Letters to the Editor, July 8-11, 2017
Submissions from Park Record readers
July 7, 2017
Minimum Wage: here are some considerations
Before we rush headlong into a $15/hour minimum wage, there are a few considerations that should be looked at carefully. Cities, such as Seattle, that have enacted a $15/hour minimum wage have found that weekly take-home pay has actually fallen for many workers in that category. Why? Hours have been cut as small companies struggle to stay in business. Some employees have actually requested that their hours be cut so that they can still qualify for a variety of low-income benefits.
And have you checked out the "unintended consequences" such as automated ordering at franchises like our local McDonald's? Good intentions are no substitutes for hard, cold results. Fewer and fewer teenagers can find summer jobs at the higher wage, and aren't learning the work ethic and customer skills that will serve them well in later life.
Minimum wage jobs were never intended to be lifetime careers; they are entry-level starting points for people coming into the work force until education, training and experience take effect.
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How can county say that growth has declined
I was absolutely thunderstruck when reading the rationale given by Summit County for a major increase to the property tax rate; LACK OF GROWTH?
I have been a resident of Summit County for ten years constituting most of the alleged no-growth period. Let me recount some of actual the growth just during those 10 years:
- All of the Redstone commercial, retail, residential, hotel and office developments
- Most of Glenwild
- All of the development around Smith’s at Jeremy Ranch
- Most of Promontory including hundreds of homes and two championship golf courses
- More than half of the present development around the Canyons base area.
- The new Waldorf Astoria hotel
- The new Hyatt Hotel
- More than 90 percent of The Colony
- Two major new office buildings in the Research Park including the new Skullcandy HQ
- All of Tuhaye
- The new Park City Film Studio
- The new Park City Hospital and several associated office buildings
- The Montage Hotel
- The St. Regis Hotel
- All of the Empire/Flagstaff development at Deer Valley
- The new Stein Eriksen project at Deer Valley
- The Sky Lodge
- Numerous new restaurants and major renovations along Main Street and within Old Town.
- Many new condo projects such as the Roundabout, Silver Star, etc.
- And last but not least, hundreds of new homes scattered throughout the Basin, many of which are appraised at$1 million-plus each.
Summit County really needs to get it's story together better than this.
William Barry Jenkins
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- Citizens applaud Park City and Summit County leaders for stand on public lands
We are exceedingly grateful to Summit County and Park City Council members for recently, unanimously, passing resolutions recognizing the value of federal public lands to Park City, Summit County, Utah’s economy, recreation and quality of life.
You heard your constituents and took a bold stand. This could have the effect of bolstering similar efforts across the State to protect our public lands.
We honor the care and efforts taken by Kim Carson and Janna Young with the county, likewise, Andy Beerman and Heinrich Deters with the city. We are proud to call this place home and be represented by you. In addition, thank you Park Record for the excellent coverage by Angelique McNaughton and Jay Hamburger.
In a heartfelt comment, Andy Beerman summed up the process. “Many times there are disconnects between the state government and what our residents want. We are hesitant and must pick our fights, which we rarely choose to do. I want to point out that our connection to our natural environment statewide is so much a part of our DNA. We heard strongly from our residents. They want us to take a stand. In this particular instance I am proud to take a stand.”
Before the vote, came nods of agreement and a moment of humor as Becca Gerber offered “Ditto” while Mayor Thomas pronounced “I’m with the tall guy.” In our eyes, every citizen, government official and staff member who participated stands tall. Thank you.
Becky Yih, Peter Gatch, Dee Downing
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