Letters to the Editor, Sept. 2, 2015
September 1, 2015
Choose wisely on S.R. 224 crossing
Like Mike Ruzek, I too attended the work session on a State Road 224 crossing as an interested resident of Snyders Mill and the parent of a Parley’s Park elementary student. Mike is right that the Bear Hollow 224 intersection is not a friendly crossing. However, my takeaway from the meeting was that the County Council was quite correctly asking why the Basin Recreation District staff was recommending using Recreation District bond money to correct a deficiency in that highway (i.e. the reticence of Sun Peak homeowners to cross 224 to take their kids to school because of speeding drivers) that probably should be addressed by the school district and/or UDOT.
What was quite clear at that meeting was that the Council has no appetite for spending recreation bond money for something that does not first and foremost advance the recreation district’s mandate. This reticence by the Council members is responsible stewardship and exercise of their duty as fiduciaries. In my mind, the Council is quite rightly trying to decide which 224 crossing advances the recreation mandate best, regardless of what was presented in the narrative "wish list" accompanying the offering of the General Obligation Bonds.
I think an objective look at the location of the dead, but not lamented, bridge (which was an ill-conceived abomination) or even the tunnel suggested 300 feet south of Bear Hollow Drive does not advance a recreation goal as much as say a linkage between the trail system which dead ends at 224 coming from Matt Knoop Park.
Connecting that trail (which carries recreational users down to Willow Creek Park and ultimately to Kimball Junction), to the bus stop and paved trail across 224 south of Sun Peak Drive would seem to best advance a recreation agenda for both residents and visitors. That connection, of course, would not allow a convenient crossing experience of 224 from Bear Hollow drive to Parleys, and that should be addressed — just not with recreation bond funds unless the Recreation District Board, which did not opine at the work session, presents a compelling argument that a connection there is the best use of taxpayer funds.
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Mike’s passion, and that of his fellow Sun Peak residents, is admirable and I understand and share their desire to improve that crossing for their kids. I am hopeful that the trail professionals, citizens and Council can craft a solution that suits all, but I am in agreement with the Council that this decision should be made deliberately. I for one am losing my appetite for more bonding, and with a $56 million bond being floated by the school district this year, I believe that citizenry will be reticent to support another recreation bond in the very near future. This crossing could be the one State Road 224 recreation crossing we can select for the foreseeable future and we need choose wisely.
Alzheimer’s: an ounce of prevention
As the presidential nominee race increases in intensity, one critical issue facing our country is consistently missing from the rhetoric. No one is discussing the extreme financial toll that Alzheimer’s disease will continue to have on our society. Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in our country and the only one of the top ten killers that does not have a way to cure, prevent or even slow it down. Over 700,000 Americans die from Alzheimer’s annually.
Alzheimer’s is the most expensive disease. In 2015, over $266 billion will be spent in caring for people with Alzheimer’s and two-thirds of this cost is paid by Medicare and Medicaid. In other words it is paid by taxpayers. Utah’s congressional contingent is adamant about reducing federal spending. It only makes sense to find a way to reduce the cost of Alzheimer’s by finding a way to cure or at least slow the disease. I call upon Senators Hatch and Lee, and Representatives Bishop, Stewart, Chaffetz and Love to support increased funding for Alzheimer’s research and apply the "ounce of prevention" to save hundreds of billions of dollars down the road. For more information go to alz.org/Utah.
Ronnie Daniel, Executive Director
Alzheimer’s Association, Utah Chapter
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Powder Paws gets praise from patient’s family
I have never written a letter to an editor, though I feel compelled to do so based on my recent experience dealing with Powder Paws Veterinary Clinic located in Jeremy.
We adopted two 10-week-old kittens from Furburia last Thanksgiving. About six weeks ago one of the kittens, Leo, was losing weight and we took him to an animal clinic in town. Unfortunately, after reasonable amount of expense we had very little useful information. Driving home one night, I noticed the sign for Powder Paws Clinic located near my home. I gave them a call, and found them to be quite attentive to Leo’s needs. I feel they were concise on any testing needs which led to diagnosis of Leo expeditiously.
What I wish to stress, is over the next two weeks of dealing with Powder Paws Veterinary Clinic, was how responsive and caring their staff was, especially, Dr. Kristen Blum and Dr. Bjordahl. Anytime, we called for guidance or clarification either of these doctors answered the phone or promptly called back in every case. They were informed and compassionate. Ultimately, Leo had Feline Infectious Peritonitis an always fatal disease. During his euthanasia, Dr. Blum was extremely professional and empathetic. Our family left this sad experience with great peace of mind that our Leo was given genuine care with only what was required to achieve his diagnosis. We want to thank Powder Paws Veterinary Clinic for a personal, excellent experience which did not feel like other mass production clinics around town. I would strongly urge any Park City residents to consider Powder Paws for the care of their four-legged family members.
Lisa Robinson and Family