OPINION - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/OPINION News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Letter: LDS Church trying to silence dissenting opinions http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57802480-82/church-lds-news-tribune.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57802480-82/church-lds-news-tribune.html.csp">Letter: LDS Church trying to silence dissenting opinions</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-14T09:17:39.878-06:00">Updated Apr 14, 2014 09:17AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Growing up in Salt Lake City a non-Mormon, I saw first-hand the mockery that Utah made of the separation of church and state — with seminary buildings next to every school and the church controlling the majority of Utah’s politicians. The church and its members behave as though theirs is the only religion and the only opinion worth considering. Interestingly, the U.S. Department of Justice is finally inquiring into the actions of the LDS Church’s attempt to further control public opinion by buy...</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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.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> 57802480@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:17:39 MDT On the other hand: Money in politics, marriage before the courts ... http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57796668-82/com-http-www-speech.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57796668-82/com-http-www-speech.html.csp">On the other hand: Money in politics, marriage before the courts ...</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="2014-04-09T13:00:04.334-06:00">Updated Apr 9, 2014 01:00PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Then there’s the old joke about the newspaper editor who advertised for a one-armed editorial writer. One who would never say, “On the other hand ...” — Bigger guns, bigger money, make Bill of Rights questionable — George Pyle | The Salt Lake Tribune “The John Roberts Supreme Court is to the First Amendment what the TEC-9 assault weapon is to the Second Amendment. They both make thoughtful people occasionally wonder whether the Bill of Rights was really such a good idea. ...” — More, rather than...</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> 57796668@www.sltrib.com Wed, 09 Apr 2014 13:00:04 MDT Letter: Legislature should fund schools, let teachers teach http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57758988-82/teachers-legislature-rolly-teacher.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57758988-82/teachers-legislature-rolly-teacher.html.csp">Letter: Legislature should fund schools, let teachers teach</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-03T01:01:03-06:00">Updated Apr 3, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Re Paul Rolly’s column, “Legislators, bureaucrats don’t trust teachers,” Opinion, March 28: I spent almost 20 years as a substitute teacher, mostly in high school. I spent two years in Vietnam; I was a crew member on a helicopter that crashed in the Pacific Ocean; and I retired after 24 years as a firefighter. I have to say that nothing scared me more than the first time I walked into a high school class to take over for the absent teacher. Unlike Mr. Rolly, I did not have the luxury of havin...</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> 57758988@www.sltrib.com Thu, 03 Apr 2014 01:01:03 MDT Letter: If Hobby Lobby gets ACA exception, effect would be limited http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57730180-82/hobby-lobby-contraceptives-care.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57730180-82/hobby-lobby-contraceptives-care.html.csp">Letter: If Hobby Lobby gets ACA exception, effect would be limited</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-29T01:01:03.367-06:00">Updated Mar 29, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">As I read the opinion “Hobby Lobby win a win for discrimination,” in the Tribune March 23, it seemed that the authors were engaging in hyperbole more than offering honest opinions. A ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby would not “undermine reproductive rights and anti-discrimination laws”; it would simply affect the way contraceptives are paid for. Hobby Lobby employees (and employees everywhere) would still have access to all FDA-approved birth control, to be used as they wish. They will not be able...</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> 57730180@www.sltrib.com Sat, 29 Mar 2014 01:01:03 MDT Letter: Anti-Obama letter really means the opposite http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57730292-82/obama-larry-opinion-president.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57730292-82/obama-larry-opinion-president.html.csp">Letter: Anti-Obama letter really means the opposite</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-29T01:01:03.944-06:00">Updated Mar 29, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">On first reading of Larry Henkels’ opinion of Obama (“World leaders don’t want to deal with Obama,” Forum, March 22), you might think that our president was the worst and the last person anyone would want to lead, much less govern our country. But, once you realize that Larry is obviously another mouthpiece for the elitist, far-right Republican tea partiers, then you need to decode his message. The decryption is basically the total opposite of what he writes. What he is really saying: Obama ha...</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> 57730292@www.sltrib.com Sat, 29 Mar 2014 01:01:03 MDT Letter: Abortion sometimes prevents a horrible life http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57712389-82/abortion-born-beating-column.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57712389-82/abortion-born-beating-column.html.csp">Letter: Abortion sometimes prevents a horrible life</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-24T07:45:35.063-06:00">Updated Mar 24, 2014 07:45AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Re Leonard Pitts column, “Who speaks for the voiceless once they are born?” Opinion, March 19: Such a sad and disturbing article. I recall when the anti-abortion slogan “Abortion Stops A Beating Heart” first appeared, there was a bumper sticker version saying, “Abortion Stops a Beating.” If a woman detests a developing baby enough to rip it out of her body and discard it (for whatever reason, she best knows) how can she be expected to nurture and love it after it is born? In a perfect world, all...</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> 57712389@www.sltrib.com Mon, 24 Mar 2014 07:45:35 MDT The Commentariat: A sampling of reader comments posted on sltrib.com http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57712535-82/sltrib-com-commenting-csp.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57712535-82/sltrib-com-commenting-csp.html.csp">The Commentariat: A sampling of reader comments posted on sltrib.com</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-22T01:01:07.754-06:00">Updated Mar 22, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">“I am a Satanist and should be able to sacrifice my employees and their families in accordance with His wishes.” — MyNameIsStrange commenting on the March 21 Public Forum letter, “Hobby Lobby can’t force its beliefs on others” “There are evil people in the world, and some use the Bible to hide behind. It is up to the rest of us to figure it out.” — TRIBSTER199 commenting on the March 21 George Pyle column, “Phelps allowed to rant, and lost the battle” “I love how everyone is really try...