Letters to the Editor, Feb. 10-12, 2016
Student says volunteering at NAC is a great experience
As a student in the Park City school system there are many places where we are required to complete a certain amount of community service hours for a grade. I went out and found my hours at the National Ability Center, commonly referred to as they NAC. I would like to recommend to my fellow Park City students to get their community service hours at the NAC. After I attended the volunteer training orientation class I started volunteering for many different roles. Those roles include a front office aid, assistant archery coach, downhill ski buddy and a week-long camp aide.
There are many more opportunities for all different kinds of people whether you like to interact with lots of people and have loads of fun or you would just add to the friendly atmosphere and help out with paperwork. I also feel like I have be learning many business skills from getting to interact with an assortment of people and personalities. So I urge my Park City friends and anyone else to go and volunteer at the National Ability Center if you need the community service hours for school or you just want to be around great people, have a fun time and help the community in any way possible.
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A former beneficiary supports school specialists
It has come to my attention that the elementary schools in Park City are not having school specialists anymore. When I was in first and second grade, the school specialist at Parley’s Park Elementary would help me with my reading. I had a very hard time learning to read. Even today, they have impacted me so much. We would work all day just to get a sentence down on paper and to tell the teacher what I had read.
Without the reading specialist, how can these kids learn if they have a hard time reading, like me? Some kids can’t afford tutors, so these specialists are really important to these kids success in school from elementary onward. They are helping kids during school and they are working for kids, so why stop now? Students that have dyslexia, myself included, have a struggle reading, learning new words, and switching B’s and D’s. How are kids supposed to learn if nobody helps them? Park City schools district school should not take away our learning specialist.
SB 246: State is trying to sell citizens a bad deal
What do you do when you want the taxpayers to pay for all the risks and external costs of your business venture so you can pump up your bottom line when the market goes sour? Answer: you make the suckers believe the project is for THEIR benefit, and get them to pay for it.
Apparently, Utah state senator Stuart Adams is just the man who can dress it up and sell it. As SB 246’s sponsor, he claims this bill offers a "once in a lifetime opportunity" for all Utahns, especially the "energy-producing areas of the state which struggle with (extremely low) employment." Oh really? What ever happened to all the "good paying jobs" and "year-round employment" that extraction industries were supposed to be bringing to those counties?
Clearly, this is NOT about a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity" for the underemployed in rural counties, but instead about bolstering the bottom line of coal companies whose market demand has taken a nosedive. Yes, even in China. The game is as simple as shifting the coal transportation costs onto those poor rural county budgets for the next two decades, by using up their share of impact-fees their communities rely on. But … oops … that idea didn’t go over so well once the locals caught wind of the secret deal to wrest away their impact funds. Lawsuits began to surface.
How to save face and still get what they want? Put lipstick on the pig and parade it as a "state prize" for all Utahns — taxpayers, that is. Wow, what a "once-in-a-lifetime" deal! Utahns get to pay so Big Coal can sell its goods overseas to Asia and invest its profits outside Utah. We get to assume the debt on its construction costs and liability — and maybe even its port fees.
So, since we won’t benefit from lowered energy costs, we could only hope that our representatives would make sure that Utahns could at least reap some benefit besides more coal-dust particulate matter in our air, lungs and on our windshields. Perhaps they could insist that COAL severance fees be increased from their current ‘pittance’ level up to at least half the amount other energy-producing states charge. One would think …
Bag tax has widespread support
When a bill seemingly appeases all political factions and interest groups, it should have no problem passing through the legislature. Not in our legislature, apparently. Senate Bill 196 (SB 196), introduced by Senator Jani Iwamoto proposes a statewide 10-cent fee structure for single-use disposable bags, encompassing both plastic and paper bags. This program would be implemented at no cost to retailers or grocers, as the bill stipulates that retailers and grocers keep 4 of the 10 cents collected per bag, to cover program costs.
Where SB 196 does not place additional burden on retailers, implements a statewide program, so as to treat all Utah retailers comparatively, and does all of this with the aim of conserving the precious Utah landscape that brings essential tourism dollars to the General Fund, it is time legislators get behind SB196, and vote in full support of it.
Salt Lake City
Love, Park City, commitment
If you are reading this column there is a chance that you "love" Park City. You also understand that "love" involves commitment it’s a two way street.
Park City is making its annual transition to spring. As the snow melts an abundance of trash, recyclables and little plastic bags containing dog waste are revealed. It’s disgusting our town is beautiful no more. It’s become "Trash City."
It’s time for all of us to give Park City some love. We can make a difference by pitching in to clean up this waste. Let’s all commit to pick up at least one piece of trash each day. It will eventually make a big difference!
Even better purchase a "grabber stick" Home Depot, aisle 51 left hand side 3/4 of the way back (approximately $15) and a plastic bag and go forth to help restore our town’s beauty.
For merchants and home owners, simply taking care of your property (especially road frontage) will make a big difference. You will feel good helping your town.
For walkers and/or runners pick up a piece of trash during your workout. For you dog walkers accept responsibility for your pet’s waste. Making the effort to put the poop in a bag and leaving it really?! Consider where it ends up we all live downstream.
Collectively we share a social responsibility to our town, our environment. This trash won’t pick itself up. We need to do it. Make a commitment to make a difference. Give Park City your love.
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Thank you to the Park City Institute
Last night, watching the dance performance choreographed by Bill T. Jones, I sat behind several Latinos in Action students from PCHS, leadership students from TMJH, and the dance team from Judge Memorial.
It reminded me that everything The Park City Institute does is centered around our students. For example: with $5 student tickets, performances are affordable.
But, perhaps more importantly, is the content. Last night’s performance tied into our curriculum relating to history, WWII, storytelling, and dance.
I appreciate Teri Orr giving my students the opportunity to volunteer and participate in TEDxYouthParkCity each year. Teri and her team make our students feel valued, heard, and important.
Parkites, as you make plans for this weekend, think about how impactful your attendance at the Saints and Sinners Ball will be for our local students.
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Summit Land Conservancy seeks accreditation
Summit Land Conservancy has been working throughout the county to help protect and preserve land for conservation and recreation. One of the most import steps a land trust can take is to get accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. This national organization’s approval requires following rigorous standards that demonstrate our dedication to strong ethical practices and our commitment to long-term stewardship of conservation easements. Summit Land Conservancy was first accredited in 2011 and now it is time for our renewal. Part of the process includes gathering feedback from the public. If you would like to provide comments, please visit http://tinyurl.com/SummitLandFeedback before April 14th. We appreciate your input.
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McPolin celebrates after successful events
Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!
What an amazing couple of weeks at McPolin Elementary.
Hoops for Heart, Daddy Daughter Dance, Family Literacy Night, Read-A-Thon, and Read Across America. A special thanks to all the students, parents, staff, and leaders from the community that helped make all of these events so successful. We couldn’t have done it without you!
McPolin Elementary School
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