- More dog parks: City should begin process - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial
Everybody in Salt Lake City owns a dog. At least that’s the way it seems. You see people walking dogs everywhere and playing with them, usually off leash, in city parks, on schoolgrounds, anywhere there is a swath of grass and a few trees for sniffing and peeing.
The Becker administration is barking up the right tree with its proposal to create a master planning process for more dog parks, perhaps including fees for use of off-leash areas and rangers to enforce the rules. It has asked the City Council’s blessing to hold public meetings and solicit comment on ideas to improve the ways the city’s off-leash dog parks are used and how to add to them. ...
- The Hatch effect: Utah politics needs a new normal - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial
The question is not whether an outpouring of popular sentiment can pull any political system away from radical extremism and back toward the productive middle. There is no doubt that it can. The question is whether such an unusual showing should be necessary to bring balance to a system that claims to be representative of the popular will.
The caucus and convention system that Utah’s major political parties use to select their candidates for state and federal office is — as Congressman Jim Matheson told our brethren over at the Deseret News the other day — a flawed approach to democracy. It encourages the radicalization of mainstream political parties by small groups of true believers — either of the left or the right — pulling the whole of state government in a direction that the vast majority of citizens would not choose, or even recognize.
The fact that a Salt Lake Tribune analysis of this year’s process shows that the dominant Republican Party took on a far more moderate tinge does not undermine that criticism. It only illustrates how accurate that critique is.
It’s called the "Hatch effect." ...
Some other opinions from - and about - The Beehive State:
- Salt Lake transportation policy at crossroads; smart planning required - Deseret News Editorial
... The reality is that downtown transportation is not a compilation of separate options, but an ecosystem of complimentary components. The health of that ecosystem is measured by the public's perception of how convenient it is to get downtown, and how easy it is to move about once there, whether the preferred mode of movement is car, train, bus or bike. ...
- License scanners intrusive - Ogden Standard-Examiner Editorial
Utah lawmakers should stand firmly against a request by a federal drug enforcement program that license plate scanners be placed along interstate highways in Utah. ...
- Sex ed for parents - Provo Daily Herald Editorial
Sen. Stuart Reid of Ogden is taking a stand against adult apathy when it comes to sex education. He wants the state to create a sex education course in all of Utah's public school districts ... for parents.
He wants parents to bear an increased burden of teaching their children about sex rather than relying solely on the schools....
... Is such a class really necessary? It certainly can't hurt, and it might help a lot.
- Selling our public lands: Nuttiest idea of all - Jeff Welsch, for The Helena (Mont.) Independent Record
Of all the nutty ideas floating around these parts of late — procuring an aircraft carrier (Wyoming), pets as wolf bait (Idaho) and Yellowstone bison as bio-terrorists (Montana) — none compare to Utah on the incredulity meter.
Seems the Beehive State is abuzz about an effort to put a fresh coat of paint on a failed old idea: seizing control of all public lands within its borders other than national parks, wilderness areas, military bases and Indian reservations.
Yes, seriously. ...
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