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My husband and I had both been on the Board of Directors of United in Service for Humanity, a nonprofit in Salt Lake that provides services to the homeless poor and disadvantaged, so upon moving to Boston I threw myself into the city and quickly became involved wi... A little over a year ago, right before the Boston Marathon, I moved from Salt Lake City to Boston with my husband and my 5-year-old son. I missed the soaring beauty of the Wasatch Range, but I loved the colonial character of Boston. My husband and I had both been on the Board of Directors of United in Service for Humanity, a nonprofit in Salt Lake that provides services to the homeless poor and disadvantaged, so upon moving to Boston I threw myself into the city and quickly became involved wi... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 57828170@www.sltrib.com Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:57:33 MDT Will: When is a lie not a lie? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57841291-82/list-sba-aca-driehaus.html.csp WASHINGTON — Occasionally, the Supreme Court considers questions that are answered merely by asking them. On Tuesday, the court will hear arguments about this: Should a government agency, whose members are chosen by elected officials, be empowered to fine or imprison any candidate or other participant in the political process who during a campaign makes what the agency considers “false statements” about a member of the political class or a ballot initiative? An Ohio statute, which resembles... WASHINGTON — Occasionally, the Supreme Court considers questions that are answered merely by asking them. On Tuesday, the court will hear arguments about this: Should a government agency, whose members are chosen by elected officials, be empowered to fine or imprison any candidate or other participant in the political process who during a campaign makes what the agency considers “false statements” about a member of the political class or a ballot initiative? An Ohio statute, which resembles... 57841291@www.sltrib.com Sun, 20 Apr 2014 00:50:01 MDT Op-ed: Time to tax carbon and give taxpayers the money http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57832793-82/carbon-tax-climate-report.html.csp The most authoritative scientific body in the world just issued the last of three reports on climate change with a message that can be summed up rather succinctly: Stop burning things that release greenhouse gases by transitioning quickly to clean energy and low-carbon modes of transportation. If you have to burn stuff, capture and store the carbon. In its report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change did not spell out how, specifically, this transition would take place, but I have a sug... The most authoritative scientific body in the world just issued the last of three reports on climate change with a message that can be summed up rather succinctly: Stop burning things that release greenhouse gases by transitioning quickly to clean energy and low-carbon modes of transportation. If you have to burn stuff, capture and store the carbon. In its report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change did not spell out how, specifically, this transition would take place, but I have a sug... 57832793@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:47:02 MDT Op-ed: Legislature made excellent progress on air quality http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57836202-82/quality-session-clean-issue.html.csp The 2014 Utah legislative session has come to a close, and our winter inversions have cleared for a season. But just as the actions taken on Utah’s Capitol Hill live well beyond the session, the issue of air quality also must have a life beyond the inversions. As the business of governing continues, so must the effort for better air. I chair the Wasatch Front Regional Council’s Air Quality Committee, made up of local elected officials and other leaders interested in solutions to Utah’s air qual... The 2014 Utah legislative session has come to a close, and our winter inversions have cleared for a season. But just as the actions taken on Utah’s Capitol Hill live well beyond the session, the issue of air quality also must have a life beyond the inversions. As the business of governing continues, so must the effort for better air. I chair the Wasatch Front Regional Council’s Air Quality Committee, made up of local elected officials and other leaders interested in solutions to Utah’s air qual... 57836202@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:47:02 MDT Op-ed: Snowden looks like Putin’s puppet http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57836884-82/snowden-putin-russian-russia.html.csp The Edward Snowden leaks were not wholly contemptible. Unlike — it’s now thoroughly clear — Edward Snowden himself. As tens of thousands of Russian troops threatened Ukraine, Snowden on Thursday played a set piece in Vladimir Putin’s latest act of propaganda, appearing on a televised question-and-answer session with the Russian president. Snowden began with a denunciation of U.S. data collection practices and then asked Putin a timid question about Russia’s policy on Internet surveillance. Putin... The Edward Snowden leaks were not wholly contemptible. Unlike — it’s now thoroughly clear — Edward Snowden himself. As tens of thousands of Russian troops threatened Ukraine, Snowden on Thursday played a set piece in Vladimir Putin’s latest act of propaganda, appearing on a televised question-and-answer session with the Russian president. Snowden began with a denunciation of U.S. data collection practices and then asked Putin a timid question about Russia’s policy on Internet surveillance. Putin... 57836884@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:47:02 MDT Op-ed: Time to take a swing at financial literacy http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57802532-82/financial-utah-literacy-education.html.csp “Baseball is 90 percent mental and the other half is physical,” is one of the many sayings attributed to baseball great Yogi Berra. Though April does mark the start of baseball season, it’s also a month that promotes the need for the kind of education that might have helped Yogi improve on his ability to figure percentages. The month is called National Financial Literacy Month, and it’s recognized as a time for students, parents and educators to focus on teaching young people personal financia... “Baseball is 90 percent mental and the other half is physical,” is one of the many sayings attributed to baseball great Yogi Berra. Though April does mark the start of baseball season, it’s also a month that promotes the need for the kind of education that might have helped Yogi improve on his ability to figure percentages. The month is called National Financial Literacy Month, and it’s recognized as a time for students, parents and educators to focus on teaching young people personal financia... 