Jay Evensen: Firing squads, smart cars and a broken state fair

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  • Obama10 SYRACUSE, UT
    May 27, 2014 11:27 a.m.

    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.

  • Shawnm750 West Jordan, UT
    May 21, 2014 10:50 a.m.

    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...)

  • NedGrimley Brigham City, UT
    May 21, 2014 7:05 a.m.

    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...

  • Gandalf Salt Lake City, UT
    May 21, 2014 7:03 a.m.

    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.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    May 21, 2014 4:48 a.m.

    "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?

  • high school fan Huntington, UT
    May 21, 2014 2:46 a.m.

    The state fair is the largest public event in Utah, we need to keep it alive and well. It is still fun to attend.