New To Utah has it about rightMoving the prison might be the right and
smart thing to doThe problems is that the majority of Utah citizens just
don't trust the legislature and Governor.We The People believe that
"socialize expenses and privatize profits" is the unofficial working
principle of our Lords and Masters in SLC
Their legacy is every accidental shooting my novice Rambos. Check out the story
of a guy who shoot his baby while taking care of his gun in a motel. Any
legislation resulting in unnecessary death is a perpetual legacy.
Every year before the Legislature meets the D-News publishes a puff piece
thanking citizens for serving in the part-time Legislature. Likewise at the end
of the session it publishes another puff piece thanking them. I view the
legislature differently. On the most important issues: air pollution,nothing;
ditto for investigating Swallow on state law violations; same for expanding
medicaid to cover the poor;$300,000 paid to a crony who isn't a federal
lobblyst to prevent a wolf problem that does not exist; start the relocation of
the prison, because private prison contractors and developers paid our
legislators and want to cash in; no passage of legislative ethics. Box car bills
are still routine and legislators with conflicts are required to still vote.
Best run State? Scandals in the UHP and Dept. of Corrections; Lost medicare
records and social security numbers; $13,000,000 scandal in UDOT; another
stinker at Liquor Control;Retirement Systems undefunded; AG's office? yuck.
I wonder what it's like living in the next best managed state.
I agree with the editorial - congrats to our lawmakers on a solid session. I am
proud to be a Utahn.
The passage of the prison relocation bill may come back to haunt not only the
legislatorssupporting it but the taxpayers of Utah. The Public Relations
has been ginned up to suggest thatthe prison is located on prime real
estate land and that there can be this magical creation of 40000 jobs and $20
0r $30 billion of economic benefit. This is pure speculation and hyperbole not
fact. The prison location may in fact be the highest and best use of the land.
The cost of moving the prison and retraining perhaps the majority of the staff
if the location is in Box Elder or Toelle county will be just the start of a
major taxpayer boondoggle. The next is privitizing the prison will likely be a
failure. The volunteers are crucial to the bringing inmates into society. Yes
the powerful and connected have pushed all the buttons but the population seems
skeptical and unconvinced so speeak up and don't get run over by the glitz
and glamour of a new prison.
The radical left complains every time any liberty or freedom is enhanced, such
as on the gun issue. Sure, let's call the Utah legislature "wacky"
and "crazy"...just like eight other states' legislatures that have
gone even further than Utah in protecting 2nd Amendment rights. And 28
states' legislatures are also working on similar legislation. I guess
they're all crazy.
Please don't praise the legislature, it only encourages them.
The Utah State Legislature confirmed the "Gun nutty" environment of some
Utahans. Destroying the requirement of getting a State Permit to carry a
concealed gun is completely wacky. The Utah Legislature didn't defend the
Second Amendment, they abused it. Stop and think, unidentified "gang
bangers" will be able to legally carry their drive-by weapons; armed robbers
can walk into stores with their hidden guns, and will only be in violation when
they pull it on an clerk. Only a fringe element can not see the dangers this
macho, nonsense, legislation has created. Giving the label of "Legacy"
should be changed to "lunacy." Hopefully Governor Herbert will have the
intelligence and courage to veto it.
You would suppose one or two gun lovers in the legislature would want to destroy
the concealed gun requirements, but to have a MAJORITY agree with them and put
our and their own families in danger is unbelievable. They seem to think that
gun worshipers are a majority of their constituents even that is not true. I
hope someone runs against a few of them on this issue alone and they are soundly
What would more money do for education? Better paid teachers and
administrators? How about returning to the 3 R's, stop teaching to the
lowest level and leave sex education to the parents? Higher education? Many
students would be better served by a Trade School as degrees mean little in the
market place. "Social Engineering" has no place in the public education
process. Move the prison? Why so much focus on "rehabilitation"? The
only deterrent to crime is "punishment" Drug addicts need personal
incentive to quit.. Criminals get little incentive to shun a life of crime
through rehabilitation. So, move the prison, but change the policy to one of
providing incentive for the inmates to stay clear of it rather than provide
better medical care and housing than they will earn outside. I'd give the
legislature a "C" grade on the past session. I'd give the governor
a "D" if he vetoes the "Constitutional Carry" bill.
Well, this is a nice pat on the Republican back by an unbiased DMN. So, why is
our public education system in such financial disarray?
Pity they didn't discuss anything about raising the minimum wage rate for
the state. I wonder why?
"Legacy"? I can't imagine the 2013 Session leaving a legacy -
unless 2013 is included in the long history of arrogant one-party rule in Utah
that might leave a kind of legacy for the history books, I hope. The whole thing
is as boring and hapless and sorry as a Communist Party five-year plan.True, one-party rule has its benefits. "Well managed" and
"efficient" are probably the right adjectives. But where did that get us
this year? Better education? Come on, for all we have, our outcomes aren't
great. Many, many places in the US do better than we do.Families?
Hollow statements such as "I believe in the importance of family"
don't do anything for anyone. By what real measures are families better?I applaud the hard work of our part-time legislators who - and there are
many - really try to make a difference. But i can't let this opptimistic
opinion piece slide. On the whole, we have an arrogant party that obstructs
progress in favor of personal confirmation, and a government that deserves much