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Letters to the Editor, Oct. 27-30

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Tribute to a valued community leader

Editor:

I was shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of Sharon O’Dell. I was fortunate to have served with her on Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District Administration Board for more than 12 years.

Sharon was one of the kindest and most considerate individuals I have ever known. She was soft-spoken, nonjudgmental and always looked for the good in people. She never met anyone who wasn’t a friend. Sharon served as Chairman of the SBSRD during some of the most tumultuous times in the district. She made decisions that were well thought out, concise and fair. Sharon loved our community, and by serving on the SBSRD she made our recreation facilities, parks, trails, and dedicated open space a showcase for other communities.

Sharon made all of our lives brighter. She will be sorely missed.

Ron Perry

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Park City

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Get excited for Live PC, Give PC

Editor:

I am looking forward to this year’s Live PC Give PC on November 6th (LivePCGivePC.org). Park City Community Foundation’s event supports over 85 nonprofits in our community by raising awareness and funds for them on this exciting day of giving. Our goal this year is to raise over $1,234,567, an ambitious increase from last year’s $1 million that will need all our support for this unifying community event.

Nonprofits contribute significantly to our quality of life here in Park City. Everything we love from the trail systems to the theater, health care services to our children’s education, affordable ski programs to animal shelters, are all being represented on November 6th as part of the Live PC Give PC day of giving.

You may choose to give today, or login to LivePCGivePC.org and give on November 6th so that your donation may receive one of several matching grants that are being rewarded on the event day, as well as prize money for your favorite organizations as they top their leaderboards. We hope that all who can give, even a minimal donation of $10, will give and support the organizations that make Park City the best place to live and to visit in the West.

Karen Marriott

Park City

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Gerber has passion for PC

Editor:

Becca Gerber will do a great job for Park City on City Council. When I first met Becca 9 years ago, she had immense pride and passion for this town that she grew up in (and she wasn’t running for any office then). Through all these years, that passion and interest in Park City has never wavered. Becca has seen the many changes that have occurred here and she has a great vision for our future. Please vote.

Lynn Angelini

Park City

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Murphy not afraid to take a stand

Editor:

I support Rory Murphy for City Council. I have known Rory for twenty years. We met in the 1990’s when I was a co-leader of CARG (Citizens Allied for Responsible Growth) and Rory was vice-president of United Park City Mines, the developer of Flagstaff (now Empire Pass). We were adversaries, sitting on opposite sides of the table. Rory was never entrenched in his views and was open to conversation and eventual compromise.

Rory has a great mind and heart. Last year he was one of the first to speak out against The Mountain Accord and its ludicrous train-tunnel idea. He also spoke out to our city council to protect the workers he employs. When the city wanted to shut down all construction near Main Street during Christmas/New Year’s, Rory told them his guys can’t take that financial hit at that time of year. He represented the workers and the city council agreed.

Rory Murphy has knowledge, experience, an open mind, and will make a great city councilman. Please vote for Rory Murphy.

Rich Wyman

Park City

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Vote of confidence for Andy Beerman

Editor:

I support Andy for City Council because he has proven his worth. Andy represents all that is good about Park City. He has proven to be a fine steward of the responsibilities of a competent councilman. All the experience he has gained can now be leveraged to our continued and combined advantage. I strongly recommend you cast your vote his way

Mick Savage

Park City

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Live PC Give PC represents the best of Park City

Editor:

Live PC Give PC is the shining epitome of how all of us working together can do amazing things.

At Summit Land Conservancy, we celebrate the chance to recognize how our fellow nonprofits, like KPCW and Park City Community Foundation, support us all through their dedication and outreach. We naturally (no pun intended) work closely with Mountain Trails, because trails and open space go together like gin and tonic: each of us is improved by the other! We also find common ground (again, no pun intended) with Swaner EcoCenter, Summit Community Gardens, Park City Historical Society, Park City Day School, the local elementary schools, and Holy Cross Ministries. This year, together with Nuzzles & Co., we protected 63 acres of open space in Browns Canyon.

Whatever you love about Park City, chances are there’s a nonprofit organization working hard to nurture it.

Like the Summit Land Conservancy, many organizations have matching grants, so gifts are doubled or even tripled. Importantly, your donation is also a vote. It lets community leaders see what matter most, what must be saved, what must be addressed.

