Letters to the Editor, March 11-14, 2017
Submissions from Park Record Readers
March 10, 2017
Don't make lives harder by hiking sales tax
After all the promises by our elected officials to help working Americans, their solution is to raise prices on the everyday items we buy. We need tax reform that will ensure our economy grows and creates more jobs, not create higher prices for consumers.
You don't need to be an economist to understand that a border adjustment tax on imports will ultimately be passed on to consumers. It means higher prices on groceries, gas, medicine and clothing. Many working families could be paying up to $1,700 more per year for these basic needs. That's a rough hit that Utah families can't afford.
As a struggling middle-class worker, I certainly don't expect immediate change and I'm not looking for handouts. But please don't make life harder on us by making our basic needs more expensive. I encourage Senator Hatch to oppose this misguided tax policy and protect Utahns household budgets.
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Proposed building height would cast a long shadow
We have been property owners at Sundial in the Canyons since 2004. We purchased our unit after our first trip to Park City. We fell in love with the mountain village ambiance, and the beauty of the Wasatch. We felt that the existence of the SPA development guidelines protected and enhanced our investment.
Recently, we have become concerned about the proposed building height limit of 6,998 feet for RC17&18 in the Canyons Village. We believe that a building this high negatively impacts the entire village in terms of aesthetics, ambiance, views, and quality of life. Our understanding is that the height of RC17&18 should be no higher than Sundial, or five stories. The proposed building height runs counter to the SPA, and threatens to blight the beautiful mountain viewscapes that factored into all of our purchase decisions.
The proposed height consigns our existing Canyons Village buildings to live in the shadow of a structure whose height is incompatible with the village and is at odds with the SPA. This assault on village design would additionally have an adverse impact on our property values and tax revenues.
Geoffrey J. and Celia T. Gibson
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For Lent, try a meatless diet
March 1 marked the beginning of Lent, the 40-day period preceding Easter, when many Christians abstain from animal foods in remembrance of Jesus' 40 days of fasting in the wilderness before launching his ministry.
The call to refrain from eating animals is as old as the Bible. In Genesis 1:29, God commands humans to eat only plants; then Prophet Isaiah predicts that “none will hurt or destroy on God's holy mountain.”
A number of Christian leaders have followed the call, including Methodist founder John Wesley, Salvation Army founders William and Catherine Booth, Seventh-day Adventist Church founder Ellen G. White, and prominent evangelical leader Franklin Graham.
A meat-free diet is not just about Christian devotion. Dozens of medical studies have linked consumption of animal products with elevated risk of heart failure, stroke, cancer, and other killer diseases. A United Nations report named meat production as the largest source of greenhouse gases and water pollution. Undercover investigations have documented farm animals being caged, crowded, mutilated, beaten, and shocked.
Lent offers a superb opportunity to honor Christ's powerful message of compassion, but also to protect the health of our family and our planet Earth by adopting a meat-free diet.