Opinion - Public Forum - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/Opinion Stories from The Salt Lake Tribune &copy; 2014 The Associated Press, The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our privacy policy: http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy. en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Letter: Time to rise against Kaysville council http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58309949-82/council-kaysville-citizens-increase.html.csp It came as no surprise that Kaysville City Council voted to approve the 99.6 percent property tax increase over the strenuous objections of the citizens. Kaysville citizens have filled council chambers on three separate occasions to voice their objections. In a sort of twisted logic, the council stated that though 75 percent were opposed to the increase, they were actually in the minority because the majority of the citizens at a council meeting in December voiced their approval of the police st... It came as no surprise that Kaysville City Council voted to approve the 99.6 percent property tax increase over the strenuous objections of the citizens. Kaysville citizens have filled council chambers on three separate occasions to voice their objections. In a sort of twisted logic, the council stated that though 75 percent were opposed to the increase, they were actually in the minority because the majority of the citizens at a council meeting in December voiced their approval of the police st... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58309949@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:47:01 MDT Letter: A letter for a happy Monday http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58319219-82/monday-letter-letters-happy.html.csp I just read Charlee Kone’s letter (“Where was the Forum?” Tribune, August 20) and the editor’s note that followed explaining that Monday’s letters to the editor are prepared on the previous Friday and that the Tribune was plum out of publishable letters for last Monday’s edition. I can believe it. For one, I know I don’t write as often as I used to, and two, I think the quality of some of my letters has fallen below the publishability standards, and so other contributors might be experiencing th... I just read Charlee Kone’s letter (“Where was the Forum?” Tribune, August 20) and the editor’s note that followed explaining that Monday’s letters to the editor are prepared on the previous Friday and that the Tribune was plum out of publishable letters for last Monday’s edition. I can believe it. For one, I know I don’t write as often as I used to, and two, I think the quality of some of my letters has fallen below the publishability standards, and so other contributors might be experiencing th... 58319219@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:47:01 MDT Letter: No depleted uranium in Utah http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58322254-82/utah-waste-depleted-energy.html.csp The citizens of Utah have fended off attempts by the likes of Energy Solutions to store radioactive waste in Utah several times. Now, they want to bring 800,000 tons of depleted uranium to Utah for burial. Our Legislature banned radioactive waste that would have posed a hazard for several hundred years. This latest material becomes deadlier each year for up to 2 million years. But a study says the waste is safe. Who paid for the study? Energy Solutions. In a few weeks the state of Utah will anno... The citizens of Utah have fended off attempts by the likes of Energy Solutions to store radioactive waste in Utah several times. Now, they want to bring 800,000 tons of depleted uranium to Utah for burial. Our Legislature banned radioactive waste that would have posed a hazard for several hundred years. This latest material becomes deadlier each year for up to 2 million years. But a study says the waste is safe. Who paid for the study? Energy Solutions. In a few weeks the state of Utah will anno... 58322254@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:47:01 MDT Letter: I can’t even read the ‘news’ you print http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58326588-82/news-tribune-driveway-god.html.csp My Salt Lake Tribune carrier is great. My paper is never wet, easy to spot in the driveway and arrives early in the dark a.m. before I leave for work. Thus I was dismayed when a Deseret News showed up in my driveway last week. (My husband said it was replaced within an hour). During my lunch break I tried to endure the filtered news, wincing at headlines and breezing past the two publishable (?) letters to the editor while missing my favorite Wednesday food section and Stuart Melling’s delicious... My Salt Lake Tribune carrier is great. My paper is never wet, easy to spot in the driveway and arrives early in the dark a.m. before I leave for work. Thus I was dismayed when a Deseret News showed up in my driveway last week. (My husband said it was replaced within an hour). During my lunch break I tried to endure the filtered news, wincing at headlines and breezing past the two publishable (?) letters to the editor while missing my favorite Wednesday food section and Stuart Melling’s delicious... 