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But Utah’s demographics are relentless, and as a result we have gone decades spending less on each st... It is obvious that reducing class sizes will improve educational outcomes, but it’s also obvious that moving that needle is a mighty expensive proposition in a state that is long on children and short on taxpayers. The Tribune recently reached out to Utah teachers to tell us how big their classes are, and some of their answers were staggering. Classes over 40 and 50 students are not uncommon. But Utah’s demographics are relentless, and as a result we have gone decades spending less on each 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=""/> 58421262@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:55:02 MDT Letter: Time to put a camera on every officer http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58420354-82/camera-death-officers-person.html.csp We need to mandate, as a state, that all police officers be required to wear a camera of some sort so that these questions of their response to situations they deem a threat that result in the death of a person can be answered with the truth. There has to be some way to establish accountability when a person is shot to death rather than just the word of the people involved. David G. Payne Salt Lake City We need to mandate, as a state, that all police officers be required to wear a camera of some sort so that these questions of their response to situations they deem a threat that result in the death of a person can be answered with the truth. There has to be some way to establish accountability when a person is shot to death rather than just the word of the people involved. David G. Payne Salt Lake City 58420354@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:55:02 MDT Letter: What’s with the UHP cops on Highway 201? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58420373-82/highway-201-cops-uhp.html.csp Some of us are wondering how long the two UHP cops are gonna sit on Highway 201 between I-80 and Highway 102 with their lights on at taxpayers’ expense. It’s been going on for weeks. You can roll past them doing 70 plus, and they won’t do anything. So what’s the use, when they won’t even bring in any revenue. Just wondering. Lynn Mott West Valley City Some of us are wondering how long the two UHP cops are gonna sit on Highway 201 between I-80 and Highway 102 with their lights on at taxpayers’ expense. It’s been going on for weeks. You can roll past them doing 70 plus, and they won’t do anything. So what’s the use, when they won’t even bring in any revenue. Just wondering. Lynn Mott West Valley City 58420373@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:55:02 MDT Letter: How can campers leave so much trash? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58420428-82/bottles-trash-campers-plastic.html.csp Sunday, I took a drive out to the mountains west of Utah Lake. With fall coming, I wanted to hike, see the flowering sagebrush and sunflowers and take in the beauty of nature. As I was hiking, I came to three camping grounds. They were littered with broken bottles, whole bottles, beer cans, liquor bottles, trash and plastic water bottles, plus garbage. I was in one campground where the people had set up a little shooting target. I looked at it a little closer, and there were tiny plastic dolls w... Sunday, I took a drive out to the mountains west of Utah Lake. With fall coming, I wanted to hike, see the flowering sagebrush and sunflowers and take in the beauty of nature. As I was hiking, I came to three camping grounds. They were littered with broken bottles, whole bottles, beer cans, liquor bottles, trash and plastic water bottles, plus garbage. I was in one campground where the people had set up a little shooting target. I looked at it a little closer, and there were tiny plastic dolls w... 58420428@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:55:02 MDT Letter: Tea partiers are nauseating me http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58420447-82/tea-state-partiers-admire.html.csp Utah is a Pretty Great State for angry white male tea partiers and policemen who admire the SS. A white guy can open carry his AK-47 in JC Penney, but a black teenager with a replica sword is swarmed by police and gunned down. I guess that is normal for a state where Romneycare = Good but Obamacare = Bad. A state where the San Juan County commissioner leads illegal ATV rides across closed BLM land and our Sen. Lee celebrates Cliven Bundy’s armed rebellion because he doesn’t want to pay his gra... Utah is a Pretty Great State for angry white male tea partiers and policemen who admire the SS. A white guy can open carry his AK-47 in JC Penney, but a black teenager with a replica sword is swarmed by police and gunned down. I guess that is normal for a state where Romneycare = Good but Obamacare = Bad. A state where the San Juan County commissioner leads illegal ATV rides across closed BLM land and our Sen. Lee celebrates Cliven Bundy’s armed rebellion because he doesn’t want to pay his gra... 58420447@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:55:02 MDT Letter: Accidental DNews explains a lot http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58420588-82/conservative-obama-congressmen-debate.html.csp On Sunday morning, we received our Tribune but had the Opinion section from the Deseret News. After my initial frustration, I better understand the narrow, conservative thinking of my adopted state. Here is my tally of the content: Two national conservative columnists on the Scotland vote and Obama’s wrong strategy for ISIS, a DNews editorial defending faith-based student groups on college