OPINION - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/OPINION News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Krauthammer: Obama’s vacant presidency http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58224070-82/obama-putin-history-president.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58224070-82/obama-putin-history-president.html.csp">Krauthammer: Obama’s vacant presidency</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Charles Krauthammer</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-25T11:13:40.642-06:00">Updated Jul 25, 2014 11:13AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">WASHINGTON • The president’s demeanor is worrying a lot of people. From the immigration crisis on the Mexican border to the Islamic State rising in Mesopotamia, Barack Obama seems totally detached. When he does interrupt his endless rounds of golf, fundraising and photo ops, it’s for some affectless, mechanical, almost forced public statement. Regarding Ukraine, his detachment — the rote, impassive voice — borders on dissociation. His U.N. ambassador, Samantha Power, delivers an impassioned...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58224070@www.sltrib.com Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:13:40 MDT Letter: Malicious cartoon distorts history http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58206845-82/cartoon-history-humorous-lake.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58206845-82/cartoon-history-humorous-lake.html.csp">Letter: Malicious cartoon distorts history</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-22T08:21:46.754-06:00">Updated Jul 22, 2014 08:21AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">According to the Oxford Dictionary (and other sources) a cartoon is a humorous drawing, showing the features of its subject in a humorously exaggerated way; the emphasis being on humorous. The Salt Lake Tribune cartoonists need to be reminded of the humorous nature of their art. Almost every day I cringe when I see the malice and political intent behind the so-called cartoons published in the Salt Lake Tribune. This Sunday’s edition on the Opinion page took the prize, trying to “educate” the rea...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58206845@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:21:46 MDT Letter: Forget U., Y. mountains and clean ‘Suicide Rock’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58174630-82/rock-graffiti-mountains-suicide.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58174630-82/rock-graffiti-mountains-suicide.html.csp">Letter: Forget U., Y. mountains and clean ‘Suicide Rock’</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-11T18:21:14.349-06:00">Updated Jul 11, 2014 06:21PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Regarding the letter from Salt Lake City resident Jerry Conder (“Time to remove ‘U’ and ‘Y’ from mountains,” July 10) and his assertion that these block letters for the University of Utah and Brigham Young University are graffiti and should be removed post haste: I must say that I understand his point, but only to a point. Yes, to some, these are a visual nuisance, but in reality, these letters are not graffiti in the traditional sense but are a recurring tradition we see throughout the state th...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58174630@www.sltrib.com Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:21:14 MDT Pundits: Talkin’ ’bout those generations ... Great, stubborn, literate and left out ... http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58165763-82/sltrib-www-com-http.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58165763-82/sltrib-www-com-http.html.csp">Pundits: Talkin’ ’bout those generations ... Great, stubborn, literate and left out ...</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"></span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-09T12:42:44.944-06:00">Updated Jul 9, 2014 12:42PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">An accidental theme seems to have evolved on the online version of The Salt Lake Tribune’s Opinion section. Generations: Great, stubborn, literate and left out. — ‘Unbroken’ World War II vet more than a hero — Leonard Pitts Jr. | The Miami Herald “ ... Indeed, his whole generation — the ones who overcame the Depression and saved the world — is leaving that nation behind and perhaps it is only now, as they do, that we can truly appreciate who and what they were and did. They were not perfect, Lor...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58165763@www.sltrib.com Wed, 09 Jul 2014 12:42:44 MDT Cepeda: The myth of a polarized America http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58145901-82/political-media-americans-america.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58145901-82/political-media-americans-america.html.csp">Cepeda: The myth of a polarized America</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Esther Cepeda</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-03T10:47:42.853-06:00">Updated Jul 3, 2014 10:47AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Chicago • America is growing more polarized — or so we’ve read in what seems like a zillion headlines in the weeks since the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press released “Political Polarization in the American Public.” This is the report that spurred an untold number of late-night comedy show one-liners with the statistic that three out of 10 consistent conservatives and about a quarter of across-the-board liberals say they would be unhappy if an immediate family member married some...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58145901@www.sltrib.com Thu, 03 Jul 2014 10:47:42 MDT Pundits, armed only with their sparkling wit ... http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58115339-82/guns-editorial-http-com.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58115339-82/guns-editorial-http-com.html.csp">Pundits, armed only with their sparkling wit ...</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"></span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-25T17:18:02.655-06:00">Updated Jun 25, 2014 05:18PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">— Anti-SWAT bill would legislate first, ask questions later — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial “A Utah congressman has proposed legislation to protect the American people from something that may not exist. But, because Rep. Chris Stewart’s bill includes a command that an independent body ferret out the truth about the alleged pandemic of federal SWAT teams, it is probably worth passing into law. ...” — Guns In, Liberty Out — Twin Falls (Idaho) Times-News Editorial “Idaho lawmakers didn’t care whom th...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58115339@www.sltrib.com Wed, 25 Jun 2014 17:18:02 MDT Letter: McCain much more than a prisoner http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58095189-82/mccain-opinion-dollar-sen.