58326588@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:47:01 MDT Letter: Police officers, recruited from the human race http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58326629-82/police-officers-human-race.html.csp The controversy regarding the shooting in Missouri doesn’t discount the fact that, reminiscent of what happened in Florida, a man with a gun got involved in a situation that escalated to a point where he felt threatened and believed he had no recourse but to shoot and kill a young, unarmed teenager. This time, the shooter was a peace officer. Whether this case results in a murder charge or a finding of self-defense, the reality is that a young man is dead. Worse, initial police response to publi... The controversy regarding the shooting in Missouri doesn’t discount the fact that, reminiscent of what happened in Florida, a man with a gun got involved in a situation that escalated to a point where he felt threatened and believed he had no recourse but to shoot and kill a young, unarmed teenager. This time, the shooter was a peace officer. Whether this case results in a murder charge or a finding of self-defense, the reality is that a young man is dead. Worse, initial police response to publi... 58326629@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:47:01 MDT Letter: What plans for Utah air pollution? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58326648-82/mexico-mission-plans-trade.html.csp Gov. Gary Herbert boasted a successful trade mission to Mexico in April, which included a clean air highlight. Once touted as one of the most polluted cities in the world, Mexico City has cut its pollution in half in the face of a growing population. Our inversion season is right around the corner. (Remember it came early last year.) I’m still waiting to hear what our governor learned and what changes he plans to implement. Having a family member who has yet to recover from a neurological event ... Gov. Gary Herbert boasted a successful trade mission to Mexico in April, which included a clean air highlight. Once touted as one of the most polluted cities in the world, Mexico City has cut its pollution in half in the face of a growing population. Our inversion season is right around the corner. (Remember it came early last year.) I’m still waiting to hear what our governor learned and what changes he plans to implement. Having a family member who has yet to recover from a neurological event ... 58326648@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:47:01 MDT Letter: Upright and uptight Americans http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58319184-82/upright-uptight-aclu-american.html.csp Re “ACLU opposes more time for appeal,” Tribune, Aug. 20. It’s baffling! Why do so many upright, uptight American citizens spend so much time and public money obsessing over what other American citizens are doing in the privacy of their own homes? Carol Ogden Salt Lake City Re “ACLU opposes more time for appeal,” Tribune, Aug. 20. It’s baffling! Why do so many upright, uptight American citizens spend so much time and public money obsessing over what other American citizens are doing in the privacy of their own homes? Carol Ogden Salt Lake City 58319184@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:20:02 MDT Letter: Treat all cyclists as self-absorbed children http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58319257-82/absorbed-cyclists-self-treat.html.csp To the L3 Employee who blew out of the parking lot recently with no regard for the fact that my car would have to brake or swerve to avoid you. You should know that your life was saved because, years ago, I decided that it would be wise to treat all cyclists I see on the road as self-absorbed children with a heightened sense of entitlement and a diminished capacity to understand their own mortality. My decision was not only shown to be prudent when I slowed to account for your lack of yielding t... To the L3 Employee who blew out of the parking lot recently with no regard for the fact that my car would have to brake or swerve to avoid you. You should know that your life was saved because, years ago, I decided that it would be wise to treat all cyclists I see on the road as self-absorbed children with a heightened sense of entitlement and a diminished capacity to understand their own mortality. My decision was not only shown to be prudent when I slowed to account for your lack of yielding t... 58319257@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:20:02 MDT Letter: Education overcomes prejudice http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58322202-82/education-color-early-prejudice.html.csp In his column published in the Aug. 21 Tribune, Leonard Pitts stressed education as the chief combatant in our battle against prejudice. I am a firm believer in this approach. In the early ’80s, when my two children started school, I moved them from an all-white neighborhood to attend Washington Elementary on Salt Lake’s west side. They both began kindergarten with a teacher from South America and began to learn Spanish as a second language at that early age. They played with kids of all nation... In his column published in the Aug. 21 Tribune, Leonard Pitts stressed education as the chief combatant in our battle against prejudice. I am a firm believer in this approach. In the early ’80s, when my two children started school, I moved them from an all-white neighborhood to attend Washington Elementary on Salt Lake’s west side. They both began kindergarten with a teacher from South America and began to learn Spanish as a second language at that early age. They played with kids of all nation... 