Be True

Big 12 Bitter

Anyone who has spent more than 10 minutes living in Utah knows there are only several matters that stand out as the very most important to most Utahns: The rivalry between the University of Utah and the Team Down South, whether one consumes caffeine hot or cold, if one is willing or not to be seen doing yard work on a Sunday and, of course, where you stand on the issue of local grocers being petitioned to remove red wine vinegar from the condiments aisle. Yes, many people are saying that banning red wine vinegar from grocery stores altogether is an even better solution.

Bye Bye Love

The most important people in Salt Lake City—the persons who have basically absconded with The Salt Lake Tribune comment boards (Twitter for adults; a bar conversation without the martini) and made them their own—are in near unanimity that a recent proposal by the Miller family, owners of the Utah Jazz and Vivint Smart Home Arena should not be given a certain tax benefit. They claim, as many good liberals and socialists claim, that billionaires already have it good enough, and by gosh by golly, if the rich get a benefit, then they should, too.

All Pride Aside

Remembering an old friend and trailblazer
I met Bert Fontana in grade school at Copperton Elementary, second grade or so, before man stood on the moon, when the Kennedy brothers were still alive, when Dr. Martin Luther King and Malcolm X spoke to inequality, before the Beatles, when Liberace was simply considered flamboyant and Rock Hudson was kissing starlets like there was no tomorrow. Actor Sal Mineo was yet to publicly announce he was gay, so, by that simple math, I met Burt a long, long time ago.

Dead Porn

Where beer and an R-rated movie intersect, the DABC melts down.
In the 1960s, the subject and definition of what begats obscenity was being heard before the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Jacobellis v. Ohio. Justice Potter Stewart famously admitted he could not define, understand nor describe obscenity, "but I know it when I see it, and the motion picture involved in this case is not that."

Words of Wars

Bombing will not work. Ground troops in Iraq and Afghanistan did not work.
The range of words said after any terrorist attack is, by now, quite predictable. This morning in Brussels, Belgium, more than 200 people were killed or seriously injured (including one who is First Degree Kevin Bacon from me).

Some Thanks

Now that his medical marijuana bill is up in smoke, Sen. Mark Madsen threatens to leave Utah.
One of the greatest letters I ever got from a reader only had nine words.

Kava Peace

I'm pretty sure there are more places than WIllie's with a similar policy.
It's always fun when a news story dominates a news cycle or when an unlikely story takes everyone by surprise. Luckily for Utahns, we've had several this past week.

Illegal Legal Ads

Salt Lake City alone spends at least $30,000 annually in legal notices. We don't see a nickel of it.
I recently gave testimony regarding changes to laws that include or exclude certain newspapers from the lucrative category of publishing legal notices.

Which Way Gateway

When the Gateway outdoor mall project was announced in the 1990s, nearly everyone was taken by surprise.
Salt Lakers thus quickly took up a new sport: public outrage and criticism, especially since a goodly portion of the announced construction was to be paid for with public money.

Game Off

History will remember that when the University of Utah and BYU basketball teams played for the 257th time in December, the final score was 83 for the Utes and 75 for Cougars. History will forget that in the second half of that game, a BYU player was ejected for coldcocking a Utah player, and that that incident would lead, just a few weeks later, to the University of Utah cancelling the scheduled 2016 basketball game against the Y on BYU's home court.


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