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The panic (at least in the view of the press and political elites) turns a manageable situation into a crisis — ... By Jonathan Bernstein Bloomberg View The trick to appointing an Ebola czar — a decision that President Barack Obama got mostly right in naming veteran Democratic operative Ron Klain — is that the two problems this “czar” is supposed to solve are close to opposites. The first challenge is political: to quell the widespread, unjustified hysteria over the epidemic in the United States. The panic (at least in the view of the press and political elites) turns a manageable situation into a crisis — ... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58545001@www.sltrib.com Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:20:02 MDT Washington Post Op-ed: Beating Ebola through a national plan http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58544986-82/ebola-national-care-health.html.csp By John T. Fox Special to The Washington Post The appointment of Ebola czar Ron Klain is an important initial step in mobilizing a coordinated national effort to confront this deadly virus. As the first U.S. hospital to successfully treat Ebola patients, Emory University Hospital has a unique perspective on the scope of the effort and skill required to care for such patients while also protecting the staff and public. One key lesson learned has been that training and strictly following protoco... By John T. Fox Special to The Washington Post The appointment of Ebola czar Ron Klain is an important initial step in mobilizing a coordinated national effort to confront this deadly virus. As the first U.S. hospital to successfully treat Ebola patients, Emory University Hospital has a unique perspective on the scope of the effort and skill required to care for such patients while also protecting the staff and public. One key lesson learned has been that training and strictly following protoco... 58544986@www.sltrib.com Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:17:00 MDT Milbank: So it goes for President Pariah http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58544909-82/obama-president-brown-crowd.html.csp WASHINGTON • They were fired up and ready to go home. Democrats left nothing to chance for President Obama’s first campaign rally of the 2014 election season Sunday evening. They arranged for him to speak in Prince George’s County, Md., which went 90 percent for Obama in 2012. They put him in the gymnasium of a middle school that shared a campus with Barack Obama Elementary School, which explains the “We Rock at Barack” sweatshirts in the crowd. Some 90 percent of those in the audience were Afri... WASHINGTON • They were fired up and ready to go home. Democrats left nothing to chance for President Obama’s first campaign rally of the 2014 election season Sunday evening. They arranged for him to speak in Prince George’s County, Md., which went 90 percent for Obama in 2012. They put him in the gymnasium of a middle school that shared a campus with Barack Obama Elementary School, which explains the “We Rock at Barack” sweatshirts in the crowd. Some 90 percent of those in the audience were Afri... 58544909@www.sltrib.com Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:03:01 MDT Washington Post: Truth and freedom in Cuba http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58544882-82/cuba-paya-car-castro.html.csp The other day, Fidel Castro wrote an opinion column for Cuba’s state-run newspaper, Granma, as he has done periodically from retirement. He lavished praise on an editorial in The New York Times that called for an end to the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba. But Mr. Castro had one complaint: The Times mentioned the harassment of dissidents and the still-unexplained death of a leading exponent of democracy, Oswaldo Paya, and a younger activist, Harold Cepero, in a car wreck two years ago. The assertion ... The other day, Fidel Castro wrote an opinion column for Cuba’s state-run newspaper, Granma, as he has done periodically from retirement. He lavished praise on an editorial in The New York Times that called for an end to the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba. But Mr. Castro had one complaint: The Times mentioned the harassment of dissidents and the still-unexplained death of a leading exponent of democracy, Oswaldo Paya, and a younger activist, Harold Cepero, in a car wreck two years ago. The assertion ... 58544882@www.sltrib.com Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:00:02 MDT Bagley Cartoon: Utah Free Market Solutions http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58543271-82/bagley-cartoon-facebook-lake.html.csp This Pat Bagley editorial cartoon appears in The Salt Lake Tribune on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. Want more? Become a fan of Bagley on Facebook at www.facebook.com/notrobertkirby. This Pat Bagley editorial cartoon appears in The Salt Lake Tribune on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. Want more? Become a fan of Bagley on Facebook at www.facebook.com/notrobertkirby. 58543271@www.sltrib.com Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:25:53 MDT Lowry: The self-indulgent triviality of the Ferguson protests http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58542927-82/brown-ferguson-protesters-wilson.html.csp It wasn’t so long ago that Ferguson, Mo., was supposed to be an American morality tale of racism, the militarization of police and all manner of other evil. For a few weeks in August, the attention of the national media focused on the suburb of St. Louis, and MSNBC practically broadcast nothing else. President Barack Obama even mentioned Ferguson at a U.N. speech in the context of terror groups that behead people and sectarian conflicts that kill hundreds of thousands of people. While the media ... It wasn’t so long ago that Ferguson, Mo., was supposed to be an American morality tale of racism, the militarization of police and all manner of other evil. For a few weeks in August, the attention of the national media focused on the suburb of St. Louis, and MSNBC practically broadcast nothing else. President Barack Obama even mentioned Ferguson at a U.N. speech in the context of terror groups that behead people and sectarian conflicts that kill hundreds of thousands of people. While the media ... 