-Big Story in today’s paper edition about how Utah ranks 13th in the nation for earmarks. It lists earmarks that Sen. Bob Bennett, Rep. Jim Matheson and Rep. Jason Chaffetz have requested, which leads me to wonder, this early Tuesday (Yes!) morning what is up with Rep. Rob Bishop?
Rob may be too busy saving ATK Thiokol to bother himself with smaller earmarks. I’m not saying he’s wrong — 2000 potential readers could lose their jobs, after all — but it is funny how it ceases to be a much-criticized earmark when it is his ox being gored.
– Got an email from Equality Utah discussing efforts to promote non-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The goal is to get cities to stop discriminating against gay couples, thus getting around state legislative efforts to turn gays into second class citizens.
Notice I don’t say “sexual preference.” Your sexual makeup is not a choice, it is how you are. Equality Utah’s mail says:
In case you missed the SL Tribune article on Friday, 2 more non-discrimination ordinances were passed. Park City Mayor Dana Williams and the City Council unanimously approved protections in employment and housing based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
We celebrate Park City for being the 3rd in the state to pass these important protections, joining Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County.
Join us tonight in Ogden for a Council Work Meeting!
Ogden City Council Chambers, Tue, April 20th 6PM, 2538 Washington Blvd. 3rd floor
– Landslides in North Salt Lake, volcanoes in Iceland, all reminders that we’re just passengers on this big ball of mud otherwise known as planet Earth. It’s funny how we keep getting angry that these things cause us inconvenience — the airlines pushing for resumption of flights claiming officials overreacted are particularly scary.Sure, they’re losing money, but who’s going to scream if a plane load of people goes down?
– Am I the only one who’s noticed that the price of gasoline is rising steadily, over $3 a gallon? Last time I filled up it cost me $42. and I’m just a poor journalist.
I remember how, two years ago, when the price of gasoline was nudging $3 and then $4, there was a massive hue and cry, we were all going to be doomed and/or bankrupted. Now, everyone pays $3, and you can bet it will nudge $4 again, and seems fine with that. If anything, I swear I see more massive vans and pickup trucks toodling around Ogden, each one burning gasoline at a furious and, presumably, expensive rate.
Are the people happily paying $3 a gallon the same ones who were outraged when — as gasoline was hovering around $2 — I proposed tacking on a $1 a gallon tax for mass transit? Probably — I was accused of trying to stifle the economy, ruin poor people and generally being a jerk just because I thought it would be better for us to collect that money and not the Saudi Arabians who, remember, hate our guts but love our money.
Now they’re getting rich again, and we’re paying $3 a gallon again, and all’s right with the world?