Letters to the Editor, Aug. 13-16, 2016 | ParkRecord.com

Letters to the Editor, Aug. 13-16, 2016

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Local taxi companies get shoddy treatment by city Editor, I am Diania Turner and I own FASTAXI (a local taxi and airport dispatch service). I mention this because if I don't, someone will call me out on it. We do not have cars or drivers, we only dispatch. My perspective comes from a close relationship with local companies, previously owning Deep Powder Transportation and driving countless hours or sitting without relief in front of No Name waiting. Once again Park City is showing it's 'in bed' with Uber. Last year, during Sundance, as local drivers fought to stay alive, Uber got to bypass all the licenses, fees and insurance. And then, to add salt to the wound, Park City gave Uber (sold) them a sweet spot in near Main Street and helped point tourists to their location. Do I hate Uber or Lyft — not at all. I actually think they have their place and serve the community. I've had time to watch from afar (as a dispatch service) and many times I have been glad they are out there. My only complaint is that they need to live by the same rules as all other taxi companies. I am angry about the inequitable treatment of local taxis versus Uber.

  • Locals have to live by the Park City Code
  • Pay the license, fees, taxes and insurance
  • They can barely idle their engines during freezing conditions due to regulation. It gets darn cold out there when you sit for hours in a cold car
  • Local taxis can barely even pull over and park during Sundance, due to police pushing them along and threatening them And yet this weekend, you are giving UBER prime real estate to park, linger, promote, indulge and steer business away from local companies. Yet, the locals can't even park. That is rich! Park City government, you don't care that your local taxi companies are suffering because you sleep with UBER! The proof? Look how you favor Uber and give them special treatment. Why not apply the money from Uber directly into the city's taxi revenue and make a taxi stand for all the companies to share (where you are going to put Uber). Now that would be fair. Diania Turner Park City

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    Treasure was never meant to be a five-star hotel Editor: I would like to thank three members who spoke at last night's meeting regarding the Treasure Hill project. They were Brad Olch, Ann MacQuoid and Jim Doilney. They sat on the Planning Commission when Treasure Hill was approved over 30 years ago. It was very evident that they have a deep love for the city and were always concerned for it's future. It was very clear that all three members envisioned the project as approximately 413,000 square foot RESIDENTIAL ONLY CONDO COMPLEX that would have supplied a bed base only to the mountain and would force residents to go to Main Street merchants. And because of this, they did not envision it needing more than 5% for back of house space. They did not envision it as an over 1,000,0000 square foot five-star hotel with ballrooms, meeting rooms, 24 foot ceilings, restaurants, bars, shops, and multiple 100 foot cuts into the side of the mountain. I urge other members who were involved at the time with the Planning Department, the Planning Commission, and with the City Council to step forward and show your love and concern for the treasure that we have – which is "Park City". A project of this density will ruin the character of our town! How long will it take before the reputation of our town is tainted. It will be necessary for 300 dump trucks a day, for years and years to travel back and forth – in and out of the center of our city. It won't be long before the word gets around to "stay away from Park City, you cannot move with all the construction." This works out to 30 trucks an hour! It will keep people away for years. We stopped the "trademark." Let's save our city. Kyra Parkhurst Park City

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    Animals are being 'loved to death' Editor: Dear Editor, Today’s ten highest grossing box office releases are about animals, including: “Finding Dory,” “The Jungle Book,” “Zootopia,” “The Secret Life of Pets,” and “Kung Fu Panda.” Nearly half of our households include a dog and nearly 40 percent have a cat. Two thirds of us view them as family members and cherish them accordingly. We love our animals to death. Literally. For every cat, dog, or other animal that we love and cherish, we put 500 through months of caging, crowding, deprivation, mutilation, and starvation, before we take their very lives, cut their dead bodies into little pieces, and shove those into our mouths. And that doesn’t even include Dory and billions of her little friends, because we haven’t figured out how to count individual aquatic animals that we grind up for human or animal feed. The good news is that we have a choice every time we visit a restaurant or grocery store. We can choose live foods – yellow and green vegetables, legumes, fruits, nuts, grains, as well as a rich variety of grain and nut-based meats and dairy products. Or, we can choose dead animals, their body parts, and other products of their abuse. What will it be? Pruitt Richardson Park City