Letters to the Editor, Aug. 24-27, 2013 | ParkRecord.com

Letters to the Editor, Aug. 24-27, 2013

Those who complain should offer solutions

Dear Editor:

I would like to respond to Ms. Daniel’s letter to the editor (Park Record, August 17-20). I attended the Truth in Taxation meeting as well. Most of the individuals speaking in opposition to the ever-so-modest increase in tax (municipal and Service Area 6) were uninformed as to how monies collected by the county can be allocated to services rendered in our community. State law dictates the allocation, not the county. Most funds collected are targeted for specific functions and cannot be used otherwise. So, reducing county operational costs does not help fund either the police departments or road repairs. The public services in our community depend on our participation, by way of tax revenue. The tax increase is nominal and overdue, given that this tiny portion (only 2% of 15% of total property taxes collected) has not increased since 1988 when gas prices were nearly half of today’s price. Not to mention the cost of inflation.

It is quite disconcerting to hear the repeated complaints about county officials and staff being overpaid, about "government" inefficiencies and redundancies, without having a single shred of evidence to support such accusation. In addition, complaining without presenting reasoned, viable solutions to concerns is rarely tolerated in the business world and should not be acceptable in the public arena either. Councilman Armstrong was entirely correct in requesting specific ideas for "solutions" and encouraged speakers to get involved. None of those who complained had contacted county staff to learn the efforts in place to be effective and efficient.

My experience with our elected county council members and the county staff, having attended work sessions and numerous council meetings, has been mostly positive. Each understands the onerous responsibility of managing the public’s resources and labors diligently in balancing the needs and priorities of our community. Now, could we do better? Of course, I invite your participation in helping make our community more efficient and viable.

Liana B. Teteberg

Park City

Use pipeline/rail system to move Uinta Basin oil

Dear Editor:

A potential alternative to the trucking problems noted in the article "Efforts to expedite oil tankers could affect Summit County" (Park Record, Aug. 21-23) is expediting construction of a pipeline from the Uinta Basin to Carbon County for shipping the oil production out on rail. It is possible, even with the waxy oil products, and would be a long-term, low-impact, solution to transportation and air-quality issues for the Basin area. Doing so would require support from environmental groups. Are they willing to assist?

Delynn Fielding

Director, Carbon County Economic Development

Great turnout of women who love bikes and dirt

Dear Editor:

With just one more ride of the season, Team Sugar would like to thank all of the women who joined us this summer. We saw a great turnout each week of women who love bikes and dirt.

A big thank you to our sponsors who have supported team members and riders with product and support this season: Smith Optics, Sugoi, Clif, Silver Mountain Sports Club, and White Pine Touring.

A special think you to Greg Schirf and Wasatch Beers for letting us interrupt his vacation so he could call in the beer order for our First Team BBQ and AJ Appezzato of Smith Optics for not only helping to shop and purchase the food for the BBQ but he took over grilling duties too!

Many thanks to the White Pine Touring staff for their support of Team Sugar all season long, from making last-minute derailleur adjustments and fixing flats to setting up and cleaning up for us at the BBQ.

Women: Come join Team Sugar for our final ride of the season, Tuesday, Aug. 27. We leave White Pine Touring promptly at 6 p.m.

Leslie Thatcher

On behalf of the women of Team Sugar

Chip-sealing roads is a waste of money

Dear Editor:

It’s always a pleasure to hear someone from the county asking for higher taxes so more roads can be slurry- or chip-sealed.

The three main reasons for chip sealing and slurry sealing are: 1. To waste money; 2. To cause the road to fall apart faster; and 3. To cause damage to vehicles, wear out tires faster, and decrease vehicle fuel efficiency.

It’s way past time that the people who work in public works consult any high school student on the effects of drag and vibration. I fail to understand how turning asphalt into a washboardy gravel road makes it safer or more durable.

A perfect example of this outlandish process is the frontage road between Highland Estates and I-80. It was repaved and then chip sealed, both done in the last couple of years. It definitely needs to be repaved again. Do the public works people ever check the lousy job that chip-and-slurry seal contractors do? Is there some sort of national contest for the worst road surface?

I’m sure the residents of Summit Park were thrilled last winter to find out their budget for plowing snow was wasted on some worthless slurry-seal jobs.

John Haney

Park City

Kids learned many lessons at Camp Safety

Dear Editor:

Congratulations to all the super safe 5-6 year olds attending Camp Safety August 12-16 at Jeremy Ranch Elementary School. Camp Safety was a collaborative effort by David Brickey, Summit County Attorney/Summit County Children’s Justice Center; United Against Bullying Coalition; Park City Police Department; and Summit County Sheriff’s Office. Camp Safety was dedicated to educating our young children on a variety of important safety topics. We had a fantastic week learning about anti-bullying, bike safety, fire safety, stranger danger and keeping your body safe, and what to do if you are lost.

I would like to thank all the amazing community members for their support of our priority and mission to keep our kids safe: Park City Fire District, KPCW, Ted Keane/Ted Keane Plumbing, Julie Larson/American Family Insurance, Park City Jane’s List, WalMart, Peace House, St. Mary’s Catholic Church/Holy Cross Ministries, Ads-Up Promotions, Shawn Kuennen/Jeremy Ranch Elementary, the outstanding youth volunteers, and all the amazing families.

Thank you, and we look forward to future camps.

Christina Sally

Investigator, Summit County Attorney’s Office

Why would we take the reality out of fiction?

Dear Editor:

English teachers take great care in selecting reading material for our students. We teach fiction and non-fiction, recognizing that many teenagers prefer fiction.

Fiction welcomes all kinds of characters, thereby drawing all kinds of readers. When we read fiction with teenagers, especially fiction that addresses real adolescent concerns, we offer them the one thing that adolescence cannot guarantee: a place where they can fit in.

If we want our teenagers to be socially healthy and morally responsive, then why would we take the reality out of fiction? Is there a safer context than a novel in which we can discuss the meat grinder of adolescence? How else have adults and teenagers ever broached uncomfortable topics such as masturbation and menstruation if not in the fictional realm of "my friend has this problem."

Sometimes fiction is the only medium we have to discuss reality.

For most of my life, I thought censorship was based on a fear of books. I realize now that it’s a lack of imagination.

Jenny McKenna

Heber City

Texting driver could have taken a life

Dear Editor:

(Editor’s note: This is an open letter to the person who ran Joan Mills off Silver Creek Road. The link to the video mentioned in her letter is: http://youtu.be/_BqFkRwdFZ0 )

I want to thank you for not killing me today. I was driving down Silver Creek Road and you were texting. You never saw me! You came directly head on, never looking up, making me drive off the road to save my life! You and every person that has ever texted while driving should Google Werner Herzog’s video, "From One Second to the Next," and watch it! You could have killed me.

Joan Mills

Park City

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