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Here's a Tip

There's no rhyme or reason to tipping; just do it

By John Saltas
POSTED // Aug 21,2013 - Leaving a tip for services rendered is hardly a science. Indeed, how much one should tip and for what type of service is determined not by science but by some mysterious ether network—a precursor to what in geek speak is known as the “cloud”—in which knowledge is stored, collected and collated, then mysteriously transferred to servers and customers worldwide.

Private Eye

Bennion's Blunders

Comments a chance to curry favor for election

By John Saltas
POSTED // Aug 14,2013 - I seldom write a column anymore, thus sparing many of you the opportunity to send me e-mails saying, “Your column sucked! I can’t get those 10 minutes back, asshole!!”

Private Eye

Rumor Has It

What's the difference between journalism and news?

By John Saltas
POSTED // Jul 24,2013 - Few folks are as good at wringing their hands as journalists. For evidence, find former Salt Lake Tribune reporter Matthew LaPlante’s Facebook page and read the July 17, 2013, microdrama discussion behind a “rumor” about polygamist Rulon Jeffs recently published on the Trib’s blog.

Private Eye

Utah Phonies

State's splendor & beauty masks rotten core

By John Saltas
POSTED // Jun 5,2013 - Utah has so many fantastic offerings that it’s hard to know where to start. From salt or red-sand deserts to alpine peaks and low riparian valleys, from scenic wonders to scenes best left as backgrounds in horror films,

Private Eye

Nancy's Numbers

Trib's circulation games are always good for a laugh

By John Saltas
POSTED // Apr 10,2013 - I was reading the March 31 Sunday Trib when I came across a Conway column about measuring online viewers—or users—at daily newspapers. The headline, “Keeping the record straight on readership” caused me to guffaw

Private Eye

Best of Best

Lose or win, complaints will come

By John Saltas
POSTED // Mar 27,2013 - This is the time of year when many among the City Weekly staff duck for cover. No matter who receives a Best of Utah award, whether it be by readers’ votes or editorial staff pick,

Private Eye

Green Smoke

Religion comes down to money

By John Saltas
POSTED // Mar 13,2013 - The Roman Catholic cardinals who will select a new pope for the Catholic Church officially have convened in Rome. Sometime soon, a waft of smoke will appear from a little chimney atop part of the Vatican, signaling that a new pope has been selected.

Private Eye

The Real McCoy

Former SLC bartender makes good with Chargers

By John Saltas
POSTED // Jan 16,2013 - I just learned that Mike McCoy is set to become the next head coach of the San Diego Chargers football team. The last time I saw Mike, we were chatting it up while he was pouring me a VO and water at Lumpy’s on Highland Drive.

Private Eye

Josephine

We all have blood on our hands

By John Saltas
POSTED // Dec 19,2012 - Today, I’m eight days past my birthday. Josephine would have only three days past hers. She died Friday, Dec. 14, with many friends and teachers, at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.

Private Eye

Fasting for Romney

Watch out: John Saltas is hungry

By John Saltas
POSTED // Nov 7,2012 - I became hungry back in September, like fellow Mitt Romney worshipers, when it became widely believed that without godly intervention, Mr. Romney had no chance of winning the U.S. presidency.
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