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Letters to the Editor, Aug. 2-5, 2017

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Image Reborn thanks “Playing for Life”

Editor:

Recently, “Playing for Life” was highlighted in the July 22-25 weekend edition of The Park Record. Griffin Adams noted that the group played 100 holes of golf in a row on July 19th to raise funds for breast cancer. “Playing for Life,” a non-profit in Park City, has as its mission to fundraise for breast cancer research for the purpose of finding a cure, early detection, survivor support and treatment.

Their mission is Image Reborn Foundation’s gain. For years, another Park City non-profit organization, Image Reborn Foundation, has been the recipient of “Playing for Life’s” generosity. Image Reborn provides no-cost healing retreats for women diagnosed with breast cancer. These free retreats take place in luxury homes and hotels in Park City and Deer Valley and provide breast cancer survivors a weekend of pampering and relaxation through massages, facials, meditation, gourmet meals and more.

Image Reborn Foundation would like to thank “Playing for Life” for their ongoing generous support. Our success in empowering and healing breast cancer survivors for over 18 years is dependent upon donors such a “Playing for Life.”

Faye Keller, Public Affairs Specialist
Image Reborn Foundation

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City should expand on-demand driver program

Editor:

Regarding the proposed on-demand transit service, as homeowners in Park City for 25 years, we support, encourage, and use transit by bus, foot, and bicycle. Our town's ongoing efforts in all of these areas are laudable.

Given that we live “deep” in Park Meadows, where the buses don’t (yet) run, we would plan to take advantage of the proposed on-demand transit system (it’s 1.5 miles from our house to the nearest Green route bus stop). This system would allow us to get to the bus without using our bikes or car, which would be especially attractive late at night and in the winter. Frankly, we see this service as a way of demonstrating the need for wider bus service in some neighborhoods.

However, we see from the RFP (http://parkcity.org/home/showdocument?id=42261, page 5) that the City is proposing to run the service only until 8 p.m. That won’t accommodate a return trip from Main St or Kimball or Prospector after a leisurely dinner or evening of entertainment (which would have to wrap up by 7:30 or so in order to catch a ride on the bus and then from the bus stop to home). Coincidentally, the Council just voted to adjust parking fees (https://www.parkrecord.com/news/park-city/council-votes-for-new-parking-fees/). Note that the high fees in Old Town run until midnight. We would expect that the on-demand service's schedule would harmonize with the parking rates –- it only makes sense to do so if our goal is to encourage use of transit and a concomitant reduction in congestion and greenhouse gas emissions.

We request that the City change the proposal so that the service runs until at least 10 p.m., if not midnight. We believe that this will serve to encourage bus ridership among locals as well as visitors.

Doug and Robin Engfer
Park City

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Roger Armstrong: eminently qualified to lead

Editor:

I am genuinely excited about the prospect of having Roger Armstrong as the next Mayor of Park City. My wife and I have lived in this beautiful town for 16 years and appreciate its unique qualities and challenges. We particularly appreciate the way talented members of this community step up and serve selflessly in non-profits and public office. I have openly supported several candidates in the future whom I thought were particularly qualified, but none more so than Roger Armstrong.

Park City has many opportunities over the next four years, but also significant challenges. The continuing challenges deal with transportation, affordable housing, preservation of resources, among others. There will inevitably be new ones as well.

Roger Armstrong is eminently qualified lead our special town going forward. His experience and record while serving on the Summit County Council is exemplary. I am confident that his leadership in the Park City Mayor's office will be highly effective and that his accomplishments will be notable.

I strongly support Roger in his bid for office and urge my Park City friends and neighbors to do so as well.

Jim Smith
Park City

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Voter says Armstrong is passionate about Park City

Editor:

My wife and I have been fulltime residents of Park City since 2010. We met Roger Armstrong and his wife Beth early on, right after the realization that we were living in this incredibly unique and wonderful place. Roger's "aura" was immediately evident. He is intelligent, honest, committed and a very loyal friend. He is passionate about where and how he lives and is sincere about wanting to keep Park City the very special place it is while carefully evaluating and managing those issues which must be considered with its inevitable expansion.

We have been very fortunate over the years to have met and become friends with many gifted and substantial people. Roger has a spot on the top of our list. We have absolute respect for his ability and integrity. His experience as a negotiating attorney, and service as a member of the Summit County Council for the past four plus years gives him a unique blend of strength, knowledge and practicality that would make him an ideal choice for Park City's next Mayor.

