Letters to the Editor, Oct. 22-24, 2014
Sean Wharton will bring Summit County together
November 4, 2008 … waiting in line at Jeremy Elementary to vote, I couldn’t believe that the best available candidates were McCain and Palin. Summit County had slightly more than 2,000 straight line Republican voters, and I was one of them … until that day. Slightly more than five months later, I was elected as the County Chairman of the Republican Party. I knew I couldn’t impact the Federal elections, but I figured I could find good candidates to run for County offices.
I quickly learned that the political, social, and economic divisions between the East and West Sides of the County created a huge stress on County resources. The East County was smaller, rural, and largely Republican and the West side was larger, more cosmopolitan, and Democrat. I figured the voters on the East Side would embrace the cause, until I showed up in 2010 with 4 candidates from Park City to run for office. I quickly learned that residents in Kamas, Coalville, Peoa, and Wanship wanted East side county representation in the county government. In 2012, I searched for an exceptional East County candidate to run for County Council and found Sean Wharton. He lives in Marion, local business owner, sits on the County Planning Commission, went to Park City High School, and was liked and trusted by people on both sides of the county. I couldn’t find anyone to say a bad word about him, and everyone in Republican leadership agreed he was the perfect candidate.
I tried to no avail to talk him into running as a Republican, but I am happy to see Sean Wharton’s name on the ballot, and like 2008 I’ll ignore his party affiliation. Electing Shawn would help bridge deep divisions between the different sides of Summit County and give East County voters a voice they can trust on the Council. His catering business in Park City and the Gateway Grill in Kamas give him significant presence on both sides of the county, and an understanding of what makes Summit County tick. As a county we have wasted millions of dollars on the water wars that could have been invested in county roads and snow removal. With one vote we can put the county back on the right path and improve our working relationship with the Utah Legislature. Please join me and support Sean Wharton for Summit County Council.
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Utah’s one-party system needs Democratic balance
The symptoms are everywhere. Swallow, Shurtleff, UDOT I-15, Heber Light and Power, Jordanelle Special Service District, nepotism, sweetheart deals, public corruption and malfeasance, all tie back to an entrenched one-party system in Utah.
Long before his nomination and election, John Swallow’s ethical entanglements were well known in political circles, but he brought large contributions into the Party coffer, so the Republican Party took no action until the Salt Lake Tribune broke the story after he took office.
A $13-million payoff in September 2010 went to the highest objectively rated -but losing bidder – on the I-15 Utah County project, which got a quick rubber-stamp from the legislature.
Meanwhile, our legislature has effectively said: "Just trust us." as they refuse to enact meaningful ethics rules for themselves, and Utah is one of only four states with no legal limit on campaign contributions. The one area in which we have good public protections is GRAMA, the act that allows every citizen to access public records. However, even our local representative, Kraig Powell, who has been an advocate for ethics and campaign finance reform, folded under pressure from Republican leadership, and voted to gut GRAMA in 2010. Only extreme public pressure forced the legislature to repeal that action in a later special session.
When candidates run on a platform of reform, but cannot buck the power of our one-party system, the system is the problem. In the 1950s through 1970s, Utah often led the nation with voter turnouts of over 80 percent. Today our turnouts are among the nation’s lowest. Voters have become disillusioned and ‘checked-out.’
The challenge to Summit and Wasatch County voters is: do not give in, get even! Go to the polls and vote for change. Add some balance to the political equation in Utah. Vote for Charles Stormont for Attorney General. He will be the independent watchdog we need in the capital. Vote for Glenn Wright in House District 54, and Donna McAleer for Congress. They both fought for our country, and they’ll fight for you.
To make a difference – Vote different!
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Forsling is best candidate for treasurer
After a careful review of the platform of both candidates in the Treasurer’s race, it is clear to me that Corrie Forsling is the most qualified and best suited candidate for Summit County Treasurer. She has the necessary education and the best and most relevant pre-office and in-office experience. Summit County residents will continue to reap the benefits of her hard work when they re-elect her. She demonstrated her financial expertise and focus on innovation during her first term as Treasurer by providing taxpayers with a new and wide range of services that were non-existent in 2010, before she took office. Among her innovations is the national award-winning concept of tax billing by email. Under her direction, the Summit County Treasurer’s office has shown significant cost reductions and increased efficiencies. Additionally, county funds are invested safely with a focus on yield. With past performance which indicates promising future results, Summit County is in good hands with Corrie Forsling.
Kamas resident, Park City business owner
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Thanks for chucking hazardous waste
Park City knows how to keep our watershed clean. Recycle Utah welcomed the hazardous waste brought in by 284 residents and two businesses. We collected all sorts of nasty stuff having to do with cleaning, cars/motors, fertilizers & pesticides, pharmaceuticals, tires, refrigerators and tons of electronic waste. This collection event combines the services of the landfill, the police & sheriff’s office and Recycle Utah. We bring it into town, or way closer than usual. We’ll do it again next year on Sat. May 2nd and Sat. Oct. 10th. Stay tuned.
