State lawmaker dropping proposal to rename southern Utah roads after Trump

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  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    March 9, 2018 6:56 a.m.

    David Dennison did not win this one either.

  • Wasatch Al South Jordan, UT
    March 8, 2018 5:16 p.m.

    I'd like to put the names of the nine representatives who voted this out of committee on a big billboard. That's what they do in Missouri.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    March 8, 2018 3:05 p.m.

    Good. That was by far the dumbest idea to slither out of the legislature in a very long time.

  • Astoria Jim Mamaroneck, NY
    March 8, 2018 2:49 p.m.

    Every state, county, and city has people who have worked for years to improve the quality of life of their neighbors, often without high pay or widespread recognition.

    The police officer who returns to his precinct on his day off to coach sports teams and counsel young people at risk.

    The teacher who tutors students on weeknights, weekends, and during school vacations, and refuses to take a penny...the only reward being a better grade.

    The churchman whose door is always open...whose ears and heart are always comfort a neighbor who is experiencing difficulty.

    These are the people who touch lives in our communities. Who, by their simple deeds, elevate the human spirit. And, at least in my opinion, are the people who should have roads and schools and landmarks named for them.

  • Ralph Salt Lake City, UT
    March 8, 2018 12:44 p.m.

    Ah, the Utah GOP:
    Labeling porn a public health crisis, while simultaneously fighting to name public roads after a man who cheats on his wife with porn stars.

  • Mad Hatter Provo, UT
    March 8, 2018 12:09 p.m.

    What a disappointment. Now the Utah state legislature and the governor will not have to endure further mockery about such an insane idea. To think that the opposition to this proposal is new is stupid beyond belief. It's all there, man who may have gotten elected to the presidency through the help of an adversarial nation. Donald Trump will always be known as "Russia's Guy."

    Not only that, but every time someone read about Utah, they would think Stormy Daniels, Karen McDougal, and who knows how many other women. Trump has a unique system in place to have his pleasures and hush them up, yet Utah legislators appear to be "unaware" of his indiscretions even though they remain in plain sight.

    The 'Access Hollywood' video, the 19 accusers of sexual harassment, the multiple stories of
    sexual indiscretion, the three wives and the three subsequent episodes of adultery cannot have been lost on these men in the Utah state legislature. Yet, they went ahead and proposed a highway be named after Trump.

    Maybe the mining and gas industries had something to do with turning a blind eye to Trump's behavior. It appears that there are those who will put up with anything to get what they want.

  • DonO Draper, UT
    March 8, 2018 11:40 a.m.

    Seeing Don Peay, Trump's Utah campaign chair, seated next to Noel in the photo let's us know where this terrible idea came from. Still. it's unbelievable to me that Noel would be so politically naive as to propose this in a state where Trump's approval rating sits below 50%.

  • EightOhOne St. George, UT
    March 8, 2018 10:29 a.m.

    Not sure whats more embarrassing for the State, this stunt, or Hatch's "best President" comment. What a couple of boot lickers

  • liberal larry Salt Lake City, UT
    March 8, 2018 10:27 a.m.

    Boy, has the legislature disappointed Colbert, O'Brien, Meyers, Stewart, Kimmel and Fallon!

    They've forced them write their own material!

  • Utefan60 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 8, 2018 10:04 a.m.

    Noel knew exactly what he was doing. Don't let him play the victim, or that he was uninformed.

    I sent him a message about how this was an insult to my family, friends, Church, and relatives who were the first settlers in the original Mormon migration into Utah. They set foot in Salt lake Valley the day before Brigham did.

    I expressed my valid feelings over this naming. He responded. Not a nice man to say the least. He said that the Indians , Goshutes, Piute's and other were here first. He made some mean spirited comments.

    My answer to his response was "Give your lands, that you failed to disclose back to the Indians then!" I then asked hundreds of friends, family and social media contacts to send messages to Noel, and the 8 other legislators who forwarded this out of committee. All of their names were published. I'm proud that honest people used their ability to speak out and loudly complain. Much of Utah did too.

    Noel knew exactly what he was doing. Many family, and friends in Kanab are getting tired of his antics. Still need to investigate his land dealings. Something stinks with the Monument reduction.....

    And this Deseret News...... is the rest of the real story.

  • Edmunds Tucker St George, UT
    March 8, 2018 9:55 a.m.

    WHy not sell term limited naming rights? Yale does it. Harvard does it. NFL stadiums do it. Golf tournaments do it. Tennis matches do it. It is an important source of revenue and has added billions - that' s right - billions to their endowments. Give them a term of 25 years, with options to renew.

  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    March 8, 2018 9:45 a.m.

    "Noel received nasty voicemails and other messages calling him and Trump crude names..."

    What goes around - comes around.

  • There You Go Again St George, UT
    March 8, 2018 9:43 a.m.

    Dump trump...

    Mike Noel Highway?


  • mrjj69 bountiful, UT
    March 8, 2018 9:21 a.m.

    good. it was a silly idea anyway. Now if they can avoid similar embarrassments in the future..............

  • Oregon Native Salt Lake City, UT
    March 8, 2018 9:13 a.m.

    From the Tribune:

    “To name a highway after Trump is like putting salt into an open wound,” said the nation’s President Russell Begaye. [Navajo Nation President]

    Doesn't anyone around here care about the people who were here first?

  • Oregon Native Salt Lake City, UT
    March 8, 2018 9:08 a.m.

    Yeah, well what gets me is that Mike Noel is a REPRESENTATIVE. That means he's supposed to REPRESENT the majority of his constituents. Representatives are elected to speak for the majority of us, not go after their own agendas.

