Letters to the Editor, March 2-4, 2016
State legislators fail to support humane measure for unwanted animals
Seven shelters in Utah continue killing unwanted animals in gas chambers. A bill banning euthanasia by carbon monoxide failed in the Utah House of Representatives on Tuesday (HB187). I wish ending those lives was not necessary, but know reality demands otherwise. What I cannot live with is that animals die in sheer terror, unloved, unwanted, in horrific pain. There is another way: Putting them to sleep like a beloved pet.
Clearly, cost drove this issue and cowardice prevented the legislators to admit it.
The bill failed in the House on a 31-40 vote. To those of you that tried, a heartfelt "Thank You." Those of you that callously denied humane euthanasia are despicable, heartless human beings. God loves all creatures, so for the "nay sayers" remember, what goes around comes around. You try to hide $1 million of our tax money to pay lobbyists for delisting wolves; yet refuse to humanely euthanize those poor creatures? Outrageous!
Many of us would gladly have paid a few more bucks on an extra line of the tax return to cover those costs. Can’t you think outside the box? Shame on you!
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Local educators clarify comments on reading program
The Park City Education Association and the Park City Classified Employee Association would like to clarify an inaccuracy shared during the Park City School Board meeting on Tuesday, February 23. It was stated that we did not share any concerns in regards to the changes in upcoming reading plan for the elementary schools. Our records indicate that meetings were held with district personnel in which our concerns were vetted. The Park City Education Association and the Park City Classified Employee Association will continue to support our teachers and education support personnel, advocating for what they feel is in the best interest of each child’s education."
Sam Thompson and Renee Pinkney
Ali Gallagher and Amy Jones
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Couple is grateful to local rescue personnel
My wife and I would like to thank the Park City Police, Utah Highway Patrol and the Park City Fire and Rescue Department for helping my wife this past Sunday when the brakes on her car failed, and she sped through the US 40 and State Road 248 intersection. The Police Officers and Fire and Rescue personnel showed great concern for my wife and remained with us until she was thoroughly examined and the tow company arrive. Thankfully no one was injured in the accident.
Willis and Laura Richardson
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Avalanche instructors say thanks to hosts atCanyons Village
On behalf of the owners, instructors and students of the American Avalanche Institute, we would like to take a moment to thank Canyons Village, particularly Bill Rock and Jenna Prescott, for continuing our 15+ year partnership bringing world class avalanche education to both the recreational and professional mountain enthusiasts in our community.
The unique lift access to our permit area creates an unparalleled learning environment where students are exposed to complex avalanche terrain and snowpack conditions in a safe and efficient manner. This partnership helps minimize down time for travel and transition between classroom and field, and maximizes learning potential.
We look forward to many more years providing this service to the Wasatch Back and beyond.
Jake Hutchinson, Lead Instructor American Avalanche Institute
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