Thanks to our incredible volunteers from the Sunrise Rotary Club and the Park City Fire Department. This is after all an event which protects not only our entire watershed, but also our fire fighters. They really don’t like exploding paint cans in your garage when they have to put out a fire. This event is sponsored by the City, the County and the SBWRD.
Thanks to all who cared enough to come,
Insa Riepen, Director
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Support Justin Martinez for sheriff
We all know Summit County is a great place to live, work and recreate! Voters have the opportunity to vote in the right change for the leadership of the Sheriff’s Office to keep Summit County a great place. Justin Martinez is that right change the county and community needs. Justin has immersed himself into the community he loves and serves. You will often find him engaged in community organizations that greatly benefit the community. Justin does this because he truly cares about his community. He also understands and supports the diversity Summit County has.
Justin has proven through his leadership that he can change the attitude, skill, and direction of the Summit County Sheriff’s Office. I know that Justin truly desires to lead a professional law enforcement agency that has the support and trust of the people it serves. A qualified candidate who can manage many great personnel, a multi-million dollar budget, and day-to-day operations must lead the Sheriff’s Office. Justin has been doing this and will continue to move the Sheriff’s Office in the right direction. Furthermore, Justin is educated, experienced, and has the ability to lead the Sheriff’s Office the way the community wants and expects.
I have worked with Justin for many years now, and I know he is your best choice. Justin, by far, has the ability, fortitude, education, and vision to lead the Summit County Sheriff’s Office in the right direction. Justin will bring the Sheriff’s Office to the level of community interaction and trust that is expected by the community it serves. I love the Summit County community and am honored to be a part of it. Please join me in supporting Justin. You have the opportunity to make a change. Votes Justin Martinez for sheriff.
Salt Lake City
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Freestyler is soaring after successful fundraiser
The Park City/Summit County Community has done it again! My Nothing’s Free About Freestyle Ski Fundraiser on Oct. 7 was a major success! Thank you so much to all who attended, donated, sponsored, and volunteered. A special shout-out to ID One USA (skis, bindings, poles, and more), the Wasatch Brew Pub, Zach Thomas’s Band, and everyone who supported the event.
I am a 24-year-old freestyle mogul skier from Park City. I have been competing in moguls since I was 9 years old. Last season, I was trying to make the U.S. Ski Team and Olympics. I finished 2nd at U.S. Selections before getting a pulmonary contusion on my lung after a crash at Deer Valley. Then, I traveled back east for competitions and tore my ACL, ending my season.
After a tough ACL reconstruction surgery, I started the long rehabilitation process. I have been rehabbing many long hours, working 3 jobs to pay medical bills and fund this upcoming season. I am excited to be back at it and am more driven than ever. I am giving it my all to qualify for the US Ski Team and World Cup starts.
If you didn’t have the opportunity to attend my fundraiser, you can still donate online by Oct. 28 at http://www.rallyme.com/rallies/952. Any donation would be greatly appreciated. Your donation will benefit my quest to represent Park City/Summit County on the 2015 US Ski Team and achieve World Cup starts. For more information, please visit http://www.rallyme.com/rallies/952 or contact me at email@example.com.
Park City Professional Mogul Skier
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Morale isn’t sagging at sheriff’s department
I am a long-time resident of Summit County I am honored to serve my community as a Deputy and as a Francis City Council member. I support Justin Martinez for Sheriff! There are two points I want to address, first morale at the Sheriff’s Office. Justin’s opponent would have you believe morale at the Sheriff’s Office is extremely low. As a deputy I can tell you this simply isn’t true. I won’t say that everything at the Sheriff’s Office is perfect. There’s always room for improvement. Believing our organization is perfect causes stagnation. If we recognize needed improvements we become progressive and find creative ways to be better. I know that morale is not low at the Sheriff’s Office. I serve with outstanding officers who work hard and take pride in serving this community. These officers carry a smile on their face treating citizens with respect while protecting them from the evils of this world.
Justin’s opponent also says he wants "Deputy Integrity" suggesting that current deputies don’t possess integrity. Whether that’s his message or not, I can say unequivocally that the current deputies are deputies of integrity. The deputies are the most professional, compassionate, honest, and upright deputies around. Your deputies hold themselves to a high standard of integrity. A peace officer has nothing if he doesn’t have integrity, it’s essential to his success.
I encourage everyone to study the issues and candidates then get out and vote. Please join me in supporting Justin Martinez. He is a man of integrity who takes his responsibility seriously. Justin is qualified and treats his employees and the citizens with respect and dignity. I am honored to work with Justin Martinez. I believe he’s the clear choice for Sheriff.
