Talk about the Audacity of Hope • At a tiny blue island in an ocean of red, volunteers joyfully opened an Obama for President office in downtown Salt Lake City. The polls show Republican nominee Mitt Romney with an overwhelming lead in the contest for Utah's electoral votes. But politics is about hope, and hustle. Volunteers at the office will be raising money and lending a hand to their opposite numbers in Colorado, a state that's up for grabs. Any effort to make any state less of a one-party domain Republican or Democrat is worth it.
Lending a helping hand • Utah Republicans meeting at their national convention on Florida didn't really have much deciding to do. But no idle hands here. Members of the Utah delegation, in a friendly contest with delegates from Arizona and Hawaii, stuffed 1,000 packages of relief supplies for the victims of Hurricane Isaac and 400 bags of school supplies for low-income students in Tampa. Whether their candidate wins this November or not, the delegates did something good.
The old normal • KSL TV has the right to carry whatever network programming it sees fit. It presumably knows its audience and has its own standards to uphold. It's just too bad that, in choosing not to broadcast the new NBC program "The New Normal" about a couple of gay men who set out to have a baby with the help of a surrogate mother, the station management has again boosted the stereotype of Utah, and its dominant religion, as narrow-minded and fearful. The program, like NBC's "Saturday Night Live," will be shown on KUCW-Ch. 30 beginning Sept. 15. So people here can still watch if they wish. As more and more TV programming migrates to the Internet, of course, the decisions of local stations will matter less and less. Decisions like this one will only increase the irrelevance of local outlets.
The files stay closed • The West Valley City Council last week upheld the earlier decision to keep secret police files concerning the disappearance of Susan Cox Powell. Her late husband, who killed himself and the couple's two young sons in February, was the only person of interest in the still-unsolved case, so claims that releasing the files would harm the investigation ring hollow. And suspicions that the city is only trying to cover up its own incompetence can only grow. The worst part is that the WVC police now have an incentive not to solve the case, because it will remove the only fig leaf that justifies their secrecy.