57802532@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:47:01 MDT Op-ed: Hatch, Lee forsake vulnerable Utahns http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57828158-82/hatch-lee-utah-utahns.html.csp With a combined 42 years in Washington, D.C., Senators Hatch and Lee are proving that what binds them is neither ideology nor their Utah heritage, but the degree to which Utah’s distance from the capital city has made it easier for them to ignore the Utahns who need them most. Recent votes by Hatch and Lee suggest that the two senators are actively engaged in harming Utahns in matters related to employment opportunities. In the first instance, Hatch and Lee voted against extending benefits to l... With a combined 42 years in Washington, D.C., Senators Hatch and Lee are proving that what binds them is neither ideology nor their Utah heritage, but the degree to which Utah’s distance from the capital city has made it easier for them to ignore the Utahns who need them most. Recent votes by Hatch and Lee suggest that the two senators are actively engaged in harming Utahns in matters related to employment opportunities. In the first instance, Hatch and Lee voted against extending benefits to l... 57828158@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:47:01 MDT Op-ed: Where’s most of West’s money coming from? Not labor http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57828189-82/income-labor-non-communities.html.csp As an economist who loves the West and our open spaces, I think a lot about what makes our small towns tick. To better understand how our economies work and how to strengthen them, we first have to ask where our money comes from. The answer—non-labor income—might surprise many readers. You may be asking, “Non-labor what?” Non-labor income includes things like investment and retirement income, and medical or economic hardship payments. Headwaters Economics recently released an in-depth study of ... As an economist who loves the West and our open spaces, I think a lot about what makes our small towns tick. To better understand how our economies work and how to strengthen them, we first have to ask where our money comes from. The answer—non-labor income—might surprise many readers. You may be asking, “Non-labor what?” Non-labor income includes things like investment and retirement income, and medical or economic hardship payments. Headwaters Economics recently released an in-depth study of ... 57828189@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:47:01 MDT Paul Rolly: Utah’s caucus system: The few pick for the many http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57827294-82/county-convention-commission-delegates.html.csp Here are a few arguments, based on what actually happened at some county conventions last weekend, to support the idea that Utah’s unique caucus/convention system is not the best way to nominate a party’s candidate. Weber County, for the first time in the memory of a 60-year veteran of Republican Party politics, does not have an election for either of the two county commission seats. The commissioners who will represent the many tens of thousands of residents in that county were elected by a few... Here are a few arguments, based on what actually happened at some county conventions last weekend, to support the idea that Utah’s unique caucus/convention system is not the best way to nominate a party’s candidate. Weber County, for the first time in the memory of a 60-year veteran of Republican Party politics, does not have an election for either of the two county commission seats. The commissioners who will represent the many tens of thousands of residents in that county were elected by a few... 57827294@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:43:01 MDT Op-ed: Bonuses are making UTA better http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57836692-82/uta-board-compensation-percent.html.csp On April 13, The Salt Lake Tribune published an article titled, “UTA doubled execs’ bonuses last year,” and on April 17, an editorial titled, “Not justified.” The Utah Transit Authority Board of Trustees would like to clarify what is being accomplished with its performance-based compensation program. UTA’s performance-based compensation program is designed to encourage efficiency and productivity. Compensation is based on transit industry standards, and in general, is at or below the national ... On April 13, The Salt Lake Tribune published an article titled, “UTA doubled execs’ bonuses last year,” and on April 17, an editorial titled, “Not justified.” The Utah Transit Authority Board of Trustees would like to clarify what is being accomplished with its performance-based compensation program. UTA’s performance-based compensation program is designed to encourage efficiency and productivity. Compensation is based on transit industry standards, and in general, is at or below the national ... 57836692@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:43:01 MDT Op-ed: They laughed at our work, and that was the idea http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57837057-82/humor-comedy-palestinian-bank.html.csp Everyone thought we were crazy when we said we were going to the Palestinian territories in search of comedy. You mean the war-torn region that’s been under Israeli occupation for decades? A place that’s synonymous with suicide bombers and Israeli army incursions? Oh, sure, they’d crack. It’s going to be hilarious. But this is exactly what we discovered during our travels in the West Bank: lots of comedy. In a busy cafe in the capital city, Ramallah, we met a young woman who considered it utterl... Everyone thought we were crazy when we said we were going to the Palestinian territories in search of comedy. You mean the war-torn region that’s been under Israeli occupation for decades? A place that’s synonymous with suicide bombers and Israeli army incursions? Oh, sure, they’d crack. It’s going to be hilarious. But this is exactly what we discovered during our travels in the West Bank: lots of comedy. In a busy cafe in the capital city, Ramallah, we met a young woman who considered it utterl... 