Letters to the Editor, March 15-17, 2017
Submissions from Park Record Readers
Random acts of kindness
This letter is to thank Trent and Eric from Park City SUP for stopping and taking the time to help me when I totally needed help.
I was driving home with groceries when my front tire went flat. I managed to drive a little more on the rim and got the car into the St. Marys Church parking lot. I partially jacked up the car but could only loosen one lug nut.
The rest were stuck and so was I.
My cell phone was dying and I was having trouble reaching anybody to help. Thats when Trent and Eric pulled up in the Park City SUP pickup. They had just finished powderboarding and they noticed my spare tire and all of my groceries out in the parking lot. I was so relieved when they walked over and asked if they could help
They were so nice and changed my tire quickly. I tried to pay them but Trent smiled and said, Were looking for karma not cash.
Thanks for your kindness.
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Misplaced patriotism morphs into racism
The incident that occurred at the Java Cow on March 4 was disturbing on many levels: a group of adult customers felt free to bully a teenager; they assumed that there was some intentional disrespect to an American flag magnet — seriously? Their irrational patriotism led them to feel justified in physically accosting the manager of the coffee shop; and one of the participants was either actually a police officer or lying about being one.
However, the most disturbing thing of all was that this all happened because of racism and hate. The woman assumed some nefarious anti-American disrespect to the flag magnet must have been the fault of the Latino teenager merely because of his ethnicity.
How can assault of the manager and hateful speech telling an American boy to go back to your country and wishing death upon his family NOT be investigated as a hate crime by the Police Department? Does it get any more hateful then that?
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Five reasons to hold Presidents Week break during Film Fest
I have thought about this for years now, and with the increased traffic in town, in my mind, I feel the idea has some merit. Although I am down to one high school age child, all the benefits I think of make me want to share my thoughts surrounding this idea.
Having the week of Sundance off would replace the Presidents Week break, and although its pretty close to the Winter Break, it could be very beneficial to a lot of locals. Rather than write some manifesto of my ideas, here is a list of reasons why.
1. Skiing is great: Yes, we already know this, like them or not Vail is in town, and the pictures I saw of the lift lines seemed bigger than ever. I do not think they are going to get smaller. If you had Sundance off, and wanted to stay in town, the resorts are pretty empty, and there is a good chance of some great snow!
2. Leaving could cost less: If you are not able to take your family out of town on Presidents Week because of the high cost of it being peak travel, going during Sundance is a little more of an off week, and it might be less expensive to go get warm for a few days.
3. Rent your home: (If you want) Even though the majority of us live in property that does not allow nightly rentals, there are surely a few of us out there that would like to take advantage of renting their homes to festival attendees. A one-off rental to a Sundance attendee can be considered a long term rental, as long as it is the only rental in January. Make some money!
4. Less traffic: Does anyone notice the traffic problem in Park City? Parking is especially tough for the high school kids, and traffic is insane for parents to pick up and drop off kids. Let the Sundance attendees have the roads.
5. More money for Park City Schools: There is a theater at Ecker, then you have the gymnasiums at the rest of the elementary schools and Treasure. Rent them to Sundance as movie venues, and rent the parking lots. This could be a nice revenue generator for our schools and the funds would stay in the Park City School District. Think of all the things that could be done with the money!
Like anything, there is a pro for every con, but if you think this is a good idea, I would hope you would share it and tell your local School Board Representative.
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Local businesses should support Bonanza Flat purchase
Park Citys residents and the tourists who contribute significantly to our local economy value open space and outdoor recreation, as evidenced by our lifestyles, hobbies and the goods/services we support. Our community underscored this commitment to preservation of public lands by authorizing a $25M bond to purchase Bonanza Flat, and yet a $13M funding gap to close the deal remains.
Surrounding municipalities and counties have stepped up in solidarity with more than $5M in contributions, some of which effectively put a double burden on Park City taxpayers. Local nonprofits including Utah Open Lands, Summit Land Conservancy, Friends of Alta & KPCW have rearranged their own budgets to offer matching grants in the name of public preservation and shared enjoyment of a pristine wilderness that touches us all. Small businesses and private donors are digging into their registers and pockets to meet these fundraising challenges, because were all in this together. Or are we?
Recently, companies like Patagonia, The North Face and Outdoor Retailer flexed their spending muscles to uphold our shared values and advocate for the protection of public lands in Utah. So, with the clock ticking to meet the fundraising goal and save Bonanza Flat from private development, where are Park Citys for-profit companies in affirming their support for the values they market to and the wilderness they profit from?
Our ski resorts, consumer goods retailers and outdoor companies are no small businesses. They collectively employ thousands of people and individually earn millions in annual profits. They could easily step up and address the $3.5M Wendy Fisher of Utah Open Lands confirmed was still needed as of Thursdays (3/9/17) City Council meeting.
It remains true as ever; money talks. So what are Park Citys for-profit companies – the ones we work for, patronize and promote – saying by not contributing some of their dollars to the preservation of Bonanza Flat? And what are we saying by letting them stand on the sidelines of the battles for our way of life and our natural environment?
Angela Moschetta and Sarah Berry
Co-Founders, Future Park City
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Park City School Boards bond timeline is flawed
Members of the Park City Board of Education:
I am concerned with your approach of selling the bond to the community.
You — the Board and the District — have a significant leadership issue which has resulted in a deep distrust of recommendations and decisions by the District. If you solve the leadership deficiencies, the community will support you. If you don’t, the bond will face the same fate as your last attempt. It will fail. You haven’t addressed the core issue that many of your constituents, including your own Strategy Committee, voiced directly to you as members.
Yet, you are back again asking us to fund a bond. No change. No real discussion. Yet the same request. This community strongly supports education, but we do not support keeping leadership in place that is ineffective and detrimental.
To add insult to injury, you are very clear in the aforementioned email and motion: “if the bond fails in 2017, the Board will go to a tax levy.” That, irrespective the outcome of the vote, you are going to force your plan on us.
If the bond fails, you will levy us. So why even ask us for input if you are going to proceed regardless of the vote? Put bluntly, that is obnoxious, offensive and repeats the same behavior displayed during the last failed bond.
You are representatives of the voters and should reflect our collective will, you should not be issuing ultimatums to the voters. If you genuinely listen to the community and act on the feedback you have been given regarding the management deficiencies in the District, you will have a community that sincerely supports your efforts.
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Hateful graffiti has no place in Park City
Recently, vandals spray-painted an anti-immigrant message on an apartment building in the Aspen Villas complex next door to the High School. While I am hopeful that no Park City High School students were involved in this hateful, criminal act, as the Community-Outreach coordinator for the student body, I think it important to get the message out that both the behavior and the underlying sentiment are wholly unacceptable to me and my fellow students and are antithetical to who we are, as students and as a community.
Park City High School endeavors to be a welcoming, safe, and inclusive place where we value and respect all students regardless of gender, race, orientation, religion, ethnicity or immigration status. All are welcome here.
Jayne D. Moyes, Student and Student Body Community Outreach Coordinator
Park City High School
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