58322202@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:20:02 MDT Letter: Republicans share blame for ‘swollen’ government http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58323002-82/government-cupcake-consequences-real.html.csp George Will’s column, “Cupcake regulations have real world consequences,” of August 21, had some very good points concerning our “swollen” government, our dysfunctional immigration policies, resistance to taxation, etc. But, I think Mr. Will was just a tad disingenuous when citing only two dimwitted leaders: Harry Reid and Joe Biden, and not naming any Republican dimwits! Please, both parties are at fault. And, in my estimation, the Republican House holds that cake! And, by the way, some bake sa... George Will’s column, “Cupcake regulations have real world consequences,” of August 21, had some very good points concerning our “swollen” government, our dysfunctional immigration policies, resistance to taxation, etc. But, I think Mr. Will was just a tad disingenuous when citing only two dimwitted leaders: Harry Reid and Joe Biden, and not naming any Republican dimwits! Please, both parties are at fault. And, in my estimation, the Republican House holds that cake! And, by the way, some bake sa... 58323002@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:20:02 MDT Letter: Protests don’t work, voting does http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58313349-82/vote-communities-complain-constitution.html.csp In recent weeks we have seen demonstrations in the streets of Ferguson, Mo., over the death of Michael Brown, who was gunned down by a police officer for apparently doing nothing more than walking in the street. I empathize with his parents and the loss of their son. But for the community in general to protest really serves no purpose, other than bring attention to the inequality we as a nation face. If they really wanted to make a statement, they would all register to vote, and do their civic d... In recent weeks we have seen demonstrations in the streets of Ferguson, Mo., over the death of Michael Brown, who was gunned down by a police officer for apparently doing nothing more than walking in the street. I empathize with his parents and the loss of their son. But for the community in general to protest really serves no purpose, other than bring attention to the inequality we as a nation face. If they really wanted to make a statement, they would all register to vote, and do their civic d... 58313349@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:20:01 MDT Letter: The mentally ill deserve a chance http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58313031-82/issues-treatment-chance-medical.html.csp As a registered nurse who works at a nonprofit substance abuse treatment center who employs integrative care, I agree with Mary Jo McMillen and Jamie Justice recommendations in “Get the nonviolent mentally ill out of our prisons” (Tribune, Aug. 16). Clients are often admitted from jail or prison, where they have been thrown on medications as “treatment” for mental health and substance use issues. After a few months of individual, family, group and vocational therapy combined with treating medic... As a registered nurse who works at a nonprofit substance abuse treatment center who employs integrative care, I agree with Mary Jo McMillen and Jamie Justice recommendations in “Get the nonviolent mentally ill out of our prisons” (Tribune, Aug. 16). Clients are often admitted from jail or prison, where they have been thrown on medications as “treatment” for mental health and substance use issues. After a few months of individual, family, group and vocational therapy combined with treating medic... 58313031@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:12:02 MDT Letter: Education is more than just a school http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58313300-82/education-disparity-control-poverty.html.csp There is the huge chasm in economic circumstances between the rich and the poor and this disparity continues to grow as the rich increasingly control the resources of the world. This disparity fuels discontent and frustration within the middle and poorer strata of the population as they continue to lose control of their own futures. This is mainly related to another disparity, which is the availability of education. Education is not just a matter of having a building called a school and a pers... There is the huge chasm in economic circumstances between the rich and the poor and this disparity continues to grow as the rich increasingly control the resources of the world. This disparity fuels discontent and frustration within the middle and poorer strata of the population as they continue to lose control of their own futures. This is mainly related to another disparity, which is the availability of education. Education is not just a matter of having a building called a school and a pers... 58313300@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:12:02 MDT Letter: Reimburse taxpayers for solar credits? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58313402-82/solar-andrea-article-brunelle.html.csp In Andrea Brunelle’s article in the opinion section of the Salt Lake Tribune (“Just pay the fee and go solar,” Aug. 10) she claims she will save $18,000 with her solar investment. Should she not reimburse the taxpayers, who furnished 48 percent of her investment? Dee Wilson Salt Lake City In Andrea Brunelle’s article in the opinion section of the Salt Lake Tribune (“Just pay the fee and go solar,” Aug. 10) she claims she will save $18,000 with her solar investment. Should she not reimburse the taxpayers, who furnished 48 percent of her investment? Dee Wilson Salt Lake City 58313402@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:12:02 MDT Letter: Stop sexual violence on campus http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58319209-82/campus-sexual-violence-students.html.csp Whether you are a student, a parent, a college faculty or staff member or a concerned member of the community like me, we all have a role to play in ending campus sexual violence. In a matter of days, students will be back on campus for another school year. We can’t wait any longer. What is happening on our campuses is unacceptable. Department of Justice statistics show that around 1 in 5 women are targets of attempted or completed sexual assault while they are college students, as well as about... Whether you are a student, a parent, a college faculty or staff member or a concerned member of the community like me, we all have a role to play in ending campus sexual violence. In a matter of days, students will be back on campus for another school year. We can’t wait any longer. What is happening on our campuses is unacceptable. Department of Justice statistics show that around 1 in 5 women are targets of attempted or completed sexual assault while they are college students, as well as about... 