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WASHINGTON • Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens captured our ideal when he wrote of the judge as “an impartial guardian of the rule of law.” By effectively gutting the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday, two members of a three-judge panel on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals showed how far right-leaning jurists have strayed from such impartiality. We are confronted with a conservative judiciary that will use any argument it can muster to win ideological victories that elude their s... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58216124@www.sltrib.com Thu, 24 Jul 2014 01:01:04 MDT Will: Barry Goldwater 2.0 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58214653-82/kashkari-brown-california-goldwater.html.csp Menlo Park, Calif. • Fifty Julys ago, up the road near San Francisco, in the unfortunately named Cow Palace, the Republican National Convention gave its presidential nomination to Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater, who knew he would lose: Americans were not going to have a third president in 14 months. Besides, his don’t-fence-me-in libertarian conservatism was ahead of its time. His agenda, however, was to change his party’s national brand. Today, in this state where one in eight Americans live, an... Menlo Park, Calif. • Fifty Julys ago, up the road near San Francisco, in the unfortunately named Cow Palace, the Republican National Convention gave its presidential nomination to Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater, who knew he would lose: Americans were not going to have a third president in 14 months. Besides, his don’t-fence-me-in libertarian conservatism was ahead of its time. His agenda, however, was to change his party’s national brand. Today, in this state where one in eight Americans live, an... 58214653@www.sltrib.com Thu, 24 Jul 2014 01:01:03 MDT Letter: Bad drivers or weak analysis? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58215438-82/bad-driving-stats-drivers.html.csp In your feature (“How Bad are Utah Drivers?” July 20) I think you misinterpreted the stats. To establish “bad” driving you would want to obtain insurance company records of auto damage, injuries and fatalities. Driving 68 in a 60 zone on clear, dry roads or gently rolling a stop sign at 1 a.m. on a completely deserted street doesn’t constitute “bad” driving. Analyzing the stats on the number of citations and the fact that nearly 1 in 5 Utahns are cited by the police may tell a different story. ... In your feature (“How Bad are Utah Drivers?” July 20) I think you misinterpreted the stats. To establish “bad” driving you would want to obtain insurance company records of auto damage, injuries and fatalities. Driving 68 in a 60 zone on clear, dry roads or gently rolling a stop sign at 1 a.m. on a completely deserted street doesn’t constitute “bad” driving. Analyzing the stats on the number of citations and the fact that nearly 1 in 5 Utahns are cited by the police may tell a different story. ... 58215438@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:14:01 MDT Letter: Just expanding Medicaid is most bang for buck http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58215683-82/utah-medicaid-health-expansion.html.csp On Thursday you reported (“Cost of health insurance expansion will rise for Utah as more people found without coverage,” July 17) how local residents and health professionals are advocating for the expansion of Medicaid and Gov. Herbert’s “Healthy Utah Plan,” as thousands’ income levels are deemed ineligible for health care aid. When analyzing Healthy Utah, there are no clear differences between the new plan and proposed Medicaid expansion. In both cases, the level of poverty would be adjusted ... On Thursday you reported (“Cost of health insurance expansion will rise for Utah as more people found without coverage,” July 17) how local residents and health professionals are advocating for the expansion of Medicaid and Gov. Herbert’s “Healthy Utah Plan,” as thousands’ income levels are deemed ineligible for health care aid. When analyzing Healthy Utah, there are no clear differences between the new plan and proposed Medicaid expansion. In both cases, the level of poverty would be adjusted ... 58215683@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:13:02 MDT Letter: More midnight fireworks, please! http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58216905-82/bed-fireworks-larger-midnight.html.csp There appears to be a need to explode things on Sunday and Monday nights in my neighborhood. After putting the kids to bed and lying in the dark with the cool evening breezes drifting through the house, we hear from some self-appointed people who get themselves all thrilled by firing off 10 or 20 really awesome kabooms, usually around 10 or 11 p.m. Sometimes they go the extra mile and celebrate our independence at 2 or 3 in the morning. Goodness, it’s just so patriotic I have to pinch myse... There appears to be a need to explode things on Sunday and Monday nights in my neighborhood. After putting the kids to bed and lying in the dark with the cool evening breezes drifting through the house, we hear from some self-appointed people who get themselves all thrilled by firing off 10 or 20 really awesome kabooms, usually around 10 or 11 p.m. Sometimes they go the extra mile and celebrate our independence at 2 or 3 in the morning. Goodness, it’s just so patriotic I have to pinch myse... 