Letters to the Editor, July 15-17, 2015
Moose chaser should have been cited
Sadly Bruce Kasanoff’s encounter with a cretin chasing a moose is not rare. In this case the perpetrator also endangered people, which appeared to be Kasanoff’s main issue, but it should not be his only concern.
In the state of Utah it is illegal to harass wildlife. Had I been there I would have been tempted to sacrifice my bike, leaving it in this fool’s path to protect the moose. A recent shooting of a moose due to a man failing to leash his dog was another example of heartless and idiotic destruction of innocent wildlife. Worse yet, this idiot got away with it.
In the community where I live a certain neighbor that should know better feels entitled to allow his dog to chase wildlife, after all, "this is why he moved here," moreover the "animal wasn’t hurt." Such idiotic logic is stupid, heartless and not becoming a person who should know better.
I have lived in this beautiful wildlife area for almost 10 years and have never encountered aggression by moose or elk. Respect their space and enjoy their beauty.
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Keep parking spots to a minimum at transit center
I’m happy a transit center is opening in Kimball Junction, so long as the number of spots is restricted — 20 parking spaces are perfect. Although one might think that large park-and-ride lots should be built in heavily populated/already-congested neighborhoods, in fact, they only exacerbate traffic problems.
The transit center in Kimball Junction will focus on people who access it by bus, bike, or foot — and "some" cars. The Kimball Junction transit center is designed to serve people who live in Kimball Junction and want to travel outside the area, and those who want to come to Kimball Junction to shop or work. It will be a place to make quick transfers between buses.
Larger-scale park-and-ride lots/transit centers for commuters/vehicles who live outside of Kimball Junction and want to use their cars to access transit, belong in locations that aren’t high-traffic, heavily populated areas. I’m happy to see that our county/city planners are well schooled in transit planning and are offering good advice to decision makers.
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Super Senior feels gypped by ski area
I had been coming to Park City for the past 10 or more years to ski for 10 or more days per season. I was happy that I was able to purchase senior citizen season pass tickets when I reach the appropriate age. I was somewhat happier when I was able to purchase a "Super-Senior" season pass.
For the 2014-2015 season, I waited patiently while the PCMR and Vail issue was settled and bought a "Super-Senior" season pass by telephone from PCMR. I paid for the ticket via credit card and was asked if I wanted insurance "in case I couldn’t come?" I agreed and never questioned the particulars.
Prior to the opening of PCMR for the 2014-2015 season I notified PCMR that I had to cancel my season pass. I expected a refund because of the time involved. I was referred to the insurance company and again I expected a refund for my pass since I cancelled it prior to the opening. After several months I contacted the insurance company and was asked why I canceled. I explained that the person I usually skied with had had heart surgery and would not be able to ski that year. I explained he was only a friend and had skied in our group which had dwindled because of age to the two of us. It would not have made any sense for me to pay for the condo we had rented and had to cancel or rent an auto by myself. I believe this was a sufficient reason for anyone to cancel.
The insurance company stated they would let me know. Another month or two passed when I was notified they would not honor my claim. I contacted PCMR and again was told that it was up to the third party (insurance company) and that they would not honor my claim. Doubtful that I will ski again in Park City is regrettable but I do feel cheated.
J. Kevin Moran
Palm Beach Florida
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Underground parking need at the junction
The planned transportation hub at Kimball Junction is a step in the right direction. However, having only 20 parking spaces defeats the purpose. The only way to solve Park City’s parking and traffic issues is to limit the number of private vehicles going into Park City. Buses running more frequently out of Kimball Junction could do that if there is a place to park those unwanted cars. As much as I hate the idea, the only solution is to have a large parking garage at Kimball Junction.
Rather than paving acres of our landscape with asphalt, we need a multi-level garage that starts with underground levels to minimize the footprint. Let’s appropriate some of the property in the unsuccessful "technology park" to take a real step in solving our traffic and parking problems in Park City.
One more thing regarding parking. All new commercial construction should be required to have underground parking. The one building in Technology Park is an example of how not to do it. If they had underground parking the asphalt parking lot could have been reduced to half the size. Best Buy is a great example of how to limit ugly, visible parking lots.