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NEW YORK • Something strange happened here this week: Lots of workers who’ve never done so before got the right to call in sick. And that’s a good thing. The Big Apple, you see, is joining a handful of other trailblazing cities such as Washington, San Francisco and Newark in guaranteeing workers what Congress has not: mandatory sick days. Wednesday was the first day that the newly covered workers could use the sick leave hours they have legally accrued. The amount of sick leave New York workers ... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58237049@www.sltrib.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 01:01:03 MDT Will: Room for a conservative internationalist policy http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58237058-82/policy-israel-foreign-conservative.html.csp WASHINGTON • With metronomic regularity, there is a choreographed minuet of carnage. Israel is attacked. Israel defends itself. Perfunctory affirmations of Israel’s right of self-defense are quickly followed by accusations that Israel’s military measures are disproportionate. Then come demands for a cease-fire, and the attackers replenish their arsenals. The accusations and demands are ascribed to something fictitious, the “international community.” The word “community” connotes a certain cemen... WASHINGTON • With metronomic regularity, there is a choreographed minuet of carnage. Israel is attacked. Israel defends itself. Perfunctory affirmations of Israel’s right of self-defense are quickly followed by accusations that Israel’s military measures are disproportionate. Then come demands for a cease-fire, and the attackers replenish their arsenals. The accusations and demands are ascribed to something fictitious, the “international community.” The word “community” connotes a certain cemen... 58237058@www.sltrib.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 01:01:03 MDT Letter: End BLM policing http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58234168-82/blm-law-policing-enforcement.html.csp I have never understood the Tribune’s longstanding love affair with federal government policing of public lands in Utah. The editorial (“Comparing the feds to the Nazis doesn’t solve anything,” July 26) is just one more example. Clearly there is a need, at the federal level, for certain law enforcement agencies. But, public lands federal police? No way. It’s a bad idea that’s done nothing but get worse with time. It’s an idea that flies in the face of the Tenth Amendment of the U. S. Consti... I have never understood the Tribune’s longstanding love affair with federal government policing of public lands in Utah. The editorial (“Comparing the feds to the Nazis doesn’t solve anything,” July 26) is just one more example. Clearly there is a need, at the federal level, for certain law enforcement agencies. But, public lands federal police? No way. It’s a bad idea that’s done nothing but get worse with time. It’s an idea that flies in the face of the Tenth Amendment of the U. S. Consti... 58234168@www.sltrib.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:52:02 MDT Letter: Why charge fee for using less power? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58237205-82/fee-electric-reduced-generation.html.csp The debate about a special fee for self-generation customers strikes me as very curious. Suppose that I purchased a typical home and then replaced light fixtures and appliances to reduce my electric usage. Would Rocky Mountain Power propose that I pay a special fee to compensate them for my reduced usage? Seems very unlikely. Why then would they expect me to pay this new fee if I install solar panels or any other self-generation technology to reduce my electric use? I fail to see any fundamenta... The debate about a special fee for self-generation customers strikes me as very curious. Suppose that I purchased a typical home and then replaced light fixtures and appliances to reduce my electric usage. Would Rocky Mountain Power propose that I pay a special fee to compensate them for my reduced usage? Seems very unlikely. Why then would they expect me to pay this new fee if I install solar panels or any other self-generation technology to reduce my electric use? I fail to see any fundamenta... 58237205@www.sltrib.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:52:02 MDT Editorial: Power of cooperation helps end Navajo Generating Station http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58237477-82/plant-navajo-power-epa.html.csp There was a lot of outside pressure to make a deal. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was breathing down the neck of the Navajo Generating Station, which sits on the Arizona side of Lake Powell, threatening to effectively shut down what’s known as the largest coal-fired power plant in the American West. Meanwhile, some of the facility’s biggest customers — particularly the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power — had announced that it was getting out of the market for what it consider... There was a lot of outside pressure to make a deal. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was breathing down the neck of the Navajo Generating Station, which sits on the Arizona side of Lake Powell, threatening to effectively shut down what’s known as the largest coal-fired power plant in the American West. Meanwhile, some of the facility’s biggest customers — particularly the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power — had announced that it was getting out of the market for what it consider... 58237477@www.sltrib.