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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.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) Robinson: Hillary Clinton needs to tell us her vision http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58416484-82/clinton-iowa-campaign-president.html.csp WASHINGTON • Judging by her weekend appearance in Iowa, it looks as if Hillary Clinton is indeed running for president. Now she has to answer one simple question: Why? “It is true, I am thinking about it,” she said Sunday at the final Harkin Steak Fry, an annual cholesterol-boosting fundraiser that retiring Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin has hosted for the past 37 years. Given the context, this was pretty close to an announcement of the Clinton 2016 campaign. She was in Iowa, whose first-i... WASHINGTON • Judging by her weekend appearance in Iowa, it looks as if Hillary Clinton is indeed running for president. Now she has to answer one simple question: Why? “It is true, I am thinking about it,” she said Sunday at the final Harkin Steak Fry, an annual cholesterol-boosting fundraiser that retiring Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin has hosted for the past 37 years. Given the context, this was pretty close to an announcement of the Clinton 2016 campaign. She was in Iowa, whose first-i... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58416484@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 01:01:03 MDT Editorial: Utah should consider easing sentences on sex offenders. http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58416635-82/sex-offenders-prison-utah.html.csp In our guts, we have a picture of a sex offender. A sleazy old man who is interested in little else but prowling the streets, schoolyards and shopping malls in an insatiable search for yet another victim. In our brains, not so much. As state and local officials in Utah examine ways to bend the curve on the ever larger number of people who are in, or may be headed to, prison, they have expressed a reluctance to really address one of the primary drivers of our state’s growing inmate population. T... In our guts, we have a picture of a sex offender. A sleazy old man who is interested in little else but prowling the streets, schoolyards and shopping malls in an insatiable search for yet another victim. In our brains, not so much. As state and local officials in Utah examine ways to bend the curve on the ever larger number of people who are in, or may be headed to, prison, they have expressed a reluctance to really address one of the primary drivers of our state’s growing inmate population. T... 58416635@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:36:02 MDT Letter: Bus driver has seen it all from bikers http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58416415-82/bus-bikers-road-bike.html.csp Bicyclists should be as considerate as they want drivers to be to them. I drive a bus. We were told not to block the bikers’ lanes and give them at least three feet of clearance when passing. You know, a bus is pretty big. We do have to park, and we are limited where we can do that. It mostly has to be by the curb for pit stops or pausing to keep on schedule. Bikers need to realize and be aware. Because of traffic we often have nowhere to go to pull away from them. But here is the rub: they ha... Bicyclists should be as considerate as they want drivers to be to them. I drive a bus. We were told not to block the bikers’ lanes and give them at least three feet of clearance when passing. You know, a bus is pretty big. We do have to park, and we are limited where we can do that. It mostly has to be by the curb for pit stops or pausing to keep on schedule. Bikers need to realize and be aware. Because of traffic we often have nowhere to go to pull away from them. But here is the rub: they ha... 58416415@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:36:02 MDT Letter: UTOPIA, Comcast are different animals http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58416447-82/utopia-service-choice-comcast.html.csp Christopher Eaton’s letter (“UTOPIA offers choice beyond giant telecom,” Sept. 7) states that an apples to apples comparison is UTOPIA to Comcast. That is not correct. Comcast is a service provider. UTOPIA is a cable company (fiber-optics) that is a conduit for a limited number of service providers. To use UTOPIA, a user must purchase service from one of the listed providers available through UTOPIA. They must pay the $20 monthly utility fee for a non-utility or an unapproved city tax, then purc... Christopher Eaton’s letter (“UTOPIA offers choice beyond giant telecom,” Sept. 7) states that an apples to apples comparison is UTOPIA to Comcast. That is not correct. Comcast is a service provider. UTOPIA is a cable company (fiber-optics) that is a conduit for a limited number of service providers. To use UTOPIA, a user must purchase service from one of the listed providers available through UTOPIA. They must pay the $20 monthly utility fee for a non-utility or an unapproved city tax, then purc... 58416447@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:36:02 MDT Letter: We experience God, even if you don’t http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58416476-82/god-religion-stenger-absurdities.html.csp Confined in a self-imposed prison of infantile understanding, Professor Gregory Clark’s chosen “religion” (“Atheist Stenger recognized religion’s absurdities,” Sept. 14) dooms his hypothesis; because he can’t reproduce God in a laboratory merely proves he hasn’t properly conducted the experiment. There are so many of us who have personally experienced God! How sad that a man thus “educated” could be so profoundly ignorant. Paul Sharp Salt Lake City Confined in a self-imposed prison of infantile understanding, Professor Gregory Clark’s chosen “religion” (“Atheist Stenger recognized religion’s absurdities,” Sept. 14) dooms his hypothesis; because he can’t reproduce God in a laboratory merely proves he hasn’t properly conducted the experiment. There are so many of us who have personally experienced God! How