Many letters here today are urging us to vote. This one is no exception. Friday, November 6th, please go to LivePCGivePC.org. Vote early and vote often. Vote for your favorites and then spend a little time looking at the other great things your vote can do. The amount doesn’t matter; what matters is that you give, because it’s through all of our gifts, together, that we build a great community.

Cheryl Fox

Park City

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Bond will bring PC up to par with surrounding districts

Editor:

I am writing this letter to ask you to vote YES to approve the upcoming school bond issue. As a resident of this community for 37 years and a pro-education advocate, I have fought many battles with and against our PC school district and Board of Education. At this time I believe that we have the most cohesive, diverse and pro-parent school board in our history. The board is made up of 4 strong, concerned women and one man with unique business skills that are applicable to our district’s cost conserving needs. We have a young, energetic and detail oriented superintendent and with this thoughtful leadership are back on the track of striving to be a nationally ranked, highly respected school district.

This bond issue raises money for the district by spreading the costs amongst all the district’s homeowners (residents and non-residents). Because it is structured in this form, the money stays in the Park City district and escapes the equalization process that hamstrings PC annually, draining funds raised here and redistributed by the State Office of Education to other districts.

Additionally, the facilities that have been proposed have been well thought out by a large group of past and present district leaders in conjunction with teachers and active parent organizations. It is favored by the PC Education Foundation, which is the most involved and forward thinking educational charity in the state of Utah. These proposed buildings and facility improvements will bring our district up to par with Kamas, Heber and other surrounding districts that we surely should equal if not exceed. These improvements will give our teachers and students the facilities they need to advance and compete into and beyond the 21st century.

Our district leaders, employees and parents are primed to grow and to meet the needs and challenges of educating our children. Please give them the support and facilities they need to achieve those goals. If you want to discuss details further call me at 801-201-9201.

Vote YES on the school bond. It’s a small price to pay for our children’s futures.

Tommy Tanzer

Park City

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Vote Gerber for a healthy, diverse community

Editor:

Many of us share a similar story — moved to Park City to follow our dream of living in a mountain town, juggled multiple jobs trying to make ends meet, ultimately finding our home here and laying down roots. Becca Gerber for City Council is a vote for ‘us’ — a vote for the community members, especially those below the age of 40, who are working hard to live and work, and stay in Park City.

I have had the privilege of knowing Becca for 14 years and working with her for over 6 years. Becca knows how to collaborate with local groups and community members throughout Park City, always with a smile and contagious energy. She has taught skiing, instructed swimming and has worked and volunteered with multiple non profit organizations. She is a graduate of the Leadership Park City program, a participant in the Toastmasters Club and sits on multiple boards. While working with Becca for years with the Park Silly Sunday Market, her problem solving and decision making skills, level headed perspective and communication capabilities shined through. She always found ways to create a win-win solution for all concerned.

Becca is a true local having grown up here. She went through the public school system in Park City, attended the University of Utah, then returned to Park City as a young adult. Becca is not afraid of change, in fact, she embraces it. She fights for smart growth while being dedicated to preserve Park City’s character and quality of life. She wants Park City to remain a demographically and socially diverse community. This requires creating housing opportunities including workforce rentals and attainable housing. She hopes future generations have the same opportunities she has had and strives for those who work and live in Park City to remain the colorful threads woven into the community and not the few strands that unravel and stand alone.

A vote for Becca Gerber for City Council is a vote to keep Park City a happy and prosperous home for ALL of us!

Jaimie Atlas Mitchell

Park City

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School bond is money not well spent

Editor:

My wife, Jane, and I are voting no on Proposition 1, the school bond. It is not about the money. We are very concerned about the direction the school board and administration are taking in regard to the education of children in our community. When the money requested in the bond issue is combined with existing capital funds, it appears that $22 million will be spent for athletic facilities. The added athletic infrastructure will require an increased operating budget. Funds allocated for athletics will reduce the funds available for education.

Several years ago our school board and administration had an overriding goal to be one of the best school systems in the United States. A recent Salt Lake Tribune article indicated that no Park City school ranked in the top 10 for schools in Utah, the state with the lowest per student spending in the nation. The Park City School District needs to get back to the basics of education and we must focus our limited resources to improve performance in that area. College preparation and vocational education are priority one.

A capital investment plan, the Master Plan, should be developed in conjunction with and in support of an overall, long-range plan for education in our community. We don’t think that long range plan exists. If a comprehensive plan exists, why was the need for two new schools not determined before August of this year?

