Letters to the Editor, May 14-16, 2014
Parkites raise $18,000 for cancer research
The Park City Thank You Fund kickoff event at the Boneyard was a huge success! Thank you to all who contributed to the fund thus far. Thank you also to Ron and Lacey at Boneyard for graciously hosting a wonderful event. The kickoff event raised over $8,500.
To date, the fund has raised over $18,000 for cancer research! Another $6,000 has been pledged. Cancer is a devastating disease that has affected the lives of many us in Park City and Summit County, as well as family and friends everywhere. We are looking for a total of 130 donors to raise $50,000 for cancer research and to name a patient room at Huntsman Cancer Institute "The Park City Community Room". There are four contribution levels: $1000, $500, $250, and $100.
If you would like to contribute to the cause, please visit our website: http://www.parkcitythankyoufund.org Or by writing a check payable to:
Huntsman Cancer Foundation
500 Huntsman Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
Memo: The Park City Thank You Fund
(Huntsman Cancer Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization.)
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Pipeline proposal raises concern about oil spills
With I-80 passing my front door and a Chevron pipeline in my backyard, I took special interest in the recent tanker truck spill of 4000-plus gallons of crude oil in Parley’s Canyon. Ironically this spill calls attention to a much larger looming set of problems.
As many as 250 tanker trucks per day carry 50,000 barrels of sticky crude oil from eastern Utah to Salt Lake refineries on U.S. 40 and I-80. More spills are inevitable, along with more air and watershed pollution from trucks, spills and the increased output of refineries.
Tesoro’s solution is to build a 135-mile, 12-inch diameter pipeline to carry 60,000 barrels per day into Salt Lake, traversing the Provo River and other waterways, the source of drinking water for over a million Utahns. This pipeline will likely follow the existing Chevron pipeline that passes just behind my home and along a stream and will place many Summit county residents in jeopardy of spills. Unfortunately, pipelines break a lot. Since 1986 in the U.S. there have been nearly 8,000 pipeline incidents resulting in 512 fatalities, and $6.84 Billion in property damages This equates to one incident/day. (http://bit.ly/NL3AN4.)
Tesoro says the pipeline will eliminate the trucks, however, Tesoro is just one of five refineries in SLC wanting crude. Thus expect more pipelines, tanker trucks and more oil spills.
A better visionary plan: Move the refineries and pollution out of SLC closer to the source of the oil. Refocus our energy plan from oil and gas to large scale solar, wind, and geothermal power from Utah, creating new jobs and electricity for mass transit and to power clean and readily available electric vehicles, greatly reducing killing pollution.
Tell politicians: NO to crude oil trucks, pipelines and pollution and YES to renewable power, cleaner water and air for future generations.
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More support for PCCAPS program
It has been my pleasure to play a small part in the first full year of PCCAPS and watch a need be filled…"To prepare students for professional environments and careers, by inspiring them to find their passion through industry driven projects." I look forward to my participation growing in this needed and effective program.
It is my understanding that the program leaders have operated within the decisions made and been accountable to its commitments when PCCAPS was approved as a program. I hope you will support the continuation of the program by honoring the agreed upon building of a separate facility. If the program does not have a home it will be derailed and that would be very unfortunate. Please support and follow through on final approval of funds for the PCCAPS facility.
From my work in the world with employers all over the country, from start ups to Fortune 500 companies, this is a groundbreaking and needed program that very visionary folks on our school board agreed to fund. I look forward to hearing it will be going ahead according to plan.
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Thanks for a great celebration
A BIG Thank You to Nixon Barber, the entire PCHS Student Body, Faculty, Chaperones, Volunteers, and anyone that had a hand in making this year’s PCHS Prom a HUGE Success! Everyone I have spoken to said it was a great time, and I know we parents really appreciated the $30 tickets! GREAT JOB!
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