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Letters to the Editor, Oct. 29-31, 2014

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Moose should not be deciding issue in election

Editor:

In a recent letter to the editor, Bub Carlson chastised David Brickey for not prosecuting the moose shooter and urged voters to "remember the moose on election day and vote against David Brickey." asking the community to vote against David Brickey because of his decision not to charge the moose shooter, Mr. Carlson intimates that a different county attorney, i.e., Robert Hilder, would have charged the moose shooter. That is not true, and Mr. Carlson’s incorrect inference risks misleading the public about the candidates for county attorney.

David Brickey and Robert Hilder are both experienced attorneys. And both men agree that the moose shooter should not be prosecuted. Robert Hilder reviewed the Division of Wildlife Resources report on the moose shooting and my letter declining to file charges. He then copied me on a carefully written email to a former county council member and to a columnist at The Park Record in which he agreed with the decision not to charge the moose shooter. The moose shooting, while a tragic event that has generated substantial public debate, is not an issue by which to distinguish the two candidates for county attorney.

Let the voters of Summit County evaluate each candidate on his merits and choose the best county attorney. But let’s leave the moose out of it.

Matthew D. Bates

Chief Prosecutor, Summit County

 

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Hendricksen is ‘compassionate supervisor’

Editor:

My name is Maritta Tekala and I have known Kris Hendricksen for 12 years. He has been a great friend, teacher, and mentor throughout my personal life as well as in my law enforcement career. I first, met Kris when he worked as a Sergeant for Orem Dept. Public of Safety and supervised the Major Crimes Unit.

After graduating the academy and having acquired employment with an agency, I continued to have many opportunities to work with Kris Hendricksen by being involved in many search warrants initiated by the Major Crimes Unit. I saw firsthand that Kris Hendricksen is a team leader and a compassionate supervisor.

At many instances, I saw when (Sergeant) Hendricksen would be authoritative in a supervisory role at search warrants and would show compassion for the arrestee by either helping them contact family to get bailed out of jail or he would offer assistance where they could get help for their drug addiction. Kris Hendricksen accomplished his tasks by taking drugs off the streets with his team and he also knew the people that were arrested had families that cared for them too.

I worked for the Summit County Sheriff’s Office and know Justin Martinez, Dean Carr, other administrators and I am not surprised at how they continue to belittle and discredit the character of those that worked for them especially when none of it is true.

Instead, I wanted to give an insight to the citizens of Summit County what kind of person Kris Hendricksen is. Kris has many years of law enforcement experience above his opponent which speaks volumes. Kris is an honest, friendly, family-driven man whom I believe is best suited to be Sheriff of Summit County.

Officer Maritta Tekala

Provo Police Dept., Utah Valley Univ. Police

 

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A vote for McAleer is a vote for women’s rights

Editor:

I am asking voters in the 1st Congressional District to please vote for Donna McAleer for Congress. I am a military veteran and a graduate of the first class of women at West Point. I have been the target of some of the worst sexual harassment and disrespect you can imagine. That experience has made me especially sensitive to the needs of women.

 

Rob Bishop, our current Representative, does not have respect for women. Here are just a few reasons: he opposes a woman’s right to choose (and he says the federal government shouldn’t be involved in our business); he has consistently voted against pay equity legislation and Utah has one of the highest pay disparities between men and women in this country.

Rep. Bishop has voted against reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. Just a few sad statistics: according to the U.S. Surgeon General, domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women in the United States; the American Medical Association estimates that their male partners assault two million American women each year; the U.S. Department of Justice estimates that 95 percent of the victims of domestic violence are women and a woman is beaten every 15 seconds in the United States.

I did not serve my country to defend the rights of men only. I served to defend the rights of all. This election season, vote for someone who will represent everyone’s rights. Vote for Donna McAleer.

 

Diane Bracey

Park City

 

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Robert Hilder is our man for Summit County attorney

Editor:

Utah Legislators rejected Judge Hilder’s appointment from Governor Huntsman to serve on the Utah Court of Appeals which is proof that he would be the perfect fit for Park City and Summit County.

