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Re: “Money To Burn

What kind of Chief says this about his firefighters...

"Jensen says that the incentive pay he receives through UFSA is based on work that he actually performed, as opposed to a bonus.

As a result, he says any animosity surrounding the lack of longevity bonuses in the face of his $34,000 incentive is "a matter of perspective. It's a matter of education."

No wonder they are pissed!

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Posted by Ricardo on 07/06/2016 at 7:37 PM

Re: “Money To Burn

I am so sick of theses high ranking officials sticking it to the folks that do the real work, they always have an explanation or an excuse, and you know what they say about the latter. As a relative of a firefighter I find this completely disgusting. Mr. Jensen is as arrogant as he is crooked. Time for a change because I am willing to bet there is a lot more to the story, and I'm sure it's not good. As a tax payer I find the lack of concern by Jensen, is not only disrespectful towards the people who pay his padded salary, but to the employees he so casually commented on needing "education"!

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Posted by Readingissexy on 07/06/2016 at 9:34 PM

Re: “Money To Burn

This is just the tip of the iceberg. Chief Jensen is a HORRIBLE LEADER, and does nothing for his crews. Nothing. He is dishonest, he avoids their questions like the plague, and the moral in the department is at an all time low. Yet he still can't show his face at functions, including funerals of his own guys. @outsidethebox
The ONLY person that thinks Jensen is doing a good job is Jensen. And hell yeah they are upset about other things! Take your pick- Jensen is a crook and his leadership is embarrassing. When everyone in the department doesn't get any raise, not even a cost of living raise, for SIX YEARS, and Jensen is pocketing whatever he fees he deserves, it's not right! And when your guys Finally get a 4% raise this year and you come back with "that's too much!" But you deserve a bonus every year the size of their entire salary? You are disgusting.

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Posted by lovemyfirefighter on 07/07/2016 at 8:22 AM

Re: “Money To Burn

Wow....... It's the crooks like this that disgust me! I just looked up how much a fireman makes for his department......!! You're telling me that this crook brought in that type of a "BONUS" when his own men barely make that a year? I bet he's one of these guys that has all of his shit paid for by the department as well. I would really like to talk to one of his fireman and find out how much they struggle on a daily compared to this guy!

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Posted by Keepit100 on 07/06/2016 at 10:19 PM

Re: “Money To Burn

I am married to a SLCO/UFA firefighter and I am sad to read this article. Being employed by the fire department is more than just a job, its a life and a family. The men and women that show up every day to serve are what is keeping this department together. A job well done to all of my husbands co-workers that continue to run medical calls and fight fires even in the midst of such terrible leadership, deceit and mistrust. Y'all are TRUE heroes and I am proud to be a part of this fire department family. The truth will come out and the department will rebuild and shine because of you. Looking forward to happier times in this department.

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Posted by dexandlilly on 07/06/2016 at 10:52 PM

Re: “Money To Burn

The above comments by "Holladay" must have been written by the officers being questioned in the story. Who else would even pretend to know the "proposed" amount of money their bonuses have "saved" the organization. What a load of shit! Truth is, this is my taxes paying for bonuses instead of fire service. You should be ashamed for the choices you have made with the money of all of the citizens you are supposed to be protecting.

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Posted by Keith Evans on 07/06/2016 at 9:19 PM

Re: “Money To Burn

Working all those jobs you would think he is working 110 hrs a week. That's strange he gets home at normal hours. He must go into work at 3am or better yet like the fire fighters working 3 to 4 days on at the fire house he must be working that schedule but he gets to sleep at his house and ignore the emergency calls. This is rich JENSEN get out of the game and let the men and women under you that work repair it.
I'm sure you have finagled a job with the private sector when you get out with your council behind door contracts.

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Posted by strange smell on 07/06/2016 at 7:34 PM

Re: “Money To Burn

Sounds like Cheif Jensen's arrogance is being revealed to the general public. It seems that he his more concerned with padding his own pockets. "Incentives" MY ASS! There is no way that a employee of the public, that gets paid from tax payers funding, should ever get a "incentive". ( let's be real a bonus) I agree with the comment about Cheif Jensen's hours worked. On top of all that work, he still finds time to coach a local baseball team. Perhaps it is time for the public to attend the UFA Governing Board Meetings. (These meetings are held every 3rd Tuesday @ 7:30 am at station 126 in Midvale) As a tax paying citizens with in UFA boundaries, it is disheartening to hear that the attitude about employees and money with in UFA organization is casual.

