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Letters to the Editor, Jan. 20-22, 2016

President’s State of the Union was masterful


Historically, I have had Republican roots. But they have withered considerably over the last decade. Were it not for the pathetic, larcenous, fools the Republicans have become, I might still be inclined. But no more. Now I am an independent with real questions about the awful quagmire our national political life has become.

However, President Barack Obama’s State of the Union on Tuesday night was the most powerful, clear-eyed, farsighted and compelling address I have heard in my adult life. If you didn’t watch it, do so in its entirety. Or re-watch it. We were (are) lucky to have had him when we did. He pulled us out of a major jam, created by Wall Street and Republicanism-run-wild under the Bushies. And he did so much more — always under friendly fire it seems.

He has steadfastly pursued an unpopular agenda (and has mostly succeeded) because he understood and completely accepted that he would have to take the hits personally. And he had the political fortitude to hang with that agenda, and the personal strength to take the hits. They have been hard ones. A "profile in courage" if there ever was one.

The last 20 minutes of his speech were soaring and motivational beyond any address I have heard. And so right on, Obama. He hit a home run, and it was all genuine. That is the main thing. He is the real deal, in a world where every deal is suspect.

Michael Witte

Park City

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Student says there’s genius in all of us’


I am grateful for an education, but it seems that grades become a reflection of who we are but of course that’s not true.

Sure, you can tell that a person with all A’s works hard. Then the person with not the best of grades may not be worried about them, or is just struggling. The person with all A’s may not be the nicest, and the one with not so nice grades may be the kindest.

This isn’t the case for everyone, but it shows we should be graded on our hearts and not our scores. If everyone judged one another by the heart, I believe we would recognize that we have so many genius people right in front of us. Everyone is a genius in their own beautiful way.

Some of us excel in math, the arts, or anything we are passionate about! You don’t have to be a straight-A student to know whether you are smart, or good enough. The bottom line is: no matter how many tests you failed or aced, you need to make sure that you don’t fail yourself.

I am always worrying about failing a class, even when I’m far from failing. I feel like if my grade drops it’s a part of who I am. Meanwhile I’m working hard in the solitude in my room slowly forgetting who I am, or what my purpose is. The human purpose is to be happy and content with who you are. The only class I think we should all ace is the class of me (or you). That includes acting the way I would want others to act, and most importantly encouraging others to do the same by giving them a sense of self value. As long as you are trying your hardest with a good balance of play and rest in the middle.

You are already successful in life when you find out who you really are. You don’t need to have a great job to say you were in successful life. You need to be able to say "I know who I am, and who I can be, but I am content with just being me." This doesn’t mean don’t try to improve or set higher goals. It just means as soon as you have yourself figured out, you can impact the world with whatever gift you were given.

Nodumo Alyson Mlupi

Treasure Mountain Junior High

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Survey says: lunches need work


My name is Nina Williams, and I am a student at Treasure Mountain Junior High School. I am a member of Student Council and the Leadership class, and I am writing this letter today to discuss the importance of making a change in our school lunches.

A couple weeks ago, I sent out a survey to TMJH to discern exactly what my peers thought of our school lunches. The results were astonishing. Over 42% of students never eat school lunches, and 50% of students say it takes 10 minutes or longer in order to move to the front of the lunch line. Lunches at TMJH are approximately 30 minutes long, so for most students, simply waiting in line takes almost 1/3 of their lunch break. Out of over 278 responses I received, only 2 students said that they loved school lunch. This is a huge issue.

Five days a week, eight hours a day, students such as myself work extremely hard to do our best in school. We attend four classes, each approximately 90 minutes, so it’s imperative that our 30 minute lunch is the highest quality it can be. The results of the survey were clear – students are hungry for a change.

Now, a group of students (including myself) are partnering with EATS (Eat Awesome Things at School) in order to make this change a reality. We are determined to improve school lunches for students in all districts, and we will not stop until the food we eat is healthy, fresh, and delicious.

Today, we are asking for your support. Change is possible, but only with your help. Please join us in writing to our school representatives, and help make this change a reality.

Nina Williams

Park City

Local racer proves hard work can overcome obstacles


Positive thinking and hard work proves to be a winner.

Ryan Gautieri, a true local, born and raised in Park City, competed in Switzerland on Jan. 16 in both the para-skeleton and able-body skeleton events. He competed against top skeleton athletes to become first on the podium in the para-skeleton and fourth in the able-body skeleton. Ryan is off to compete in two Para-skeleton World Cup events in Austria.

After a tragic accident that occurred in 2013, Ryan lost his right leg before the knee. He has since turned his life into a positive mentor for all those who stand with him. Ryan has shown courage and strength to prove that mentally and physically being "without" is not what life is truly about.

Jamie C. Ringelberg

Park City

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Thanks to Park City for letting dogs run free

To the Honorable Mayor Jack Thomas and Park City Council,

Today, my husband and I went skiing in Round Valley on the first Saturday since most of the area allowed dogs off-leash. Did we see dogs attacking skiers, other dogs, or wildlife? No. What we did see were lots of happy dogs and smiling faces as we all enjoyed the great outdoors. I want to thank you from the bottom of my dog-loving heart for setting aside this area for all of us to enjoy!

And to my fellow dog parents, please, please respect this gift we have been given by diligently cleaning up after your dog (especially those of you on skis and bikes) and leashing them in the parking areas and the first 150 feet of the trail. It is really so little to ask when what we, and our dogs, have been given is huge.

Bobbie Pyron

Park City

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