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Al Lindseth Helper I wonder if Derek Lee (“America doesn’t need a golfer-in-chief,” Aug. 22) remembers that his Republican lord and savior Ronald Reagan went golfing the day after 241 U.S. Marines were killed in the bombing of their barracks in Beirut, Lebanon. Probably not. I do not condone his typical tea party mentality, but I do question why your editor would even think for a moment to printing his Fox Noise garbage. No wonder the Salt Lake Tribune is in trouble. Al Lindseth Helper <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58343094@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:19:02 MDT Letter: UTOPIA is information highway robbery http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58343104-82/utopia-cities-council-highway.html.csp Who are the bigger crooks? Shurtleff and Swallow, or the 11 cities and council members who invested millions of taxpayer money into a private company, UTOPIA! Maybe it’s time to investigate the misuse of public funds to profit in misguided adventure which has not shown a profit in over 10 years. Now six of the 11 cities want to continue to impose this outrageous burden on all their constituents for a mere $20 a month for 30 plus years. The city council members are having a hard time trying to j... Who are the bigger crooks? Shurtleff and Swallow, or the 11 cities and council members who invested millions of taxpayer money into a private company, UTOPIA! Maybe it’s time to investigate the misuse of public funds to profit in misguided adventure which has not shown a profit in over 10 years. Now six of the 11 cities want to continue to impose this outrageous burden on all their constituents for a mere $20 a month for 30 plus years. The city council members are having a hard time trying to j... 58343104@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:19:02 MDT Letter: Cyclists, motorists both need to clean up act http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58343123-82/cyclists-motorists-absorbed-behavior.html.csp I am tired of all these letters regarding inconsiderate and self-absorbed cyclists and motorists. Not a day goes by where I do not see a cyclist and/or driver exhibiting poor behavior on the road. I have seen more than my fair share of both cyclists and motorists blowing stops signs, not staying in their lane, failure to yield, etc, etc. — all of which have damn near hit me while on my bike or in my car. The vast majority of cyclists and motorists need a serious dose of driving school 101. I am ... I am tired of all these letters regarding inconsiderate and self-absorbed cyclists and motorists. Not a day goes by where I do not see a cyclist and/or driver exhibiting poor behavior on the road. I have seen more than my fair share of both cyclists and motorists blowing stops signs, not staying in their lane, failure to yield, etc, etc. — all of which have damn near hit me while on my bike or in my car. The vast majority of cyclists and motorists need a serious dose of driving school 101. I am ... 58343123@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:19:02 MDT Letter: Recreation fees are double taxation http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58343133-82/fees-bishop-double-federal.html.csp As the National Parks Service celebrates its 98th birthday, Rob Bishop, U. S. House of Representatives District 1, has introduced the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Modernization Act of 2014 (HR 5204) to charge access fees for our national forests and other federal public lands. Yes, fees in addition to the taxes already paid. Imagine a fee to hike, ride your horse, snowmobile, ride an ATV or picnic. A fee to use the now free shuttle buses at Zion and Bryce national parks, or stop at a vi... As the National Parks Service celebrates its 98th birthday, Rob Bishop, U. S. House of Representatives District 1, has introduced the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Modernization Act of 2014 (HR 5204) to charge access fees for our national forests and other federal public lands. Yes, fees in addition to the taxes already paid. Imagine a fee to hike, ride your horse, snowmobile, ride an ATV or picnic. A fee to use the now free shuttle buses at Zion and Bryce national parks, or stop at a vi... 58343133@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:19:02 MDT Letter: Thoughts on Park City’s impasse http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58338302-82/pcmr-impasse-lease-park.html.csp Some thoughts on the Park City impasse: 1. Calling PCMR’s failure to renew the lease a “clerical error” is like referring to the civil war as the “unpleasantness” of the 19th century. 2. It is unlikely that the economic sky will fall in either Summit county or Utah regardless of who prevails in this dispute. (a.) Even if PCMR were not to operate in 2014-2015 many of their patrons are likely to visit Deer Valley or the Canyons. (b.) If the highest and best use of the property is a ski resort ... Some thoughts on the Park City impasse: 1. Calling PCMR’s failure to renew the lease a “clerical error” is like referring to the civil war as the “unpleasantness” of the 19th century. 2. It is unlikely that the economic sky will fall in either Summit county or Utah regardless of who prevails in this dispute. (a.) Even if PCMR were not to operate in 2014-2015 many of their patrons are likely to visit Deer Valley or the Canyons. (b.) If the highest and best use of the property is a ski resort ... 