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Analyzing the stats on the number of citations and the fact that nearly 1 in 5 Utahns are cited by the police may tell a different story. ... In your feature (“How Bad are Utah Drivers?” July 20) I think you misinterpreted the stats. To establish “bad” driving you would want to obtain insurance company records of auto damage, injuries and fatalities. Driving 68 in a 60 zone on clear, dry roads or gently rolling a stop sign at 1 a.m. on a completely deserted street doesn’t constitute “bad” driving. Analyzing the stats on the number of citations and the fact that nearly 1 in 5 Utahns are cited by the police may tell a different story. ... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58215438@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:14:01 MDT Letter: Just expanding Medicaid is most bang for buck http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58215683-82/utah-medicaid-health-expansion.html.csp On Thursday you reported (“Cost of health insurance expansion will rise for Utah as more people found without coverage,” July 17) how local residents and health professionals are advocating for the expansion of Medicaid and Gov. Herbert’s “Healthy Utah Plan,” as thousands’ income levels are deemed ineligible for health care aid. When analyzing Healthy Utah, there are no clear differences between the new plan and proposed Medicaid expansion. In both cases, the level of poverty would be adjusted ... On Thursday you reported (“Cost of health insurance expansion will rise for Utah as more people found without coverage,” July 17) how local residents and health professionals are advocating for the expansion of Medicaid and Gov. Herbert’s “Healthy Utah Plan,” as thousands’ income levels are deemed ineligible for health care aid. When analyzing Healthy Utah, there are no clear differences between the new plan and proposed Medicaid expansion. In both cases, the level of poverty would be adjusted ... 58215683@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:13:02 MDT Letter: More midnight fireworks, please! http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58216905-82/bed-fireworks-larger-midnight.html.csp There appears to be a need to explode things on Sunday and Monday nights in my neighborhood. After putting the kids to bed and lying in the dark with the cool evening breezes drifting through the house, we hear from some self-appointed people who get themselves all thrilled by firing off 10 or 20 really awesome kabooms, usually around 10 or 11 p.m. Sometimes they go the extra mile and celebrate our independence at 2 or 3 in the morning. Goodness, it’s just so patriotic I have to pinch myse... There appears to be a need to explode things on Sunday and Monday nights in my neighborhood. After putting the kids to bed and lying in the dark with the cool evening breezes drifting through the house, we hear from some self-appointed people who get themselves all thrilled by firing off 10 or 20 really awesome kabooms, usually around 10 or 11 p.m. Sometimes they go the extra mile and celebrate our independence at 2 or 3 in the morning. Goodness, it’s just so patriotic I have to pinch myse... 58216905@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:13:02 MDT Letter: World’s parents need access to firearms http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58206776-82/parents-firearms-hundred-access.html.csp Two hundred Nigerian girls are kidnapped. Several hundred Central American children are sent hundreds of miles away from home ­— alone. In these areas of the world, the governments have failed, the criminals have taken over and the parents are powerless. Why? Because the citizens have no firearms. Joe Kolloch Salt Lake City Two hundred Nigerian girls are kidnapped. Several hundred Central American children are sent hundreds of miles away from home ­— alone. In these areas of the world, the governments have failed, the criminals have taken over and the parents are powerless. Why? Because the citizens have no firearms. Joe Kolloch Salt Lake City 58206776@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:13:01 MDT Letter: Religion is personal preference, Orrin http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58215322-82/orrin-religion-discrimination-obama.html.csp Sen. Orrin Hatch very publicly proclaimed (“Obama’s order protects gay workers ... ” July 22) that personal preference (religion) in matters of prejudice and discrimination was more important than constitutional rights or federal law or even common human decency. I would suggest that Sen. Hatch look at what is happening in the Middle East in the name of religion and assess his conviction. Religious discrimination is the root cause of thousands being murdered every month. In the United States t... Sen. Orrin Hatch very publicly proclaimed (“Obama’s order protects gay workers ... ” July 22) that personal preference (religion) in matters of prejudice and discrimination was more important than constitutional rights or federal law or even common human decency. I would suggest that Sen. Hatch look at what is happening in the Middle East in the name of religion and assess his conviction. Religious discrimination is the root cause of thousands being murdered every month. In the United States t... 58215322@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:13:01 MDT Letter: Small acts restore this mother’s hope http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58215608-82/acts-hope-traffic-awesome.html.csp It’s easy to find reasons to vent, and there are days I feel like the world is against me and I want to do it, too. You know the posts that go like this: “Dear man at the traffic light who cut me off ... ” But in the past week, I’m reminded that people are generally good and that we’re all in this together. A clerk at Old Navy got down on her knees to comfort my little girl after she walked straight into a pillar, and a man stopped traffic and waved my awesome, tentative teenage driver into a ... It’s easy to find reasons to vent, and there are days I feel like the world is against me and I want to do it, too. You know the posts that go like this: “Dear man at the traffic light who cut me off ... ” But in the past week, I’m reminded that people are generally good and that we’re all in this together. A clerk at Old Navy got down on her knees to comfort my little girl after she walked straight into a pillar, and a man stopped traffic and waved my awesome, tentative teenage driver into a ... 