Letters to the Editor, Oct. 10-13, 2015
It’s time for metal detectors in our schools
Another horrific school shooting in Oregon. Earlier this week, the FBI has issued a warning of a threat of violence on Philadelphia campuses. How many more times must we grieve as a nation as mentally-ill people decide that schools are the best platform to vent their anger? Is there a certain number, or a cap, on how many school shootings we will tolerate until we decide we need to do something? More money into mental health programs? Yes. Stricter gun control laws? Yes. But do we need to do something in our town, right now? Yes.
What can we do immediately? Walk-through metal screening devices. Yep, just like the airport. As a former flight attendant I know I was grateful to pass through that technology every time I went to work. Would teachers and administrative staff like to feel that same sense of security when they go to work every day? I think so.
Growing up in California I wanted a place where I felt more secure raising my two children. Park City has been ideal. Dedicated and truly caring teachers, principals, vice principals, counselors, staff and volunteers. Do I still feel a twinge of fear every morning as I hug my kids good-bye for the day? Absolutely. Mental illness is not confined to specific neighborhoods or income brackets.
We invest so much money into this town to make it a desirable place to live. We care here in Park City. Would residents be willing to do whatever it takes to guarantee a gun will never make it into a Park City school? I think so. Parents and non-parents alike. This is a community to be proud of. I have lived in many states as well as in Europe for many years. Park City is unique because we care. About everything.
Walk-through metal detectors would be an added expense. It would be a bit of a hassle to get all those kids in and out the door every day. Are our kids worth the extra time and money? Absolutely! Are our teachers and staff worth the extra time and money? Absolutely! Why not be the first school in America to go the distance and truly be pro-active? If there was ever a town in America that could pull it off — it’s Park City.
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City council candidate Nann Worel has experience, passion, vision
I am writing to urge everyone to vote this year and hope you will vote for Nann Worel for Park City Council. I have known Nann for eight years now and am convinced she will make an outstanding contribution to our community on the Council. Nann has a wide range of experiences that are well suited to public office. She has served our country as a US Navy nurse, has been a hospital executive and now leads the People’s Health Clinic in Park City as Executive Director. I have worked alongside Nann at this clinic and know she has an in depth grasp of the issues and the ability to make a difference on our behalf.
Nann has already served on the Planning Commission and many non-profit Boards in town. She thinks through complex issues. She is capable and competent and passionate about our town. Nann Worel has the leadership, vision and action we need on the Park City Council!
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Invest in our Children’s Future, approve the bond
I am writing to express my support for the school bond. The school district’s master plan outlines projects that are essential for Park City students.
Park City is one of the leading school districts in the state; however, our infrastructure is significantly behind the norm. The master plan addresses the capacity constraints we face from having experienced nearly 10 percent growth over the past three years. The growth we have seen represents an additional new elementary school. Treasure Mountain Junior High is obsolete; the bond would demolish this building that is beyond its useful life.
Additionally, the bond would provide an athletic campus, improving our current athletic facilities that are significantly below other local facilities. With the increased growth, there is simply not enough field space for our student athletes.
Furthermore, the master plan moves the ninth grade back into the Park City High School allowing freshman to be part of their high school experience including academics, athletics and activities. Compared to other parts of the country, our taxes are very reasonable for the quality of education children receive. Based on a home valued at $639,000, the cost of the bond is $123 a year a small investment for our children’s future. On November 3, I encourage you to vote YES to the bond invest in the future and support our children.
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Student learns that Park City is not exempt from poverty
Poverty is a problem in Park City that is unknown to many people. Park City is thought to be a rich town with no financial problems whatsoever. When in reality, the only way Park City is able to be a fancy resort town is the low-income workers that are employed at the restaurants, ski resorts, and other tourist services in Park City.
I am Grace Wiczek, member of Leadership at Treasure Mountain Junior High. Like most people in Park City I was unaware of the issue of poverty, what living in poverty really meant, and how common it actually was. We were fortunate enough to have Nann Worel, Executive Director of the People’s Health Clinic, come to our class and talk about what the People Health’s Clinic does for those in poverty and how it has grown over the years.
The mission of the People’s Health Clinic is to supply medical service to those who are uninsured. This nonprofit serves people in our community from both Summit and Wasatch counties.
Having Nann Worel come to our class was an eye-opening experience for all of us. There was one thing that Nann mentioned that we had never thought about prior, many of the people they serve feel like they don’t have a voice. Low-income workers help Park City become the town people know it to be and it is important we take care of those people and their families. Everyone should have access to health no matter their financial situation. Nann Worel helped us realize the importance of health care.
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Beerman’s the best, but just be sure to vote
These letters really mean something and voting really does matter. It now begins another election season. Yet here in Utah elections are being cancelled. No one ran in Francis. In Wasatch you can now vote only by mail. Here in our fair city, will we have our lowest turnout ever again???
We have a real race for our most important civic job, City Council. Signs are out on the lawns and this paper will soon be inundated with letters like this. Tired of it? Let’s not be. Are we different than the rest of the state? Yes and let’s keep it that way. Let’s stay involved and let’s direct our own future.
What does it take to start? A vote! Care about the everyday functioning of our town? Traffic, wildlife, open space, housing, education? Well then VOTE! As Yoda said "There is no try, just do."
And if you want someone who does, I say support Andy Beerman a tireless, cheerful, thoughtful advocate for the now and the future of our town. He’s done so much for our town and he’s just starting. Let’s give him more time to see it through. Talk to him for yourself and see.
And one more practical, thoughtful person who could positively fill a spot is Rory Murphy. He develops our town but lives in it and cares for it a good perspective to have especially with the big interests and ongoing developments now facing our town. That’s my take. Hope you vote.
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Andy Beerman will support open space
Andy Beerman has many strengths needed on our City Council. His leadership qualities, amiable personality, historic preservation efforts, and business and city government experience all make Park City a better place. It has been a pleasure working with him over the years on different issues. He has proven himself a very knowledgeable and conscientious citizen and councilman.
I’d like to focus on just one of Andy’s many strengths – his support for Open Space. I was a board member of the Summit Land Conservancy for six years. Long before Andy ran for City Council, he and his wife Thea repeatedly stepped up and supported our organization in many different ways. Once elected to City Council his support for open space became even more effective.
As a member of COSAC I’ve been able to see him repeatedly contribute great ideas and add clarity to the City’s open space advisory board. Andy is dedicated to preserving open space for our children and future generations to enjoy. I think Andy has proven himself to be an effective councilman and deserves to be re-elected.