sad that a man thus “educated” could be so profoundly ignorant. Paul Sharp Salt Lake City 58416476@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:36:02 MDT Letter: Science and spirituality can and do co-exist http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58416491-82/arts-sltrib-humanities-liberal.html.csp I am an ordained minister, and yet I fully concur with the views expressed by Dr. Gregory A. Clark (“Atheist Stenger recognized religion’s absurdities,” Sept. 14) that supernatural and superstitious ideas have no place in the world of scientific research. I also heartily support the views in another Sunday op-ed piece, (“Humanities grads hold their own in job market”) by Dr. Madonna Milner, that a liberal arts education provides a more successful career than does a professional degree. Liberal a... I am an ordained minister, and yet I fully concur with the views expressed by Dr. Gregory A. Clark (“Atheist Stenger recognized religion’s absurdities,” Sept. 14) that supernatural and superstitious ideas have no place in the world of scientific research. I also heartily support the views in another Sunday op-ed piece, (“Humanities grads hold their own in job market”) by Dr. Madonna Milner, that a liberal arts education provides a more successful career than does a professional degree. Liberal a... 58416491@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:36:02 MDT Letter: Utah’s class sizes do indeed matter http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58416516-82/class-classroom-instruction-size.html.csp As one of the teachers who responded to Lisa Schencker’s inquiry about class size, I was interested to read her article published Sept. 14. I was not surprised at the anecdotes from teachers and parents about the negative effects of large class sizes, ranging from the physical limitations of having enough space, to the difficulties of grading writing assignments and providing individual support. I was surprised by the statement of Judi Clarke, director of Parents for Choice in Education: “Class ... As one of the teachers who responded to Lisa Schencker’s inquiry about class size, I was interested to read her article published Sept. 14. I was not surprised at the anecdotes from teachers and parents about the negative effects of large class sizes, ranging from the physical limitations of having enough space, to the difficulties of grading writing assignments and providing individual support. I was surprised by the statement of Judi Clarke, director of Parents for Choice in Education: “Class ... 58416516@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:36:02 MDT Letter: Thanks, Ute Tribe, for letting us be Utes, too http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58416581-82/ute-tribe-utes-letting.html.csp Dear Ute Tribe: Thank you for letting us be Utes. We are grateful that you have allowed us to use your name, and we respect and honor it. Any mistakes we make in that regard are because of ignorance, so we appreciate that you are taking the time to educate us with your new video. We support the University of Utah in its efforts to provide your children with education and all of you with healthier lives. GO UTES! P.S.: When will shirts be available in women’s and children’s sizes and styles? We a... Dear Ute Tribe: Thank you for letting us be Utes. We are grateful that you have allowed us to use your name, and we respect and honor it. Any mistakes we make in that regard are because of ignorance, so we appreciate that you are taking the time to educate us with your new video. We support the University of Utah in its efforts to provide your children with education and all of you with healthier lives. GO UTES! P.S.: When will shirts be available in women’s and children’s sizes and styles? We a... 58416581@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:36:02 MDT Letter: Pipe Great Lakes water to western U.S. http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58416594-82/lakes-project-keystone-pipe.html.csp As a better alternative to the Keystone project and its claimed benefits to the economy, these gung-ho Republicans should pass legislation to build a water transfer pipe from the Great Lakes to the upper Colorado river drainage area. This project would be cleaner, would be bigger, and would be better than the Keystone project. Marco Hodgson Bountiful As a better alternative to the Keystone project and its claimed benefits to the economy, these gung-ho Republicans should pass legislation to build a water transfer pipe from the Great Lakes to the upper Colorado river drainage area. This project would be cleaner, would be bigger, and would be better than the Keystone project. Marco Hodgson Bountiful 58416594@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:36:02 MDT Washington Post: The flaws of the judicial system http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58415981-82/case-mccollum-murder-confessions.html.csp The case of two North Carolina men who spent 30 years in prison — one on death row — for a crime they didn’t commit calls attention once again to the familiar failings in the U.S. justice system that lead to false convictions. As much as we would like to cheer the release of Henry McCollum and his half-brother Leon Brown, we can’t help but be sobered by how long they spent behind bars — and how many other innocent people may remain locked up or susceptible to false arrest and imprisonment. The t... The case of two North Carolina men who spent 30 years in prison — one on death row — for a crime they didn’t commit calls attention once again to the familiar failings in the U.S. justice system that lead to false convictions. As much as we would like to cheer the release of Henry McCollum and his half-brother Leon Brown, we can’t help but be sobered by how long they spent behind bars — and how many other innocent people may remain locked up or susceptible to false arrest and imprisonment. The t... 58415981@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:25:01 MDT Op-ed: Football has proven its moral vacancy. It’s time for fans to start