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States rights still supersede federal laws
It is appalling to me how few people understand that federal laws are not superior to state laws. We are all dual-citizens… of our own state and the USA.
When our nation was founded as a Republic, the states were very careful not to create a behemoth that could take power away from them. So they made the states sovereign over the Federal Government that they created. It is still that way today.
Basically the only areas the federal government has jurisdiction in are National Defense and Interstate Commerce. The Supremacy Clause only applies to those areas and not generally to all other laws.
The states absolutely have the right to determine their own laws and no Federal District Judge has the authority to overturn voter approved initiatives like has been done in Utah after the proper passage of the traditional marriage act.
State officials should tell the judge who overturned our law, that he can’t do that, and we will not comply with his edict. Judges CANNOT legislate from the bench. There can never be a national vote on gay-marriage, because the national government has no jurisdiction in such cases. That purely belongs to each State.
If States don’t start standing up for their right to remain sovereign over the Federal Government we will continue to see an erosion of our rights. Governor Herbert should have told the Federal District Court to take a hike and get out of our affairs!
Citizens need to be better educated on this critically important matter. Those who don’t understand it obviously have not even read the US Constitution. And if we allow such abuse to continue we can kiss our freedom goodbye.
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Summit County would benefit from Hilder’s leadership
I am a local resident with a 40+ year career in the criminal justice system, both in Utah and throughout the United States.
Robert Hilder, former 3rd District Court Presiding Judge, is a consummate professional who has the utmost respect of his colleagues and the litigants who appeared in front of him than. We have a unique opportunity this November to elect him Summit County Attorney.
The Third District Court encompasses Summit, Salt Lake and Tooele Counties. The leadership qualities he exhibited as presiding judge with this diverse group of counties and judges was exemplary. He has the ability to manage change and oversee an organization instilled with his commitment to excellence.
Robert Hilder has developed a successful private practice since leaving a 16-year career on the bench however, he is committed to public service and bringing his multi-faceted experience to being our county attorney. He is a rare person who can chart a steady course while being open to new ideas. He has earned respect while inspiring change, is a man of integrity, and a true leader. I urge you to vote for him.
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Of two great candidates, Hilder is better choice
The race for Summit County attorney presents us with a difficult choice. Both the incumbent, David Brickey, and his challenger, Judge Robert Hilder, are by all accounts men of solid character and excellent legal reputation. Having practiced law in Summit County for 20 years, I have had the pleasure of interacting with both of these gentlemen on many occasions. David has represented the interests of the citizens of this county well for the past eight years. Were he to be facing most any other challenger I would support him 100 percent. However, Judge Robert Hilder is not just any candidate. Many of my colleagues, together with any citizen lucky enough to have served on one of his juries, would agree that Judge Hilder is one of the finest men to ever grace the Utah bench and bar. His compassion, legal acumen and ability to bring people together sets him apart. He will make an excellent county attorney. Please join me in voting this election season. I will be voting for Judge Hilder but whatever the outcome of this race, our county will be in good hands.
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Basin Rec bond will provide more trails, open space
I am so grateful for all the forward-thinking people in this community who have voted for and/or supported our trails and open space over the years. My family has lived in Park City for 18 years and we have all used the trails and enjoyed the open space they connect every season of the year. We’ve biked, hiked, snowshoed, xc-skied and our visitors marvel that we have this right out our door. It didn’t just happen — people made it happen with their voice, vote and wallet. Many folks have moved here since the big Val De Rond discussion when Jim Santy Auditorium was filled to the gills with people making sure we had trails and open space instead of golf cart paths and fairways in Round Valley. It’s true, that was a valid proposal now Round Valley is our community gem!
Like many people in the Snyderville Basin, my husband and I are entrepreneurs, we can leave our "office" and hit the trails any time we like and that’s why we live here. I have a lot of friends who work in SLC every day and come back home to take a quick ride or walk their dogs on the trails. Plenty of people commute out of state and have chosen to locate their families here because of the beautiful landscapes and healthy lifestyle. And now we, in the Snyderville Basin Recreation District, need to take the "next steps" and ensure that the trails we love have safe connections and crossings, that the meadows and hillsides that make this a beautiful place to live stay open and that the facilities we use can accommodate our growth. PLEASE join me and vote YES for Proposition 1 Open Space, Recreation and Safety.
Julie E. Simonds
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Remember the moose on Election Day
Being a resident of Summit Park who hikes its trails regularly, I was appalled to find out a little over a month ago that one of my neighbors was hiking on our trails with his gun and his dog. His dog was obviously poorly trained, not on a leash, and attacked a moose. The moose defended herself, which she had every right to do, and my neighbor shot the moose several times; killing it (the dog was not seriously hurt). It is against the law to kill a moose.