</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> 57712535@www.sltrib.com Sat, 22 Mar 2014 01:01:07 MDT Letter: Herbert’s plan has insurers, not poor, in mind http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57677248-82/herbert-plan-poor-health.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57677248-82/herbert-plan-poor-health.html.csp">Letter: Herbert’s plan has insurers, not poor, in mind</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-15T01:01:06.874-06:00">Updated Mar 15, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Re: David Patton’s “Herbert’s Medicaid alternative works for Utah,” Opinion, March 8: The governor’s plan is nothing more than a thinly disguised windfall for health insurers, who have never shown any interest in poor people. Instead of letting Medicaid administer it, Herbert assigns a middleman to take his “pound of flesh” before what’s left dribbles down to the poor. This has the dirty fingerprints of insurance lobbyists all over it. Herbert tosses a few bones to the “rabid right” with 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> 57677248@www.sltrib.com Sat, 15 Mar 2014 01:01:06 MDT Letter: Earned-income tax credit no good as steady income http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57643030-82/credit-income-tax-earned.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57643030-82/credit-income-tax-earned.html.csp">Letter: Earned-income tax credit no good as steady income</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-07T01:01:03.823-06:00">Updated Mar 7, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Re “Bloomberg: Obama gives GOP a real chance to help the working poor,” Opinion, March 5: The writers of this piece touted the superiority of the earned income tax credit over an increase in the minimum wage. The questionable data of $60 billion being distributed to low-income workers given as an argument for tax credit superiority is spurious. I can only assume that writer only needs to eat once a year, and then have a feast? Most of us like our beans on a daily basis. How does that prayer go...</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> 57643030@www.sltrib.com Fri, 07 Mar 2014 01:01:03 MDT Letter: George Will’s intellectual turbine no longer spinning http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57613162-82/climate-george-turbine-carbon.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57613162-82/climate-george-turbine-carbon.html.csp">Letter: George Will’s intellectual turbine no longer spinning</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-01T01:01:06.66-06:00">Updated Mar 1, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">It’s ironic that in attacking those who question our continued reliance on fossil fuels, George Will reveals himself to have nothing left in his tank (“Perfect climate for liberals,” Opinion, Feb. 26). One would figure that an intellectually sharp conservative would reject the facile politics of climate-change denial and embrace limited-government solutions to the problem of carbon pollution, such as a revenue-neutral fee on carbon emissions. However, Will seems to find it easier to insult envi...</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> 57613162@www.sltrib.com Sat, 01 Mar 2014 01:01:06 MDT Weekend Rewind: News and photos you may have missed http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57589107-78/sltrib-com-csp-http.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57589107-78/sltrib-com-csp-http.html.csp">Weekend Rewind: News and photos you may have missed</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-02-24T20:02:34.523-06:00">Updated Feb 24, 2014 08:02PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">It’s tough to follow the news when you’re finally off the clock and have time for yourself and your family. Rewind will help you catch up with all the happenings in Utah over the weekend. Granite district using military M-16s to defend schools • The chief of the Granite School District Police Department, has issued AR-15 rifles to 12 of his full-time officers. Johnson and two sergeants have something similar — M-16 rifles from a government program that gives military surplus to state and loc...</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> 57589107@www.sltrib.com Mon, 24 Feb 2014 20:02:34 MDT Letter: Maybe Pyle should have used different word http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57575259-82/pyle-bit-column-kansas.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57575259-82/pyle-bit-column-kansas.html.csp">Letter: Maybe Pyle should have used different word</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-02-22T01:01:06.576-06:00">Updated Feb 22, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Since my arrival in Utah just over two years ago, I have been a regular subscriber to the Salt Lake Tribune as well as an admirer of George Pyle’s work. In Pyle’s recent column, “Cheer up, Utah, at least you aren’t living in Kansas,” Opinion, Feb. 16, he wrote, “Such melding of religion and politics still has quite a bit of strength in it.” Is he sure this wasn’t to have read, “Such melding of religion and politics still has quite a bit of stench in it”? Andrew Chouiniere 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> 57575259@www.sltrib.com Sat, 22 Feb 2014 01:01:06 MDT Letter: Krugman is wrong; conservatives are caring http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57568881-82/conservatives-krugman-doesn-think.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57568881-82/conservatives-krugman-doesn-think.html.csp">Letter: Krugman is wrong; conservatives are caring</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-02-22T01:01:05.101-06:00">Updated Feb 22, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Paul Krugman, once again, characterizes conservatives as being mean-spirited and uncaring (“Unemployment policy softheaded, hardhearted,” Opinion, Feb. 10). Doesn’t he think his rhetoric is getting just a bit tired? Conservatives are just as concerned about the underprivileged. Probably more so. If you think about it a moment, doesn’t it make sense to address the fraud, waste and corruption that already exist in Medicare and Social Security? Doesn’t he think we should correct those problems ...</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> 57568881@www.sltrib.com Sat, 22 Feb 2014 01:01:05 MDT Letter: Prohibiting pit bill bans is ludicrous http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57568383-82/pit-opinion-bill-breed.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57568383-82/pit-opinion-bill-breed.html.csp">Letter: Prohibiting pit bill bans is ludicrous</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-02-22T01:01:04.331-06:00">Updated Feb 22, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">After reading the opinion piece by Arlyn Bradshaw and Gregory Castle (“Pit-bull bans are unfair and ineffective in Utah,” Opinion, Feb. 18), I am amazed at the ludicrous reasoning they give for supporting the equally lame-brained House bill to prohibit banning pit bull terriers. To say that shepherds and Rottweilers were the “en vogue” breeds to ban is wrong. They were banned because they not only bite people, but they do serious, life-threatening damage. Furthermore, pit bulls are unpredictabl...</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> 57568383@www.sltrib.com Sat, 22 Feb 2014 01:01:04 MDT