You may recall the reason Judge Hilder was blocked from serving by the Utah Legislature was that he had the audacity to question the sanity of not allowing the University of Utah to regulate the carrying of concealed weapons on campus. Although the Utah State Bar had actively supported Judge Hilder’s appointment, it was no match for the NRA and the Legislative brain trust lead by Senator Waddoups.

More seriously, the real reason we should elect Judge Hilder to be our next Summit County attorney is because he brings a long list of legal experiences and a proven record for sound, fair and independent decisions.

Judge Hilder has served on the Third Judicial District Court and was recognized with the 2010 Judge of the Year Award. His outstanding career as a judge and as an attorney would guarantee that Summit County would be highly fortunate to have him as our next County Attorney.

Let’s join together to make sure Utah State’s loss, will become Summit County’s incredible gain.

Greg Schirf

Park City

 

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Deer Valley does its part to make fire district safer

Editor:

The Park City Fire Service District would like to thank Deer Valley Resort for their support of our recent driver training. We used their lower parking lots on several days during the past month to further train our drivers in fire engine driving. Deer Valley has supported this cause for years and thereby has increased the safety of our community. We appreciate the assistance of Carrie Budding, Cindy Skelton, Chuck English and the entire Deer Valley staff for allowing us to use their parking lots for our driver training.

Mark Hoffman, Driver Trainer

Park City Fire Service District

 

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Veteran recorder endorses Trussell

Prior to my retirement in 2013, it was my privilege to serve as your County Recorder, for 30 years. The office of County Recorder is a key position in our county government.

It is the Recorder who protects our property rights by determining the correct ownership of all land in Summit County. The Recorder provides the description and the acreage for the assessment and tax roll, and the business community depends on information from the Recorders office in all real estate transactions.

In addition, in Summit County the recorder has been given administrative responsibility for the office of the County Surveyor.

It is vital that the person we elect be knowledgeable and capable of shouldering these important responsibilities. I would like to recommend to you an excellent candidate, Maryann Trussell, who has 22 years’ experience in the Recorder’s office, with 16 years as my chief deputy. Also, she has served very ably as our County Recorder for the past two years.

I have every confidence in her proven leadership, knowledge and technical abilities. I urge you to support and elect Maryann Trussell, let’s return a proven leader to this important office.

Alan Spriggs

Coalville

 

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Brickey brings full-time commitment to attorney’s office

Editor:

I am writing to endorse David Brickey as Summit County Attorney. I have known both David and his opponent, Robert Hilder, for 15 years and I enjoy a friendship with both men. In Robert’s case, I worked actively to assist his effort to become a judge on Utah’s Court of Appeals. I would do so again. Robert was a good judge.

The reason I am endorsing David is because David is a good county attorney. Indeed, he was judged to be the best county attorney in the state by all the other County attorneys when they voted him County Attorney of the Year just two years ago. The fact that David has been able to manage our county’s legal issues for almost 10 years without any real scandal or controversy is a powerful testimony to the effectiveness of his low-key style.

My personal observation of David is that he is a worker-bee kind of guy who avoids the limelight and keeps his nose to the grindstone. That’s a pretty good way to get things done and stay out of trouble. David realizes that the county attorney job requires his full focus and attention, and he refuses to allow a private practice to compete for his attention. David also knows not to involve himself in the social politics of Park City. By staying out of our petty squabbles, he avoids being pulled one way or the other by us locals who think we are entitled to special treatment.

I have chosen to raise my two boys here in Summit County, and I sleep better at night knowing that David Brickey is my family’s county attorney and is so personally involved in the county’s juvenile justice issues. Our county attorney needs to be a full-time county attorney who not only focuses his entire attention on our county’s needs, he is willing to do the job for years to come. That is exactly what we have in David Brickey. As the old saying goes, ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!’

Joe Wrona

Park City

 

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A friend remembers Chuck Wagner’s contributions to the community

Editor:

On Oct. 10, Park City lost a "gem" of a person suddenly and unexpectedly; namely, Chuck Wagner. For those of you who knew him — you know what I mean. For those who didn’t know him — I wish you’d had a chance to meet. Chuck was very generous, kind, smart, dependable, witty, and fun-loving and, simply put, a great guy.

