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Betsy Burton keeps The Kings English open despite big-box competition by doing what the big stores can’t, and doing it better than anyone else. I know times are hard for print newspapers. However, we now count the Faith section in the company of other features Tribune has terminated—features that once made the newspaper unique. It is slowly but surely getting rid of every reason I have to continue to subscribe. Please, consider Burton’s business model: Do what only you can do, and do it bette... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 57818083@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:30:02 MDT Letter: Bonuses show UTA’s flaws http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57818124-82/bonuses-trains-transportation-uta.html.csp No one in the know is surprised at UTA’s outrageous bonuses ($1.7 million this year). The problem is that most don’t understand, and non-PC points of view are seldom published. UTA = “government-controlled transportation.” A state that supposedly cherishes freedom from big government sure pushes trains—the most gold-plated, impractical mode of transportation. But it’s a PC thing so trains rob the federal highway trust fund to pay around half of train construction costs (benefitting a few lar... No one in the know is surprised at UTA’s outrageous bonuses ($1.7 million this year). The problem is that most don’t understand, and non-PC points of view are seldom published. UTA = “government-controlled transportation.” A state that supposedly cherishes freedom from big government sure pushes trains—the most gold-plated, impractical mode of transportation. But it’s a PC thing so trains rob the federal highway trust fund to pay around half of train construction costs (benefitting a few lar... 57818124@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:30:02 MDT Letter: More funds for cattle inspections? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57821636-82/cattle-utah-brucellosis-ranchers.html.csp Although the BLM round-up of Cliven Bundy’s cattle has ended (at least for the present), I assume that the Washington County Commissioners’ (Gardner and Eardley) “unanimously passed resolution. . . that the feral cattle that could potentially be herded along with Bundy cattle could be of strong consequence to Utah ranchers livestock,” is a valid argument to have all cattle being trucked into Utah inspected at the entry station into Utah to make certain that the Utah’s livestock are free from d... Although the BLM round-up of Cliven Bundy’s cattle has ended (at least for the present), I assume that the Washington County Commissioners’ (Gardner and Eardley) “unanimously passed resolution. . . that the feral cattle that could potentially be herded along with Bundy cattle could be of strong consequence to Utah ranchers livestock,” is a valid argument to have all cattle being trucked into Utah inspected at the entry station into Utah to make certain that the Utah’s livestock are free from d... 57821636@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:30:02 MDT Letter: Ira Glass’ intolerant show http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57821649-82/intolerant-ira-mormon-mormons.html.csp I attended Ira Glass’ performance for This American Life at Kingsbury Hall on April 12. While I found Ira to be engaging, I am disappointed with his decision to add an anti-Mormon diatribe during the middle of his show. He included a writer for the show who lives in Salt Lake City. The writer read a story relating his experience with a bad tooth that required four root canals. He ended up at a dentist who skipped his lunch hour and then spent 45 minutes working on his tooth. During that time... I attended Ira Glass’ performance for This American Life at Kingsbury Hall on April 12. While I found Ira to be engaging, I am disappointed with his decision to add an anti-Mormon diatribe during the middle of his show. He included a writer for the show who lives in Salt Lake City. The writer read a story relating his experience with a bad tooth that required four root canals. He ended up at a dentist who skipped his lunch hour and then spent 45 minutes working on his tooth. During that time... 57821649@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:30:02 MDT Letter: Utah AG’s absurdity on display http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57822378-82/having-stop-utah-absurdity.html.csp I must be missing the “reason” in the request before the Utah Supreme Court from Attorney General Sean Reyes. I mean, what is the end goal? Does he think that if we’re not able to legally protect our children, we’ll stop having children? Does he think that if Utah keeps making it harder for gay kids to have a safe school experience, to attend a church they love, to marry the person they choose or foster & adopt their children, they’ll just eventually stop being born here? Maybe he needs to... I must be missing the “reason” in the request before the Utah Supreme Court from Attorney General Sean Reyes. I mean, what is the end goal? Does he think that if we’re not able to legally protect our children, we’ll stop having children? Does he think that if Utah keeps making it harder for gay kids to have a safe school experience, to attend a church they love, to marry the person they choose or foster & adopt their children, they’ll just eventually stop being born here? Maybe he needs to... 57822378@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:30:02 MDT Letter: Make it easier for immigrants to work http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57822473-82/immigrants-community-easier-job.html.csp I hear a lot of negative talk about immigrants in our community, and I disagree with these views. I