The state fair is the largest public event in Utah, we need to keep it alive and
well. It is still fun to attend.
"Efficient, painless and just plain nutty. That sums up the arguments for
bringing back death-by-firing-squad in Utah."Really Jay? That
sums it up?Let me ask you Jay,Why do you think that some
of the "condemned chose the firing squad".Why is "Rep. Paul
Ray, R-Clearfield, is leading a push to bring back firing squads,"Why
did Utah keep the firing squad for so long?Firing squad use in Utah,
as you well know, has religious underpinnings.You are a reporter.
You do an article on firing squad's and don't find that relevant?
Regarding the death penalty, Jay says we should kill people by lethal injection
rather than the firing squad in the name of "dignity and consideration."
Pray tell, how do we kill another human being in a "dignified" manner?
Is one way of murdering a person more "considerate" than another? Let's call capital punishment what it is: the intentional murdering
of another human being by a government. I don't believe in the death
penalty. It degrades everyone associated with it. But if we are going to have
it, we ought to carry it out in a straightforward, public way so that everyone
knows what we're doing. We ought to own our Old Testament, "eye for an
eye" mentality. Let's make sure the world knows exactly what we stand
for here in Utah.
As I look at the accompanying photo, can't help think of the phrase
"about as interesting as watching grass grow". Same must apply to
watching electricity trickle...
I think they should move the State Fair to a more accessible location with
newer, better facilities and let's have a little more oversight with the
Fair Committee. I know they do the best they can, but as a recent audit
revealed, they've failed to do simple things that could reduce some costs.
Once the new location is ready to go, sell the old property to someone who will
develop it and spruce up that part of town. I'm thinking some mixed use
space would be good for travelers at the airport who want to take Trax into
town. I enjoy the fair too, but I think it could be A LOT better! With improved
facilities and location it could be used for revenue-generating purposes year
round (beyond the quilting expos and RV storage that it's used for now
throughout the year...)
Do we really even need to keep the death penalty? I generally support the death
penalty, but if it has only been used 7 times since 1976, is it really an
"effective" crime deterrent? We spend years litigating death penalty
cases, with the only beneficiaries, the lawyers who get increased billable
hours. Why not just have a life without parole option instead. This would be
cheaper and in many cases a worse punishment than death.