  • MikeS. Salt Lake City, UT
    March 8, 2018 8:13 a.m.

    Whew! Huge sigh of relief!!

  • Astoria Jim Mamaroneck, NY
    March 8, 2018 8:10 a.m.

    Naming a highway after any President a year into his (or her, sorry) first term doesn't make sense, just like awarding the Nobel Prize to Barack Obama in his first year in office didn't make sense. Besides, when something is named for a person who is still living, there's always the chance it might become an embarrassment later. For years, a road near the Cincinnati baseball stadium was named Pete Rose Way. Hey, a no-brainer...local boy, played for the local team, set the all-time record for base hits. What could go wrong, right?

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    March 8, 2018 7:55 a.m.

    Mike Noel a snowflake? He did melt under a little criticism.

  • dustman Gallup, NM
    March 8, 2018 7:51 a.m.

    It would have passed I think. Politically, I’m not surprised at anything anymore in Utah. Trump is dismantling National Monuments and Utah wants to honor him for it? Utah seems to hold only man-made things as sacred, but nature, landscapes made by God, are just things to destroy, subdue, and exploit. Stewardship has an odd meaning here. I live in Utah, and it’s hard to watch.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    March 8, 2018 7:42 a.m.

    And I was so hoping for the "David Denneson Highway."

  • J-TX Allen, TX
    March 8, 2018 7:26 a.m.

    One year into Trump's iffy Presidency, I'm surprised this was proposed at all.

    Aren't lawmakers supposed to have better judgement?

  • Lolly Lehi, UT
    March 8, 2018 7:03 a.m.

    Even Huntsman Hiway would encounter some ruts. Good sense came into play in pulling the Trump bill. The Governor would have vetod it anyway.

  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    March 8, 2018 6:22 a.m.

    Part of me is a bit disappointed. Clearly, a road named after Trump would have put Utah "on the map" and probably would have attracted tourism as well as international ridicule. Look at what the Extraterrestrial Highway has done for Nevada! I could just see little curio shops popping up along the way selling Trump trinkets, hotel towels and robes, MAGA hats, Stormy Daniels videos, etc.

    What this all shows, however, is how out of touch our policymakers are -- particularly Noel -- on public sentiment about Trump, his behavior, and all the "issues" surrounding him.

    At a time when the nation has been taking down Confederate monuments, confronting white supremacy, etc., and advancing movements to protect women, minorities, immigrants, the environment, etc., all ignited because of Trump, his policies and his cronies, Utah seems to be that weird place that wants to celebrate Trump and create a lasting legacy to commemorate his ripping up of national monuments to preserve mining of 19th century coal in the face of 21st century cleantech.

    It all fits in that "keep Utah weird and peculiar" vibe that our policymakers sadly embrace.

  • UtahBlueDevil Alpine, UT
    March 8, 2018 6:09 a.m.

    Politics aside - it's just way too early. I understand why some from this region are grateful for the changes. But we need to be careful here. These should be memorial designations, and avoid any appearance of quid pro quo.

    Wait a few years - if you all still feel the same - there is still plenty of time and opportunity to make this designation. But have it as a memorial highway... not a payback.

  • Egyptian origins Salt Lake City, UT
    March 8, 2018 5:34 a.m.

    I'm sorry, but have I missed a vital news story???

    Last I heard Trump, through Interior Secretary Zinke, cut our National Parks down in size, which by the way are now exposed in a huge scandal with drilling and mining activity beginning in Bears Ears, which Governor Herbert is on record telling us that cutting Bears Ears would have nothing to do with.

    Are our Utah Government leaders ignorant of what is going on or are they in on this Art of the Deal?

  • byronbca Salt Lake City, UT
    March 8, 2018 5:11 a.m.

    In my view, this bill had nothing to do with Trump, instead it was a petty attempt to stick it to liberals, and liberals acted in kind.

    You reap what you sow

  • Tumbleweed Centerville, UT
    March 7, 2018 11:24 p.m.

    Patriot legislators need to stop allowing left leaning RINOs push them around!

  • John Jackson Sandy, UT
    March 7, 2018 10:39 p.m.

    Huntsman Highway. I like it.

  • David Centerville, UT
    March 7, 2018 9:41 p.m.

    “There are certainly bills that are extremely controversial," Noel said. "This one has controversy, not because we don't appreciate what the president did in terms of the monuments, but it's all the issues that have come up around him and swirling around him."

    From this statement from Noel, it sounds like issues arose between the time the bill was introduced and the time Noel sent it back to rules. What new issues arose surrounding Trump? It seems nothing new to me....So are these Trump issues new to Noel? Is Noel not aware of the issues surrounding Trump? And do these “newly” discovered issues cause Noel concern? And if concerned, what does Noel think of Trump now?

    The reality is that Utah Trump supporters are embarrassing the state. We need to get over this love fest with Trump and admit America got it terribly wrong.

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    March 7, 2018 9:37 p.m.

    Thank heaven. A no-brainer. We should not be renaming roads and highways after politicians especially at the expense of the taxpayers. It also makes even less sense to do this at the same time you are busy raising their taxes for roads.

  • utah chick cedar city, UT
    March 7, 2018 8:41 p.m.

    Jon M Huntsman seems very fitting. The other guy, don't get me started.

  • AlSwearengen Ogden, UT
    March 7, 2018 8:32 p.m.

    "The House, at Noel's request, voted to send HB481 back to the Rules Committee late Wednesday."

    Amazing, ,,,after it passes 9 to 2, Noel has a change of Heart!

    Wonder who put heat on him?

  • fatherof7 Phelan, CA
    March 7, 2018 8:05 p.m.