58542927@www.sltrib.com Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:05:02 MDT Sunstein: Why Ebola is so much scarier than it needs to be http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58542912-82/ebola-fear-risks-public.html.csp In 2012, more than 33,000 Americans died on the highways. In some recent years, the flu has killed tens of thousands. Alcohol is associated with some 70,000 deaths annually, weight problems with more than 300,000, and smoking with over 400,000. Even a single one of these preventable deaths is a tragedy. But the risks they pose do not greatly trouble most people in their daily lives. What’s worrying many people much more these days is the far lower risk, at least in the United States and Europe, ... In 2012, more than 33,000 Americans died on the highways. In some recent years, the flu has killed tens of thousands. Alcohol is associated with some 70,000 deaths annually, weight problems with more than 300,000, and smoking with over 400,000. Even a single one of these preventable deaths is a tragedy. But the risks they pose do not greatly trouble most people in their daily lives. What’s worrying many people much more these days is the far lower risk, at least in the United States and Europe, ... 58542912@www.sltrib.com Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:00:01 MDT Robinson: Elizabeth Warren makes the case http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58542890-82/warren-republicans-election-party.html.csp WASHINGTON — Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she isn’t running for president. At this rate, however, she may have to. The Massachusetts Democrat has become the brightest ideological and rhetorical light in a party whose prospects are dimmed by — to use a word Jimmy Carter never uttered — malaise. Her weekend swing through Colorado, Minnesota and Iowa to rally the faithful displayed something no other potential contender for the 2016 presidential nomination, including Hillary Clinton, seems able to pr... WASHINGTON — Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she isn’t running for president. At this rate, however, she may have to. The Massachusetts Democrat has become the brightest ideological and rhetorical light in a party whose prospects are dimmed by — to use a word Jimmy Carter never uttered — malaise. Her weekend swing through Colorado, Minnesota and Iowa to rally the faithful displayed something no other potential contender for the 2016 presidential nomination, including Hillary Clinton, seems able to pr... 58542890@www.sltrib.com Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:54:01 MDT Letter: Lethality meets absurdity in Utah gun laws http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58541275-82/etc-lethal-utah-absurdity.html.csp Regarding (“Lecturer calls for boycott of Utah schools,” Oct. 17): It is absurd to allow lethal weapons, concealed or otherwise, on any university campus, — or church — or school — or playground — or movie theater — or grocery store — or theme park — or any other public place etc., etc. and etc. Guess what, folks? Lethal weapons are lethal. They kill people! Alan F. Heap, M.D. Salt Lake City Regarding (“Lecturer calls for boycott of Utah schools,” Oct. 17): It is absurd to allow lethal weapons, concealed or otherwise, on any university campus, — or church — or school — or playground — or movie theater — or grocery store — or theme park — or any other public place etc., etc. and etc. Guess what, folks? Lethal weapons are lethal. They kill people! Alan F. Heap, M.D. Salt Lake City 58541275@www.sltrib.com Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:12:02 MDT Letter: Newton can bridge the partisan divide http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58541321-82/newton-county-lake-salt.html.csp In this day and age of bitter and often childish partisan squabbling, we are in desperate need of more elected officials who are willing to work across party lines in order to get the job done. Republican Salt Lake County Councilwoman Aimee Winder Newton has promised to make bipartisan collaboration a priority if re-elected. In addition, Newton has also pledged to fight against wateful spending and champion government transparency. In the short time she has been in office, Newton has made inroad... In this day and age of bitter and often childish partisan squabbling, we are in desperate need of more elected officials who are willing to work across party lines in order to get the job done. Republican Salt Lake County Councilwoman Aimee Winder Newton has promised to make bipartisan collaboration a priority if re-elected. In addition, Newton has also pledged to fight against wateful spending and champion government transparency. In the short time she has been in office, Newton has made inroad... 