quitting. http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58415971-82/football-fans-nfl-game.html.csp By Steve Almond Special To The Washington Post After decades of soaring popularity and profits, professional football is at a moral crossroads. For decades, the NFL’s entire business model has been predicated on presenting an athletic spectacle so thrilling that fans were willing to ignore the dark side of the game — its extreme and inherent violence, its antiquated gender roles and its nihilistic greed, which places profits above all else, even the health of its players. But the past few days... By Steve Almond Special To The Washington Post After decades of soaring popularity and profits, professional football is at a moral crossroads. For decades, the NFL’s entire business model has been predicated on presenting an athletic spectacle so thrilling that fans were willing to ignore the dark side of the game — its extreme and inherent violence, its antiquated gender roles and its nihilistic greed, which places profits above all else, even the health of its players. But the past few days... 58415971@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:21:01 MDT Vlasic: The plunder funding the Islamic State http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58415060-82/antiquities-state-islamic-looting.html.csp By Mark V. Vlasic Special to The Washington Post As President Obama moves ahead with his plan to confront the so-called Islamic State, all options, as they say, should be on the table. Thus, while “kinetic force” is a likely focus, the terrorism financing must not be overlooked. By targeting one of the group’s funding sources, policy-makers can also help to preserve the history of ancient Mesopotamia, the cradle of civilization. What’s needed is an immediate, multifaceted initiative to curb th... By Mark V. Vlasic Special to The Washington Post As President Obama moves ahead with his plan to confront the so-called Islamic State, all options, as they say, should be on the table. Thus, while “kinetic force” is a likely focus, the terrorism financing must not be overlooked. By targeting one of the group’s funding sources, policy-makers can also help to preserve the history of ancient Mesopotamia, the cradle of civilization. What’s needed is an immediate, multifaceted initiative to curb th... 58415060@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 06:36:01 MDT Dionne: Congress must do its job on foreign policy http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58407084-82/debate-president-congress-policy.html.csp Washington • There was a moment in the last quarter-century when the Congress of the United States made the nation proud. It did so across all its usual lines of division: Republican and Democratic, conservative and liberal, hawk and dove. In early January 1991, the Senate and the House staged searching and often eloquent debates over the first President Bush’s decision to wage a war to end Saddam Hussein’s occupation of Kuwait. The arguments, a prelude to votes on resolutions endorsing military... Washington • There was a moment in the last quarter-century when the Congress of the United States made the nation proud. It did so across all its usual lines of division: Republican and Democratic, conservative and liberal, hawk and dove. In early January 1991, the Senate and the House staged searching and often eloquent debates over the first President Bush’s decision to wage a war to end Saddam Hussein’s occupation of Kuwait. The arguments, a prelude to votes on resolutions endorsing military... 58407084@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 06:29:01 MDT Cepeda: NFL has to worry about its female fans http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58407043-82/football-nfl-team-women.html.csp CHICAGO • What do pedicures and sparkly flip-flops have to do with Ray Rice’s unceremonious ouster from football? Everything. Most observers credit the latest leaked video of Rice punching out his then-fiancee Janay Palmer for his new punishment. But this theory misses the rising power of the NFL’s increasingly female — and super hard-core — fan base. The day before the now-infamous elevator video went viral, I was in line at the store behind a young woman decked out in NFL gear. ... CHICAGO • What do pedicures and sparkly flip-flops have to do with Ray Rice’s unceremonious ouster from football? Everything. Most observers credit the latest leaked video of Rice punching out his then-fiancee Janay Palmer for his new punishment. But this theory misses the rising power of the NFL’s increasingly female — and super hard-core — fan base. The day before the now-infamous elevator video went viral, I was in line at the store behind a young woman decked out in NFL gear. ... 58407043@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 06:28:02 MDT Will: Scotland considers its national future http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58407056-82/scotland-nation-reynolds-cross.html.csp Washington • Tucking into a dish of Scottish haggis is not a task for the fainthearted. There are various haggis recipes, but basically it is sheep’s pluck — the heart, lungs and liver — cooked together, then mixed with suet and oatmeal and boiled in a sheep’s stomach, then served, sometimes drenched with Scotch. People who pour whisky on oatmeal are not shrinking violets. Remember this on Thursday when Scotland votes on independence from the United Kingdom. There are economic reasons for and (... Washington • Tucking into a dish of Scottish haggis is not a task for the fainthearted. There are various haggis recipes, but basically it is sheep’s pluck — the heart, lungs and liver — cooked together, then mixed with suet and oatmeal and boiled in a sheep’s stomach, then served, sometimes drenched with Scotch. People who pour whisky on oatmeal are not shrinking violets. Remember this on Thursday when Scotland votes on independence from the United Kingdom. There are economic reasons for and (... 