Protests over Utah Inland Port escalate to violence as groups storm building

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  • modad Salt Lake, Utah
    July 14, 2019 3:55 p.m.

    You can get get away with it in San Francisco but not here. Thank you SLC Police Department.

  • emncaity Lubbock, TX
    July 12, 2019 1:01 p.m.

    --- A lead protester, Mariella Mendoza [who describes herself as an anarchist], rallied protesters together while she yelled into a megaphone, claiming the Utah Inland Port controversy, mistreatment of immigrants, climate change, past treatment of indigenous people, and police brutality, were all "connected." --

    Yeah, that's it. All part of the evil Europeans messing up the paradise of nobility and humane treatment among various groups of people that were the norm here earlier. She might as well have thrown in Trump and Bush and Russia collusion, too, as long as we're connecting everything with everything and wallowing in noble-indigenous mythology.

  • Liberal living on Planet Utah SLC, UT
    July 12, 2019 12:23 p.m.

    Fubijag -

    “you still failed to cite what is illegal or unconstitutional about the way the port was done. You cites a bunch of things that were "wrong" with how it came about. But as a "person holding a law degree". So please, if you can, cite a specific law that was broken. It should be easy for someone who holds a law degree.”

    Deep yawn...My previous comment citing the violations vanished due to excessive whining by members of the low information demographic. Also, a fellow poster made mention of the Constitution/laws broken.

    The Constitution's ripper clause, aka Article VI, Section 28, says the Legislature “shall not delegate to any special commission, private corporation or association, any power to make, supervise or interfere with any municipal improvement, money, property or effects, whether held in trust or otherwise, to levy taxes, to select a capitol site, or to perform any municipal functions.”

    The Inland Port breached the Utah Constitution by expanding its land use to Magna, amendments made by Hughes state 100% of SLC property tax and Sales Tax of which is state run agency cannot infringe upon a city municipality. You’re welcome! Class dismissed.

  • Fubijag West Jordan, UT
    July 12, 2019 5:54 a.m.

    Liberal on planet Zion,
    In all your rambling you still failed to cite what is illegal or unconstitutional about the way the port was done. You cites a bunch of things that were "wrong" with how it came about. But as a "person holding a law degree" you should be well aware that wrong does not always equal illegal. If it was there would be alot more Lawyers in jail. So please, if you can, cite a specific law that was broken. It should be easy for someone who holds a law degree.

  • Liberal living on Planet Utah SLC, UT
    July 11, 2019 1:43 p.m.

    2bit-

    “In all that rambling you never told us what law Utah broke, or why it broke the Constitution.”

    You certain about this? You’re wrong! The self proclaimed constitutional scholar “ilk” is beyond entertaining to those of us that actually possess law degrees. You missed the key point, along with the numerous environmental concerns. Adhere to your own advice and “focus please.” The entire idea that another 11th hour, backdoor deal is simply ok just because in your assertions it doesn’t violate the Constitution is absurd! If you “get” the air quality/traffic concerns, simply stop playing both sides and take a clear stance! Furthermore. You may desire to investigate factual information prior to posting.

    “There's nothing nefarious going on there. No shredding the Constitution. No conspiracy to turn SLC into a post apocalyptic wasteland.”

    Contradict yourself much? The fact you believe this absurd claim further indicates the need of thoroughly understanding the subject matter prior to posting.

    “Can you help us out here in Cottonwood Heights.... we don't have brains you know.”

    Gladly! Thanks for realizing. I just did, and...You’re welcome.

  • Liberal On Planet Zion SLC, UT
    July 11, 2019 1:24 p.m.

    2bit-

    “In all that rambling you never told us what law Utah broke, or why it broke the Constitution.”

