My Column Today (click) delves into the murky world of Nanny State politics versus Americans who care about each other.
Really, I don’t see the problem. People who scream that giving poor kids breakfast are right that parents should feed their kids breakfast. But just saying they should, and then dismissing the problem as solved, doesn’t help.
Problems don’t go away because you say they shouldn’t be there in the first place. Hungry kids not learning is a problem every teacher will happily discuss, even if that parents group in Morgan failed to document it as a major issue.
Major isn’t the issue. If the problem exists even with 20 percent of the students, that’s a huge block. Problems educating children needs to be more of a zero-tolerance situation. Public schools are the best, most broad-based and most cost efficient method of preventing drugs and crime, and those concerns ought to be as much a part of our national defense as buying guns for the army.
– My story in today’s paper (click) about redistricting Utah’s senate and house legislative district was a frustrating exercise because the politics get clammy fast and none of the proposed maps match up with current ones so it is impossible to tell who is going to end up where. The fact that map proposals change daily did not help.
The GOP says it is not being unfair to Democrats in Top of Utah for the simple reason that there are no Democrats in Top of Utah legislative seats to be unfair to.
However, dividing things to split up constituencies can make darn sure no democrat gets elected in the future. the pizza pie proposals for US Congressional districts are designed to do just that to Jim Matheson.
Whether that is happening on the state level, I don’t know, but it is probable. That’s what majority parties do.
I do know that this whole thing, once again, shows the wisdom of having an independent, non-partisan committee do the drawing. I am also smart enough to know that nobody is really non-partisan and this will never happen in Utah anyway.
I was chatting with one Davis County lawmaker yesterday who said that the people on the redistricting committee now have the opportunity to piss someone off on a daily basis, and will never get any praise. He’s certainly right there, so why do they do it?
To exercise power, that’s why.
There is a site with all the redistricting proposal here (click) where you can see the dozens of maps and even use an on-line tool to draw up your own proposed districts. Have a go at it.
— Am I the only one who looks at the proposal for the future western highway (click) in
Weber County and thought “Man, that will sure take a lot of traffic away from Ogden.”
Being bypassed by commerce is rarely a good thing. Ogden got short-changed on I-15 exits decades ago when the trains were dying and highways could have brought commerce to town, but failed to. 24th Street’s interchange is one-way and 30th leads to an undeveloped area that can’t be developed because it is too expensive to.
Ogden is only now recovering, and now they want to move the interstate farther west again?
I may be wrong — stranger things have happened — and Ogden’s own developments and residential concentrations may be enough in the future. The map with that story did give me pause, however.
Of course, in 2040 cars may be dead and we’re all using trains again, or perhaps we’ll finally all get those personal helicopters that were predicted in the 1950s. The future is an amazing place where nothing comes true, and I’m sure that will be the case here.