Letters to the Editor, March 18-20
March 17, 2015
Dog-bite victim implores pet owner to come forward
What will it take for the County and City to enforce their leash laws? I’m disappointed to report yet another attack by an off-leash dog.
Mid-afternoon on Saturday, March 14, I was biking along the Rail Trail and saw a woman ahead with two dogs. As I got closer I noticed that she was putting them on leashes and slowed down to wait. Suddenly, one broke away, ran at me, and bit my leg. Without apology, she said it was my fault.
Fortunately it happened right by the Promontory Fire Station. The guys on duty kindly helped to get the bleeding stopped, then gave me a ride to the hospital. Twenty-three stitches later, I was relieved to know that the dog had missed all the important tendons (it was a Heeler, and he went for my Achilles), but my ski season is over.
I had immediately called 911, and the woman said she’d wait in the parking lot. For some reason the operator chose to call Animal Control instead of the County Sheriff, which was only a couple minutes away. the time Animal Control arrived, the woman had driven away with the dogs. Unfortunately I didn’t take any photos or get an ID. If you know a middle-aged woman with a Heeler and a Retriever, please contact Animal Control so they can determine if I should undergo rabies treatment.
My advice to anyone who’s attacked by a dog is to take a lot of pictures of the dog, the owner, hopefully their car and license plate, and your injury, so you have a good record. Report the incident immediately to the police or sheriff, and do let Charlie Sturgis at Mountain Trails know about it (435-513-8710).
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As I’ve recounted my story to friends, I’m amazed at how many have had similar encounters. It’s way past time that we started enforcing our leash laws!
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Parkites need to rise above email slander
Recently, a business owner broadcast an email to other business owners and managers about me with the outright lie that I had engaged in improprieties with a minor. My employer was one recipient. Fearing retaliation from that business owner, I was fired. Now my ex-employer is threatening me for taking action on information he willingly shared with me. One source has suggested the email has already gone viral. Anything not electronically shared surely will be spoken. Public librarians will probably treat me like a pervert. Is this how Park City’s business leaders roll? Teens and adults of all ages work together in businesses across Park City and Summit County. Accusations of wrongdoing in a small town last far longer and with far greater impact than the intended retaliatory gesture. Challenging such a false accusation is nearly impossible. Employers have a responsibility to be honest in informing others of issues they’ve had with former employees, and thorough regarding investigation of all allegations leading to dismissal of an employee. Or does might make right in this town?
David M. Hoza
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Victorious ski racers return to Park City
This week, the USSA welcomed the U.S. aerials team back to Park City. The team has amassed an impressive amount of hardware this season. Mac Bohonnon and Kiley McKinnon each brought home season-long World Cup titles. Teammate Ashley Caldwell had two World Cup wins this season, finishing second behind McKinnon in the standings. Back in January, McKinnon and 2014 Rookie of the Year Alex Bowen landed silver medals at the 2015 FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships. On top of it all, the team brought home the Nations Cup, officially making them Best in the World.
Mac, Kiley, Ashley, Alex and the entire aerials team were able to achieve these milestones thanks to the top-notch water ramping facilities at the Utah Olympic Park. Project Big Air, a complete renovation of the 22-year-old ramps, is underway and will be completed this summer, providing elite and development athletes in freestyle, freeskiing and snowboarding the opportunity to train and progress their sports.
Many of these athletes call Park City home. Having a state of the art facility right in their backyard is key to their success. The USSA would like to thank the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation and the entire community of Park City for continuing to support the dreams of our athletes.
Tiger Shaw, President and CEO
U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association
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Crack down on idling engines is necessary to protect our air
I was happy to see that the City Council and the mayor are considering tightening the anti-idling law. Many times each week, I see cars idling, sometimes without drivers in them, and am astonished at this. It’s somewhat understandable on severely cold days like we had in late December, but not when the temperatures have been above normal as they have been for most of this winter. Pollution and climate change are among the most serious challenges we face and this is a contributor that we can easily control. I suggest that the three warnings for a violation be changed to one warning, that the low-end temperature allowance be eliminated or changed from 32 degrees to much lower and that there be no allowance for high temperatures.
We only need to drive a few miles down to Salt Lake City to see what environmental degradation looks like. We live and vacation here in Park City because it is such a beautiful place. It’s up to all of us to keep it that way.
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