We could not more highly endorse Roger's bid for this office and look forward having him represent us in the coming years. Do yourself a great favor and vote for Roger Armstrong, next Mayor of Park City.

Herb and Lynne Binder
Park City

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Lost phone returned by a good Samaritan

Editor:

Last Friday morning, I was mountain biking in Round Valley, thoroughly enjoying the moment. When I biked back to my home in Park Meadows, my daughter handed me my phone, which had fallen out of my bike shorts. An Unknown Trail User found it, with my credit cards and Driver License in the phone case, and transported the full package to my home. I had not known it was gone. Whoever you are, a very big, grateful thank you.

Carol Agle
Park City

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Of three strong mayoral candidates, Armstrong is best

Editor:

When you have three good candidates running for Mayor of Park City, how do you decide? All three have distinctive experience, all three have integrity of purpose. Well, I recall from a time long ago, a question we used to ask truck drivers who were recommending other drivers for us to hire; "Would you sleep behind him/her?" It takes a lot of trust for a driver to curl up in the sleeper and let the other driver take control!

And that cuts to the heart of it. If you aren't listening to KPCW every day, or if you aren't keeping up with current events in The Park Record, will you have faith that your Mayor is acting in the best interest of the citizens of Park City? Will you be OK "sleeping behind him?"

I have full, unequivocal trust in Roger Armstrong. He doesn't advocate a personal agenda, or try to establish some sort of political legacy. He works hard, he's absolutely even-handed and fair, he understands the unique historic legacy of our town, and he has made a committed choice to serve Park City. Roger Armstrong has my vote.

Michael O'Hara
35-year Park City resident

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Art pianos deserve shelter from the storm

Editor:

This week, I read with dismay, an article asking for design proposals for a new “Art Pianos For All” project. I love the idea of pianos for all. What upsets me has been seeing beautiful antique pianos left outside.

I asked multiple times about the piano at Kimball Junction’s Park City Roaster. It was left out in the rain and snow until it was completely ruined. I was told it had to be moved from where it originally was under a bit of protection, but even when it had a bit of a roof over its head I knew it would be doomed. Now I sadly watch the piano outside of the PC MARC. It too is showing signs from the elements.

Pianos are delicate instruments and cannot be subject to temperature extremes, and certainly not to snow and rain blowing at them from the sides. The piano at the PC MARC looks like a great old antique. I had a similar one restored that turned out to be from the late 1800s. It has turned out to be better than most that I could have bought new.

Yes donating pianos, restoring them and putting them where they can be used by many people is a wonderful idea, but please, please, don’t put them out to be trashed in a few years. It's such a waste of a beautiful instrument.

I have had the chance to talk to the person in charge of Art Pianos For All and found that he needs good places to donate his pianos so that he can get his pianos out there for all. I hope that someone out there can offer suggestions about some homes for these beautiful old pianos. But please don’t leave them outside.

Jean Tabin
Park City

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Dana Williams has the experience Park City needs

Editor:

We are not Aspen nor do we need be. There is only one mayoral candidate who will represent our needs and consolidate experiences from the past: Dana Williams.

The young generation pushes electric cars, $5 million walkways in town with no thought of fiscal responsibility and spending $375,000 every six months on unproven data and experience.

Dana was the first to bring subsidized housing to us, only to see occupation by trust funders. We need oversight on this City Council by one who has been there and ushered us through tough times. Development of the mountainside will be litigated and Dana will be there to help preserve Old Town values. We do not have to epitomize back-to-the-future but utilize past experience as our guide.

Vote Dana Williams for our conservator and Mayor.

William G Smith, MD
Park City

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Mayoral candidate Dana Williams will put Park City first

Editor:

I am a Utah native, Park City has been in my life since the moment I took my first breath almost 40 years ago. My family was one of the original homesteaders of this amazing town. I remember driving the two-lane State Road 224 and hitting the first stoplight at the Deer Valley Dr./Park Ave intersection. Driving S.R. 224’s 6 lanes in bumper-to-bumper traffic, let's just say, this town has changed drastically — and I’m not sure for the better.

When Dana Williams became Park City Mayor in 2001-2014, there was a different vibe in our town. It was a small ski town that had kindness, and respect. Dana was the leader of this respect and kindness our town possessed. Residents felt heard and their concerns mattered. We were all a team. Since Dana stepped down, there has been a huge transition. Our town is busting at the seams with people, we are constantly fighting to protect this town whether it is keeping our open space open, to protecting our Park City name. I will never forget when Dana stepped in and stood with the residents hand in hand fighting to protect Park City’s name. His way of connecting with the people of this town is above and beyond!

