Letters to the Editor, Sept. 16, 2015
September 15, 2015
Future generations will benefit from Park City school bond
I’m excited, the school district has a vision for the future we can all get behind. Our family supports the upcoming bond to fund it. The need is immediate and ongoing, the improvements are versatile and well thought-out, and the financing is advantageous. The benefits are not just in education and athletics but also aesthetics and increased property values. The Board has shown leadership and found a responsible way to make it happen. My hat’s off to them.
Even in Utah, with worst-in-class education spending, other districts have outpaced us. Impressive new facilities have popped up all over the Wasatch Front and Back. Nationwide, we compare even worse. We need more classrooms and these sports facilities. Athletics develop healthy, well-adjusted kids; research proves it and parents believe it.
The plan’s negatives are minimal. We rearrange the existing main campus and expand on-site at Ecker Hill. The North 40 wetlands aren’t touched. There is no added lighting at the North 40. Treasure Mountain is replaced with an attractive field house visually only a foot or so higher. It will complement its surroundings and benefit the community. All this is on land developed by the PCSD long before most current Parkites arrived. As a Prospector resident, I know density protects open space, promotes community, and decreases traffic impact. As a homeowner, I know school investment raises my property value. As a parent, I know the need.
Our kids graduate in the next few years, they won’t benefit — but our town will. The new facilities will reward our investment. People’s instincts are sometimes a little off: the "pull up the ladder" urge, "NIMBYism," and wistful nostalgia are natural. But they aren’t realistic, civic-minded, or productive.
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I hope everyone will join us in supporting the bond this November.
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Parents biking with baby are being reckless
Today while riding up Jenny’s trail for the second time in two weeks I saw a young couple biking down with a baby no more than two years of age. No he wasn’t on his own trike he was in a seat in front of his father. His mother pedaling behind as if she lived in a subservient country. One fall, one crash, one chipmunk running across the trail, one flat tire etc. and that baby is most likely in big trouble.
We see this constantly, kids skiing, snowboarding and biking without helmets. In fact the resorts do not allow you to ski carrying a baby. I don’t believe this is any different. Of course there are the others that believe in not vaccinating because they are smarter than the scientists (they believe the weird actress.) Then there are the parents that go gluten-free and subject their kids to it because they have absolutely no evidence that they or their children are gluten intolerant. It all boils down to using common sense. Is this too much to ask.
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Sign up for PCTV Summer Reading Challenge
With schools back in session and the summer coming to an end, it is time for the Summit County K-12 youth to turn in their reading forms for Park City Television’s 17th Annual "Summer Fun Reading Challenge". We challenge young people during the summer to read 10 books or 1,000 pages. We have great prizes waiting for the kids that read during the summer including free
Seven Peaks Water Park passes, gift certificates/prizes from Jan’s, Crandall
Ford, Baby NeeNee, Educational Advantage, Granger School of Music, JW Allen & Sons and more. It’s not too late to turn in your forms. We have extended our deadline to Tuesday, Sept. 22. Just get us your filled out form and you will receive a certificate of achievement and a valuable packet of prizes.
Park City Television’s reading challenge forms are available on our website at ParkCity.tv or they can be picked up at PCTV’s studio or at the front desk of either Silver Mountain Sports Club. You can also simply write your books down on a sheet of paper and mail it to us (P.O. Box 2877, Park City, UT 84060) along with your name, phone number, address, school name and grade or even email the info to: comments@ParkCity.tv. We will deliver your packet of prizes to your schools in October.
Park City Television is proud to host this award winning reading program for the terrific young people of Summit County. With the continued support of our sponsors, teachers, schools, library, and parents, we know that this year’s challenge will have more readers than ever.
Stanton D. Jones
Park City Television
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Teacher bids fond goodbye to Ecker Hill
As I move from one stage of life to the next, I wish to thank the citizens of Park City. I have been a teacher at Ecker Hill Middle School for several years now, but in the middle of August I was offered a position at the STEM Action Center — for me, a dream position.
I accepted the position, and taught my last day at Ecker on Sept. 11. I leave with mixed emotions — sadness, anxiety, excitement. But mostly, as I look back, gratitude. During my time at Ecker I have had the opportunity to work with spectacular students. I have been thrilled at their inquisitiveness, their kindness to each other, and the respect they showed me. I also worked with educators I do not think will ever be equaled — they are passionate, caring people, individuals ever concerned with improving their personal practice of the art that is education.
All in all, I consider myself blessed to have been able to take part in this community.
Kellie Yates, Technology and Engineering Educator
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An endorsement for paid parking at ski resort
Park City Mountain Resort has announced they will not charge for parking at the Resort Center or Canyon Village." Why not charge for parking and invest 100 percent of the revenue in supporting fuel efficient bus travel between ski and metropolitan areas? The use of buses could be stimulated through the use of voucher incentives for travel and/or skiing. The goals include: reduction of our carbon footprint, traffic congestion and the need for asphalt heat generating parking lots. Reducing the size of parking lots could then allow for the construction of low-income housing benefiting both the ski areas and their employees.
The ski industry realizes that gondola lifts are most convenient in moving large numbers of customers. The same principle is true of buses versus cars for road travel.