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Posted by Xman on 07/06/2016 at 9:35 PM

Re: “Crazy Pills

It's so hard to read everyone's bad experiences with this when you have had a good one. But the good experience hasn't come without doing my homework, being consistent, and approaching it empirically. I think comment wars are pointless, but I have to say what happened to me (and my wife). If I learned anything at university, it was to be a critic of MLMs AND of hyperbolic claims. I'm skeptical of anything with claims so large. I was skeptical of the whole thing for over a year. My wife struggled with depression off an on, a few times she told me that we needed to do something or she was going to kill herself. That was really hard to hear, and I wanted to figure out what to do. I was STILL skeptical of the EMPowerplus, even after watching the Discovery Channel documentary on this and reading the abstracts of the 25 clinical studies in peer reviewed journals (including one from a Harvard psychiatrist). I suggested that we just give the EMPowerplus a good try, recording everything in a journal for a month. But my wife started feeling better and getting excited about things in life, so we kind of forgot about it all. She wasn't taking anything at all and we just stopped thinking about it. Then, out of the blue, my wife had a psychotic episode (never happened before in her life) while at a conference in Florida (without me). Though she was delusional, she made it home safely. I was confused at what was going on because of her strange behavior. Then she became very dangerous to herself and I decided to hospitalize her (probably the most traumatic thing I have ever gone through). I thought I had lost my wife. She was bonkers. She thought I was God and that the nurses were angels. In normal life, she was an amazing business woman who built an online retail store that made $10,000 revenue in one day, a massage therapist, a business coach, and a pageant coach who coached the last 3 winners of Miss Utah. And all the sudden, boom she believes that the hospital is a spaceship. I thought our life was over. After the shock wore off a bit, the doctors told me that she would come back with some heavy psychotropic drugs (zyprexa and lithium). I wouldn't believe them until she actually came back. I visited her the second day and she was still gone. She recognized me, but it was too hard for me to deal with her behavior, so I didn't even stay the whole time. The next day though the meds kicked in and she called me and asked me why she was in a hospital and that she wanted to come home. It was refreshing to hear this. Two weeks later she did come home, with a DSM-V diagnosis of Bipolar I (the more severe kind). The doctor told me that she should stay on lithium for the rest of her life. He also said that having kids would put us in a really high risk for a relapse. I was just happy that she was back and she wasn't delusional. Then real life began again. And though she wasn't delusional, she was miserable. The lithium turned her into a different person. She was always discouraged and she couldn't even read without getting overwhelmed by the words. They said it would just take time. Probably every other day, she was telling me that she didn't want to be alive. She got acne all over her body, hot flashes, slight weight gain, and her face felt like it was going to explode every night. She's 26 and beautiful. She is also an entrepreneur (like me). This was tearing her apart because she had dreams to do a lot of amazing things. She couldn’t even send a text message, let alone think about running a business. This is why I decided to take a leap of faith and try (very slowly and with the help of a coach and doctor) to transition off of medication onto something that didn’t cause her head to feel like it was on fire. So we jumped. It was more like gradual and empirical move from medication to natural supplements. I read a book called Med Free Bipolar that helped me probably more than anything else. All the people who talked about the EMPower plus working, didn’t say anything about the rest of the body. But this book said you need to fix your GI tract before you can even absorb any of the nutrients in the EMPowerplus supplement. We went all out and took things to rid her body of any possible parasites, and then started using a very potent probiotic to help with absorption. Then we started to slowly, transition from the high dose of lithium to a high dose of EMPowerplus. It was a balancing act as we lowered the dosage of lithium and carefully monitored the reaction. I honestly don’t know how anyone could do it if they didn’t work from home like I do because we had some days where it was really scary. But I called the transition coach every single day. It took us almost two months, but she is now completely off lithium and is now on EMPowerplus, a probiotic, vitamin D-3, and Typtophan (natural sleep aid). It wasn’t easy. I honestly believe that it takes a while for the brain to reach a point where it is absorbing and utilizing the nutrients it needs. Like I mentioned at the first, I am an empiricist. I’m a researcher and I have been published in the journal of Mindfulness for my work on the Implicit Association Test (IAT). I monitored my wife every day with every dose. I wrote down every reaction, good or bad. I recorded hours of sleep every night and even how often she had bowel movements (both critical for mental health). People can say what they want about the EMPowerplus formulation, but we have been on one of the most traumatic mental health rollercoasters that can anyone can ride (overcoming full-blown psychosis is not a simple task) and we are out of it in large part because of the EMPowerplus formulation. From an empirical standpoint, there isn’t any other reason. I don’t need a double blind placebo controlled study to show me that my wife is no longer psychotic after receiving a full blown DSM-V diagnosis of the most severe case of Bipolar. Do what you will, but we don’t choose the life that lithium gave us. She is now reading full books, smiling and laughing every day and about to start a new business. I have my wife back. She is excited about life again. She doesn’t have any of the side effects and she believes in herself. I left out a lot of details, but I have said more than most comments here. I hope this helps someone because this post ranks on the first page of Google. If you try EMPowerplus, do it right. I would be willing to bet that all the people who have horror stories don’t do it right. They come off their meds cold-turkey (very stupid and dangerous - it took us over a month to slowly wean off of 1200 mg of lithium), they take too low a dose of EMPowerplus, they never even think about fixing their digestion, they don’t think about sleep patterns affecting the brain, they don’t have a transition coach, they don’t record it in a journal, they don’t have support of others around them who are monitoring, their doctor usually doesn’t know about it. Show me a horror story of someone who did every single one of those things right, and I would be very surprised. That’s my opinion. Be careful people. This is serious. But life is much better off meds.

