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Published: Saturday, Feb. 8 2014 6:15 p.m. MST

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Baker Boy
Westminster, CA

If keeping amendment 3 in place is the reason why protecting states' rights ranked so high in the poll, the citizens of Utah couldn't be focused on a less important issue as it relates to the well-being of most people in the state.

If amendment 3 is overturned, the impact on Utah in a real sense will be near Z-E-R-O, except for those who will be able to get married. For them, and for all Utahns who believe in the the equality that is guaranteed by 14th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, it will be very good news indeed.


Surveys of this sort explain why America's founders gave us a Republic -- a system of law rather than consensus. They also guaranteed every state a republican form of government not to be over-ridden by the hottest issue of the hour -- and not even by majority opinion unless the constitution were amended accordingly.
Presumably the top two items (education and smog) were among the 20 issues respondents had to choose from. It is doubtful that the survey asked people if they wanted higher taxes and more severe regulations. That question might have reversed the outcome of this very loaded-looking survey.

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

Would there be less blubber in education if teachers had 50 students in their classrooms vs. 40 to 45?

Sugar City, ID


Classroom overcrowding wouldn't be such a problem (and it is a serious one) if the money the schools have was spent wisely. Should the money go to continue to pay incompetent teachers year after year (blubber) or to to hire competent ones? Should the money go to pay for frivolous high school football programs (blubber) or to promote those activities that really do help the student (debate, drama, music,etc.) and are less expensive?

Murray, UT

Two related realities are over looked regarding the air quality issue. The first is the geography in which we live. Salt Lake Valley, along with other parts of Utah, is in a bowl surrounded by mountains. The geography of the Salt Lake Valley makes it easy for Mother Nature to create an ideal place for poor air quality.

That leads to the second reality, which is weather. It goes like this, a high pressure holds cold air from a previous low pressure inside the geography of the valley. The high pressure stays there until a storm, with its wind, comes in and moves the high pressure, cleaning our air. We are in a drought, we are not getting the number of storms we would in a normal winter, and so we have more air quality issues. When our winters return to normal, and they will, the air quality issue will not be as big as it is today.

The concept that man can clean up our air is noble, but idealistic. The reality is that no matter how or what we try or what regulations are written, Mother Nature wins. Unfortunately, those that scream the loudest discount reality

New York, NY

@Meckofahess equates "protecting states' rights" with "support" for Utah's anti-gay amendment.

While that shift to euphemistic language may work as political propaganda, I'm not sure all who value states' rights see "protecting states' rights" as a legitimate justification for legally treating gay couples differently from straight ones-- as if preventing gay people from legal marriage is "merely" a question of states' rights and not a question of anti-gay animus motivated by religious belief.

At any rate, marriage equality in Utah, now largely federal matter, will positively impact other Utah priorities:

6. Creating a business-friendly economy (0.30)
7. Expanding the availability of health care coverage (0.25)
13. Providing nondiscrimination laws for gays and lesbians (0.20)

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

I've seen high school football help plenty (literally thousands) of young men. I've seen drama help thousands of people as well. I don't consider either blubber. And yes, it would be great to get rid of incompetent teachers but new teachers would have to hired. It seems like we are in shortage of teachers. Perhaps if salaries were raised and benefits restored, more qualified persons would apply for jobs. Yes, we have administrators, too many of them perhaps and we could agree there, but the salaries of Utah's administrators is actually much less than other states. Facilities in many of our schools are decaying. Again, I see the need for more resources. I want our children to be educated in the safe buildings, having access to technology, and not be in classrooms of 40 students where teachers would find it impossible to meet the individual needs of all their students. I guess we have a different definition of blubber JSB but I'm sure my version is better for our children.

Provo, UT

buck murdoch,

Wood is also the single way of getting warmth into homes for a lot of people, especially in the country. We can't legislate our way into fixing problems by requiring clean practices. We need to make it desirable to change. Instead of legislating coercion or force, we should do it the honest way. I wouldn't want to live on a perfectly clean planet if everyone was perfectly corrupt.

The difference between progress and tyranny is one is volunteered and the other is forced.

Logan, UT

Worf, What mismanagement? This state has always run in the Black. You want to see mismanagement of its finest? Go to California. Not only have they been bankrupt they voted to take a 15% cut in pay for all state workers while they gave themselves a raise. When the US Borax mine aka Rio Tinto Minerals refused to let the 650 miners and staff to come to work Arnold was at a $500 a plate banquet. Utah Gov. When they tried the same thing said "not in my state" and stopped them. Arnold just enjoyed his dinner and did NOTHING so they added to the already bankrupt state more ppl on unemployment. Back in the 70"s they got rid of Jerry Brown, what did they do in the last election? Bring him back. So Mismanagement? I will take Utah over California ANY Day.

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