Let’s step back. In less than a year the School Board and administration can prepare a comprehensive plan for the education of our children including accurate estimates for the necessary facilities to execute the plan. Our community will get on board and support these efforts when a consensus is achieved. We are confident a bond can be approved when the planning is complete.

Mike and Jane Washington

Snyderville Basin

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Beerman best steward for PC’s wild roots

Editor:

Towering peaks, tacky single-track, world-class ski areas, opportunities for solitude and interactions with nature, deep powder backcountry, juxtaposed with increasing population and visitation, declining dirty snow packs, loss of access and biodiversity, and cars choking both our streets and our lungs. Just a few of the things we and our communities value and the threats that stand to undermine them. It’s easy to grab your bike, skis or shoes and hit the trail, and get lost in the bliss of our alpine surroundings, and not realize that these unique qualities, natural characteristics of our region need thoughtful leadership if they to be sustained into the future. Fortunately for Parkites, there’s a strategic and ardent advocate in Andy Beerman, who has navigated the Mountain Accord process with a keen eye toward protecting what irreplaceably makes Park City special. He championed protections while directing focus away from connectivity with Big Cottonwood and prioritized I-80, SR-224 and SR-248, to ensure "carmageddon" didn’t plague the city repeatedly.

Four years ago, Andy hit the ground running and petitioned the city to tackle climate issues making it a critical priority for Park City. His persistence has reignited these discussions, and its not because he believes Park City tackling climate change will solve the problem, rather he recognizes the importance of Park City being part of the solution; walking the walk and not simply spewing the talk. That’s what leadership is: foresight, pro-action, and strategic reaction to hold on to the qualities that make our region unique and successful.

If you value recreation, open spaces and wild places, Park City emerging as a leader on the very real issues facing the region, over succumbing to the threats; then reelect Andy, because those issues are gathering like big black clouds over the Wasatch.

Carl Fisher

Salt Lake City

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Keep the ‘bark’ in Bark City

Editor:

For all the years I have lived in Park City, it has always been a very dog-friendly area. Over the past year I have noticed an issue with people and dogs especially when it comes to trails. I have noticed, bikers will be biking on a trail and a dog will be walking with its owner and for some reason this makes them mad. What have the dogs ever done to them? Why are people taking the Bark out of Bark City? I can understand if the dogs have attacked people or gotten in a bikers way and caused them to crash but, I have personally never had a problem with dogs on trails. We need to share the trail.

Genevieve Canada

Park City

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Thanks for another successful Hoppy Hour

Editor:

Thank you for the article published on October 9th promoting the third annual Hoppy Hour Party. Hoppy Hour is a celebration of Summit Land Conservancy bringing the Hops Hunters program to Park City and collaborating with Wasatch Brew Pub to create a local open space beer. Every year the brew is fantastic, and this year was no exception. Our Hoppy Hour party on October 14th showcased the wild hops brew Clothing Hoptional, and everyone who attended shared a common passion for land conservation in our community.

We would also like to thank everyone who made the Hops Hunters program possible: Wasatch Brewery for sharing our vision and offering their time and brewing expertise, the Hops Hunters volunteers who tirelessly searched Park City’s beloved open spaces for wild hops, and the attendees who came out and showed their support at this year’s Hoppy Hour. It was a great party, and we look forward to next year!

McKenzie Schwartz

Summit Land Conservancy

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Why I voted YES for the school bond

Editor:

I’ve appreciated the extensive dialogue about the school bond — in public meetings, on KPCW, and in the Park Record. Here’s what I’ve learned: a) current facilities are inadequate and won’t handle anticipated growth; b) bonding is best done now due to low interest rates — either a capital levy tax or a future bond will result in paying more to get less; c) schools need better transportation planning; d) there are differing opinions about the value of providing students with a new field house for PE and sports activities; e) there is a desire for realignment of grades; and, f) there are "lessons to be learned" about how a school board and others might best educate and advocate for a bond issue. I was MOST persuaded by the final two sentences of the Park Record’s editorial on Oct 3-6: "The bond no longer looks like a slam dunk and early voting begins in 17 days. If it fails, it will be a missed opportunity to improve one of Park City’s most valuable assets its school system." Although the bond may not be a slam dunk, I think the reasons to vote FOR one of Park City’s most valuable assets simply OUTWEIGH the reasons to oppose it.

