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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... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 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 Letter: If you want to know if I’m LDS, just ask http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58358925-82/church-lds-missionaries-ask.html.csp A few weeks ago, I was approached by two nicely dressed, polite missionaries who stopped by my condo to visit. I invited them in and, after a few minutes of cordial chitchat, I was asked, “Are you a member of the church?” My answer is always, “Yes.” I do belong to a church, specifically the Roman Catholic Church. I know what they really want to know is if I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I cannot imagine why missionaries do not just ask that specific question. This is... A few weeks ago, I was approached by two nicely dressed, polite missionaries who stopped by my condo to visit. I invited them in and, after a few minutes of cordial chitchat, I was asked, “Are you a member of the church?” My answer is always, “Yes.” I do belong to a church, specifically the Roman Catholic Church. I know what they really want to know is if I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I cannot imagine why missionaries do not just ask that specific question. This is... 58358925@www.sltrib.com Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:21:02 MDT Letter: Herbert lives on the ‘really’ edge http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58358747-82/really-edge-illegal-herbert.html.csp Our adorable governor, Gary Herbert, lives life on the edge, or should I say the “really” edge. He won’t suspend his doomed defense of the state ban on same-sex marriage because he doesn’t think that the state constitution is “really” illegal — as opposed to just illegal. Also, I now read that he is contributing indirectly to the deaths of Utah citizens by denying critical health care to the poor because he isn’t convinced that requiring a job requirement for Medicaid support is “really” illega... Our adorable governor, Gary Herbert, lives life on the edge, or should I say the “really” edge. He won’t suspend his doomed defense of the state ban on same-sex marriage because he doesn’t think that the state constitution is “really” illegal — as opposed to just illegal. Also, I now read that he is contributing indirectly to the deaths of Utah citizens by denying critical health care to the poor because he isn’t convinced that requiring a job requirement for Medicaid support is “really” illega... 58358747@www.sltrib.com Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:20:03 MDT Letter: Hypocritical lawmakers have health insurance http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58352822-82/utah-health-testimony-care.html.csp While driving home recently, I listened to a report describing the recent testimony before members of the Utah Legislature concerning the possible expansion of Medicaid to help cover uninsured Utahans. I listened to the emotional testimony Charlotte Lawrence of Orem, a single mother, describing her situation. She is currently undergoing cancer treatment, while working two full-time jobs. She earns a total of $29,000 per year and cannot afford the $300 per month for private insurance. A truly to... While driving home recently, I listened to a report describing the recent testimony before members of the Utah Legislature concerning the possible expansion of Medicaid to help cover uninsured Utahans. I listened to the emotional testimony Charlotte Lawrence of Orem, a single mother, describing her situation. She is currently undergoing cancer treatment, while working two full-time jobs. She earns a total of $29,000 per year and cannot afford the $300 per month for private insurance. A truly to... 58352822@www.sltrib.com Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:20:02 MDT Letter: UTA story, ad provide comic relief http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58343064-82/audit-uta-blasts-comic.html.csp Thanks for making me laugh out loud this morning Wednesday the 27th: Page one headline read “Audit blasts UTA for sweetheart deals.” Page 7 full page add read: “The Salt Lake Chamber proudly congratulates Utah Transit Authority.” No need for Pardon My Planet cartoon this morning! Tim A. Boman Salt Lake City Thanks for making me laugh out loud this morning Wednesday the 27th: Page one headline read “Audit blasts UTA for sweetheart deals.” Page 7 full page add read: “The Salt Lake Chamber proudly congratulates Utah Transit Authority.” No need for Pardon My Planet cartoon this morning! Tim A. Boman Salt Lake City 58343064@www.sltrib.com Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:13:03 MDT Letter: West Valley won’t support safe cycling http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58352129-82/valley-west-county-support.html.csp Recently Salt Lake County announced the building of 87 new miles of bike lanes throughout the valley. County Mayor Ben McAdams and the county council