Letters to the Editor, Oct. 17-21, 2015
Resident laments the lost spirit of Bark City
This used to be Bark City. Everyone had a dog and they were frequent visitors at local stores, bars and outdoor restaurants. It was part of our culture. Over the past few years, that has shifted with a focus on leash laws, dog parks and restaurant health codes. This week, I was out in City Park playing fetch with my well trained, non-aggressive dog. We were the only ones in the entire park, until the police officer arrived. He was very considerate but gave me a warning for having my dog off leash. I did think the flashing lights on the truck were a bit much for an arthritic, 12 year old dog playing fetch, but he was just doing his job.
I believe the pendulum has swung too far and we are now on the verge of becoming dog unfriendly. The officer suggested I take him out to the dog park at Quinn’s Junction. This city’s best and only answer is to drive to the edge of town where no one lives, adding traffic to the most congested road in Park City, to a dog park that resembles a barren waste land. We can do better.
When the officer left City Park, he was heading over to the Library field to write similar warnings and tickets. Perhaps now that we have decided not to build affordable housing on the library field, we can designate it as the off leash dog park it has always been. It is much closer, keeps unnecessary traffic off 248, has pleasant green grass, and is already primed with poop bag dispensers. All it would take is a decision from City Council.
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Student is looking forward to Live PC Give PC
Hi my name is Isabelle Chevre, and I am an eighth-grader at Treasure Mountain Junior High. I am enrolled in Ms. Hooker’s Leadership II class. We are participating in Live PC Give PC this year and supporting the following: Wasatch Backcountry Rescue, EATS, The People’s Health Clinic, and Park City Institute. We are very excited to fundraise these organizations because they do so much for our class and school. My peers and I are very lucky to live in such an amazing community like Park City, and we want to give back to all of the non-profits who have influenced our lives.
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Resident praises council candidate Andy Beerman
I have had the enormous pleasure to work closely with Park City Council Member Andy Beerman throughout his first term in office and am proud to call Andy a good friend. For me, Andy’s best qualities (among many) include his ability to listen to opposing views, dispassionately weigh all the facts before rendering any decision, and, most importantly, build consensus. These qualities shine especially bright in Andy’s approach to Park City’s regional partners especially Summit County. Andy understands that Park City’s most vexing problems (growth pressure, traffic, transportation) are shared problems and his approach is to tackle them proactively and cooperatively together. Please vote to re-elect Andy Beerman to the Park City Council on November 3rd (or before in early voting)!
Learn the facts, then vote ‘yes’ on school bond
Everyone is entitled an opinion regarding the School Board’s proposed $56 million bond. However, many opinions I have read are not factually-based. For example, one opponent asserts that: (1) the bond is "over-the-top regarding athletics endeavors that are not unlike trying to lure an NFL franchise to Park City (as though the School Board is "recruiting" new students even though our schools cannot accommodate the students already in the district);" (2) $15 million will be spent so "20 boys can practice lacrosse;" and (3) sports teams are "doing quite well" without indoor facilities.
But the facts are: (1) $12 million is allotted for the facility and the remaining $44 million will pay for improving, building and/or expanding schools that are deteriorated or overcrowded such that trailers will soon be necessary; (3) numerous studies conclude that students who participate in sports do better in school and have increased chances of attending college; (4) the facility is not "over-the-top" but rather less ambitious than facilities at other Utah schools that, according to other school boards, are necessary for a complete educational experience; (5) the boys and girls lacrosse teams, combined, have nearly 100 members; (6) several other sports teams which, taken together, have hundreds of members, will use the facility; (7) the facility will be used for non-athletic educational and/or community purposes; and (8) sports teams are excelling despite no indoor field only because some of them practice in below-freezing temperatures after fields are plowed because no other facilities are available. Our children deserve better. Residents should: (1) research the facts relevant to the bond; (2) vote based on an analysis of those facts and not on hyperbolic emotional statements; and (3) vote ‘Yes’ on the bond.
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School board needs to take more time on bond plan
As a former teacher who probably has never voted no on a school bond, I am questioning the proposed bond for the up-coming election. There seem to be several "hurry up" changes opposite the proposals in the questionnaire which was previously put to the public. The amount of money being solicited needs more concrete plans. This plan seems like others in this city do something now .tear it up in a few years.
Ie: the dividers placed on 248 and ripped out later. The roof was recently replaced on Treasure and now it is to be torn down. Dozier Field was very recently remodeled so now we need to move it.
I agree that many of the suggestions are good ones: move 9th grade to the high school. All day kindergarten. Re-configure the middle school. However; I do believe that a much more thorough investigation as to how to go about these items is needed. I am also concerned about all of the suggestions for the athletic components. We even seem to be adding in club sports such as lacrosse. Is that truly a district concern?
Please vote no for now. the way, I find it offensive that there is an "over-ride" method for the board to get what it desires if the public says "no" Not yet does not mean never. Come up with a clear and concise proposal that isn’t throwing away money and I will vote yes. Look further down the road than just a couple of years. Consider if bussing will become an issue both financially and for children’s lives. Make a concerted effort to make future moves both wise and fiscally sound and I will vote yes.