Hits & Misses: Utah Problems | Hits & Misses | Salt Lake City | Salt Lake City Weekly

Hits & Misses: Utah Problems 

Gun laws, 'explicit material' and brewery blues.

Pin It
Favorite
news_hitsmisses1-3.jpg
news_hitsmisses1-1.jpg

Let's Talk About Guns
After each mass shooting in the U.S., Bryan Schott of Utah Policy likes to post this: "Yay, Second Amendment!" It is, of course, a middle finger to the NRA and the now-growing number of Americans who think anything should go in the way of firearms. Silencers are the latest, and Congress might take up legislation to legalize them this week. Yes, right after the mass shooting in Las Vegas—the deadliest one in modern U.S. history. Neither walls, Muslim bans nor Eddie Eagle will stop it. A Washington Post opinion columnist said now is the time to politicize shootings and talk about how to prevent them. So let's talk—not about doing away with the Second Amendment, but about correctly interpreting it. And saving lives.

news_hitsmisses1-1.jpg

Try Again
I wonder how many children Sen. Todd Weiler thinks reach for Cosmopolitan as their go-to porn magazine. I further wonder if he or Victoria Hearst—heiress to Hearst Communications, which owns the publication—have ever actually viewed porn. If you think Cosmo is explicit, then you might want to start with TV shows like Scandal, or anything on HBO. ABC4News interviewed Hearst about her billboard campaign which labels Cosmo as "explicit content." OK, fine. It isn't the best reading material for young women, and certainly doesn't give young men a good idea of a woman's worth. But it's not porn, and labeling it as such is just silly. Try talking to your kids about sex. You might learn something.

news_hitsmisses1-2.jpg

Shafted
Good on Mine Shaft Brewery for taking on the government. The company, according to the Park Record, filed suit to force Summit County to respond to its requests under the Government Records Management and Access Act (GRAMA)—which is supposed to help the public get information from that behemoth called a bureaucracy. But bureaucrats are good at charging for it or simply denying access. Mine Shaft wants to build a brewery at the business park on state Road 224. Unfortunately for them, The Boyer Co. owns the property and the county says a brewery is not allowed under some agreement. The county didn't respond to the 2014 request in time and Mine Shaft thinks the denial is based on personal feelings, rather than documented agreements. If Mine Shaft loses in court, it will show that governments really don't need to work for the public.

Pin It
Favorite

More by Katharine Biele

  • Citizen Revolt: Feb. 14

    Celebrate women's voices and equality for all. Learn about the nuanced legacy of Malcolm X. Plus, brush up on your First Amendment knowledge.
    • Feb 13, 2019
  • Idle No More

    A possible win in the air-pollution fight. Yet again, another way to elect state Board of Education members. Plus, the old majority is feeling disenfranchised in San Juan County.
    • Feb 13, 2019
  • Citizen Revolt: Feb. 7

    Discuss our 2nd Amendment at the U's law school. Learn about nuclear energy's future in Utah. Plus, don't give up the fight for Prop 3 at the Capitol.
    • Feb 6, 2019
  • More »

Latest in Hits & Misses

  • Idle No More

    A possible win in the air-pollution fight. Yet again, another way to elect state Board of Education members. Plus, the old majority is feeling disenfranchised in San Juan County.
    • Feb 13, 2019
  • Ignorant Fools

    The Legislature doesn't seem to think voters understood Prop 3. Southern Utah's Phil Lyman makes a statement. Plus, the power of the people in the fight against the inland port.
    • Feb 6, 2019
  • Yeas and Nays

    We've seen good and bad news for LGBTQ people this week. It's time to address distracted driving. Plus, know your history on the abortion debate.
    • Jan 30, 2019
  • More »

Comments

Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

  • Dear Jon

    A letter to Jon Huntsman Jr., more kids means fewer taxes in Utah and some perspective on the inland port debate.
    • Jul 25, 2018
  • High Anxiety

    A new study suggests link between altitude and high teen suicide rates, coal is still king in Utah, for now, and an unhappy former mayor.
    • Jul 4, 2018

© 2019 Salt Lake City Weekly

Website powered by Foundation