I don’t know about you, but I’m not interested in a politician leading this town. We have enough of those people. I’m interested in a Mayor who remembers he represents those who elected him, who does not pull a bait and switch and stands with the people not by himself. Dana has always shown these attributes and he will make sure he puts this town first and not someone’s pocket book. He will bring back the town’s kindness, respect for others and voices feeling heard.

Erin Ruzek
Park City

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Roger Armstrong understand city's core values

Editor:

Roger Armstrong and his wife, Beth have lived in Park City for 12 years. They have been valuable participating members of our community. Beth is Director of People's Health and Roger has served on the Summit County Council for four-plus years.

Roger proved his strong negotiating skills when it came to confronting the transportation issues for the County. He has also worked to successfully get close to 1,000 affordable housing units in place. During Sundance 2017, Roger held firm against corporate bullying when UBER tried to bring helicopter commuting to the Festival.

Park City needs officials who not only have skills in negotiation but a talent for critical and clear problem solving and decision making. Our leaders will need personal courage and a bit of the independent spirit that built Park City. We believe Roger has these qualities.

Roger understands that a community needs balance. The four core values of Park City envision a happy well-balanced community and when "enough is enough." Roger Armstrong understands this vision and these values. Please join us by casting your ballot for Roger Armstrong for Mayor.

Mary & Charlie Wintzer
Park City Old Town residents

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If elected, Andy Beerman will rein in runaway growth

Editor:

The next mayor of Park City could have an outsize impact on our quality of life for the next 10 years. While Dana Williams did an amazing job of putting us on the map, the momentum he started is now getting out of hand. With traffic congestion, crowded trails, parking problems and a constant stream of new construction ideas, what we need to do is manage our growth.

If current trends continue unabated for five years, our quality of life will be deeply impacted. What Park City needs now is a mayor focused on keeping those forces at bay rather than attracting them. Given his work on Open Space, especially Bonanza Flat, Clark Ranch and Stonebridge, I believe Andy Beerman has just the skills needed for this phase of Park City's evolution.

Roxane Googin
Park City

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Dana Williams was and will be a great mayor for our town

Editor:

As a local Park City business owner and 36-year resident, I have worked with a number of people on all levels of our city's government. I have learned a great deal from some and have had less than favorable experiences with others. Some have been extremely competent in their position of public service, while others evidently have their own agenda finding ways to garner support as they ram their personal goals past public opinion. Recent years have presented us with more of the latter and to be clear, I am NOT referring to our current mayor Jack Thomas. Nevertheless, with Jack's resolution to retire, we now find ourselves tasked with putting the right person in his soon to be vacant seat.

To be the mayor of a small town, one must possess a notable measure of passion and dedication. However, if that person is to be mayor of our small town, it requires far more than only notable measures. We are no longer a whistle stop along the way. For nearly 20 years Park City has been the scene of extensive development, immense growth with explosions of cultural diversity and tourism. All of these are quite laborious and leading factors manifest through the means of decades old global recognition of Sundance Film Festival, world class skiing, the Winter Olympics and the fact that Park City is just a freakin' awesome place to live.

To be the mayor of Park City requires an immeasurable commitment to its people. Dana Williams is that mayor. He won office and hit the ground running beginning his first term at the dawn of the 2002 Winter Olympics. As the mayor of Park City, Dana continued to serve us for three successful terms. He is now seeking a fourth term for office of mayor. The list of issues facing our community is long, Dana is again, prepared to collaborate with all of us on a course of action to responsibly, make Park City, the very best we can be. By us and for us, Dana is powerfully purposed, remarkably committed and ready to serve Park City and the many issues that lie ahead. His devotion is self evident in the 16 years of life he will have spent working and fighting for the collection of fundamental principles set forth by us, the people of Park City.

At this very moment, we have the opportunity to once again, cast a vote and put the right candidate in the mayor's seat. Voter ballots are by mail only, so check your mail box and vote for the one candidate with proven leadership and the experience necessary, the one candidate who will listen to us, the one who will always take action and get the job done. Vote for Dana Williams.