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58095189-82/mccain-opinion-dollar-sen.html.csp">Letter: McCain much more than a prisoner</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-20T17:24:01.885-06:00">Updated Jun 20, 2014 05:24PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Behrouz Motiee’s letter (“Not another U.S. life or dollar for Iraq,” June 17) has some good points. He certainly has the right to his own opinion. I agree that President Obama is mistaken that a “political solution” can overcome a 14-century-old animosity between the Sunnis and the Shiites, not to mention the Kurds, who want their own land. Mr. Motiee may have his own opinion about Sen. McCain also, but not his own set of facts. Sen. McCain had an honorable 23-year U.S. Navy career. Yes, over f...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58095189@www.sltrib.com Fri, 20 Jun 2014 17:24:01 MDT Pitts: What we have is, failure to imagine http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58093770-82/percent-failure-climate-human.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58093770-82/percent-failure-climate-human.html.csp">Pitts: What we have is, failure to imagine</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Leonard Pitts Jr.</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> The Miami Herald</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-20T16:56:02.615-06:00">Updated Jun 20, 2014 04:56PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The signs were all there. This is what jumps out at you in perusing postmortems of the two greatest surprise attacks in American history. In the days and weeks leading up to Dec. 7, 1941 and Sept. 11, 2001, there were numerous clues that seem neon in hindsight, but which no one pursued. Or, as then-CIA Director George Tenet famously said of 9/11: “The system was blinking red.” In response to each attack, exhaustive probes were launched to determine whose incompetence allowed the disaster to happ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58093770@www.sltrib.com Fri, 20 Jun 2014 16:56:02 MDT Letter: The oppressed become the oppressors http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58055882-82/oppressed-police-sltrib-genuine.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58055882-82/oppressed-police-sltrib-genuine.html.csp">Letter: The oppressed become the oppressors</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-12T17:20:57.881-06:00">Updated Jun 12, 2014 05:20PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Regarding the Tribune editorial (“Things Change,” June 10), it’s apparent the homosexual pendulum has swung to the opposite extreme. Where once the opponents of that lifestyle spoke openly, without retribution, they now remain fearfully silent, except for a few brave souls, including the dissenting police officer who “... is no longer employed by the Salt Lake Police.” What a shame. When our society yields to the loudest voice in the room and censures dissenters or mere disbelievers, the vi...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58055882@www.sltrib.com Thu, 12 Jun 2014 17:20:57 MDT Letter: Participate instead of vegetate http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58061078-82/democracy-less-seniors-june.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58061078-82/democracy-less-seniors-june.html.csp">Letter: Participate instead of vegetate</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-12T17:20:57.969-06:00">Updated Jun 12, 2014 05:20PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">It’s always amusing to read a hand-wringing opinion piece written by a political science professor. Michael Lyons provided a prime example (“What we need is less democracy, not more,” June 7). First, the academic deplores the current state of democracy. Then, he moves on to a misty eyed, vague reference to the good old days. Next, he segues to an ivory tower explanation of seniors’ great advantage: “They often have flexibility in their time, reducing their ‘cost of participation’ in politic...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58061078@www.sltrib.com Thu, 12 Jun 2014 17:20:57 MDT Pundits of the West: Land, air and fuel ... http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58056281-82/lands-win-com-http.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58056281-82/lands-win-com-http.html.csp">Pundits of the West: Land, air and fuel ...</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"></span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-11T14:19:01.997-06:00">Updated Jun 11, 2014 02:19PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Opinion writers in newspapers across the American West today hold forth on public lands, fossil fuels and clean (or not) air. — No end in sight in Utah wilderness battle — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial “ ... The separation between rhetoric and reality has been a hallmark of the half-century of wrangling over BLM wilderness lands in Utah. On one side are environmentalists raising money on both coasts by telling people the bulldozers and drill rigs are ready to start ripping through America’s treasu...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58056281@www.sltrib.com Wed, 11 Jun 2014 14:19:01 MDT Letter: Gale speaks truth to power http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58019023-82/gale-tribune-lds-creating.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58019023-82/gale-tribune-lds-creating.html.csp">Letter: Gale speaks truth to power</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-04T07:34:04.243-06:00">Updated Jun 4, 2014 07:34AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">I follow the articles written by Don Gale with anticipation and reverence. His words are full of wise wisdom and he is never afraid to address the elephant in the room. His opinion piece (“Tribune should go on; LDS scripture.” June 1) is one of the most important writings coming from Mr. Gale. We all should take heed. We are in dangerous territory when big money can buy newspapers to silence them. Our country was founded with the importance of a free and unencumbered press and we should never,...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58019023@www.sltrib.com Wed, 04 Jun 2014 07:34:04 MDT A lot of punditry over one soldier ... http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58023742-82/bergdahl-taliban-sltrib-com.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58023742-82/bergdahl-taliban-sltrib-com.html.csp">A lot of punditry over one soldier ...</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"></span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-03T17:01:02.607-06:00">Updated Jun 3, 2014 05:01PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">— What people don’t get about POW’s release — Fred Kaplan | Slate “ ... Many columnists and congressmen make a big point that America doesn’t negotiate with terrorists. Well, sometimes America does, but the key thing here is that the Taliban delegates, with whom U.S. officials have been negotiating in Qatar over the fate of Sgt. Bergdahl, are not terrorists. They represent a political faction and a military force in Afghanistan; they are combatants in a war that the United States is fighting. In...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58023742@www.sltrib.com Tue, 03 Jun 2014 17:01:02 MDT