    You certain about this? You’re wrong! The self proclaimed constitutional scholar “ilk” is beyond entertaining to those of us that actually possess law degrees. You missed the key point, along with the numerous environmental concerns. Adhere to your own advice and “focus please.” The entire idea that another 11th hour, backdoor deal is simply ok just because in your assertions it doesn’t violate the Constitution is absurd! If you “get” the air quality/traffic concerns, simply stop playing both sides and take a clear stance! Furthermore. You may desire to investigate factual information prior to posting.

    “There's nothing nefarious going on there. No shredding the Constitution. No conspiracy to turn SLC into a post apocalyptic wasteland.”

    Contradict yourself much? The fact you believe this ridiculous claim further indicates not only a gross disconnect from reality, but the factual information involved as well.

    “Can you help us out here in Cottonwood Heights.... we don't have brains you know.”

    Gladly! Thanks for admitting the truth. I just did, and...You’re welcome.

  • quackquack Park City, UT
    July 11, 2019 9:32 a.m.

    2 bits - Cottonwood Heights, UT
    "you never told us what law Utah broke, or why it broke the Constitution"

    The constitution's ripper clause, aka Article VI, Section 28, says the Legislature “shall not delegate to any special commission, private corporation or association, any power to make, supervise or interfere with any municipal improvement, money, property or effects, whether held in trust or otherwise, to levy taxes, to select a capitol site, or to perform any municipal functions.”

    The Inland Port breached the Utah Constitution by expanding its land use to Magna, amendments made by Hughes state 100% of SLC property tax and Sales Tax of which is state run agency cannot infringe upon a city municipality.

  • EmmanuelGoldstein1984 Salt Lake City, UT
    July 10, 2019 2:58 p.m.

    @ logicinut:

    You say, "Most people in Utah that I talk to support the project. It generates jobs. The Salt Lake Tribune has riled up a tiny group of people with their one-sided reporting of the issue."

    You obviously talk to only certain people. Most people I talk to strenuously oppose it!
    As for jobs, Utah has the lowest unemployment rate in the country. Jobs are plentiful. Meanwhile the Wasatch Front (where 90% of Utahns live) has some of the worst air in the nation, estimated to kill hundreds of Utahns every year. Do you really want to make it even worse, just to generate more (unnecessary) jobs??

    As for the SL Tribune, it has significantly more readers than the D-News, and judging from the reader comments on this issue, the vast majority of them (not a "tiny group," as you assert) are strongly opposed to this monstrosity.

  • logicinUT South Jordan, UT
    July 10, 2019 2:37 p.m.

    Most people in Utah that I talk to support the project. It generates jobs. The Salt Lake Tribune has riled up a tiny group of people with their one-sided reporting of the issue.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 10, 2019 2:17 p.m.

    Liberal On Planet Zion
    In all that rambling you never told us what law Utah broke, or why it broke the Constitution.

    Focus on that please. I'm really curious to hear what laws were broken, and why it's unconstitutional. I get why you don't like it. I don't like it much either. I just don't get the claim that it's against the law, and Unconstitutional (as some claim).

    I get the air quality concerns and the traffic concerns, but not the "It's Unconstitutional" or "It's against the law" claims

    Can you help us out here in Cottonwood Heights.... we don't have brains you know.

    We don't know how to go to the website and enter our input, or show up to public comment meetings, so we just show up at the board meetings and try to break in and take over the meeting.

    I read the minutes from the meetings. There's nothing nefarious going on there. No shredding the Constitution. No conspiracy to turn SLC into a post apocalyptic wasteland. Just planning to do commerce, pretty much like they do in every other State, including the coastal states with actual ports.

    It's actually not against the Constitution. And it's not against the law.

  • quackquack Park City, UT
    July 10, 2019 2:00 p.m.

    How is it you dont see the connection between and Inland sea port and it bringing illegals drugs and guns to the port ???

    Human Trafficking is a real thing at these ports, They use Rail, Semi Trucks and Cargo trucks to transport people. Utah will now be considered a stop on the Human Trafficking highway. This also brings the Mexican Cartels into your back yard

    You dont think a low wage dock worker wont take a bribe to look the other way, to use a railroad container or semi truck to transport drugs guns or other illegal goods. All fast tracked by the inland sea port.

