Letters to the Editor, Dec. 30, 2015 – Jan. 1, 2016
Dogs still causing trouble on the trails
I read the letter concerning the "Elephant in the Room" which is dog poop in open spaces. First, I will confess that sometimes my dogs poop out of my sight! But I’ve adopted a simple solution: Every time we take our dogs on the trail, pick up at least one more pile than we have dogs on our walk. Do the math — and be part of the solution. Thanks to the previous letter writer for helping us focus on our community’s resources.
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New owners are pricing locals off the mountain
I was hoping to go skiing this weekend, but when I looked into the price of a lift ticket at Vail’s new Park City Resort, I was told there are no discounts for locals. Season passes are no longer available and locals must buy at the same prices as tourists. Additionally, there are no discounts at Costco or Sam’s Club, and I can’t find any mention of a military discount.
Yes, I know there were discounted season passes offered in the Spring and end of the Summer. Neither time is good for me to lay out a couple thousand dollars for my family’s season passes. Furthermore, I don’t know in September how much I’m going to be able to ski.
Vail, it is the locals who make Park City a great place for tourists to come visit. We live here because we can’t afford to vacation here. Show some appreciation and don’t be rude. Locals should always get a significant discount, whether buying a season pass or a day pass. Shame on you and your corporate greed. We thought your acquisition of PCMR was a good thing, but you’ve really shafted us. I’ll be skiing elsewhere and telling all my family and friends to do likewise.
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Let’s resolve to trim meat from our diets this year
Once again, it’s time for New Year’s resolutions, particularly those to improve our diet and exercise routine.
Although gun violence and traffic accidents remain the leading causes of death among young people, the most dangerous weapon for the rest of us is still our fork. Well over a million of us are killed each year by high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer, and other chronic diseases linked to our meat-based diet.
But times are changing. According to Gallup, 22 percent of American consumers are avoiding meat and 12 percent are avoiding dairy products. Supermarket chains, along with Target and Walmart, offer a growing selection of delicious and healthy plant-based meats and dairy products. Animal meat consumption has dropped by 8 percent in the past decade.
Hundreds of school, college, hospital, and corporate cafeterias have embraced Meatless Monday and vegan meals. Fast-food chains like Chipotle, Panera, Subway, Taco Bell, and White Castle, are rolling out vegan options.
Let’s make this New Year’s resolution about exploring the rich variety of plant-based entrees, lunch meats, cheeses, ice creams, and milks, as well as the more traditional green and yellow veggies. The internet offers tons of recipes and transition tips.
PCMR is off to a bad start with local senior
I am 81, live on Upper Norfolk and skied at Park City yearly since 1993, and been a five-month ‘snowbird’ since 1996. This, the first year, that Vail Resorts has had a full year to ready the mountain for skiing and the result is the worst effort ever.
1. This is the first year that I remember Quit’n Time not being open and groomed prior to Christmas and, this morning, (12/29) I walked out to see if it was groomed and it was not, the groomers report carried Quit’n Time groomed on 12/27 and 12/28. The persons operating Town Lift thought the trail had been groomed.
2. This morning I carried my children and grandchildren to the airfield after a week of skiing without ever being able to enjoy ski in/out of our home. Would have been great to come home for lunch and avoid $11-a-slice pizza and $4.75 bottle of Coke. Their departing comment was disappointment in the resort, but love of the town.
3. The lifts seem to be understaffed given the number of chairs going up partially filled while 100s are standing in the maze. Very apparent was the lack of employees available to assist small guys getting on the chair.
4. I would be remiss in not mentioning discrimination against senior citizens, a season pass prior to Vail cost approximately $300, Vail’s fee is around $750, an increase in the neighborhood of somewhere near 250 percent. I keep trying to figure out what I receive with the highly touted Epic Pass. The discrimination against locals is obvious when you notice seniors at 65+ buying a window ticket get a price break.
5. My Travel Advisor rating would be less than two stars.
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Larry Aleva writes in a guest editorial that City Hall must be more accountable and transparent.