58338302@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:19:01 MDT Letter: Don’t rush to judge bus driver http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58343079-82/bus-child-driver-seat.html.csp A lot has been said about the bus driver who is charged for touching a couple of girls inappropriately while buckling them in their seat belts. Without being there, it’s impossible to know exactly what went on, but anyone who has tried to buckle a young child in a seat must know that in order to strap them in properly, it’s almost impossible to put the child in the seat without sitting them on top of the strap that goes in front of them. Grabbing the strap requires reaching under the child and... A lot has been said about the bus driver who is charged for touching a couple of girls inappropriately while buckling them in their seat belts. Without being there, it’s impossible to know exactly what went on, but anyone who has tried to buckle a young child in a seat must know that in order to strap them in properly, it’s almost impossible to put the child in the seat without sitting them on top of the strap that goes in front of them. Grabbing the strap requires reaching under the child and... 58343079@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:19:01 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 Letter: Congress can’t handle more responsibility http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58326765-82/congress-bigger-concordia-costa.html.csp Friday’s Tribune displayed an article on Page 1 titled: “Lee: Congress needs a bigger role in federal rule-making.” How odd that one of the most inept U.S. senators, Utah’s Mike Lee, believes our current dysfunctional Congress is qualified to manage more responsibility. It would be as though Franco Shettino, the captain of the ill-fated Costa Concordia cruise ship that was run aground off the coast of Tuscany in January 2012, was asking for his old job back but wanted to be the captain of a bigg... Friday’s Tribune displayed an article on Page 1 titled: “Lee: Congress needs a bigger role in federal rule-making.” How odd that one of the most inept U.S. senators, Utah’s Mike Lee, believes our current dysfunctional Congress is qualified to manage more responsibility. It would be as though Franco Shettino, the captain of the ill-fated Costa Concordia cruise ship that was run aground off the coast of Tuscany in January 2012, was asking for his old job back but wanted to be the captain of a bigg... 58326765@www.sltrib.com Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:48:02 MDT Letter: RMP owes solar users a rebate? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58326783-82/power-rebate-rmp-solar.html.csp Yesterday, I paid my power bill from Rocky Mountain Power, and I took the time to look closely at the charges. The very first was: “Basic charge - single phase: $5.” This is a charge for all ratepayers, to cover such things as transmission wires, power generation plant repairs and other overhead costs. Customers, including those with electricity-generating solar panels, must pay this fee, so asking them to pay an additional fee is an obvious duplication. Because their excess power which goes bac... Yesterday, I paid my power bill from Rocky Mountain Power, and I took the time to look closely at the charges. The very first was: “Basic charge - single phase: $5.” This is a charge for all ratepayers, to cover such things as transmission wires, power generation plant repairs and other overhead costs. Customers, including those with electricity-generating solar panels, must pay this fee, so asking them to pay an additional fee is an obvious duplication. Because their excess power which goes bac... 58326783@www.sltrib.com Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:48:02 MDT Letter: Racial incident like ISIS in Utah http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58333937-82/isis-coleman-friendship-manor.html.csp Is ISIS here in Utah? I believe I may have discovered the first member of ISIS residing in the Friendship Manor in Salt Lake City (“Black tenant alleges racism at Utah apartment building,” August 28). Mr. Jack Coleman, upon arrival at Friendship Manor, was subjected to the same intolerant attitudes displayed by ISIS and has suffered and cried too much! All because of some bigoted idiots living there. I wonder how the man with the breathing machine would feel if he was told, “You are not welco... Is ISIS here in Utah? I believe I may have discovered the first member of ISIS residing in the Friendship Manor in Salt Lake City (“Black tenant alleges racism at Utah apartment building,” August 28). Mr. Jack Coleman, upon arrival at Friendship Manor, was subjected to the same intolerant attitudes displayed by ISIS and has suffered and cried too much! All because of some bigoted idiots living there. I wonder how the man with the breathing machine would feel if he was told, “You are not welco... 58333937@www.sltrib.com Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:48:02 MDT Letter: Lesson of Ferguson? Vote http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58333979-82/ferguson-lesson-results-vote.html.csp A contributor to the disenfranchisement that resulted in Ferguson residents taking to the streets may be self inflicted. Unrepresentative election results are most likely due to poor local voter turnout, which in 2013 was a mere 2 percent among the two thirds of the town population who are African American. What lesson can Ferguson teach Utahns about one-sided results of not voting and letting others choose for us? Are you planning to vote this November? Will you get your neighbors to join you? ... A contributor to the disenfranchisement that resulted in Ferguson residents taking to the streets may be self inflicted. Unrepresentative election results are most likely due to poor local voter turnout, which in 2013 was a mere 2 percent among the two thirds of the town population who are African American. What lesson can Ferguson teach Utahns about one-sided results of not voting and letting others choose for us? Are you planning to vote this November? Will you get your neighbors to join you? ... 