Letters to the Editor, March 7-10, 2015
March 7, 2015
Park City Rotary Club thanks PCMR and Jans
The Park City Rotary Club would like to thank Bill Rock, Tom Pettigrew and PCMR for a generous donation of lift tickets and ski lessons for 10 international high school students that were in town last week for a Youth Exchange weekend. The kids are truly international the countries represented include Japan, Sweden, Brazil, Peru, France and Spain. The students are in Utah for one year of study and are placed with families all over the state, from Cedar City to Logan. Every year, the kids get to escape the drudgery of their studies and valley living and they all get together for one fun filled weekend in Park City, hosted by the Park City Rotary Club. Activities include tubing at Soldier Hollow, skiing, a tour of the Olympic Park, dinners and socializing with the Park City High Interact club students.
Needless to say, one of the highlights for these students is the opportunity to ski at PCMR. When we contacted Bill Rock about a possible donation, he promptly and very generously agreed to donate 10 lift tickets and ski lessons for the international kids free of charge. Tom Pettigrew was also instrumental in making sure that we were well taken care of on the mountain. We’d like to extend a big thank you to Vail and PCMR for the unhesitating generosity and for being a great member of the community.
We’d also like to thank Jans for, true to form, stepping up and providing free ski rentals for the international students. We’re lucky to live in a town with businesses that are willing to give to and assist with these types of programs. The students had a fantastic experience on the hill and they will certainly sing Park City’s praises when they return home.
Park City Rotary Club
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Cyber bullying is a problem in our local schools
The cowardly act of cyber bullying is quickly becoming an epidemic in our modern-day society. I was pleased when the Park City School district decided to launch an "Anti-Bullying Campaign and Coalition" to educate its students on what it means to bully, the harm it does to the one being bullied, and made the students aware that the school district has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to bullying. All of that seemed like good lessons for the students to learn. But it seems as if this is where the school’s responsibility ends.
Last month a student was viciously cyber bullied by another student at Ecker Hill Middle School. The incident was immediately brought to the attention of the principal’s office at the school. There were promises made about disciplinary actions that were to be taken by Ecker against the bully. Unfortunately, none of the promises were met.
Fortunately the victim’s family is very close and has a tremendous amount of support. But what happens to the students who don’t have that kind of support at home? I am concerned that they can not rely on the school district to help them when they are truly in need.
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Dog owner says leash laws need to be enforced
Is that a white elephant in the room? No, just unleashed dogs that no one wants to talk about!
Thank you, Karen Brooks, for your letter regarding the challenges you’ve experienced with unleashed dogs.
Here’s my story: Unlike so many, I always adopt an adult dog that most likely will not get adopted easily and sometimes saves them from being euthanized. I choose these animals, then rehabilitate them to be better dogs and try to give them some quality senior years in a loving home with a positive and trusting environment.
My most recent dog was my most challenging. I had her assessed to make sure she wasn’t a danger, did private training sessions and class training. I had her for three years and she made incredible strides! However, due to her previous "life," I chose the side of caution whenever in public. On walks she wore a harness, her yellow scarf and I kept her leash fairly tight, especially if dogs were around.
In my neighborhood, it’s challenging to go for walks due to so many loose dogs. I’d hear, "My dog is okay" or useless voice commands. When I ask people to get their dog, you’d think I had Ebola! The last comment was a neighbor yelling that my dog had "no right being in public without a muzzle." My dog was on a leash and in my control as their dog circled us.
We have leash laws. And if they were enforced, perhaps I wouldn’t be the "bad guy." Just because my dog is not a mellow, happy-go-lucky pup doesn’t characterize my dog as bad that has "no right" to be walked; or that I’m an evil person.
While officials didn’t enforce the law, my dog was a prisoner in my back yard. Last week’s letter confirms that I’m not alone. I think enforcing the law would bring change. People may be mad, but when you involve their time and money, it will get their attention and it will start the change so that ALL dogs are safe and neighbors can be neighborly.
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What part of "If you build it they will come" don’t you get?
Have people of Park City become blind and deaf? City managers in building, planning, and transportation have more excuses of why we need growth, and conveniently, (as they did over Christmas) blame traffic congestion on weather conditions. Wake up residents! Park City is no longer a "mountain town." That designation has been lost in the last three years with the city planners handing out building permits as if they come from a Pez candy dispenser. Has anyone given thought to the rise in taxes, to pay for additional services that come with growth? Has anyone thought of the increased classroom size, and stresses on the healthcare at the hospital in Park City? To continually think of what Park City was and what it’s becoming is comparable to what Los Angeles was in the 50s and what it is now. Congested, polluted, road rage and no bike lanes? And soon Park City, with Vail in the mix, will have no mountain-bike trails either. Wake up people and stop the growth!
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