Opinion - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/Opinion Stories from The Salt Lake Tribune &copy; 2014 The Associated Press, The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our privacy policy: http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy. en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Op-ed: A year after Boston, there are still FBI questions http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57831794-82/fbi-tsarnaev-tamerlan-boston.html.csp As Boston marks the first anniversary of the Marathon bombings, one chapter closes. But there’s still enough to fill a book — especially when it comes to the role of the FBI. Questions about it pour from the pages of numerous post-bombing government reports. An assessment by the House Homeland Security Committee challenges the FBI’s resistance to information sharing. A review done by various intelligence agencies highlights missed opportunities involving the threat posed by a radicalized Tamerla... As Boston marks the first anniversary of the Marathon bombings, one chapter closes. But there’s still enough to fill a book — especially when it comes to the role of the FBI. Questions about it pour from the pages of numerous post-bombing government reports. An assessment by the House Homeland Security Committee challenges the FBI’s resistance to information sharing. A review done by various intelligence agencies highlights missed opportunities involving the threat posed by a radicalized Tamerla... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 57831794@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:13:02 MDT Op-ed: Euro needs more help to avoid another crisis http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57831813-82/euro-area-bank-banking.html.csp Europe is putting the finishing touches on a new banking union, with the aim of restoring confidence in the euro area’s banks, reviving lending and ensuring the common currency’s survival. It’s a step forward that doesn’t go nearly far enough. In approving a raft of banking-union legislation this week, the European Parliament has ratified an important understanding: If the member states of the euro area want to share a currency, they’ll have to share some risks and responsibilities. Among other... Europe is putting the finishing touches on a new banking union, with the aim of restoring confidence in the euro area’s banks, reviving lending and ensuring the common currency’s survival. It’s a step forward that doesn’t go nearly far enough. In approving a raft of banking-union legislation this week, the European Parliament has ratified an important understanding: If the member states of the euro area want to share a currency, they’ll have to share some risks and responsibilities. Among other... 57831813@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:13:01 MDT Editorial: Transparency builds trust in rape-kit process http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57832311-82/rape-burbank-kits-cases.html.csp A heated exchange involving Salt Lake City’s police chief and a member of the City Council has prompted quick action from Police Chief Chris Burbank, and the Salt Lake County Attorney’s Office that could bring more rapists to justice. While Burbank took umbrage with criticism from Councilman Kyle LaMalfa about the lack of evaluations of hundreds of rape evidence “kits,” he also rightly took the criticism to heart. His plan for more transparency should mean better communication among law enfor... A heated exchange involving Salt Lake City’s police chief and a member of the City Council has prompted quick action from Police Chief Chris Burbank, and the Salt Lake County Attorney’s Office that could bring more rapists to justice. While Burbank took umbrage with criticism from Councilman Kyle LaMalfa about the lack of evaluations of hundreds of rape evidence “kits,” he also rightly took the criticism to heart. His plan for more transparency should mean better communication among law enfor... 57832311@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:13:01 MDT Bagley Cartoon: A Bunch of Bull http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home3/57808313-200/bagley-cartoon-facebook-lake.html.csp This Pat Bagley editorial cartoon appears in The Salt Lake Tribune on Sunday, April 13, 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 Sunday, April 13, 2014. Want more? Become a fan of Bagley on Facebook at www.facebook.com/notrobertkirby. 57808313@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:48:00 MDT Bagley Cartoon: Unthinkable http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57819081-82/bagley-cartoon-facebook-lake.html.csp This Pat Bagley editorial cartoon appears in The Salt Lake Tribune on Tuesday, April 15, 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, April 15, 2014. Want more? Become a fan of Bagley on Facebook at www.facebook.com/notrobertkirby. 57819081@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:48:00 MDT Bagley Cartoon: Climate Hoax Express http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57823896-82/bagley-cartoon-facebook-lake.html.csp This Pat Bagley editorial cartoon appears in The Salt Lake Tribune on Wednesday, April 16, 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, April 16, 2014. Want more? Become a fan of Bagley on Facebook at www.facebook.com/notrobertkirby. 57823896@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:48:00 MDT Bagley Cartoon: Putin’s Strategy http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home3/57828496-200/bagley-cartoon-facebook-lake.html.csp This Pat Bagley editorial cartoon appears in The Salt Lake Tribune on Thursday, April 17, 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 Thursday, April 17, 2014. Want more? Become a fan of Bagley on Facebook at www.facebook.com/notrobertkirby. 57828496@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:48:00 MDT Bagley Cartoon: Payday Loans Racket http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home3/57833915-200/bagley-cartoon-facebook-lake.html.csp This Pat Bagley editorial cartoon appears in The Salt Lake Tribune on Friday, April 18, 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 Friday, April 18, 2014. Want more? Become a fan of Bagley on Facebook at www.facebook.com/notrobertkirby. 