Letters to the Editor, April 6-9, 2013 | ParkRecord.com

Letters to the Editor, April 6-9, 2013

Gondola would change character of Old Town


I was impressed to hear some common sense caution from our Planning Commission regarding the Brew Pub-to-Silver Lake gondola ride.

This unfortunately has nothing to do with transportation. This fancy new "ride" will bring even more gasoline- and diesel-fuel-burning vehicles into our sensitive dead-end canyon. It would also permanently change the character and calmness of the Historic Residential zones and open spaces and trails underneath its thoughtless alignment.

This strange idea could only be foisted upon us for other reasons. Perhaps to increase business (traffic) volumes in both Silver Lake Village and the Main Street commercial core? It will certainly bring more toxic-fuel-burning vehicles of every kind into our sensitive dead-end canyon to "ride" it.

Negative effects of high traffic volumes are not mitigate-able. Funny that no one has asked any of us who actually live in the Historic Residential zones above Main Street if we support a commercially-driven aerial tramway strung over the top of our homes and remaining upper Old Town open space and trails. When two paved roads and a free bus service already access the Silver Lake Village, you kinda start to wonder what this is really about, eh?

Our supportive Planning Commission has wisely cast doubt over a truly useless Gondoozle ride. It will only create more vehicle/truck traffic while permanently changing the feel of our golden egg Historic District. It will also potentially encourage more commercial exploitation of Old Town and Daly Canyon through up-zoning creep. If we avoid making permanent short sighted mistakes like this we ensure that our quality of life doesn’t slip away bit by bit as is typically the case.

Peter J Marth

Historic District Resident

Hoping that next mayor shares Dana’s vision


I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to Mayor Dana Williams for his three terms of dedicated service to the Park City community. Having moved to Park City just as Dana was elected in 2001, I knew immediately that this must be a special place with remarkable citizens who chose a dynamic, charismatic and thoughtful leader … so spectacular that he ran uncontested four years later!

Tears welled up in my eyes upon learning that Dana will not seek a fourth term. Park City is a brighter, more fortunate place with him at the helm. I hope Dana’s successor maintains his vision for a sustainable community characterized by responsible growth through an open government that promotes inclusiveness, respect and diversity among its citizens.

It was one of the greatest privileges of my life to help lead Dana’s hugely successful bid for a third term in 2009. I know he will continue to make outstanding contributions to our community, state and country as he enters an exciting, new chapter. Thank you, Dana, for your passion, dedication and tremendously strong leadership … and most importantly, being a true friend to all Parkites.

Hilary Reiter

Park City

Sexism lives on in paper’s sports coverage


While not as blatant as in the past, sexism is most definitely not dead. Women’s sports coverage is a prime example of this modern-day gender prejudice. The ratio of media coverage in women’s to men’s sports is anything but equal.

Even in our quaint little mining town, equality would not be a term that comes to mind when thinking of sports coverage. Lacrosse is a swiftly growing sport across the nation, and Park City is big on the sport as well. Unfortunately, the girls’ team is constantly fighting to get the same attention in the media as the boy’s team.

On the weekend of March 15-16, both the Park City girls’ JV and varsity teams played in the annual Gathering of the Tribes Tournament in South Jordan. Varsity went undefeated in four nail-biting games, and went on to reign victorious against Alta, winning the championship game. The junior varsity team also went undefeated in its four scheduled pool games, and lost by one in their gripping championship game against Riverton.

Margret Hyatt, a team supporter, wanted to give the girls all the credit and glory they deserved and submitted an article as well as several color photos of both teams to The Park Record for publication. Things didn’t exactly turn out as hoped, though.

On Saturday, March 23rd, smack in the middle of the front page of the paper, we saw a large color photo of the boys’ lacrosse game that had taken place on Thursday, the 21st. Not only that, but on the front page of the sports section was a large color photo of the most recent boys’ soccer game. Then, for those who cared enough to search all the way back to page B-2 of Sports, you will find one black and white picture of the varsity girl’s team, and the article that Margret had written and submitted. Next to that you will find another color photo of the boy’s game, taken by The Park Record, as well as an article written by the paper. How long will girls have to keep fighting to be noticed, recognized, and heard?

supporting the change here in Park City, you will be supporting the change everywhere. If you want to help us in this cause, reach out to your community media officials and let them know your thoughts.

Jackie Buckman

Park City

Another local rite of spring bites the dust


There are many wonderful things to look forward to in spring: spring skiing on warm sunny days, getting out the bike and golf clubs. However, one of the looked-forward-to rights of spring is the April 1st edition of The Park Record where we enjoy a little spoof of life in Park City. So with great anticipation, I picked up last Saturday’s edition expecting to be entertained, amused and ready to explain to newcomers our humor in Park City. Much to my disappointment, the edition was void of any April Fools articles!

First we lost the summer street dances on Main Street, then the dynamite revelry for July 4th and Miners Day, and now the April Fools edition of The Park Record. Perhaps we are losing the quirkiness that attracted us to our town and have become too serious.

What brought us here, and kept us here, was that feeling that Park City did not have to conform to the rest of America, but could march to its own drum. Have we lost that spirit and become just another small town?

Dennis Hanlon

Park City

Impressive response to PCCAPS program


Readers who caught your article, "Real World Meets the Classroom," last February, about the Park City High School PCCAPS program, may be interested in knowing that close to 200 applications were received from junior and senior students interested in careers in business, engineering, software development, digital design and teaching. Quite an impressive response for a brand new program!

I am so excited for these kids who are taking this opportunity to work with business partners through PCCAPS. Not only are the students going to receive exceptional and valuable knowledge from industry leaders but, in turn, they will give back to the business world their ideas, creativity and ingenuity.

Students are learning in the real world, off campus, and so the most pressing need at this time is for satellite locations for the courses. The engineering program needs a combination office/workshop around 1,100 square feet. The digital design and software development courses each require 650 square feet. Of course, if these spaces are without charge or inexpensive, it will free up money that can be spent in other areas. If you or someone you know has available space, please call or email the program director, Jennifer Jackenthal at (435) 659-5957 or jjackenthal@pcschools.us .

I salute Tom Van Gorder, interim superintendent, for traveling the country looking at various programs. When he saw this one in Kansas, he must have said, "This is a perfect fit for Park City." Hats off to the Department of Workforce Services, the PC School Board and the PC Educational Foundation for supporting the program. Much appreciation goes to the businesses who are participating in this relevant Classroom Meets the Real World program. And, last but not least, to Jennifer who has the enormous responsibility to develop the program and serve our students and their business cohorts.

BJ Gayler

Park City

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