Jesse Shetler
Park City

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City benefits from Beerman's intelligence and foresight

Editor:

I know two of our mayoral candidates well, and wish I knew the third. My wife and I have financially supported both Dana Williams and Andy Beerman over the years and are proud to have backed both. I got to know Dana on a City Tour to Crested Butte and Aspen. As a result, Dana was our real estate agent to help us buy and keep our next-door lot as open space. Liza Simpson introduced me to Andy a few years back and I was immediately taken by his intelligence, candor, and commitment. Andy and I have continued to meet and talk, and share a deep commitment to environmental issues.

I see this election as an important one in terms of the direction our mountain town will take. Under Brad Olch, we opened ourselves to the world and brought it here, creating development and prosperity for many, both before and after the 2002 Olympics. I supported Dana largely because of his move to preserve what we could of the open spaces around our town. He did a fine and creditable job.

I have watched Andy, Jack Thomas, and the current Council bring attention to the new challenges created by the successes of our past two mayoral administrations. We are a very well known and admired community, drawing in both summer and winter crowds that sustain our business owners and provide jobs. Sometimes though, like when I try to make a left turn where there is no stoplight, I think we might even be too successful.

Our Council is seriously confronting the issues our successes have created, while still maintaining policies that promote the economic health of our community. Having lived here since 1989, I can only congratulate our Mayor and Council members on both their vision and courage to tackle the tough issues of traffic, parking, workforce housing, and the environment.

Andy is a leader in all these areas. I admire his intelligence, foresight, and willingness to do the hard work, not only here, but regionally as well. He built relationships in Salt Lake City and all the surrounding Counties that proved key to raising the necessary dollars to save Bonanza Flat. As a mountain climber of some distinction, he has long worked in our outdoor industry and knows our issues well. He also shows the courage and foresight to look forward environmentally and help the City make the commitments that so many of our younger residents see as essential to our future.

I urge you all to vote for Andy Beerman so that we may continue to tackle our current and future challenges head on. A vote for Andy signals our community and leaders that we are encouraged by the direction the Council has taken in the last few years. Andy will continue both to look forward and to work hard on our pressing issues.

Dick Roth
Park City

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Candidate says primary election is critical for Midway

Editor:

The tremendous expansion of Midway Village in recent years has created significant growing pains. Resident pride in its quaint atmosphere has previously been enhanced by a lack of traffic signal lights. The rural feeling is beginning to fade. Midway is the middle of construction of its first main street intersection signal light. Pro or con, residents are angered by the lack of discussion, input, exploration of options or timely communication of the decision-making process. Simply No Voice means No Choice!

For the first time in several years, Midway has a choice in their elected officials. Past mayoral elections were uncontested. This primary election has three candidates: Colleen Bonner, (the incumbent) and two newcomers, Celeste Johnson and Pat Vaughn. Midway now has a choice. Please don't allow complacency to decide this race!

The three candidates appeared on KCPW news with Leslie Thatcher. You can hear their dialog at http://kpcw.org/post/local-news-hour-july-31-2017.

Ballots for the primary election for Midway Mayor and U.S. House of Representatives have been mailed. Ballots must be postmarked by August 14 or delivered by hand to the Wasatch County Offices at 25 North Main, Heber, no later than Aug. 15. If you haven't received a ballot, call 435-657-3190 now to find out your status. Let your voice and your choice be heard, please VOTE!

Pat Vaughn, Mayoral candidate
Midway

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Voter likes Beerman's enthusiasm, experience

Editor:

I'm so excited to back Andy Beerman for mayor. I've known Andy a long time and watched his enthusiasm for this town ignite others. He is a great example of a leader and brings many qualities to the table that Park City needs. He has made a huge commitment to this town and is continuing those efforts through open-space preservation, focusing on a complete community, pushing Park City to be net zero by 2023 and so many other things!

Andy has sat at the table as we've made commitments as a town to reduce traffic and congestion. He has been a huge force for the Electric Bus Service and our new e-bike share program. He has pushed to create more affordable housing opportunities to foster our community. He is a true example of promoting a healthy lifestyle with his active lifestyle and passion for the outdoors which initially landed him here.

Andy Beerman's experience through serving on Park City council has created a ball of energy that this town can't let go of. We need Andy's continued leadership as we move forward through inevitable changes. Andy will lead us as a community and focus on keeping Park City REAL! He's an approachable person who would be an amazing Mayor for Park City.

Every vote counts, make yours count. Vote for Andy!

