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Miss Underpaid; Town Hall 'Thugs'; Stick it to the UTA

The best and worst of this week's local news.

Money Talks

While everyone else is crying NIMBY, these Sugar House residents helped a homeless man regain his eyesight.

Safety, Gold Stars and Helping the Homeless

Yes, we know it's about safety. So much safety. This is why the governor ignored the public—you know, the people who just don't understand how important safety is, and who apparently will take any opportunity to get blitzed on an evil glass of wine over dinner.

Hits & Misses: Homelessness, Ruffled Feathers

When it comes to sheltering the homeless, there's no simple solution that will please everyone.
What's the plan? Where's the transparency? If development is keeping the process under wraps, then someone needs to rethink the problem.

Bring Your own Facts, Jumping the Gun and Legislature Reflection

It's official: Facts are now optional. Utah legislators and much of the populace are so ready to believe whatever they want.

Wild Lands Activism, Health "Care" and Liquor Legislation

Wild Lands Activism There's something about activism. It's on the rise.

In the Moonlight, Power Struggle and Trust & Transparency

Moonlight is the first LGBTQ film to win Best Picture at the Oscars.

Primary Breadwinners, Anti-Vaxers Compromise and Diversity & Redistricting

Let's not get too distracted by all those well-meaning men who purport to speak for the little woman.

Vulgar Language, Dignified Deaths, Vetoes & Monuments

Vagina, masturbation, oral sex—expect to apologize if you use this kind of "vulgar" language in the presence of Utah legislators. The apology came from a woman testifying before the House Education Standing Committee, as they considered Rep. Brian King's Reproductive Health Education and Services Amendments.

Housing & Population, Chaffetz Withdraws, Constitutional Convention

What's wrong with this picture? "Housing shortage looms," screams the headline in the Deseret News. Housing sales and prices have reached historic highs, but the impact—oh, it could be bad.

No Trust & Transparency, Save Sanctuary Cities, and Dirty Air Conservation

Two things to remember: distrust in government and the government's effort to privatize just about everything. Well, it's not working with hybrid quasi-governmental organizations like Utah League of Cities and Towns.

Victim Support, Chaffetz' Vendetta, Assisted Suicide

The lawsuit seeks the emails regarding how police treated women who claimed they were sexually assaulted. Yes, BYU is a private institution, but the judge noted that it doesn't make any sense to allow them to exercise police power but not be subject to the accountability afforded by the Government Records Access Management Act.

Schooled, Dirty Water, and Metcalf’s Mishaps

A group called Our Schools Now is stumping on the legislative preview circuit for an income tax increase to help fund education. But Senate President Wayne Niederhauser and maybe the Legislature in general seem to think this will open the gateway to hell.

Hearing Protection, Sex Ed, Public Lands

We certainly don't want our hunters hassled, especially in the rain, and that is good reason to loosen Utah's already liberal gun laws.

Cheers for Bears Ears, Morality Check, Porn in Crosshairs

Utahns generally don't like the feds and think Utah can do everything better—way better.

In the Cabinet, Ain't Gonna Fly, Prison Controversy

Half of Utahns say they like Donald Trump's cabinet picks; the same half (or about) of people who spurned the Mormon Church's admonition about voting for someone who does not reflect the church's values.

Stop the Secrecy, The Bright Side, Inversion is Coming

Some are threatening to sell their homes, others are concerned about their businesses dying, and a few are welcoming the opportunity to interact with the less dangerous segment of the homeless population—such as single moms and their kids—according to the daily newspapers.


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