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I was appalled to open Monday’s Opinion page and find there were no Public Forum letters and no explanation as to why not. Now, I am bearing with the Trib and its budget cuts. I realize its had to cut out many features and editorials. But Forum letters? I’m already trying to get used to Sunday’s letter depletion, but Monday, too? To me the only good things left in the paper on Monday are the Forum letters and Paul Rolly’s column. I am not the least bit interested in LDS Church-related news whic... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58312924@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:02:02 MDT Editorial: Utah School Board works for the public http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58313830-82/public-board-state-utah.html.csp Members of the Utah State Board of Education are in charge of the state’s public schools. That means that everything they do is in the name of — and paid for by — the public. So it ought to go without saying that darn near everything board members do in their official capacity should be public. Sadly, someone had to say it. Happily, it was a member of the board, relative newcomer Terryl Warner of Hyrum, who spoke up the other day, calling out Board Chairman David Crandall and other members of t... Members of the Utah State Board of Education are in charge of the state’s public schools. That means that everything they do is in the name of — and paid for by — the public. So it ought to go without saying that darn near everything board members do in their official capacity should be public. Sadly, someone had to say it. Happily, it was a member of the board, relative newcomer Terryl Warner of Hyrum, who spoke up the other day, calling out Board Chairman David Crandall and other members of t... 58313830@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:02:01 MDT Letter: Thoughtless imbecility of target shooters http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58303839-82/imbecility-lake-thoughtless-art.html.csp When I read in The Tribune that vandals in the Lake Mountains of Utah County had painted a dozen or more targets for large-caliber shooting near 1,000-year-old Fremont Indian rock art, I felt a surge of anger, all too familiar in the wake of the grinning Goblin topplers, at this latest example of thoughtless imbecility. I would not wish to suggest that everyone who owns a gun is stupid. I am, however, alarmed time and again by the number of stupid people who seem to own guns. Michele Margetts ... When I read in The Tribune that vandals in the Lake Mountains of Utah County had painted a dozen or more targets for large-caliber shooting near 1,000-year-old Fremont Indian rock art, I felt a surge of anger, all too familiar in the wake of the grinning Goblin topplers, at this latest example of thoughtless imbecility. I would not wish to suggest that everyone who owns a gun is stupid. I am, however, alarmed time and again by the number of stupid people who seem to own guns. Michele Margetts ... 58303839@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:02:01 MDT Letter: Why not use homeless children in rodeos? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58309795-82/homeless-event-barrel-rodeo.html.csp Paul Rolly’s column of Aug. 18: “Animal chasing halted in Bluffdale, but Utah County pigs not so lucky,” gave me a Swiftian inspiration. Currently, rodeo event organizers must advertise and offer compensation to obtain baby animals and household pets to participate in scrambles. They risk damaging valuable porcine assets in the pig-chase-barrel-stuffing event. This is unnecessarily costly. A simple and elegant solution is to utilize our surplus of homeless humans as rodeo stock. Instead of scram... Paul Rolly’s column of Aug. 18: “Animal chasing halted in Bluffdale, but Utah County pigs not so lucky,” gave me a Swiftian inspiration. Currently, rodeo event organizers must advertise and offer compensation to obtain baby animals and household pets to participate in scrambles. They risk damaging valuable porcine assets in the pig-chase-barrel-stuffing event. This is unnecessarily costly. A simple and elegant solution is to utilize our surplus of homeless humans as rodeo stock. Instead of scram... 58309795@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:02:01 MDT Letter: Losing dog is heartbreaking, but child more important http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58310550-82/dog-officer-police-child.html.csp Regarding the Weimaraner dog that was shot and killed by a Salt Lake police officer. If I or one of my neighbors has a missing child, I want the police to enter every nearby back yard and look for the child. If I owned a dog and it threatened a police officer and he killed it, I’d be heartbroken and angry. But I’d say, “I’m sorry my dog threatened the officer. It is an unfortunate incident and perhaps police should have better training and/or equipment to protect themselves from attacking dogs. ... Regarding the Weimaraner dog that was shot and killed by a Salt Lake police officer. If I or one of my neighbors has a missing child, I want the police to enter every nearby back yard and look for the child. If I owned a dog and it threatened a police officer and he killed it, I’d be heartbroken and angry. But I’d say, “I’m sorry my dog threatened the officer. It is an unfortunate incident and perhaps police should have better training and/or equipment to protect themselves from attacking dogs. ... 