The Summit County Attorney, David Brickey, chose not to prosecute for anything. He is sending a clear message to us that he does not support reasonable gun control and that he is unwilling to protect our wildlife, even our precious moose. I urge you to remember the moose on election day and VOTE AGAINST BRICKEY for Summit County Attorney!
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Summit County Library asks for book donations
Help! Book donations have gone down and it’s hurting the Friends of the Summit County Library. We use those used books for our ongoing book sale shelves in each branch as well as for our huge Memorial Day Used Book Sale. The sales help the Friends fund a variety of things for the county libraries. Just this year alone, the Friends have purchased the outdoor book drop, the popcorn popper, funded both the summer reading program and the upcoming Christmas programs and paid the fee for the Youth Services librarian to attend a YA reader convention as well as purchase numerous books and DVDs. Please help us by keeping your used book donations LOCAL – just bring them into any branch and pick up a receipt for your taxes. Thanks!
Tina Blake, President
Summit County Friends of the Library
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Kris Hendricksen has right temperament for sheriff’s post
I would like to take a minute to tell the people of Summit County about a man that is running for their County Sheriff. This would be Kris Hendricksen. I have known Kris for years. I first became acquainted with Kris when I started as a Law Enforcement Officer for Orem City. It was obvious to me that Kris is an honest hard-working man. Willing to assist when needed and help those in need. He was kind and fair in his daily activities. But when he needed to be he was firm. He treated everyone with respect. He was even respectful when arresting an individual that needed to be arrested.
Since that time I have also come to know Kris personally. He is a devoted family man. Always looking out for those closest to him and that he loves the most. He has come to love the people of Summit County and wants the best for you. He will be honest and fair in all of his dealings as the Sheriff of Summit County. Kris is a valuable asset to your community and will be extremely valuable to you as Sheriff. One of Kris Hendricksen’s greatest qualities is that he is approachable. If I were a citizen of Summit County I would consider that quality necessary by a man that I am trusting the safety of my community to.
Gordon S. Smith, Law Enforcement Officer
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As sheriff, Martinez would "serve the greater good"
I am resident of Summit County with a background in the military, federal law enforcement, and community emergency services. Given this experience, I feel qualified to express my strong endorsement for Justin Martinez for County Sheriff. I am also a member of a local wartime veteran’s organization where I have worked closely with Justin for a number of years.
Justin personifies the critical service-oriented core values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage we expect in our community leadership. Justin’s long and proven record of "serving the greater good" speaks for itself. His character is beyond reproach.
I have no doubts that he’ll maintain a viable and highly effective department all the while focusing on professional, community based law enforcement. Not only do I have every confidence that Justin will excel with local level issues but know he has the skills and talents to successfully navigate the complexities of multiagency operations.
For me, there is only one choice for this office. Our community will be a better place with Justin Martinez serving as our Sheriff.
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Amy Yost would be "terrific" treasurer
Integrity, diligence and competency are the words that come to mind when I think of Amy Yost. A strong professional, who is not afraid to do the hard work, Amy reflects the character of our county. She has my complete trust as a public servant, accounting professional and committed member of our community. She will be a terrific Summit County Treasurer. Everyone should get out and vote!
Alex G. Peterson, Colonel, US Marines (Ret.)
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Martinez has earned respect from peers
I have been in law enforcement for over 25 years. I have had the opportunity to work with Sheriff candidate Justin Martinez as well as Kris Hendriksen. I emphatically encourage Summit County voters to vote for Justin Martinez. Justin has the experience, forward thinking, and leadership skills his opponent lacks. Justin has the respect of his peers locally and within various law enforcement jurisdictions. Additionally, Justin is involved. Justin recognizes the needs of the community and has the specialized skills to proactively address those needs. Justin has the education as well as prestigious command college experience which sets him apart and ahead of his opponent. Justin is fair, unbiased, open-minded, easy to communicate with, and non-discriminatory.
I urge voters to look at Justin’s accomplishments, his current involvement in the Sheriff’s Office as a Captain, and his local support. This differs from the outside support his opponent has from citizens not involved in our community and who do not know the unique, sensitive, and relevant issues that face our county.
Please, take the time to vote and vote for Justin Martinez for Sheriff. Thank you.
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Eihausen perfect for school board
Please join me in supporting Julie Eihausen for the Park City School Board. Julie has been a staunch supporter of students in District schools since moving here 12 years ago. She has been a tireless volunteer in our District. She has a very strong work background in accounting and budgeting with many years of work in these areas. She has served on school community councils at the elementary, middle school and high school levels. She has additionally served on PTO Boards, District wide committees, and local non-profits like the United Against Bullying Coalition. She has attended countless School Board meetings in addition to her many hours volunteering in our schools. Julie is a common sense problem solver. She will bring a complete dedication and commitment to do what is best for the students of our schools. She has the leadership, vision and ability to implement plans that will serve our kids well. Vote Julie for School Board!
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