OPINION - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/OPINION News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Poll shows rebound in Utah’s Sen. Mike Lee’s approval rating http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58468648-90/approval-burbank-com-lee.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58468648-90/approval-burbank-com-lee.html.csp">Poll shows rebound in Utah’s Sen. Mike Lee’s approval rating</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Matt Canham</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-29T22:22:47.02-06:00">Updated Sep 29, 2014 10:22PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Public opinion of Sen. Mike Lee has rebounded, according to a new poll released Monday that found 54 percent of likely voters have a favorable view of his job performance. Last October, the senator’s approval rating was just 40 percent in a poll conducted during the 16-day government shutdown, which Lee’s actions helped spark. His improved position can be attributed to a few factors, according to University of Utah political scientist Matthew Burbank. “As odd as it sounds, one of the things tha...</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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.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> 58468648@www.sltrib.com Mon, 29 Sep 2014 22:22:47 MDT Op-ed: Some civic-minded celebrities are actually worth emulating http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58456215-82/actors-opinion-opinions-gwendwr.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58456215-82/actors-opinion-opinions-gwendwr.html.csp">Op-ed: Some civic-minded celebrities are actually worth emulating</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Gwendwr Meredith</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-26T19:01:02.412-06:00">Updated Sep 26, 2014 07:01PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">If you have ever seen Harry Potter or Titanic, you know that Emma Watson and Leonardo DiCaprio are arguably some of Hollywood’s biggest stars. Yet in the last week, we have seen them in settings far afield from their typical enchanted castle or doomed cruise liner bow. In fact, we have seen both actors speak before the United Nations. Emma Watson, an appointed Global Goodwill Ambassador, delivered a moving speech supporting the HeForShe campaign, fighting for women’s rights. Leonardo DiCaprio, a...</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> 58456215@www.sltrib.com Fri, 26 Sep 2014 19:01:02 MDT Letter: Anti-gun letter was hate speech http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58459955-82/gun-hate-opinion-speech.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58459955-82/gun-hate-opinion-speech.html.csp">Letter: Anti-gun letter was hate speech</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-26T18:59:02.087-06:00">Updated Sep 26, 2014 06:59PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">For a newspaper that is so quick to call someone a racist or someone’s opinion “hate speech,” it was a bit surprising to read the hateful and denigrating opinion of Gary Ruiz (“Pretend Gunslingers,” Sept. 24). Obviously hate speech is A-OK with the Tribune as long as it is directed at people who deserve it. Mr. Ruiz, you are welcome to your opinion, but not your own set of facts. I have had the barrel of a gun pointed at me under pressure, and I can keep every single shot from my pistol 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> 58459955@www.sltrib.com Fri, 26 Sep 2014 18:59:02 MDT Sunstein: Greatest win for gay marriage is just two words http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58382520-82/sex-marriage-posner-couples.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58382520-82/sex-marriage-posner-couples.html.csp">Sunstein: Greatest win for gay marriage is just two words</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Cass R. Sunstein</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> Bloomberg View</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-08T18:03:04.229-06:00">Updated Sep 8, 2014 06:03PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The movement for marriage equality Thursday received its greatest legal victory. Judge Richard Posner, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, wrote a powerful opinion ordering Indiana and Wisconsin to recognize same-sex marriages. In the process, he eviscerated the states’ efforts to defend their discriminatory laws. The author matters in this case. Posner was appointed by Ronald Reagan, and he isn’t known for favoring an active judicial role or for thinking that courts should pro...</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> 58382520@www.sltrib.com Mon, 08 Sep 2014 18:03:04 MDT Letter: Herbert not failing on Medicaid http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58378050-82/herbert-health-plan-requirement.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58378050-82/herbert-health-plan-requirement.html.csp">Letter: Herbert not failing on Medicaid</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-05T16:54:34.673-06:00">Updated Sep 5, 2014 04:54PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The Tribune editorial of August 31 (“Herbert should give up on work requirement ... ”) begs for a second opinion. Pennsylvania’s recently passed Medicaid expansion plan is encouraging. But the Obama administration’s denial of Pennsylvania’s desired work requirement, based on its apparent illegality and the fed’s desire to make health care accessible to every American, puts our Gov. Gary Herbert in a difficult spot. He is currently advocating for a work effort in his Healthy Utah plan if recipien...</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> 58378050@www.sltrib.com Fri, 05 Sep 2014 16:54:34 MDT Western Editorials: How to, or how not to, build streetcars, read the news, run elections ... http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58374087-82/editorial-http-com-news.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58374087-82/editorial-http-com-news.html.csp">Western Editorials: How to, or how not to, build streetcars, read the news, run elections ...</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="2014-09-04T12:06:03.384-06:00">Updated Sep 4, 2014 12:06PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Editorial writers around the West are offering free advice on how to — or, as often, how not to ... Build a streetcar line: — Streetcar saga shows SLC needs better transit process — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial “ ... It’s just that, in government, vision is a good thing only when it’s shared vision. That’s not what Salt Lake City has right now. ...” ---------- Read the news: — It’s time to learn from the dangerously quick judgements of the past — Deseret News Editorial “ ... These stories and mor...