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That’s a system where customers with their own generating systems can p... The Utah Public Service Commission made what a football coach might describe as a good no-call Friday when it ruled that, for now, Rocky Mountain Power will not be allowed to assess an extra fee for customers with their own solar generating systems. That doesn’t mean that the dominant provider of electricity to Utah homes and businesses will never be allowed to add the $4.65 monthly surcharge to customers with net metering. That’s a system where customers with their own generating systems can p... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58365034@www.sltrib.com Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:32:02 MDT Op-ed: Utah’s growing diversity requires a new vision http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58247364-82/liquor-population-state-utah.html.csp As our population increases dramatically over the next decades, we need to get tools in place to respond to the changes in volume and diversity that these people will bring to the Wasatch front. I watched with interest the developments over this past spring as Snowbird struggled to resolve issues with its event-specific liquor licenses for Brewfest (with a five-year history) and Oktoberfest (a more than 40-year history). I believe these situations with Snowbird, and other denied liquor permits, ... As our population increases dramatically over the next decades, we need to get tools in place to respond to the changes in volume and diversity that these people will bring to the Wasatch front. I watched with interest the developments over this past spring as Snowbird struggled to resolve issues with its event-specific liquor licenses for Brewfest (with a five-year history) and Oktoberfest (a more than 40-year history). I believe these situations with Snowbird, and other denied liquor permits, ... 58247364@www.sltrib.com Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:32:02 MDT Letter: Climate change is not imaginary http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58358736-82/climate-future-issue-borgenicht.html.csp Lou Borgenicht made a good point in his letter to the editor (“Climate change is a moral issue,” August 28). Are we that naive to think that the effects of climate change are imaginary or will suddenly abate, or is the real issue that no one wants to bear the cost of what needs to be done to protect our future and the future of our children? I always believed that hope was not a strategy. I guess there are many who do. Michael Feldman Salt Lake City Lou Borgenicht made a good point in his letter to the editor (“Climate change is a moral issue,” August 28). Are we that naive to think that the effects of climate change are imaginary or will suddenly abate, or is the real issue that no one wants to bear the cost of what needs to be done to protect our future and the future of our children? I always believed that hope was not a strategy. I guess there are many who do. Michael Feldman Salt Lake City 58358736@www.sltrib.com Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:32:02 MDT Letter: Pulling Reid honor at SUU a spineless act http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58361361-82/reid-politics-suu-cozzens.html.csp As a graduate of Southern Utah University, I am deeply discouraged by the actions of a handful of conservative extremists from Cedar City who want to impose their personal political bias on the university, and disappointed in SUU President Scott Wyatt, who so spinelessly acceded to that pressure. Sen. Harry Reid is an alumnus of Southern Utah and has distinguished himself in his professional life, rising to the position of majority leader in the Senate of the United States. Every school likes to... As a graduate of Southern Utah University, I am deeply discouraged by the actions of a handful of conservative extremists from Cedar City who want to impose their personal political bias on the university, and disappointed in SUU President Scott Wyatt, who so spinelessly acceded to that pressure. Sen. Harry Reid is an alumnus of Southern Utah and has distinguished himself in his professional life, rising to the position of majority leader in the Senate of the United States. Every school likes to... 58361361@www.sltrib.com Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:32:02 MDT Letter: ALEC out to stop solar power http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58361408-82/power-solar-alec-fees.html.csp The fees proposed by Rocky Mountain Power may actually bode well for the solar industry and its advocates. Why else would ALEC be peddling the same legislation in so many states, if not to keep solar power from becoming ever more competitive with fossil fuels? As for the charge that the panels are something only the well-to-do can afford, what of it? The telephone was once a rich man’s toy, but it seems to have caught on. My neighborhood (near Liberty Park) is hardly an elite enclave, but roofs ... The fees proposed by Rocky Mountain Power may actually bode well for the solar industry and its advocates. Why else would ALEC be peddling the same legislation in so many states, if not to keep solar power from becoming ever more competitive with fossil fuels? As for the charge that the panels are something only the well-to-do can afford, what of it? The telephone was once a rich man’s toy, but it seems to have caught on. My neighborhood (near Liberty Park) is hardly an elite enclave, but roofs ... 