Monthly Archives: March 2011

Legislators HB477 reasons-making it all up? Mostly.

Interesting story in the Trib about the justification behind claims by Legislative leadership that they really really REALLY needed HB 477 becasue of all the cost and abuse. Kudos to the Trib for asking to see the proof (click)  and … Read More

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Home prices, nuclear safety and other myths

Kind of a mosh pit of ideas today. Too much for one post, but what the heck, so here we go: – I keep seeing stories like this (click) saying that housing prices are plunging and making it sound as if … Read More

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Legislators Clueless in Salt Lake

Hoo boy. Can it get weirder? Oh most certainly. So the Legislature, as of this writing, has sort of repealed HB 477. Trib story here (click) and our own website (www.standard.net) will have regular updates if our reporter doesn’t go … Read More

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Hatred of Press, Environmentalists, steers Utah law

Actually, this blog isn’t about HB 477 — tomorrow’s column will be all about that, as will other stories and editorials as we come up on Friday’s special session of the Legislature that will, allegedly, repeal that piece of horse … Read More

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Utah should end death penalty too

The State of Illinois just did away with the death penalty, an example Utah should follow for the most conservative of reasons: It’s too expensive and it’s not certain. The story in the Washington Post (click) is interesting because it … Read More

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Legislature to Utah Public: Go Away

Yeah, I know, members of the Legislature are greatly misunderstood people who are only trying to do their best for the public, serving selflessly through those long dreary hours at the Capitol and nobody appreciates them. Sniff! Horse cookies. They’re on … Read More

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Religion as hate instrument? Nothing new here

All the world is agog at the Supreme Court decision saying the alleged church, the Westboro Baptist Church, has a free speech right to be odious, and I guess they do. People are outraged, but people have using religion to … Read More

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Gold Standard of dumb ideas

The Legislature is working on HB 317, a bill to put Utah on the gold standard and do away with all danger of inflation, or so the sponsors say. You can read the story here (click) but the premise of … Read More

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Civil Disobedience isn’t what it used to be

Back in 1846 Henry David Thoreau got himself thrown in Concord, Mass., jail because he refused to pay a poll tax which he said supported slavery. It was an act of conscience, and he got himself thrown in jail for … Read More

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