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Rolly: Stansbury High stands up for student
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Stansbury High School was in the news lately when students were turned away from the homecoming dance because their hemlines were deemed too high. Principal Kendall Topham later apologized to the student body after parents complained.

But parents should give the administration kudos for standing firm on behalf of sophomore Marshall Lindsay, 15, a member of the golf team who was partially paralyzed in an ATV accident in 2009.

Because of his injuries, Marshall used a cart during region play to get around the course. So the Utah High School Activities Association, in all its wisdom, ruled he could not do that in the state tournament because he would have an advantage over other golfers who, by rule, must walk the course.

That was until officials at Stansbury, along with the Tooele School District and Marshall's family, threatened legal action.

Then the UHSAA backed down, and Marshall was allowed to play.

Who's on first • A recently distributed campaign flier on behalf of Republican Utah House candidate Christy Achziger, and paid for by the state Republican committee, slams incumbent Democrat Tim Cosgrove because the Legislature changed the sales-tax distribution formula in 2006 that cost Murray $1.5 million, forcing the city to raise taxes.

That bill, which reduced the tax share to cities where the sale took place and spread it out to other cities that had fewer retail opportunities, was sponsored by former Sen. Greg Bell, now the lieutenant governor, and was passed by the overwhelmingly Republican Legislature.

So, basically, the flier says vote out the Democrat because of what the Republicans did.

In fact, Cosgrove and other Democratic lawmakers voted against the bill, and Cosgrove led the lobbying effort in an unsuccessful attempt to get then-Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. to veto it.

Off with their heads • For those who think the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission is too heavy-handed and restrictive when it comes to the sale and distribution of liquor, the Utah Legislature may come to the rescue.

The liquor control commission is one of 72 boards and commissions that will be included in a bill to abolish unnecessary government panels if they don't return a survey by Nov. 2.

The Legislature's Interim Government Operations Committee passed that motion Wednesday after legislative staffers complained about commissions that have ignored the survey for over a year.

The survey was sent, in part, to determine which boards and commissions are necessary and which are not.

Besides the liquor control commission, others that could be on the chopping block include the State Board of Regents, the Constitutional Revision Commission, the Dixie State College Institutional Council and the Physicians Licensing Board.

A 'Twilight Zone' moment • I was watching the presidential debate Tuesday night and, during a segment when Republican candidate Mitt Romney was speaking and looking directly at me through the TV screen, the telephone rang.

I answered, and the caller said, "Hello, this is Mitt Romney, calling on behalf of Friends of Mia Love…"

East High alumni news • Martha Raddatz, ABC News' foreign affairs correspondent who received stellar reviews as the moderator of the recent vice presidential debate, is a former Salt Lake City resident, started her career at KTVX-Ch. 4 and is an East High graduate.

In fact, her Class of '71 at East is noteworthy. It also included federal circuit court judge and former candidate for Utah governor Scott Matheson Jr. and actress and comedienne Roseanne Barr, although Barr didn't quite make it to graduation.

The Class of '71, while impressive, doesn't hold a candle to East High's Class of '51, however.

That class boasts former U.S. Sens. Jake Garn and Bob Bennett, former Congressman Jim Hansen, former Utah Supreme Court Justice Dan Stewart, LDS Apostle Henry B. Eyring and noted journalist, author and commentator Don Gale.

prolly@sltrib.com

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