Letters to the Editor, May 31-June 3, 2017
Submissions from Park Record readers
Student encourages citizens to contribute to Bonanza Flats
As a 13-year-old seventh-grader and the future of Park City, I would like to urge people to donate for the preservation of open space. My seventh-grade class at Park City Day School is currently learning about our local government and we are trying to raise awareness about Bonanza Flats.
Bonanza Flats is 1,350 acres of flat land full of wildlife, aspen groves, alpine lakes, beautiful scenery, and peaks of the Central Wasatch Mountains. Many bikers and hikers use this land, and it is visible from the top of McConkey’s ski lift. The property is currently owned by a firm called Redus. If Park City does not purchase this land, it’s likely to become a gated community closed off to the public. Hikers and bikers won’t be able to use it. In order to purchase this land, Park City needs to raise $38 million.
The Park City passed a bond to acquire this land and will be supplying $25 million which means we need to raise $13 million. Several organizations are pitching including utahopenlands.org, saveourcanyons.org, mountaintrails.org and many more. Summit County has agreed to fund $5.75 million, and other government entity commitments have approved now total $1,750,000. We still need about $2.5 million. If each household from Summit, Wasatch, and Salt Lake County participated, each would only need to donate $8 to reach this goal.
We encourage you to donate to http://www.savebonanzaflats.org. Savebonanzaflats.org will refund your money if they do not reach the required amount and your donations are tax exempt. The deadline for donations is on June 15t, so if you are interested in donating, please do so before this date.
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Help shut down the meat industry
Last month, animal rights activists shut down the 146-year-old Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus after years of effectively exposing them for animal abuse. Can the meat and dairy industry be far behind?
The shift toward plant-based eating is everywhere. Fast-food chains like Chipotle, Quiznos, Starbucks, Subway, Taco Bell, and Wendy’s offer plant-based options. Parade, Better Homes and Gardens, and Eating Well are all touting vegan recipes.
Indeed, Global Meat News reports that nearly half of consumers are reducing their meat intake. Beef consumption has dropped by 43% in the past 40 years.
Google CEO Eric Schmidt views replacement of meat by plant protein as the world’s #1 technical trend. The financial investment community is betting on innovative start-ups, like Beyond Meat, or Impossible Foods, while warning clients about “death of meat.”
Even Tyson Foods new CEO Tom Hayes sees plant protein as meat industry’s future. The industry needs to transition to plant-based foods, or shut down like the Greatest Show on Earth.
In the meantime, every one of us can shut the meat and dairy industry out of our own kitchen by checking out the rich collection of plant-based entrees, milks, cheeses, and ice creams in our supermarket.
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