58541321@www.sltrib.com Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:12:02 MDT Letter: ZAP tax hits the high notes http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58541334-82/opera-productions-symphony-tax.html.csp My wife and I attended another spectacular production presented by Utah Opera on Sunday. We enjoyed it immensely, as seemingly did everyone one else in the sold-out Capitol Theater who quickly rose to their feet at the conclusion at this world-class Madame Butterfly. The members of the Utah Symphony who regularly play an enormous role in the Opera’s productions were, once again, at the top of their game. Congratulations to all who make these productions so marvelous. As season ticket holders... My wife and I attended another spectacular production presented by Utah Opera on Sunday. We enjoyed it immensely, as seemingly did everyone one else in the sold-out Capitol Theater who quickly rose to their feet at the conclusion at this world-class Madame Butterfly. The members of the Utah Symphony who regularly play an enormous role in the Opera’s productions were, once again, at the top of their game. Congratulations to all who make these productions so marvelous. As season ticket holders... 58541334@www.sltrib.com Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:12:02 MDT Letter: Confident Chaffetz shows his ignorance http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58541352-82/chaffetz-science-ice-warming.html.csp On Chris Pond’s recent letter (“Go with the science, Chaffetz,” Oct. 17) about Jason Chaffetz’s statement regarding climate change: ”He’s entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.” Recent snowfall contributing to the increase of the Antarctic Ice Sheet is actually evidence of global warming (contrary to Chaffetz’s suggestion), in that the zone of maximum snowfall (32 degrees F) is moving inland (up in elevation, hence warming). Snow that used to fall in the ocean is now falling on the... On Chris Pond’s recent letter (“Go with the science, Chaffetz,” Oct. 17) about Jason Chaffetz’s statement regarding climate change: ”He’s entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.” Recent snowfall contributing to the increase of the Antarctic Ice Sheet is actually evidence of global warming (contrary to Chaffetz’s suggestion), in that the zone of maximum snowfall (32 degrees F) is moving inland (up in elevation, hence warming). Snow that used to fall in the ocean is now falling on the... 58541352@www.sltrib.com Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:12:02 MDT Editorial: We should fight disease, not each other http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58542199-82/ebola-fear-disease-com.html.csp Ebola is not at, or anywhere near, epidemic proportions in the United States. It is almost impossible to build a plausible scenario that would make it so. But fear of Ebola does threaten to infect us all with foolishness, panic and mistrust. It is, in that way, much like other threats, from international terror to illegal immigration to other diseases that are spread mainly through poverty and ignorance. The power they have is no more than what we choose to give them. Attempts to use this lates... Ebola is not at, or anywhere near, epidemic proportions in the United States. It is almost impossible to build a plausible scenario that would make it so. But fear of Ebola does threaten to infect us all with foolishness, panic and mistrust. It is, in that way, much like other threats, from international terror to illegal immigration to other diseases that are spread mainly through poverty and ignorance. The power they have is no more than what we choose to give them. Attempts to use this lates... 58542199@www.sltrib.com Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:12:01 MDT Letter: No free health care, lunch? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58529140-82/elementary-free-health-lunch.html.csp Mia — Yes, everyone should be required to have health insurance, or they should be denied services at all emergency rooms! Now, what is your unique idea about the 17 elementary school students who had their lunches thrown into the trash at Uintah Elementary School a couple of months ago? Gary (Red) Hatch Vernal Mia — Yes, everyone should be required to have health insurance, or they should be denied services at all emergency rooms! Now, what is your unique idea about the 17 elementary school students who had their lunches thrown into the trash at Uintah Elementary School a couple of months ago? Gary (Red) Hatch Vernal 58529140@www.sltrib.com Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:12:01 MDT Letter: What would Chaffetz had done in 2004? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58541214-82/chaffetz-2004-charge-congressman.html.csp I can only imagine what would have happened in 2004 if Congressman Chaffetz had been in charge then. Remember Dwight Watson? The tractor-driving nutcake who claimed he had explosives and took over the Mall for two days? On his tractor? Shut Washington down, he did. He was finally taken into custody and no one was hurt. Chaffetz would have wanted to at the least deploy a missile, or a squadron of snipers to take him out. Or maybe not. After all, Dwight was Tea Party when Tea Party wasn’t cool. ... I can only imagine what would have happened in 2004 if Congressman Chaffetz had been in charge then. Remember Dwight Watson? The tractor-driving nutcake who claimed he had explosives and took over the Mall for two days? On his tractor? Shut Washington down, he did. He was finally taken into custody and no one was hurt. Chaffetz would have wanted to at the least deploy a missile, or a squadron of snipers to take him out. Or maybe not. After all, Dwight was Tea Party when Tea Party wasn’t cool. ... 