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Local civil rights leaders had been seeking a test case around which to b... You’ve probably never heard of Claudette Colvin. And yet, had history twisted in a slightly different direction, she might loom as large in American memory as Rosa Parks does now while Parks herself would be a little-remembered seamstress. Colvin, you see, did what Parks did, nine months before Parks did it. In March of 1955, the African-American high school girl refused to surrender her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama, bus. Local civil rights leaders had been seeking a test case around which to b... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58343062@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:17:01 MDT Schuck: The benefits of attack adds http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58343042-82/ads-negative-attack-voters.html.csp By Peter H. Schuck Special To The Washington Post Negative campaign ads appear to be on the rise with the approach of this fall’s congressional elections and the 2016 presidential campaign. Hardly anyone has a good word to say about them. The standard critique — that they demean our democracy, deceive voters and cause disgusted voters to stay home on Election Day — has the ring of truth. But this exaggerates the negative about negative ads while obscuring their benefits. Listening to the criti... By Peter H. Schuck Special To The Washington Post Negative campaign ads appear to be on the rise with the approach of this fall’s congressional elections and the 2016 presidential campaign. Hardly anyone has a good word to say about them. The standard critique — that they demean our democracy, deceive voters and cause disgusted voters to stay home on Election Day — has the ring of truth. But this exaggerates the negative about negative ads while obscuring their benefits. Listening to the criti... 58343042@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:12:01 MDT McArdle: No one wins in fight for legroom at 40,000 feet http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58343026-82/seat-legroom-recline-reclining.html.csp By Megan McArdle Bloomberg View Washington • As I have mentioned before , I’m 6-foot-2 and all leg, so I’m very sympathetic to folks who complain about legroom. However, like many tall people, I also have a bad back, so I’m very sympathetic to folks who want to recline their seats. Heck, I’m even sympathetic to the airlines that are cramming people into planes with the wild abandon of college freshmen filling their trunks for summer break. But it’s hard to sympathize with anyone in this story:... By Megan McArdle Bloomberg View Washington • As I have mentioned before , I’m 6-foot-2 and all leg, so I’m very sympathetic to folks who complain about legroom. However, like many tall people, I also have a bad back, so I’m very sympathetic to folks who want to recline their seats. Heck, I’m even sympathetic to the airlines that are cramming people into planes with the wild abandon of college freshmen filling their trunks for summer break. But it’s hard to sympathize with anyone in this story:... 58343026@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:07:02 MDT Washington Post: The teenage biological clock http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58338859-82/sleep-health-schools-adolescents.html.csp Despite the harmful effects of sleep loss on adolescents, many school districts maintain cock-crow start times for high school students. Reasons for the status quo run the gamut from “it’s always been this way” to “it’s too hard to change.” But a national organization of doctors who treat children is weighing in on what it calls a public health issue. We can only hope its definitive call for more sensible schedules will spur school officials to stop making excuses. In a statement Monday that coi... Despite the harmful effects of sleep loss on adolescents, many school districts maintain cock-crow start times for high school students. Reasons for the status quo run the gamut from “it’s always been this way” to “it’s too hard to change.” But a national organization of doctors who treat children is weighing in on what it calls a public health issue. We can only hope its definitive call for more sensible schedules will spur school officials to stop making excuses. In a statement Monday that coi... 58338859@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 01:01:04 MDT Bagley Cartoon: Corporations are Royalty, My Friend http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58340211-82/bagley-cartoon-facebook-lake.html.csp This Pat Bagley editorial cartoon appears in The Salt Lake Tribune on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014.Want more? Become a fan of Bagley on Facebook at www.facebook.com/notrobertkirby. This Pat Bagley editorial cartoon appears in The Salt Lake Tribune on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014.Want more? Become a fan of Bagley on Facebook at www.facebook.com/notrobertkirby. 58340211@www.sltrib.com Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:31:06 MDT Editorial: Anti-Common Core mood based on ignorance http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58339331-82/common-core-standards-recent.html.csp “I don’t know what they have to say It makes no difference anyway Whatever it is, I’m against it! No matter what it is Or who commenced it I’m against it!” — Groucho Marx The fear that the Common Core academic standards are a plot to surreptitiously indoctrinate the innocent schoolchildren of America into becoming gay socialists should be fatally undermined by recent reports that most Utahns don’t even know what the Common Core is. If Bill Gates and other backers of the educational standard... “I don’t know what they have to say It makes no difference anyway Whatever it is, I’m against it! No matter what it is Or who commenced it I’m against it!” — Groucho Marx The fear that the Common Core academic standards are a plot to surreptitiously indoctrinate the innocent schoolchildren of America into becoming gay socialists should be fatally undermined by recent reports that most Utahns don’t even know what the Common Core is. If Bill Gates and other backers of the educational standard... 