Western Opinion Sampler: New boss at Interior, Obamacare, air quality ...
Published: February 11, 2013 01:09PM
Updated: February 11, 2013 01:10PM
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Air solution: Cleaner air requires leadership — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial
If this winter’s air-pollution crisis serves any purpose other than to make every Wasatch Front resident less healthy, it may be this: From the governor on down, Utahns are beginning to understand that dramatic changes in behavior and public policy are all that will keep the problem from getting worse. Make that much worse. ...

How not to be a chump — George Pyle | The Salt Lake Tribune
... you could, as Gov. Gary Herbert is heard to suggest whenever the Salt Lake Valley air quality gets so bad that your breath burns in your throat, cut down on your driving, walk or ride the bus, shift your commuting schedule or work from home. But, unless you have some reason to believe that 100,000 of your closest friends are going to do those same things at roughly the same time, you are not a savior of the planet. You are a chump. ...

Breathing elevated? — Provo Daily Herald Editorial
... Will Utahns be willing to pay the freight of clean air? Will they be willing to change their polluting behaviors in a significant way? Don't hold your breath (or do -- you may have no choice as the problem worsens through population growth). ...

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Sally Jewell: No reason to blast choice for Interior — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial
... The immediate fear of some, of course, is that Jewell might favor the use of public lands for outdoor recreation and not be so supportive of other uses, like digging, drilling, paving and otherwise laying waste to millions of acres of land held in the name of the people of the United States, all for the temporary profit that would be realized by the energy companies who are supposedly chomping at the bit. ...

Sally Jewell an excellent pick to head Interior — Seattle Times Editorial
If Sally Jewell were an REI product, she would be a top-end utility tool — sharp, durable, innovative, good for any occasion and sport. ...

An invitation for the new Interior Secretary to visit Utah — Deseret News Editorial

Inspired pick for Interior — Eugene Register-Guard Editorial

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Avenue H: Utah clings to useless exchange — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial
The devotion shown by Gov. Gary Herbert and other Utah political leaders to the state’s poor shadow of a health insurance exchange — known as Avenue H — proves one thing. The folks who run Utah are firmly opposed to doing anything that would help low-income people find health insurance for their families. Even if the federal government is paying for it. Even if helping individuals would also help many of the small businesses that Utah politicians claim to value so much. ...

Herbert plays tag with health care — Ogden Standard-Examiner Editorial
Gov. Gary Herbert’s decision to basically give up on Utah’s Avenue H health care insurance as a template for the implementation of federal health care requirements is the wrong call for Utahns. ...

On merit alone, state-run health insurance exchange could pass both houses — Idaho Statesman Editorial
... So enough with the political games. If legislators judge the health exchange on its merits, rather than political rhetoric, there should be enough votes to pass both houses. ...

Idaho health care exchange foes must face reality — Spokane Spokesman-Review
The quixotic battle against the Affordable Care Act continues in the Idaho Legislature, but at least more legislators have stopped tilting at windmills. That counts for progress in a state that has shown a willingness to pluck dollars from taxpayers to replenish broken lances. ...