58216905@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:13:02 MDT Editorial: Republicans waste energy fighting ACA http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58215831-82/court-federal-health-insurance.html.csp If Republicans, in Utah and across the country, had taken one-tenth of the energy they’ve devoted to trying to kill the Affordable Care Act — and, with it, the most viable hope this nation has of raising its health care availability to the level of the civilized world — and instead devoted it to fixing Obamacare’s many rough edges, we’d have a pretty good system by now. Instead, GOP stalwarts such as Sen. Orrin Hatch and Gov. Gary Herbert are doing an I-told-you-do dance over what they imagine ... If Republicans, in Utah and across the country, had taken one-tenth of the energy they’ve devoted to trying to kill the Affordable Care Act — and, with it, the most viable hope this nation has of raising its health care availability to the level of the civilized world — and instead devoted it to fixing Obamacare’s many rough edges, we’d have a pretty good system by now. Instead, GOP stalwarts such as Sen. Orrin Hatch and Gov. Gary Herbert are doing an I-told-you-do dance over what they imagine ... 58215831@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:13:01 MDT Letter: World’s parents need access to firearms http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58206776-82/parents-firearms-hundred-access.html.csp Two hundred Nigerian girls are kidnapped. Several hundred Central American children are sent hundreds of miles away from home ­— alone. In these areas of the world, the governments have failed, the criminals have taken over and the parents are powerless. Why? Because the citizens have no firearms. Joe Kolloch Salt Lake City Two hundred Nigerian girls are kidnapped. Several hundred Central American children are sent hundreds of miles away from home ­— alone. In these areas of the world, the governments have failed, the criminals have taken over and the parents are powerless. Why? Because the citizens have no firearms. Joe Kolloch Salt Lake City 58206776@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:13:01 MDT Letter: Religion is personal preference, Orrin http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58215322-82/orrin-religion-discrimination-obama.html.csp Sen. Orrin Hatch very publicly proclaimed (“Obama’s order protects gay workers ... ” July 22) that personal preference (religion) in matters of prejudice and discrimination was more important than constitutional rights or federal law or even common human decency. I would suggest that Sen. Hatch look at what is happening in the Middle East in the name of religion and assess his conviction. Religious discrimination is the root cause of thousands being murdered every month. In the United States t... Sen. Orrin Hatch very publicly proclaimed (“Obama’s order protects gay workers ... ” July 22) that personal preference (religion) in matters of prejudice and discrimination was more important than constitutional rights or federal law or even common human decency. I would suggest that Sen. Hatch look at what is happening in the Middle East in the name of religion and assess his conviction. Religious discrimination is the root cause of thousands being murdered every month. In the United States t... 58215322@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:13:01 MDT Letter: Small acts restore this mother’s hope http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58215608-82/acts-hope-traffic-awesome.html.csp It’s easy to find reasons to vent, and there are days I feel like the world is against me and I want to do it, too. You know the posts that go like this: “Dear man at the traffic light who cut me off ... ” But in the past week, I’m reminded that people are generally good and that we’re all in this together. A clerk at Old Navy got down on her knees to comfort my little girl after she walked straight into a pillar, and a man stopped traffic and waved my awesome, tentative teenage driver into a ... It’s easy to find reasons to vent, and there are days I feel like the world is against me and I want to do it, too. You know the posts that go like this: “Dear man at the traffic light who cut me off ... ” But in the past week, I’m reminded that people are generally good and that we’re all in this together. A clerk at Old Navy got down on her knees to comfort my little girl after she walked straight into a pillar, and a man stopped traffic and waved my awesome, tentative teenage driver into a ... 58215608@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:13:01 MDT Letter: Two-man crew gives Utah integrity http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58215624-82/utah-general-system-attorney.html.csp The ongoing attorney general scandal might not have happened if Utah had a viable two-party political system. It also might not have happened if people would stop voting by rote and take the time to become informed about the candidates and issues. In Utah we are lucky to have a system of checks and balances that actually works exceedingly well. This system is called District Attorneys Sim Gill and Troy Rawlings. What would we ever do without them? John M. Eggertsen Taylorsville The ongoing attorney general scandal might not have happened if Utah had a viable two-party political system. It also might not have happened if people would stop voting by rote and take the time to become informed about the candidates and issues. In Utah we are lucky to have