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Re: “A Matter of Source

Brilliant! Could not have been stated any more clearly. Monson is a troll and anybody that reads or listens to his drivel should have his/her head examined.

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Posted by Monson Sucks! on 01/07/2015 at 4:45 PM

Re: “Dear Mormonism

I feel a little sadness in my heart. Happy for you because you are happy. But sad because you have taken a tone that mocks something that so many find holy. I dont think it is fair, or strong, or right, to mock any religion where people seek hope and try to increase good in the world. You might not agree at all with the way it is done. You might not be thrilled with your own experiences in that faith. But I feel like the true test of maturity and self control, comes when you disagree with something, but are able to remain focused on positives. So it wasn't for you? That is okay, and the life you have chosen might be the way you should go. But telling the internet that the mormon church "is still trying to figure out what to do with it's women" and that you expect to be seen as a monster, is heart breakingly sad. Because your bad experience with mormonism, might just be the experience that saves another person when they find it. We have no way of knowing the burdens that are carried by others. And who are we to keep anyone from finding peace, or happiness.

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Posted by Aimee on 02/26/2014 at 5:03 PM

Re: “A Matter of Source

Mr. Means- love you, love your column. Piper is good. But Harrington's point stands even if there were 20 Trib writers covering the Utes. Monson made up utter B.S. (that Whittingham was going to BYU, leaving etc.) and implied that it was a near certainty. For him to act like a journalist that is reporting "facts" and then retreat behind "I'm only a columnist" when those facts turn out to be false is duplicitous at best. It hurts recruiting and impacts players.

Monson has done this before. Remember when he ran with a fake rumor on a message board in 2004 about "Utah's next coach"? It's one thing to have an opinion, but to imply over and over that you have inside info that you're basing your opinions on just to stir the pot is crap.

Don't defend Monson- he's indefensible. He's a troll and embarrassment to the rest of the Trib staff.

22 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Joe Theyounger Culbertson on 01/07/2015 at 11:34 PM

Re: “A Matter of Source

The more people that call out this pathetic hack the better. Coverage of the U should be THE beat to have as a journalist here, but it seems like reporters get stonewalled by the lack of media access and resort to speculative drivel like Monson. Even more responsible reporters get sucked into the twitter B.S.

Journalism is on life support at the Trib and the DNews died a while ago.

22 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Joe Theyounger Culbertson on 01/07/2015 at 4:48 PM

Re: “Dear Mormonism

I grew up in the Mormon religion & I am no longer active unlike some people though I understand I am not active because I don't want to be. Not because I want to degrade the religion because I want a reason to justify not doing what is right. Also the fact that the priesthood keeps coming up is aggravating. It's given to men yet. . . Men can't have children, we procreate. How awesome is that for a women to literally grow another person. So we have to be equal to men yet they cannot do what we can? Absolutely ridiculous. This is ridiculous,

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Posted by Myownopinion on 02/26/2014 at 5:19 PM

Re: “Mormons and Pot

When you use quotation marks, most readers assume that you are quoting something verbatim. And yet President Hinckley never called the Iraq War a "just war". He said some wars are justified, but all are horrific. When you can't get even the most basic facts right, it destroys your credibility for everything else you have to say.

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Posted by Dustin Cammack on 04/26/2018 at 2:11 PM

Re: “Problem Not Solved

I live downtown in the Warehouse Condos. I am less than a block from the Rio Grande and the Road Home. The homeless problem has become substantially worse since I moved down here 4 years ago. The sheer number of homeless people has drastically increased over the past few years. Saying "homelessness had dropped more than 90 percent over the past decade" is based on false or drastically skewed statistics to only make the mayor look good in the eyes of other cities. The increased police presence hasn't begun to make a dent in the problem. I don't have a magical solution to the problem but stopping Rio Grande St. from being a drive-through drug mart for the underprivileged would be a good place to start. The various institutions to help the homeless in Salt Lake City need to communicate and work together to combat the growing problem.

11 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Cody on 09/02/2015 at 5:54 PM

Re: “Dear Mormonism

Interesting. Although I respect the right to free speech and to a persons freedom of religion, I find many of these comments bitter and insulting to a religious organization. I just moved to Utah from San Francisco. I miss my wonderful diverse Bay Area with it's (for the most part) live and let live attitude. Reading stuff like this makes me want to go back. I think I will.

11 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Carolyn Call on 02/26/2014 at 5:32 PM

Re: “Boondoggled

If you want to see their idea of maintaining a "Pristine Landscape" drive on Highway 24 to Capitol Reef National Park, or 313 into Canyonlands NP and see how noticeable the oil wells are. Once they start getting less than 500m apart you can say the wells are getting a bit dense.

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Posted by Dustin B on 06/24/2015 at 8:41 PM

Re: “Problem Not Solved

If you consider "ignoring," as 90% solved he is correct, I drive on 400 west quite often and there are literally HUNDREDS of homeless souls wrapped up, sleeping along the lawn covered divider, or lined up hoping for a filling breakfast...IF in fact it is 90% solved, I would have hated to have seen how many we had before solving it.

