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Letters to the Editor, Oct. 11-14, 2014

PRHelp reelect Mary Ann Trussell for Recorder

Editor:

I am pleased to endorse Mary Ann Trussell in her re-election campaign for the Recorder’s office of Summit County. I have worked with Mary Ann for 20 years in her capacity within the Recorder’s office as she transitioned in her duties from employee to deputy and then to the elected office of Recorder.

Mary Ann won her first election as Recorder upon the retirement of Alan Spriggs who left behind a legacy of sound recording office procedures and policies, which his mother and predecessor had begun decades earlier. I hold the Summit County Recorder’s office in the highest esteem among all the offices within the State of Utah in which I work, and that opinion has continued with this Recorder and her staff. The accuracy and reliability with which this office operates has a great effect on the real estate industry and my ability to conduct my business handling transactions of real property.

The management of records involving land ownership is critical to the operation of Summit County and I consider Mary Ann Trussell to be a leader and innovator in recording and managing the real property data. Mary Ann has been involved with all the technological advances which have changed record keeping from handwritten ledgers in black pen to now the management of incredible computers and changing software written to keep pace with our real estate industry.

The job of Recorder is extremely difficult and technical in every aspect, and Mary Ann has proved herself well in her term as the elected Recorder. She has done an excellent job and should absolutely continue in the position as Recorder where experience and knowledge are so necessary for the continued operation of the office.

Nari Trotter, President

Park City title Company

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Robinson’s leadership is evident on county council

Editor:

I had a matter before the Summit County Council the other day. On the way out, I was talking to one of the County Department heads about the meeting and I mentioned to him that, from my experience over the last 25 years before the County Commission and now the County Council, this is the best one we have ever had. Everyone is bright, everyone is paying attention and doing their homework. It is very balanced and the Council members are obviously respectful of each other’s positions. I also mentioned that much of this was due to Chris’s leadership. What I should have added is that Chris’s style as Chair is such that every citizen that appears before the County Council feels respected and fully heard. The citizens of this County would do well to re-elect Chris Robinson to the County Council.

Joe Tesch

Park City

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When you need him most, Brickey is there

Editor:

There are many great things about life in Summit County, and one of them is our outstanding Summit County Attorney David Brickey. Most Park City and Summit County citizens never meet the Summit County Attorney in their daily lives. But if they ever do, most likely as a victim of crime, they are always very impressed by David and his associates. That’s why our local law enforcement professionals, residents, and business owners all want to see David re-elected as our Summit County Attorney.

Make sure you vote to re-elect David Brickey Summit County Attorney on November 4th.

Paul Zane Pilzer and Lisa Dang Pilzer

Park City

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Long-time title company endorses Trussell for Recorder

Editor:

This is the first time I written the editor of any newspaper. I felt that I had a responsibility to comment about the upcoming election of our Summit County Recorder. The disparity in experience between the candidates for the Summit County Recorder’s Office is extraordinary. It seems to me that most people have little or no interaction with the Summit County Recorder’s Office and in most cases do not know the Summit County Recorder’s Office responsibilities.

My wife and I founded and have operated Summit Escrow & Title Insurance Agency, LLC for the last 17 years. We have worked directly with the presiding Summit County Recorder, Mary Ann Trussell, and her staff for all of those 17 years. She and her staff have always been very professional and knowledgeable. Before becoming the Summit County Recorder, Ms. Trussell was the chief clerk in the Summit County Recorder’s Office.

The other two candidates have little or no experience working in a recorder’s office and no experience abstracting or reviewing title. One of the other candidates acknowledged she has no recorder’s office or title experience. The third candidate is a surveyor who wants to make changes to the recorder’s office that he will not have the authority to make if elected. Obviously, the other two candidates will need extensive training at taxpayers’ expense.

In my opinion, Mary Ann Trussell is the only qualified candidate to run the Summit County Recorder’s Office. She has over 20 years of experience and the interpersonal relationships with the recorder’s office and county staff that are invaluable to this community.

John F. Hanlon

Park City

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Moose shooter recklessly endangered other people

Editor:

If you live in Summit County, it’s highly reasonable that you will encounter a wild animal. It’s also highly reasonable that there will be some kind of interaction during that encounter. There are many effective options to employ before shooting to kill.

Starting with the intent of firing a warning shot and ending up with shooting the moose not once, but twice, is a pretty radical departure from initial intent. I wouldn’t have wanted to be recreating nearby if there had been a warning shot … might have ended up dead or injured from a wayward bullet.