58215608@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:13:01 MDT Letter: Two-man crew gives Utah integrity http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58215624-82/utah-general-system-attorney.html.csp The ongoing attorney general scandal might not have happened if Utah had a viable two-party political system. It also might not have happened if people would stop voting by rote and take the time to become informed about the candidates and issues. In Utah we are lucky to have a system of checks and balances that actually works exceedingly well. This system is called District Attorneys Sim Gill and Troy Rawlings. What would we ever do without them? John M. Eggertsen Taylorsville The ongoing attorney general scandal might not have happened if Utah had a viable two-party political system. It also might not have happened if people would stop voting by rote and take the time to become informed about the candidates and issues. In Utah we are lucky to have a system of checks and balances that actually works exceedingly well. This system is called District Attorneys Sim Gill and Troy Rawlings. What would we ever do without them? John M. Eggertsen Taylorsville 58215624@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:13:01 MDT Letter: Quit talking about rapist, lawmakers http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58215212-82/jeffs-lawmakers-warren-rapist.html.csp Re: (“Write your lawmakers? Polygamist prophet Warren Jeffs does — a lot,” July 22): Eew! Why are lawmakers even discussing that rheumy-eyed child rapist? It’s like locker room talk. Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, mentions Jeffs’ admonition to stop “having relations with my wife.” This is in such poor taste for a lawmaker to joke around as if Warren Jeffs was just a clown rather than a hardened criminal. The Republican Party accepts gifts from Jeffs? I am embarrassed for them. Is Warren Jeffs ... Re: (“Write your lawmakers? Polygamist prophet Warren Jeffs does — a lot,” July 22): Eew! Why are lawmakers even discussing that rheumy-eyed child rapist? It’s like locker room talk. Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, mentions Jeffs’ admonition to stop “having relations with my wife.” This is in such poor taste for a lawmaker to joke around as if Warren Jeffs was just a clown rather than a hardened criminal. The Republican Party accepts gifts from Jeffs? I am embarrassed for them. Is Warren Jeffs ... 58215212@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:10:01 MDT Letter: We won’t be at this parade http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58215286-82/lake-salt-parade-state.html.csp On the 24th of July, the state of Utah will celebrate the settling of the Salt Lake Valley. After months of trudging across the plains to escape injustice, facing famine and death along the way, the Mormon pioneers gazed across the valley as Brigham Young famously declared, “This is the place.” But is it the place for everyone? The theme of this year’s Pioneer Day is “Pushing Toward Our Future,” but as we so often see with regards to civil rights in this country, it seems as though history is re... On the 24th of July, the state of Utah will celebrate the settling of the Salt Lake Valley. After months of trudging across the plains to escape injustice, facing famine and death along the way, the Mormon pioneers gazed across the valley as Brigham Young famously declared, “This is the place.” But is it the place for everyone? The theme of this year’s Pioneer Day is “Pushing Toward Our Future,” but as we so often see with regards to civil rights in this country, it seems as though history is re... 58215286@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:10:01 MDT Letter: Guilt complex shows in black Mormon story http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58215466-82/black-flake-mormon-complex.html.csp Peggy Fletcher Stack’s story of Green Flake, “forgotten black Mormon,” (“Black Mormon pioneers ... ” July 22), while interesting, rings with the apologetic guilt complex that is pervasive in American academia and journalism today. The Green Flake story, as well as other black persons of family interest, has been recorded in both family journals and published books for many decades. I recall seeing the wagon, with captioned story, that Green drove from Winter Quarters to Utah prominently displaye... Peggy Fletcher Stack’s story of Green Flake, “forgotten black Mormon,” (“Black Mormon pioneers ... ” July 22), while interesting, rings with the apologetic guilt complex that is pervasive in American academia and journalism today. The Green Flake story, as well as other black persons of family interest, has been recorded in both family journals and published books for many decades. I recall seeing the wagon, with captioned story, that Green drove from Winter Quarters to Utah prominently displaye... 