feel that work visas should be easier to get. Immigrants working on a visa will pay taxes and will contribute to their communities rather than strain resources. Immigrants make up 5 percent of the unskilled work force. This is a significant contribution to the community job market. I have a teen child that I had to force to take a job in the food industry. Most teens do not want jobs that they dee... I hear a lot of negative talk about immigrants in our community, and I disagree with these views. I feel that work visas should be easier to get. Immigrants working on a visa will pay taxes and will contribute to their communities rather than strain resources. Immigrants make up 5 percent of the unskilled work force. This is a significant contribution to the community job market. I have a teen child that I had to force to take a job in the food industry. Most teens do not want jobs that they dee... 57822473@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:30:02 MDT Letter: Times change, and so should fight song http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57818097-82/utah-fan-inclusive-university.html.csp I will start my letter as Phillip M. Quinones started his, as a University of Utah alum and fan. Yes, I am a U. of U. alum, fan and a woman. I am not a man. If the university is one of the most inclusive and welcoming groups in Utah, then changing man to fan would be taken seriously, as would the phrase, “the fairest in all the land.” Regardless of the authors’ intent, times are changing. Inclusive means being inclusive. Anne Freed Salt Lake City I will start my letter as Phillip M. Quinones started his, as a University of Utah alum and fan. Yes, I am a U. of U. alum, fan and a woman. I am not a man. If the university is one of the most inclusive and welcoming groups in Utah, then changing man to fan would be taken seriously, as would the phrase, “the fairest in all the land.” Regardless of the authors’ intent, times are changing. Inclusive means being inclusive. Anne Freed Salt Lake City 57818097@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:58:01 MDT Letter: GOP is party of wealthy http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57818140-82/million-donations-mcmanus-republicans.html.csp Concerning the letter by Mike McManus in which he stated that large political donations by individuals to the two major political parties were equal, with Democrat George Soros donating the most: he is flat wrong. According to the Federal Election commission, donations of $200 or less in 2012 to Democrats was 50 percent of their total $733 million while donations of $200 or less to Republicans ran at 23 percent of their total $480 million. Of the top donors to political PACS 7 out of 11 donors ... Concerning the letter by Mike McManus in which he stated that large political donations by individuals to the two major political parties were equal, with Democrat George Soros donating the most: he is flat wrong. According to the Federal Election commission, donations of $200 or less in 2012 to Democrats was 50 percent of their total $733 million while donations of $200 or less to Republicans ran at 23 percent of their total $480 million. Of the top donors to political PACS 7 out of 11 donors ... 57818140@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:58:01 MDT Letter: Show me the harm of gay parents http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57818108-82/states-documentation-gay-parent.html.csp Would someone please show me the documentation that makes a gay or lesbian a bad parent. They are no different than us “straight” parents. Show me the documentation that makes a single mother or father a better parent than a gay or lesbian parent. So far all I hear is people viewing their personal feelings about what a family is. I need concrete documentation not quotes from Mormon text or even quotes from the Bible. I consider myself an open minded person. I believe everyone on earth is eq... Would someone please show me the documentation that makes a gay or lesbian a bad parent. They are no different than us “straight” parents. Show me the documentation that makes a single mother or father a better parent than a gay or lesbian parent. So far all I hear is people viewing their personal feelings about what a family is. I need concrete documentation not quotes from Mormon text or even quotes from the Bible. I consider myself an open minded person. I believe everyone on earth is eq... 57818108@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:51:01 MDT Letter: Truly repent, Sen. Hatch http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57818113-82/hatch-ass-dumb-obamacare.html.csp I know all of the swear words. While generally not offended hearing them, I do think it poor taste and pandering to purposefully use “profanity” in front of a large captive audience. On Saturday, our U.S. senator, the honorable Orrin Hatch, addressed the Republican state convention and lamented the existence of “dumb-ass Obamacare,” saying that he doesn’t usually use “these words.” Interestingly, while addressing a group of Republican students in 2011, he was quoted as saying about Obamacare: “I... I know all of the swear words. While generally not offended hearing them, I do think it poor taste and pandering to purposefully use “profanity” in front of a large captive audience. On Saturday, our U.S. senator, the honorable Orrin Hatch, addressed the Republican state convention and lamented the existence of “dumb-ass Obamacare,” saying that he doesn’t usually use “these words.” Interestingly, while addressing a group of Republican students in 2011, he was quoted as saying about Obamacare: “I... 57818113@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:51:01 MDT Letter: Hatch curses the