Peter Cooke says education funding, classroom sizes are priority

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  • Gr8Dane Tremonton, UT
    July 18, 2012 8:31 a.m.

    It's not a waste of time to try and get Utah's public lands back into State Control as was promised when Utah was granted Statehood.

    The Kaiparowitz plateau alone has, according to the USGS, over one Trillion Dollars worth of low-sulphur, high BTU coal deposits, but thanks to Bill Clinton and his Stealth National Monument, it's now all locked up to please extreme environmental ideologues mostly outside of the state, effectively throwing Utah School Kids under the bus.

    If Utah could get the coal severance taxes from reasonable development of this God-given natural resource, it would help tremendously on the property tax burdens of already overburdened tax payers.

    It's not a waste of time or "millions" as the previous writer asserted. It's the right thing to do. Maybe if we get the partier in chief out of office (Obama took 116 vacations the last 3 years at your expense), then we can make real progress.

  • John Kateel Salt Lake City, UT
    July 18, 2012 7:06 a.m.

    I think that General Peter Cooke is framing the solution for education revenues in the right way. Not diverting money already appropriated for education is a logical step. The whole faux Sagebrush Revolution thing that even Jan Brewer thinks is stupid is a complete waste of millions of taxpayer dollars. Under the guise of "more money for education" we sue the Feds. Quite wasting our time Utah GOP. Other solutions to be considered are a regional solution to collecting taxes from online sales that are already owed.

  • dave31 Salt Lake City, UT
    July 17, 2012 6:01 p.m.

    Where has Peter Cooke been up to this point in his life. Education has ALWAYS been the number one priority in the state of Utah. Utah spends the largest percentage of its revenue on education than does any other state in the union. If he should become Governor, he will quickly discover that it is easier to talk about this than it is do do much more than is already being done.

    Thank goodness for our dedicated teachers who, together with generally great parental support, make this happen!

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    July 16, 2012 7:10 p.m.

    Let me do it. Better education on half the money is certainly possible.

  • Gr8Dane Tremonton, UT
    July 16, 2012 7:10 p.m.

    Peter Cooke: Seldom right, but never in doubt.