</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> 58374087@www.sltrib.com Thu, 04 Sep 2014 12:06:03 MDT Western Editorials: Solar power fees, poison in the tea, water, gas and ‘The Boyfriend Factor’ ... http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58369415-82/editorial-http-opinion-boyfriend.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58369415-82/editorial-http-opinion-boyfriend.html.csp">Western Editorials: Solar power fees, poison in the tea, water, gas and ‘The Boyfriend Factor’ ...</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="2014-09-03T12:39:10.435-06:00">Updated Sep 3, 2014 12:39PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Editorial writers around the West on some of the basics of life. Electricity. Water. Gas. Wilderness. Child care. Iced tea. — Utah PSC was right to deny solar power surcharge — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial “The Utah Public Service Commission made what a football coach might describe as a good no-call Friday when it ruled that, for now, Rocky Mountain Power will not be allowed to assess an extra fee for customers with their own solar generating systems. ...” — City smart to examine energy efficien...</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> 58369415@www.sltrib.com Wed, 03 Sep 2014 12:39:10 MDT Recent highlights from the Op-Ed Pro-Am ... http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58335523-82/com-http-html-alcohol.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58335523-82/com-http-html-alcohol.html.csp">Recent highlights from the Op-Ed Pro-Am ...</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="2014-08-25T16:09:03.154-06:00">Updated Aug 25, 2014 04:09PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">— You never know who will walk through that door — Charles McCollum | Logan Herald-Journal “Every crazy person in town eventually winds up in the local newspaper office. ...” And that doesn’t even count the people who work there! (Rim shot) OK, get serious: — Utah cops conduct a sadly honest drug bust — George Pyle | The Salt Lake Tribune “ ... Officials even admitted that the short-term effect of their busts would be to shrink the supply and thus — by laws of economics that are beyond the reach...</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> 58335523@www.sltrib.com Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:09:03 MDT Letter: A letter for a happy Monday http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58319219-82/monday-letter-letters-happy.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58319219-82/monday-letter-letters-happy.html.csp">Letter: A letter for a happy Monday</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-22T17:47:01.605-06:00">Updated Aug 22, 2014 05:47PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">I just read Charlee Kone’s letter (“Where was the Forum?” Tribune, August 20) and the editor’s note that followed explaining that Monday’s letters to the editor are prepared on the previous Friday and that the Tribune was plum out of publishable letters for last Monday’s edition. I can believe it. For one, I know I don’t write as often as I used to, and two, I think the quality of some of my letters has fallen below the publishability standards, and so other contributors might be experiencing 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> 58319219@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:47:01 MDT Letter: Reimburse taxpayers for solar credits? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58313402-82/solar-andrea-article-brunelle.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58313402-82/solar-andrea-article-brunelle.html.csp">Letter: Reimburse taxpayers for solar credits?</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-22T16:12:02.612-06:00">Updated Aug 22, 2014 04:12PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">In Andrea Brunelle’s article in the opinion section of the Salt Lake Tribune (“Just pay the fee and go solar,” Aug. 10) she claims she will save $18,000 with her solar investment. Should she not reimburse the taxpayers, who furnished 48 percent of her investment? Dee Wilson Salt Lake City</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> 58313402@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:12:02 MDT Letter: Thank thee, oh God, for the nonprofits http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58319233-82/nonprofits-birrell-god-jim.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58319233-82/nonprofits-birrell-god-jim.html.csp">Letter: Thank thee, oh God, for the nonprofits</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-22T16:12:02.79-06:00">Updated Aug 22, 2014 04:12PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">While Jim Birrell (Letters, Aug. 20) agrees that he, along with Big D and their subcontractors, is also thankful for profits, their LDS employer probably takes a slightly different view with respect to the Ogden Temple renovation project: Thank thee, oh God, for nonprofits. Lynn Maland Salt Lake City</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> 58319233@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:12:02 MDT South Jordan approves scaled-back Mulligans contract http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58323147-90/alvord-contract-council-councilman.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58323147-90/alvord-contract-council-councilman.html.csp">South Jordan approves scaled-back Mulligans contract</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Dan Harrie</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-21T22:19:18.966-06:00">Updated Aug 21, 2014 10:19PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The South Jordan City Council has approved a scaled-back $20,400 contract with a professional research group to conduct two focus groups and a citywide public-opinion survey on the future of the 67-acre Mulligans Golf and Games complex near the Jordan River. Questions outlined by Mayor David Alvord would range from gauging whether citizens know the city owns a golf course and are aware that it is subsidized by taxpayers to whether they would prefer developing the property, improving the existin...</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> 58323147@www.sltrib.