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Re: “Homelessness Continues

I was homeless and unemployed for around three years. Applied for jobs that I was very clearly qualified for, and watched as my application was "filed" in the garbage after they read the address line.
My homelessness began due to unrealistic expectations and requirements set forth by courts for probation and therapy. After serving my time I was released with nowhere to go, no-one to go to for help, and nothing other than the clothes on my back. Deathbymonkeys says that things are prioritized as more important than housing by the homeless. That is true for some, attempting to stay free and be able to eat are much more important than a roof. How nice it must be for them to not be in this type of situation with no-one to fall back on for help.

Posted by Travis on 02/25/2017 at 1:59 PM

Re: “Homelessness Continues

Please contact me. I am a heroin addict at the Road Home. I will tell you the nitty gritty truth about what's hindering most from rejoining society.

Posted by Anne Smith on 02/24/2017 at 5:33 PM

Re: “Homelessness Continues

Actually the reason most are homeless is very similar, they prioritized something else in life more than their housing. For some this is drugs, others a car, cell phones, tablets, or other material possessions. Sometimes it is their passionate desire to remain out of the confinement of a mental institution, despite their acute need for treatment in such. Some rebound and find a way back out, and in so doing change the way they look at life and how they live their life. A majority that I have worked with however do not want to change, they just want more handouts to keep the disruption to their lives to a minimum while they continue to place emphasis on the things that they place more value on than their housing and well being.

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Posted by DeathByMonkeys on 02/23/2017 at 4:40 PM

Re: “Jason Jarred

Hi, I am from Washington DC and Rep Chaffetz by chairmanship of the Government Operations Committee has the power to get Congress to overturn laws passed by our City Council, chief among them, to prevent us from spending our own tax money as we chose. While this is indeed Congress's Constitutional prerogative, I wonder how many of his constituents realize that he spends part of his time interfering in our business, just because he can. If he were indeed, "doing his job" he would be investigating questionable goings on in the Administration and leave Washington DC to govern itself.

I'd be grateful if his constituents would go to bat for us. Let him know that we deserve self government just as much as any other city or town in America.

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Posted by Thomas Hutcheson on 02/10/2017 at 6:05 PM

Re: “Gone to Pot

I applaud Dr. Shiozawa for his effort to provide relief alongside research. But the number of patients that would be in the study group may not provide the numbers that researchers are looking for, unless the research were to be greatly expanded; in addition, Dr Shiozawa's bill, like several others, was turned down for support by the Health and Human Services Committee in the Utah House.
Sadly, his bill may be trampled by a bill being offered by the chair of that committee, Brad Daw. Daw's bill is a poorly written "vendor bill", creating a position of "Cannabis Payment Provider", for a lucky company that would be the sole processor of any transactions IF a Utah cannabis program were to ever be created. Oddly enough, there happens to be a former state representative that works for such a company.
The same payment processing system, word for word, is also within the bill presented by Sen. Evan Vickers, who happens to be a pharmacist in southern Utah. But in addition to a payment processor clause, Vickers has created a job niche for his fellow pharmacists, by requiring a pharmacist be employed on staff for every dispensary.
A combination of Shiozawa's and Gage Froerer's bill may hold hope for suffering patients, but I doubt it has little chance of passing.
It may take years to get past the blinders being worn by many or our legislators. The studies are out there, spending 10 minutes with Google will prove that. In the meantime, patients are still prevented from accessing a viable option for numerous ailments, from cancer to epilepsy.

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Posted by Doug Rice on 01/09/2017 at 3:33 PM

Re: “Dear Mormonism

As a member of the church still today. I grew up in the church just as you did. I went to primary, young women's and now I am in Relief Society. I disagree with your standpoint and I feel that you are not portraying the church correctly. You are more portraying the people. Every religion as well as every non religious person will have their good and bads. However, 8 strongly testify that the people are not perfect in the gospel but the gospel is perfect. The principles taught are perfect. If you come to church more worried about the people around you and what they think, you'll find yourself in the position that you're in. The church preaches free agency on a regular bases. It is wrong to say you did the things you did because the church told you to. The commandments given by the church are laid down to help give us more freedom and allow us to have peace because I know I for one, do not know anyone who has sinned and felt good about it. Evil never was happiness. I am not saying that what you believe in is wrong because I respect your opinion but I don't think it was right for you to portray the church so wrongly.

