Letters to the Editor, Sept. 12-15, 2015
September 11, 2015
There’s nothing more democratic than a public park
Over many years, we have observed that the more public spaces become specialized, the fewer and less diverse become the users. Such, we anticipate, will be the fate of the Library field, should well-intentioned planners "develop" it for any particular group. We are seniors who appreciate the many places for us to gather for socialization and activities (e.g. the library’s coffee shop and the recreation center being among the best)–and we question the wisdom of specialized facilities which, in practice, isolate seniors during the years when broader social connections become more important. The Library Field is our Central Park, unstructured, open to all. Please, let’s keep it that way.
Rick & Patty Stark
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Climate change is an important and nonsectarian issue
Like our Utah vistas, recently obscured by dust and record West coast wildfire smoke, the judgment of many Utah elected officials is blurred by the smoke screen of rich donors and special interests. Nowhere is this more obvious than their silence on the challenge of climate change.
Calls for addressing climate change are coming from an ever-broader base: businesses, the U.S. military, faith leaders, and health officials. The voices of faith leaders are especially important in Utah where most politicians profess a religious faith.
If our political leaders would talk to their faith leaders about climate change, they might be surprised. The LDS Church Newsroom website on Environmental Stewardship and Conservation opens with "All humankind are stewards over the earth." Two weeks ago Muslim leaders and scholars from 20 countries released an unprecedented document, "Islamic Climate Declaration on Global Climate Change." And regarding climate change, Pope Francis wrote in his recent encyclical "It represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day."
If our state and federal elected officials will open their eyes to the science, they will see the substantial risks and unique opportunities presented by climate change. If they open their hearts, they will gain the moral conviction to act.
David Folland MD
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Gerber gets unqualified endorsement from former employee
I first met Becca when I moved to town 15 years ago. We both worked at Bad Ass Coffee. That summer, she was my boss at Silver Mountain Sports Club where I worked as a lifeguard and a swim instructor. One thing about Becca is that she is very intuitive. She knew when I was overwhelmed and on the brink of a breakdown. One day she took me to a "crisis lunch." Not only did my BOSS offer this to me, she listened to me and most importantly, she heard me. That set the foundation for a solid friendship years later.
Becca still listens, hears and gives amazing advice when needed. I truly believe her ability to hear and her intuition will be invaluable to our city if elected to City Council. I hope that you will take the time to get to know her if you don’t already. Park City needs a candidate like Becca to lead us into the future.
Thanks for your consideration.
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Park City emergency responders save the day, and the house
We would like to take the opportunity to publicly thank the Park City Fire and Police Departments. At 2 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 5, we awoke to our fire alarm sounding and our house filling with smoke and flames.
Within minutes, police and fire fighters were on the scene. During the next two hours, these amazing professionals fought to put out the fire and also makes us as comfortable and calm as possible. Additional fire marshals were back the next day to insure everything was documented and helped us secure the house.
We are very appreciative of the professionalism and kindness these wonderful people showed us.
Alan and Beth Singer
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Articles about need vs. ads about abundance
First let me say that I live in this wonderful community by the circumstances brought about by my wonderful Son, who understands my fondness for this area based upon my prior living in like areas of Colorado and Alaska. For that I am thankful.
In the September 5-8 edition of the Park Record I found articles noting the lack of and/or requesting the need for additional Utah funding for a woefully lagging Utah education fund, AND a serious need for food for Utah food banks, AND a serious Red Cross urge for Utahns to give blood — intermingled with the overpowering full page and double-page ads by various real estate/legal/snow fun entities advertising multi-million dollar properties for sale/legal/ and increased rate for snow fun issues.
Now I realize these real estate/legal/snow fun entities give back to the community, and I realize The Park Record needs advertising bucks — but I can’t get past the needs.
Arla E Baragar
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Breakfast got Miners Day off to a great start
On behalf of the Parishioners of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, I would like to thank the community for supporting the annual "Miner’s Day Breakfast" on Miner’s Day.
The weather was absolutely wonderful and so were the crowds.
We are proud to be participants in an event that celebrates the Heritage of our great town. A special thanks goes out to the Rotary Club who spent a great deal of time organizing and carrying out the whole day’s events. Also; Danielle Lapointe, with Starbucks Coffee, Brad Grieve with Nicholas Food Service, Kerry Sullivan with Utah Foods Services, and KPCW. Thanks and see you next year!
Kevin & Kathy Ostler, Chair
Miner’s Day Breakfast Committee
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Sheriff’s deputy helps visitors find their way
Sheriff Justin Martinez and Editor:
On Saturday, I was driving with clients who are new to Park City. They did not know much about the area and a tour like this is all about "first impressions."
While driving up S.R.224, typically called, "the gauntlet,"they were stopped by a Summit County Sheriff’s deputy at about 1 a.m. They had taken a late flight into SLC from the East Coast, and not only were they tired, but the wife was very sick, and their three children exhausted. The deputy had asked them if they knew why they were being stopped, and they did not. They had no clue where they were going, and were relying on Google maps to get them to their hotel. Unbeknownst to them, they were driving with only their daytime running lights on. They were not aware because they had dash lights, and were clearly not impaired in any way.
My client told me that after the deputy told them why they were stopped, he was very nice and gave them directions to get to their destination. My client was utterly blown away by how accommodating and courteous the deputy was to him and his family.
Sheriff Martinez, I wanted to tell you that you and your team not only made a positive impact on a family, but a fantastic first impression. Hearing this story showed me that you are a man of your word, and the rubber has met the road. Great job Justin.
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Lots of laughs for a good cause
When you spend an entire night laughing, and the full amount of your ticket directly supports the People’s Health Clinic, you fall asleep with a smile on your face, knowing you participated in something wonderful. That is the essence of Healthy Laughs.
Many, many, thanks to our effervescent, heart-of-gold emcee David Williams; the Montage Deer Valley for playing host to such a raucous bunch; the comedians who gave their time and talent; Five Star Audio Visual who made sure not a joke was missed and to all who attended and know how wonderful it feels to laugh and do good at the same time.
Healthy Laughs returns next year. We invite you to be part of this entertaining and rewarding experience.
Jenny Dorsey, Fundraising director
The People’s Health Clinic
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