generously support new bicycle infrastructure with $814,000. Eight cities applied for this new county money. West Valley City chose to not submit an application. The result is that cities such as Sandy and Holladay will benefit with safer roads. West Valley and Mayor Ron Bigelow seem unable or unwilling to support safe cycling routes to schools a... Recently Salt Lake County announced the building of 87 new miles of bike lanes throughout the valley. County Mayor Ben McAdams and the county council generously support new bicycle infrastructure with $814,000. Eight cities applied for this new county money. West Valley City chose to not submit an application. The result is that cities such as Sandy and Holladay will benefit with safer roads. West Valley and Mayor Ron Bigelow seem unable or unwilling to support safe cycling routes to schools a... 58352129@www.sltrib.com Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:13:03 MDT Letter: Read speed signs, I-15 drivers http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58352165-82/speed-lane-lake-limit.html.csp After traveling repeatedly between Salt Lake City and Provo/Springville/Spanish Fork, I have come to the conclusion that our schools have failed miserably in teaching citizens how to read numbers. While using the cruise control to hold my car at 70 mph (already 5 mph over the legal speed limit), I am consistently passed like I was sitting on the side of the road no matter what lane I am in. I am also led to believe that the HOV lane stands for high output velocity because most in that lane see... After traveling repeatedly between Salt Lake City and Provo/Springville/Spanish Fork, I have come to the conclusion that our schools have failed miserably in teaching citizens how to read numbers. While using the cruise control to hold my car at 70 mph (already 5 mph over the legal speed limit), I am consistently passed like I was sitting on the side of the road no matter what lane I am in. I am also led to believe that the HOV lane stands for high output velocity because most in that lane see... 58352165@www.sltrib.com Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:13:03 MDT Letter: Muslims Need to Speak Out and be Heard http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58352846-82/muslims-religion-negative-practices.html.csp Recent events in the Middle East have brought out the strongest statements yet by leading Islamic clerics condemning the brutal ISIS claim to be an Islamic movement. This is encouraging because it seems that too much of the press about Muslims is negative. This worldwide religion includes a large number of diverse groups with widely differing views. While most non-Muslims may know little about the religion there are three practices that stand out as troubling: 1) Convert to Islam or die. 2) Le... Recent events in the Middle East have brought out the strongest statements yet by leading Islamic clerics condemning the brutal ISIS claim to be an Islamic movement. This is encouraging because it seems that too much of the press about Muslims is negative. This worldwide religion includes a large number of diverse groups with widely differing views. While most non-Muslims may know little about the religion there are three practices that stand out as troubling: 1) Convert to Islam or die. 2) Le... 58352846@www.sltrib.com Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:13:03 MDT Letter: Road fatality markers are stark reminder http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58352926-82/driving-markers-fatalities-highway.html.csp The goal for reaching zero fatalities on our highways is falling short. Carlos Braceras, executive director of the Utah Department of Transportation, said highway fatalities are up 25 percent since Memorial Day weekend. One cause for this increase is motorists not wearing seat belts. Drowsy driving, distracted driving and speeding all contribute to highway fatalities. Driving on flat, fast highways leads to lethargy, boredom and inattention. These problems are addressed in other states by allowi... The goal for reaching zero fatalities on our highways is falling short. Carlos Braceras, executive director of the Utah Department of Transportation, said highway fatalities are up 25 percent since Memorial Day weekend. One cause for this increase is motorists not wearing seat belts. Drowsy driving, distracted driving and speeding all contribute to highway fatalities. Driving on flat, fast highways leads to lethargy, boredom and inattention. These problems are addressed in other states by allowi... 