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Letters to the editor, Sept. 21-24, 2013

Colorado needs our support

Dear Editor and Citizens,

As many of you may know, our Community and Leadership City Tour was planning on going to Boulder, Colorado this week. And Boulder officials and non-profits were planning on hosting us and sharing their experiences. Unfortunately, we will have to do that next year after their community has had time to rebuild. Given what Boulder has been through, and is facing in the coming weeks and months, I wanted to share with our community a way to lend a helping hand. My friends in Boulder agree that this is the most effective way to help the most people, and I know that our community, which has stepped up so many times to help with issues great and small, will want to lend a helping hand. Please give generously to http://www.foothillsunitedway.com. Whether it is pet food or a safe place to stay, a sump pump or a meal, this will give the community of Boulder the warm "from one mountain town to another" hug they need right now.

Liza Simpson

Park City

Women’s Giving Fund is still growing

Dear Editor:

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now, many of you have heard about Park City Community Foundation’s Women’s Giving Fund. It has been exciting to watch the enthusiasm of Park City we are nearly halfway to our goal of 1,000 women giving $1,000 to build a $1 million endowment.

Hopefully you have heard about the very simple, yet powerful, plan to invest that money so that your one-time donation can give in perpetuity. Hopefully you have heard that every member has a vote each year to direct the money into one to three high impact grants. I know that you can imagine the difference these grants will make for women and children in Summit County.

I want to write about another reason to join the Women’s Giving Fund. The Women’s Giving Fund is a community inside our great community. It is a chance to meet and get to know the incredible women that call Park City home. The Women’s Giving Fund is about supporting one another. It is about forming new friendships. It is about celebrating what we can do as women. I live in a house full of boys and I love it. But I need the camaraderie of women.

It is not to say that we don’t love the men. And men, this is a great opportunity to honor your wives, mothers, daughters, sisters or friends. I hope that you will consider joining us in this amazing endeavor. Come hear more on October 11 at 5 p.m. at Treasure Mountain Inn as we celebrate current members and welcome new ones. Details can be found at http://www.parkcitycommunityfoundation.org/wgf. You will help support women and children in Summit County. And you will meet some pretty fantastic people in the process. Can’t beat that.

Melissa Pignatelli O’Brien


Alex Butwinski is a standout for council


Yes, it is another election endorsement letter! The importance of municipal elections is frequently understated in most cities, but Park City residents are fortunate to have a newspaper that recognizes this importance, and a community that likes to get involved. Let’s hope that this involvement is manifested in a strong turnout for the upcoming elections.

Park City residents are also fortunate to have a number of qualified candidates for the upcoming Mayoral and City Council elections, and it is my opinion that among those qualified,

Alex Butwinski stands out from the rest. As someone who has been there, I take my hat off to Alex for the effort that he has put into his previous 4 years on City Council, as well as the thoughtful and balanced approach that he has taken to the issues. He listens with an open mind, and is not afraid to modify his initial opinion upon discovery of new facts and testimony from the citizenry (as opposed to those who never let the facts interfere with what they know to be true).

In addition to his many roles within the City and County, Alex’s recent appointment to the Executive Board of the Utah League of Cities and Towns, as well as his appointment by the Governor to the Utah Uniform Building Code Commission attest to the recognition of his talents at a State level. These appointments also demonstrate the level of involvement, time and effort that Alex is willing to expend to represent the citizens of Park City.

Please take advantage of your right to select the government that most directly affects your everyday life, and vote the candidate of your choice in the upcoming elections. And especially consider voting for the most qualified candidate Alex Butwinski.

Jim Hier

Former City Council member

Speedy Foundation is grateful for the support

In an Olympic Year, thank you Park City for coming to the 2nd Annual "Hurricane for Hope" event in support of http://www.TheSpeedyFoundation.org. The event was HUGE and the weather proved to be a "Hurricane" for sure! The Speedy Foundation is in memory of Olympic Silver Medalist Jeret "Speedy" Peterson. The mission is to develop programming to raise awareness and educate about suicide prevention and promote mental wellness.

We should all embrace this mission as Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death; 3rd leading cause of death for 15- to 24-year-olds; one person dies by suicide every 16.2 minutes. So, embrace we did, on Aug. 24 at the Utah Olympic Park. In conjunction with the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation, we had packed house for a special Aerial show put on by The Flying Ace All Stars, Silent-Auction, pyrotechnics, trampolinists, live-music, food and most all COMMUNITY. Thank you to all our gracious sponsors, donors & attendees. Until next year!

Michelle Kerby

Park City