Letters to the Editor, Aug. 30- Sept 2, 2017
Submitted by Park Record readers
Mental health is now getting attention it deserves
CONNECT Summit County strongly supports the County Council’s decision on Wednesday to add Mental Health and Substance Abuse as the fifth focus of the County’s Strategic Plan. CONNECT believes that this is the logical next step following previous actions taken by the County Council with respect to mental health and substance abuse, as well as recent events in the community.
It was about two years ago that the County Council authorized funding for a mental health needs assessment survey. The Council wisely recognized at the time that more information was necessary before effective action could be taken. The survey was completed and an extensive needs assessment report was issued by a broad-based community steering committee last fall.
Around the same time, our community learned of three tragic deaths–one adult and two teens. The details are not publicly known, but these tragic deaths galvanized community concern about mental health and substance abuse. The sad reality is that these three deaths were the most publicized, but not the only ones in our community to have been mental health or substance abuse related.
Including mental health and substance abuse in the Summit County Strategic Plan recognizes not just their importance to the health and welfare of our community, but also the difficulty of the challenges they present and the continued dedication that will be required by county government.
But we also have to recognize that effectively addressing mental health and substance abuse problems is not just the responsibility of county government. It will take an increased commitment of resources by all the institutions of our community, both public and private, to adequately fund effective solutions.
CONNECT is an active member of the Summit County Mental Wellness Alliance. Both as a grassroots community organization and as a member of the Alliance, CONNECT is dedicated to continuing its work to provide the mental health and substance abuse treatment and prevention programs that our community needs and deserves. CONNECT is impressed by the community-wide commitment to address gaps in mental health and substance abuse services and applauds the County Council for moving the agenda forward.
Board members Natalie Herron, Cindy Levine, Chelsea Robinson, Ed Rutan Lynne Rutan and Jim Whitney and Executive Director Shauna Wiest
CONNECT Summit County
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Debate over Bonanza Flat use is in the wings
A letter to the editor recently spoke of tough questions ahead for allowable uses in Bonanza Flats. Like the author of the letter, I have seen this area since the 70s. Bonanza Flats has been a part of my history over those decades and here’s the odd part, nobody utilizes Bonanza Flats for recreational endeavors to any great extent.
Today is Sunday, I just rode by and spotted no one in Bonanza Flats. The top of Guardsman’s Pass was congested, the overlook near Deer Valley also had crowds, but no one in the land below the overlooks. I find it strange that with all of the news about the city’s acquisition of Bonanza Flats, more people wouldn’t want to check it out.
On the subject of creating regulations, consider past uses. I have used the area for landing a hang glider, photographing fall colors, Flying an RC glider and many other great times with my dogs.
Horses? My wife rides horses, she says it’s not a great choice for riding. Dirt bikes and 4-wheelers, it’s not a great place for that either. Mountain biking? Maybe, but riders seem to gravitate to other areas.
It remains to be seen whether Bonanza Flats will see any noticeable influx of people and activities, or not. Two “parking lots” already exist from previous potential development, hopefully not much more needs to be done to the area.
While there is much dialogue about appropriate uses and regulation, The real value of Bonanza Flats is not what’s there, it’s what won’t be: development.
Val L. Stephen
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Maybe now people will acknowledge climate change
Labeled a “1,000 year storm,” the impact of hurricane/tropical storm Harvey is being called “unfathomable” and it’s not over yet. More feet of rain are predicted from the massive, lingering storm on top of an already flooded area. It’s being called “worse than Katrina.” Houston’s two airports, the Port of Houston, hospitals, and businesses are closed. Oil refineries are at risk; drilling in the Gulf is shut down. The human toll is hard to comprehend. Estimated costs approach $30 billion and all Americans will help pay that tab indirectly through federal taxes, cuts in programs and higher property insurance premiums. The National Flood Insurance Program, with a debt of $25 billion, is set to expire September 30.
A warmer world means more moisture in the air which means more rain falls. Simple fact. Texas politicians are famous climate change deniers. Will Harvey help them recognize scientific reality? Probably not. It’s up to educated voters to change the political resistance to facing the reality of climate change. Educate yourself at Citizen’s Climate Lobby, https://citizensclimatelobby.org/. Don’t wait until the next election; pressure your legislators today.
10 Heritage Cove
Jean M. Lown
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Help collect essentials for flood relief
I am organizing a diaper drive for the families displaced by Hurricane Harvey. Each of the next two Saturdays, I will be by the softball field in City Park, collecting diapers and wipes to send to the Texas Diaper Bank. Please bring diapers and tell all your friends. Houston area families need our thoughts and prayers, but they also need diapers. Premie to toddler sizes, they will need them all.
Park City City Park, Saturday, Sept 2 and Saturday, Sept 9,10 a.m.-2 p.m.