Legislative forecast: Smoggy with gathering storms over guns, money, ethics

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  • yarrlydarb Ogden, UT
    Feb. 20, 2013 9:50 a.m.

    "Hughes and Lockhart said the president's proposals have put lawmakers on the defensive.

    'Receiving the most attention is a bill from freshman Rep. Brian Greene, R-Pleasant Grove, HB114, intended to stop federal gun laws from being enforced in Utah. Greene's bill received cheers at a massive pro-gun rally at the Capitol before the session."

    Who, their right mind, whether Republican, Democrat, independent, tea party, religious, atheist, agnostic, or anything at all else can provide the public with a rational, logical, ethical answer as to support of assault weapons enjoying legal authorization for the public to possess?

    Such weapons have no other purpose for their existence than to kill human beings!

    It's a no brainer. As a devout Christian (or any other religion or lack there of), I'd rather see my representative andor senator vote in favor of pornography and/or prostitution than in support of assault/ weapons!

  • kosimov Riverdale, UT
    Feb. 20, 2013 6:12 a.m.

    Don't get too high and mighty; much of the pollution in Utah comes from L.A. It "blows through" in warmer times and when the prevailing breezes are favorable, but when we have our annual inversion where the warm and cold air layers trade places, the pollution from all sources is prevented from clearing out, because the layer of warm air under the layer of cold air won't let breezes form and move as they usually do. Thus, ANY pollution, local or imported, is trapped here. Once the inversion is gone, we will get our air quality back, and you will be able to apologize to your former companion about what you've said here.+

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    Feb. 19, 2013 8:20 p.m.

    It infuriates me to sit a long traffic light, wasting fuel, time and adding to the pollution. Traffic lights should be synchronized and treated as four way stops during non peak hours. Other cities do it. I would go even further and computerize traffic lights at busy intersections. It is time to implement the technology.

  • Beverly Eden, UT
    Feb. 19, 2013 4:38 p.m.

    Governor Herbert has stated a very reasonable position regarding gun legislation. I know that it is unrealistic is expect the Utah Legislature to put together any legislation that would actually limit the sale of guns, or mandate more stringent background checks, or limit gun shows, in any manner. We need to support reasonable gun legislation that will assist in decreasing gun violence in America. From the accidental gun death of a child in Layton, to the accidental gun death at Yuba Lake, to the drug related triple homicide in the Salt lake Valley, we need to act in a reasonable manner in attempting to slow these deadly problem. Carrying a gun on to a bus, walking through the Orem Mall with a gun over your back, walking to the State Capital with a gun slug over your shoulder, all demonstrate a lack of common sense. It creates fear in most people and it makes the State of Utah look foolish. To protect the Second Amendment, we shouldn't look like we are abusing it.

  • Harley Rider Small Town, CT
    Feb. 19, 2013 3:52 p.m.

    What our Legislators need to do is address the real problem with all these mass shootings that being the shooters are all on some type of Psychotropic Meds , Search out the Ytubes of Parent after Parent exposing how awful these drugs where for their children and how it completely changed them. Despicable that the drugging of our youth is allowed on such a grand scale. We can thank big Pharma and their well paid Lobbyists in Washington. Taking the guns away from Law Abiding Citizens will change nothing other than accomplish the ultimate goal - The UN's Agenda to disarm America

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Feb. 19, 2013 1:11 p.m.

    The Governor has a tough job deciphering what the legislature really wants. We do have bad air periodically due to the highs and lows due to inversion and mountains situated around us. However, we have great air most of the year with beautiful skies. Whether you call it climate change, earth warming, or freezing, the legislature, governor, Congress nor the President can prevent everything that happens to everyone, everyplace and all knowing. Driving your car or flying an airplane, etc. can be dangerous and hazardous to your health. You can keep those vehicles in the garage and everything will be safe. However, a tornado can come, ice storms can blow in, earthquakes can happen and the garage can fall down and your car or aircraft ruined. If you were in that building when it fell, your safety could have been jeopardized also.

    Legislators and Executives can do things to help you be safe and healthy but most of those items cost money and in a work of managing risk, it costs money to handle those risks. It comes down to priority.

    The Governor and Legislature have hinted that education is a priority but keep us at the bottom, below Mississippi.

  • Hemlock Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 19, 2013 10:56 a.m.

    The picture of a man with an assault weapon draped over his shoulder looks like it is from Kandahar Province and the taliban. As is said, common sense is not so common.

  • morpunkt Glendora, CA
    Feb. 19, 2013 9:43 a.m.

    I have to chuckle about this article. During the 70s. I was teased by my missionary companion, while in Germany, about living in LA County, with all of that smog and how Salt Lake was so much cleaner. I think it's now just the opposite.

  • justamacguy Manti, UT
    Feb. 19, 2013 8:43 a.m.

    That's funny. Salt Lake wants better air quality and more business. Where do they think the bad air quality is coming from? The more business and people you attract the more pollution you will have. The more restrictive and expensive the anti-pollution laws are the more expensive they become. So which is worse for attracting business, the current air quality or the soon to be proposed anti-polution cost of doing business in Salt Lake?

  • Trapped in Utah heber city, UT
    Feb. 19, 2013 7:46 a.m.

    regarding pollution - the lawmakers coulde start by getting rid of the law which won't let our environmental regulators propse regulations that exceed the minimal standards set by EPA. DEQ is there to protect us. "They don't need their hands tied.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Feb. 19, 2013 7:12 a.m.

    The governor weighed in on the issue last week, issuing what he said would be his guiding principles in deciding which gun control-related legislation he would allow to become law.

    His principles included calling for lawmakers to find rational solutions. "I will not support message bills that inflame, rather than inform the discussion," Herbert warned. "Neither does it help to propose extreme measures that politicize or polarize the debate."

    Good for the governor. Now let's see if he's man enough to stand behind that statement.