57833915@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:48:00 MDT Editorial: UTA’s double bonuses not worth justifying http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57827452-82/uta-bonuses-bonus-doubling.html.csp Utah Transit Authority executives are very well paid. Their salaries are comparable to those at some of the largest transit agencies in the country. They didn’t need another $1.7 million in bonuses last year. That’s just a fact. So everything that UTA says to justify doubling its annual bonuses rings hollow. We’re talking about bonuses as high as $30,000, an amount that exceeds the annual incomes of many UTA customers. Government should be willing to pay for quality leadership, but almost no g... Utah Transit Authority executives are very well paid. Their salaries are comparable to those at some of the largest transit agencies in the country. They didn’t need another $1.7 million in bonuses last year. That’s just a fact. So everything that UTA says to justify doubling its annual bonuses rings hollow. We’re talking about bonuses as high as $30,000, an amount that exceeds the annual incomes of many UTA customers. Government should be willing to pay for quality leadership, but almost no g... 57827452@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:35:03 MDT Op-ed: Get ready for coming fights over ‘personhood’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57826481-82/personhood-senate-democrats-human.html.csp Some of the most hard-fought Senate races this fall are likely to feature big fights over “personhood.” A number of GOP Senate candidates, many of whom are still in primary races, are on record supporting measures that declare, in some form, that full human rights begin at the moment of fertilization. Once the general election races get underway, Democrats are likely to attack Republicans over this — broadening the battle for female voters beyond issues such as pay equity to include an emotional... Some of the most hard-fought Senate races this fall are likely to feature big fights over “personhood.” A number of GOP Senate candidates, many of whom are still in primary races, are on record supporting measures that declare, in some form, that full human rights begin at the moment of fertilization. Once the general election races get underway, Democrats are likely to attack Republicans over this — broadening the battle for female voters beyond issues such as pay equity to include an emotional... 57826481@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:38:01 MDT Op-ed: Never say ‘never’ about containing Iran http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57826502-82/iran-war-policy-foreign.html.csp I am not for containment in Iran. Let me repeat that, since no one seems to be listening closely: I am unequivocally not for containing Iran. I am also not for announcing that the United States should never contain Iran. That was the choice I was given a few months ago and is the scenario being misunderstood by some in the news. To be against a “we will never contain Iran” resolution is not the same as being for containment of a nuclear Iran. Rather, it means that foreign policy is complicated a... I am not for containment in Iran. Let me repeat that, since no one seems to be listening closely: I am unequivocally not for containing Iran. I am also not for announcing that the United States should never contain Iran. That was the choice I was given a few months ago and is the scenario being misunderstood by some in the news. To be against a “we will never contain Iran” resolution is not the same as being for containment of a nuclear Iran. Rather, it means that foreign policy is complicated a... 57826502@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:38:01 MDT Letter: Bundy’s a hero in my eyes http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57823883-82/bundy-hero-elected-nevada.html.csp Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy is a hero for facing down just the tip of an evil and corrupt government, bought and paid for by the top .01 percent. If not for the Internet, which the President can shut down on a whim, we would only have a very one-sided picture painting Bundy as a moocher and abusing the rest of us taxpayers! Why voters re-elected the contemptible Harry Reid back into the Senate after a long list of trespasses against our Constitution defies logic. Hopefully, the good peop... Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy is a hero for facing down just the tip of an evil and corrupt government, bought and paid for by the top .01 percent. If not for the Internet, which the President can shut down on a whim, we would only have a very one-sided picture painting Bundy as a moocher and abusing the rest of us taxpayers! Why voters re-elected the contemptible Harry Reid back into the Senate after a long list of trespasses against our Constitution defies logic. Hopefully, the good peop... 57823883@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:38:01 MDT Editorial: Bundy is a lawbreaker, not a hero http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57822839-82/bundy-government-americans-constitution.html.csp Cliven Bundy and his ragtag band of armed supporters forced the federal government to back down as the roundup of Bundy cattle was called off and the bovines returned to the Nevada rancher. Some declared victory and hailed the outcome a clear blow against tyranny and a win for freedom. Hardly. The only winner in this was a scofflaw who has twice lost in the courts for running cattle where they don’t belong and skipping out on grazing fees. Some 20,000 ranchers in Western states abide by BLM re... Cliven Bundy and his ragtag band of armed supporters forced the federal government to back down as the roundup of Bundy cattle was called off and the bovines returned to the Nevada rancher. Some declared victory and hailed the outcome a clear blow against tyranny and a win for freedom. Hardly. The only winner in this was a scofflaw who has twice lost in the courts for running cattle where they don’t belong and skipping out on grazing fees. Some 20,000 ranchers in Western