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Letters to the Editor, Feb. 10-12, 2016

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Deer Valley Ski Patrol and P.C. Fire District EMTs save the day

To the Park City Fire District:

Jan. 22, I was skiing at Deer Valley Resort when I suddenly found myself on the ground and another skier asking if I was OK. I told her I was not and she called the Ski Patrol. A member of the Ski Patrol, Whitney, promptly came and transported me to the resort’s medical station where Trent did an EKG and I was taken by your ambulance service to the University of Utah Medical Center.

The two EMTs in the ambulance monitored me and kept me informed of what was happening. Then in the ambulance, I had a heart attack and had to be revived with CPR and a defibrillator.

Twenty-two years before I had open-heart surgery with three bypasses. At the hospital one of my old bypasses was almost completely clogged and I had a blood clot. Two stents were placed in my arteries and, by that afternoon, I was walking.

Your staff could not have been more professional or helpful. They saved my life.

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I have returned home to Naples, Fla., and I am doing well. Without the quick action of your EMTs, the resort staff and the hospital, the results might have been very different.

My wife and I thank the EMTs who helped me and the PCFD for providing such great services.

Michael and Carla Mickes

Naples, Florida

Thanks to Stein, YSA can turn kids into champs

Editor:

On Thursday night, Deer Valley made an extraordinary commitment to the young people of Park City by making a substantial contribution toward the fundraising goal set for the Stein Eriksen YSA Opportunity Endowment. Deer Valley’s $90,000 donation to the fund will help ensure that Stein Eriksen’s legacy to our community is fulfilled — a promise to provide Park City’s youth with financial support to chase their dreams. On behalf of the YSA, our nine competitive winter sports teams, our Get Out & Play (GO&P) after school ‘learn-to’ sports program, and the generations of children to follow, I would like to thank Deer Valley Resort for pushing the Stein Eriksen YSA Opportunity Endowment closer to its $2 million goal.

The Endowment will provide financial support in the form of scholarships for young and aspiring athletes to participate, and possibly excel, in any of the winter sports programs offered under YSA’s umbrella. The Endowment also will provide scholarships for YSA’s after-school GO&P program to enable children of economically-challenged families to experience sports ranging from skating to luge to alpine skiing with equipment, instruction, and transportation included. This past winter YSA sponsored programs enriching the lives of more than 2,200 youngsters.

Stein once said to me, "If you can take a loss the same way you take a victory, then you have what it takes to be a champion." Stein’s legacy to our community is giving kids the chance to learn the important lessons of sport and pursue their dreams, a project that Stein continued to advocate for through his final days.

Thank you Deer Valley, and more than 250 contributors in the extended Park City community, for believing that every child should learn the life lessons taught through sports and enjoy the benefits of growing up in an athletic, outdoor-focused community regardless of financial resources.

Sincerely,

Jim Gaddis, Chairman

Stein Eriksen YSA Opportunity Endowment

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Old tradition dovetails with new ethic

Editor:

This Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, the 40-day period before Easter, when many Christians abstain from animal foods in remembrance of Jesus’ 40 days of fasting in the desert before launching his ministry.

But meat-free Lent is much more than a symbol of religious devotion to Christ. It helps reduce the risk of chronic disease, environmental degradation, and animal abuse. Dozens of medical reports have linked consumption of animal products with elevated risk of heart failure, stroke, cancer, and other killer diseases. A 2007 U.N. report named meat production as the largest source of greenhouse gases and water pollution. Undercover investigations have documented farm animals being beaten, caged, crowded, deprived, mutilated, and shocked.

Lent offers a superb opportunity to honor Christ’s powerful message of compassion and love by adopting a meat-free diet for Lent and beyond. After all, it’s the diet mandated in Genesis I-29 and observed in the Garden of Eden.

Our supermarket offers a rich array of plant-based meat and dairy alternatives, as well as the more traditional vegetables, fruits, and grains. Entering "vegan recipes" in our favorite search engine offers more products, recipes, and transition tips than we can use.

Paxton Ryker

Park City

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