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Letters to the Editor, Aug. 3-5, 2016


Park Record gave Bill Clinton too much ink


Re: Bill Clinton schedules a Basin stop, PR July 27 – 29, 2016

I wonder why this item deserved prominent first page coverage. After all, Bill Clinton – just as last summer Hillary Clinton – is not really visiting Park City to greet the residents and rally them to vote for his wife. Most of the residents/voters of Summit County will not have the chance to even catch a glimpse of the former president.

As the article makes perfectly clear, the sole purpose of the visit is to collect money from a small circle of wealthy donors, with the event scheduled to take place in a gated community. No wonder there continues to be mistrust about the Clintons, especially about their financial dealings. Hillary still hasn’t released transcripts of her speeches to Goldman-Sachs and other bankers.

One would think that in this most unusual presidential election year where, for the first time in decades, there is a chance that Utah may not go Republican, the Clinton campaign would work hard to rally the Democrats and independents in the area to throw the enthusiasm they demonstrated for Bernie Sanders behind the party’s nominee. Instead, this focus on money rather than votes most likely will keep many democrats and independents in Utah from voting in this year’s presidential election.

Seems the Clintons don’t care much about Utah, except for the big donors they can tap here.

Michael Range
Park City

How to lose your head without knowing it


Here I am riding my motorbike down Sackett Drive in Jeremy Ranch and, as usual, looking forward, upward, in the mirrors and all around, being alert to all around me. That’s how you keep your head, right?

I am looking forward and I see something suspicious, not right, on top of a regular commercial vehicle. It ended up being the arm of a backhoe on the truck, at the time the arm/bucket was on the far side of me but swinging out of control. The driver, busy, in a hurry to get to the next job, not paying attention, is driving up the hill. He forgot to to tie it down.

My head and these ugly tungsten teeth on the bucket are in a collision course or at least very near. To my fright and hence the reason for this letter most of all is: a young guy I estimate to be 15 or so is also standing on the rebound of the bucket, on the side of the road, and has his head down looking at his phone and totally unaware, as the driver is,
of this unfolding catastrophe.

I start to fling one arm, all you can do on a motorbike swing out of the way, yelling inside my helmet. Somehow the driver, after doing some 40 yards around the curve, became aware and pulled over. Nothing happened, but it need be treated as if something did.

Jack Karmel
Park City

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Veteran appreciates gesture by Deer Valley


Last Saturday​ five of us met up at Silver Lake in Deer Valley to mountain bike the amazing Tidal Wave flow trail. When at the lift ticket office, the friendly DV employee behind the counter told me my day mountain bike lift ticket price was half off. Really, why? Because she astutely saw on my Utah driver’s license that I am a Veteran.

Well, wasn’t that a nice gesture? I knew nothing to that effect. Good for their generosity. BTW; I asked PCMR ticket office if they had a similar offer, but no. Vail Corp. strikes again.Thanks, Deer Valley!

Bruce Bicksler
Park City

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County traffic officials are doing their jobs


Lately, there seems to be a lot of criticism about government being unresponsive to the needs of communities.

But here’s a story about public officials who are extending considerable effort to control speed in Summit Park that will help protect both pedestrians and bikers without disrupting motor vehicle traffic flow.

Thanks to Brandon Brady, PE Summit County Traffic Engineer and Public Works staff who listened to our concerns then drafted and implemented a plan, that upon completion, will make our challenging roads safer.

Thanks to Lieutenant Nick Wilkinson and officers of the Summit County Sheriff
Department for actively educating both residents and nonresidents by making them knowledgeable of traffic laws and enforcing them.

So, kudos to good government that serves and protects in this time of mistrust, fear and anger.

Doug Vilnius
Park City

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Argument in favor of RVs is flawed


Sally Elliott has had a long time record of making informative and educated decisions for our city from which we have all benefited from. But her recent remark about RVs has me troubled. Her argument is there are only 51 complaints from a population of 8,500 and that means it’s 6 percent against RVs. If there were only 12 complaints about the illegal discharge of a firearm in city limits, would that indicate the rest of the city was OK with it?

Sally, I like and respect you, but I find your reasoning flawed.

Years ago my father and about 30 Hurricane residents showed up for a council meeting to object to the removal of several large pecan trees and the widening of a road. This was the largest showing of people at Hurricane’s city counsel meeting ever. The mayor listened, then said, “so there are 30 of you against it, and the rest of the town must be for it, because they’re not here.” REALLY?
I have an SUP trailer, and camper that I keep in storage. Yes it would be more convenient if they were in my driveway, but I really enjoy how my neighborhood looks without all these recreational vehicles in everyone’s driveways. I thinks it’s a small inconvenience for a beautiful neighborhood and place to live.

Preston Tally
Park City

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