58352926@www.sltrib.com Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:13:03 MDT Letter: UTA part of culture of corruption http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58353007-82/uta-board-corruption-culture.html.csp Is anybody really surprised that UTA is living it up “on the taxpayers’ dime”? Just look at the UTA board chair: Gregory H. Hughes. He is also Gregory H. Hughes, Republican majority whip in the Utah State House of Representatives. The primary focus is to take tax dollars away from the public and into the pockets of themselves and their “friends.” It appears that the Utah Legislature may be just as “corrupt” as the UTA board and the attorney general’s office. Mike Mitchell Salt Lake City Is anybody really surprised that UTA is living it up “on the taxpayers’ dime”? Just look at the UTA board chair: Gregory H. Hughes. He is also Gregory H. Hughes, Republican majority whip in the Utah State House of Representatives. The primary focus is to take tax dollars away from the public and into the pockets of themselves and their “friends.” It appears that the Utah Legislature may be just as “corrupt” as the UTA board and the attorney general’s office. Mike Mitchell Salt Lake City 58353007@www.sltrib.com Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:13:03 MDT Letter: Bishop’s recreation fee plan is just a tax http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58353031-82/bishop-lands-public-increase.html.csp Utah Republican Rep. Rob Bishop has introduced HB 5204 to Congress. Rob Bishop is a longtime member of the party of “small government and low taxes.” Bishop essentially wants to increase fees (not a tax) on users of public lands: “To amend the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act to improve recreation opportunities and increase consistency and accountability in the collection and expenditure of recreation fees collected on public lands and forests, and for other purposes.” Those are fancy... Utah Republican Rep. Rob Bishop has introduced HB 5204 to Congress. Rob Bishop is a longtime member of the party of “small government and low taxes.” Bishop essentially wants to increase fees (not a tax) on users of public lands: “To amend the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act to improve recreation opportunities and increase consistency and accountability in the collection and expenditure of recreation fees collected on public lands and forests, and for other purposes.” Those are fancy... 58353031@www.sltrib.com Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:13:03 MDT Letter: Sandy’s ‘Footloose’ is a winner http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58353063-82/footloose-sandy-winner-allan.html.csp We attended this season’s final performance of “Footloose” at the Sandy Amphitheater. Excellent production. The cast was fantastic: amazing singers and dancers. Great job. Allan and Jackie Busklirk Draper We attended this season’s final performance of “Footloose” at the Sandy Amphitheater. Excellent production. The cast was fantastic: amazing singers and dancers. Great job. Allan and Jackie Busklirk Draper 58353063@www.sltrib.com Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:13:03 MDT Letter: We stand by Friendship Manor http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58352157-82/manor-residents-friendship-coleman.html.csp We are longtime residents of Friendship Manor. There are 178 apartments at the Manor. Ninety-five of them are “market rate” rentals, and 83 are HUD subsidized rentals. Friendship Manor is a beautiful, caring retirement center and a desirable place to live. When Mr. Jack Coleman moved into the Manor, he arrived without any furnishings, not even a bed. Due to the kindness of the residents and the LDS Church, he now has a beautifully furnished apartment complete with 27-inch TV. Mr. Coleman has f... We are longtime residents of Friendship Manor. There are 178 apartments at the Manor. Ninety-five of them are “market rate” rentals, and 83 are HUD subsidized rentals. Friendship Manor is a beautiful, caring retirement center and a desirable place to live. When Mr. Jack Coleman moved into the Manor, he arrived without any furnishings, not even a bed. Due to the kindness of the residents and the LDS Church, he now has a beautifully furnished apartment complete with 27-inch TV. Mr. Coleman has f... 58352157@www.sltrib.com Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:12:02 MDT Letter: Let the president play through http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58351688-82/president-golf-harry-office.html.csp Prior to Barack Obama, the American presidents most noted for enduring petty political attacks for playing golf were Republicans Dwight Eisenhower and George W. Bush (“Watch this drive”). Ike played twice a week and had a putting green installed outside the Oval Office. Some Democrats lampooned him as a golfer who moonlighted as president. But Harry Truman, who didn’t play himself, told his fellow Dems to pipe down. “To criticize the President ... because he plays a game of golf is unfair and pi... Prior to Barack Obama, the American presidents most noted for enduring petty political attacks for playing golf were Republicans Dwight Eisenhower and George W. Bush (“Watch this drive”). Ike played twice a week and had a putting green installed outside the Oval Office. Some Democrats lampooned him as a golfer who moonlighted as president. But Harry Truman, who didn’t play himself, told his fellow Dems to pipe down. “To criticize the President ... because he plays a game of golf is unfair and pi... 58351688@www.sltrib.com Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:11:02 MDT Letter: Follow these simple road rules http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58352078-82/cyclists-road-rules-absorbed.html.csp Tom Boyce’s (“Treat all cyclists as self-absorbed children,” August 22) and Richard Middleton’s (“Cyclists need to follow rules of road,” August 26) comments on road safety address only part of the problem. Safety on our roads depends on everyone: 1) following the rules (law) so that behavior is predictable. (Don’t swerve from the middle lane to exit at the last possible moment.) 