Kathy Becker

Park City

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Global warming too urgent to ignore

Editor:

Global warming started in the 1975. Since then, human activity has continued to add to the fumes collecting in our atmosphere. Now, environments are changing and ice is melting in the Poles, Greenland, etc. Statistics show that the Earth has now reached a desperate point. Humans can no longer stop global warming, unless scientists can find a way to basically destroy the new atmospheric layer man-kind has created. People must stop adding to the problem at hand. One can not say that they want to stop global warming and still continue to add to it! That is like saying one doesn’t like snow, yet they love blizzards. Humans must make up their minds to stop or at least slow global warming, or they continue to destroy this planet, there is no in-between! Now if that is still not enough to at least get man-kind to take this seriously, then how about this little fact? If the glaciers and ice continues to melt at this alarming rate then the sea levels will rise, and flood many cities and towns. Places like Miami, New York City, and Venice, Italy, will all be flooded. In fact, in some places, cities have already started to feel the effect of the rise in sea level. Venice, Italy, is among the first to experience this new problem caused by global warming. People have to walk on wood walkways over, or in high rain boots through, the water that has flooded St Marks Square. Low businesses and apartments have also been flooded. This is not natural! It is time to face the fact people, we started this, now it is time to end it, or else the consequences will be devastating.

Lovelle Giebe

Park City

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Melville’s expertise is invaluable

Editor:

Alas, I live outside the city boundaries and don’t get a vote. It’s unfortunate because I identify with Park City and care very much about preserving its history and managing development in a sensible way. I work in Park City and have to deal with the traffic on a daily basis. I read with interest the questions and answers in Wednesday’s Park Record about all the candidates for City Council. They all sounded pretty good, but some answers, although they had the right buzz words, were lacking in details.

At this point in time, we need someone who can negotiate with and, if necessary, stand up to the varied corporate interests that appear to be expanding their influence in the town. It simply is not enough to have a long history here or know a lot of people. This is not the time for youth or inexperience. Hope Melville has degrees in both Chemical Engineering and Law. She is smart, intelligent and knows how to negotiate. She does her homework, knows exactly what city codes state and will be a formidable force working for our town.

Please join me in supporting Hope Melville!

Patricia Pond

Pinebrook

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Candidates Gerber and Beerman stand out

Editor:

I would like to recommend two candidates for somewhat opposite reasons:

Andy Beerman’s incumbency matters.

His time on the City Council is a vast plus in this election. We need qualified people who already know how our City Government functions, who can step into the job without a hitch. Park City continues to need the perspective of his many years of work and service in this town.

He has many other remarkable qualities as well — He is an amazing listener. He’s smart. He supports the natural environment, wilderness conservation, and open space preservation. He is from the outdoor industry. He uses our bike trails. He is an innovative thinker on our traffic problems. He is the owner of a small business on Main Street. He is a leader in the environmental movement. And he’s an all around good guy.

I support Andy wholeheartedly.

Becca Gerber brings a fresh perspective. She grew up here — that matters. She is younger — we need that.

Like Andy, she too is smart. And she cares passionately about making Park City an excellent place to live for all kinds of people. She brings us the experience of being part of the workforce. She brings the value of looking to the future through the eyes of a "young" local.

We are blessed in Park City with an amazing younger generation. They give me great hope for the future. Becca is the beginning of what will be a stellar group of young people moving into positions of influence in Park City’s government. That she is willing to be the first to take on the job of Council member says much about her character. I admire her for that.

I support Becca without reservation.

Dick Roth

Park City

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Bikes don’t belong in Toll Canyon

Editor:

We want our money back if Toll Canyon becomes a bike friendly trail. We, along with our neighbors who donated money to Utah Open Lands did so with an understanding that Toll would remain a pristine sanctuary for walkers and hikers, that in our case, we have enjoyed for 25 years.

There are plenty of trails in Summit County used by bikers, that as walkers, we avoid because we don’t equate the tranquility of nature with anxious moments for our safety and vigilance comparable to being on patrol in Afghanistan not knowing what’s around the bend or coming up behind us.

As Lynne and Ed Rutan so eloquently spell out (Saving Toll Canyon – Again, Park Record October 21-23) there are other options for Basin Recreation to consider if they want to pursue trail connectivity without messing with Toll Canyon.

