ArchiveAugust 2015

Suggested Reading: The Brutal Costs of Raising the World’s 631st-Best Tennis Player

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One of the things Park City cherishes is its athletics, whether that is individual sports like giant slalom or team sports like lacrosse. Yet, I often cringe when fellow parents will tell me that that their little Suzie, who plays on the 3rd-string soccer team, is going to pay her way through college using those soccer skills. I never say anything but always think, isn’t there an easier way...

Are You or Your Group Against the Park City School District Bond?

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I’ve heard that there may be multiple groups forming to oppose the Park City School bond. If you happen to read the Park Rag and are interested in working together, let me know and I’m happy to put the groups in contact with each other. Also, just to put it on the record, the Park Rag is not pro-bond or anti-bond. There are many good arguments on both sides of the issue. That...

I’m So Tired of Hearing How Property Values Will Increase If We Pass the Park City School District’s $56 Million Bond

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It’s everywhere. “The upcoming school bond is great because it will make our schools world class and thus raise our property values. Who can argue with that?” It must be some talking point coming out of the School District’s “YES” campaign for their bond because you hear it everywhere. Most recently I read it in the Park Record’s guest editorial from last...

Who We Wish We Were … Versus Who We Really Are

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An interesting debate took place at Wednesday’s Summit County Council Meeting. The topic discussed was whether to help Basin Rec fund a tunnel or bridge across Highway 224 near Sun Peak. On one side you had Basin Rec, the County’s new Transportation Planning Director, and Council Chairperson Kim Carson. They seemed to show vocal support for a bridge or tunnel that would enable both...

2500 Accounts From Park City are in the Ashley Madison List

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You may have heard of Ashley Madison, the website which helps arrange extramarital affairs.. They were recently hacked and 30 million accounts were exposed by a group of hackers that are still at large. As you can imagine, this is a big deal because it deals with infidelity — and lots of it. Lest you think Park City is immune to that sort of thing, it appears there were approximately 2500...

How Many of Our “Traffic Problems” Are Really Design Issues?

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Suppose you were Apple and had just released the newest iPhone. Let’s also suppose that the round button at the bottom worked about 99% of the time. You’d usually press it, and it would bring up Siri or the lock screen (as expected). Yet, sometimes if you pressed it, it would do nothing at all. Or perhaps it would start blaring Taylor Swift (embarrassing if you’re 40 or 50 or 60...

Park City Area is the Richest “Small Town” in America

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Bloomberg created an index that judges the richest small towns in America and Summit, Utah came out on top. We beat out areas like Jackson Hole, Steamboat, and Martha’s Vineyard. The index is based on geographic regions with between 10,000 and 50,000 people, the share of households making more than $200,000 or more, median home values, and the share of homes worth more than $1,000,000...

How Does the Stock Market Relate to The Success of the School Bond?

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I had a couple of questions from readers on why I believe the stock market relates to the likelihood the Park City school bond will pass. Here is why I think it may be one of the biggest factors in this year’s election: Yesterday the stock market (i.e., the S&P 500) lost about 2% of its value. So, if you had $100,000 in your retirement account, your brokerage account, etc… at the...

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