Alisha Niswander
Park City

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Beerman commands respect and this writer's vote

Editor:

Andy Beerman has earned my respect and my vote for Mayor of Park City. Andy represents all that is good about Park City. He is a proven and competent councilman, but he is not one to rest on his laurels.

With our support, the deep experience Andy has gained in governing Park City can now be leveraged to our continued and combined advantage. I strongly recommend you cast your vote his way.

Like others: I'm with the big guy.

Mick Savage
Park City

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Roger Armstrong has best credentials for the job

Editor:

Those of us who live in Park City are facing an important decision that will impact our entire community. How can we preserve the admirable essence of our town amidst the ever-increasing pressures of growth and the kind of changes that could erode the fine qualities of our town? We have a chance to influence the future of Park City by voting in the upcoming primary for Mayor.

Roger Armstrong has worked effectively in his role as a Summit County Council member for the past five years. He and his family have lived in Park City for 12 years, and as a Park City resident, has worked closely with the current Park City mayor and town council.

He brings excellent credentials to this position, with a BA in Psychology from the University of California San Diego and a JD from Loyola Law School. Roger is the only candidate with a law degree.

Our town is getting much more complex and busy. We need someone who has the background to bring fresh ideas and strong negotiation leadership skills to the role of mayor to preserve the extraordinary quality of life in Park City before it is too late.

In addition to Roger's civic duties, his lovely wife, Beth, is the Executive Director of the People's Health Clinic, where she shares her passion for serving others. Together they are committed to our town and are willing to put in the hard work and dedication that is required.

I hope you will join me in supporting Roger Armstrong. I believe he is the best candidate for Mayor of Park City. Thanks for your consideration and for caring about the future of Park City!

Mellie Owen
Park City

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Fellow councilmember endorses Beerman

Editor:

It has been a privilege to serve on the Park City Council for the past 7 and a half years. I have worked with many wonderful people in our community, on council and the Park City Staff. We have had many challenges and successes over the years; growth, water, traffic trademark, Bonanza Flat and housing are just a few. I feel we are on the right path to preserve the special qualities that keep Park City our hometown. That is why I am voting for Andy Beerman for mayor. Andy is hard working and committed to the communities goals of keeping Park City a mountain town with a small town feel. More Park less City!!

Andy has helped advance our community goals when he declared, “We’re done studying the issues, let’s do it. Who wants to do it?” And we all said yes! I believe Andy’s leadership has contributed to our success in moving forward on our goals of affordable housing, open space, protection of our environment and traffic concerns. Most importantly, Andy works well with all people.

We all know that this is not Andy’s first election for mayor. Even though Andy lost his first run at mayor, Andy successfully used that experience to gain knowledge and build relationships within our community, council, county and state that have made him a very effective leader. I hope you will join me in voting for Andy Beerman for Park City mayor.

Cindy Matsumoto
Park City

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Beerman's momentum equals results

Editor:

Park City endlessly excites me everyday: the views,people,trails and the fact that we have three great people running for Mayor of Park City. Certainly we had a hard time doing that during the last federal election! I like all three candidates but I believe that one candidate brings something special to this election — momentum.

To be completely transparent Andy Beerman is a friend, past employee and now the man who can help to ensure the forward momentum that the current city council and the Park City community enjoys. Every great team needs a great leader and I believe Andy as shown that he can be that leader.

No one person can take credit for all the cool things that Park City has accomplished in the last six years and Andy never would, but look at what's been accomplished while he has been on City Council. Can you say open space; 1,700 acres including Clark Ranch and of course Bonanza Flats. Environmental efforts to lower Park City's carbon footprint; electric buses, intergovernmental e-bike program and power reduction programs and more affordable housing, traffic reduction and other efforts to keep PC local. Andy's work regionally has been exceptional, creating strong relationships that are promoting healthy happy neighbors that will help to insure Park City's happy and healthy future.

Like I said all three candidates are great but let's not lose the momentum. Vote Andy for mayor!

Charlie Sturgis
Park City

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Dana Williams represents heart and soul of Park City

Editor:

I would like to publicly speak up for my friend and neighbor Dana Williams. Everyone in Park City knows Dana was our incredible mayor for 12 years. I have known Dana Williams since I moved to Park City in 1983; not only as a friend and neighbor, but as a mentor for seeing the inevitable changes of our great little town.