57837057@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:43:01 MDT Op-ed: A year after Boston, there are still FBI questions http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57831794-82/fbi-tsarnaev-tamerlan-boston.html.csp As Boston marks the first anniversary of the Marathon bombings, one chapter closes. But there’s still enough to fill a book — especially when it comes to the role of the FBI. Questions about it pour from the pages of numerous post-bombing government reports. An assessment by the House Homeland Security Committee challenges the FBI’s resistance to information sharing. A review done by various intelligence agencies highlights missed opportunities involving the threat posed by a radicalized Tamerla... As Boston marks the first anniversary of the Marathon bombings, one chapter closes. But there’s still enough to fill a book — especially when it comes to the role of the FBI. Questions about it pour from the pages of numerous post-bombing government reports. An assessment by the House Homeland Security Committee challenges the FBI’s resistance to information sharing. A review done by various intelligence agencies highlights missed opportunities involving the threat posed by a radicalized Tamerla... 57831794@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:13:02 MDT Op-ed: Get ready for coming fights over ‘personhood’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57826481-82/personhood-senate-democrats-human.html.csp Some of the most hard-fought Senate races this fall are likely to feature big fights over “personhood.” A number of GOP Senate candidates, many of whom are still in primary races, are on record supporting measures that declare, in some form, that full human rights begin at the moment of fertilization. Once the general election races get underway, Democrats are likely to attack Republicans over this — broadening the battle for female voters beyond issues such as pay equity to include an emotional... Some of the most hard-fought Senate races this fall are likely to feature big fights over “personhood.” A number of GOP Senate candidates, many of whom are still in primary races, are on record supporting measures that declare, in some form, that full human rights begin at the moment of fertilization. Once the general election races get underway, Democrats are likely to attack Republicans over this — broadening the battle for female voters beyond issues such as pay equity to include an emotional... 57826481@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:38:01 MDT Op-ed: ‘Marriage penalty’ hurts families who need the most help http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57821796-82/tax-family-marriage-penalty.html.csp In a few short months, I’ll pass the milestone that every little girl dreams of: the day she swears — before family and God, in sickness and in health, all in the name of love — that she’s willing to pay a much higher tax rate. Yes, dear readers, this was my last tax day as a single filer. By this time next year, I’ll be married, and the Internal Revenue Service will pool my earnings with those of my husband-to-be. The first dollar of my earnings will be taxed at the same marginal rate as the la... In a few short months, I’ll pass the milestone that every little girl dreams of: the day she swears — before family and God, in sickness and in health, all in the name of love — that she’s willing to pay a much higher tax rate. Yes, dear readers, this was my last tax day as a single filer. By this time next year, I’ll be married, and the Internal Revenue Service will pool my earnings with those of my husband-to-be. The first dollar of my earnings will be taxed at the same marginal rate as the la... 57821796@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:31:01 MDT Op-ed: No amount of outrage will reduce executive pay http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57821865-82/pay-executive-compensation-chief.html.csp At 79, Graef “Bud” Crystal is the grand old man of executive compensation critics. Once a top compensation consultant, he switched sides in the 1980s, becoming a fierce critic of many of the practices he helped institutionalize, and analyzing executive pay for other media like Fortune and, most recently, Bloomberg News He’s been known to call his second career “atoning for my sins.” The other day, Crystal was recalling what it used to be like trying to cobble together pay information about a chi... At 79, Graef “Bud” Crystal is the grand old man of executive compensation critics. Once a top compensation consultant, he switched sides in the 1980s, becoming a fierce critic of many of the practices he helped institutionalize, and analyzing executive pay for other media like Fortune and, most recently, Bloomberg News He’s been known to call his second career “atoning for my sins.” The other day, Crystal was recalling what it used to be like trying to cobble together pay information about a chi... 57821865@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:30:02 MDT Denser, transit-oriented development keys Utah’s future http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57818023-82/utah-mike-winder-wasatch.html.csp Last week, the National Institute of Health and Smart Growth America published research by University of Utah professor Reid Ewing and others that showed that denser, connected urban areas are better than sprawling ones in a number of key metrics. People in more compact communities live longer, have a lower overall cost of living, have more transportation and entertainment options, and have a greater likelihood of upward social mobility. They walk more, are less obese, and have fewer automobile ... Last week, the National Institute of Health and Smart Growth America published research by University of Utah professor Reid Ewing and others that showed that denser, connected urban areas are better than sprawling ones in a number of key metrics. People in more compact communities live longer, have a lower overall cost of living, have more transportation and entertainment options, and have a greater likelihood of upward social mobility. They walk more, are less obese, and have fewer automobile ... 57818023@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:51:01 MDT