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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Instead of scaling back on the distracted-driving laws now in force, more needs to be done by our lawmakers. Read more »
No one should be denied access to higher education because they cannot afford it. Read more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Keep the golf courses, make them more beautiful and cut expenses somewhere else. Read more »
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 »
Utah legislators should raise the salaries of professionals like corrections officers and teachers before they raise their own salaries. Read more »
Parents and/or grandparents should never, ever leave children unattended in a car. Read more »
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What on earth is so extreme about being a principled, constitutional conservative? Ted Cruz is truly a breath of fresh air in a very polluted and toxic political environment. He actually has the courage and the political will to... Read more »
Charles and David Koch, who own Koch Industries, an oil and gas business, have indicated that they will spend $400 million in the upcoming election promoting conservative candidates and negative ads against nonconservative... Read more »
Here is the key to understanding the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It's simple: Whatever is not prohibited requires permission. Whatever requires permission will not be approved. Whatever is not approved is prohibited.... Read more »
President Obama is suggesting that we consider mandatory voting. I’m all in favor, as long as everyone has to successfully complete a common-sense evaluation first. Ike May West Jordan Read more »
The NCAA Tournament is so exciting because of the games being played on and off the court. The ones on the court are unpredictable, but so is the one being played by NCAA overseers off the court. I’m talking about the game of... Read more »
After taking my grandkids to see “Cinderella” this week, I have to wonder whether there are any original stories or movie ideas left, or if we’re all doomed to see the same movies get rebooted and remade every 25... Read more »
It’s pretty depressing to wake up almost every morning to read of another agenda item that President Obama is pursuing that makes a mockery of our hallowed past of free and constitutional government. Americans should have... Read more »
In Sunday’s column by Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb (“Intrigue still percolating,” March 22), the writers made this comment: the “Legislature had enough courage and common sense to raise property taxes a... Read more »
Thanks to Rosemarie Checketts for her timely letter on prison relocation ("Relocate the investors," March 23). I would also add to the discussion the issue of more development in the area. A problem with expansion is... Read more »
My grandson and I escaped serious injury when a distracted driver hit us recently. I always try to make eye contact with drivers when I'm walking through a crosswalk, but this driver’s eyes were down and she was coming at... Read more »
On March 17, Granger High hosted a guest speaker. This speaker had a good message of resiliency and overcoming problems in the past. However, his good message was mostly lost as he encouraged anti-American/education ideas. He... Read more »
What is the matter with the Prison Relocation Commission? Don't they get it? No one wants the prison to move except for the "investors," who want the taxpayers to pay for the relocation. Read more »
The Utah State Drivers Handbook states that all drivers are not allowed to park within 30 feet of any stop sign, yield sign, traffic control signal or intersections for pedestrian crossing. Why then is it necessary to have the... Read more »
I have frequently seen it written here that Democrats have adopted more liberal economic policies than they had in prior years. I do not believe this to be true; in fact, I think they have become much more conservative. Read more »
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