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Letter: Voter disconnect

There seems to be much discussion on the question of why we don’t have greater voter turnout; I would like to offer two points I’ve observed over my 83 years. I served for many years on the Steering Committee of the Utah... Read more »

March 2, 2015

15 comments

Letter: Exclusive salary hike

I am a math teacher and do not like HB203, which will raise teacher salaries for math, science and special-ed teachers. I am for an increase in salary for teachers, but this bill needs to be amended because it is too exclusive.... Read more »

March 2, 2015

15 comments

Letter: Passing the buck

The Utah Legislature is again considering a Balanced Budget Amendment. To pass this resolution is to participate in the same buck-passing tactics we see in Congress. It is the same shirking of responsibility. Utah is dependent on... Read more »

March 1, 2015

9 comments

Letter: Stable retirement

AARP Utah recently released a survey showing that most Utahns hope to retire one day, yet many have woefully inadequate savings. One in 6 of those surveyed have less than $5,000 in savings, and AARP research shows that more than half... Read more »

March 1, 2015

5 comments

Letter: Outdated method

It’s shocking how often bad ideas win favor in the Legislature and how long these failed policies can linger. The use of gas chambers to euthanize animals in Utah shelters is another example. While people still fiercely... Read more »

March 1, 2015

0 comments

Letter: Imposing prison effects

As a Draper resident, it has been amusing to watch people explain why it would be horrible to relocate the prison to their cities. Many of their reasons are valid, but isn't it hypocritical to point out the ill effects the... Read more »

March 1, 2015

11 comments

Letter: Philosophies in one word

I want to know the political affiliation of my school board candidate because when I go to vote I can learn more about their political and educational philosophy in a word (Republican or Democrat) than I could from reading a one-page... Read more »

March 1, 2015

8 comments

Letter: Future for teachers

My son is a first-year teacher at a junior high in a large Utah school district. He has two bachelor's degrees, yet his starting salary is so low that he is only $166 over the limit to qualify for food stamps. He has a wife, two... Read more »

Feb. 28, 2015

22 comments

Letter: Duties of the job

Former Salt Lake City police officer Eric Moutsos believes he should "be able to think and talk and be who I am, wherever I'm at." When you accept employment, particularly in public service, you also accept the duties of... Read more »

Feb. 28, 2015

44 comments

Letter: Political extremes

Sen. Mike Lee was recently noted in a BYU study as the most politically extreme of all current national senators. His ranking, based on his conservative voting record, exceeds .99 out of 1. Ratings of others of the national Utah... Read more »

Feb. 28, 2015

34 comments

Letter: Medically fragile

Which is the greater evil: accepting “tainted” federal money (our own taxes coming back to us), or refusing to help our neighbors in need? Read more »

Feb. 27, 2015

43 comments

Letter: Bear Lake driving

Should cars be allowed to drive through the middle of a group of children at play? Rep. Curt Webb, R-Logan, believes so. He is sponsoring HB140, "Sovereign Lands around Bear Lake," which would allow cars to drive parallel along the... Read more »

Feb. 27, 2015

3 comments

Letter: Adopting Utah’s system

The Indiana Legislature is currently considering a bill that would put an upgraded city and regional transportation to a vote by residents in area counties. It would be my desire that they adopt a system somewhat similar to Utah's. Read more »

Feb. 26, 2015

4 comments

Letter: Parade prep

Some businesses just want the attention of being in a parade but have clearly forgotten that a parade is for the spectator and not the participant. Read more »

Feb. 26, 2015

5 comments

Letter: Harmful side effects

The media have seemed to ignore an announcement on marijuana from the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, which was given on Jan. 25, 2015. Marijuana has serious potential side effects for children, teens and young adults.... Read more »

Feb. 25, 2015

23 comments

Letter: Prison volunteers

I’m one of 1,500 volunteers who serve at the prison. I challenge Greg Hughes or anyone else on the PRC, or anyone who supports the relocation, to come to the prison with me for a month and see the good work that goes on. I say... Read more »

Feb. 24, 2015

18 comments

Letter: Cellphone common sense

Instead of scaling back on the distracted-driving laws now in force, more needs to be done by our lawmakers. Read more »

Feb. 24, 2015

4 comments

Letter: Save for higher ed

No one should be denied access to higher education because they cannot afford it. Read more »

Feb. 24, 2015

15 comments

Letter: Pedestrian awareness

There should be a safety law requiring safety reflective tape and flashing lights on bikes, scooters, skateboards and power wheelchairs. There should also be a fine, even for the parents if an underage child is hurt. Read more »

Feb. 24, 2015

6 comments

Letter: Desert prison

The water shortage in Tooele County is one more reason to not relocate the prison to Tooele County. Unlike Salt Lake County, which draws upon multiple watershed streams to supply culinary water sources, Tooele County residents rely... Read more »

Feb. 23, 2015

7 comments

Letter: Courage to raise taxes

Don Milne does not appreciate the fact that much of what we do is done by a differed payment system (“Taxes for babies,” Feb. 18). We build roads and pay for them with 30-year bonds. The same is done for schools, airports... Read more »

Feb. 23, 2015

15 comments

Letter: Keep golf courses

Keep the golf courses, make them more beautiful and cut expenses somewhere else. Read more »

Feb. 22, 2015

3 comments

Letter: Where's our winter?

Consider writing a letter to the editor, board of trustees or representative to let them know that fossil fuels are history and you want clean renewables to power your future. Read more »

Feb. 22, 2015

33 comments

Letter: Salary injustices

Utah legislators should raise the salaries of professionals like corrections officers and teachers before they raise their own salaries. Read more »

Feb. 22, 2015

7 comments

Letter: No child unattended

Parents and/or grandparents should never, ever leave children unattended in a car. Read more »

Feb. 22, 2015

3 comments

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