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 22:19:18 MDT China’s Xi courts public opinion on Mongolia trip http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58325336-79/china-mongolia-chinese-independence.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58325336-79/china-mongolia-chinese-independence.html.csp">China’s Xi courts public opinion on Mongolia trip</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By GANBAT NAMJILSANGARAV</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-22T09:56:01.891-06:00">Updated Aug 22, 2014 09:56AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Ulan Bator, Mongolia • With assurances of mutual development and good neighborliness, Chinese President Xi Jinping courted public opinion Friday in Mongolia, a country that has often been wary of domination by its massive southern neighbor. In an address at the Great Hural, Mongolia’s parliament, Xi said China stood ready to share wealth and work with its neighbors for peace and stability. “We will uphold the guidelines of amity, sincerity, mutual benefit and inclusiveness in neighborhood diplom...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583253362014-08-22T09:56:01.891-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-22T09:56:01.891-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58325336@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:56:01 MDT South Jordan considers hiring Mulligans P.R. consultant http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58314165-90/mulligans-council-public-residents.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58314165-90/mulligans-council-public-residents.html.csp">South Jordan considers hiring Mulligans P.R. consultant</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By dan harrie</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-21T18:22:48.706-06:00">Updated Aug 21, 2014 06:22PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The South Jordan City Council is considering a proposal to hire a consultant for public relations and public-opinion research to gauge residents’ taste for developing or preserving the 67-acre Mulligans Golf and Games complex. LaVarr Webb, a political consultant and lobbyist, was scheduled Tuesday night to present the council with a plan, including a market-research campaign from Y2 Analytics. Total estimated cost of the contract is $90,000. “That $90,000 figure is if you purchase all of the p...</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> 58314165@www.sltrib.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:22:48 MDT Letter: Where was the Public Forum? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58312924-82/forum-letters-monday-public.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58312924-82/forum-letters-monday-public.html.csp">Letter: Where was the Public Forum?</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-20T18:37:29.649-06:00">Updated Aug 20, 2014 06:37PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">I was appalled to open Monday’s Opinion page and find there were no Public Forum letters and no explanation as to why not. Now, I am bearing with the Trib and its budget cuts. I realize its had to cut out many features and editorials. But Forum letters? I’m already trying to get used to Sunday’s letter depletion, but Monday, too? To me the only good things left in the paper on Monday are the Forum letters and Paul Rolly’s column. I am not the least bit interested in LDS Church-related news whic...</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> 58312924@www.sltrib.com Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:37:29 MDT Letter: Save Opinion section for opinions http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58310578-82/opinion-section-lds-opinions.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58310578-82/opinion-section-lds-opinions.html.csp">Letter: Save Opinion section for opinions</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-20T18:37:29.523-06:00">Updated Aug 20, 2014 06:37PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Wow! I turned to the back page of Sunday’s Opinion section, hoping to read more thoughtful commentary on our complex times, and found a full-page ad from BIG-D Construction celebrating its subs and partners in how well the LDS Ogden Temple renovation turned out, and praising LDS Temple service and sacrifice. I thank, Thee, oh God, for profits, too, but please keep the Opinion page about opinions! Just asking! Jim Birrell Lehi</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> 58310578@www.sltrib.com Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:37:29 MDT Letter: Gun death data not hard to find http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58300720-82/gun-data-deaths-dyke.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58300720-82/gun-data-deaths-dyke.html.csp">Letter: Gun death data not hard to find</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-18T16:36:02.268-06:00">Updated Aug 18, 2014 04:36PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">When Ron Molen (Aug. 7 letter) cited data on gun issues, Stephen Van Dyke (Aug. 10 letter) responded with a weird complaint that was essentially “Where did you get that crazy data?” Though Van Dyke failed to provide any data, only the opinion that it could not be. Such data is extremely easy to find. A web search gets to the Centers for Disease Control site, which reported 30,000 gun deaths per year and well over 70,000 ER visits per year related to gun violence. Private gun ownership is uniquel...</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> 58300720@www.sltrib.com Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:36:02 MDT Letter: Be honest about call for diversity http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58287921-82/diversity-board-court-justice.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58287921-82/diversity-board-court-justice.html.csp">Letter: Be honest about call for diversity</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-13T11:41:19.797-06:00">Updated Aug 13, 2014 11:41AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">In a plea for diversity (“Utah’s high court needs religious diversity,” Aug. 10), the Tribune’s editorial board urged Gov. Herbert to fill Justice Ronald Nehring’s vacant seat on the Utah Supreme Court with another non-Mormon. The editorial called the appointment of a justice with this characteristic the governor’s “duty.” Such a position might be appropriate if the board were able to support it with an example of a single case in which Justice Nehring’s opinion seemed better or more enlightene...</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> 58287921@www.sltrib.com Wed, 13 Aug 2014 11:41:19 MDT