When I moved to Park City over 15 years ago, through our children, we soon became friends, and neighbors. I can’t begin to relate all the fun and good times we had together. I’d like to extend my most heart-felt condolences to his fiancé, his family and his large circle of friends. Chuck was well-known and loved at Delta Airlines, in the PCMR master’s ski-racing community and the airline ski-racing community as well. Because I was on vacation overseas, I was unable to attend and share with you in his memorial service. This is my "good-bye."

Like you, I too am shocked and feel great loss; nonetheless, in the future when I find myself biking or skiing or camping or hiking or sharing a meal with friends, I plan to pause, think of Chuck and smile. I suggest you do the same. I’m sure he’d approve.

Missing a dear friend.

Robb Lentz

Park City

 

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Martinez will bring ‘passion,’ ‘professionalism’ to sheriff’s post

Editor:

I would like to endorse my support for Justin Martinez for Summit County Sheriff. As a law enforcement officer, detective, and administrator myself for over 19 years now, I understand the job can be a difficult one and I also understand that the career takes a certain mindset and willingness to sort out the hardest of problems day to day. Noted accomplishments, certifications, and experience are all indeed important elements for any candidate; but being of solid character and having a true passion for a position (not just a vendetta), are also equally important traits.

I have witnessed firsthand Justin’s professionalism, understanding, and commitment as a Sheriff’s deputy for nearly eight years now. On a continuous basis, Justin has impressed me with his ability to handle situations with tact and professionalism. But most importantly here, the most compelling accolade of Justin is that he is a very kind and approachable person that understands the dynamics of the job and these qualities are exactly what the top cop of a county should have. Please support the proven leader, and vote Justin Martinez for Sheriff.

John B. Lange

South Jordan

 

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Brickey’s vigilance as attorney has lowered local crime rate

Editor:

President John Adams, an attorney by trade, said this about American justice: "It is more important that innocence be protected than it is that guilt be punished, for guilt and crimes are so frequent in this world that they cannot all be punished. But if innocence itself is brought to the bar and condemned, perhaps to die, then the citizen will say, ‘whether I do good or whether I do evil is immaterial, for innocence itself is no protection,’ and if such an idea as that were to take hold in the mind of the citizen, that would be the end of security whatsoever."

David Brickey is an attorney forged in the likeness of President Adams’s vision for American jurisprudence. On countless occasions, over the past 19 years, I have personally witnessed Mr. Brickey take stands incongruent with political expediency. When Mr. Brickey believes there is even the slightest possibility that a suspect is innocent, he will not file charges. Conversely, if David believes that someone has committed a crime, he brings the full force of his office against them. Perhaps more than anyone else in the local criminal justice system, Mr. Brickey is responsible for the relative crime-free environment we enjoy in Summit County. It is my personal opinion that David Brickey has earned the right to service the constituents of Summit County for another term.

Wade Carpenter

Park City

 

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Martinez will lead sheriff’s office with ‘integrity, fairness’

Editor:

As a 30-year veteran of law enforcement (with nearly 29 of those years at the Summit County Sheriff’s Office) and as a fourth-generation Summit County resident, I fully support Justin Martinez for Summit County Sheriff. I’ve known Justin since he came to work at the sheriff’s office and have worked closely with him for the past two and a half years. During this time, I’ve come to respect Justin for his integrity, commitment to service and being a man of his word. Justin understands that, as the sheriff, his attitudes and philosophies will set the standard for the entire office and affect the manner in which his staff interact with the citizens and visitors of Summit County.

Justin considers this community relationship an enormous responsibility and will maintain a balance between community caretaking and public safety while fostering a secure work environment at the sheriff’s office. Justin has shown to me that he believes effective public safety cannot be accomplished without the community’s involvement and engagement.

He listens and is responsive to ideas that differ from his own, but has always given me his honest opinion. A person knows where they stand with Justin, whether they agree with him or not. Politics aside, as Summit County residents, we are entrusting our next sheriff with the safety and security of our families for the next four years. I am confident that trust is well-placed in Justin. He will lead with integrity, compassion and fairness.