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Posted by Jim Platt 1 on 09/03/2015 at 5:43 AM

Re: “Dear Mormonism

Why should she only focus on the positive? My husband was raised Mormon and no longer is a member of the church and one of the reasons he left was because of it's pollyanish nature. No one likes to talk about the tough stuff or disagree or make comments that are not positive. Life isn't perfect and always positive life is complex and hard and there are things that we just can't answer with a smile and a hug. Kudos for bringing up her feelings and being willing to share them publicly even though she knew she might draw criticism. That is brave and honest. I believe more people would come to know Jesus as their personal savior if more people were real, authentic and honest about their own life and life in general. There's nothing wrong with Talking about the negatives or sharing her struggles. I didn't find the article disrespectful at all. If she had called the religion names, or song mud then that might be disrespectful but she's just sharing her experience with how she felt.

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Posted by Heidi on 02/26/2014 at 8:26 PM

Re: “Problem Not Solved

I personally live at the shelter and yes there's drugs all around in front of the shelter were our kids wait for the school bus. there's such dirty living conditions here there's diseases that keep comeing. the housing program seems good but it's only a temporary fix. it helps u get into a apt but after that your left on your own, for some it's great but for most we need a more permanent solution a good majority of the people at the road home are disabled and cannot afford the 700-900 a month rent when you do move out so they end up back in the shelter within 6 months all these issues need to be addressed badly and fast for the safety and happiness of the kids and adults here

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by somebody on 09/30/2015 at 11:02 PM

Re: “Trumped Up

Hey, davidfarrar, would you mind rephrasing that in cogent English so I can respond to whatever point you're attempting to make?

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Posted by James Jim Catano on 07/15/2015 at 10:00 PM

Re: “Dear Mormonism

When I lost my faith in the Mormon Church, it was more painful than the loss of my marriage, more painful than anything I had ever experienced. I looked for every reason I could find to justify staying in the church. I don't explain to active Mormons why I left because I don't want to be responsible for their disillusionment - it's a very personal journey. But Stephanie puts it so well. I'm sorry this is painful for active Mormons to hear. I understand. But it is a salve for those of us who feel betrayed by the LDS religion.

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Sondra Lloyd on 02/26/2014 at 6:24 PM

Re: “Dear Mormonism

Thank you so very much for putting to words what I'm not able to express yet myself. Absolutely beautiful and inspiring. I received my confirmation letter that my name has been removed from the records today, along with my husband's and our 6 children. Your article captures the very essence of my heart today.

6 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by J Torres on 02/26/2014 at 4:39 PM

Re: “You're on Your Own

I get that your incident sucked, but when you don't cite any statistics, you can't just say crime is skyrocketing because you got unlucky with dispatch on perhaps a busy day.

Secondly, using said data, it's easy to see that auto thefts are about on average per 1000 residents as compared to the past decade or more (

Thirdly, it is well known that crime-committers from the west side come over to the east side (especially near the avenues and university) -- so before you start blaming dispatch for having life or death scenarios to deal with, maybe your friends should start by not leaving valuables visible in their cars.

Fourthly, you assume these auto thefts are likely armed and dangerous, and then get your son in the car with you to go find them? Why are you so mad at the dispatch for messing up and/or being crazy busy and understaffed, when you're gladly willing to put your son in harm's way to save some electronics and a car (which had insurance on it, I presume?!)? Get a grip and talk to your local politicians/representatives about getting more dispatchers... don't use city weekly as an overly-dramatic venting platform for your irrational, data-lacking assumptions and your irresponsible behaviors.

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Posted by Guybrodudeman on 11/20/2015 at 2:13 PM

Re: “Problem Not Solved

Let's do some real math. In every debate, to my recollection, Jackie dramatically laments Mayor Ralph Becker's efforts with the homeless are essentially "too little too late. Mayor Ralph Becker was honored for his efforts in reducing chronic homelessness among veterans by the white house.…

His efforts facilitated functionally ending chronic homelessness among veterans in December 2014.… Salt Lake City is close to eliminating chronic homelessness entirely.

Since announcing the 5000 Doors initiative, 797 Affordable Housing Units have been built, preserved, or supported.

Although Jackie served on a legislative homeless committee; I could find no evidence of commendations for her efforts from the White House.…. "Those who can't" criticize".

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Posted by Sage Boyer on 09/03/2015 at 1:21 AM

Re: “Dear Mormonism

As a Mormon still in the faith, I disagree with your position. However, I'm glad you found your happiness and wish the best.

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Posted by Nate on 02/26/2014 at 7:58 PM

Re: “Dear Mormonism

Thank you! I have tears. You have given words to many of us who feel as you do. Bravo. I love this post.

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Posted by Anissa on 02/26/2014 at 5:15 PM

Re: “Dear Mormonism

You have expressed beautifully what so many are feeling. Thank you.

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Posted by Alison on 02/26/2014 at 5:14 PM

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