58407056@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 06:28:02 MDT Sponsored: Campaign finance reform and Arbinger’s self deception http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58060268-82/congress-delegation-party-policies.html.csp Executive branch officials are limited by federal ethics regulations to a threshold of about $35 when accepting or exchanging gifts. As an army officer, I was always taught this was as much about preventing the perception on the part of the American people that officials were being bribed as it was about any lack of trust in federal officials. In my business career, we had a similar policy at Overstock.com regarding company employees accepting gifts from vendors. The problem with accepting large... Executive branch officials are limited by federal ethics regulations to a threshold of about $35 when accepting or exchanging gifts. As an army officer, I was always taught this was as much about preventing the perception on the part of the American people that officials were being bribed as it was about any lack of trust in federal officials. In my business career, we had a similar policy at Overstock.com regarding company employees accepting gifts from vendors. The problem with accepting large... 58060268@www.sltrib.com Sun, 14 Sep 2014 19:15:01 MDT Denver Post: Courts, not bosses, should fight domestic abuse http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58406573-82/violence-domestic-nfl-players.html.csp Colorado’s U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette has asked Republican colleagues to call a committee hearing in which professional sports leagues are asked to explain their policies toward players who engage in violence against women. It’s a tempting proposition, if only for the prospect of seeing NFL commissioner Roger Goodell squirm under the lights as he tries to square the circle of his disastrous handling of the Ray Rice affair. And maybe some good would come of a hearing, too, if there is any pro league... Colorado’s U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette has asked Republican colleagues to call a committee hearing in which professional sports leagues are asked to explain their policies toward players who engage in violence against women. It’s a tempting proposition, if only for the prospect of seeing NFL commissioner Roger Goodell squirm under the lights as he tries to square the circle of his disastrous handling of the Ray Rice affair. And maybe some good would come of a hearing, too, if there is any pro league... 58406573@www.sltrib.com Sat, 13 Sep 2014 01:01:04 MDT Mercury News: Apple’s new products ratchet up need for privacy protections http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58406619-82/apple-information-medical-private.html.csp Apple’s release of the Apple Watch and iPhone6 makes it clear that Silicon Valley’s future will be directly tied to its ability to protect tech users’ privacy. Securing Americans’ personal information in an increasingly tech-dominated world has to be a higher priority for tech leaders and the valley’s congressional and legislative delegations. Their failures up to now have left them, shall we say, exposed to the point of embarrassment. The confidence Apple executives expressed in their ability t... Apple’s release of the Apple Watch and iPhone6 makes it clear that Silicon Valley’s future will be directly tied to its ability to protect tech users’ privacy. Securing Americans’ personal information in an increasingly tech-dominated world has to be a higher priority for tech leaders and the valley’s congressional and legislative delegations. Their failures up to now have left them, shall we say, exposed to the point of embarrassment. The confidence Apple executives expressed in their ability t... 58406619@www.sltrib.com Sat, 13 Sep 2014 01:01:04 MDT Letter: Teacher should keep her bullet in her pocket http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58407381-82/bullet-teacher-carry-concealed.html.csp A sixth-grade school teacher at Westbrook Elementary accidently discharged her concealed weapon in a faculty restroom. The bullet exploded a toilet, injuring her leg. I am sure relieved to learn she has a concealed carry permit and is available to protect herself and the students in the event of a school tragedy. This accident reminds me of times Andy Griffith gave Barney the OK to load his pistol while bad guys were in the town of Mayberry. For the safety of the students and facility, maybe t... A sixth-grade school teacher at Westbrook Elementary accidently discharged her concealed weapon in a faculty restroom. The bullet exploded a toilet, injuring her leg. I am sure relieved to learn she has a concealed carry permit and is available to protect herself and the students in the event of a school tragedy. This accident reminds me of times Andy Griffith gave Barney the OK to load his pistol while bad guys were in the town of Mayberry. For the safety of the students and facility, maybe t... 58407381@www.sltrib.com Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:38:02 MDT Letter: Cartoon was over the limit http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58407439-82/cartoon-bagley-limits-cartoons.html.csp There should be some limits to the subject matter of political cartoons. Friday’s Pat Bagley cartoon, showing a small child shot, and presumably killed, by a gun falling out of the teacher’s purse is beyond the limits of sensitivity and kindness. Many have lived through the horrible reality of a child they love being killed at school. The depiction of the other terrified children is equally insensitive. Surely there is a better way to make the point that more people seemed upset by the lunch ro... There should be some limits to the subject matter of political cartoons. Friday’s Pat Bagley cartoon, showing a small child shot, and presumably killed, by a gun falling out of the teacher’s purse is beyond the limits of sensitivity and kindness. Many have lived through the horrible reality of a child they love being killed at school. The depiction of the other terrified children is equally insensitive. Surely there is a better way to make the point that more people seemed upset by the lunch ro... 58407439@www.sltrib.com Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:38:02 MDT