a system of checks and balances that actually works exceedingly well. This system is called District Attorneys Sim Gill and Troy Rawlings. What would we ever do without them? John M. Eggertsen Taylorsville 58215624@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:13:01 MDT Editorial: Religion and LGBT rights can co-exist. http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58211345-82/religious-act-freedom-hatch.html.csp Good people the world over, throughout history, have found strength and solace in various religious faiths. That’s why a freedom to follow one’s chosen religion is prominent in both the founders’ Bill of Rights and Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms. But no religion returns the loyalty of its devoted followers if, instead of helping them negotiate the challenges of a changing world, it makes them the false promise that change will not occur. Not only will large numbers of the faithful be in ... Good people the world over, throughout history, have found strength and solace in various religious faiths. That’s why a freedom to follow one’s chosen religion is prominent in both the founders’ Bill of Rights and Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms. But no religion returns the loyalty of its devoted followers if, instead of helping them negotiate the challenges of a changing world, it makes them the false promise that change will not occur. Not only will large numbers of the faithful be in ... 58211345@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:10:01 MDT Letter: Quit talking about rapist, lawmakers http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58215212-82/jeffs-lawmakers-warren-rapist.html.csp Re: (“Write your lawmakers? Polygamist prophet Warren Jeffs does — a lot,” July 22): Eew! Why are lawmakers even discussing that rheumy-eyed child rapist? It’s like locker room talk. Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, mentions Jeffs’ admonition to stop “having relations with my wife.” This is in such poor taste for a lawmaker to joke around as if Warren Jeffs was just a clown rather than a hardened criminal. The Republican Party accepts gifts from Jeffs? I am embarrassed for them. Is Warren Jeffs ... Re: (“Write your lawmakers? Polygamist prophet Warren Jeffs does — a lot,” July 22): Eew! Why are lawmakers even discussing that rheumy-eyed child rapist? It’s like locker room talk. Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, mentions Jeffs’ admonition to stop “having relations with my wife.” This is in such poor taste for a lawmaker to joke around as if Warren Jeffs was just a clown rather than a hardened criminal. The Republican Party accepts gifts from Jeffs? I am embarrassed for them. Is Warren Jeffs ... 58215212@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:10:01 MDT Letter: We won’t be at this parade http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58215286-82/lake-salt-parade-state.html.csp On the 24th of July, the state of Utah will celebrate the settling of the Salt Lake Valley. After months of trudging across the plains to escape injustice, facing famine and death along the way, the Mormon pioneers gazed across the valley as Brigham Young famously declared, “This is the place.” But is it the place for everyone? The theme of this year’s Pioneer Day is “Pushing Toward Our Future,” but as we so often see with regards to civil rights in this country, it seems as though history is re... On the 24th of July, the state of Utah will celebrate the settling of the Salt Lake Valley. After months of trudging across the plains to escape injustice, facing famine and death along the way, the Mormon pioneers gazed across the valley as Brigham Young famously declared, “This is the place.” But is it the place for everyone? The theme of this year’s Pioneer Day is “Pushing Toward Our Future,” but as we so often see with regards to civil rights in this country, it seems as though history is re... 58215286@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:10:01 MDT Letter: Guilt complex shows in black Mormon story http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58215466-82/black-flake-mormon-complex.html.csp Peggy Fletcher Stack’s story of Green Flake, “forgotten black Mormon,” (“Black Mormon pioneers ... ” July 22), while interesting, rings with the apologetic guilt complex that is pervasive in American academia and journalism today. The Green Flake story, as well as other black persons of family interest, has been recorded in both family journals and published books for many decades. I recall seeing the wagon, with captioned story, that Green drove from Winter Quarters to Utah prominently displaye... Peggy Fletcher Stack’s story of Green Flake, “forgotten black Mormon,” (“Black Mormon pioneers ... ” July 22), while interesting, rings with the apologetic guilt complex that is pervasive in American academia and journalism today. The Green Flake story, as well as other black persons of family interest, has been recorded in both family journals and published books for many decades. I recall seeing the wagon, with captioned story, that Green drove from Winter Quarters to Utah prominently displaye... 