So, we have the man in Round Valley insinuating he can shoot an off-leash dog, the man in Summit Park with the off-leash dog/conflicting intentions-vs-actions, and who knows who hasn’t revealed themselves yet. Seems too late once an innocent recreator is, heaven-forbid, killed or injured to have a productive discussion about interacting with the environment better. At this point, I’m less concerned about wildlife’s intentions and more concerned about unpredictable humans.

Eleanor Kelly

Park City

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Fosling as treasurer: ‘smart, capable’

Editor:

I have worked closely with Corrie Forsling for the past six years, and I recommend without reservation that you re-elect her as Summit County Treasurer. Corrie brings clarity and transparency to financial systems. She employs budgeting as a truly effective management tool. She is a collaborator and a team player. Corrie makes organizations better and stronger. As Summit County Treasurer for the last four years, Corrie has had great impact. As a Summit County resident, I feel confident that our money is in smart, capable hands. Please join me in voting for Corrie Forsling on Election Day.

Abby McNulty

Park City

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Martinez is the most professional candidate for sheriff

Editor:

In a few weeks, I will be casting my vote for Justin Martinez for Summit County Sheriff and I hope others will consider doing the same. While both candidates have a long history holding various positions in law enforcement, being a good policeman is not enough. The sheriff’s office employs over 100 people in different areas including patrol, investigations, the jail, and court services. Running an organization this large requires budgeting, human resources, operational, communications and planning skills. We all know that there is a big difference between doing a job and successfully leading a large group of people doing that job.

Justin has had years of experience in the Summit County sheriff’s office in almost every leadership position possible. He is currently the Bureau Chief, which means he is the second in command. I would like to have a Sheriff that is a proven manager and leader rather than hoping than someone can quickly learn on the job.

I have had the opportunity to work with Justin in several non-profit organizations and while serving on the Sheriff’s Citizens Advisory Board. He has always impressed me with his skills, attitude and approach to the job. He cares about the needs of both the citizens and his officers. It’s not just me. He has the endorsement of numerous local mayors and police chiefs. Given how much a sheriff has to communicate and partner with these people, that’s critical support.

Please consider casting your vote for Justin Martinez as our next Summit County Sheriff.

Steve Joyce

Park City

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On Election Day, mark ballot for Forsling

Editor:

In a year when most incumbents need to be removed from office, there is one of the hardest working people I know who we need to re-elect!

It’s time to get past the warm and fuzzy stuff in the Treasurer’s race and focus on actual qualifications. Corrie Forsling is far and away the best-qualified candidate in the race, and Summit County needs her to be re-elected. She is the ONLY candidate in the race with a college education. That’s right. In fact, she has two business degrees — an MBA from Penn State and a B.S. in Management from Ithaca College. She has 22 years of experience in management, accounting, and small business ownership. As Treasurer she has a proven track record of developing first-in-Utah innovations and successful investing. With assets of up to $130 million in the hands of the Treasurer, and a six-year term on the line, we can’t risk an unknown without top-notch qualifications. Vote for Corrie Forsling.

Jeff Stern

Park City

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Sheriff Edmunds says he’ll vote for Brickey

Editor:

Vested with the authority of complete prosecutorial immunity, the county attorney is the most powerful position in county government. First, the county attorney is the chief law enforcement official. The county attorney’s other functions, while important, are subservient to his law enforcement duties. Throughout this election, far too much importance has been placed on the county attorney’s role in civil litigation. The county attorney provides expert advice and counsel, he does not decide what civil actions will be pursued. David Brickey works to make sure that this County has options when considering what direction the civil actions take. Affluent communities will always be embroiled in civil litigation, it is one of the inevitable byproducts of affluence.

More than anything, the county attorney is a prosecutor. And our current county attorney, Mr. David Brickey, is one of Utah’s finest prosecutors. Mr. Brickey’s aggressive, but fair, approach has served Summit County’s citizens well. It has also sent a powerful message to would-be offenders. In more than 20 years of policing, I have never met a bleeding heart at a crime scene. At a crime scene, I have only met the clamor for justice. David Brickey understands his role, and he should be returned to office. Join me as I vote for David Brickey this November.

Sheriff David A. Edmunds

Marion

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Donors pitched in for Habitat fundraiser

Editor:

On behalf of the Habitat for Humanity Board, I want to extend a HUGE thanks to the sponsors, donors, guests, and volunteers who made the Oct. 4 Overall Ball Gala not only a fun event connecting the community to Habitat’s mission, but also a tremendous fundraising success. Because of you all, we met our $100,000 goal.