Regardless of the candidate you support or the race you are most interested in, please vote and make yourself heard. We will be relying on the candidates elected on November 4 to be responsible stewards of our county for the next four, or, in some cases, six years. I know we can rely on Justin. Please join me to elect Justin Martinez as the next Summit County Sheriff.

Alan L. Siddoway

Lieutenant, Summit County Sheriff’s Dept.

 

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Audits prove Forsling has done a great job

Editor:

If you’re seeking a Treasurer who operates with integrity and honesty then Corrie Forsling should be your choice. As Treasurer, Corrie Forsling has moved the office forward leaps and bounds, while meeting the highest standards of fiduciary responsibility. Both the internal county auditor’s office and the county’s outside audit firm have thoroughly audited her office each year, and have never found any policy violation. She has been elected by the Utah Association of County Treasurers to serve as their Treasurer, and she has been commended by the National Association of Counties for innovation in county management. For proven integrity and service, vote for Corrie Forsling.

Julie Strople

Park City

 

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Kimball Junction litter is a growing problem

Editor:

Has anyone noticed the amounts of trash litter that seems to be scattered all over Kimball Junction, the Tanger Outlets, the gas stations, the parking lot where Michaels and TJ MAXX, the parking lot at the junction Liquor store and also, the dangerous piles of barbed wire fencing that has been left by UDOT as they made the new bike pathway from Jeremy Ranch onto Rasmussen Road? I always fall in love with the season fall colors changing on the trees, but as I am driving I have noticed an extra amount of trash everywhere.

I realize this whole area I am talking about is right off a major highway, but what’s the deal? What has happened to our clean beautiful Kimball Junction? How can this problem be resolved?

Do any companies, large chain stores that reside in this area do anything about it?

Is UDOT just passing by the fact that they have left the old scrap laying by the side of Interstate 80 and think the snow will just cover it up in one month from now? I wish I could give some suggestions to this concern of mine, but it seems to be too big of an area to get all locals, big box businesses, gas station owners, grocery store owners a way to pick it up.

I do pick up the trash I see when I am in a parking lot and walk over to a trash can and dispose of it. Can you too? Do you love where you live? I do. Let’s all please try to pick up one piece of trash a day and see if this helps out, or if a piece of trash falls out of your car, please pick it up. Littering our beautiful town should not be ignored.

Carey Gross

Park City

 

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Support open space: vote ‘yes’ for Snyderville Basin Rec Bond

Editor:

Preserving open space is an investment in what we love about our community. Studies around the nation show that the investment communities make in open space pays off. Open space is a net benefit to community revenues, because it doesn’t require infrastructure; schools, police or other community services that residential development requires. And open land preservation is an economic investment especially in resort communities. When Utah Open Lands started in Park City in 1990 the top two reasons people moved to, worked in, or visited the area were its scenic beauty and recreational opportunity. These reasons have remained consistent drivers for over two decades.

Our open lands provide trail connections and an exceptional recreational experience. Our open lands provide wildlife habitat and stunning scenic vistas. Our open lands provide a sense of place, a sense of why we call a place home.

In the early days, Utah Open Lands’ primary tool to protect open space was the tax incentives afforded through the conservation easement and limited private funding. Without the passage of open space bonds beginning in 2004 in the Snyderville Basin, much of the open land, places like Toll Canyon, would have been lost to development. On Nov. 4, voters will be asked to vote for a $25 million bond, $15 million of which will go to the acquisition of valuable open space.

The Snyderville Basin Recreation District residents have voted to fund open space preservation through the passage of these Recreation District Bonds. These bond dollars are precious. Utah Open Lands and other agencies have worked to leverage bond dollars with private funding sources, landowner contribution tax incentives and federal and state open land dollars. We believe these investments are worth it and hope voters do too.

Wendy Fisher, Executive Director

Utah Open Lands

 

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Public safety officials support Justin Martinez for Sheriff

Editor:

We have worked personally with Justin in the capacity of filling the county’s public safety needs. Collectively, we can attest to Justin Martinez’ personality and qualifications for Sheriff. Specifically, these are a few of the traits Justin embodies that give us no hesitation in strongly supporting him for Sheriff:

Character: If you have known Justin for an appreciable amount of time it’s hard to miss his affable personality. His "character" is one of charm when needed, professionalism when required, and more than anything a man of honesty and loyalty.

