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February 11, 2014
Better luck this year

This is in regard to the letter to the editor titled, “Accepting Modern Change.”

A few years ago, Grantsville City was in the red and they hired a professional budget analysis. They are no longer in the red thanks to modern change.

The number of Tooele County employees is probably down to what it was 20 years ago. So the level of service in spite of the good people that remain is down to the same. The level of service needed has probably increased 10 times because of the population increase. Is this what you call modern change?

During a rash of burglaries, people complained because there weren’t enough Sheriffs to handle the calls. Is this modern change or going backwards?

The Wild Horse Festival was moved back to South Jordan when they shut down Deseret Peak Complex. Tooele County won’t be getting any of that revenue. Is that what you call sound business practices?

Yes, we still have an indoor arena. They finally opened it up two afternoons a week. Ask any horse trainer how that works for them. There is a way we could fix that right now: Install a drop box to collect the money and open it up full time. We’re heating the building anyway. Why not make some money?  Install one at the motocross track; it will work there also. That is what I call modern change.

They canceled the BMX races. They didn’t open the swimming pool. They raised their prices so the 4H children couldn’t use it. The contractor can’t afford the prices, so they aren’t having buck outs any more. Is hurting kids what you call modern change?

Mr. Shields, I commend you for the letter, even if it wasn’t accurate. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I commend the commissioners for their service. I hope they have better luck this year, because last year really sucked.

Kent Williams

Grantsville

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