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Posted by Andy Proctor on 12/31/2014 at 9:29 PM

Re: “Warrior Spirit

Is anyone really surprised by any of this?

The LDS church has become more and more focused on real estate. It has gobbled up property in Nebraska and Florida in breathtaking amounts. All the while it continues to collect 10% tithing from the poorest of the poor for what?

The LDS church is corporation masquerading as a church.

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Posted by Tanya Zimmerman on 06/08/2017 at 9:07 AM

Re: “Money To Burn

Hey, look Chief. I can make up pretend names too. "Holliday", "outsidethebox", and "Hmmm" are obviously your stool pigeons repeating what you were texting out to anyone who would listen today. Your firefighters deserve better leadership than this. I don't work for you, but I know your administrative staff is sick of being cut off at the knees!

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Posted by FireChief on 07/07/2016 at 1:42 AM

Re: “Crazy Pills

I was wondering why this reporter felt the need to print the name of the men's church or religious affiliation. I have struggled to find where one's religion would have any significance in regards to the efficacy of this product. It is just one more attempt by City Weekly to try, in some way, discredit the many wonderful things that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints do each day to make this world a better place. Can't we all just get along.

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Posted by JABCorp on 05/15/2014 at 4:39 PM

Re: “Warrior Spirit

Sorry, Moana, but I never said the LDS church is fully focused on real estate. What I _did_ say is that it is gobbling up real estate in several places, and I stand by that.

And seriously, the LDS church provides service without media involvement? That's laughable.

For fun, look up the Mormon Helping Hands program. Note two things: 1). It has among its stated purposes the following:

"Build Relationships with Opinion Leaders

"Church Public Affairs exists to build strategic relationships with opinion leaders who affect the reputation of the Church of Jesus Christ. Service is a powerful tool for influencing the beliefs and opinions of prominent individuals. Mormon Helping Hands is especially effective in developing beneficial relationships between Church leaders and government officials or other opinion leaders.

"Enhance the Reputation of the Church

"Mormon Helping Hands helps bring the Church out of obscurity and can greatly improve its reputation. Local media interest in these projects helps spread the knowledge of the Church to many who would not otherwise hear of it."

Note please the intent to draw media interest.

And 2). Ask your stake leaders who is responsible for the Mormon Helping Hands program in your stake. Because the handbook calls for it to be homed with the stake PUBLIC AFFAIRS representative. We do not wonder why.

The LDS church collects billions each year, and it refuses to provide even its own members any visibility into how much comes in, how it is spent, or how much its top leaders are paying themselves in "living allowances."

That is shameful.

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Posted by Tanya Zimmerman on 06/08/2017 at 8:53 PM

Re: “Money To Burn

How sad! The establishment of the UFA was to consolidate and meet the needs of our communities. It's a false talking point to say you are saving the district money. Save it more money by just accepting your large pay check under your contract, not sneaking more money from the incentive program that was put in place for the good work the guys in the field do.
Hope you didn't dislocate your shoulder patting yourself on the back by your complimenting yourself for the "work" you didn't do!!!