  • Liberal On Planet Zion SLC, UT
    July 10, 2019 1:48 p.m.

    Ignorance remains blissful in Cottonwood Heights.

    “There is no getting around the fact they are massive freight operations that can subject communities and ecosystems to harmful emissions and noise, according to speakers at a forum hosted Saturday. In an eleventh-hour move last year, the Utah Legislature carved out 20,000 acres near the southern shore of the SL, including the largely undeveloped northwest quadrant of SLC, for an inland port. The site leverages the proximity of 2 interstates, an international airport, rail yards and a existing warehouse district. But SLC officials and the city’s legislative representatives have deep misgivings about the state’s intentions and are dismayed that lawmakers usurped the city’s jurisdiction, not to mention its tax base, in establishing the Utah Inland Port Authority. “We have to demand a cumulative analysis. We don’t want to know just what your giant project would do, but what it would do in the context of an area that already had poor air quality,” said Andrea Vidaurre, whose group represents communities in Southern California’s Inland Empire that are affected by the busy freight operations.” {SL’s "alternative" paper} You’re welcome

  • EmmanuelGoldstein1984 Salt Lake City, UT
    July 10, 2019 1:38 p.m.

    As long as our so-called "representatives" continue to ignore us citizens and our interests, these protests will continue. At least I hope they do.

  • AGF Taylorsville, UT
    July 10, 2019 1:28 p.m.

    Chomsky calls himself an anarchist too, actually a "socialism anarchist," an oxymoronic attempt at propaganda comparable to calling the NAZI socialists right wingers. For those who have read much by or about Chomsky it is perfectly obvious he is a Bolshevik through and through, and hates America and Capitalism and Israel and the whole West with an absolute hatred. He has not a rational cell in his brain.

    But he has millions of acolytes, more and more of whom can be whipped into a frenzy at the slightest ideological provocation: pipelines, ports, highways, rent free apartments for open border immigrants, you name it, they're ready to destroy the system on a dime, and replace it with...what did you expect...anarchy. Which of course translates into a Shining Path, Abimael Guzman Reynoso del Sendero Luminoso style.

    Is there some fine line of distinction between ignorant but zealous young do-gooders eager to save the planet and its people from the natural laws of supply and demand, and organized radicals hell bent on destroying Western intellectual freedom and culture? Depends on how fragile Western economic and political systems really are. It could take a while. --AGF

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 10, 2019 1:03 p.m.

    The people organizing these protests are Anarchists.

    The people who flock to these events are Anarchists.

    I'm not with the Anarchitsts, in fact, I'm against them.

    The inland port is not against the law. And it's not against the constitution.

    Just because you don't like something... doesn't mean it's against the law, or Unconstitutional.

    We had public comment meetings on this bill. You didn't show up. Don't expect us to open up the board meetings for anarchists to take over the meeting.

    The public comment period is over now. The legislature voted, and passed the bill. Now it's time for the anarchists out there to get over it and stop crying in their spilt milk. You should have come to the public comment meetings organized for this bill. That's over now. These meetings are completely different. They don't have to let you in.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 10, 2019 12:55 p.m.

    Who are the instigators of the violence, and where are they from? Are they Utah natives, or sent here from some other city?

    One woman's name was mentioned by a previous poster, and a twitter account associated with that name brags about being involved in numerous protests, and about being "undocumented" and an anarchist. And association with several "causes" which seem to involve protests on radical left issues.

    Why haven't ICE taken action to deport this person? Why has the news media ignored the fact that instigators are among us? The lady was mentioned multiple times in an article in Salt Lake's "alternative" paper, but not in mainstream media.

    Salt Lake must not become another liberal cesspool city where violence and property destruction are ignored or excused. Crack down on the instigators and the easily misled followers will not riot.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 10, 2019 12:51 p.m.

