Letters to the Editor, Feb. 9-12, 2013 | ParkRecord.com

Letters to the Editor, Feb. 9-12, 2013

A vote for dog days for Round Valley trails

Editor:

I don’t have Facebook, but wanted to give you my feedback regarding dogs at Round Valley.

I don’t take my dog to Round Valley much any more as he is small and bigger dogs have attacked him. I love my dog very much, but I also believe that Round Valley has too many dogs for cross-country skiers. When I do walk my dog there, I try to look out for skiers and pull my dog to the side so they can get by. I think it’s a great idea to have odd days only for dogs and let the skiers enjoy the area without having to look out for dogs running around. Everyone has to share Round Valley and everyone needs to compromise on the usage.

Actually, I believe this is a great idea for summer as well for the bikers. It’s no fun to bike if you have to be looking out for dogs running in front of you the whole time. I also appreciate your concern for wildlife, which must be taken into consideration as well. There seem to be more and more dogs out there and I believe more and more mishaps will be happening. On the even days, taking dogs to the dog park is a good idea and dog owners need to realize that they can’t always have their own way.

Thank you for asking for input. I hope the odd days for dogs works

Judy Costello

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Longtime Park City resident

Community partners support education

Editor:

One of the greatest challenges for teachers is creating a clear connection between classroom knowledge and authentic application in the "real world." Thankfully, Park City community partners eagerly cooperate to do just this for students in Spanish classes at Treasure Mountain Junior High.

We would like to thank Gildardo Anaya and the employees of Anaya’s Market, as well as Craig Weaver and the employees of Chubasco Mexican Grill, for opening their doors for Spanish 2 field trips. Employees were patient and encouraging as students used their Spanish to greet, order, and inquire about costs.

While Anaya’s and Chubasco have helped students employ language in realistic settings, the Christian Center and People’s Health Clinic have helped bring outside culture into the classroom. We would like to thank Linda Lyles and Rob Harter for coordinating guest speakers from various countries in Latin America. Similarly, bilingual employees and volunteers at the People’s Health Clinic have agreed to come speak about their cultures and customs in Puerto Rico, Perú, Chile and Argentina.

Such community support and collaboration enriches and broadens students’ educational experience and cultural awareness. Muchísimas gracias!

With appreciation,

Laura Bechdel

Spanish teacher and

Students of Spanish 1 & 2

Treasure Mountain Junior High

Greater Canyonlands needs to be protected

Editor:

On Feb. 5, Senator Jim Dabakis and Rep. Patrice Arent announced a resolution in the Utah State Legislature to protect the invaluable Greater Canyonlands region. As Senator Dabakis said, Greater Canyonlands is at the heart of Utah’s redrock country, and is home to world-class scenery, an unparalleled 12,000-year record of ancient history found in ruins, pictographs and petroglyphs, and a wealth of recreation opportunities.

I am very supportive of Senator Dabakis’ resolution, as are many people who love Utah’s redrock county. I was camping with the Great Old Broads at Indian Creek last September when the outing was vandalized (Park Record Jan. 30-Feb.1). Attending that gathering were people from around the United States and, like the friends and family I have taken to Greater Canyonlands, they were amazed at the scope, beauty and significance of the region.

This region hosts some of our nation’s most beloved and unique landscapes. Like Senator Dabakis, I would like to see this special place protected. As a recreationalist and biologist, I urge the president to use his authority to safeguard special places like Greater Canyonlands, which includes over 950 species of desert plants, nearly 300 perennial springs, and a wide variety of wildlife, including mountain lions, desert bighorn sheep, and more! Lands like these conserve the essential fabric of the West by playing a role in protecting lands, water, and wildlife for future generations.

Thank you, Senator Dabakis, for highlighting an opportunity in Greater Canyonlands. We hope that our lawmakers and president will act to protect this amazing landscape for us and for future generations.

Marion Klaus

Park City

Why carry a weapon just because you can?

Editor:

In response to Mike Knight’s guest editorial on Feb. 6-8, 2013, I am alarmed by the fear-mongering and paranoia that he and so many others spew verbally and in writing. I am not expert on the constitutionality of owning weapons on any kind, so my question is: Just because you can own/conceal weapons, why would you if not for the views you hold that the world is out to get you.

I would like to beseech my government to protect me from people like you and at least require that your concealed weapon is visually apparent, so people like me can vacate the area. My fear is that people who feel the need to carry a weapon will find an excuse to use it sooner or later.

Liana B. Teteberg

Park City

Clean air is best fuel for state’s economy

Editor:

As a business person and property owner with operations and holdings in the Park City/Salt Lake area, I am concerned with the trend away from air-quality controls.

Having worked with dozens of Utah’s most recognizable businesses on this issue (successfully petitioning Warren Buffett to cancel several planned coal-fired power plants for Rocky Mountain Power), we believe the collective negative impact of largely unregulated airborne emissions on our air quality, viewsheds, watersheds and snowpack threatens broad aspects of Utah’s economy and its property values.

Utah’s natural beauty is a recognized resource worldwide for providing a high quality of life, drawing national and international commercial interests here including clients of mine from as far away as India. However, other clients have bypassed Utah after unfortunately experienced the choking effects of our inversions.

The low cost of unfiltered coal-fired power generation and industrial activity bears a high cost in the health and productivity of our workforce and in our international allure as a place to live, work, vacation and recreate.

If we need to support industry to adjust to change, then let’s do that, but the basis for it must be a recognition that clean air is the best fuel for our state’s economic future!

Alexander Lofft

Washington, D.C.