A lighthearted look at the news of the day:
Train buffs were excited last week when a newly restored “Big Boy” locomotive made its way to Ogden to help celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Golden Spike. Unfortunately, a lot of ordinary folks weren’t as thrilled when they heard about it. Thanks to fast food restaurants, it’s no longer so unique to see big boys lumbering down the street.
The “Big Boy” locomotive produces 7,000 horsepower and weighs more than 600 tons. It could haul just about anything, but even it might not be powerful enough to pull a workable tax reform package out of the Utah Legislature this summer.
State lawmakers have formed a task force that will begin working in earnest on tax reform — perhaps trying to resurrect a plan that would broaden the sales tax base and lower the rate. However, they ran into a bit of a snag last week as members of the conservative Eagle Forum attacked the whole idea. Now, some leaders say a plan may not be in place before next year’s session. Who knew tax reform could be so taxing?
Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan have decided to name their baby Archie. That’s OK, so long as their next three children aren’t Betty, Veronica and Jughead.
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Poor little Archie is seventh in line to the throne, and he may move even farther down if people above him have more children. But the good news is, he still has a better chance of rising to the top than most of this country’s Democratic presidential candidates.
With 21 Democrats now in the race for 2020, major news services might want to start a college football-style Top 10 ranking each week to help us keep track of the frontrunners. Right now, it looks like John Delany of Maryland will be lucky to make it to the Humanitarian Bowl.
Actually, most of the Democratic candidates, whether they want to or not, seem to be doing little more than “Biden” their time right now.