Letters to the Editor, Jan. 8-10, 2014
January 7, 2014
Supreme court is upholding states’ right
Thank Heaven for a US Supreme Court that unanimously recognizes the validity of State law and the consideration that must be given to activist decisions which attempt to overturn it.
Judge Shelby made a mistake in what he did. States’ rights are paramount in matters such as this, and must be carefully viewed. "32" States have similar laws prohibiting homosexual marriages, so Utah is not uniquely alone.
If the federal government started violating the 10th Amendment, which grants States the right to make their own laws, it would be a serious problem for our entire nation. Fortunately, the level-headed Supreme Court recognizes this.
Captain Jim Green
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Park City Museum still giddy after great party
What an evening! Last Saturday’s third annual Silver Queen Ball held at the beautiful Stein Eriksen Lodge is being touted as "the party of the year"! The Park City Historical Society & Museum is overjoyed and grateful for this enthusiastic and generous outpouring of support for our organization.
A huge thank you to the generosity of our wonderful sponsors who made this event possible. Another big thank you to our silent and live auction donors and bidders. Every item was eagerly snapped up! I wish I could list you all separately to thank you.
A most special thank you to the legendary Stein Eriksen who so graciously allowed us to honor him and his incredible career in a special tribute. It was the highlight of an evening full of highlights. Stein has so many fans it would be impossible to list them all but Bob Wheaton and Roger Penske both had some stories to tell us.
As if this wasn’t enough, our entertainment blew everyone away. The original Beach Boys Al Jardine and David Marks! From the first note of "Daddy Took the T-Bird Away" the room went crazy. Everyone danced and sang and had a ball.
Lastly, and most importantly, thank you, thank you, thank you to our wonderful guests – all 400 of you!! Your support means the world to us. You came decked out and ready for a party and because of you it was a party we will all remember for a long time to come.
Executive Director, Park City Museum
Orr out of line with comments at Eccles
Bernadette Peters is a fabulous singer and we were treated to an amazing evening on New Year’s Eve at the Eccles Center. Unfortunately Teri Orr, Executive Director of the Park City Performing Arts Foundation, used her introduction of Ms. Peters to inject her personal political commentary into the evening. She observed that Dec. 20, 2013 was an important day to remember in Utah, referring to the ruling which made Utah the 18th state to allow gay marriage. "Not the 50th or 51st" she laughed, "but the 18th. Now," she continued, "Utah finally has something to be proud of."
Regardless of where you stand on the gay marriage issue, to claim that this ruling by a federal judge finally gives Utah something to be proud of is, frankly, appalling. She uses the word "finally" as if Utah has nothing else of which to be proud. As a 21-year resident of Park City and Utah, I find much to be proud of. We have our natural wonders; the Wasatch Range, Zion, Arches, Canyonlands, and other state parks. We have respected institutions of higher education and world-renowned centers of research including the University of Utah, Brigham Young University, Utah Valley University, the Huntsman Cancer Institute and the Moran Eye Center. We have the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, referred to as "America’s Choir" by Pres. Reagan and 2003 winner of the National Medal of Arts. We have a strong economy and low unemployment. Forbes magazine recently ranked Salt Lake as the No. 3 "Best Big City for Jobs 2013" and Provo-Orem as the No. 2 Best Mid-Size City. And we have the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics where the citizens of Utah, including many proud Parkites, joined together to show the world a truly amazing Winter Olympics.
There are many other facets of Utah that could be added to the list, but let these suffice to make the point. I invite Ms. Orr to look around and I am sure that she will find that there is much to be proud of in this great state of Utah that we call home. Then the next time she has the public stage, I invite her to share her pride in Utah with all of us.