Competency: Justin is calm and collected under fire both as an administrator and as a police official. Justin is a competent law enforcement officer that demands nothing less from his peers and coworkers. There isn’t a learning curve for Justin. He has the skill, knowledge, formal education, and ability to take the Sheriff’s Office to the next level.

Commitment: Justin lives in the community he serves. Whether on duty in his work vehicle or off duty in his private vehicle, his commitment to the community he loves is apparent. Justin volunteers on a local level in more capacities than can be listed here. It’s not an exaggeration to say that much of Justin’s time is spent during "off" hours proving his real commitment to this beautiful community we all love.

It is for these reasons and more that we give Captain Justin Martinez our personal enthusiastic endorsement for Summit County Sheriff.

Wade Carpenter

Paul Hewitt

Brad Smith

 

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Preserve the ‘magic,’ Support Basin Rec Bond

Editor:

I love the news about the upcoming Snyderville Basin Special Recreation bond…and I fully support it—like I have done with other prior bond opportunities. We live in a magical place and these bonds help to continue to raise our quality of life, facilitate the purchase of open space and give our community more recreational options.

Ernest F. Oriente

Park City

 

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Political attacks in sheriff’s race are unwarranted

Editor:

I have been a police officer and resident in the Summit County area for the past 11 years and urge all of Summit County to vote for Kris Hendricksen for Summit County Sheriff. I first met Kris in the Police Academy where he is one of the most respected POST instructors and saw that he truly cares about developing and mentoring good police officers. Several years after the academy I was very fortunate to work with Kris on the Summit County/Wasatch County drug task force where he was the Field Supervisor and I saw firsthand how deeply Kris cares about protecting our children and our community.

I have been dismayed to see the petty and desperate political attacks on his first-class law enforcement reputation from the Summit County Democratic Party and the other candidates’ supporters. I firmly believe that his dignified response to those attacks is a great indicator of how he would run the sheriff’s department and serve this county with respect and fairness.

I have trained with Kris and I have worked with Kris and I know he is a man of honesty and integrity. I live here and I work here and I know he is the best choice for Summit County Sheriff.

Leslie Welker, Law Enforcement Officer

Park City

 

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Powell still doesn’t understand marriage equality

Editor:

Representative Kraig Powell’s recent proposal to differentiate rights within state adoption and surrogacy law based on the identity of the two persons within a legal marriage threatens all marriages in the state of Utah. Rep. Powell’s proposal is disturbing, not only because he is willing to interfere with an important area of family formation, but that he continues to be set on eroding every Utahn’s right to choose their marriage partner without government interference.

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, in the case of Kitchen v. Herbert, reaffirmed what every one of us surely hopes is true, that we can choose our marriage partner without asking leave of our government. The issue of the day, same gender partners getting married, is not at the heart of the Kitchen ruling. People will continue to hold differing personal, moral and religious views regarding same-gender persons getting married; Kitchen will not change that, nor was it intended to. The Kitchen ruling makes clear that marriage is such an important, fundamental human decision that no government, whether at the direction of a majority of its citizens or through the activism of members of its legislature, should be permitted to interfere with that choice.

This issue is of paramount importance to all of us regardless of how we feel about same gender couples. Majorities can change and standards of what constitutes an acceptable marriage can change; today, someone else’s choice may be at issue, but tomorrow, it may be yours or your children’s. Utahns need our elected representatives to stand for the proposition that the government may not interfere with our marriages whether by prohibiting us from choosing our marriage partner or by creating second-class marriages.

John Dayton

Heber City

 

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Bill White’s farm is asset to whole community

Editor:

I’m an Arizona native who has only been living in Utah for a couple of years. I enjoy almost weekly excursions to Park City where I visit with Diane Keller, a Park City resident for more than 13 years. Both of us have watched with interest the changes taking place at the corner of Bobsled Blvd. and State Road 224, also known as Bill White Farms.