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Posted by T Malo on 12/02/2016 at 1:48 PM

Re: “Weinergate: A Moment of Clarity

So -- still thinking Hillary and Trump are the same? Hillary -- won 75.9% of the African-American vote in the primaries and 88% in the general election. She was endorsed by John Lewis, Vernon Jordan, Myrlie Evers-Williams, the NAACP, Jesse Jackson, and given the name Strong Woman by the Palyallup Tribe -- which is EXACTLY LIKE having the KKK celebrate your win! Hillary -- she would have put in Steve Bannon in the White House -- as she is so "corrupt" and "dishonest" -- sorta -- vaguely -- although we have no idea what it is she is supposed to have done. The emails! right! The ones that proved -- three way sex! "Corruption!" "Lesbianism!" The emails -- they proved all that. Easy to play much? Complete embarrassment to yourself often?

You got the president you entirely deserved, John. Too bad the rest of us have to live with him.

As you work for a paper that pretends to be alternative, why don't you try catching on the REAL alternative press? There is plenty of it out there. You guys -- you make moderate Mormons (who are shocked and horrified at this election) look not only good -- but -- well -- radical. From now on, I band with them. They have yet to realize that "alternative" means none. They have not yet fallen to Hipster Cool Mind Petrification.

I'll post links, but read with caution. When you are Wholly Owned and Operated Subsidiary of Karl Rove, Inc. -- the source of the Clinton Is Corrupt! (Or Maybe a Witch!) hysteria of which you are a happy purveyor -- your small mind might be blown.………

And speaking of that last -- an editor of a genuine alternative newspaper would read the four part series at the underground, as we used to call it, blog, Shakesville -- "Looking for Bernie." If you are opining without that you are writing blind.

I suppose I will still grudgingly pick up City Weekly for the restaurant reviews -- but I can't put enough distance between me and your politics to feel clean.

I will now go shower.

Bonnie Lee Fox

Posted by Bonnie Fox on 11/16/2016 at 6:34 PM

Re: “Solving Homelessness

This is not an issue only impacting the homeless. I work s good job and in any other area could afford to buy a house. In SLC I can only afford to share a small condo. It's sad I could live in California cheaper than SLC. something's is seriously wrong here.

Posted by Paul DeBock on 10/09/2016 at 12:29 PM

Re: “Solving Homelessness

I agree with most of the statements in this article, although a big piece is missing. We have a population of mentally ill that are homeless. This is a population that ends up homeless because family do not know how to deal with them, services are too costly and we do not have homes that service this population.

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Posted by Lisa 1 on 10/09/2016 at 9:52 AM

Re: “Blaine Preserve

Chris Lee your amazing keep up your visions; As a child growing up on the west side I would always find projects to clean up as you did I would form a group of children; and before they knew what hit them we were cleaning up areas near the Jordan river walk way before it was even thought of to be that! As I grew and purchased different properties I envisioned the real need for cleanliness and my community efforts to clean my surrounding areas; for reasons like having others take notice to the beautification & believing we as citizens cant expect the city to do it all; down the road I worked on one of my buildings to create a Coffee House and Deli, called Julianos Coffee House and Deli! that was 20 years ago, I envisioned it and made it happen that was across the street from the Baseball Park, the ending era of Derks field, sadly I had to move on. Private issues, I moved to Ogden Canyon I would walk to the canyons every day no matter what weather, p/u garbage than lounge in the hot tub; I just learned recently they closed it I heard it was for repairs but it was really a way to stop the pure simple joy... Anyway I am still working on the old adage "Cleanliness' is next to Godliness'" My name is Elaine Trujillo this is my town my neighborhood and I'm back, so if you see a strange girl picking up garbage its me! As I sing to myself "The Boys are Back in Town" cause I do a mans job; but enjoy being a girl! I Love all you clean souls! God Bless You all & thank you from the bottom of my heart!

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Posted by Elaine Trujillo 1 on 09/28/2016 at 6:56 PM

Re: “Donut Days

(This article on donuts, which I just read on September 14, 2016, popped up when I googled "Creative Donuts" in Salt Lake City Utah.)...
As a 7th Grader attending Stewart Junior High School on the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City, Utah, I had a SPUDNUT route, which I would start each afternoon in front of the drugstore that was on the south east corner of 4th S 900 E. (That was my SPUDNUT pick up point.) I normally would sell out of them before I could walk two or three blocks. It was unbelievable!
I wish we had some SPUDNUT stores again here in the Salt Lake valley.
Does anybody know who may own the SPUDNUT name & or recipe???
(I have no doubt I can probably find out, but if anybody knows, it would be easier.)
Ron Greenleaf ("")

Posted by REGLeaf on 09/14/2016 at 1:27 PM

Re: “Lucky Strikes

What an amazing stroke of luck! As always, a good read John...