    @Impartial 5:43
    RE: "Then, the rest of the country will see how Utah politicians broke the laws and the constitution"...
    ---
    OK. What laws did they break?

    And how is a business district unconstitutional?

    ===

    @stevo
    RE: "The State failed to give them a voice"...
    ---
    How? The State had several public comment meeting. That comment period is over now. They didn't show up to those meetings.

    How is these people not going to the public comment meetings = "the State not giving them a voice"?

    These meetings they tried to break into are not public comment meetings. They are board meetings. They don't have to let them in.

    #1 There's not room
    #2 That's not what these meetings are for. These are not public comment meetings. They are work meetings (in a small room).

    Google "Public Notice Website - Utah.gov"
    There were public comment meetings (long before the board meetings even started).

    You can listen to audio recording of every board meeting, read the minutes, read the public information handout.

    You seem uninformed on this topic.

    Google "Board Meetings - Utah Inland Port"

    Google "Utah Inland Port"
    There's a page for public input. No need to storm the building.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    July 10, 2019 12:49 p.m.

    Imp7
    Thank you for acknowledging you support mob rule.

    I do not.

    If something is going to make the transportation and shipment of goods more efficient, why would that increase pollution and congestion?

    2 bits
    Correction – “guy in the brown bandana and the woman with him”. No lady behaves that way.

  • Z South Jordan, UT
    July 10, 2019 12:39 p.m.

    Assault, trespassing, destruction of property. Yeah, that sounds like a 'peaceful' protest to me.

  • search diligently Lehi, UT
    July 10, 2019 12:38 p.m.

    I am against the demonstrators here, but the inland port authority is bad, bad, bad for Utah.
    Yet it is touted by the Governor and others.

    it "means thousands of jobs and opportunity to the state,” said Val Hale, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) and co-chair of the Inland Port Committee. “Our robust economy, proximity to other regions and strong workforce in the state will attract international companies and continue to strengthen our robust economy.”

    Bad, bad, bad. What this means is our state already crowded for space and resources (water, infrastructure, etc) will invite huge companies in that don't share Utahns values and will end up crowding the rest of us, polluting our environment and increasing our taxes.

    Utah does not need this. We have plenty of internally driven jobs and growth.

    The IPA needs to go along with the governor and anyone else promoting it.

  • Bob Tanner Price, UT
    July 10, 2019 12:36 p.m.

    Mob rule and mob thinking never wins in the end. The "mob" in this particular event was completely unable to see the forest because they wee only focused on one single tree. Their single tree represented their single take on the planned port. Another way to look at the event that took place is rather than looking at the bigger side of the port, mob rule slid into the trap that little minds think little things. The after shock of this night's chaos might be that the leaders of both sides need to try and find ways to compromise in an effort to create a "win,win"situation rather than continued mob attacks at future meetings.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    July 10, 2019 11:54 a.m.

    @lost innDC;
    "Imp7
    Let the entire nation see how childish the protesters are.
    Federal courts legalized abortion, one could argue that was fascist forcing it on states who do not support it. By justifying these protestors, you'r saying it's OK for pro-lifers to storm abortion clinics, destroy equipment, and intimidate employees. Yes, that has happened, but it is not right, just as this violent protest is not right"

    Your logic defies logic. Yes, I can see anti abortionists storming clinics. IF they were forced to get abortions. That's not the case. The Inland Port is forced upon a populous that doesn't want it and will have to live with the harmful pollution, congestion and and noise that it comes with. I know that you know the difference. Right?

  • ToddWorley Salt Lake City, UT
    July 10, 2019 11:00 a.m.

    typical authoritarian response -- blame the people for objecting to a political proposal that is against the will of the people and then provoke the people to violence with dramatic police force and counter-protesters.

  • Watcher1 Sandy, UT
    July 10, 2019 10:58 a.m.

