type — it makes it real.
After five years of remission my mother, Gert Dalton, developed Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer with bone metastases to her rib cage and skull. Terminal.
These words are haunting. The reality is heartbreaking.
My name is Jonathan Dalton and this is my story.
I knelt beside mom’s hospital bed as doctors delivered Mom’s prognosis on the heels of her 68-day stay in the ICU following her cardiac arrest. We cried. I looked at her lying in her hospital bed, barely alive, tubes everywhere, and wondered how she was going to do this.
I thought of her strength. Mom is a 60-year-old widow. She raised three teenagers as a single parent while living with cancer and working full-time. In the wake of the recession, she was laid off from her job in Park City and forced to move away from the home in which she raised her family. She is a survivor. I need that strength.
"I love you," I said as I looked back at her, "you won’t do this alone." On Dec.18, 2015, just days before Christmas, Mom was discharged from her prolonged hospitalization to her three 20-something kids. We need your help, we can’t do this alone.
Please join us to give Gert Dalton the gift of dignity in her end of life. Mom’s cost of medical care is estimated to exceed $61,000 over the next 12 months.
Please go to http://www.gertdalton.com and prayerfully consider joining mom’s support team by making a one-time donation or joining her monthly support team by committing to give $25, $50, $125 or $250 to support her care. Every gift counts.
We also need airline miles (to any airline) to help mitigate the cost of travel for myself, Michael and Katalyn as we strive to share time and space with mom in this season. If you wish to donate this way, please email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This letter is extremely hard to write. It accentuates the vulnerability of our situation and the reliance upon the generosity of our loved ones. Please spread the word!
Jonathan, Michael and Katalyn Dalton
Newfoundland, Bountiful and Park City
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Vail’s EpicPromise program is nurturing young artists
One of my favorite parts of my job is hearing the stories that come out of our art programs. Stories like this one:
"I was teaching a class of 2nd graders and they were really interested in Andy Warhol’s iconic Soup Cans. The whole class grasped the idea that by creating multiples of anything, like a common soup can, elevates the items to a new level of importance. Most of the kids ended up creating things like pencils and computers. However, one student started drawing and creating emoji prints. He wanted to cover an entire wall, just like Warhol, with printed emojis. When I told him we were only going to do one print he was disappointed. Throughout the lesson he tried to sneak more Styrofoam to take home to create a huge "iconic" picture. It was just awesome to see someone inspired by art and discovering the power of multiples." –Mats Sanyer, A.R.T.S. Tour Coordinator
This story came from our largest free school art education program, A.R.T.S. (Academic Resources for Teachers and Students). As a curriculum-based program that is free for K-12 schools, A.R.T.S provides lesson plans that collaborate with national core subject curriculum such as math, science, reading, writing, and history and correlates them to KAC gallery exhibits. The goal of A.R.T.S. is to provide art education to all Utah public, private and home school students and youth organizations by extending the learning experience inherent in our Main Gallery exhibitions.
We are able to provide this amazing program largely because of the support from Vail Resorts. Through their EpicPromise community give back program, since November Vail Resorts has provided the Kimball Art Center with the resources to expose over 3,888 students from 25 different schools in Summit and Wasatch counties, plus home school groups and Girl Scout Troops across Utah to the art of Christo & Jeanne-Claude, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Beverly Joubert, and many others.
We value our partnership with Vail Resorts and greatly appreciate their values of community giving, being a positive community partner, and being willing to allocate time, funding and resources to community projects such as our A.R.T.S. program.
The Kimball Art Center is committed to inspiring people through the arts. We are grateful for partners like Vail Resorts that truly work to help support community missions such as ours.
Kimball Art Center Executive Director
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Tribute to a local Red Hatter and active senior citizen
My good friend, and fellow Red Hatter, Elizabeth Kusters-Lonn, passed away Thursday, April 21, at the age of 91. Although she was from Curacao where her native tongue was Dutch, she chose to spent the last 13 years of her life in Park City, Utah enjoying the beautiful scenery and special people.
While here she played golf, was an avid bridge player with many games being played at the Senior Citizens center, enjoyed many forms of entertainment, traveled with her second husband, Don Lonn and even rode the Zipline.
Earlier in life, she was a nurse by profession but a sportswoman in passion, including: national fencing champion of South America, skier, basketball player, dressage, etc. No wonder her favorite color was green!
She leaves behind three children, numerous grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Many members of her family visited her this past Easter where they enjoyed the great outdoors!
Those who were fortunate to know Lize realize she was the persona of kind, happy, positive, loving, selfless, forgiving, resilience, and elegance.
With Love, Joni Phillipp (Queen of the Ya, Ya Pearls)
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