58310550@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:02:01 MDT Letter: With so many guns out there, police must be ready http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58310565-82/police-enforcement-law-prepared.html.csp I find it ironic that some people are concerned about the militarization of the police force. With the absence of real gun control in our country, what other responsible choice does law enforcement have but to be prepared to respond to situations involving people with automatic and other military grade weapons? Of course, it’s critical that the police use their power with discretion. However, I also don’t want the police to be ill-prepared when called upon to respond to domestic terrorism which ... I find it ironic that some people are concerned about the militarization of the police force. With the absence of real gun control in our country, what other responsible choice does law enforcement have but to be prepared to respond to situations involving people with automatic and other military grade weapons? Of course, it’s critical that the police use their power with discretion. However, I also don’t want the police to be ill-prepared when called upon to respond to domestic terrorism which ... 58310565@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:02:01 MDT Letter: Save Opinion section for opinions http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58310578-82/opinion-section-lds-opinions.html.csp Wow! I turned to the back page of Sunday’s Opinion section, hoping to read more thoughtful commentary on our complex times, and found a full-page ad from BIG-D Construction celebrating its subs and partners in how well the LDS Ogden Temple renovation turned out, and praising LDS Temple service and sacrifice. I thank, Thee, oh God, for profits, too, but please keep the Opinion page about opinions! Just asking! Jim Birrell Lehi Wow! I turned to the back page of Sunday’s Opinion section, hoping to read more thoughtful commentary on our complex times, and found a full-page ad from BIG-D Construction celebrating its subs and partners in how well the LDS Ogden Temple renovation turned out, and praising LDS Temple service and sacrifice. I thank, Thee, oh God, for profits, too, but please keep the Opinion page about opinions! Just asking! Jim Birrell Lehi 58310578@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:02:01 MDT Bagley Cartoon: Protecting our Plutocratic Republic http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58314421-82/bagley-cartoon-facebook-lake.html.csp This Pat Bagley editorial cartoon appears in The Salt Lake Tribune on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 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 Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014.Want more? Become a fan of Bagley on Facebook at www.facebook.com/notrobertkirby 58314421@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:00:01 MDT Gale: Time for Changes in Higher Education http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58293669-82/college-education-graduates-higher.html.csp Not long ago, The Economist magazine published a leader (editorial) about higher education titled “Creative Destruction.” Among other things, it said the cost of higher education skyrockets while productivity falters. A study by Oxford University says half of today’s occupations may be phased out in coming years. Another study by the Pew Research Center found that fewer than half of college graduates think their education was useful in preparing them for jobs or careers. Fifty percent said they ... Not long ago, The Economist magazine published a leader (editorial) about higher education titled “Creative Destruction.” Among other things, it said the cost of higher education skyrockets while productivity falters. A study by Oxford University says half of today’s occupations may be phased out in coming years. Another study by the Pew Research Center found that fewer than half of college graduates think their education was useful in preparing them for jobs or careers. Fifty percent said they ... 58293669@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:10:01 MDT Editorial: Koerber case leaves unanswered questions http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58309041-82/case-koerber-prosecutors-judge.html.csp A week ago, businessman Rick Koerber stood accused of perpetrating one of the biggest frauds in Utah history, a Ponzi scheme that took $48 million from Utahns’ investment savings and retirement accounts. But by week’s end, Koerber was no longer criminally charged. It was a remarkable turn of events, made more so by the claims that followed U.S District Judge Clark Waddoups’ ruling. The judge dropped the case with prejudice, meaning the case can’t be refiled. But the ruling and accusations that ... A week ago, businessman Rick Koerber stood accused of perpetrating one of the biggest frauds in Utah history, a Ponzi scheme that took $48 million from Utahns’ investment savings and retirement accounts. But by week’s end, Koerber was no longer criminally charged. It was a remarkable turn of events, made more so by the claims that followed U.S District Judge Clark Waddoups’ ruling. The judge dropped the case with prejudice, meaning the case can’t be refiled. But the ruling and accusations that ... 