Also: Conscience vs. The Law, Fair Fail
Think of U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz as one of the Three Little Pigs. It's just "a lot of huffing and puffing on Capitol Hill," an American University constitutional law professor told the Associated Press.
Also: Township Compromise, Digging for Research Dollars
You know Ogden—that city north of Salt Lake City but not north enough to be Logan. Well, Salt Lake Magazine stepped off a cliff recently when its 2015 Dining Awards announced Utah's 25 best restaurants, one of which was Elements.
Also: Up, Up & Away, Rethink Prison
Apparently, Salt Lake City isn't the only municipality at loggerheads with the Legislature. But certainly, Utah lawmakers do like to lord over their liberal underlings. The latest dust-up is over whether to let cyclists wheel through drive-thru windows.
Also: Vitamin O(rrin), The Longest 45 Days
When did gravity start pulling up, and the sun start orbiting the Earth? When did science become the devil? The state School Board is now pulling back on new standards for teaching science.
Also: Hot Air, Being High a Problem
Christopher Stout has a great idea, but the president of the Utah Transit Riders Union needs to take it further: Make the Utah Transit Authority board stand on a corner and wait for a bus. Taxpayers will pay for the board's travel—anywhere in Utah.
Also: Long Live the Individual, Taking Aim at Land Grab
Information is power, and the state of Utah is moving carefully into the realm of power to the people—sort of. Sen. Deidre Henderson, R-Spanish Fork, has launched an open-records portal to help people searching for government data.
Also: Un-Chartered Waters, Priming the Pump
As the second Clean Air, No Excuses Rally approaches, so does permitting HollyFrontier refinery's request to expand. HollyFrontier is building another refinery in the Salt Lake Valley, ...
Also: Air Care, God Alert
Let's not conjure up Bill de Blasio right now; he's having enough trouble of his own with the New York City Police Department. Let's focus on us, the Utahns who are so fearful of anything or anyone out of the ordinary that the go-to is 911.
Also: Helping Hands, Cry Wolf
Utahns could hardly believe their ears: Utah was being praised instead of ridiculed in the national news. NPR's Diane Rehm was interviewing Dr. Robert Okin, a psychiatrist who spent two years on the streets of San Francisco, about mental illness and homelessness.
Also: Behind Closed Doors, Overruled
Uh-oh! Did it really take a former Utahn living in Boston to uncover the latest legislative imbroglio? Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, of take-our-public-lands fame has used his wife and his business to set up another nonprofit ...
Also: Mean What You Say, Red on Red
Who are we trying to kill? "If these legislators get their way, the only hope that working single moms have is to develop a heroin addiction," notes a missive from Voices of Utah Children.
Also: Dem Votes, Grandfatherly Advice
Here's an idea: Move Salt Lake's homeless shelter to Draper. Without the prison there, the land could become a virtual campus for homeless services. It's the perfect place, what with the proximity to transportation, health care and social service facilities.
Also: Locked In, Voter's Choice
Lisa, Lisa, Lisa. Remember the saying, "Build it, and they will come"? That's the way it is with nightlife. Salt Lake City Council member Lisa Adams isn't sure there's a demand for keeping the main library open 24-7, but how can you know until you try?
Also: Off Target, Count Your Vote
Looks like there will be some real choices in the next Salt Lake City mayoral election—old and new. But the "old" could make things interesting. Former Mayor Rocky Anderson is looking at another run ...
Also: Nice Shot, Bottoms Up
You might note that Utah did not get the seven feet of snow that landed in New York. Even with winter and mountains, Utah is still a desert area, making water-sucking projects all the more baffling, ...