Sunday must be poll day for Salt Lake City newspapers. Yes, everyone wants to know what everyone else thinks about things, but surely there’s a point at which opinion doesn’t matter. Take air quality, for instance. Do we really care that some oppose public transit because they don’t want to pay for it, or that there’s a 7 percent minority that isn’t concerned about air quality? The Salt Lake Tribune devoted its front page to the issue. Air quality should be a societal problem for which there should be a community concern—not unlike containing an outbreak of the bubonic plague. Oh, well, it’s nice to know most people want stricter rules, even if they don’t know what that means. Meanwhile, the Deseret News thought it more important to poll people about same-sex marriage. Like we didn’t know what they thought.
Thank you, Robert Redford, for sticking with Utah and bringing the world to one of the least progressive states in the nation at least once a year. It’s good for us. We hope it’s good for the world to see the incredible mountains of Park City and to ignore the inversions of Salt Lake City. Utah revels in the independent films that make Sundance great, and conservatives should take heart in the fact that many of these filmmakers pulled themselves up by their bootstraps. Still, you’ve gotta love it when the iconic George Takei wonders in a Tribune interview why our governor is so mean-spirited about the same-sex marriage thing. A gay-friendly crowd managed to party at Sundance in support of the issue. Takei ought to ask Gov. Gary Herbert about Medicaid expansion, too.
No sooner had Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams given his State of the County address than his detractors began their chants. No, it wasn’t about expanding preschool, giving money to the Clark Planetarium or even helping ex-cons. It was about Millcreek and some residents’ desire to secede from the union before there’s even really a union. McAdams’ vision is for a locked-in unincorporated county—something naysayers call a “patchwork city.” Some residents want to annex to Holladay, but others want to become a lone city—none of that west-side stuff for them. “This mentality of us versus them, we’ve got to get past that. We live in a world where we’ve got to unify as a Salt Lake Valley,” McAdams told ABC 4.