This was Habitat’s 4th Overall Ball Gala and we experienced a groundswell of support starting with Vail/Canyons, our title sponsor who underwrote the event at the Grand Summit Ballroom. Other Sponsors, such as High Star Ranch, Swire Coca Cola, the Haggerty’s and ELKO made it possible to bring Habitat’s signature fundraiser to the next level. Being in a full house of dedicated partners and guests who care about access to healthy, safe, affordable housing solutions was an inspiration. These are friends who know how to build homes, community and hope!

So many volunteers made our 4th annual gala possible we can’t name you all here but know that we are grateful for your creativity and dedication.

Last, but not least, not a day goes by without Habitat’s gratitude for its home owners , such as Mercedes and Rodrigo, who show us what sweat equity, community, family and partnership are all about. Each family that benefits from new home ownership, home preservation and repair services, or home-ownership and financial education through Habitat’s programs inspires us to develop the resources needed to expand our services to meet the local needs.

Thank you everyone who made a contribution to the Overall Ball Gala to ensure that Habitat’s programs continue to address housing needs in the year to come!

With deepest gratitude,

Shirley Wright

Habitat for Humanity Board member

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Martinez understands our ‘independent spirit’

Editor:

As a fourth-generation Parkite, who has actually lived or worked in Park City and Summit County for most of my life, I want to encourage people to vote for Justin Martinez for Summit County Sheriff. About 20 years ago, I had the privilege of meeting Justin when we were both young cadets at the Utah Police Academy. We have been great friends ever since. Justin has an unassuming humility, a welcoming heart, and a quiet confidence that will translate very well into him becoming the type of Sheriff that Summit County needs.

Perhaps most importantly, Justin Martinez understands the unique and independent spirit that is Park City and Summit County. Summit County has always been just a little different from the rest of Utah, and it is that independent spirit that molds the values and the quality of life that we all enjoy. Justin embodies this unique and independent spirit, which is evidenced by the fact that he has immersed himself so deeply into our community.

Justin is a member of the Park City Rotary, the local chapter of the American Foreign Legion, the Leadership Park City Alumni Association, and sits on the boards for the Domestic Violence Coalition, the Peace House, and the Summit County Children’s Justice Center. Justin is fully engaged in Summit County and really cares about us.

Justin has widespread support among local law enforcement officers, including some of the senior most deputies at the sheriff’s office; who are pillars of their own communities. Justin has a strong and supportive wife and family, and the backing of longtime and loyal friends. Justin is the only candidate in this race who possesses the combination of higher education and experience to be a chief executive officer.

I encourage everyone to vote for Justin Martinez for Summit County Sheriff, he is truly the best person for the job.

Andrew Leatham

Park City

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Bob Richer backs Kent Jones as clerk

Editor:

As a former Summit County Commissioner, I’ve had the pleasure working with our current County Clerk, Kent Jones.

The county clerk office administers elections, issues business and marriage licenses and is the repository for council minutes, ordinances and resolutions. It is an important county function and one that has been performed exceedingly well by Kent and his staff for many years. Kent appreciates and understands that his office exists to serve the citizens of Summit County. Consequently, Kent and his team have always been very customer service-oriented.

Kent works hard, knows his job, knows the citizens of our county and has served us well. I urge you to join me in voting for Kent Jones for Summit County Clerk.

Bob Richer

Park City

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Justin Martinez is ‘simply the best man for the job’

Editor:

I am pleased to offer my unequivocal endorsement, as a private citizen living in Summit County, to my good friend and fellow Peace House Board Member, Justin Martinez for the office of Summit County Sheriff.

I have known Justin for over five years and have served with him on the Peace House Board of Directors for the last two years. Justin is not only a highly qualified law enforcement professional but a bright, compassionate, and hard working Board Member who has made significant contributions to Peace House. Justin devotes his free time to serving as a Peace House Board Member and is highly respected for his knowledge and thoughtful advice.

Summit County presents a wide range of law enforcement challenges, owing to a diverse population and board spectrum of topography. Justin knows the challenges and has been an integral part of why the Sheriff’s office operates effectively and efficiently. He has excellent relations with local civic leaders and law enforcement leaders in Summit County and its cities and towns.

I appeal to all voters; Democratic, Republican, or Independent, to support Justin Martinez’s election to Summit County Sheriff. He is highly qualified, dedicated, and experienced, and is simply the best man for the job.

