Lost Funds | Hits & Misses | Salt Lake City | Salt Lake City Weekly

Lost Funds 

Also: Like an Open Book, Counted Out

Pin It
Favorite

miss_1.jpg
Lost Funds
Women around the nation reacted when the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure decided to pull funding from Planned Parenthood. It took only a few days of protests to reverse that decision, which was seen as a nod to right-wing pro-life advocates. Since very little of Planned Parenthood funds go to abortions, the defunding from Komen would have hurt breast-cancer education and treatment, as well as cut back on its offering of mammograms. But women were stung. Now, we find that the Salt Lake City event will have 17 percent fewer participants and, of course, less money. Other cities were shy registrants by up to 40 percent. Utah’s Karrie Galloway says Planned Parenthood still supports Komen, but forgiveness is hard and Komen should have thought before it acted.

hit_1.jpg
Like an Open Book
Thanks to professor Randy Dryer and his University of Utah Honors College students, we all know quantitatively what we knew intuitively: Utahns really want access to public records, and they want it now. But will the Legislature, which seems to dismiss public opinion, take a page from this Transparency Project poll? The Salt Lake Tribune paid for the survey, which showed that 65 percent of Utah voters would support using tax dollars to increase access to public records locally. They also want records to be available online. Support for open access crossed all boundaries. One poll respondent said openness goes to the heart of democracy. Oops, there’s the D-word, which Utah lawmakers would like wiped out of our vocabulary. Schools are now required to teach that the United States is a “compound constitutional republic.”

miss_1.jpg
Counted Out
So here we go again with the state Board of Education elections. No, you don’t get to choose your representative, except after a panel forwards its recommendation to the governor and he sends three names to the ballot. This year, as in past elections, some incumbent board members got the boot, even though you voted for them before. The Salt Lake Tribune’s Paul Rolly railed against the unfairness of it all but, let’s face it, things are not likely to change. Since former Gov. Mike Leavitt’s time, the movement has been toward appointment rather than election. After all, who knows their state board rep, anyway? We could take the suggestion of John Florez, a Deseret News columnist, who thinks the board should be disbanded. But we might want to think differently altogether. Maybe a state board made up of the state’s district superintendents would work.

Pin It
Favorite

More by Katharine Biele

  • The Polluting Port

    Groups envision global connectivity over water and air concerns, whose voice are we keeping? And say goodbye to SAGE testing.
    • Jun 13, 2018
  • Citizen Revolt: June 14

    Have your voice heard about the pending inland port; learn how to help fight hunger and don't forget about the latest interim session.
    • Jun 13, 2018
  • Solutions Not Problems

    More homeless solutions run into problems, a win for reduced light pollution and wildlife preservation is now a victim of the President's anti-regulation movement.
    • Jun 6, 2018
  • More »

Latest in Hits & Misses

  • The Polluting Port

    Groups envision global connectivity over water and air concerns, whose voice are we keeping? And say goodbye to SAGE testing.
    • Jun 13, 2018
  • Solutions Not Problems

    More homeless solutions run into problems, a win for reduced light pollution and wildlife preservation is now a victim of the President's anti-regulation movement.
    • Jun 6, 2018
  • Miscalculated Fear

    Fear not The Inn Between's new eastside location, San Juan County's federal fight could lead to bankruptcy and Eagle Mountain learns the incentive lesson.
    • May 30, 2018
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

  • Hearing Protection, Sex Ed, Public Lands

    We certainly don't want our hunters hassled, especially in the rain, and that is good reason to loosen Utah's already liberal gun laws.
    • Jan 11, 2017
  • Release the Records

    A public records battle reaches the state's Supreme Court; more Energy Solutions malarkey and who exactly is donating to the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation?
    • Mar 21, 2018

© 2018 Salt Lake City Weekly

Website powered by Foundation