campuses, a column on the perils of credit card use, a citizen commenting on Ogden’s positive growth in the... On Sunday morning, we received our Tribune but had the Opinion section from the Deseret News. After my initial frustration, I better understand the narrow, conservative thinking of my adopted state. Here is my tally of the content: Two national conservative columnists on the Scotland vote and Obama’s wrong strategy for ISIS, a DNews editorial defending faith-based student groups on college campuses, a column on the perils of credit card use, a citizen commenting on Ogden’s positive growth in the... 58420588@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:55:02 MDT Letter: Don’t expand resorts’ footprint with One Wasatch http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58420634-82/ski-wasatch-backcountry-resorts.html.csp After attending the University of Utah, I became addicted to the incredible lifestyle you can create here in the Central Wasatch Mountains. There is no other place in the world that has an excellent economic growth engine with such easy access to the great outdoors. Over the last 40 years I have watched as ski resorts and associated development expanded their boundaries and took away pristine backcountry terrain. My various crews of ski buddies have certainly enjoyed the access to new terrain... After attending the University of Utah, I became addicted to the incredible lifestyle you can create here in the Central Wasatch Mountains. There is no other place in the world that has an excellent economic growth engine with such easy access to the great outdoors. Over the last 40 years I have watched as ski resorts and associated development expanded their boundaries and took away pristine backcountry terrain. My various crews of ski buddies have certainly enjoyed the access to new terrain... 58420634@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:55:02 MDT Letter: Senate is Congress’ chokepoint http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58420665-82/senate-bills-nothing-congress.html.csp Earl Rucker (“Do-nothing Congress still gets elected,” Sept. 10) is right. However, a finger pointed in the right direction is helpful when fully armed with plenty of information. The House has passed a bevy of bills that are sitting on Harry Reid’s desk in the Senate. In all, 356 bills made it through the House and are languishing in the Senate. And 98 percent of those bills were passed with bipartisan support. Two hundred of those bills were passed in the House with unanimous support from th... Earl Rucker (“Do-nothing Congress still gets elected,” Sept. 10) is right. However, a finger pointed in the right direction is helpful when fully armed with plenty of information. The House has passed a bevy of bills that are sitting on Harry Reid’s desk in the Senate. In all, 356 bills made it through the House and are languishing in the Senate. And 98 percent of those bills were passed with bipartisan support. Two hundred of those bills were passed in the House with unanimous support from th... 58420665@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:55:02 MDT Bagley Cartoon: World’s Most Famous Breakup http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58420799-82/bagley-cartoon-breakup-facebook.html.csp This Pat Bagley editorial cartoon appears in The Salt Lake Tribune on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 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, Sept. 17, 2014. Want more? Become a fan of Bagley on Facebook at www.facebook.com/notrobertkirby. 58420799@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:30:02 MDT Editorial: Utah should consider easing sentences on sex offenders http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58416635-82/sex-offenders-prison-utah.html.csp In our guts, we have a picture of a sex offender. A sleazy old man who is interested in little else but prowling the streets, schoolyards and shopping malls in an insatiable search for yet another victim. In our brains, not so much. As state and local officials in Utah examine ways to bend the curve on the ever larger number of people who are in, or may be headed to, prison, they have expressed a reluctance to really address one of the primary drivers of our state’s growing inmate population. T... In our guts, we have a picture of a sex offender. A sleazy old man who is interested in little else but prowling the streets, schoolyards and shopping malls in an insatiable search for yet another victim. In our brains, not so much. As state and local officials in Utah examine ways to bend the curve on the ever larger number of people who are in, or may be headed to, prison, they have expressed a reluctance to really address one of the primary drivers of our state’s growing inmate population. T... 58416635@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:15:20 MDT Milbank: DC’s ‘gotcha game for greenbacks’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58420317-82/washington-cameras-ticket-tickets.html.csp “You are guilty until you have proven yourself innocent. ... That has worked well for us.” — A “senior” District of Columbia official, explaining to an investigator how tickets are issued in the nation’s capital. WASHINGTON • There is a startling abuse of power in Washington — an appalling overreach by the government — and it has nothing to do with the feds. A report issued last week by D.C.’s inspector general confirmed what many who live and work in Washington have known for a ... “You are guilty until you have proven yourself innocent. ... That has worked well for us.” — A “senior” District of Columbia official, explaining to an investigator how tickets are issued in the nation’s capital. WASHINGTON • There is a startling abuse of power in Washington — an appalling overreach by the government — and it has nothing to do with the feds. A report issued last week by D.C.’s inspector general confirmed what many who live and work in Washington have known for a ... 