Letters to the Editor, Sept. 4-6, 2013
September 4, 2013
I just wanted to thank UDOT and the safety professionals who are implementing installing variable speed limit signs on I-80. Parleys Canyon can be a dangerous commute for many during the winter months. I have loved ones who make the commute every day and I am glad that now there will be enforceable variable speed limits to slow drivers down when their common sense doesn’t. Now we can only hope that those who feel the need to drive down the canyon at 80 mph no matter what the conditions, will slow down so we can all be more safe. What an excellent idea!
Assigning Alexie book was a mistake
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Bravo to Superintendent Conley and the Park City school board as they are trying to right the wrong of the required controversial summer reading assignment, "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian." For those who believe their actions and the parents’ concerns are a Utah response, it’s not; it’s a concerned parents’ response regardless of ethnicity, political affiliation, or religion. Utah does not have a monopoly on concerned parents. It clearly stated in the well-written "Outrage over PCHS summer reading:" article that other states throughout the USA had experienced similar controversy related to this book.
I had a comparable experience growing up in North Carolina. I was required to read material that was grotesque, explicit, and vulgar. No one should be forced to read something contrary to their own conscience. Yes, the halls of high school are filled with vulgarity and immorality, but that doesn’t mean I have to read it on my own time and continue to fill my mind with filth. Continuing with my experience, I decided not half-way into the book that I’d rather take the "F" than persist in filling my mind with garbage. Lucky for me, there were concerned parents in North Carolina as well, that took a stand and had the required reading struck from our summer list.
Bravo to students and parents that stand up and don’t just accept the teachers or school district to choose how to educate. Bravo to the school district that will enforce the state law to make parents aware of controversial material given to their children. Bravo to the teachers who have reminded the parents to volunteer in the future on the novel selection committee. Bravo to people that realize if you put garbage in, you get garbage out — yes, it applies to our minds as well as our bodies.
Andy Beerman has the experience to be mayor
Andy Beerman is the man we want to elect for Mayor of Park City. If you have met him, you know he brings the focus, energy and seasoned experience to seriously approach the big problems we face as a community. If you have not met him, I ask that you visit his web site or contact him to ask about his background and plans as Mayor. He has a style that is geared towards working out solutions and bringing disparate interests together to solve things. Let’s face it, we have imposing environmental issues to address. As a community, we must be proactive with these issues or we surely won’t have the same resort economy we have come to rely upon these past 30 years.
Andy understands the nuance of good business practices and environmental responsibility. He has proven with his own business, at the Treasure Mountain Inn, that responsible building practices can indeed be economically profitable. He has successfully engaged and participated with a plethora of liaisons including Basin Open Space, City Open Space, Recycle Utah, Summit Lands, Recreation Advisory Board, Swaner Nature Preserve, Utah League of Cities and Towns, Regional Economic Development Task Force and the Wasatch (Transportation) Summit.
We need a mayor who has developed the regional engagement in order to promote our local interests. On a personal level, he also stands out as a superb steward through involvement with Mountain Trails Board, Trails Utah Board, Low Carbon Lifestyles (Save our Snow III ) Park City Lodging Association, Park City Chamber Bureau, Park City Incubator Project and a past president of the Historic Park City Alliance. Andy Walks The Talk and he has the outcomes to prove it. I am voting for Andy because he understands, lives and works with a forward thinking perspective.
Andy Beerman has what it takes
Park City has been blessed with superb leadership for many years. The last two fine Mayors have each served for 12 years. As campaigns kick into high gear, it’s time to think what you want Park City to be in four years, eight years and maybe even 12.
Back in the spring, Torch and I were mulling that over and we were delighted to learn that Andy Beerman was considering running for Mayor. Because his vision is our vision, we promised to support him.
People: If Park City is to retain its historic caring nature and small-town feel, we’ll have to work together to make it happen. Andy is a very thoughtful guy who’s never too busy to ask how he can help. He leads by example with humility and good humor. No ego. He’s the "real deal."
Andy has already established critical contacts statewide and regionally, to give Park City a strong voice across many platforms. Park City is a different kind of place and sometimes it’s difficult for others to understand our peculiar viewpoint. Andy has already done that very effectively in many venues. I watched him at meetings with Mountain Transportation Group. He got the attention of a room filled with 75 professionals as he carefully guided them to an understanding of our needs. Summit County loves working with him and he wants to expand our relationship with Wasatch County.
Planet: In order to "Save our Snow" and "Keep Park City Cool" we’re going to have to reduce our carbon footprint and lead the rest of Utah by our example. At Treasure Mountain Inn, Andy and Thea developed the first hotel recycling program in town. Through wind credit purchases and installation of solar panels, water conservation, cutting edge heating/cooling systems, CFL and LED lighting and other improvements, they’ve turned Park City’s first condo project into a net carbon negative property.
Andy has served as either Board Member or liaison to Basin Open Space (BOSAC), City Open Space (COSAC), Mountain Trails Foundation, Olympic Exploratory Committee, PC Incubator Project, Planning Commission (alternate), Recycle Utah, Recreation Advisory (Park Rec), Regional Economic Task Force, Save Our Snow III, Swaner Nature Preserve and Utah League of Cities and Towns. He has worked enthusiastically with the City, Summit County, Summit Land Conservancy, and Utah Open Lands and to maintain and upgrade our trails and treasured open spaces.
Profit: As President of Historic Park City Business Alliance, Andy Beerman was able to guide the improvements to Main Street and create tight bonds among business people. As a hotelier, he understands the importance of tourism to our economy. As a businessman, he also understands the importance of sustainable economic development through diversification.
Keep Highland Estates residential not commercial
I read the recent article about Highland Estates in The Park Record. I have 2.86 acres on Countryside Circle. In 1993 I built a small two story house, a small barn with two stalls and runs, a loafing shed and two fenced-in horse turnouts. My life savings are tied up in this property. If Highland Estates is turned into an industrial area with all kinds of heavy equipment and trucks, my property values will plummet.
In the last 20 years many middle income families with children have moved into Highland Estates. I invite you to drive through here. There are many houses with swings and play houses in the yards. The smaller children go to Trailside Elementary School, they play in the Playgrounds of Trailside Park and use the Skate Park and Bicycle Park. We have planted trees and are trying our best to maintain landscaping with the lack of water. WE PAY PROPERTY TAXES!!!! I’ll bet that less than five percent of owners in here want to park their heavy equipment and dump trucks in here.
In recent conversations with Kymber Gabryszak and e-mail exchanges with Dan Child of the County, I was led to believe that the County Codes allow businesses to be run out of your home if you obtain a business license and you can park one VEHICLE related to your business on your property. They said nothing about heavy equipment or machinery. Every time I drive past the big tractor, the heavy yellow machinery and dump trucks parked in private driveways, I want to cry. These do not belong in a residential area.
I’ve sent a separate mailing to the County Council and our Homeowners Association asking them to enforce current codes and not change them for Highland Estates.
Barton, Phillips put on a great show
Randy Barton, as Rembrandt, and Steve Phillips, as Mark Twain, opened a new series of live interactive video theater last Saturday night, and it was nothing short of outstanding. Their talents are already known to locals, but the breadth of their abilities displayed in full view for all to see on the iconic Egyptian stage never the less took many of us by surprise. Bravo, and well done! Hope there is more to come.
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