Romney Rave | Hits & Misses | Salt Lake City | Salt Lake City Weekly

Romney Rave 

Also: Leave It To The Kids, Gas Bill

Pin It
Favorite

click to enlarge hit_1.jpg
Romney Rave
It might as well be kiss-up-to-Mitt month for the media, what with all the attention he’s getting. First, we have the love-fest that is Mitt, the 94-minute Netflix movie about Romney family prayer and the candidate’s overarching self-doubt. We have lots of people pondering whether he will run again for president, despite The Salt Lake Tribune’s pronouncement that he won’t because he’s sized up the negatives. Still, Romney stays out there, taking on a New York Times reporter for misquoting him on Russia and dissing the Sochi Olympics for wasting billions of dollars. Romney said that Putin was using the Olympics as a personal P.R. vehicle. Of course, the fact that Romney headed the Salt Lake Games didn’t hurt his bid for Massachusetts governor. And then there were the Olympic pins with his likeness. Never underestimate the power of hubris.

click to enlarge miss_1.jpg
Leave It to the Kids
A House committee thinks it’s a good idea to get kids involved in a jury trial over termination of parental rights. Don’t trust a judge, and really don’t trust the guardians ad litem who are charged with protecting children from abuse and neglect—that’s the message from Rep. LaVar Christensen, R-Draper. While there may be instances of children wrongly taken from parents, there are many more of children’s lives being saved. Christensen thinks this is about preserving families and somehow upholding parents’ liberties. Interestingly, Missouri is vetting the polar opposite of Christensen’s proposal—to speed up the process. If this is a constitutional issue, then kids have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, too.

click to enlarge miss_1.jpg
Gas Bill
Yes, we thought it was a joke. Good one, Rep. Jerry Anderson, R-Price. You want to limit state regulation of greenhouse gas emissions. It’s all about saving the plants. God knows they’re not getting enough carbon dioxide. And yes, Anderson was a “science” teacher, and so he knows all about gases like nitrogen and radon and xenon. They’re natural. Well, a lot of things are natural that are not necessarily beneficial to human life. People have been naturally burning fossil fuels for a long time, and it’s been causing bad air, bad lungs and bad economies. According to a Salt Lake Tribune study, the bad air also seems to cause more school absences. At least legislators saw fit to hold this bill. Apparently, the plant lobby isn’t very effective.  

Pin It
Favorite

More by Katharine Biele

  • Citizen Revolt: Oct. 18

    Meet some of the women running for office, learn about everything else on the ballot come November and discuss available programming to help Salt Lake's homeless population.
    • Oct 17, 2018
  • The Three Kings

    Where are the critics of Utah's proposed billion-dollar railroad? Utah's place in the climate change debate and a Utah journalism project shines a light on the dark side of housing.
    • Oct 17, 2018
  • Citizen Revolt: Oct. 11

    Candidates get a chance to meet our youth, unpack those ballot initiatives and March for Our Lives gets creative.
    • Oct 10, 2018
  • More »

Latest in Hits & Misses

  • The Three Kings

    Where are the critics of Utah's proposed billion-dollar railroad? Utah's place in the climate change debate and a Utah journalism project shines a light on the dark side of housing.
    • Oct 17, 2018
  • Judge Wad-duped

    What ever happened to the public part of public lands? The Legislature whittles away on ballot initiatives and don't say "Mormon" anymore.
    • Oct 10, 2018
  • This Mormon Moment

    Jeff Flake earns some credit, more red tape for beer retailers and was there any celebrating in Utah for National Public Lands Day?
    • Oct 3, 2018
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

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
  • Unfair Fire, FYI and Take the Toll

    If you Google "the right way to fire someone," chances are the University of Utah won't pop up.
    • Apr 26, 2017

© 2018 Salt Lake City Weekly

Website powered by Foundation