2) paying attention and not being distracted or under the influence while operating a moving vehicle of any kind (be... Tom Boyce’s (“Treat all cyclists as self-absorbed children,” August 22) and Richard Middleton’s (“Cyclists need to follow rules of road,” August 26) comments on road safety address only part of the problem. Safety on our roads depends on everyone: 1) following the rules (law) so that behavior is predictable. (Don’t swerve from the middle lane to exit at the last possible moment.) 2) paying attention and not being distracted or under the influence while operating a moving vehicle of any kind (be... 58352078@www.sltrib.com Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:11:02 MDT Letter: I tried to tell you, Brigham City http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58352112-82/brigham-utopia-mistake-aren.html.csp On Thursday, Gov. Gary Herbert on live radio used the term, and I quote, “rat hole” when questioned about and referencing UTOPIA. He also said “UTOPIA certainly hasn’t turned out to be,Utopia.” Anyone listening to the “Let me speak with the Governor” radio program knows it is true. I have been saying that for years! Think of the millions of dollars that would have been saved, heartache and misery, had Brigham City hired me as an Internet consultant, but I digress. A great teacher of mine, John ... On Thursday, Gov. Gary Herbert on live radio used the term, and I quote, “rat hole” when questioned about and referencing UTOPIA. He also said “UTOPIA certainly hasn’t turned out to be,Utopia.” Anyone listening to the “Let me speak with the Governor” radio program knows it is true. I have been saying that for years! Think of the millions of dollars that would have been saved, heartache and misery, had Brigham City hired me as an Internet consultant, but I digress. A great teacher of mine, John ... 58352112@www.sltrib.com Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:11:02 MDT Letter: Legislators show contempt for LGBT Utahns http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58352146-82/citizens-contempt-lgbt-bill.html.csp Charges filed this week against the “Capitol 13” made me consider just how much contempt some in our Legislature have for Utah’s LGBT citizens. Having citizens arrested because they have the audacity to demand their elected representatives consider their constituents’ concerns is evidence enough of this contempt. But the underlying reason for the charges is far more insidious. It must be remembered that the 13 were originally arrested because they requested their representatives debate a bill th... Charges filed this week against the “Capitol 13” made me consider just how much contempt some in our Legislature have for Utah’s LGBT citizens. Having citizens arrested because they have the audacity to demand their elected representatives consider their constituents’ concerns is evidence enough of this contempt. But the underlying reason for the charges is far more insidious. It must be remembered that the 13 were originally arrested because they requested their representatives debate a bill th... 58352146@www.sltrib.com Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:11:02 MDT Letter: Polygamists should move to polygamous nations http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58352197-82/lifestyle-maybe-third-warren.html.csp I watched with interest as I saw the latest news about “Sister Wives” on one channel and on another I saw one of the compounds of Warren Jeffs that’s going to be torn down. Maybe some good people can make polygamy work, but it’s not ideal for most women and children. (It often causes second-class citizenship of women and poverty situations for them and the many children that often result.) It is documented that the way the Browns have the money after going bankrupt is that they do this show! Th... I watched with interest as I saw the latest news about “Sister Wives” on one channel and on another I saw one of the compounds of Warren Jeffs that’s going to be torn down. Maybe some good people can make polygamy work, but it’s not ideal for most women and children. (It often causes second-class citizenship of women and poverty situations for them and the many children that often result.) It is documented that the way the Browns have the money after going bankrupt is that they do this show! Th... 58352197@www.sltrib.com Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:11:02 MDT