darkness http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57818129-82/hatch-convention-lake-salt.html.csp At Saturday’s Salt Lake County Republican convention, “tough-talking” Sen. Orrin Hatch roused the rabble: “We’ve simply got to change ... this incredibly poor — I don’t usually use these words but — dumb-ass Obamacare” (“Big day for women at Salt Lake Democratic convention; GOP rejects 2 incumbents,” Tribune, April 13). Hatch’s former Senate colleague, Bob Bennett, proposed an alternative to Obama’s plan to provide affordable health care to millions who were excluded because of cost or pre-exis... At Saturday’s Salt Lake County Republican convention, “tough-talking” Sen. Orrin Hatch roused the rabble: “We’ve simply got to change ... this incredibly poor — I don’t usually use these words but — dumb-ass Obamacare” (“Big day for women at Salt Lake Democratic convention; GOP rejects 2 incumbents,” Tribune, April 13). Hatch’s former Senate colleague, Bob Bennett, proposed an alternative to Obama’s plan to provide affordable health care to millions who were excluded because of cost or pre-exis... 57818129@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:51:01 MDT Letter: Feds are bullying ranchers http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57818208-82/ranchers-blm-fascism-folks.html.csp With regards to forcing Bundy’s cattle off of supposed “federal land.” The alternatives for the BLM are a giant solar power plant for a foreign conglomerate, or perhaps fracking leases for some oil companies. More money is to be made off from gas, oil or solar leases than they can get from the few ranchers they can bully. Our illustrious leadership in Washington will do nothing, since they will get far more donations from these corporations than from a few ranchers. The BLM is even breaking ... With regards to forcing Bundy’s cattle off of supposed “federal land.” The alternatives for the BLM are a giant solar power plant for a foreign conglomerate, or perhaps fracking leases for some oil companies. More money is to be made off from gas, oil or solar leases than they can get from the few ranchers they can bully. Our illustrious leadership in Washington will do nothing, since they will get far more donations from these corporations than from a few ranchers. The BLM is even breaking ... 57818208@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:51:01 MDT Letter: Rowdy Utah song should be kept intact http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57802524-82/song-university-utah-fight.html.csp Instead of worrying about which University of Utah students feel “disenfranchised” by the “Utah Man” song, might not a university-level student government instead focus on all of the disenfranchised kids living in the shadow of the university who will never be able to afford to go there, be part of The Muss or of student government (“University of Utah weighing changes to ‘discriminatory’ fight song, Tribune, April 8)? My Grandpa Harold grew up on University Street and was a lifelong fan, even ... Instead of worrying about which University of Utah students feel “disenfranchised” by the “Utah Man” song, might not a university-level student government instead focus on all of the disenfranchised kids living in the shadow of the university who will never be able to afford to go there, be part of The Muss or of student government (“University of Utah weighing changes to ‘discriminatory’ fight song, Tribune, April 8)? My Grandpa Harold grew up on University Street and was a lifelong fan, even ... 57802524@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:38:01 MDT Letter: Citizens must aid schools; legislators won’t http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57796116-82/public-education-support-schools.html.csp Each year our Legislature and governor claim education is their top priority, and ...? Well, what we know is that we are last in the nation in public school funding per student, and we barely fund the increased enrollment we face. Our Legislature in particular seems intent on diverting education funds to charter schools in their never-ending snub of — some would say war on — public education. Since it seems that appeals to elected officials fall on perpetually deaf ears, here are some things we... Each year our Legislature and governor claim education is their top priority, and ...? Well, what we know is that we are last in the nation in public school funding per student, and we barely fund the increased enrollment we face. Our Legislature in particular seems intent on diverting education funds to charter schools in their never-ending snub of — some would say war on — public education. Since it seems that appeals to elected officials fall on perpetually deaf ears, here are some things we... 57796116@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:37:01 MDT Letter: Kirby’s bowling-ball howitzer fun truly ‘mindless’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57798059-82/bowling-fun-ball-kirby.html.csp Re the April 8 Tribune column titled “Kirby: ‘Walter’ the bowling-ball howitzer did us proud”: “Cows sleeping a quarter of a mile away jumped up and galloped frantically in the direction of Tooele.” “A seagull may have gotten its feelings hurt.” Does the writer enjoy causing distress to animals? Did one of his “salvos” land on a rabbit or a snake? Perhaps he does not care about that. Apparently, he is looking for more bowling balls as, “We couldn’t find all the ones we shot Saturday.” Doesn’t ... Re the April 8 Tribune column titled “Kirby: ‘Walter’ the bowling-ball howitzer did us proud”: “Cows sleeping a quarter of a mile away jumped up and galloped frantically in the direction of Tooele.” “A seagull may have gotten its feelings hurt.” Does the writer enjoy causing distress to animals? Did one of his “salvos” land on a rabbit or a snake? Perhaps he does not care about that. Apparently, he is looking for more bowling balls as, “We couldn’t find all the ones we shot Saturday.” Doesn’t ... 