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Posted by IMMPPM on 07/07/2016 at 10:36 AM

Re: “Circumcision Decision

@mathew Your view is contrary to all the evidence out there. Where to start.. How can your son miss his foreskin when you never gave him the opportunity to keep it. You are not supposed to clean under the foreskin it is fused like a fingernail and slowly releases before-around puberty age. Just like you don't clean inside a baby girls vagina, the environments are self cleaning. If there is a infection (rare) you simple dab steroids cream on the tip and it works its way in by nature. This is why phimosis Is a miss diagnosis in uninformed or bias doctors. Actually people are questioning phimosis In general. The foreskin is torn from the glans and cut. He did feel pain, he was likely in shock. Majority of circumcisions involve a lot of bleeding and screaming. I doubt the legitimacy of your statement.wrong again men circumcised as adults commonly express regret and unsatisfactory sexuality. When circumcised long enough they have noted the loss in sensation and erectile difficulties like the over tightening of skin (I've never heard heard anyone compare that to the foreskin like you did) and painful sex. Google circumcision regret and you'll get your answers. I can't believe how uninformed you are its to bad your son has to suffer on the end of your poor parenting. He will be on the uncommon circumcised side now and he will ask you why.

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Posted by John on 09/17/2015 at 4:27 AM

Re: “Money To Burn

What if this is just the first revelation of a long pattern of privileged entitlement of men who should be humble public servants and take care of their duty to the public, the department and their firefighters.

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Posted by letthetruthbetold on 07/06/2016 at 10:56 PM

Re: “Circumcision Decision

@matthew: by saying "changing his diaper is not as complicated as it would be if you had to clean under a baby foreskin" you only make clear that you don't have clue about anatomy. There is nothing to clean for a baby boy because nature did a very well job. The foreskin is directly attached to the glans and it must be forcefully ripped of if you would like to clean anything under it. So sad you mutilate your boys because of such a misinformed view. This is called "natural phimosis" and can exist until teenage days before the foreskin becomes retractable by itself. The foreskin that is tighlty connected to the glans protects the penis in these days against harm and dirt. In this sense the glans is an internal organ. To rip off this protection to be able to clean what doesn't get dirty doesn't seem to be very clever.

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Posted by Rerun on 09/17/2015 at 7:31 AM

Re: “Money To Burn

Good job Colby. Keep digging.

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Posted by matty224 on 07/06/2016 at 11:37 PM

Re: “Circumcision Decision

This article is excellent. Are babies and children mere property of the parents of which we can slice pieces off of or not as suits our whims? Or are they human beings with rights, needs and feelings of their own? I've been trying to say this for many years.

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Posted by Rosemary Romberg on 09/17/2015 at 9:49 AM

Re: “Crazy Pills

Everyone will have a different reaction to everything. My little brother committed suicide on anti-depressants. My dad (the nicest, most caring man I know and now my BEST friend) beat the crap out of me when I was being a typical, mouthy 16 yr old while on Paxil. The article mentions a horrendous and very sad story, but where are all of the stories of mothers drowning their children on psych drugs? What about the teenagers on anti-depressants shooting up schools? Why no mention of the thousands who have taken their own lives while on prescribed medication? Many with their futures planned out and no suicide note?!

What most don't understand, is that there have been studies by Eli Lily that have proven there are people that they labeled "high-metabolizers" and people that were labeled as "low-metabolizers." What they found in this research is that some people were able to take their drugs and do better with them. Others... well, we've read the headlines. There was actually a lawsuit against Eli Lilly that was won because this evidence had been brought to court. We ALL react different to what is put into our bodies. Plain and simple.

I think it's unfair to claim "quackery" or "snake-oil" just because the supplement "didn't work for you." I know what depression is like. It has hit close too home one too many times. Q96 saved my life and I have seen it do the same for others. Can it make you feel nauseous? Yes, but what vitamin taken on an empty stomach doesn't?

I don't love MLM's and too many getting involved are missing the whole point behind the supplement and are just looking for a way to make a quick buck. However, MLM is a good way to market a product. Everyone that knows anything about marketing should know that.

I'm a firm believer that EVERYTHING (diet change, exercise, cognitive behavioral therapy, etc.) should be exhausted before one considers anti-depressants or anti-anxieties. A lot of the time we're just lacking sleep or vital nutrients that are almost non-existent in our diets.

By the way, Q96 has been studied in 3 countries, has 20 medical journal publications with 14 of them having been peer-reviewed. And mentioning the religious affiliation of the founders? Are you just scraping for fillers in this article?

I'm not anti-psych drugs, but I do believe that doctors need to do a LOT more than just spend 5 minutes with a patient and then send them off with an Rx for a very powerful drug with no intentions on carefully monitoring their reactions and behaviors. I'll take the 10 minutes of nausea over the ridiculous, and sometimes deadly side effects the alternative has the potential of.

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Posted by Jenn on 08/22/2014 at 6:13 AM

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