    It's just getting started in Utah. Other jurisdictions have been seeing rioting, violence, vandalism, looting, and chaos for many months now, and often officials have been told to just "stand down" and watch it happen. Anyone who thinks this is going to have any kind of happy ending is living in a total dream world. These people have been told a lot about the "squeaky wheel" phenomenon, and as long as we act the way they want us to, it will only get worse and more frequent.

  • at long last. . . Kirksville , MO
    July 10, 2019 10:56 a.m.

    sgallen- The people who write the rules are representative of the American public. Therefore the majority of the public are in agreement, otherwise we vote them out. If you have an issue with this, then go to some authoritarian-run country whose dictatorial views you agree with. Otherwise follow the rules.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 10, 2019 10:52 a.m.

    I'm kinda with dbrbmw. I didn't strongly support the inland port idea originally, but I'm definitely not with the protesters now, I'm against them.

    Watching the video on TV last night it was just such a motley crew of people protesting and assaulting the police in their efforts to force entry into the building. And their disrespectful attitude just really turned me off.

    I noticed some familiar faces in the people leading the shouting and getting the crowd going. The guy in the brown bandana and the lady with him were the same people who lead the protests downtown when Bears Ears was a hot topic. They stopped traffic on State Street in front of my office one day so I went out to listen to them and read their signs. And it was the same two people (same brown bandana and everything) on the bull horn leading and building the anger. I think they are professional agitators or something. They are always there, leading the people to get more and more angry. They were the leaders and bull horn operators at the Women's March after Trump was elected too. The same 2 people. Are they professional protesters or something?

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    July 10, 2019 10:52 a.m.

    Nothing justifies this type of activity. Take off the kid gloves, arrest the miscreants, and charge them with the serious crimes they are committing. No citing and releasing, put in them in jail. Don’t expect to see that from gill, though, he’s as useless as a screen door on a submarine.

    Why give a voice to Mendoza? She obviously hates our system, hates capitalism. Give her a one way ticket to Venezuela. Why was she not listed among those arrested? Is it OK now to incite to riot?

    These “people” are nothing but bullies and thugs. When the political system does not work the way they want it to, they think they can resort to violence to get what they want. Imagine what our society would be like if everyone did this

    Imp7
    Let the entire nation see how childish the protesters are.
    Federal courts legalized abortion, one could argue that was fascist forcing it on states who do not support it. By justifying these protestors, you'r saying it's OK for pro-lifers to storm abortion clinics, destroy equipment, and intimidate employees. Yes, that has happened, but it is not right, just as this violent protest is not right

    FT
    Violence is OK because you don’t agree? No, that is incorrect

  • Counter Intelligence Salt Lake City, UT
    July 10, 2019 10:35 a.m.

    I am sympathetic to environmentalism as a concept
    but like a religious zealot abusing in the name of god - i also understand that "good" causes are usually the smokescreen for bad behavior.

    These protester have totally lost any credibility for the cause

    The land west of the airport is PRIVATE and has a constitutional right to develop. Envirozealots killed a proposal to built a new environmentally sensitive "daybreak" type community with easy transit access to major employment centers - the inland port was the backup plan once that concept was sabotaged.

    The inland port is not a bad idea (the proposed location is really the only logical site in the western USA because of overnight rail access to the coast and its adjacency to highway and air services); but it is proposed largely because of environmental extremist intransigence and protesters have effectively taken themselves out of further conversations

    BTW: The whole idea of the tax increment financing is to insure that the inland port pays for itself rather than taking the financing out of the general tax fund. So those who complain about taxes subsidizing the port clearly do not know what they are protesting

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    July 10, 2019 10:30 a.m.

    I have no sympathy for the "protesters". I'm totally in favor of throwing them in jail if their actions cause damage, harm, trespass or are threatening

    Frankly Non Coal Miner has a great idea.

    The question for the protesters:

    How exactly will the environment be harmed? Especially with I-80 and Railroad lines and the airport already in the area.

    How exactly will poor people be harmed?

    That seemed to be their stand prior to yesterday.