58420317@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:59:01 MDT Rampell: Many life milestones are out of millennials’ reach http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58420307-82/millennials-adults-marry-milestones.html.csp WASHINGTON • We want to move out. We want to own our home. We want to marry. We want to work. The problem is, many of us can’t. America’s young adults have gotten a lot of flak for missing many of the milestones that earlier generations checked off with ease. We aren’t getting even entry-level jobs, which could enable us to pay our own bills. Not only are we not buying houses, many of us aren’t renting, either: About a third of millennials still live with their parents, earning us... WASHINGTON • We want to move out. We want to own our home. We want to marry. We want to work. The problem is, many of us can’t. America’s young adults have gotten a lot of flak for missing many of the milestones that earlier generations checked off with ease. We aren’t getting even entry-level jobs, which could enable us to pay our own bills. Not only are we not buying houses, many of us aren’t renting, either: About a third of millennials still live with their parents, earning us... 58420307@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:57:01 MDT Lowry: Congress should vote on action against ISIS http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58420102-82/congress-president-war-isis.html.csp We have as close to a national consensus as possible in the war against ISIS. Polls show the public wants strong measures. Practically everyone on the political spectrum says the terror group should be destroyed, even Elizabeth Warren and Rand Paul. President Barack Obama has given a prime-time speech committing the country to a yearslong war. And yet Congress can’t bring itself to vote to authorize military action. President Obama doesn’t want to ask for an authorization, and Congress doesn’t w... We have as close to a national consensus as possible in the war against ISIS. Polls show the public wants strong measures. Practically everyone on the political spectrum says the terror group should be destroyed, even Elizabeth Warren and Rand Paul. President Barack Obama has given a prime-time speech committing the country to a yearslong war. And yet Congress can’t bring itself to vote to authorize military action. President Obama doesn’t want to ask for an authorization, and Congress doesn’t w... 58420102@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:02:01 MDT Hunt: Why Obama needs congressional authority to wage war http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58420086-82/president-obama-congress-kaine.html.csp WASHINGTON • Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia says the question of whether Congress needs to authorize President Barack Obama’s declared war on Islamic State was settled by Thomas Jefferson when that president went after the Barbary pirates more than 200 years ago. Jefferson, a founding father, dispatched ships to the Barbary Coast of North Africa as a protection force in 1801 because Muslim pirates were seizing American merchant vessels. He then declared that he was “unauthorized by the Co... WASHINGTON • Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia says the question of whether Congress needs to authorize President Barack Obama’s declared war on Islamic State was settled by Thomas Jefferson when that president went after the Barbary pirates more than 200 years ago. Jefferson, a founding father, dispatched ships to the Barbary Coast of North Africa as a protection force in 1801 because Muslim pirates were seizing American merchant vessels. He then declared that he was “unauthorized by the Co... 58420086@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:00:01 MDT Saletan: What kids really learn when their parents hit them http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58420076-82/child-kids-hit-peterson.html.csp WASHINGTON • Adrian Peterson, the NFL running back, has been indicted for injuring his 4-year-old son. According to sources in law enforcement, Peterson used a tree branch to discipline the boy, leaving cuts and bruises. Peterson’s lawyer says his client meant no harm. “Adrian is a loving father who used his judgment as a parent to discipline his son,” says the attorney. “He used the same kind of discipline with his child that he experienced as a child growing up in East Texas.” Of course he did... WASHINGTON • Adrian Peterson, the NFL running back, has been indicted for injuring his 4-year-old son. According to sources in law enforcement, Peterson used a tree branch to discipline the boy, leaving cuts and bruises. Peterson’s lawyer says his client meant no harm. “Adrian is a loving father who used his judgment as a parent to discipline his son,” says the attorney. “He used the same kind of discipline with his child that he experienced as a child growing up in East Texas.” Of course he did... 58420076@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 09:57:01 MDT Waldman: Views on Islamic State don’t follow party lines http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58420066-82/percent-republicans-democrats-action.html.csp By Paul Waldman Special to The Washington Post Last week, President Obama laid out his plan for attacking the Islamic State, and the immediate response from Republicans was almost uniformly negative. That wasn’t surprising, given that one of the opposition’s duties is to say that the president is wrong about everything, but if you expected that all Republican voters would fall in line with their leaders, you’d be wrong. A poll from the Pew Research Center taken after the speech shows a remarka... By Paul Waldman Special to The Washington Post Last week, President Obama laid out his plan for attacking the Islamic State, and the immediate response from Republicans was almost uniformly negative. That wasn’t surprising, given that one of the opposition’s duties is to say that the president is wrong about everything, but if you expected that all Republican voters would fall in line with their leaders, you’d be wrong. A poll from the Pew Research Center taken after the speech shows a remarka... 