As a general contractor in Arizona, I certainly appreciated the opportunity to make a living by building structures and developing real estate. However, the rapid growth we experienced in Arizona up until a few years ago often came at the expense of our historical heritage. As I intermittently observe the progress at Bill White Farms, I am impressed on two levels. First, I am amazed that the owner of this property elected to rehabilitate what, I have learned, was once the Hixon Farm from the late 30s, rather than build a convenience mart and gas station which, no doubt, would have been considerably more profitable than the current project. Second, as a builder myself, I am equally amazed at the tasteful esthetic choices being made for this piece of property and the quality of workmanship in the rehabilitation of the historic buildings.

My friend, Diane, is thrilled at the improvements being made, as well, and delights in sharing it with friends and out-of-town guests. We both agree that Park City is lucky to have such a conscientious community member and such a beautiful landmark to greet visitors and residents alike to Park City. Well done, Bill White.

Eric Eikenberry

Salt Lake City

 

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An endorsement for Eihausen for school board

Editor:

Thank you, Julie Eihausen, for all of your contributions to the Park City School District over the past 12 years. Your volunteer involvement in the district is far-reaching, from serving at the state level (Utah State School Community Council) to the local level (attending district school board meetings, planning and budget meetings, Treasurer of numerous committees & PTOs).

Over the years, I have been lucky to have served with you & learned from you. There hasn’t been a question you couldn’t answer!

Obviously, you have a passion for our district and have gained invaluable knowledge and experience which can be best served by taking the next step and becoming a school board member for Precinct 5 (most of Pinebrook & Summit Park).

Please cast your vote for Julie and watch her get to work on continuing to improve our already great school district!

Laurie West

President, PTSO Park City High School

 

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Clerk has put Basin Recreation Bond at risk

Editor:

Summit County Clerk Kent Jones has put the Snyderville Basin Recreation District Bond in jeopardy by failing to place it on the County Council agenda for public review in a timely manner. Utah Code requires at least three weeks of public review before the bond can be voted in the Nov. 4 General Election. Jones, a 26-year incumbent, gave notice for the bond less than three weeks prior to the Nov. 4 General election potentially placing the project in limbo until the 2016 election.

Even if County Officials are willing to take the risk of keeping the Bond on the ballot, it subjects us to litigation risk to prevent the bond issuance due to the statutory violation. Regardless of your stance on the project, it deserves to be discussed and voted on without risk that it could later be overturned because of a clerical error or involve the county in an expensive lawsuit. I think we all agree that Summit County has had enough of that.

This is simply another example of the lack of planning and proactive management from the Clerk’s Office. The Summit County Clerk’s Office under Mr. Jones has failed to embrace technology that would avoid simple errors like this from affecting Summit County stakeholders. In this case, a simple scheduling program that would alert the office to important upcoming dates would have done the trick.

I have pledged to work hard to protect the interests of every stakeholder in the community and execute the duties of the Summit County Clerk’s Office in a timely manner. My decades of experience in technology and business operations management will assure that these problems don’t occur on my watch.

I would appreciate your vote to make that happen. It’s a customer service business.

Nick Coleman

Republican candidate for Summit County clerk

 

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Kids ready to participate in Live PC Give PC

Editor:

We are really excited about Park City Foundation’s LIVE PC GIVE PC online fundraiser happening on November 7th, and we want to ask all our classmates, teammates, friends and kids in town to join in the event too!

We love LIVE PC GIVE PC, because we can help raise funds for so many programs that make life fun, safe, and interesting in Park City. Even if you cannot give a lot of money, your participation counts too. We are using some of our allowance on November 7th to give a few dollars to each program. We hope you can do this too!

We are especially excited to help our schools (PC Education Foundation), soccer teams (PC Soccer Club), ski teams (PC Ski Educational Foundation), and hockey teams (PC Ice Miners). We also want to give to some of our favorite organizations in town – Friends of Animals, National Ability Center, Mountain Trails Foundation, Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter, The Kimball Art Center, and USSA.

Thank you to Park City Foundation for giving us such a great way to get involved and kids can join in the fun.