58339331@www.sltrib.com Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:37:02 MDT Letter: Mike Lee should do his own job http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58326673-82/lee-congress-federal-sen.html.csp I was deeply disappointed in Utah Sen. Mike Lee’s newest idea – to have Congress become more involved in federal agencies (“Utah Senator Mike Lee wants Congress to sign off on new federal rules,” August 22, 2014). Sen. Lee has been a highly visible, vocal and extremely partisan member of a Congress that has been unable to pass a budget, to effectively deal with ongoing humanitarian crises (such as immigration), to approve many qualified candidates lawfully appointed by President Obama, and to m... I was deeply disappointed in Utah Sen. Mike Lee’s newest idea – to have Congress become more involved in federal agencies (“Utah Senator Mike Lee wants Congress to sign off on new federal rules,” August 22, 2014). Sen. Lee has been a highly visible, vocal and extremely partisan member of a Congress that has been unable to pass a budget, to effectively deal with ongoing humanitarian crises (such as immigration), to approve many qualified candidates lawfully appointed by President Obama, and to m... 58326673@www.sltrib.com Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:37:02 MDT Letter: Does religion do more harm than good http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58326693-82/killing-religion-harm-iraq.html.csp Despite having served an LDS mission in New Zealand in my youth, I have spent a lifetime wondering if, on balance, religion does more harm than good. Poor Galileo, forced under pain of death by the church to deny his findings that the earth moves around the sun. The Inquisition. The Crusades. I watched Catholics and Protestants killing each other in Northern Ireland. Jews and Arabs killing each other in Palestine. Sikhs and Hindus killing each other in India. Sunnis and Shiites killing each othe... Despite having served an LDS mission in New Zealand in my youth, I have spent a lifetime wondering if, on balance, religion does more harm than good. Poor Galileo, forced under pain of death by the church to deny his findings that the earth moves around the sun. The Inquisition. The Crusades. I watched Catholics and Protestants killing each other in Northern Ireland. Jews and Arabs killing each other in Palestine. Sikhs and Hindus killing each other in India. Sunnis and Shiites killing each othe... 58326693@www.sltrib.com Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:37:02 MDT Letter: Lockhart stars in Utah’s education soap opera http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58333894-82/utah-education-lockhart-becky.html.csp Hmmm. Deputy Superintendent of Education Hales quickly and quietly resigned from her position this month. Superintendent of Education Menlove left shortly after in an equally strange way. The details are murky, hidden in secrecy. A man without any public education experience was hurried in by barely half the Utah Education Board to take Menlove’s place temporarily. Interesting that this man’s wife is suing the Utah Charter School Board because she was fired from a position as director of a... Hmmm. Deputy Superintendent of Education Hales quickly and quietly resigned from her position this month. Superintendent of Education Menlove left shortly after in an equally strange way. The details are murky, hidden in secrecy. A man without any public education experience was hurried in by barely half the Utah Education Board to take Menlove’s place temporarily. Interesting that this man’s wife is suing the Utah Charter School Board because she was fired from a position as director of a... 58333894@www.sltrib.com Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:37:02 MDT Letter: Cyclists need to follow rules of road http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58338287-82/cyclists-absorbed-lake-salt.html.csp Tom Boyce’s letter (“Treat all cyclists as self-absorbed children,” Aug. 24) will doubtless infuriate the cycling community, but it makes a serious point: cyclists in Salt Lake need to understand that they are using a vehicle on the public road, and this brings obligations. I grew up a cyclist; in Europe during and after WWII there wasn’t any choice! I cycled to school, to my first job, and throughout my college years (to keep the medieval city functional my university, Oxford, sensibly preve... Tom Boyce’s letter (“Treat all cyclists as self-absorbed children,” Aug. 24) will doubtless infuriate the cycling community, but it makes a serious point: cyclists in Salt Lake need to understand that they are using a vehicle on the public road, and this brings obligations. I grew up a cyclist; in Europe during and after WWII there wasn’t any choice! I cycled to school, to my first job, and throughout my college years (to keep the medieval city functional my university, Oxford, sensibly preve... 58338287@www.sltrib.com Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:37:02 MDT Letter: Utah Division of Air Quality bows to industry http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58338321-82/industry-utah-issue-toxic.html.csp The Utah DAQ has it backwards. When Bryce Bird stated in a Salt Lake Tribune article (“Utah Grapples with Toxic Water…” Aug. 24), “Until we asked questions and started pressing the issue with Danish Flats, maybe they didn’t know the full extent of their emissions.” He apologized for their ignorance of toxic issues. “Maybe they didn’t know”? The responsibility of industry is always to know before any activity. But the Herbert administration is historically industry friendly at the expense of the ... The Utah DAQ has it backwards. When Bryce Bird stated in a Salt Lake Tribune article (“Utah Grapples with Toxic Water…” Aug. 24), “Until we asked questions and started pressing the issue with Danish Flats, maybe they didn’t know the full extent of their emissions.” He apologized for their ignorance of toxic issues. “Maybe they didn’t know”? The responsibility of industry is always to know before any activity. But the Herbert administration is historically industry friendly at the expense of the ... 