58420066@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 09:54:02 MDT Robinson: Hillary Clinton needs to tell us her vision http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58416484-82/clinton-iowa-campaign-president.html.csp Washington • Judging by her weekend appearance in Iowa, it looks as if Hillary Clinton is indeed running for president. Now she has to answer one simple question: Why? “It is true, I am thinking about it,” she said Sunday at the final Harkin Steak Fry, an annual cholesterol-boosting fundraiser that retiring Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin has hosted for the past 37 years. Given the context, this was pretty close to an announcement of the Clinton 2016 campaign. She was in Iowa, whose first-in-the-na... Washington • Judging by her weekend appearance in Iowa, it looks as if Hillary Clinton is indeed running for president. Now she has to answer one simple question: Why? “It is true, I am thinking about it,” she said Sunday at the final Harkin Steak Fry, an annual cholesterol-boosting fundraiser that retiring Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin has hosted for the past 37 years. Given the context, this was pretty close to an announcement of the Clinton 2016 campaign. She was in Iowa, whose first-in-the-na... 58416484@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 01:01:03 MDT Letter: Bus driver has seen it all from bikers http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58416415-82/bus-bikers-road-bike.html.csp Bicyclists should be as considerate as they want drivers to be to them. I drive a bus. We were told not to block the bikers’ lanes and give them at least three feet of clearance when passing. You know, a bus is pretty big. We do have to park, and we are limited where we can do that. It mostly has to be by the curb for pit stops or pausing to keep on schedule. Bikers need to realize and be aware. Because of traffic we often have nowhere to go to pull away from them. But here is the rub: they ha... Bicyclists should be as considerate as they want drivers to be to them. I drive a bus. We were told not to block the bikers’ lanes and give them at least three feet of clearance when passing. You know, a bus is pretty big. We do have to park, and we are limited where we can do that. It mostly has to be by the curb for pit stops or pausing to keep on schedule. Bikers need to realize and be aware. Because of traffic we often have nowhere to go to pull away from them. But here is the rub: they ha... 58416415@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:36:02 MDT Letter: UTOPIA, Comcast are different animals http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58416447-82/utopia-service-choice-comcast.html.csp Christopher Eaton’s letter (“UTOPIA offers choice beyond giant telecom,” Sept. 7) states that an apples to apples comparison is UTOPIA to Comcast. That is not correct. Comcast is a service provider. UTOPIA is a cable company (fiber-optics) that is a conduit for a limited number of service providers. To use UTOPIA, a user must purchase service from one of the listed providers available through UTOPIA. They must pay the $20 monthly utility fee for a non-utility or an unapproved city tax, then purc... Christopher Eaton’s letter (“UTOPIA offers choice beyond giant telecom,” Sept. 7) states that an apples to apples comparison is UTOPIA to Comcast. That is not correct. Comcast is a service provider. UTOPIA is a cable company (fiber-optics) that is a conduit for a limited number of service providers. To use UTOPIA, a user must purchase service from one of the listed providers available through UTOPIA. They must pay the $20 monthly utility fee for a non-utility or an unapproved city tax, then purc... 58416447@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:36:02 MDT Letter: We experience God, even if you don’t http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58416476-82/god-religion-stenger-absurdities.html.csp Confined in a self-imposed prison of infantile understanding, Professor Gregory Clark’s chosen “religion” (“Atheist Stenger recognized religion’s absurdities,” Sept. 14) dooms his hypothesis; because he can’t reproduce God in a laboratory merely proves he hasn’t properly conducted the experiment. There are so many of us who have personally experienced God! How sad that a man thus “educated” could be so profoundly ignorant. Paul Sharp Salt Lake City Confined in a self-imposed prison of infantile understanding, Professor Gregory Clark’s chosen “religion” (“Atheist Stenger recognized religion’s absurdities,” Sept. 14) dooms his hypothesis; because he can’t reproduce God in a laboratory merely proves he hasn’t properly conducted the experiment. There are so many of us who have personally experienced God! How sad that a man thus “educated” could be so profoundly ignorant. Paul Sharp Salt Lake City 58416476@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:36:02 MDT