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Feedback from Nov. 29 and Beyond 

Our readers sound off on African cuisine, climate change and medical cannabis.

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Opinion, Nov. 29, "Climate Change Alert"
While we were celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday with expressions of gratitude with our loved ones, a governmental report was released which details troubling economic, environmental and public health consequences if meaningful action is not taken to reduce carbon emissions and combat climate change. In this time of political division, it has seemed like wishful thinking to believe that such action would be possible.

But hope has come in the form of the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act recently introduced in the House of Representatives, with Republican and Democratic co-sponsors. This bill lays out a thoughtful, market-driven approach to reducing carbon emission, rather than creating new regulations. It also recognizes the impact changing energy dependence has on middle-class and low-income families, and includes provisions to protect them and vital industries from undue stress.

As a longtime member of Citizens' Climate Lobby, I feel very fortunate to see a revenue-neutral bipartisan solution for an issue which affects all of us. It's about time that a response to climate change became a bridge issue, rather than a wedge issue.
Bri Buckley,
West Valley City

The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change special report has given the world its latest warning about inaction and it is not good. Yet, many of us, including most of our political leaders, are content to worry about something else. I think it is because they don't like the proposed solutions. However, there is now legislation proposed in Congress that should attract their support. H.R 7173, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act is a bipartisan bill that will be effective in bringing down carbon emissions by putting a fee on carbon and giving citizens a dividend with the money raised without the government keeping any of it! Co-sponsored by Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), Rep. Francis Rooney (R-Fla.), Rep. Charlie Crist (D-Fla.), Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.), and Rep. Dave Trott (R-Mich.), this bill will correct the failure of the market which allows us to pollute our air for free. This will be good for our health and our economy. I ask that our members of Utah's Congressional delegation cosponsor and work to pass this much needed action.
Scott Leckman,
Chairman, Citizens' Climate Education
Salt Lake City

Restaurant review, Nov. 29, Horn of Africa
I now know what I'm getting my Somali-born son-in-law for Christmas! Thank you.
Ann Hopkins
Via Facebook

Online news post, Dec. 3, Contentious medical cannabis compromise bill passed by state House and Senate lawmakers
Oh, I'm sure a visit from Marty Stephens [chief lobbyist for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints] had nothing to do with it.
Ryan Mills
Via Facebook

Why isn't this a huge surprise? The constant battle between the [LDS] church and those in political power influenced by them. The only way to avoid this is move to another state. Pathetic, Utah. Pathetic!
Jason Gregersen

I want to sign a petition or lawsuit against this outrage!
Boudica Luther
Via Facebook

There are a couple of attorneys willing to take this on; there is already a GoFundMe page for them to do so.
Gerda Orrock
Via Facebook

The error is you don't live in a democracy and have been exposed. Too bad people are probably too complacent to do anything about it. ... If the people got to write Prop 2 from the start, it would have looked way different. It was super restrictive to begin with.
Dave Caldwell
Via Facebook

Thanks for nothing, Utah legislators.
Gerald Larsen
Via Facebook

Don't worry. We're fed up and coming for all your jobs.
Kelly Winward
Via Facebook

Vote them out. If we continue to elect the same people we'll get the same results.
Boomer Ross
Via Facebook

Has a coup ever occurred at the state level? Asking for a friend.
Marques Shaw
Via Facebook

"Don't pee on my leg and tell me it's raining." —Judge Judy Sheindlin
Debra Vasquez
Via Facebook

I call bullshit.
Tracie Pehrson
Via Facebook

Online news post, Dec. 7, State power players and activists react to lawmakers' passing of the Utah Medical Cannabis Act
I like how the state representatives think that this is going to be the best state-ran medical program or how the rest of the country will copy this law. Well, for one, all the other states are not run by dip-shit Mormons, and second, in most of the other states in the West you can just go to a privately owned store and buy it just to have a good time—no medical issues needed. [That model] is probably what the rest of the country will copy.
Mel P. Stone
Via Facebook

[They] should be brought out on the front lawn and paddled like petulant children.
Daniel Talley
Via Facebook

Does anybody really think the state of Utah will ever grow and distribute marijuana?
Via Twitter

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