Letters to the Editor, August 10-12, 2016
August 9, 2016
Let's give pigs the respect they deserve
Pig roasts have no place on Park City menus.
Park City is an environmentally-conscious, animal-loving town. Nuzzles & Co. and Summit Land Conservancy regularly top the leader lists on Live PC Give PC day. We fight for off-leash laws, cherish open space, and set ambitious city-wide carbon neutrality goals.
So, why would an animal-loving town support local restaurants featuring pig roasts? Pigs are sentient, intelligent beings. Research published in the Journal of Comparative Psychology tells us that pigs are more intelligent than dogs. Would we support a Golden Retriever roast? Of course not. Public outcry and protests would end that idea after the first Tweet.
Park City is an environmentally-minded town. We support healthy, local food through organizations like EATS and Summit Community Gardens. So, why would an environmentally-minded town stand for a pig roast – an event that glorifies the consumption of meat? Meat production produces more greenhouse gases than all of the exhaust from our transportation sector.
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I encourage my fellow Parkites to boycott restaurants featuring this morally and environmentally disastrous practice. Let's bring customers to events with creative cocktails, high-class music, and our gorgeous mountain scenery. Roasting a sentient being is not a tourist attraction.
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The Clintons should get to know 'the rest of us'
Hillary Clinton has visited "Park City." Bill Clinton is coming to visit "Park City." I understand the raising of funds is essential — but neither person has or is connecting with "the real Park City" as she was and he will be "behind gates” at gated-community, invitation-only events.
I am just suggesting that maybe politicians should consider coming and shaking the hands of "the real folks" of Park City, those of us who live, work, rise children here, are retired and volunteer within and FOR our community — the "real Park City."
We also have a vote, or 2, or 3.
Arla E. Baragar
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