  • BlueDog Midvale, UT
    July 10, 2019 10:26 a.m.

    We ALL know there have been, and continue to be public venues and announced meetings to express our LOCAL Stakeholder concerns about Inland Port project plans. As a technical consultant to such committees, and attendee at venues, I wonder WHERE these demonstrators have been, and WHY they have not used Public channels to express their concerns. DCDinas

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 10, 2019 9:53 a.m.

    New jobs do not help the economic status of current residents by raising taxes.

  • dbrbmw Orem, UT
    July 10, 2019 9:45 a.m.

    I wasn’t for the Port but I am now. Sickening behavior.

  • Flipphone , 00
    July 10, 2019 9:45 a.m.

    Liberals demand that property tax's and fee's be increased then complain that housing is unavoidable.

  • T-money$$$ Salt Lake City, UT
    July 10, 2019 9:32 a.m.

    my opinion obviously - but the inland port was a terrible idea from the start made worse by lack of transparency and the state's insistence on overriding what the leaders of SLC had in mind. It will do a lot more damage to the city and its citizens in the long term than what the protesters did yesterday (including our governor's bruised ego)

  • T-money$$$ Salt Lake City, UT
    July 10, 2019 9:27 a.m.

    my friends were there - hearing their stories and seeing what was captured on their phones, there were 3 parts of this story DN left out

    1) the protests were 100% peaceful until a group of counter-protesters (i don't think this was a planned counter-protest, but simply an outside group who thought it would be fun to troll) showed up and starting agitating some of the more vocal members of the original group. Even then, things never escalated beyond profanities until the police were trying to squeeze more people than possible out of a tight space (if you were being squished between a police force and brick enclave how would you react?)

    2) it wasn't the protesters that assaulted the journalist, it was an out bystander who was frustrated at the media for giving the protesters attention.

    3) police always should try and deescalate without the use of physical force, but sometimes it is necessary in order to protect others who were just there doing their jobs. (I sympathize with most of the protesters but they should have left the lobby when first asked, and they risked other's safety by sticking around just to make a statement)

  • InMyOpinionAlso Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 10, 2019 9:23 a.m.

    Since these liberal terrorist can't be civil we need the meetings to be at undisclosed locations and broadcast via the internet. You can then control comments in an orderly fashion one at a time in turn and maintain the safety of the board members. It's a way to control the temper tantrums of those that don't always get their way.

  • Chessermesser West Valley City, UT
    July 10, 2019 9:16 a.m.

    Horrible. Not the way to protest. Juvenile in so many ways.

  • VigilanteCaregiver Salt Lake City, UT
    July 10, 2019 8:54 a.m.

    Salt Lake "invests" tax dollars to build a shipping/manufacturing hub. I pay for their investment and any losses that may occur.

    Rioters and insurrectionists tear downtown and social fabric apart. I pay for the damages they cause for decades to come.

    The government and insurrectionists bring in the illegal aliens to make their lives better. I pay for their welfare when my family, with a severely disabled wife and mother, is denied the same benefits.

    I don't want to pay anymore.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    July 10, 2019 8:53 a.m.

    The Inland port has been created by a process that excluded community involvement and input. There will be more protests and violence. In a democracy, process is just as important as the outcome.

  • Forrest , 00
    July 10, 2019 8:49 a.m.

    We vote for people who make decisions in our behalf. We contact our representatives when we want to be heard on specific issues. Come on, folks. We are Americans. So are those who we've elected. We aren't whiners.

  • RiDal Sandy, UT
    July 10, 2019 8:43 a.m.

    The shrieking hordes that we have seen in LA, NY and Portland, are now here.
    Yes, it can happen here, when socialists are allowed to flaunt their lawbreaking under a pretext of "protest".

  • Robroy Salt Lake City, UT
    July 10, 2019 8:34 a.m.

    Why aren't these anarchists at work? Most of these people don't even know what an inland port is let alone the true pros and cons. There should have been alot more arrests.