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:52:01 MDT Letter: See Museum of Natural History’s ‘Horse,’ of course http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58232854-82/horses-horse-exhibit-history.html.csp Visit the Museum of Natural History of Utah today! There’s a horse exhibit called “The Horse” open from July 21 to Jan. 4. It is on the third floor and down the left hall. (While you come to visit, you should check out The Sky Terrace on the fifth floor.) Visiting “The Horse” is fun because you get to see horse show awards, a movie about horses’ teeth, a movie about horses, a movie that shows horse skeletons and sculptures of horses. I learned some stuff about horses, such as: some of their r... Visit the Museum of Natural History of Utah today! There’s a horse exhibit called “The Horse” open from July 21 to Jan. 4. It is on the third floor and down the left hall. (While you come to visit, you should check out The Sky Terrace on the fifth floor.) Visiting “The Horse” is fun because you get to see horse show awards, a movie about horses’ teeth, a movie about horses, a movie that shows horse skeletons and sculptures of horses. I learned some stuff about horses, such as: some of their r... 58232854@www.sltrib.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:52:01 MDT Letter: Our police have become too militaristic http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58234004-82/police-military-weapons-weapon.html.csp Two weeks ago, a low-grade military weapon was used by Detroit police to disperse a peaceful crowd that had gathered to protest the city’s water shutoffs. The weapon, which is not officially considered a”‘weapon,” was a LRAD, or Long Range Acoustic Device. It can be set to emit a sound which causes physical pain to the ears of those within range. The sound is so powerful it vibrates the bones of the skeleton. That was the setting used on the protesters. The pain was so intense, the crowd quickl... Two weeks ago, a low-grade military weapon was used by Detroit police to disperse a peaceful crowd that had gathered to protest the city’s water shutoffs. The weapon, which is not officially considered a”‘weapon,” was a LRAD, or Long Range Acoustic Device. It can be set to emit a sound which causes physical pain to the ears of those within range. The sound is so powerful it vibrates the bones of the skeleton. That was the setting used on the protesters. The pain was so intense, the crowd quickl... 58234004@www.sltrib.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:52:01 MDT Letter: Crow hunt just an excuse to kill something http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58234094-82/crow-hunt-guns-kill.html.csp What is with this “crow hunt”? Wait!! I know! It is just another example of the gun-happy group who seem to run this state making another unwise move. They have all these nice, shiny guns around. What to do with them? Let’s go out and kill something!! Just saying. Margene Sweat Holladay What is with this “crow hunt”? Wait!! I know! It is just another example of the gun-happy group who seem to run this state making another unwise move. They have all these nice, shiny guns around. What to do with them? Let’s go out and kill something!! Just saying. Margene Sweat Holladay 58234094@www.sltrib.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:52:01 MDT Letter: Cartoon unethical? How about Congress? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58234133-82/cartoon-tribune-unethical-bagley.html.csp In Sunday’s opinion section, Ilana Schwartzman takes Pat Bagley and the Tribune to task over a political cartoon he presented about the situation in Gaza (“What’s in a cartoon? Tribune should know better,” July 26). Her main point is that since the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians is complicated and multifaceted, Bagley’s cartoon misrepresented the facts which rendered the cartoon as unethical. If someone as astute as Pat Bagley can’t get his head around this conflict, consider our poo... In Sunday’s opinion section, Ilana Schwartzman takes Pat Bagley and the Tribune to task over a political cartoon he presented about the situation in Gaza (“What’s in a cartoon? Tribune should know better,” July 26). Her main point is that since the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians is complicated and multifaceted, Bagley’s cartoon misrepresented the facts which rendered the cartoon as unethical. If someone as astute as Pat Bagley can’t get his head around this conflict, consider our poo... 58234133@www.sltrib.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:52:01 MDT Lowry: How can ‘Smart Power’ be so dumb? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58236943-82/kerry-foreign-obama-state.html.csp If an Israeli high-level official were caught on a hot mic candidly commenting on Secretary of State John Kerry’s ill-fated act of Israel-Hamas peacemaking, he might call it “a hell of a diplomatic foray.” Kerry was caught sarcastically describing the Israeli offensive into Gaza as “a hell of a pinpoint operation” during his round of Sunday-show interviews two weeks ago, before telling his aide over the phone, “We’ve got to get over there,” and “It’s crazy to be sitting around.” Kerry’s belief i... If an Israeli high-level official were caught on a hot mic candidly commenting on Secretary of State John Kerry’s ill-fated act of Israel-Hamas peacemaking, he might call it “a hell of a diplomatic foray.” Kerry was caught sarcastically describing the Israeli offensive into Gaza as “a hell of a pinpoint operation” during his round of Sunday-show interviews two weeks ago, before telling his aide over the phone, “We’ve got to get over there,” and “It’s crazy to be sitting around.” Kerry’s belief i... 58236943@www.sltrib.