58309041@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:17:49 MDT Lowry: Free Rick Perry http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58313205-82/perry-lehmberg-indictment-vetoing.html.csp It tells you much about the laughable indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry that it has made him a figure of bipartisan sympathy. Perry was indicted last week for the offense of vetoing an appropriations bill. Not vetoing an appropriations bill in exchange for a bribe. Not vetoing an appropriations bill as a favor to a donor. Not vetoing an appropriations bill in excess of his lawful authority. But simply vetoing an appropriations bill. That Perry could, in theory, face more than 100 years in pris... It tells you much about the laughable indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry that it has made him a figure of bipartisan sympathy. Perry was indicted last week for the offense of vetoing an appropriations bill. Not vetoing an appropriations bill in exchange for a bribe. Not vetoing an appropriations bill as a favor to a donor. Not vetoing an appropriations bill in excess of his lawful authority. But simply vetoing an appropriations bill. That Perry could, in theory, face more than 100 years in pris... 58313205@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:40:01 MDT Bloomberg View: Mr. Google goes to Washington to tame technology monsters http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58313194-82/government-technology-dickerson-digital.html.csp Every president has his method of taming the leviathan of bureaucracy. Harry Truman tried vast reorganizations. Lyndon Johnson preferred cerebral task forces. Jimmy Carter tried feeding the beast, George W. Bush starving it. President Barack Obama likes to appoint “czars.” The idea is to give a smart and worthy mandarin — often from the consulting world — a small budget, an intractable problem and the mandate to fix it. About two dozen of them now roam Washington, by one count. The latest is Mik... Every president has his method of taming the leviathan of bureaucracy. Harry Truman tried vast reorganizations. Lyndon Johnson preferred cerebral task forces. Jimmy Carter tried feeding the beast, George W. Bush starving it. President Barack Obama likes to appoint “czars.” The idea is to give a smart and worthy mandarin — often from the consulting world — a small budget, an intractable problem and the mandate to fix it. About two dozen of them now roam Washington, by one count. The latest is Mik... 58313194@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:38:01 MDT Blake: Why Obama shouldn’t go to Ferguson http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58313181-82/obama-ferguson-monday-president.html.csp By Aaron Blake The Washington Post On Monday, ABC’s Ann Compton asked President Barack Obama whether he would visit Ferguson, Missouri, amid the continued unrest. Obama didn’t give a firm answer, but he did suggest it’s probably not a good idea. “When they’re conducting an investigation, I’ve got to make sure that I don’t look like I’m putting my thumb on the scales one way or the other,” he said. And for now, that’s probably the right call. As with everything Ferguson, there are no easy answe... By Aaron Blake The Washington Post On Monday, ABC’s Ann Compton asked President Barack Obama whether he would visit Ferguson, Missouri, amid the continued unrest. Obama didn’t give a firm answer, but he did suggest it’s probably not a good idea. “When they’re conducting an investigation, I’ve got to make sure that I don’t look like I’m putting my thumb on the scales one way or the other,” he said. And for now, that’s probably the right call. As with everything Ferguson, there are no easy answe... 58313181@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:34:00 MDT Keating: Could Scotland really break away from Britain? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58313166-82/independence-scotland-britain-percent.html.csp By Joshua Keating Slate Washington • We’re now a month away from a vote to determine whether Great Britain will have to continue on as not-quite-as-great Britain. On Sept. 18, Scots will head to the polls for a long-awaited independence referendum, and while the “no” camp — those opposing secession — continue leading in the polls, it’s still too close for comfort as far as London’s concerned. One recent poll has support for independence at 38 percent versus 47 percent opposed with 14 percent s... By Joshua Keating Slate Washington • We’re now a month away from a vote to determine whether Great Britain will have to continue on as not-quite-as-great Britain. On Sept. 18, Scots will head to the polls for a long-awaited independence referendum, and while the “no” camp — those opposing secession — continue leading in the polls, it’s still too close for comfort as far as London’s concerned. One recent poll has support for independence at 38 percent versus 47 percent opposed with 14 percent s... 58313166@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:31:01 MDT Rampell: Scandals hiding in plain sight http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58313138-82/scandals-christie-governor-perry.html.csp The laboratories of democracy are blowing up. A rash of relatively convoluted, thoroughly unsexy political scandals involving governors is moving through the country. So many of them involve Republican presidential hopefuls that conspiracy theorists could argue they must be manufactured, or at least overhyped, by wily Democratic strategists. At least one Democratic governor has also been implicated, though. Most of the scandals (or, to be fair, sometimes pseudo-scandals) are pretty hard to follo... The laboratories of democracy are blowing up. A rash of relatively convoluted, thoroughly unsexy political scandals involving governors is moving through the country. So many of them involve Republican presidential hopefuls that conspiracy theorists could argue they must be manufactured, or at least overhyped, by wily Democratic strategists. At least one Democratic governor has also been implicated, though. Most of the scandals (or, to be fair, sometimes pseudo-scandals) are pretty hard to follo... 