Letters to the Editor, Feb. 16-19, 2013
McMillen Fine Art Photography would like to extend a huge thank you too everyone who attended the first "The Yappy Hour Wine & Dog Pairing" this past Saturday. The event would not have been so successful without all of the help from Friends of Animals Utah, their wonderful volunteers, Kirsten Fox with Fox School of Wine, and Savory Kitchen. And we cannot leave out everyone who came out to support the FOAU, which is a cause so close to our hearts.
We are already looking forward to next year’s event! Thanks to everyone again for helping make this event so successful!
Trish and Jared McMillen
McMillen Fine Art Photography
Putting fair together is a science in itself
As the chair of the Park City School District’s District Science Fair, I am writing to give many thanks.
This was the second year for the District Fair. The fair provides students in Park City School District an opportunity to present a science project of their own independent research. Projects are judged and chosen to represent the school district at the Salt Lake Valley Science and Engineering Fair held each March at the U. Being my first year as chair, I did see ways to foster its improvement in years to come.
This fair would not have been possible without the support of time and money from our community. These supporters include our major sponsor, the Park City Education Foundation. Their donation was instrumental in providing the finances we needed to have such a successful fair. Thank you to all the PTOs whose support was so appreciated. Bob O’Connor and Bob Edmiston were nothing but accommodating; thank you for letting us invade the high school. I could not have done this without the assistance of board member Tania Knauer, whose time and energy were priceless. Thank you to Stacey Hamil and Nancy Rosenblum, who organized so many details. I cannot list all who volunteered to judge and help, but thank you.
This fair would also not be possible without the students who put their research and efforts into fabulous projects. Parent and teacher support is another essential component to a successful fair. Finally, thank you to our director of curriculum, Lori Gardner, who sees the value of science education in our district.
We look forward to the third fair, which will take place in February of 2014. Begin your research, students, and we will see you next year!
Gifted program specialist, Park City School District
Kudos to Snyderville Planning Commission
Kudos to the Snyderville Basin Planning Commission! At both of the recent long meetings held to evaluate the proposed new Snyderville Basin General Plan, the commissioners were polite, patient, and attentive to the troubled citizens. Many of the concerns were repeated multiple times. Two of the commissioners were (temporarily??) off the commission, and sat in the back of the room listening as well, not able to give any input. It was refreshing when a commissioner mirrored back to the audience that the proposed general plan document does not reflect the desires of the people, but rather those of the staff that wrote it.
As input was collected from citizens to create the plan, very few people felt that having more high-density, low-income, work force housing was important. However, a large percentage of the plan is devoted to propagating the herding of the populace into "high density mixed use receiving areas " and "housing subdivisions comprised of a wide range of affordability .not separated one from another." In other words, commercial, high end, and high density affordable/low income all mixed together, with affordable "work force housing" defined as "vertical housing" in some cases, inserted into all existing subdivisions. This pattern does not maximize housing values or tax revenues and is simply not how most people in Snyderville Basin choose to live or find desirable in new local construction. I’m not sure all residents are interested in their existing communities becoming "walkable villages, with available transit running through them" as described in the proposed plan.
As the County Council plans to add to county expenses by hiring a public relations representative to sell their agenda and raise taxes and increase government, I appreciate the Snyderville Planning Commissioners efforts to hear and respond to the concerns of affected citizens.
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