Also: The Sales-Tax Carrot, Political E-mail
The March 22 Salt Lake Tribune editorial intoned, "UTA going forward, agency must still win voters' trust." Sure, the voters can decide if they want another tax hike, but how does that help solve UTA's systemic problems?
Also: Directional Signs OK, Different Rules Apply
Lady Bird Johnson would be doing a jig over the defeat of House Bill 407, the billboard industry's definition of "scenic." In 1965, the Highway Beautification Act was passed to protect the natural beauty along highways largely in rural areas.
Also: Open Files, One Step ... Forward?
Oh, transparency. It's a nice word, but apparently just that. We'll start with Hillary Clinton, whose e-mail release is massive but still calls into question how she chose what to release.
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.