58215466@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:10:01 MDT Letter: Rocky Mountain clouds my Blue Sky http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58215495-82/rmp-energy-solar-blue.html.csp Rocky Mountain Power must be joking. I just received an email from RMP informing me that “if everyone enrolled in our Blue Sky renewable energy program, we could support enough renewable energy to have an equivalent impact of avoiding over 7 million tons of CO2 in one year.” RMP then asks me to spend at least $1.95 a month (“You choose your participation level”) to enroll in the program to purchase wind power. Hmmm. Let me see. I am a consumer who paid $25,000 two years ago to install rooftop so... Rocky Mountain Power must be joking. I just received an email from RMP informing me that “if everyone enrolled in our Blue Sky renewable energy program, we could support enough renewable energy to have an equivalent impact of avoiding over 7 million tons of CO2 in one year.” RMP then asks me to spend at least $1.95 a month (“You choose your participation level”) to enroll in the program to purchase wind power. Hmmm. Let me see. I am a consumer who paid $25,000 two years ago to install rooftop so... 58215495@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:10:01 MDT Letter: Book of Abraham essay doesn’t help much http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58215518-82/essay-abraham-book-smith.html.csp Joseph Smith’s translation of the Book of Abraham from Egyptian hieroglyphics has long been a problem f or questioning Mormons, but the church’s recent essay on the subject (“Mormon essay: Abraham essay may not be literal translation,” July 8) may not help much. It requires members to be linguistic contortionists. The church insists that “translate” doesn’t really mean translate, though that’s exactly what Joseph Smith said he was doing. Rather, they claim, he was just “inspired” to write this a... Joseph Smith’s translation of the Book of Abraham from Egyptian hieroglyphics has long been a problem f or questioning Mormons, but the church’s recent essay on the subject (“Mormon essay: Abraham essay may not be literal translation,” July 8) may not help much. It requires members to be linguistic contortionists. The church insists that “translate” doesn’t really mean translate, though that’s exactly what Joseph Smith said he was doing. Rather, they claim, he was just “inspired” to write this a... 58215518@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:10:01 MDT Letter: Expanded airport makes more smog? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58215539-82/expansion-airport-sltrib-july.html.csp Re your editorial (“Ready for takeoff,” July 22), I have done some traveling from sea to shining sea with a couple of trips to Europe thrown in. I can recall few airports that weren’t experiencing remodeling & expansion of services. Expansion seems to be the buzzword in many aspects of our lives. With all the pluses for this expansion of the airport. One won’t hear a single word about the additional amount of pollution the expansion will add to this salty valley of smog. Or is it just me? Lan... Re your editorial (“Ready for takeoff,” July 22), I have done some traveling from sea to shining sea with a couple of trips to Europe thrown in. I can recall few airports that weren’t experiencing remodeling & expansion of services. Expansion seems to be the buzzword in many aspects of our lives. With all the pluses for this expansion of the airport. One won’t hear a single word about the additional amount of pollution the expansion will add to this salty valley of smog. Or is it just me? Lan... 58215539@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:10:01 MDT Letter: These are no help, Obama http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58207855-82/obama-bomb-july-act.html.csp (“Get Help, Obama,” July 21), but from whom? Perhaps he could get help from Louie Gohmert’s dictionary. Maybe Obama could get help from Michele Bachman in finding ways to stop killing children with the Affordable Care Act. Sen. McCain could help him “Bomb, bomb, bomb Iran.” Darrell Issa could help him keep his eye on Benghazi. Speaker Boehner could help Obama find ways to keep legislation moving along quickly. Being a medical doctor, Paul Broun could explain the Bible to him and why scientific ... (“Get Help, Obama,” July 21), but from whom? Perhaps he could get help from Louie Gohmert’s dictionary. Maybe Obama could get help from Michele Bachman in finding ways to stop killing children with the Affordable Care Act. Sen. McCain could help him “Bomb, bomb, bomb Iran.” Darrell Issa could help him keep his eye on Benghazi. Speaker Boehner could help Obama find ways to keep legislation moving along quickly. Being a medical doctor, Paul Broun could explain the Bible to him and why scientific ... 58207855@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:37:02 MDT Letter: Don’t go to war over Iran http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58211109-82/iran-war-nuclear-agreement.html.csp No more war. No more money to the weapons makers. No more U.S. soldiers dying for the failed politics of our Senate. As negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program continue, I hope my senators and my representative will seize this opportunity to publicly speak out in support of diplomacy. New sanctions or other saber-rattling measures could undermine the progress our diplomats have made toward a multi-year agreement that guards against a nuclear-armed Iran and the risk of another war over this issu... No more war. No more money to the weapons makers. No more U.S. soldiers dying for the failed politics of our Senate. As negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program continue, I hope my senators and my representative will seize this opportunity to publicly speak out in support of diplomacy. New sanctions or other saber-rattling measures could undermine the progress our diplomats have made toward a multi-year agreement that guards against a nuclear-armed Iran and the risk of another war over this issu... 58211109@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:37:02 MDT Letter: Worst president? How about worst Veep? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58211123-82/obama-president-worst-advisers.html.csp Robert Edwards’ contention that President Obama is the worst president in recent history due to his bad advisers (“You’re in over your head, Obama,” July 21) defies credulity, based as it seems to be on great right-wing myths that have taken on a life of their own. (“Zombie lies” as one pundit has called them.) When rational argument fails, those old saws are trotted out in the belief that, if repeated often enough, they will become credible, if not true.. Speaking of the undead, we are now ... Robert Edwards’ contention that President Obama is the worst president in recent history due to his bad advisers (“You’re in over your head, Obama,” July 21) defies credulity, based as it seems to be on great right-wing myths that have taken on a life of their own. (“Zombie lies” as one pundit has called them.) When rational argument fails, those old saws are trotted out in the belief that, if repeated often enough, they will become credible, if not true.. Speaking of the undead, we are now ... 58211123@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:37:02 MDT Letter: Political cartoons aren’t just the funnies http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58211144-82/cartoon-political-funnies-july.html.csp Just a note to Swantje Knye (“Malicious cartoon,” July 22): Next time, look for “political cartoon” in your dictionary. Comparing a political cartoon to a “cartoon” is akin to looking for the definition of a dinner plate while the rest of us are discussing tectonic plates. Laura Green Salt Lake City Just a note to Swantje Knye (“Malicious cartoon,” July 22): Next time, look for “political cartoon” in your dictionary. Comparing a political cartoon to a “cartoon” is akin to looking for the definition of a dinner plate while the rest of us are discussing tectonic plates. Laura Green Salt Lake City 58211144@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:37:02 MDT Letter: Drivers, or cops, producing all the tickets? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58211170-82/drivers-bad-cities-cops.html.csp Do the statistics featured in Sunday’s centerpiece (“How bad are Utah drivers?” July 20) really prove that Utahns are bad drivers? Could it be that the state has more than its share of avaricious government entities that use their police powers to shake down the citizenry? Hard to prove either way, though many cities on the list are notorious speed traps, one of which was featured in a past Tribune article about police putting the squeeze on foreign tourists. What percentage of these cities’ bud... Do the statistics featured in Sunday’s centerpiece (“How bad are Utah drivers?” July 20) really prove that Utahns are bad drivers? Could it be that the state has more than its share of avaricious government entities that use their police powers to shake down the citizenry? Hard to prove either way, though many cities on the list are notorious speed traps, one of which was featured in a past Tribune article about police putting the squeeze on foreign tourists. What percentage of these cities’ bud... 58211170@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:37:02 MDT Letter: Both papers should see other side better http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58211181-82/marriage-wish-view-believe.html.csp In high school debate we had to prepare to argue both sides of the argument as persuasively as possible, since the luck of the draw determined which point-of-view we’d be assigned in any given contest. I wish that same approach applied to the editorial boards of the Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune in relation to the gay-marriage debate. I read both newspapers daily, and find that both are so entrenched in your point-of-view that you seem incapable of even articulating why this matters so much... In high school debate we had to prepare to argue both sides of the argument as persuasively as possible, since the luck of the draw determined which point-of-view we’d be assigned in any given contest. I wish that same approach applied to the editorial boards of the Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune in relation to the gay-marriage debate. I read both newspapers daily, and find that both are so entrenched in your point-of-view that you seem incapable of even articulating why this matters so much... 58211181@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:37:02 MDT Letter: Get this done before summer break, Congress http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58207849-82/congress-accomplished-america-break.html.csp For most of us, our jobs have performance goals that must be accomplished in a timely manner. As much as members of Congress love appearing on talk shows and going to fund raisers, they have work that has to be accomplished. It requires working at several things at the same time, like the rest of us. The Veterans Care Act has already passed both chambers of Congress, so stop fighting over the amount and get our soldiers the help they need and send it to the president. Regardless of why they ar... For most of us, our jobs have performance goals that must be accomplished in a timely manner. As much as members of Congress love appearing on talk shows and going to fund raisers, they have work that has to be accomplished. It requires working at several things at the same time, like the rest of us. The Veterans Care Act has already passed both chambers of Congress, so stop fighting over the amount and get our soldiers the help they need and send it to the president. Regardless of why they ar... 58207849@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:37:01 MDT