  • Nate Pleasant Grove, UT
    July 10, 2019 8:26 a.m.

    Opposing fascism by assaulting people who disagree with them.

  • Flipphone , 00
    July 10, 2019 8:08 a.m.

    Why is it that Liberals hate job creation? yet at the same time complain that capitalism leaves to many behind?

  • Rocket Science Brigham City, UT
    July 10, 2019 8:07 a.m.

    Leader Mariella Mendoza is a self proclaimed anarchist and opponent of capitalism. That kinda tells where this is all coming from and what the end desire is.

    Ms Mendoza decries colonialism yet she too is of Spanish colonialism.

    These group preach peace and love yet quickly resort to violence and force.

  • Tennislady SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    July 10, 2019 8:03 a.m.

    How does this violence help? The protestors' grievance list included "mistreatment of immigrants, climate change, past treatment of indigenous people, and police brutality" as well as capitalism, settler colonialism and this "killer system". Very comprehensive!
    Congratulations to the police for containing the violence unlike the Portland policy of letting the protestors run amok with steel pipes and other weapons.
    Does Utah have an anti-masking law?

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    July 10, 2019 7:58 a.m.

    "Gov. Gary Herbert called the group's actions "borderline terrorism."

    Herbert's over dramatic. One could say that the Utah State Legislature's action in creating the port is "Borderline fascism". Utahn's are tired of their voices and ballot initiatives being ignored by the usual suspects.

  • Wasatch Al South Jordan, UT
    July 10, 2019 7:49 a.m.

    Salt Lake County is already becoming the “pollution capitol” of the USA without adding a inland port to the mix. Maybe the protestors’ methods are not the best, but the rest of us are just being swept under the carpet by our government leaders and those who stand to profit from this farce.

    Good luck avoiding the semis that will take over I-15, I-80, State Street, Redwood Road, Legacy, etc., etc. Welcome to Pittsburgh, Pa. of the 1920s.

  • at long last. . . Kirksville , MO
    July 10, 2019 7:13 a.m.

    This seems to be an conglomeration of angry people bent on violent protest against several different things. The Inland Port fiasco-to-be, shouldn't be aligned with other issues, as that just confuses all issues.

  • Nottrue Salt Lake City, UT
    July 10, 2019 6:59 a.m.

    And the left keeps bleeding in Utah more and more.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    July 10, 2019 6:41 a.m.

    "Gov. Gary Herbert called the group's actions "borderline terrorism."

    Herbert's over dramatic. One could say that the Utah State Legislature's action in creating the port is "Borderline fascism". Utahn's are tired of their voices and ballot initiatives being ignored by the usual suspects.

  • Zabilde Riverdale, UT
    July 10, 2019 6:37 a.m.

    This is not how you build support for a cause. Now an issue that had bipartisan opposition is going to see that support start to splinter because of the radical groups trying to adopt it and resorting to violence will further erode support for this valid cause.

    Here on the DesNews comments pages we've been uniformly opposed to how the state conducted this land grab as well as the traffic and pollution impacts on our valley.

    But if these groups keep this up, that uniformity will collapse.

    Throw the book at them, this is not effective protest.

    Protest yes, but peacefully. Also protest where it matters, up on Capitol hill, not the City building or Chamber of Commerce. It was the state that created this mess, protest to the state.

  • imsmarterthanyou Salt Lake City, UT
    July 10, 2019 6:13 a.m.

    @ stanfunky - Salt Lake City, UT

    Ok, if that isn't the way, what is? You, like so many others, seem to be content to complain but offer no solution. Sometimes it takes a kick to the head to get someone's attention. We, the people of Utah, don't want this here. The only people who do are those who are trying to get rich from it. We have expressed our opinions over and over to deaf ears. So exactly what would you suggest? I'm open to suggestions but so far have only heard complaints.

  • EDM Castle Valley, Utah
    July 10, 2019 1:38 a.m.