58361408@www.sltrib.com Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:32:02 MDT Letter: Utah forms its own ‘death panels’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58361429-82/death-panels-utah-care.html.csp Looking back, I guess Sarah Palin was right about the Afordable Care Act. She told the world of the impending “death panels” looming in the future, and they indeed do exist. You can call them Gary Herbert and the Utah State Legislature. Denying the poor and faultless, in many cases, health care to save lives is indeed a “death panel.” Ross Montoya West Valley City Looking back, I guess Sarah Palin was right about the Afordable Care Act. She told the world of the impending “death panels” looming in the future, and they indeed do exist. You can call them Gary Herbert and the Utah State Legislature. Denying the poor and faultless, in many cases, health care to save lives is indeed a “death panel.” Ross Montoya West Valley City 58361429@www.sltrib.com Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:32:02 MDT Letter: Rich dodge their share of the burden http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58361452-82/burger-king-rates-tax.html.csp Burger King’s recent acquisition of Canadian coffee-and-doughnut chain Tim Horton, and the suggestion Burger King could move its headquarters to Canada to take advantage of lower tax rates there, has reignited the discussion about corporate tax rates in the U.S. Some claim the U.S. should lower it’s corporate tax rates to keep companies from moving offshore. Here’s what I worry about: Since the days of Ronald Reagan and the introduction of supply-side economics, the infrastructure in America has... Burger King’s recent acquisition of Canadian coffee-and-doughnut chain Tim Horton, and the suggestion Burger King could move its headquarters to Canada to take advantage of lower tax rates there, has reignited the discussion about corporate tax rates in the U.S. Some claim the U.S. should lower it’s corporate tax rates to keep companies from moving offshore. Here’s what I worry about: Since the days of Ronald Reagan and the introduction of supply-side economics, the infrastructure in America has... 58361452@www.sltrib.com Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:32:02 MDT Letter: Show the job creators some respect http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58361542-82/business-bureaucrats-exists-politicians.html.csp Eureka! I’m 75, and I finally figured out where liberals get all those strange world views, including that curious doctrinal disdain for business owners: The synapses in the liberal brain flow exactly backwards! First, we had Barack Obama’s nonsensical observation that if you built a business, you didn’t build that business. Huh? Then, in his weekly Sunday anti-business diatribe, George Pyle, cool-aid dripping from his neatly trimmed gray beard, actually would have you believe that government ex... Eureka! I’m 75, and I finally figured out where liberals get all those strange world views, including that curious doctrinal disdain for business owners: The synapses in the liberal brain flow exactly backwards! First, we had Barack Obama’s nonsensical observation that if you built a business, you didn’t build that business. Huh? Then, in his weekly Sunday anti-business diatribe, George Pyle, cool-aid dripping from his neatly trimmed gray beard, actually would have you believe that government ex... 58361542@www.sltrib.com Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:32:02 MDT Letter: ‘Vintage’ should mean something http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58364454-82/vintage-item-expect-past.html.csp When I go to a store or shop online and come across an item described as being vintage, I expect that item to in fact be vintage. But this is almost always not the case, it seems like that sellers will place the word “vintage” in front of something just to have the excuse to increase the price of it. Vintage represents the high quality of a past time, and that’s what I expect when I purchase an item. I want to buy an item that is actually from a past time, and not just be paying for the word. T... When I go to a store or shop online and come across an item described as being vintage, I expect that item to in fact be vintage. But this is almost always not the case, it seems like that sellers will place the word “vintage” in front of something just to have the excuse to increase the price of it. Vintage represents the high quality of a past time, and that’s what I expect when I purchase an item. I want to buy an item that is actually from a past time, and not just be paying for the word. T... 58364454@www.sltrib.com Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:32:02 MDT Editorial: Herbert should give up on work requirement for Healthy Utah http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58352039-82/herbert-utah-health-medicaid.html.csp The good news is that low-income households in a state with a Republican governor and a Republican legislature will now have the opportunity to get health care coverage under an expanded Medicaid program because state officials have dropped their insistence on a work requirement for all those who benefit. The bad news is that state was not Utah. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett Thursday struck the deal with the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services that will allow the Keystone State to exp... The good news is that low-income households in a state with a Republican governor and a Republican legislature will now have the opportunity to get health care coverage under an expanded Medicaid program because state officials have dropped their insistence on a work requirement for all those who benefit. The bad news is that state was not Utah. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett Thursday struck the deal with the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services that will allow the Keystone State to exp... 58352039@www.sltrib.com Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:55:39 MDT Editorial: Utah should not pursue ‘Sister Wives’ case http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58359013-82/state-utah-ruling-browns.html.csp Polygamy has a lot of baggage attached to it. Too often, those who practice it, usually under the guise of some religious belief, are actually engaging in heinous forms of child abuse or patriarchal domination. It has been associated with the taking of child brides and the expulsion of young men from their homes and families. The polygamous family of Kody Brown and his four wives has been accused of none of those things. No fraud. No deception. Not even trying to get more than one state marriag... Polygamy has a lot of baggage attached to it. Too often, those who practice it, usually under the guise of some religious belief, are actually engaging in heinous forms of child abuse or patriarchal domination. It has been associated with the taking of child brides and the expulsion of young men from their homes and families. The polygamous family of Kody Brown and his four wives has been accused of none of those things. No fraud. No deception. Not even trying to get more than one state marriag... 58359013@www.sltrib.com Tue, 02 Sep 2014 11:36:20 MDT Hunt: Can Republicans ride tailwind to Senate majority? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58364285-82/republicans-democrats-senate-republican.html.csp WASHINGTON • The battle for control of the Senate, the grand prize of the 2014 elections, with Republicans needing to win a net of a half-dozen seats to take charge, is well-framed after Labor Day. Republicans have the advantages of a friendly turf, the history of this political cycle — which favors the party that doesn’t hold the White House — and the waning popularity of President Barack Obama, who sometimes seems indifferent. Democrats hope to minimize losses as stronger candidates face a few... WASHINGTON • The battle for control of the Senate, the grand prize of the 2014 elections, with Republicans needing to win a net of a half-dozen seats to take charge, is well-framed after Labor Day. Republicans have the advantages of a friendly turf, the history of this political cycle — which favors the party that doesn’t hold the White House — and the waning popularity of President Barack Obama, who sometimes seems indifferent. Democrats hope to minimize losses as stronger candidates face a few... 58364285@www.sltrib.com Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:53:01 MDT Washington Post: Underage immigrants must be treated humanely http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58364276-82/federal-shelters-county-immigrant.html.csp The extraordinary surge of unaccompanied immigrant children at the Southwest border has eased somewhat, at least for now, thanks partly to the hot summer weather. But federal, state and local government agencies continue to struggle to accommodate the undocumented children already in the country, and the thousands who continue to cross the border each month. The federal government has dropped its efforts to find large emergency shelters to handle the surge, but in the last year it has funded an ... The extraordinary surge of unaccompanied immigrant children at the Southwest border has eased somewhat, at least for now, thanks partly to the hot summer weather. But federal, state and local government agencies continue to struggle to accommodate the undocumented children already in the country, and the thousands who continue to cross the border each month. The federal government has dropped its efforts to find large emergency shelters to handle the surge, but in the last year it has funded an ... 58364276@www.sltrib.com Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:50:01 MDT Robinson: The Republican wave has failed to materialize http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58364241-82/gop-republican-obama-candidates.html.csp Washington • Meanwhile, back at the ranch — as foreign events hog the spotlight — why haven’t Republicans sealed the deal on the coming election? When summer began, the conventional wisdom was that the GOP sorta kinda probably maybe would take control of the Senate in November. As summer ends — and it hasn’t been great for President Obama, which means it also hasn’t been anything for the Democratic Party to write home about — that same equivocal assessment still holds. The Real Clear Politics ... Washington • Meanwhile, back at the ranch — as foreign events hog the spotlight — why haven’t Republicans sealed the deal on the coming election? When summer began, the conventional wisdom was that the GOP sorta kinda probably maybe would take control of the Senate in November. As summer ends — and it hasn’t been great for President Obama, which means it also hasn’t been anything for the Democratic Party to write home about — that same equivocal assessment still holds. The Real Clear Politics ... 58364241@www.sltrib.com Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:41:02 MDT Kate Kelly: As sisters in Zion, inclusion of women is common goal http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58358482-82/women-church-lds-alike.html.csp In the Madrid, Spain, Missionary Training Center while preparing for my LDS mission, I was taught one way to reach out to people about the gospel was to build on common beliefs. I talked with thousands of people during that 18-month period, many of them with very, very different ideas than mine. However, I always managed to find common ground and see the good in each person’s perspective and struggle to reach their divine potential. It made more sense to come together on points of agreement and... In the Madrid, Spain, Missionary Training Center while preparing for my LDS mission, I was taught one way to reach out to people about the gospel was to build on common beliefs. I talked with thousands of people during that 18-month period, many of them with very, very different ideas than mine. However, I always managed to find common ground and see the good in each person’s perspective and struggle to reach their divine potential. It made more sense to come together on points of agreement and... 58358482@www.sltrib.com Mon, 01 Sep 2014 18:48:37 MDT Dionne: A Market Basket of dignity http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58358965-82/arthur-workers-basket-market.html.csp WASHINGTON • Who knew that one of the best made-for-Labor Day speeches in