Jim Smith

Park City

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TEDX was a great learning experience

Editor:

As a ninth-grader, I was given the invitation to attend TedXGlobal at the Eccles Center. It was a great experience for me to go to the event. I learned a lot from the speakers. I was treated very kindly by all the others who attended. They provided many great things for us like snacks, lunch, and drinks.

It was very interesting to learn about the deforestation of the rain forests. Also, the theme was "Blueprints." Learning from critical thinkers in Brazil helped me rethink some of the issues facing us here, in Park City.

I sincerely appreciate The Park City Institute.

Sage Roberts, 9th Grader

Treasure Mountain Junior High

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Fosling’s past service is proof of professionalism

Editor:

There are many wonderful people who are seeking our votes in the upcoming election. I prefer to evaluate candidates based on what they have accomplished. Here is an abbreviated list of some of the achievements of Corrie Forsling during her tenure as Country Treasurer.

  • Invested funds safely, yet earned double the return of the state treasurer’s fund (and quadruple the return of local banks)
  • Saved $18,000 annually by using new technologies and streamlining procedures
  • Won a 2014 Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties for the Tax Notice Email program.
  • Launched EZPay program, allowing taxpayers to make monthly automatic property tax payments
  • Endorsements: Salt Lake County Treasurer, 4 out of 5 members of current Summit County Council & many past members, and key elected county officials: the current Auditor, Clerk, Assessor, and Recorder.
  • Elected Treasurer of the Utah Association of County Treasurers

    Corrie is passionate, educated, has strong family values and is an amazing professional, mother, and friend. Congratulations Corrie and thank you for everything you have done for our county as Treasurer. I strongly endorse Corrie Forsling as County Treasurer.

    Brian Kretschmar

    Snyderville

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    Mega Genius Store is a great resource for local students

    Editor:

    Yesterday, one of my eighth-grade students told me, "I went to the Mega-Genius Supply Store and IQ HQ. It wasn’t like regular tutoring. They were teaching instead of doing it for me."

    I am grateful to the volunteers and staff at the Mega-Genius Supply Store IQ HQ for providing one-on-one tutoring for all of our students. As we implement the new core and grade on the standards, having outside support is essential. At the Genius Store, students have another place to learn that does not involve parents or teachers.

    The tutors at the Genius Store review the standards and help students master them while completing classroom assignments.

    Julie Hooker, Eighth Grade English Teacher

    Park City

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    Martinez has the integrity to be sheriff

    Editor:

    No political ad or campaign slogan is more effective than talking across the fence-line to your neighbors. I think that rings most true in the race for Summit County Sherriff. Justin Martinez is great neighbor and will make a great Sheriff.

    When it comes to the safety of my children, I want a Sheriff who is tough on crime and does not excuse any criminal activity even when it is politically expedient to do so.

    I grew up in Park City and I have friends I have known my entire life who are in law enforcement. It speaks volumes when local officers in all levels of command stand behind Martinez’s leadership and want him to lead them.

    I want a Sheriff at the helm who is unafraid to make tough decisions in stressful and dangerous situations. Whether serving our country in the military or working in every level of law enforcement, Martinez has proven time and time again, unquestionable integrity.

    The safety of my family is most important to me. That is why I am honored to support Justin Martinez for Sheriff and I encourage my neighbors to do the same.

    Paige Marriott

    Park City

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    Forget partisan politics in sheriff’s race

    Editor:

    Looking ahead to the upcoming Sheriff’s election I am amazed that the only criteria to run for Sheriff is the candidate’s political affiliation. This might have been OK 100 years ago but when today’s sheriff’s departments rival the many local police departments throughout the state and country it seems ridiculous. I cannot imagine any city council or county manager hiring a chief of police based solely on his or her political affiliation with no other exam process or even the ability to interview the candidates. It makes the position seem irrelevant. The problem is, it is not irrelevant. The person receiving the most votes will be the sheriff and department manager who will be making decisions and setting polices that will affect Summit County for years to come. Do we want the best qualified or only the person who has the backing of a political party Democrat or Republican?

    I know that it would be difficult to change the selection process as it probably dates back to old England and it is what it is. I only ask that you put partisan politics aside and put yourself in the position of a county manager hiring a sheriff. Look carefully at each candidate’s background and experience, disregard their political party, and vote for the candidate you feel has the most experience and best qualifications to be your sheriff.

