Letters to the Editor, March 18-21, 2017
Submissions from Park Record readers
There’s no room for hate in Park City
As I was on my way to work today, I saw a vehicle with messages on it that said “no room for hate” and “love all.” It was unexpected but heartwarming to see that. It was shortly after I got to work that I saw the article of the racist slurs written on a building at Aspen Villas.
I am a resident of Aspen Villas. I am a Caucasian white female and live with two other Caucasian females. We are of the minority of or complex and we are absolutely fine with that. It broke my heart to see hateful messages could be made about my neighbors.
This is their home. This is where they work hard to live and raise their families. I grew up in Park City and have loved to stay here. I was grateful to find a place that wouldn’t cost half of what I earned to stay in this city. It doesn’t matter your race, we should all get that same opportunity. I admire those of the community I live in. I see those out at 4 a.m. digging out our sidewalks after a crazy snowstorm. Or those that leave at 6 a.m. to get their kids to school and get to work. Those that come home in uniforms and go on walks with their kids and pets.
I will never feel anything but love and respect for those that live in Aspen Villas. We may have different skin colors, but that will never matter. Love is what matters and having mutual respect for others.
I have been in Park City for twenty years and I’m baffled by the hate I’ve seen in the past week between this incident and what happened at Java Cow.
I just want all the residents of Aspen Villas and this community to know that we are one. This is a community of love and support. We are not a community of discrimination.
Aspen Villas resident
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A thank you note for Park City mayor and City Council
We, at EATS Park City, are delighted with the City Council of Park City’s declaration of March as Park City Nutrition Month. Our Mayor and City Council deserve praise for recognizing the importance of good nutrition in the health of our community and especially, our children.
Bringing awareness of nutrition to the forefront of our city’s concerns is a major step toward reversing the growing trend toward obesity. In the United States, two thirds of all adults and one third of all children are either obese or overweight. In Utah, childhood obesity has increased from 16.9 to 21.3 percent over the last 20 years. Raising the community’s awareness and educating our children to recognize the wide variety of fresh, nutritious and appealing food contributes greatly to offsetting the pervasive advertising and availability of fast food and sugars.
The city council’s action to highlight healthy food choices is a significant contribution toward maintaining the healthy, able lifestyle of the citizenry of Park City and Summit County. This action helps to create an environment that surrounds our young people with positive, healthy messages that reinforce what EATS Park City is promoting.
All of us owe thanks to the City Council of Park City and our Mayor for their support and for this exceptional recognition of a community-wide effort to improve our lives.
Well done and thank you Mayor Thomas and Council!
Ann Bloomquist, Executive Director/Co-Founder
EATS – Eat Awesome Things at School
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Utah Law will not keep drunk drivers off the road
Regarding The Park Record article, “Legislators opt to stiffen state’s DUI benchmark, March 15, 2017, I have a few observations.
1. Governor Hebert states “An example of effective state regulation can be found with how Utah governs alcohol.” Really? Does anybody except the Temple quorum think that the Zion Curtain has any effect?
2. There is a problem with our CDC 160-pound man, for whom three drinks would take him to .05. Drinking one after another, spreading the time out, eating at the same time? These are important factors. The statement in The Record from the CDC is all but meaningless.
3. Rules do not help deter the folks who like to get blasted. But for the rest of us, we have choices. We can purchase a personal blood-alcohol tester, check ourselves with a self-administered or friend-administered field sobriety test (see your doctor about this) or use Uber or Lyft.
Blood-alcohol testers will never be found in public places due to high potential liability. But with individually-purchased units, the manufacturer will take the risk.
Drunk driving takes a terrible toll on the victim and the intoxicated driver and cannot be taken even the least bit lightly. But Utah law does not and will not solve the problem. The solution is with the imbiber.
Robert S. Mindell, MD
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