Thanks to Dana and the help of many hardworking, smart people who had a vision of what Park City could and should be, it is a now a year-round, world-class destination. Through all of the growth and changes, Dana kept things "real." Dana is straightforward, honest and will fight to the end for what he believes is the best for most. Dana's heart and soul is Park City, Utah. He is a true local, an environmentalist, a farmer, a devoted husband and dad. You could say he is a preacher, an activist, a protester, a rock and roll lover, and a hard worki Regarding Park City, you name it, his mark is on it. From preserving open space, affordable housing issues, sustainability, equality for all, community awareness, input and transparency.

Dana works to make a difference to improve and protect our already wonderful lives. He clearly doesn't do this for the money, he doesn't have a personal agenda, he does it to make a difference. He does it because he truly cares about us — all of us.

Let's stick with the man who has always had the plan we all want for Park City. Our town needs Dana Williams as mayor once again to continue his mission of community and sustainability in this fast-changing, beautiful place we all call home. Bring him back!

Liz Sharp
Proud Park City and Dana Williams supporter

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Kudos to coaches and volunteers during Extreme Cup

Editor:

My son was invited to play for the Park City Extreme Cup that took place last week here in Park City. He was excited and nervous to be in his first soccer tournament. He had a few games that he will probably never remember when he grows up but his last game of the tournament he may remember as he referred to it as, “we’ve got a bad case of soccer parents.”

I was surprised by his comment because I wasn’t aware that my eight-year-old child had also picked up on it. Our children tend to remember the extremes of our parenting choices and I believe soccer practices, games, and tournaments are an easy one for all of us to get right. We must remember as parents we are our children’s role models. There are many ways for all of us to express our emotions in a healthy and productive way, but loosing it during and after a soccer game should never be a choice. How about we give a loud positive shout out to all of the superb coaches and volunteers instead?

Tyrene Christopolis
Park City

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Williams earns vote with passion and experience

Editor:

I'll cast my ballot for Dana Williams, someone I personally know has Park City's best interests as his goal and the experience, passion and expertise the Mayoral job requires.
I got to know Dana hanging around Riffs, the guitar shop, where he supplemented his Mayoral salary working as a barista. A couple of us would drop by early in the morning, sit around drinking coffee, playing guitars and shooting-the-breeze. In that setting folks tend to let down their guard and reveal their real character. During that time I never heard Dana express a self-serving thought – the conversation was always about ways to improve the lives of Park City residents and how best to represent us here and to the outside world.
And I was greatly impressed with how Dana hammered out Park City solutions with those holding differing political views – that's a rare talent which made me proud that Dana represented me. I've heard nice things about the other candidates. Nevertheless, my ballot will go to the guy I personally know and trust.

John Davis
Park City

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Residents are weary of and wary about more growth

Editor:
I read with interest in the Aug. 2 edition of The Park Record that the Park City School Board has delayed the bond vote as research suggests they may not have the voter support needed. And I wonder, it is possible that the residents of our community are concerned about the overall planning-and-approval process here in Park City, Summit County and in Utah. From the school district facilities to Treasure to Woodward to an 18′ wall by I-80 and proposals for upwards of 700 housing units on 17 usable acres adjacent to Jeremy Elementary, it seems that there are too many entities with virtually unilateral rights to make decisions for the Park City community.

Perhaps, until the residents feel there is a real comprehensive, long-term plan regarding development, infrastructure and, indeed, the overall lifestyle here in Park City, the residents may be leery of approving anything. Maybe they should be.

Imagine all of the above with no additional school facilities. Imagine adding thousands of residents without serious infrastructure improvements. Just consider how much more traffic we have seen in the area this summer, and it is no wonder residents may be wary. Then again, maybe it is just residents' concern for school spending, but somehow I doubt it.

How I wish there was a forum whereby the entire community and all those entities looking to develop and alter the landscape in and around Park City could come together and discuss what the community will look like in 10, 20, 30 years and beyond. It would be a novel and welcome approach.

James Arnold
Park City

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Roger Armstrong has the right vision for Park City

Editor:

I support Roger Armstrong for mayor because he truly believes in this community and doing what is right to continue to make it a great place to live, do business, and vacation. He has listened to people’s concerns regarding things such as affordable housing, transportation, protection of the environment to name a few and has helped to put initiatives in place to address these. He has the required leadership experience and negotiating skills that are an absolute requirement to successfully deal with the challenges the Park City community faces and to help guide the city's operations to ensure excellent services and responsible spending. He will be a great mayor for Park City with his Leadership, Vision, and Experience.