58313138@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:23:01 MDT Letter: Gun death data not hard to find http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58300720-82/gun-data-deaths-dyke.html.csp When Ron Molen (Aug. 7 letter) cited data on gun issues, Stephen Van Dyke (Aug. 10 letter) responded with a weird complaint that was essentially “Where did you get that crazy data?” Though Van Dyke failed to provide any data, only the opinion that it could not be. Such data is extremely easy to find. A web search gets to the Centers for Disease Control site, which reported 30,000 gun deaths per year and well over 70,000 ER visits per year related to gun violence. Private gun ownership is uniquel... When Ron Molen (Aug. 7 letter) cited data on gun issues, Stephen Van Dyke (Aug. 10 letter) responded with a weird complaint that was essentially “Where did you get that crazy data?” Though Van Dyke failed to provide any data, only the opinion that it could not be. Such data is extremely easy to find. A web search gets to the Centers for Disease Control site, which reported 30,000 gun deaths per year and well over 70,000 ER visits per year related to gun violence. Private gun ownership is uniquel... 58300720@www.sltrib.com Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:36:02 MDT Letter: Attack goes beyond all decency http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58300764-82/president-obama-beyond-decency.html.csp It is difficult for me to see how the Aug. 13 letter by Andrew Papadakis, “Obama as Chamberlain” survived your instructions for submitting letters to The Tribune. I believe one of the requirements is accuracy. Since when is our nation required to be the “destroyer of Antichrists? Why is President Obama blamed for the two wars President Bush and Vice President Cheney were responsible for and were handed off to him? I hardly think that President Obama “has forgotten that America has done more to d... It is difficult for me to see how the Aug. 13 letter by Andrew Papadakis, “Obama as Chamberlain” survived your instructions for submitting letters to The Tribune. I believe one of the requirements is accuracy. Since when is our nation required to be the “destroyer of Antichrists? Why is President Obama blamed for the two wars President Bush and Vice President Cheney were responsible for and were handed off to him? I hardly think that President Obama “has forgotten that America has done more to d... 58300764@www.sltrib.com Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:36:02 MDT Letter: Why didn’t God intervene? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58303850-82/tea-god-didn-grace.html.csp Jan Harding remained in critical condition at the University of Utah Hospital after unknowingly drinking sweet tea poisoned with lye (“Woman who drank poisoned tea still critical,” Tribune, August 15). But Dan Walker, executive director of the Salt Lake Baptist Association, predictably remarked, “By the grace of God, the doctor on duty [when she arrived] was the Chief of the U of U Burn Unit.” Too bad this same purportedly omniscient, omnipotent, omnibenevolent god didn’t have the good grace to... Jan Harding remained in critical condition at the University of Utah Hospital after unknowingly drinking sweet tea poisoned with lye (“Woman who drank poisoned tea still critical,” Tribune, August 15). But Dan Walker, executive director of the Salt Lake Baptist Association, predictably remarked, “By the grace of God, the doctor on duty [when she arrived] was the Chief of the U of U Burn Unit.” Too bad this same purportedly omniscient, omnipotent, omnibenevolent god didn’t have the good grace to... 58303850@www.sltrib.com Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:36:02 MDT Letter: Non-athletes struggle in college, too http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58309713-82/college-athletes-struggle-lake.html.csp Having read in Sunday’s Salt Lake Tribune how college athletes “struggle” to support self, family, and/or loved ones “playing” their way through college broke my heart! How do you think 99 percent of all the non-athletes make it through college? They “struggle” financially, just like college athletes do. It’s called welcome to the real world. K.T. Magnusson Salt Lake City Having read in Sunday’s Salt Lake Tribune how college athletes “struggle” to support self, family, and/or loved ones “playing” their way through college broke my heart! How do you think 99 percent of all the non-athletes make it through college? They “struggle” financially, just like college athletes do. It’s called welcome to the real world. K.T. Magnusson Salt Lake City 58309713@www.sltrib.com Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:36:02 MDT