See you online at: livepcgivepc.razoo.com/giving_events/LivePCGivePC14/home

Emerson Glusker, Weilenmann School of Discovery, 5th grade

Eliot Glusker, Trailside Elementary School, 3rd grade

Park City

 

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Doug Payne will unite P. C. School District

Editor:

I know Doug Payne and believe that with him on the Park City School Board, our students, our teachers, and our entire community will gain. Doug Payne is the only candidate who can unite the school district. As an advocate for both teachers and students, Doug will ensure that everyone has a voice.

As a leader, Doug is transparent. Under his tenure, Doug will ensure that the voices of all stakeholders are heard when making decisions. Over and over, Doug has proven to be an advocate for our students. Having been a teacher and administrator, Doug brings the necessary background to the school board.

In addition, Doug believes that all students can achieve. He advocates for students needing extra support, gifted/talented and average students.

Please join me in voting for Doug Payne. He is the leader our community needs on the Park City School District Board of Education.

Julie Hooker, Teacher

Park City

 

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Outgoing sheriff says Martinez is best choice

Editor:

There is no government that impacts our daily life more than local government; and no division of local government is more conspicuous than law enforcement. Consequently, the race for sheriff is one of this election season’s most important contests. Both men running for sheriff are amiable. I know this because both served under my command. This fact also uniquely qualifies me to judge their leadership capabilities. Martinez and Hendricksen are career peace officers, who have risked their lives countless times protecting the public. Each man should be honored for that.

The sheriff is a decision maker, literally holding the most significant government responsibilities and potential liabilities in his hands. As such, the sheriff must be well versed in the theory and application of: strategic planning, public budgeting, human resource management, policy analysis, the art of negotiation, and a host of other leadership disciplines. Only one candidate has the professional qualifications and experience required to lead an organization of the size and complexity of the Summit County Sheriff’s Office: Captain Justin Martinez. If you investigate both candidates, I am certain you will arrive at the same indisputable conclusion.

Sheriff David A. Edmunds

Summit County Sheriff

 

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Fraternal Order of Police endorses Justin Martinez for Sheriff

Editor:

It gives us great pleasure to give Justin Martinez the endorsement of the Fraternal Order of Police, Summit Wasatch Lodge #20, and Park City Lodge #3 for the Office of Sheriff of Summit County.

The over 60 members of both lodges do not give this endorsement lightly. In order to give our endorsement, we took into consideration Martinez’s experience, leadership, education, and service to the citizens of Summit County. Furthermore, Martinez is a member of the Summit Wasatch Lodge #20.

Martinez has served law enforcement in various positions that include: corrections, patrol, court services, SWAT Commander, Division Commander, and Bureau Chief. He is also greatly engaged in the community and takes great care in serving the best interest of the citizens. Martinez has proven through his leadership that the profession of law enforcement requires leaders and managers to have higher education. Martinez has earned his degree in higher education and has been supportive in encouraging his fellow colleagues to pursue that path.

 

In considering our endorsement, we understand the Office of Sheriff greatly impacts the community and the men and women who serve in the local law enforcement agencies. It’s very important that the men and women who work under the direction and leadership of the sheriff support, trust, and respect that executive position.

We as members of the local lodges of the Fraternal Order of Police, feel that if Justin Martinez is elected to the Office of Sheriff of Summit County, he will take the Office to another level, and will continue to make the citizens proud of law enforcement in Summit County.

The local lodges of the Fraternal Order of Police proudly ENDORSE Justin Martinez for the Office of Sheriff of Summit County.

Andrew Wright, President

Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 20

 

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Eihausen can offer ‘critical feedback’ to school district

Editor:

As a former member of the Park City School Board I continue to be very interested in the School District’s approach to education, governance, and long-term fiscal viability. We all want our children to have the best education experience possible.

I have known Julie Eihausen for over a decade. During this time she has regularly attended school board meetings and provided critical feedback. This gives her a unique perspective into the inner workings of our school district. Julie understands the balance between the needs of parents, students, employees and taxpayers. She understands accounting and the budgeting process. Through years of involvement in the schools, district committees and school board meeting attendance she is familiar with district policy and school finance. She has an informed perspective. This will allow Julie Eihausen to make knowledgeable, independent and impartial decisions.

Please vote for Julie Eihausen for the Park City School Board.

Vern Christensen

Park City

 

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Parent’s bias against skater is misplaced

Editor:

Do you really practice what you preach and teach, or only on Sundays?