58541214@www.sltrib.com Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:12:01 MDT Letter: Drop the czar and help the poor http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58541262-82/czar-drop-general-politicians.html.csp It really bewilders me why the media and politicians are referring to what should be the surgeon general’s job as a “czar,” and the United States as the “homeland.” It reminds me of Russia, and it turns my stomach. The Republicans still think it is their duty to try to run down the president, and I think it is childish. They have sat in Washington too long doing nothing but bad-mouthing Obama when we have had some pretty trying times. The country needs them to work together and get some urgent t... It really bewilders me why the media and politicians are referring to what should be the surgeon general’s job as a “czar,” and the United States as the “homeland.” It reminds me of Russia, and it turns my stomach. The Republicans still think it is their duty to try to run down the president, and I think it is childish. They have sat in Washington too long doing nothing but bad-mouthing Obama when we have had some pretty trying times. The country needs them to work together and get some urgent t... 58541262@www.sltrib.com Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:12:01 MDT Slate: ‘Whiteness Project’ reveals lack of empathy between whites, blacks http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58541073-82/whites-blacks-americans-black.html.csp By Jamelle Bouie Slate Washington • The interviews for the Whiteness Project — a new series from PBS and documentary filmmaker Whitney Dow — are varied, succinct, and candid. “Because slavery happened, does that mean we owe black people something?” asks one participant, who continues with other, similar observations. “I think it’s hard to talk about race as a white person because, maybe, black people are just looking for a reason to tell you why you’re wrong, or tell you why you owe them somet... By Jamelle Bouie Slate Washington • The interviews for the Whiteness Project — a new series from PBS and documentary filmmaker Whitney Dow — are varied, succinct, and candid. “Because slavery happened, does that mean we owe black people something?” asks one participant, who continues with other, similar observations. “I think it’s hard to talk about race as a white person because, maybe, black people are just looking for a reason to tell you why you’re wrong, or tell you why you owe them somet... 58541073@www.sltrib.com Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:29:02 MDT Washington Post: The oil bust http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58541061-82/oil-venezuela-iran-prices.html.csp The silver lining in the recent financial market turbulence has been the continued decline in the price of oil, which is down about 25 percent since June. In addition to creating a windfall for U.S. consumers — one analysis reckoned the savings could amount to $600 per household — the drop, if sustained, will place considerable pressure on three problematic petrostates: Russia, Iran and Venezuela. The aggressively anti-American foreign policies pursued by all three countries in recent years have... The silver lining in the recent financial market turbulence has been the continued decline in the price of oil, which is down about 25 percent since June. In addition to creating a windfall for U.S. consumers — one analysis reckoned the savings could amount to $600 per household — the drop, if sustained, will place considerable pressure on three problematic petrostates: Russia, Iran and Venezuela. The aggressively anti-American foreign policies pursued by all three countries in recent years have... 58541061@www.sltrib.com Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:26:01 MDT Washington Post Op-ed: Out of terror, stories of hope http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58540041-82/videos-aid-hope-sotloff.html.csp By Stephanie Saldaña Special To The Washington Post In the past two months, the world has watched helplessly as the Islamic State released four videos of foreign captives being beheaded in Syria. Much has been said about what we can learn about evil from these videos. Not enough has been said about what we can learn about good. The first video, of James Foley’s beheading, appeared Aug. 19. The images were ubiquitous in newspapers and on social media. Foley, dressed in an orange jumpsuit, was o... By Stephanie Saldaña Special To The Washington Post In the past two months, the world has watched helplessly as the Islamic State released four videos of foreign captives being beheaded in Syria. Much has been said about what we can learn about evil from these videos. Not enough has been said about what we can learn about good. The first video, of James Foley’s beheading, appeared Aug. 19. The images were ubiquitous in newspapers and on social media. Foley, dressed in an orange jumpsuit, was o... 58540041@www.sltrib.com Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:11:01 MDT Washington Post Op-ed: A false conflict between liberty and equality http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58539918-82/equality-liberty-political-concepts.html.csp By Danielle Allen Special To The Washington Post Our country is in trouble. Congress’s approval rating hovers near its lowest level since Gallup polling began, social protest rates are as high as they’ve been since the 1960s and the least among us — poor African Americans — are worse off than a decade ago. These are indicators of democracy running off the rails. To them one might add the stagnation of earnings for most Americans and a new regime of surveillance, wedded to ever-extending bureaucr... By Danielle Allen Special To The Washington Post Our country is in trouble. Congress’s approval rating hovers near its lowest level since Gallup polling began, social protest rates are as high as they’ve been since the 1960s and the least among us — poor African Americans — are worse off than a decade ago. These are indicators of democracy running off the rails. To them one might add the stagnation of earnings for most Americans and a new regime of surveillance, wedded to ever-extending bureaucr... 58539918@www.sltrib.com Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:02:01 MDT