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:04:01 MDT Carlson: Tea party versus business backers in the bayou http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58236927-82/chamber-republican-tea-landrieu.html.csp WASHINGTON • Fresh from helping save Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi from a tea party upstart, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is on the verge of endorsing an embattled Senate Democrat. According to the New York Times’s Joe Nocera, national political director Rob Engstrom told the heads of the chamber’s regional groups that the mother ship planned to support Louisiana’s Mary L. Landrieu in a close race against three Republicans. The chamber has always liked Landrieu, giving her its Spirit of Enter... WASHINGTON • Fresh from helping save Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi from a tea party upstart, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is on the verge of endorsing an embattled Senate Democrat. According to the New York Times’s Joe Nocera, national political director Rob Engstrom told the heads of the chamber’s regional groups that the mother ship planned to support Louisiana’s Mary L. Landrieu in a close race against three Republicans. The chamber has always liked Landrieu, giving her its Spirit of Enter... 58236927@www.sltrib.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:01:01 MDT Bloomberg View: Read this, then take a nap http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58236922-82/nap-slim-workweek-seoul.html.csp Carlos Slim is a pretty successful guy: either the world’s richest or second-richest, depending on which measure you use and how much he spent on lunch that day. So it’s worth taking note when he has something to say about work and productivity. At a conference recently in Paraguay, Slim, who controls America Movil, the largest mobile-phone operator in the Americas, pitched a radical overhaul of the 9-to-5 grind: People would work three days a week, though they would put in longer days (11 hours... Carlos Slim is a pretty successful guy: either the world’s richest or second-richest, depending on which measure you use and how much he spent on lunch that day. So it’s worth taking note when he has something to say about work and productivity. At a conference recently in Paraguay, Slim, who controls America Movil, the largest mobile-phone operator in the Americas, pitched a radical overhaul of the 9-to-5 grind: People would work three days a week, though they would put in longer days (11 hours... 58236922@www.sltrib.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:59:01 MDT Washington Post: Rendering ‘Roe’ moot http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58236915-82/clinics-texas-abortion-state.html.csp Abortion remains legal in the United States, but states such as Texas are erecting legal impediments before clinics that perform the procedure. In effect, 40 years after the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade established the right to first-trimester abortion, pro-life groups and lawmakers are negating its effects. Last year, lawmakers in Texas forced through legislation that amounts to a frontal assault on the state’s abortion providers. More than 40 clinics around the state performed the p... Abortion remains legal in the United States, but states such as Texas are erecting legal impediments before clinics that perform the procedure. In effect, 40 years after the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade established the right to first-trimester abortion, pro-life groups and lawmakers are negating its effects. Last year, lawmakers in Texas forced through legislation that amounts to a frontal assault on the state’s abortion providers. More than 40 clinics around the state performed the p... 58236915@www.sltrib.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:56:02 MDT Rubin: Polling trends that matter http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58236907-82/poll-polling-candidate-gop.html.csp Recent polling for the 2014 midterms and beyond is plentiful but not always illuminating. There are two exceptions to this: polls that show a consensus for a trend/wave election and dramatic movement toward a particular candidate. Mainstream media polling outfits seem increasingly to agree that the GOP will win six or more Senate seats, enough to capture the Senate majority. The New York Times/CBS/YouGov poll gives Republicans a 60 percent chance of taking the Senate. The pollsters do not rule o... Recent polling for the 2014 midterms and beyond is plentiful but not always illuminating. There are two exceptions to this: polls that show a consensus for a trend/wave election and dramatic movement toward a particular candidate. Mainstream media polling outfits seem increasingly to agree that the GOP will win six or more Senate seats, enough to capture the Senate majority. The New York Times/CBS/YouGov poll gives Republicans a 60 percent chance of taking the Senate. The pollsters do not rule o... 58236907@www.sltrib.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:53:02 MDT Milbank: Republican ideology is killing people http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58236880-82/neal-medicaid-hospital-mayor.html.csp Washington • On July 1, the hospital in rural Belhaven, N.C., closed — a victim, in part, of the decision by the state’s governor and legislature to reject the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare. Six days later, 48-year-old Portia Gibbs, a local resident, had a heart attack. The medevac to take her to the next-nearest hospital (as many as 84 miles away, depending on where you live) didn’t get there in time. “She spent the last hour of her life in a parking lot at a high school waiting for a h... Washington • On July 1, the hospital in rural Belhaven, N.C., closed — a victim, in part, of the decision by the state’s governor and legislature to reject the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare. Six days later, 48-year-old Portia Gibbs, a local resident, had a heart attack. The medevac to take her to the next-nearest hospital (as many as 84 miles away, depending on where you live) didn’t get there in time. “She spent the last hour of her life in a parking lot at a high school waiting for a h... 58236880@www.sltrib.