    Good for the protesters! Many will agree with Cougarbib2 and Biscuit - but I do not. I sympathize with and fully support the protesters who are, in fact, disenfranchised by one-party rule, cronyism, and elitism. In a word - impunity to run Utah as they like. The inland port is the worst example of a hazardous project pushed through without process.

    People will complain about “bad” behavior - lack of decorum, outbursts, etc. But the fact of the matter is that Utah’s elite “bullies” (to use Gov. Herbrert’s words) have their day all the time, and I applaud those who push back with no less “bad” behavior.

  • wwookie Payson, UT
    July 10, 2019 12:51 a.m.

    The inland port project has been going on for years and the process has been very open for the public to comment.
    It is odd that at this stage these Astro-turf protesters come in and begin to attack those doing what most of the public think is good for Utah. Do they want the decisions to be moved behind closed doors? The protesters certainly do not have Utah or its citizen’s interest in mind as they do these uncivilized things. Only a fool would think these protests are for anything other than to create anarchy.

    It’s all one big irony.

  • Utahnareapeculiarpeople Salt Lake City, UT
    July 9, 2019 9:55 p.m.

    Works out well for everyone, sorta. The opponents get some of their anger out, and the proponents will continue to do whatever they want, just like before, and will now bray about how crazy the opponents are. The dn will tut tut about the process, but opine—again—that The thinking’s been done and it’s time to move on. And nothing will change.

  • stanfunky Salt Lake City, UT
    July 9, 2019 9:16 p.m.

    IF the media and bystanders are getting assaulted and caught in the middle, then the protest is no longer peaceful.

    If protestors are pushing up 6 floors in a building and destroying property, it's no longer peaceful.

    Find other ways to get your point across about the Inland Port. This is not the way.

  • Non Coal Miner Cleveland, UT
    July 9, 2019 9:10 p.m.

    What about a different option. Move that proposed site to rural Utah. In the Carbon-Emery County areas, we have major connections to I-70 and I-15. Rail is available. Not everything needs to be in the Northern part of the state. We have great neighbors, with surrounding counties and even industry (Rocky Mtn. Power). We can handle the idea of increased pollution, because we have been taking care of the air for years. The power plants have the modern tech. to keep coal generation clean. Our air quality takes a downturn mainly from fires and you can watch the orange haze roll in from the surrounding canyons with the wind. (man generated).
    You don't want it in your back yard, we will take it. It would be far better than the human generated mess that is left behind when others visit and pass through. As for the protest(s) you have the right to voice your opinions too, but can't you handle yourselves with maturity too?

  • TexInUT Midvale, UT
    July 9, 2019 9:03 p.m.

    There are proper ways to protest. Assaulting other people, clogging downtown and attacking the media is NOT any of those ways. I personally do not like the way the Inland Port has been handled at time, but violence is never called for in these instances.

    Shame on those who took things too far.

  • sgallen Salt Lake City, UT
    July 9, 2019 8:56 p.m.

    If you play by the rules, the people who write the rules win. Good for the protestors. They’re fighting for our future

  • Biscuit , 00
    July 9, 2019 8:30 p.m.

    Not the way to have a peaceful protest, but typical. This is a bad look for them.

  • stevo123 Driggs, ID
    July 9, 2019 8:28 p.m.

    @ Impartial 7, The protesters are unhappy, and The State failed to give them a voice.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    July 9, 2019 5:43 p.m.

    Good. I hope this hits the national media, before it hits the courts. Then, the rest of the country will see how Utah politicians broke the laws, the constitution and a myriad of other things to create the Inland Port. This will be in court for a decade. Unfortunately, we taxpayers will foot the bill.

  • Greenbean Draper, UT
    July 9, 2019 4:15 p.m.

    Where were all these protesters when SLC wrote and adopted the Northwest Quadrant Master Plan that was adopted in August 2016? This SLC plan also proposed to develop the northwest quadrant of SLC.