Letters to the Editor, May 30 to June 3, 2015
May 29, 2015
Record needs to keep dog drama in perspective
This letter is not written to offer judgment on wars our soldiers have fought — nor on leashes, trails or dog bites. However, I would urge you, as editor, to step back and consider some perspective without proposing censorship.
As I write this letter on Memorial Day I have the weekend issue of The Record in front of me. Sadly, the article "County gets proactive about leashes" is actually a bit shorter in column inches than "Veteran: Freedom ain’t free."
Memorial Day was founded to honor soldiers who fought on both sides of the Civil War, which claimed more lives than any other war in our history. The day does not honor the wars or battles in which soldiers fell — from the trenches of the Somme to the mountains of Afghanistan, from Pearl Harbor to Vietnam. It does honor the fallen, and that is perhaps an opportunity for one single day of the year to devote more ink to this remembrance than to our leash laws.
In closing, I have a small suggestion. If The Record would like to highlight dog attacks on a weekly basis, then perhaps a box at the top of the front page giving a tally of attacks last week and attacks this year would keep this issue squarely in the public consciousness. Then perhaps the narrative articles could be moved to the Police Blotter page, leaving room on the front page for articles like "Memorial Day Ceremony Planned," or "County to offer energy loans."
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What I ask is that all the news continues to be reported in the excellent fashion The Record has done over the years while giving careful editorial consideration to priorities.
Reader of the Record since the ’80s
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Outgoing school board member says his tenure was rewarding
As my current term on the Park City School Board winds down, I have so many people that I would like to thank. My time on the Park City School Board has been a truly wonderful experience and one that I will always cherish.
I want to thank all the teachers, administrators and staff for their amazing dedication to our students and district. It has been a pleasure to get to know so many wonderful people who support our children each and every day. I want to thank all the former and current Park City School Board members who have worked tirelessly on behalf of the community.
I have had the opportunity to meet and work with so many community members who volunteer their time and energy for so many worthy causes, and to them I say thank you. I want to thank all the board members and volunteers who have helped make the Park City Ed Foundation such a great organization that impacts all our students and community. Lastly, I want to thank the students of the Park City School District. It has been such a great experience watching so many of these students grow and mature into such great young adults. We should be proud of these young people and we should always focus on making sure to give them the best opportunities available. We have a great school district and I look forward to watching it grow and strengthen in the years to come.
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Housing discussion needs to address options for seniors
Jay Hamburger’s report on the May 19 workshop at the Yarrow regarding options for lower Park Avenue redevelopment was very thorough except for the omission of the issues presented by the group of seniors at our table. We discussed the low availability of senior housing units in Park City. Few options are available for those in our growing senior population who are unable to keep up a house or can no longer live independently. Many have had to move a minimum of 20 miles from town, creating an obstacle to maintaining contact with their network of family and friends, and separating them from familiar amenities available in town. The area near the current Senior Center would be an ideal location for a senior housing facility.
Paul Wisniewski, member of Board of Directors
Park City Senior Center
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Parley’s Park school VIPs get a shout out
As a parent of two Parley’s Park students, I couldn’t be happier with the school’s wonderful community of teachers, staff, students and families. I want to specifically thank a few VIPs who do so much behind the scenes to make the school’s events as successful as they are. From email reminders to essential supplies, they go above and beyond to assist with the details of implementing our events Used Book Fair, Teacher Appreciation Week, Running With Ed, just to name a few. Thank you to Dave Thomas, Jason Mecham, Jobana Gertz, Reyna Velazquez, Aaron Webb and Lisa Herbert. I appreciate all you do Parley’s Park would not be as amazing as it is without you!