Clutch & Hug

Teach Tolerance

It's healthy and good for students to see that multiple viewpoints can exist in the same space

Vord of Visdom

1900s Mormons had a penchant for funny nicknames
Whenever the LDS faithful gather for conference, as they will April 4 and 5, I think of my father. He liked to watch the proceedings on television. I am sure he was the only one in the audience smoking Camels as the brethren held forth from the Tabernacle pulpit.

Dr. Strangelaw

Or: How I stopped worrying and learned to love SB296
The continued existence of Neanderthals is why, in our enlightened society, we have laws.

On the Edge

When urgency confronts complacency
"Put the bug on the bubble line!" The fly-fishing guide was impatient. It was windy and my inability to accurately cast the rubber-legged, foam-bodied grasshopper annoyed him.

Insured, At Least

We need to agree on what "affordable" means
It was New Year's Eve when I received a call from John Saltas, City Weekly's founder and publisher. There was already some bubbly in my glass, so I let it go to voicemail.

Call Me Maybe

Cool technological efficiency over the warmth of human interaction
For many years, I worked in an office with a desk, a bookshelf and three chairs. It had a door to close when secrets were shared or noise intruded. The tools of my trade were an electric typewriter and a telephone with an intercom and a hold button.

Be My Valentine

The innocence (and craft) of Valentine's Day is long lost
I sent a few unsigned valentines back in the day. So did others at Rosslyn Heights Elementary School. If 35 kids were in your class, you sent 34 and received 34 store-bought valentines like the one on this page.

Word Play

The quandaries that keep wordsmiths awake at night
When Polonius asks Hamlet what he is reading, Hamlet replies dissemblingly, "Words, words, words." I take Prince Hamlet literally. I know how a word can distract from sentence sense in the same way a selfie upstages whatever is in the background.

Vernal Justice

Environmental activists have their day in court
There are good reasons to take a trip to Vernal. Dinosaur bones, for one. Perhaps you have dealings with the Uintah Basin's booming oil & gas industry but don't choose to live where the air can be more toxic than in Salt Lake City or Los Angeles.

A Matter of Truth

In the war against free speech, our protection is the desire to tell truths that matter
When I first started freelancing for City Weekly almost 10 years ago, then-editor Ben Fulton pointed out newly installed bulletproof plate glass at the front desk.

A Matter of Source

Monson's lazy faux reporting is a disservice to Utah athletes
My approach, also known as journalism, is clearly not one in practice over at the Trib, or what is left of the Trib, as it relates to Monson's writing about what may or may not be happening within the University of Utah's football program.

Snow Jobs

After the flakes fall, neighborhood sidewalks become a battleground
Property owners and businesses are required to clear their sidewalks within 24 hours of the end of a storm. And a shovel-width track doesn't suffice: The entire walk has to be cleared down to bare concrete. Failure to do so results in a warning ticket on Gent's first visit, and $50 fines on subsequent ones.

Walk the Walk

Getting around on foot is for suckers—or is it?
When I was in college, I lived four miles from campus. I probably could have walked the distance in an hour, yet not once in five years did it occur to me that I could or should. Bike? Only kids rode bikes then—fixed-gear Schwinns with balloon tires and coaster brakes.

Motherhood Is Not a Career

Giving it an imaginary salary is damaging to all women
The choice President Obama referred to isn't a woman's choice to stay home or work. He was talking about the heartbreaking decision faced by numerous two-income families: the choice between a family's emotional well-being and its financial stability.

Welcome Home

Irrational debate and political dishonesty should not threaten the legacy of U.S. immigration
In Utah, undocumented immigrants work in agriculture, construction, landscaping, hospitality and other key economic sectors. The ski industry, dairy farmers and other businesses rely on these workers for difficult, often dangerous labor that most of us avoid.

The Real War on Christmas

Could it be that retail workers are people too?
I realize how much I took for granted about Thanksgiving: a warm home, loving parents, abundant food on the table—things I no doubt still take for granted on most days. But, also: naps and a four-day-weekend at home.

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Recent Comments

  • Re: Vord of Visdom

    • Terrific - so interesting to hear about life back then. Loved this piece.

    • on March 30, 2015
  • Re: Dr. Strangelaw

    • Very articulated article. Thanks for bringing this to the public's attention.

    • on March 21, 2015
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