Rant Control | Sunshine and Lollipops 

Maybe it was the sound scolding Rant Control administered last week—or, more likely, the spate of unseasonably glorious weather we had around Groundhog Day—but recently, the comments on CityWeekly.net have been more constructive and less rude than usual. n

Katharine Biele’s cover story about the impact of a planned Rocky Mountain Power substation on a University neighborhood (“Fight the Power,” Read Article) elicited a whole slew of comments from people who, for once, didn’t take City Weekly as the party responsible for making their lives miserable. “Sarah Brenna” intelligently urged readers to familiarize themselves with the way utility companies operate. “Bob” even delved into rate comparisons between Salt Lake City and Anaheim, Calif. Maybe all it takes to bring people together in peace and harmony is a shared threat of high-millirad radiation exposure.

n

Of course, not all was sunshine and lollipops. John Saltas’ column about tobacco tax policy (“Nicotine Fit,” Private Eye, Read Article) got folks foaming at the mouth as only sin-tax issues can. (Normally, Rant Control leaves Saltas’ column alone—he’s better at dealing with cranky commenters than I am—but, when all else fails, Private Eye always provides a motherlode of disgruntled responses.)

n

“Kurt” said, “Quitting smoking benefits non-smokers too. I worked in a casino in Reno for 10 years. An equal amount of smokers and non-smokers developed lung cancer and other diseases.” Now, if your chances of getting lung cancer are the same whether you smoke or not, I say light ’em up!

Pin It
Favorite

Latest in News & Columns

  • Shar Lewis of Utah Commission on Volunteers

    Shar Lewis, the executive director of Utah Commission on Volunteers, has helped craft the Lieutenant Governor's Conference on Service, April 8-10 at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center (Volunteers.Utah.gov). Lt. Gov. Greg Bell and Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, will speak, in addition to numerous breakout sessions and a service project on the final day.
    • Mar 31, 2010
  • Deep End | Prompt and Circumstance: Don’t confuse Dick Nourse’s voice for the still, small one.

    Here at the Church Information Office, we have been swamped with inquiries about an article that appeared in the Jan. 30 Deseret News. Under the headline, “Pres.Monson makes time for ‘promptings,’” the article revealed that the current Prophet, Seer and Revelator “always acts on promptings, whether it is to make a telephone call or call on someone in person.” nP...
    • Feb 3, 2009
  • Feature | Rocky Times: Rocky Anderson is still on the case. Barack Obama had better watch his back.

    nEighteen months ago, Rocky Anderson stood on the steps of Salt Lake’s City & County Building calling for the impeachment of the president. Protesters, some wearing rubber Dick Cheney masks, surrounded him, along with papier-mâché tableaus of Bush cabinet members chained together in black-and-white prison stripes. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, famously dismissed the protesters a...
    • Feb 3, 2009
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

© 2014 Salt Lake City Weekly

Website powered by Foundation