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:47:01 MDT Robinson: GOP leaves Obama no choice on immigration http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58236855-82/gop-immigration-obama-law.html.csp WASHINGTON • The Republican Party’s paralysis on immigration is so complete — and so utterly irresponsible — that President Obama has no choice but to act on his own. Just say the word immigration and most GOP members of Congress either change the subject or scurry away. Rather than tackle a suite of genuine issues whose obvious solutions would clearly benefit the nation, House Republicans prefer to pass yet more useless bills that seek — and fail — to take away people’s health insurance. Both p... WASHINGTON • The Republican Party’s paralysis on immigration is so complete — and so utterly irresponsible — that President Obama has no choice but to act on his own. Just say the word immigration and most GOP members of Congress either change the subject or scurry away. Rather than tackle a suite of genuine issues whose obvious solutions would clearly benefit the nation, House Republicans prefer to pass yet more useless bills that seek — and fail — to take away people’s health insurance. Both p... 58236855@www.sltrib.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:41:02 MDT Kirby: And for my next job... http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home3/58233716-200/door-newspaper-newspapers-stuff.html.csp A reader called the paper Monday morning and claimed her newspaper carrier hurled The Salt Lake Tribune at her door so hard that it left dents. I was instantly suspicious. First, because I once delivered newspapers (Idaho Statesman, San Bernardino Sun, Los Angeles Times) and I never got good enough to hit someone’s door from the street. I could get the newspapers on the roof, in the bushes, under a car and even within reach of a slobbering dog that ripped them to pieces, but never squarely on t... A reader called the paper Monday morning and claimed her newspaper carrier hurled The Salt Lake Tribune at her door so hard that it left dents. I was instantly suspicious. First, because I once delivered newspapers (Idaho Statesman, San Bernardino Sun, Los Angeles Times) and I never got good enough to hit someone’s door from the street. I could get the newspapers on the roof, in the bushes, under a car and even within reach of a slobbering dog that ripped them to pieces, but never squarely on t... 58233716@www.sltrib.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:29:18 MDT Editorial: Utah should do more to make cannabis extract available http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58233518-82/utah-state-cannabis-colorado.html.csp Often, the divide between the “conservative” and the “progressive” political points of view comes down to the former believing that the latter is rushing headlong into anarchy, which will harm the weak and innocent, while the latter sees the former as clinging to an unreasonable fear of change, even when that change promises to be liberating. There’s an issue on which both sides of Utah’s political divide could get together. As unlikely as it may sound, that’s marijuana. Not marijuana in the re... Often, the divide between the “conservative” and the “progressive” political points of view comes down to the former believing that the latter is rushing headlong into anarchy, which will harm the weak and innocent, while the latter sees the former as clinging to an unreasonable fear of change, even when that change promises to be liberating. There’s an issue on which both sides of Utah’s political divide could get together. As unlikely as it may sound, that’s marijuana. Not marijuana in the re... 58233518@www.sltrib.com Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:32:02 MDT Letter: Hamas targets its own http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58232995-82/hamas-civilians-killing-shields.html.csp It seems beyond your understanding that Hamas, having no care for human life, believing every Muslim killed by the Jews will go to heaven, is deliberately targeting its own civilian populations by launching missiles from their midst. The U.N., which is “neutral,” blames the Israelis for killing civilians in U.N. houses, and yet admits that it found rockets in two of them. (And who knows about the others?) Every mass killing of civilians is an opportunity for Hamas to display dead children, but ... It seems beyond your understanding that Hamas, having no care for human life, believing every Muslim killed by the Jews will go to heaven, is deliberately targeting its own civilian populations by launching missiles from their midst. The U.N., which is “neutral,” blames the Israelis for killing civilians in U.N. houses, and yet admits that it found rockets in two of them. (And who knows about the others?) Every mass killing of civilians is an opportunity for Hamas to display dead children, but ... 58232995@www.sltrib.com Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:32:02 MDT Letter: Empathy needed for Mideast peace http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58233005-82/cartoon-empathy-lake-minister.html.csp In response to Rabbi Ilana Schwartzman’s op-ed (“What’s in a cartoon? Tribune should know better,” July 26): Prime Minister Netanyahu often compares the attacks against Israel to hypothetical attacks against the United States. If the Prime Minister’s comparison is valid, then the comparison between Gaza and a hypothetical occupation of the Salt Lake Valley might be similarly valid. Although a better understanding of the conflict is needed, both the Prime Minister’s and Pat Bagley’s analogies int... In response to Rabbi Ilana Schwartzman’s op-ed (“What’s in a cartoon? Tribune should know better,” July 26): Prime Minister Netanyahu often compares the attacks against Israel to hypothetical attacks against the United States. If the Prime Minister’s comparison is valid, then the comparison between Gaza and a hypothetical occupation of the Salt Lake Valley might be similarly valid. Although a better understanding of the conflict is needed, both the Prime Minister’s and Pat Bagley’s analogies int... 58233005@www.sltrib.com Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:32:02 MDT