58338321@www.sltrib.com Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:37:02 MDT Letter: Lockhart not qualified for this http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58339928-82/lockhart-qualified-cared-professional.html.csp I’m beginning my 29th year as a public school teacher. I have BAs in English and French, and an MA in Linguistics. My children and I have been cared for by professional nurses over the years, just as RN Becky Lockhart and her children have been cared for by professional educators. Following Ms. Lockhart’s logic, I’m as qualified to be a nurse as she is to be state superintendent of Education.. Mary E. Peterson Salt Lake City I’m beginning my 29th year as a public school teacher. I have BAs in English and French, and an MA in Linguistics. My children and I have been cared for by professional nurses over the years, just as RN Becky Lockhart and her children have been cared for by professional educators. Following Ms. Lockhart’s logic, I’m as qualified to be a nurse as she is to be state superintendent of Education.. Mary E. Peterson Salt Lake City 58339928@www.sltrib.com Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:37:02 MDT Op-ed: Taxation without fair explanation and comparisons http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58309714-82/property-assessor-comparisons-taxes.html.csp On July 15, the following news headline appeared in The Tribune: “Utah property taxes bring in $100 million less than owed.” This came from State Auditor John Dougall, whose campaign claim was “frugal Dougall.” I saw the headline as a warning that property taxes may be higher when the assessments arrived in August, but I was not prepared for the type of increases that are being assessed. My property value increased by 32 percent and my property taxes jumped more than $500. As I began my search f... On July 15, the following news headline appeared in The Tribune: “Utah property taxes bring in $100 million less than owed.” This came from State Auditor John Dougall, whose campaign claim was “frugal Dougall.” I saw the headline as a warning that property taxes may be higher when the assessments arrived in August, but I was not prepared for the type of increases that are being assessed. My property value increased by 32 percent and my property taxes jumped more than $500. As I began my search f... 58309714@www.sltrib.com Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:50:02 MDT Editorial: Utah should never take a polluter’s word http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58334706-82/state-utah-facility-trust.html.csp What’s bad is that the operators of an oil and gas wastewater facility in Grand County kept telling the state of Utah that it was producing no measurable amounts of air pollution. What’s much worse is that the state, specifically the Utah Division of Air Quality, took the operators’ word for it. What’s flat unforgivable is that, once it was determined that the folks in charge of the Danish Flats Environmental Services facility were not telling the truth, they received not only a wrist-slapping ... What’s bad is that the operators of an oil and gas wastewater facility in Grand County kept telling the state of Utah that it was producing no measurable amounts of air pollution. What’s much worse is that the state, specifically the Utah Division of Air Quality, took the operators’ word for it. What’s flat unforgivable is that, once it was determined that the folks in charge of the Danish Flats Environmental Services facility were not telling the truth, they received not only a wrist-slapping ... 58334706@www.sltrib.com Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:56:12 MDT Ponnuru: Lee vs Ryan on how to cut federal taxes http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58338883-82/tax-percent-rate-ryan.html.csp A few days ago, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin waded into a debate among his fellow Republicans about how they should think about tax policy. His words carry weight among Republicans: They almost universally respect his judgment on economic policy, and partly as a result have decided to make him chairman of the tax-writing committee of the House should they keep control of it in November’s elections. Some Republicans, notably Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, have argued that the party’s perennial focus on cu... A few days ago, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin waded into a debate among his fellow Republicans about how they should think about tax policy. His words carry weight among Republicans: They almost universally respect his judgment on economic policy, and partly as a result have decided to make him chairman of the tax-writing committee of the House should they keep control of it in November’s elections. Some Republicans, notably Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, have argued that the party’s perennial focus on cu... 58338883@www.sltrib.com Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:26:02 MDT Lowry: Does Obama want to win in Iraq? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58338870-82/isis-iraq-administration-war.html.csp ISIS is a force for evil that poses an imminent security threat to the United States, but please, let us get back to you on whether we are determined to defeat it. That is the posture of the Obama administration toward the terror group that proudly demonstrated its malevolence by beheading American journalist James Foley in a propaganda video. For the administration, ISIS isn’t merely a dire enemy, it is a dilemma. President Barack Obama must respond to a group that — with its resources, apocaly... ISIS is a force for evil that poses an imminent security threat to the United States, but please, let us get back to you on whether we are determined to defeat it. That is the posture of the Obama administration toward the terror group that proudly demonstrated its malevolence by beheading American journalist James Foley in a propaganda video. For the administration, ISIS isn’t merely a dire enemy, it is a dilemma. President Barack Obama must respond to a group that — with its resources, apocaly... 58338870@www.sltrib.com Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:22:01 MDT Keating: Terrorists are not swarming into the U.S. from Mexico http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58338843-82/terrorists-mexican-mexico-states.html.csp By Joshua Keating Slate WASHINGTON • The Mexican government is expressing some irritation with Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who suggested last week that there’s a “very real possibility” that members of Islamic State or other terrorist groups are entering the United States illegally via Mexico. As Perry acknowledged in his own remarks — and as the Pentagon confirmed — there’s “no clear evidence” that this is happening. But as is generally the case when fears of “El-Qaida” periodically emerge, a lack o... By Joshua Keating Slate WASHINGTON • The Mexican government is expressing some irritation with Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who suggested last week that there’s a “very real possibility” that members of Islamic State or other terrorist groups are entering the United States illegally via Mexico. As Perry acknowledged in his own remarks — and as the Pentagon confirmed — there’s “no clear evidence” that this is happening. But as is generally the case when fears of “El-Qaida” periodically emerge, a lack o... 58338843@www.sltrib.com Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:16:01 MDT Commentary: A raw deal for one of the Rockies’ fiercest citizens http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58314513-82/wolverines-species-scientists-service.html.csp Fierce, cunning and built for survival on unforgiving mountain landscapes, wolverines can rip apart frozen carcasses and have been known to chase away grizzlies. But wolverines are caught up in a fight even they may not walk away from. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last week overruled the recommendations of its own scientists and withdrew a proposal to protect them under the Endangered Species Act. The decision stands to have tragic consequences for one of the rarest mammals in the lower 48... Fierce, cunning and built for survival on unforgiving mountain landscapes, wolverines can rip apart frozen carcasses and have been known to chase away grizzlies. But wolverines are caught up in a fight even they may not walk away from. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last week overruled the recommendations of its own scientists and withdrew a proposal to protect them under the Endangered Species Act. The decision stands to have tragic consequences for one of the rarest mammals in the lower 48... 58314513@www.sltrib.com Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:10:02 MDT Washington Post: Congress must address climate change http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58338822-82/climate-congress-higher-states.html.csp Any good business executive knows that the world is full of risks, ignored at a company’s peril. Interest rates could spike. China could change its currency policy. Chaos in Iraq could push up gasoline prices. Smart firms account for these possibilities as best they can, adjusting business plans so that they aren’t caught flat-footed. The same can be said of wise societies. In late June, a bipartisan group of economic leaders argued that the United States must take this approach when facing the ... Any good business executive knows that the world is full of risks, ignored at a company’s peril. Interest rates could spike. China could change its currency policy. Chaos in Iraq could push up gasoline prices. Smart firms account for these possibilities as best they can, adjusting business plans so that they aren’t caught flat-footed. The same can be said of wise societies. In late June, a bipartisan group of economic leaders argued that the United States must take this approach when facing the ... 58338822@www.sltrib.com Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:07:01 MDT Robinson: Young black men cannot make mistakes http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58338762-82/black-police-brown-likely.html.csp Washington • To be young, male and black in America means not being allowed to make mistakes. Forgetting this, as we’ve seen so many times, can be fatal. The case of Michael Brown, who was laid to rest Monday, is anomalous only in that it is so extreme: an unarmed black teenager riddled with bullets by a white police officer in a community plagued by racial tension. African-Americans make up 67 percent of the population of Ferguson, Mo., but there are just four black officers on the 53-member po... Washington • To be young, male and black in America means not being allowed to make mistakes. Forgetting this, as we’ve seen so many times, can be fatal. The case of Michael Brown, who was laid to rest Monday, is anomalous only in that it is so extreme: an unarmed black teenager riddled with bullets by a white police officer in a community plagued by racial tension. African-Americans make up 67 percent of the population of Ferguson, Mo., but there are just four black officers on the 53-member po... 58338762@www.sltrib.com Tue, 26 Aug 2014 10:44:01 MDT