58333979@www.sltrib.com Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:48:02 MDT Letter: Bush took more vacation time http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58333990-82/president-bush-vacation-america.html.csp I would like to respond to Derek Lee’s letter to the editor (“America doesn’t need a golfer-in-chief,” August 23). Considering that the president is on call 24/7, President Obama has only taken 125 days of vacation to date, compared to President George W. Bush, who took 407 days of vacation days. So who took advantage of vacation and/or golf time? So I don’t feel President Obama has taken advantage of us. I’m betting that Mr. Lee never bitched about the amount of time that King Bush took off, r... I would like to respond to Derek Lee’s letter to the editor (“America doesn’t need a golfer-in-chief,” August 23). Considering that the president is on call 24/7, President Obama has only taken 125 days of vacation to date, compared to President George W. Bush, who took 407 days of vacation days. So who took advantage of vacation and/or golf time? So I don’t feel President Obama has taken advantage of us. I’m betting that Mr. Lee never bitched about the amount of time that King Bush took off, r... 58333990@www.sltrib.com Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:48:02 MDT Letter: Pig ‘wrestling’ is backward animal cruelty http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58334009-82/pig-rolly-column-county.html.csp Just a comment on Paul Rolly’s column on the pig “wrestling,” or whatever you want to call it, and jamming it into a barrel. I also watched the news clip. Repulsive. Pigs are well known to be very intelligent and sensitive animals. Isn’t it enough that we raise them to slaughter to and consume them? What passes for fun in Utah County in this practice almost makes me believe that the morons that practice this so-called sport have a lesser IQ than the poor animals they are tormenting. Well put, Ro... Just a comment on Paul Rolly’s column on the pig “wrestling,” or whatever you want to call it, and jamming it into a barrel. I also watched the news clip. Repulsive. Pigs are well known to be very intelligent and sensitive animals. Isn’t it enough that we raise them to slaughter to and consume them? What passes for fun in Utah County in this practice almost makes me believe that the morons that practice this so-called sport have a lesser IQ than the poor animals they are tormenting. Well put, Ro... 58334009@www.sltrib.com Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:48:02 MDT Letter: My paper was too late and too light http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58334018-82/4.5-area-late-news.csp My Sunday paper wasn’t delivered until 8:25 AM, but that isn’t the issue here. There is very little printed content on page 1. Graphics: There is a 4.5” by 7” picture of a pretty sandpiper. Your banner with two football coaches takes up 4.5” by 11” of space. There is an advertisement taking up 3” x 11” of space. You are surely aware that the print area is only 20” by 11”. I can give you the percentages of the printed text, but I don’t want to do the math; but it is far too little for this reade... My Sunday paper wasn’t delivered until 8:25 AM, but that isn’t the issue here. There is very little printed content on page 1. Graphics: There is a 4.5” by 7” picture of a pretty sandpiper. Your banner with two football coaches takes up 4.5” by 11” of space. There is an advertisement taking up 3” x 11” of space. You are surely aware that the print area is only 20” by 11”. I can give you the percentages of the printed text, but I don’t want to do the math; but it is far too little for this reade... 58334018@www.sltrib.com Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:48:02 MDT Letter: Central Pointe project should be unique http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58326664-82/central-pointe-project-south.html.csp Finally it looks like the Central Pointe project in South Salt Lake will become a reality. The 12 acres owned by the city stand on the west side of 2200 South State Street on the new streetcar line. The Boyer Company is in negotiations with the city to develop it. Construction should begin next year with completion in 2016. I hope the Boyer Company and the city remember to develop the area with a central theme and a personality that is distinctively different from other shopping areas. Bob LeMo... Finally it looks like the Central Pointe project in South Salt Lake will become a reality. The 12 acres owned by the city stand on the west side of 2200 South State Street on the new streetcar line. The Boyer Company is in negotiations with the city to develop it. Construction should begin next year with completion in 2016. I hope the Boyer Company and the city remember to develop the area with a central theme and a personality that is distinctively different from other shopping areas. Bob LeMo... 58326664@www.sltrib.com Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:48:01 MDT