American history would be delivered by a CEO? And who could have guessed that the summer’s major labor story would not be about a CEO saving the jobs of his workers but about the workers saving the job of their CEO? This is the wonder of the happy-ending tale of Market Basket, the New England grocery chain. Most of its 25,000 non-unionized workers walked out to get their deposed CEO, Arthur T. Demoulas, reinstated as the c... WASHINGTON • Who knew that one of the best made-for-Labor Day speeches in American history would be delivered by a CEO? And who could have guessed that the summer’s major labor story would not be about a CEO saving the jobs of his workers but about the workers saving the job of their CEO? This is the wonder of the happy-ending tale of Market Basket, the New England grocery chain. Most of its 25,000 non-unionized workers walked out to get their deposed CEO, Arthur T. Demoulas, reinstated as the c... 58358965@www.sltrib.com Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:23:02 MDT Washington Post: Jindal puts politics ahead of students http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58358955-82/jindal-common-core-standards.html.csp Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s efforts to withdraw his state from the Common Core State Standards were successfully rebuffed by members of his own administration. His attempted end-run to the courts was smacked down by a state judge who said the Republican governor’s actions harmed parents, teachers and students. That should have been the end of the matter, particularly with school starting, but sadly Jindal seems more intent on burnishing his conservative credentials for a presidential run than ... Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s efforts to withdraw his state from the Common Core State Standards were successfully rebuffed by members of his own administration. His attempted end-run to the courts was smacked down by a state judge who said the Republican governor’s actions harmed parents, teachers and students. That should have been the end of the matter, particularly with school starting, but sadly Jindal seems more intent on burnishing his conservative credentials for a presidential run than ... 58358955@www.sltrib.com Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:23:01 MDT Letter: No class at Woods Cross football game http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58358748-82/cross-woods-class-game.html.csp We attended the Woods Cross-Judge football game at Woods Cross High School. One of the Judge players was seriously injured during a play and could not be moved off the field. First of all, it took more than 10 minutes for an ambulance to arrive at the school, leaving us to wonder what would happen if it were a life-threatening injury or if a spectator suffered a heart attack. In addition, to fill up the silence (or whatever the motivation) while we waited, the sound booth began blasting “Footlo... We attended the Woods Cross-Judge football game at Woods Cross High School. One of the Judge players was seriously injured during a play and could not be moved off the field. First of all, it took more than 10 minutes for an ambulance to arrive at the school, leaving us to wonder what would happen if it were a life-threatening injury or if a spectator suffered a heart attack. In addition, to fill up the silence (or whatever the motivation) while we waited, the sound booth began blasting “Footlo... 58358748@www.sltrib.com Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:22:02 MDT Letter: Bizarre parking on 300 South http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58358750-82/parking-300-bizarre-lunch.html.csp Recently I met some friends for lunch at Su Casa on 300 South between 500 East and 600 East in Salt Lake City. What a mess. The city had re-striped the parking in a totally bizarre manner on this section of the street. All four of us, arriving separately, couldn’t understand how we were to park and separately ended up parking on another block. The re-striping was not just angle or horizontal lines, but all kinds of confusing stripes going in opposite directions. During our enjoyable lunch at th... Recently I met some friends for lunch at Su Casa on 300 South between 500 East and 600 East in Salt Lake City. What a mess. The city had re-striped the parking in a totally bizarre manner on this section of the street. All four of us, arriving separately, couldn’t understand how we were to park and separately ended up parking on another block. The re-striping was not just angle or horizontal lines, but all kinds of confusing stripes going in opposite directions. During our enjoyable lunch at th... 58358750@www.sltrib.com Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:21:02 MDT Letter: Sen. Hatch’s commentary a waste of space http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58358880-82/america-piece-space-waste.html.csp To Sen. Orrin Hatch, re the United Nations takeover of America in your op-ed piece of August 30: It was a waste of space. After oozing between Utah and Washington for lo these many years, surely you must recognize that America is in no danger from the U.N. We hate it, we don’t like paying our dues, and we view the U.N. with a kind of infantile paranoia. American exceptionalism excludes most everything to do with the U.N. as well as international law. America is a king-baby country, kept that way... To Sen. Orrin Hatch, re the United Nations takeover of America in your op-ed piece of August 30: It was a waste of space. After oozing between Utah and Washington for lo these many years, surely you must recognize that America is in no danger from the U.N. We hate it, we don’t like paying our dues, and we view the U.N. with a kind of infantile paranoia. American exceptionalism excludes most everything to do with the U.N. as well as international law. America is a king-baby country, kept that way... 58358880@www.sltrib.com Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:21:02 MDT