57798059@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:37:01 MDT Letter: Complaining theatergoer should have grabbed teaching moment http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57798321-82/gay-moment-theatergoer-kiss.html.csp Just a thought regarding the theatergoer who was unhappy she did not receive prior warning of a gay kiss in the current production of “Deathtrap” at Pioneer Memorial Theater (“Onstage gay kiss ‘repulsive,’ Salt Lake theatergoer complains,” Tribune, April 7): You wasted a teaching moment. Obviously, we can’t shield our children from everything they will come across in their daily lives. Wouldn’t it have been a better approach to use the opportunity to discuss your values with him? It would be a... Just a thought regarding the theatergoer who was unhappy she did not receive prior warning of a gay kiss in the current production of “Deathtrap” at Pioneer Memorial Theater (“Onstage gay kiss ‘repulsive,’ Salt Lake theatergoer complains,” Tribune, April 7): You wasted a teaching moment. Obviously, we can’t shield our children from everything they will come across in their daily lives. Wouldn’t it have been a better approach to use the opportunity to discuss your values with him? It would be a... 57798321@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:36:01 MDT Letter: Homosexuality not learned, but hate, bigotry are http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57802319-82/learned-bigotry-contagious-deathtrap.html.csp Research strongly suggests that the son of the “theater and arts lover” who witnessed two men kissing, in the play “Deathtrap,” will not catch homosexuality from witnessing such an “irresponsible and negligent” act (“Onstage gay kiss ‘repulsive,’ Salt Lake theatergoer complains,” Tribune, April 7). Being gay is not contagious nor is it a learned behavior. What is contagious and learned, from generation to generation, is hate, bigotry, discrimination and homophobia. Teaching a child these thing... Research strongly suggests that the son of the “theater and arts lover” who witnessed two men kissing, in the play “Deathtrap,” will not catch homosexuality from witnessing such an “irresponsible and negligent” act (“Onstage gay kiss ‘repulsive,’ Salt Lake theatergoer complains,” Tribune, April 7). Being gay is not contagious nor is it a learned behavior. What is contagious and learned, from generation to generation, is hate, bigotry, discrimination and homophobia. Teaching a child these thing... 57802319@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:35:01 MDT Letter: It’s nonsense to change U. fight song http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57802416-82/song-utah-fight-university.html.csp As a Utah alum and fan, I was outraged when I read the Trib’s “University of Utah weighing changes to ‘discriminatory’ fight song,” April 8. The university is one of the most inclusive and welcoming groups in the state of Utah. It was when I was a student there 20 years ago and is even more so now. Changing Utah “man” to Utah “fan” is rather naïve. I know of no other university in this country where fans are in a school song. What about those who attended or graduated from Utah? “Fairest” refe... As a Utah alum and fan, I was outraged when I read the Trib’s “University of Utah weighing changes to ‘discriminatory’ fight song,” April 8. The university is one of the most inclusive and welcoming groups in the state of Utah. It was when I was a student there 20 years ago and is even more so now. Changing Utah “man” to Utah “fan” is rather naïve. I know of no other university in this country where fans are in a school song. What about those who attended or graduated from Utah? “Fairest” refe... 57802416@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:35:01 MDT Letter: Bush should paint WMDs he said were there http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57808250-82/bush-paint-wmds-artistic.html.csp I see George W. Bush is now painting pictures of famous people. Maybe, he could paint a picture of the WMDs he and Cheney said were in Iraq? Carl Heck Aspen, Colo. I see George W. Bush is now painting pictures of famous people. Maybe, he could paint a picture of the WMDs he and Cheney said were in Iraq? Carl Heck Aspen, Colo. 57808250@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:17:40 MDT Letter: How about banning single parents? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57808395-82/couples-marriage-parents-single.html.csp Our attorney general’s attack on marriage equality and adoption is based on a notion that different-sex couples provide better parenting than gay couples (a skewing of findings that show that two parents are generally better than one). If dual-sex parents are the gold standard and Utah can tolerate nothing less, then we’ll need to eliminate single-parent households. But good news! Since marriage’s purpose is to raise children, there’s a simple solution. In cases of unwed mothers, parental dea... Our attorney general’s attack on marriage equality and adoption is based on a notion that different-sex couples provide better parenting than gay couples (a skewing of findings that show that two parents are generally better than one). If dual-sex parents are the gold standard and Utah can tolerate nothing less, then we’ll need to eliminate single-parent households. But good news! Since marriage’s purpose is to raise children, there’s a simple solution. In cases of unwed mothers, parental dea... 57808395@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:17:40 MDT