    Merlin Rudd

    Park City

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    If you value public lands, don’t vote for Bishop

    Editor:

    When I read that Rob Bishop has his sights on chairing the Natural Resources Committee in the House, the hair on the back of my neck stood up. If his insensitivity to people carries over to his stewardship of our beautiful national parks and other federal land holdings the land is in big trouble.

    I tried to work with Mr. Bishop in the 1980s, mostly on HIV/AIDS funding and eliminating smoking in public places. He cavalierly dismissed the science and associated facts and made it quite clear that he had little time for our staff expertise. His views on funding child health care and other services for the impoverished then, are commensurate with his voting record to repeal The Affordable Care Act, how many times now?

    Yes, people do change but in reviewing Mr. Bishop’s record in Congress I find that he has done little to improve the average person’s quality of life. I’m sure he will say that giving six million acres of federal land to local governments to sell off to drillers and developers will create jobs. Probably true, but at what other costs? Been to Canyon Lands? Arches? If you like beauty and pristine wilderness and want to keep it that way maybe Rob Bishop is not your man.

    Doug Vilnius

    Park City

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    County assessor backs Trussell for recorder

    Editor:

    I would like to encourage all of you to vote this Nov. 4 and while doing so, cast your vote for MaryAnn Trussell for Summit County Recorder/Surveyor. I have known and worked with MaryAnn for the 23 years she has worked in the Recorder’s Office, from staff to Deputy Recorder to Interim Recorder. She has earned her spot as County Recorder. The expanse and depth of her knowledge and experience of the Recorder’s Office is unequaled in the county. Her integrity and acute sense of responsibility and reliability is something for our respect.

    Someone once told me that "Information is pretty thin stuff unless mixed with experience." I applaud people who are interested in participating in the election process, however, someone "wanting a job" versus an experienced veteran of the Recorder’s Office should be an easy choice for this county’s voters. Again, I would ask your support of MaryAnn Trussell to continue as Summit County Recorder/surveyor!

    Steve Martin

    Summit County Assessor

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    Animals have new homes thanks to FOAU

    Editor:

    Friends of Animals Utah just had the most amazing weekend at the Super Adoption event in Salt Lake City where thanks to the spearheading efforts of Kathleen Toth and Lindsay Ortega we adopted out 24 cats (the most of any rescue group there) and 12 dogs. Many thanks to all our super volunteers who helped make this weekend our best ever. Please remember us at Live PC Give PC.

    Wendy Lavitt, Vice President FOAU

    Park City

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    Re-Elect David Brickey, Summit County Attorney

    Editor:

    The Nov. 4 election is so important. I encourage all Summit County voters to re-elect David Brickey for Summit County Attorney. David is approachable, compassionate, and dedicated to keeping our community safe through the successful prosecution of criminials. David has the experience his opponent lacks, especially prosecution experience. David recognizes the needs of community and has addressed those needs through the successful implementation of the Summit County Drug Court, the Summit County Children’s Justice Center and other educational outreach programs. David has the vision, ability, practical knowledge, and wisdom mandatory for the position of County Attorney.

    Please continue to keep our community safe and raise awareness regarding important issues by voting for David Brickey, Summit County Attorney.

    Diana Lapage

    Park City

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    Robinson is ‘moderate, inclusive, passionate’

    Editor:

    Nearly 25 years ago, I relocated to Park City and relatively quickly served on the Board of the Utah Nature Conservancy where I had the good fortune to be introduced to and work with fellow board member, Chris Robinson. It was there we first formed a mutually respectful working relationship. Over the next two decades that relationship has continued to grow steadily stronger because of a mutual set of shared values that manifest themselves in both business and community involvement which in Chris’s case that is best defined by being consistently substantial in nature, well informed, and one of high integrity, magnanimous leadership.

    What I truly admire about Chris and why Summit County is blessed to have him as a council member is his love of the land and the citizens who call these lands home; his moderate, inclusive, passionate and well-informed approach to governing; his commitment to the long-term vitality of our community and their character-defining landscapes built upon a Utah family history whose past goes back to the founding of this great state and a legacy as a multi-generational rancher; his very substantial and respected ranching business acumen; his tireless and robust work on the Mountain Accord that will have a huge influence on the future of our community; last and certainly not least, his passion for service.

    Please join me in putting the continued vibrancy of our community and the dedication of high integrity leadership first by reelecting my friend, Chris Robinson.