Let it be.

Doug and Lone Vilnius

Summit Park

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Audacious Andy for Park City

Editor:

Andy has the Audacity to point out how we as a community could be better. And he has the courage, smarts, humor, and just the right little bit of naivety to try and do something about it.

Michael Barille

Park City

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‘Nice to have’ athletic facilities not a priority

Editor:

Although bonding for expanded classroom capacity of Park City School District schools and replacement of Treasure Mountain Middle School has merit, the proposed spending for certain athletic facilities, namely, relocating Dozier Field, a field house, and tennis courts is not necessary. The most recent SAGE test results indicate the critical learning needs of district students. Fewer than two-thirds of the district’s students demonstrate proficiency in language arts, mathematics, and science, and fewer than one-fifth of the Hispanic students demonstrate such proficiency. Rather than allocating tax dollars to pay off bonded indebtedness for "nice to have" athletic facilities, I would rather have the school board increase the board levy for operations and dedicate the money to helping struggling students gain the basic skills necessary for success in college and careers. Vote "no" on the school bond in 2015, so that the school board may submit a bonding proposal to the voters in 2016 that is limited to critical capital facilities.

Constance Steffen

Park City

Beerman is a tireless champion for Park City

Editor:

Park City is fortunate to currently enjoy exceptional leadership from the Mayor’s Office, Town Council, City management and staff. Town Council candidate Andy Beerman has been a tireless champion of our community and has the passion and vision to make a real difference leading the next generation of our town’s decision makers.

Building upon the success of past accomplishments in an already award-winning community is no easy task. Andy’s impressive balance of energy, dedication and strategic thinking make him the best choice for this year’s Town Council election. His greatest strengths are his dynamic personality, proven ability to recognize and dissect critical issues and his thoughtful ability to build consensus.

His vision for an efficiently connected community, both locally and regionally, will serve our community well as we continue to refine the ways we balance the ever-present demands of growth in an increasingly popular destination while sustaining the quality of life its residents presently enjoy.

I currently serve together with Andy on the Mountain Accord executive committee and have been impressed with his ability to facilitate bridging the differences sometimes encountered between our ski resorts and the environmental community.

Andy Beerman is a passionate, pragmatic and insightful leader with a steady hand in Park City’s past and a strategic eye on our future. Please join me by voting for him on Tuesday, November 3, 2015.

Nathan Rafferty

Park City

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Park City lucky to have such qualified candidates

Editor:

With the upcoming city council elections quickly upon us, I wanted to send you a quick note. I am sad that I do not live in Park City proper and will not be able to vote for the incredible people who are running for council this year. I think that we are lucky to have so many outstanding candidates to choose from and believe that there are no bad choices in the group. However, for me one stands out above the rest: Becca Gerber.

I am rooting for Becca in this election because I had the opportunity to spend the 20th year of Leadership Park City being amazed by her passion, inspired by her dedication, warmed by her kindness and energized by her enthusiasm for our amazing city.

Becca is someone you can truly rely on to listen, give honest feedback and proudly represent our community wherever she goes. At an age where most people would be so focused on their own lives, Becca has dedicated herself to being a voice for Park City. I believe that having her fresh perspective on the council would be a giant step in the right direction. I understand that some would disagree and want a person more seasoned in life but, I assure you, Becca is the seasoning that would make the dish! Give her this opportunity and watch her shine. She will not let us down.

Elizabeth Hareza

Park City

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No zone change for accessory units

Editor:

I listened carefully to the City Council debate on KPCW, "Meet the Candidate" on October 22. A question was asked pertaining to accessory units, and city incentives for such an expansion. Let’s be clear, "accessory units" is a euphemism for rentals. Period.

It appears that candidates and moderators have either short memories or did not attend planning commission and council meetings concerning the development of the General Plan. The intrusion of rentals in certain established, child-rearing neighborhoods is offensive because such rentals would be in violation of the CCRs governing the areas. The residents from many neighborhoods spoke loudly and clearly that we resist the imposition of a zone change to encourage rentals in violation of homeowner association rules.

Representatives from various Homeowner’s Associations fought this issue for months on end, opposing the idea. Twice.

Hope Melville was the ONLY candidate who responded to the debate question with, "the CCRs should be respected." She listened to the constituents, and I applaud her support.

Mary Olszewski

Park City