State of the Debate

Western Punditry: UTA & UTOPIA, teacher-bashing, guns, beer ads ...

First Published      Last Updated Aug 29 2014 11:28 am

UTA still has work to do to gain public trust — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

" ... If UTA cannot demonstrate a better sense for what it means to work for the taxpaying public, then perhaps lawmakers should consider a change in the oversight structure. Some transit agencies even make their top positions an elected office. That comes with its own disadvantages, but at least there would be more direct accountability. ..."

Ballot issues for UTOPIA — Ogden Standard-Examiner Editorial

"It's certainly a good idea to let residents of UTOPIA-affected cities have a say on the broadband Internet initiative's future, but it won't be on election day. County clerks have poured cold water on six cities' efforts to put a $300 million investment deal with Macquarie Capital on the ballot as a nonbinding resolution. ...

" ... In short, putting it on the ballot is not legal. The solution is pretty clear. If the UTOPIA cities want to have a survey on how residents of affected cities feel about the Macquarie Capital proposal, they can do their own poll and pay for the costs themselves. And it looks as if that will be the solution. ..."


Recruiting Teachers with Insults, Threats — Twin Falls (Idaho) Times-News Editorial

"Being a teacher in Idaho is a humiliating experience.

"And if the Legislature gets its way, the humiliations will only get worse.

"Low pay and being treated like a political football — insulted in the tone and rhetoric of proposed legislation — are taking their toll on teacher ranks. ..."

The political system, not public schools, has failed — Spokane Spokesman-Review Editorial

" ... No state can meet the law's requirement that 100 percent of children attain proficiency on standardized tests. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan knows this. The authors of the original legislation, adopted by Congress in 2001, knew this. The law was supposed to be updated and aligned with reality in 2007, but members of Congress can't agree on how to proceed. The issue is yet another victim of D.C. gridlock. ..."

Classrooms key battlefields in War on Poverty — Los Angeles Daily News Editorial

"Of the many battlefields where the half-century-old War on Poverty has been fought, there may be none so important — or difficult to conquer — as our public classrooms. ..."


Review gun range policies — St. George Spectrum Editorial

" ... Many Americans rest somewhere in the middle — between the National Rifle Association leadership's stance and the "ban guns" crowds. They just want the debate to end because they are tired of hearing from both sides.

"But then something comes up that shocks people that almost demands the conversation continue. Such an event happened Monday when an instructor at an outdoor shooting range in White Hills, Arizona, was killed when a 9-year-old girl lost control of an Uzi submachine gun. ..."

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