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Where's the Ska?
I'm wondering why City Weekly has not included any ska or reggae in its Best of Utah Music categories ["Best of Utah Music 2015 Preview," Feb. 15].

Utah is home to more than 20 bands in the reggae/ska genre—bands like Afro Omega, Two & a Half White Guys and Natural Roots, offering quality music for over 10 years. New favorites like Funk & Gonzo, Green Leefs and Wasnatch show how we party in the SLC, and newcomers like Tribe of I, Vocal Reasoning and Hemptations spread the good vibes and a conscious message to the masses.

Now that the Reggae Rise-Up Festival and similar events bring international reggae acts to rival those in California's giant reggae scene, I ask: Why does City Weekly fail to give notice to this huge growing movement?
Jorge Frias
Salt Lake City

Editor's note: Bands are chosen to participate in Best of Utah Music by a nomination committee and online poll, but we will try to expand our scope for next year's competition.

Drive-Thru Hypocrisy
I find it disheartening that the Utah Legislature, in its infinite wisdom, has decided yet again to micromanage Salt Lake City by passing House Bill 160, a bill that overrides an ordinance the Salt Lake City Council adopted in September 2014 requiring local businesses—mostlyrestaurants—that have drive-thrus to serve people on bicycles.

This is the height of hypocrisy. These are the same people who preach ad nauseum about the big, bad federal government coming in uninvited and trampling on their "rights." Then, almost in the same breath, they turn around and do the same thing to the people of Salt Lake City. How ironic (and maddening!).
Ryan Curtis
Salt Lake City

No Accord
Do you spend time in the Wasatch mountains? The future of the central Wasatch mountains as we know and love them is facing some daunting changes. You might have heard of the Mountain Accord, a process that has been going on for about a year, and the first big phase is ending with an important public-comment period. The processand issues are pretty complex, so to help make your opinion an educated one, the Wasatch Backcountry Alliance has provided a summary of the blueprint proposal from the backcountry perspective to help make these issues more clear. Your feedback will have a profound effect on this process. This is our future! Let your voice be heard by commenting before March 16.

Visit WasatchBackcountryAlliance.org for more guidance, and then share your opinions with the officials of the Mountain Accord.

Help us preserve the unique balance between developed and backcountry terrain in the central Wasatch mountains!
Dani Poirier
Salt Lake City

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