states abide by BLM re... 57822839@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:34:47 MDT Op-ed: ‘Marriage penalty’ hurts families who need the most help http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57821796-82/tax-family-marriage-penalty.html.csp In a few short months, I’ll pass the milestone that every little girl dreams of: the day she swears — before family and God, in sickness and in health, all in the name of love — that she’s willing to pay a much higher tax rate. Yes, dear readers, this was my last tax day as a single filer. By this time next year, I’ll be married, and the Internal Revenue Service will pool my earnings with those of my husband-to-be. The first dollar of my earnings will be taxed at the same marginal rate as the la... In a few short months, I’ll pass the milestone that every little girl dreams of: the day she swears — before family and God, in sickness and in health, all in the name of love — that she’s willing to pay a much higher tax rate. Yes, dear readers, this was my last tax day as a single filer. By this time next year, I’ll be married, and the Internal Revenue Service will pool my earnings with those of my husband-to-be. The first dollar of my earnings will be taxed at the same marginal rate as the la... 57821796@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:31:01 MDT Merge with caution http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57821863-82/cable-merger-comcast-clear.html.csp In the hot debate over the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger, there are two competing versions of reality. In one, increasingly massive communications firms gobble up ever-larger shares of various, increasingly interrelated markets, magnifying the power they wield against innovators who threaten the old business model and against customers already suffering from high bills and poor service. In that world, stopping the Comcast merger would prevent a bad situation from getting worse. In t... In the hot debate over the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger, there are two competing versions of reality. In one, increasingly massive communications firms gobble up ever-larger shares of various, increasingly interrelated markets, magnifying the power they wield against innovators who threaten the old business model and against customers already suffering from high bills and poor service. In that world, stopping the Comcast merger would prevent a bad situation from getting worse. In t... 57821863@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:30:02 MDT Op-ed: No amount of outrage will reduce executive pay http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57821865-82/pay-executive-compensation-chief.html.csp At 79, Graef “Bud” Crystal is the grand old man of executive compensation critics. Once a top compensation consultant, he switched sides in the 1980s, becoming a fierce critic of many of the practices he helped institutionalize, and analyzing executive pay for other media like Fortune and, most recently, Bloomberg News He’s been known to call his second career “atoning for my sins.” The other day, Crystal was recalling what it used to be like trying to cobble together pay information about a chi... At 79, Graef “Bud” Crystal is the grand old man of executive compensation critics. Once a top compensation consultant, he switched sides in the 1980s, becoming a fierce critic of many of the practices he helped institutionalize, and analyzing executive pay for other media like Fortune and, most recently, Bloomberg News He’s been known to call his second career “atoning for my sins.” The other day, Crystal was recalling what it used to be like trying to cobble together pay information about a chi... 57821865@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:30:02 MDT Letter: Bring Faith section back http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57818083-82/faith-section-anyone-burton.html.csp Betsy Burton keeps The Kings English open despite big-box competition by doing what the big stores can’t, and doing it better than anyone else. I know times are hard for print newspapers. However, we now count the Faith section in the company of other features Tribune has terminated—features that once made the newspaper unique. It is slowly but surely getting rid of every reason I have to continue to subscribe. Please, consider Burton’s business model: Do what only you can do, and do it bette... Betsy Burton keeps The Kings English open despite big-box competition by doing what the big stores can’t, and doing it better than anyone else. I know times are hard for print newspapers. However, we now count the Faith section in the company of other features Tribune has terminated—features that once made the newspaper unique. It is slowly but surely getting rid of every reason I have to continue to subscribe. Please, consider Burton’s business model: Do what only you can do, and do it bette... 57818083@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:30:02 MDT Letter: Bonuses show UTA’s flaws http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57818124-82/bonuses-trains-transportation-uta.html.csp No one in the know is surprised at UTA’s outrageous bonuses ($1.7 million this year). The problem is that most don’t understand, and non-PC points of view are seldom published. UTA = “government-controlled transportation.” A state that supposedly cherishes freedom from big government sure pushes trains—the most gold-plated, impractical mode of transportation. But it’s a PC thing so trains rob the federal highway trust fund to pay around half of train construction costs (benefitting a few lar... No one in the know is surprised at UTA’s outrageous bonuses ($1.7 million this year). The problem is that most don’t understand, and non-PC points of view are seldom published. UTA = “government-controlled transportation.” A state that supposedly cherishes freedom from big government sure pushes trains—the most gold-plated, impractical mode of transportation. But it’s a PC thing so trains rob the federal highway trust fund to pay around half of train construction costs (benefitting a few lar... 57818124@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:30:02 MDT