Letters to the Editor, Dec. 23-25, 2015
Biting isn’t the only reason dogs need to be controlled
Nobody seems to want to talk about the stinky elephant in the room: dog poop. I’ve read the letters about dogs’ rights (despite our community’s laws) to enjoy the beauty of Park City, but the truth is that dog feces is a heck of way to honor our public lands. I live near the Trailside system, and every spring is the annual Melting of the Poop around here. It’s disgusting. (The situation in my yard isn’t much better, despite that I have no dog.) I’ve yet to see someone hiking diligently off-trail to see if their dog defecated anywhere. And I’ve never seen a biker somehow intuit that their off-leash pet is over the crest of the next hill, happily squatting.
I’m all for a dedicated trail for off-leash dogs (hopefully nowhere near a sensitive watershed). The users can organize clean-up parties of the surrounding land on their own and the rest of us won’t have to deal with doo. But if there are going to be special off-leash tags for dogs for any trail, let there also be a requirement to put in several hours a year cleaning up our public lands. I don’t want to see Round Valley become a toilet.
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Fight terrorism by fighting fear
Believe it or not, there is good news for the holidays. In a world transfixed by terrorism, life is getting back to normal. An estimated 3 million people showed up for the Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City, millions more flocked to malls on Black Friday, and hundreds of thousands are going to football stadiums each weekend.
Even in Paris, where Islamic radicals killed 130 people, the cafes and restaurants have been filling up again. Since 9/11, Americans and Europeans have learned to live with the fear that terrorists seek to instill, and to refuse to allow it to disrupt their lives. That’s the only rational response.
Your chance of being killed by terrorists in the U.S. are very, very small. You’re more likely to be killed by lightning or falling off a ladder.
In the streets of Paris, there are now posters that proclaim "Meme pas peur"-"No fear." Even if we can’t banish fear entirely, we can still refuse to let it change our way of life.
Nevada City, Calif.
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Park City is mismanaging traffic mess
Here we are with a snow storm pounding Park City for several days and the city as usual hoping for the BEST but as always acting out the WORST.
Complete chaos from all sides. Traffic backed up to Walmart at one end and Home Depot at the other. I thought well maybe a little wait to get to one of the ski areas. What a surprise, one and a half hours later I decided it was time to turn around, drive back home and have a hot toddy.
I have never turned around to go home because of traffic or weather before. We have world-class resorts and not even Third World management of winter when we all want to make money. The incompetence of the municipality is beyond belief. Please, don’t say you were not aware of the continued snow fall or expectation of holiday skiers even from the valley.
The motto of Park City should be "The Joke Factory."
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