I have oftentimes heard people say to their children: "Everybody is different." Don’t judge, that’s what makes us unique, and how about, "God made us all different." We are all God’s children. Are you practicing what you preach, when tested?

Recently, my son, who has longer hair and is a skateboarder (how many of you are already judging?) was skating at a local school, Parleys Park. He was with a friend or two. When who would appear, a mother who instantly put on her holier-than-thou hat and quickly escorted her son from the premises — because we all know how Park City compares to the projects in New York. These "skaters" were — drinking from red silo cups. It couldn’t be Pomegranate juice provided to them by their mother — of course not. It was declared ‘beer.’ Then this mother took it a step further and accused my son and friends of drinking beer — harmful judgment in a small town.

Now, I often drink from a red silo cup because it "cheers me up" (a Toby Keith tune). I drink lemonade and mix it with: water! Perhaps I should buy green silo cups, or maybe we should drink all drinks from a sports bottle, better for the environment, but I doubt that would have prevented the judgment.

This is not the first time someone has harshly judged my son because he is a skater. Folks, it makes an impact. He is in middle school. Perceptions are often false, and the person on the receiving end does get hurt. So before you make assumptions, whether it be because of color, economic status, or a hobby like skateboarding, realize that you need to reflect before passing judgment. These are kids and they have feelings.

This particular child worked all summer long teaching young kids, your kids how to skate. He’s responsible teen. He has volunteered at Friends of Animals and in addition, made a breakthrough teaching an autistic boy how to ski. So, baggy pants and longer hair may not be my style choice, and skating over hockey may not be yours, but obviously it doesn’t make a person. I will value freedom of expression over a robot any day.

Barb Dillman

Park City

 

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Hilder will lead attorney’s office with ‘candor,’ ‘grace’

Editor:

I have known Judge Hilder for about 14 years. I graduated law school and moved to Park City in 2000. Shortly after moving to Park City, I became the Park City Bar President and tried my best to become a good lawyer. At that time, Judge Hilder was the local judge and as a young and inexperienced lawyer he showed me kindness, candor, and grace.

Over the years, I have personally seen Judge Hilder judge, mediate and work with all walks of life. He is hired often by local lawyers to make difficult and impactful decisions that affect people’s lives. He always maintains his professionalism and civility when balancing competing interests and following the law. Judge Hilder’s leadership is top notch. He has sound reason and his ethics makes one proud to be associated with him. Judge Hilder is not a rash decision maker and does not make draw boundaries along religious, economic and cultural lines. His spectrum of friends and admirers is vast and diverse.

Summit County needs an attorney with his credentials and ethics. Judge Hilder is a problem solver and a relentless worker. He understands and appreciates different points of view and finding common ground for the common good. Summit County would be lucky to have such a person in the County Attorney’s office.

Sam Adams

Park City Bar President 2001-2002

 

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Amy Yost ‘leads by example’

Editor:

I wanted to take some time tell you a little bit about Amy Yost and why I believe she should be elected as County Treasurer. I have known Amy for many years but a few years ago I had the opportunity to get to know her on a personal level when she hired me to work for her company, Mountain Valley Financial in Kamas.

As a manager, she was kind, considerate, and professional. She leads people by example and knows how to bring them together to accomplish even the hardest of tasks. Amy is service driven and I believe she wants to make a difference for her community and will work hard to do that.

While working with Amy I learned that she had a great talent for numbers. Not only has she stood the test of time with the ever changing mortgage industry, but she also did that achieving the highest level license you can hold in the mortgage industry as well as holding a financial services license that few people are able to get because the test is grueling. She has produced individually, managed a team and staff, and even did her own accounting! To me, this shows a lot about her abilities, organization, ethics and character.

I think Amy is a rare breed these days because she holds herself to higher standards. She will do the right thing rather than the popular one. She’s genuine, open, honest and above all, trustworthy. I endorse Amy because I believe she has a strong moral compass and proven financial skills that make her the right candidate for County Treasurer. I plan to vote for Amy Yost in this upcoming election and I ask that you do the same.

Christal Bowlby, Senior Loan Consultant

Kamas

 


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