Brian Nicholson, Deseret News
With just three weeks remaining before Election Day, the silly promises will start to come at a rapid pace. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Peter Cooke suddenly claims he has a secret plan to boost Utah to the middle of the pack in per-pupil funding ("What I, Peter Cooke, will do if I'm elected as the governor of Utah," My View, Oct. 14).
Cooke himself writes, "In the first 120 days of my administration, I will present a plan to the people of Utah that moves us from 50th to 30th in per-pupil funding over the next four years." As a voter, I find this insulting. If Cooke has such a plan, why is he just now talking about it?
If he has a plan to make such a remarkable leap in this particular ranking and it is a noble goal, why is he withholding details of the plan?
As voters, we simply cannot afford to be influenced by this nonsense. If Cooke has a plan, he should show us the details. What Cooke is really proposing but hoping we won't notice is a massive tax hike. What else can we assume when he is proposing an additional $2.2 billion (the estimated amount it would take to get it done) in education funding without telling us where the money is coming from?
Salt Lake City
- My view: History lesson — 'Taking back'...
- In our opinion: Boy Scouts of America and...
- John Florez: Education — Big government...
- In our opinion: With caucus compromise, Utah...
- Letter: A 'dying' document
- In our opinion: Prison relocation iffy
- Letter: Religious freedom
- Was Hillary right to compare Putin to Hitler?
- Letter: Minimum Wage insufficient 67
- Has Obama's foreign policy emboldened... 62
- Jay Evensen: Obama could use a dose of... 60
- Letter: Religious freedom 53
- In our opinion: Boy Scouts of America... 32
- Sen. Ted Cruz opens 2014 CPAC with... 30
- Was Hillary right to compare Putin to... 30
- Senate defeats Obama in Justice nod 21