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Letters to the Editor, Sept. 3-6, 2016


PCSD is working on potential start time/rush hour conflict


We appreciate and share The Park Record's concern for Park City’s ongoing traffic issues (Editorial, August 31, 2016.) To that end, we would like to assure The Park Record (and its readers) that we received significant input from the Park City Transportation Department when developing our recommendation. We are confident that the Implementation Task Force and the Park City School District will continue to work closely with city and county officials over the coming year.

Traffic is indeed a complicated situation in Park City (Thank you Alfred Knotts for all of your work toward alleviating these issues!) and a wide-ranging one. By working together as a community, we can get our students’ educational day into the range that is best for their health and well-being — and get groggy teen drivers off our roads.

Stephanie Howell
PCSD School Start Times Committee Member

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In past years, our nation’s schools were used by the USDA as a dumping ground for surplus meat and dairy commodities. It is neither a surprise nor coincidence that one-third of our children have become overweight or obese. Such dietary mistakes at an early age become lifelong addictions, raising their risk of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.

Then came President Obama's Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 requiring double servings of fruits and vegetables, more whole grains, less sodium and fat, and no meat for breakfast. The guidelines are supported by 86 percent of Americans.

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As parents, we need to involve our own children and school cafeteria managers in promoting healthy, plant-based foods in our own schools. Going online and searching for “vegetarian options in schools” provides lots of good resources.

Paxton Ryker
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Friends rally to preserve mine relics on the mountain


Friends of Ski Mountain Mining History hit the first community fundraiser out of the park. With 41 reservations and enough food for 70 people, we were greeted by at LEAST 125 donors!! Thank heavens the Flanagan boys showed up with two large platters of sliders and a very large veggie tray in addition to 4 $50 gift certificates for the silent auction. Thanks guys. The rooftop patio/deck at Rio Grande off the Town Lift Plaza was an ideal venue for the party with spectacular views of Old Town, the sunset, the changing leaves and the beautiful mountains we all love.

Phillip Grubisa gave us a huge discount on his incomparable Beltex Brats. Look for him at the Farmer’s Market on Wednesday and encourage him to get into local grocery stores and restaurants so we can enjoy his products all winter, as well. Brent Whitford who makes Red Bicycle Bread at Park City Market conspired with his team there to provide the bread and groceries. Try slicing that tasty stuff for the best sandwich ever. Mary Hogan Holley at Mountain Flora donated a really beautiful flower arrangement in an old steam-fitting pipe from the California Comstock, which went for a hefty price in the silent auction.

After supper, our super cooks roasted marshmallows to squish between graham crackers with chocolates donated and served by Tandem Chocolate creator Phyllis Robinson. She also brought a magnificent box of samples, which were gone almost as soon as they arrived. I personally couldn’t keep my hands off them. Right before the party started Greg Schirf came from Debbie’s successful knee replacement surgery with a huge tub of ice-cold beer and a fat check. It’s amazing that people can be so thoughtful when they have their own lives to lead.

So many steering committee members contributed mightily. The editor here has limited me to only six specific mentions in a thank you note, so I'll just say that so many contributed so much that we're estimating the proceeds to top $10,000. Maybe that will enable us to get a little more work done on the Silver King Tanks and the California Comstock before the snow flies.

Sally Elliott
Park City