Becky Kearns
Park City

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Kimball Junction circular duplicates existing services

Editor:

Wednesday, I decided to test out the new “Kimball Junction Circular.” I rode my human-powered, carbon free, bike to Bed, Bath & Beyond. Once there, I was able to wave down a 17-passenger, gas-powered van to take me to Smith's market. The ride was very enjoyable and roomy, as I was the first and only passenger on the van.

The ride from BB&B to Smiths took 4 1/2 minutes. The walk back to get my bike took 3 minutes. Yes, I timed it.

The driver was very nice and friendly, although underpaid. At $16 per hour he could not afford to live in Park City. We both struggled with a language barrier. And yet, we worked it out with smiles and hand signals. So, after having experienced this service first hand these are my thoughts.

This is a total waste of tax dollars. It does nothing to reduce traffic in Kimball Junction. There are 16 bus stops within the 1 1/2 mile loop between Redstone and the Tanger Outlets.
I’m sure that 97 percent of the residents in Summit County can walk one-tenth of a mile to the next bus stop. Park City Transit has a “mobility van” for those with extra needs. The mobility van was right at the BB&B stop after I walked back to get my bike.

We have citizens in this county living from check to check. We have a food pantry in town. We have subsidized housing. And yet we are spending tax dollars give people like myself a free ride across the parking lot between stores! Tax dollars are being spent to get shoppers from one Outlet store to the next. We are doing this on top of an already free bus system that covers the exact same route! Really?

If the county wants to reduce traffic problems at Malfuntion Junction they should start by fixing the turning lanes. Adding vans, empty or otherwise, to the mix does not reduce traffic. Using accepted traffic measuring methods, the county has added 104 cars to Kimball Junction every day. I seriously believe we have hired someone who is trying to justify their expensive salary and education.

I can’t wait to see how those vans and drivers do in the winter snows.

Jack Fenton
Park City

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Andy Beerman has proven his commitment

Editor:

Wow, what a slate for our mayoral election. We are very fortunate, as a community, to have this caliber of candidates that are willing to step up for us!

Our world is changing dramatically here in our little town. It is a little sad. In this environment my support is with Andy Beerman for Mayor of Park City. He is very accessible with a major proven commitment to our community. As a business owner and a serious outdoor recreator he is someone I can relate to with similar values to my own.

Andy has been a well thought out, respectful, caring, open minded and consensus building councilman. The experience he has with the complicated political environment of the last four years is critical moving forward.

I have heard some comments that the Council is not open to public input. I find this hard to believe and probably ill founded from someone that might not have paid an adequate amount of attention. I have watched City Council for many years with a lot of personal experience and I feel that this is one of the most open and out reaching councils that we have had in recent history. Some of the things that Andy and the current Council have initiated are Coffee with Council, a newsletter after each council meeting and real visibility in town. I commend our current council and mayor for this welcoming vibe.

With Andy’s experience and track record I feel he is an ideal candidate to be our next mayor. He is well-versed in Park City as well as Park City’s position in the state and beyond.

Please help us elect Andy Beerman as our next mayor. Get those ballots in the mail!!
Park City

Tom Peek
Park City

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Andy Beerman will keep moving Park City forward

Editor:

We are voting for Andy Beerman for Park City Mayor. The reason is simple. Andy is always moving forward with solutions to present, discuss and act on.

In our business lives each of us have faced challenges that demanded that we drive our companies forward. Momentum was hard to create and once established not something that a growing company could give up. So, decisions were made and often they were questioned and considered risky. However, we knew staying in the same place was dangerous and going backwards was fatal. Vision means forward.

Park City has worked hard to create the great gift of momentum and it’s the time to capitalize. To us, this means tackling head-on the growing pains that spawn traffic, worker housing problems, and development sprawl. It means buying open space and creating districts within Park City that make this a better place to live. It means engaging the community and hearing, and we mean hearing, all voices.

We like the electric busses, electric bikes, new trails, transportation hubs and the purchasing of open space that allows the community to breath. This City Council has leveraged the momentum to the community's benefit.

Andy has been at the forefront of these issues while listening to and openly discussing them with all voices. Let's continue moving forward with Andy as Mayor and working with this talented City Council.

Greg Schirf
Founder of Wasatch Brewery
Peter Metcalf
Founder of Black Diamond Equipment Company
Paul Kirwin
Founder of Experticity