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Letters, Feb. 25, 2016 

Edicts Not Appreciated and a Song for Governor Herbert

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Edicts Not Appreciated
The good old boys down at Temple Square are at it again. First was the slap at innocent children and babies of same-sex marriages. Then, the holy ones attacked the bill on medical marijuana. Then, fearing that they would lose their pass to the Celestial Kingdom, two Mormon legislators withdrew their support of the legislation.

The Apostles then came out against the safety inspection of water at church-owned campsites. What will follow the attacks against babies, sick people and clean water? Surely, motherhood and apple pie will be spared from these hurtful edicts?

If only Mormon leaders could be as good as the lay people of this faith. If there ever was a time to allow LDS women into top leadership, it is now. Few, if any, Mormon women would make the hurtful decisions that these "exalted" men are making.

Ted Ottinger
Taylorsville


Singing About Clean Air
Dear Mr. Herbert, Governor, Sir,
With all due respect
I believe there is some disconnect
Between your family values
And the air that we breathe

Dear Mr. Herbert, Governor, Sir,
You took an oath to protect
Our constitution and our citizenry
And to execute your duties with fidelity.
Dear Mr. Herbert, Governor, Sir,

I wonder what your God would say
About you protecting refineries in every way
While they stain our skies brown and gray,
Rather than working for a brighter day.
Dear Mr. Herbert, Governor, Sir,

A wise man once said, "Love one another,
Just as I have loved you."
And so I would really like to know
When will clean air become a family value?

Dear Mr. Herbert, Governor, Sir

Christian Coleman
Salt Lake City

Editor's note: Local musician Christian Coleman wrote and performed the above song for a video submitted in the NPR Tiny Desk Concert Contest. It can be viewed at YouTube.com


Give the Community Control of Police
On Feb. 27 at 4 p.m., local activist group Utah Against Police Brutality will host a Community Control Now! rally at the Salt Lake City & County Building (451 S. State).

UAPB has recently launched a campaign to get the Salt Lake City Council to replace the Police Civilian Review Board with a community-controlled police review board.

This new board should have the power to investigate and subpoena Salt Lake City Police Department officers as well as to create, review and amend guidelines the SLCPD should abide by. The board's membership would consist of democratically elected civilians.

After the rally, UAPB plans to host a Leap-Day Call-In on Feb. 29 to convince the City Council to support a community-controlled police review board. More information can be found at Facebook.com/UtahAgainstPoliceBrutality.

Stephen Michael Christian
Salt Lake City

Correction: Granite High School enrolled 255 students when it closed in 2009. The article "School's Out," [Feb. 18, City Weekly] misstated the number of students. Also, Cherie Wood's correct title is mayor of South Salt Lake.

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