Letters to the Editor, Nov. 7-10, 2015
Council member Beerman thanks voters and all the candidates
Thank you Park City! I woke up Wednesday feeling a mix of relief, excitement, and gratitude. I was relieved for the vote of confidence; excited by the opportunity to continuing tackling some of Park City toughest challenges; and deeply grateful for the community’s trust and support to return me Council.
I used this campaign as an opportunity to listen and learn, and appreciate all the time you spent sharing your thoughts and ideas. I can’t promise to always get it right, but I do promise to work hard, listen harder, keep an open mind, temper boldness with caution, and above all, protect the community and natural setting that make us great.
I also want to offer my congratulations to Nann and Becca who will be joining me on Council. Great campaigns by all, and I hope that Rory, Hope and Dan will stay involved — they deserve our thanks for offering to serve and for all the great things they already do for our community.
We shouldn’t forget to thank Liza Simpson and Dick Peek, outgoing Council members that have doggedly served Park City and taught me so much — they will be missed!
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Park City could kill several birds with two stones
Everywhere I go in Park City "Help Wanted" signs and customers complaining about lack of service personnel appear. I placed an ad for roommates and was flooded with people seeking rooms I could not accommodate. I met a family of undocumented migrants sleeping in their vehicle who want work but lack papers. Studies show that taking in migrants at first can be a financial strain to provide language education and other services, but quickly improves the local economy.
Today, migrants are flooding out of eastern European, the Middle East and other areas. Undocumented migrants need jobs and basic human rights and we need them. Some U.S. cities today provide municipal identity documents to undocumented migrants.
In my opinion, Park City should: (1) provide municipal documents, English language classes, and legal aid to obtain documentation for undocumented migrants; and (2) build several hundred low-cost rental residential housing units that could be rented seasonally, perhaps in the county area along the east side of route 40, with regular busing to the city bus hub. In my opinion, these rental units could be south-facing passive solar with entries and hallways on the north side; bedrooms could be supplied with single bed frames convertible to bunk beds or to a "double" bed for couples and parents; and, every two bedrooms could be supplied with a small kitchen area. One central common area, playground for children, and work- out room together with several units and offices for manager(s) and maintenance personnel could be provided.
If providing local identity papers to undocumented migrants is not legal currently in Utah, then Park City could lobby the state legislature to become a test area. Temporary, renewable municipal identity documents would enable undocumented migrants to work, to visit loved ones in hospitals and to report crimes, helping law enforcement as well as solving Park City’s labor shortage and providing basic rights to struggling people.
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Dyslexia movie help raise awareness
We would like to recognize all those who recently partnered with PC READS to make the showing of Dislecksia: The Movie a success during National Dyslexia Awareness Month. We are incredibly appreciative to Katy Wang and the Park City Film Series for arranging the screening and assisting us with marketing the event. Special thanks also goes to our panelists, Jack Amiel, Ari Ioannides, Alex Hall & Dr. Jenise Jensen, and our Moderator from KPCW, Leslie Thatcher. We are also very grateful to the many community members who attended the event, and for the opportunity to share information about the Joseph James Morelli Scholarhip. It was a true group effort to help support and raise awareness for Dyslexia.
PC READS recognizes, educates and advocates for the dyslexic student. With the help of supporters, teachers and families we are actively providing resources, educational materials, and opportunities for everyone to learn more about dyslexia. Our combined efforts will help our Park City children. If you missed the film screening or would like to view it again, it is now available on the website http://www.dislecksiathemovie.com for a small fee.
The success of our event was an excellent example of how our Park City nonprofits support each other. This week is Live PC, Give PC an energizing event here in our town. PC Reads is a new addition to Live PC, Give PC and we hope you consider supporting us, as well as the nonprofits listed above who are vested in helping the Park City community and our dyslexic students:
Barbara Wirostko Morelli MD
On behalf of the PC READS Board
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Immigrants work hard to support Park City’s resort economy
Undocumented immigrants have been working in the United States for many years. There are more than 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. which is around 60 percent of the population. They illegally immigrate here so their kids can have a better future and a better chance themselves so they can make a decent amount of money and make a good living for their families. But what is the point of coming if they’re getting a low-paid job, is it really worth it?
Some people could be sitting in a comfortable office, while the immigrants are out in the sun all day or doing stressful jobs and getting paid way less.
People say, "Immigrants take all of our jobs." I, personally, don’t think anybody would want to do the jobs we do. If it weren’t for us, most people would have to clean their own houses, mow their own lawns and babysit their own kids. Most immigrants do the lowest paying jobs so some even have more than one job. It might not be one of the best jobs but we do what we can for our families, even if it stresses us out.
People also say, "They are employed mainly in service jobs in hotels, restaurants, buildings and grounds, and private homes." Immigrants mainly work for other people by serving their needs. Being an immigrant, you’re considered lucky if you work for someone in a private home. You would get paid a bit more than in the other jobs.
People should realize how much effort people do to find a good enough job to support their families. People think the jobs aren’t too bad, for example, cleaning a house can’t be that hard right? But imagine cleaning around 4-5 houses every day for 6 days a week.
Then why come? Why immigrate to the U.S. knowing you’ll have to work a lot? If people knew how much better it is over here in the U.S than in Mexico people would understand the situation. In Mexico even if you have two jobs it is difficult supporting your family.
Many adults have children so they can help them with money. Instead of going to school the kids work so they can help their parents get food on the table for them and the younger ones. coming to the U.S they know that they’ll be able to get a job. Even if it’s a bad job it can give them enough money to know they’ll have a meal every day and get the chance to go to school as well.
The wheels on the bus take kids to rug show
We would like to thank the Park City Transit Center, and the bus drivers, for helping our 3rd graders arrive on time to the Navajo Rug Show on November 5th. Once again, the buses have gone above and beyond to transport all of our students to this wonderful event.
We are so thankful to have such a wonderful service in our small town.
Becky Brady on behalf of the 3rd grade teachers
Trailside Elementary School
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Did you enjoy the Historic Home Tour last weekend? Park City Museum Executive Director Sandra Morrison says there are a number of people and organizations in the community to thank.