Posted by Kathy M. on 08/13/2016 at 10:57 AM

Re: “Driving With No Helmet

The Washington Post claims that as many as 988 million birds die annually in the United States alone running into windows. Sadly your story about that majestic bird and it's tragic end is no isolated incident. Yet not a single word from our government on this feathered carnage, no national guard deployments, not even an attempt to regulate the window glass industry. I cry fowl! It's time to end the genocide.

Helmet Laws and Politics are a complicated story. In 1966 The Federal Highway act mandated that 10% of national funds for maintaining highways was dependent on each state passing laws requiring motorcyclists to wear helmets. In 1974 only two states did not have helmet laws, Illinois and California. Illinois had a court ruling that declared their helmet law an infringement on personal freedoms. At that time Utah's helmet law required a helmet only when you were exceeding 35 miles per hour. Now, if you ask me, it would be very dangerous to put a helmet on while riding should you decide to exceed 35 miles per hour.

California fought the law hard, through governors Ronald Reagan and Jerry Brown. Long story short, in 1976 President Ford signed the "Helms Angel Bill" which repealed the national helmet law. Before then end of 1977 more than twenty states repealed their helmet laws.

Ironically in 1992 California implemented a mandatory universal helmet law. While Utah repealed their law in 1977. California allows lane splitting. I love lane splitting and if I had to choose I'd wear a helmet and allow lane splitting.

We have a great country, we a clearly complicated political process. In September I am planning to spend three weeks riding across the country on a motorcycle. As I embark on this journey I now have a few questions to ponder.

1. Never mind my carbon footprint, what is my bird death foot print?
2. Will I possibly kill more birds as I ride.
3. If a bird hits me in the helmet and dies, would I have possibly saved that birds life by not wearing a helmet?
4. Helmet laws state by state are complicated. I have to know the helmet laws for each state I cross into. Do I have to wear a helmet? What stamp of approval does my helmet need to have, from what organization? Can I have speakers in my helmet? in both ears or just one? etc.. etc.. Thank god for the internet.

As a child I once saved a nest of birds from death after their mother died. I cared for them, nursed them and eventually they flew away. Perhaps they have procreated and my bird death foot print is a little less. Regardless my mother was very proud, on the other hand I do eat a lot of chicken.

In conclusion, we can dance around across a few unrelated ideas and topics and attempt to tie them together in the final paragraph. We can call it opinion and creative writing and I'm sure your mother is very proud of the way you rambled to your point, sort of like how my mother was proud of me saving those baby birds. The internet is great for many things, misleading news titles is apparently one of them. Finally..... my point, and this is very important.. You don't drive a motorcycle you "ride a motorcycle" therefore your title should be "Riding with no helmet"

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Posted by Andrew Love on 07/27/2016 at 3:38 PM

Re: “Lies, Lies and More Lies

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Posted by Susan B. Rittenhouse on 06/12/2016 at 11:31 PM

Re: “Yesterday

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Posted by Cynthia L. Arnold on 06/09/2016 at 11:03 PM

Re: “Young Guns

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Posted by KarenR.Hansen on 06/08/2016 at 1:03 AM

Re: “Clogged Canyons

Practical post , Speaking of which , people want a a form , my secretary saw a fillable document here

Posted by lataskakleinfield on 05/31/2016 at 7:43 AM

Re: “My OSH

Hey, this is great! Thanks for the shoutout to my pop, Phil, and the Labrador dogs (either Mr Biko or Lady, depending on the era). Big love.

Posted by lesacooks on 05/03/2016 at 8:44 PM

Re: “Problem Not Solved

Reply to 'Somebody'

Hey man/woman, look for an apartment in an area you can afford. There are rent prices in other neighborhoods outside of Downtown (where you should live!!) for much cheaper. It's ridiculous you're complaining about the "700-900" price tag considering I'm paying $1200 for the same apartment. I'm so tired of people getting a break when I work hard and have to pay much more. Live where you can afford, and downtown should be left for people who can afford the price tag. There are many other neighborhoods you can afford the price tag in, go there!

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Posted by Liverpool Lover on 04/18/2016 at 11:49 PM

Re: “Problem Not Solved

I'm so tired of talks to build more downtown low I come housing! My wife and I don't qualify for low income credits, so we're forced to pay an inflated price and live with degenerates that don't know how to take care of the building. If everyone was paying the same as us, they wouldn't trash it the way they do!

Move the homeless/very low income to other neighborhoods, don't offer more downtown properties for them to live in. If you can't afford to live in the city, move your ass to another neighborhood! Before you comment know that these "low income" rates are far more than 60% of the income a family or individual would make. It's irresponsible and continues the cycle because these tenants cannot afford the lease rates they commit to. If they can afford it, usually there is other income that's not reported and that's not fair to people who work hard to pay and follow the rules.

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Posted by Liverpool Lover on 04/18/2016 at 11:45 PM

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