    Peter Metcalf

    Park City

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    A friend of Brickey’s says to vote for Hilder

    Editor:

    I’ve been a friend of David Brickey’s for about 10 years, but I’m writing to urge voters to choose Bob Hilder for County Attorney. It’s what’s best for the county, and best for Brickey, too.

    When David was appointed to office, a controversy arose about his residency and I stood by him then, even though his "home" here turned out to be a crash pad he had to vacate on weekends and whenever the owner needed it. David was insecure about, and needed encouragement through, his two unopposed runs for office, and I was there for him. I encouraged him last year when he was being considered for a Juvenile Court judgeship, and was disappointed when the governor chose someone else. I advised him to keep applying for a judicial position, because persistence usually pays off, rather than to run again for an office that he’d just shown he didn’t want.

    Since David has been County Attorney, he has increasingly focused on Juvenile Court, a venue that operates under a seal of confidentiality. There has been no way for the public to see him in action, other than the occasional tidbits that sometimes leak out. He does some routine criminal cases, but the important stuff is left to Matt Bates, a brilliant prosecutor.

    I don’t know Bob Hilder very well, but I like what I’ve heard from him. He won’t hide in Juvenile Court and, unlike David, he will get involved and take personal responsibility for the civil lawyers on the County Attorney’s staff, the people who have got the county sued so many times. His experience is vast, he is older and wiser, and Bob is running to serve, not just to keep his paycheck coming. I think Brickey will find a good job elsewhere and that Hilder will be a great County Attorney.

    Bruce Margolius

    Kamas

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    Join the Live PC Give PC Movement

    Editor:

    The Park City Community Foundation’s annual Live PC Give PC day of giving on Nov. 7 hopes to raise $1 million. Yes, that’s a lofty endeavor. I like bold goals and say, count us in!

    I ask that you follow suit. Enlist your friends, your business and your neighbors to spread awareness and donate or volunteer. Working together towards this monumental goal, we can create additional opportunities for the more than 75 nonprofits involved to do more good works.

    The advertising company I founded more than 25 years ago has a long tradition of supporting brands that make a difference. That’s our mantra and it’s in the DNA of our RIESTER team. We know whole-heartily the benefit of giving and the importance of asking people to get involved because every donation or volunteer hour adds up to create a big impact. These efforts make society, town and our lives better for it.

    It’s easy to be proud of Park City its trails, workforce, children’s activities, sporting and arts initiatives, animal-rescue efforts and health programs, many of which are possible because of the hard work and cooperation of local nonprofits, businesses and the city/county.

    Park City is a hotbed for grit and goodwill. That’s what makes it so special. In fact, its’ vibrant and inspirational climate motivated us to move our Utah office here from Salt Lake City over a year ago. And, Live PC Give PC emulates all these wonderful characteristics. That’s why we’ve jumped in early in support and hope we can count on you to do the same. Join this great endeavor on Nov. 7 and live PC, give PC.

    Tim Riester, President, RIESTER

    Park City

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    Give your support to Hendricksen for sheriff

    Editor:

    My name is Steve DeMille. I am currently the Director of the Law Enforcement Satellite Academy Program at Utah Valley University. I have been in Law Enforcement for 29 years, and I served 20 years at Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) where I was the Deputy Director for 12 years. I have college degrees in Criminal Justice and a graduate degree in Public Administration.

    I have known Kris Hendricksen since 1984 when he went through the state Law Enforcement academy (POST) and I was his Training Supervisor. Kris did an excellent job in all areas of training during his time at the academy. After he graduated, most of his Law Enforcement career was in Utah County where I live. I was aware of the good job he was doing and the excellent reputation he had.

    In 2002, I became the Director of the UVU Academy where Kris had been teaching part time since the start of the academy program in 1996. For the past 12 years, Kris has been my lead firearms instructor, as well as teaching several other classes. He is totally dependable and hard working. One of the things I have admired most about him is the way he treats the students. He always treats them with respect. From the student who commits a serious safety violation on the firearms range, to the student who needs to be taught over and over again before the light comes on, Kris is always patient, fair, and shows respect.

    Although I do not live in your county, there is no doubt in my mind that the Sheriff’s Office in Summit County, under the direction and influence of Sheriff Kris Hendricksen, will demonstrate this same patience, fairness and respectfulness to all its citizens. I know Kris, and I know Law Enforcement. I believe the Summit County Sheriff’s Office is right for Kris; and Kris is right for the office of Summit County Sheriff.

    Steven DeMille, Director, UVU Police Academy

    Orem


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