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Letters to the Editor, Dec. 9-15, 2015

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Reports of dog enforcement blitz are not true

Editor:

This is in response to the thoughts expressed in a letter in the Dec. 2 edition of The Park Record titled "We thought dogs were man’s best friend."

First of all, some of us believe that laws, including leash laws are there for a reason and should be followed by all. Not all of us who are in favor of appropriate leash laws are "part-time extremely rich" residents. I have lived here since 1986 and in Salt Lake before that. I also take issue with the author’s statement concerning the "crackdown on leash laws in the last few years." If there has been such a crackdown, how do you explain the multitude of dogs off-leash on the Swaner Nature Preserve trail above East Canyon Creek? If anything, the authorities have turned a blind eye to many of the infractions they see.

The final issue I have is the arrogance that the author and some other dog owners seem to have that the "lifestyle" in Park City is that of letting your dog run wild. I prefer to think that the lifestyle here is for all to enjoy what nature has provided, to me that means enjoying the wildlife and surrounding beauty. I enjoy seeing moose, deer, marmots, foxes, ducks and such without having to listen to dog owners constantly yelling for their dogs to come back, or watching their dogs run amuck scaring said wildlife. If the dogs were kept on leash in areas like the Swaner Nature Preserve, then maybe the moose that live in the area would not have to be transported elsewhere.

the way, I love dogs, it’s just some of the owners I could do without.

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Vaughn White

Park City

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More dog vs. person conflicts

Editor:

Well this is a first! Taking advantage of the beautiful day, was out for a long walk on the trail from Kimball Junction through Willow Creek and into the city proper. I was almost home by the white barn and encountered an about 16-year-old male with two dogs "on leash," said "Hello" when one of his dogs lunged at me and shredded my left glove. I am glad I was wearing it as it would have been my skin. Not very likely this is this dog’s first aggressive action and the teen obviously used less than necessary caution.

If I hadn’t already walked about 14 miles, I would have followed him home to see what Mommy would say about replacing my $50 spring ski gloves. Of course he wasn’t prepared or willing to pay for new gloves, which he verbally refused to do. In what world is it my responsibility to now have to go out and buy new gloves because of his careless actions?

Bob Berube

Park City

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Please increase recycling pickup times

Editor:

In the 14 years I have lived in Park City, I have seen residents, the City and County profess a greater commitment to sustainability and preserving our environment. For this reason, I find it perplexing that our curbside recycling pick up occurs once every two weeks while trash pickup is on a weekly basis.

I live alone, and my recycling receptacle is full every week while my trash bin is nearly empty. This situation is amplified in cases of multiple people occupying one residence. It seems to me that the twice-monthly recycling pick up discourages people from recycling or compels residents to drive to the recycling center which is contradictory to continued appeals for locals to become less reliant on their vehicles.

I don’t know many people who would be willing to ride the bus to haul their excess recycling. Additionally, many communities offer curbside pickup of glass, while ours does not. I see many neighbors disposing glass bottles in their garbage bins because they don’t take the time to transport them to the recycling center.

For those of us who travel frequently, it is challenging to even stay on top of the recycling pickup schedule when it occurs every other week. It would be great to see the County begin weekly service, which would be a step toward supporting all the talk about being environmentally conscious.

Hilary Reiter

Park City

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Ski Patrol deserves credit for keeping mountains safe

Editor:

I would like to see some consideration for the Professional Ski Patrol, those that train and volunteer for Search and Rescue operations and helpful citizens that answer the call at any time of day or circumstance while risking their lives to reverse individual decisions to ski out of bounds. In her Letter to the Editor, Ms. Hale said, "As a responsible parent, I am willing and ready for my son to suffer a consequence for skiing out of bounds."

Regardless of your feelings she has toward her son’s life, what about those that will answer the call to find him should the worst happen? Please, more folks are involved than those that create the decision to get the goods out of area.

Allison Florance

Park City

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Please keep environmental education in the curriculum

Board of Education Members:

As you consider curriculum guidelines for Utah schools, in particular those today regarding climate science, I urge you to craft guidelines that allow, and strongly encourage teachers to present the most current, scientific-fact based information available, then challenge students to use understanding of those facts as the basis for discussion, and evaluation of possible courses of action.

Decades ago, tobacco companies spent millions of dollars filling the media with dis-information, and propaganda to discredit science, and preserve their profitability. As a result, it took decades too long for the "smoke to clear," and the facts about the harmful effects of cigarette smoking to be understood and acted upon. Meanwhile, millions kept smoking, shortening their lives, and costing billions in unnecessary healthcare.

Today, oil and coal interests are waging a similar propaganda campaign to discredit the overwhelming consensus of climate science research, delaying necessary action to reduce carbon emissions. The consequences to our children of delayed action to the reduce human causes that are accelerating climate change will be far more costly, economically, and to individual lives and health, than smoking was to our parents.

It is essential that all of us, but especially our children, have the most accurate information possible to guide their understanding of the world they will soon inherit. Please write your guidelines to assure that neither outside influence nor ideology will distort the education of our children.

Thank you for your attention, and your service.

Steve Lewis

Park City

Cracking down on leash laws continues

Editor:

First — everyone needs to calm down. As long as I have lived here, since 1976, this was always a place to bring up animals. Our open space has been wonderful to take our dogs out so they can run. It is a joyous time for owners and dogs as we get out and exercise — hiking, biking, cross country skiing or snow shoeing.

There are a lot of people moving into this town from out of state who may see this differently.

In Utah, the most beautiful thing we have is freedom. Freedom to run and exercise with our dogs, to horseback ride on our open spaces. To change that, it will not be Utah.

Yes! The leash laws should be enforced on our streets and in our neighborhoods, but NOT in our open spaces. Love thy neighbor. Smile and say hi. Being angry in Park City is not what we are all about.

Jamie Ringelberg

Park City

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Students are helping to make holidays brighter

Editor:

As the Leadership I & II mentor at Treasure Mountain Junior High School, I see thoughtful teenagers every day. Over and over, they impress me with their generosity and bold ideas.

Today, because of their attention to detail and enthusiasm for "making the ask," a family brought in BAGS of new clothes, pajamas, socks, and toys for Operation Hope.

I’m writing to celebrate our students and all the good there is in our community. Big kudos to the teenagers at Treasure Mountain Junior High School.

Julie Hooker

Park City