58319209@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:12:02 MDT Letter: Thank thee, oh God, for the nonprofits http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58319233-82/nonprofits-birrell-god-jim.html.csp While Jim Birrell (Letters, Aug. 20) agrees that he, along with Big D and their subcontractors, is also thankful for profits, their LDS employer probably takes a slightly different view with respect to the Ogden Temple renovation project: Thank thee, oh God, for nonprofits. Lynn Maland Salt Lake City While Jim Birrell (Letters, Aug. 20) agrees that he, along with Big D and their subcontractors, is also thankful for profits, their LDS employer probably takes a slightly different view with respect to the Ogden Temple renovation project: Thank thee, oh God, for nonprofits. Lynn Maland Salt Lake City 58319233@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:12:02 MDT Letter: Public grounds should set water-saving examples http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58319294-82/bountiful-cemetery-flow-slow.html.csp For my mental and physical health I walk regularly in the Bountiful Cemetery, where I am appalled at the wasteful use of water. During and right after a huge storm, thousands of gallons of water are being sprayed on that city property to keep it lush and green just as Mother Nature is doing the job more than adequately. When I phoned the cemetery to ask why they are watering when it is so obviously unnecessary, I was told that they do not have the technology to change their watering patterns acc... For my mental and physical health I walk regularly in the Bountiful Cemetery, where I am appalled at the wasteful use of water. During and right after a huge storm, thousands of gallons of water are being sprayed on that city property to keep it lush and green just as Mother Nature is doing the job more than adequately. When I phoned the cemetery to ask why they are watering when it is so obviously unnecessary, I was told that they do not have the technology to change their watering patterns acc... 58319294@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:12:02 MDT Letter: Stop tormenting animals http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58319327-82/tormenting-ago-barrel-believe.html.csp A couple of days ago I saw a news clip on kids “wrestling” a pig and then jamming it into a barrel. Is that what passes for fun? Isn’t it enough that we raise and slaughter these highly intelligent animals for food? I almost have to believe that these poor animals have a higher IQ than the creatures that are tormenting them. Knock it off! Thad Evans Salt Lake City A couple of days ago I saw a news clip on kids “wrestling” a pig and then jamming it into a barrel. Is that what passes for fun? Isn’t it enough that we raise and slaughter these highly intelligent animals for food? I almost have to believe that these poor animals have a higher IQ than the creatures that are tormenting them. Knock it off! Thad Evans Salt Lake City 58319327@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:12:02 MDT Letter: America doesn’t need a golfer-in-chief http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58319345-82/chief-america-golfer-president.html.csp I am glad to see that, every now and then, our commander-in-chief can sacrifice time out of his busy golfing schedule to address the matters of our nation. America does not need a president with a good golf swing. We need a president who will live up to the oath of his office and lead. Derek Lee Layton I am glad to see that, every now and then, our commander-in-chief can sacrifice time out of his busy golfing schedule to address the matters of our nation. America does not need a president with a good golf swing. We need a president who will live up to the oath of his office and lead. Derek Lee Layton 58319345@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:12:02 MDT Letter: A despicable act of cruelty to horses http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58313436-82/horses-act-despicable-attorney.html.csp Thank you Karen Keely for your expressive letter to the attorney general (Public Forum, Aug. 15) in regards to the 10 innocent horses who suffered an agonizing death in the blazing sun because their hateful owners denied them food and water. They had other options that would have left the horses alive and healthy. The owners should be charged for their despicable, senseless act, and be given the maximum penalty. Marilyn Ktestakis Taylorsville Thank you Karen Keely for your expressive letter to the attorney general (Public Forum, Aug. 15) in regards to the 10 innocent horses who suffered an agonizing death in the blazing sun because their hateful owners denied them food and water. They had other options that would have left the horses alive and healthy. The owners should be charged for their despicable, senseless act, and be given the maximum penalty. Marilyn Ktestakis Taylorsville 58313436@www.sltrib.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:33:02 MDT