58215466@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:10:01 MDT Letter: Rocky Mountain clouds my Blue Sky http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58215495-82/rmp-energy-solar-blue.html.csp Rocky Mountain Power must be joking. I just received an email from RMP informing me that “if everyone enrolled in our Blue Sky renewable energy program, we could support enough renewable energy to have an equivalent impact of avoiding over 7 million tons of CO2 in one year.” RMP then asks me to spend at least $1.95 a month (“You choose your participation level”) to enroll in the program to purchase wind power. Hmmm. Let me see. I am a consumer who paid $25,000 two years ago to install rooftop so... Rocky Mountain Power must be joking. I just received an email from RMP informing me that “if everyone enrolled in our Blue Sky renewable energy program, we could support enough renewable energy to have an equivalent impact of avoiding over 7 million tons of CO2 in one year.” RMP then asks me to spend at least $1.95 a month (“You choose your participation level”) to enroll in the program to purchase wind power. Hmmm. Let me see. I am a consumer who paid $25,000 two years ago to install rooftop so... 58215495@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:10:01 MDT Letter: Book of Abraham essay doesn’t help much http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58215518-82/essay-abraham-book-smith.html.csp Joseph Smith’s translation of the Book of Abraham from Egyptian hieroglyphics has long been a problem f or questioning Mormons, but the church’s recent essay on the subject (“Mormon essay: Abraham essay may not be literal translation,” July 8) may not help much. It requires members to be linguistic contortionists. The church insists that “translate” doesn’t really mean translate, though that’s exactly what Joseph Smith said he was doing. Rather, they claim, he was just “inspired” to write this a... Joseph Smith’s translation of the Book of Abraham from Egyptian hieroglyphics has long been a problem f or questioning Mormons, but the church’s recent essay on the subject (“Mormon essay: Abraham essay may not be literal translation,” July 8) may not help much. It requires members to be linguistic contortionists. The church insists that “translate” doesn’t really mean translate, though that’s exactly what Joseph Smith said he was doing. Rather, they claim, he was just “inspired” to write this a... 58215518@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:10:01 MDT Letter: Expanded airport makes more smog? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58215539-82/expansion-airport-sltrib-july.html.csp Re your editorial (“Ready for takeoff,” July 22), I have done some traveling from sea to shining sea with a couple of trips to Europe thrown in. I can recall few airports that weren’t experiencing remodeling & expansion of services. Expansion seems to be the buzzword in many aspects of our lives. With all the pluses for this expansion of the airport. One won’t hear a single word about the additional amount of pollution the expansion will add to this salty valley of smog. Or is it just me? Lan... Re your editorial (“Ready for takeoff,” July 22), I have done some traveling from sea to shining sea with a couple of trips to Europe thrown in. I can recall few airports that weren’t experiencing remodeling & expansion of services. Expansion seems to be the buzzword in many aspects of our lives. With all the pluses for this expansion of the airport. One won’t hear a single word about the additional amount of pollution the expansion will add to this salty valley of smog. Or is it just me? Lan... 58215539@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:10:01 MDT Bagley Cartoon: Future of Utah Lands http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58217043-82/bagley-cartoon-facebook-lake.html.csp This Pat Bagley editorial cartoon appears in The Salt Lake Tribune on Sunday, July 27, 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, July 27, 2014. Want more? Become a fan of Bagley on Facebook at www.facebook.com/notrobertkirby. 58217043@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:50:39 MDT L.A. Daily News: Gov. Perry’s border stunt http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58215100-82/border-guard-national-gov.html.csp Gov. Rick Perry’s plan to put 1,000 Texas National Guard on the U.S.-Mexico border to deal with the mass of Central American child migrants is nothing but a political stunt that will not help resolve the problem. “I won’t stand idly by while our citizens are under assault and little children from Central America are detained in squalor,” he said in announcing the effort on Monday. Assault from an influx of children, many who haven’t gone through puberty or are fleeing violence and poverty? What ... Gov. Rick Perry’s plan to put 1,000 Texas National Guard on the U.S.-Mexico border to deal with the mass of Central American child migrants is nothing but a political stunt that will not help resolve the problem. “I won’t stand idly by while our citizens are under assault and little children from Central America are detained in squalor,” he said in announcing the effort on Monday. Assault from an influx of children, many who haven’t gone through puberty or are fleeing violence and poverty? What ... 58215100@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:10:01 MDT Washington Post: The courts’ contradictions on Obamacare http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58215037-82/federal-circuit-interpretation-law.html.csp First blame Congress. Generally a useful rule these days, it certainly holds when considering Tuesday’s worrying, though possibly temporary, setback for the Affordable Care Act in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Blame Democrats who pressed through a bill containing contradictory language. Blame Republicans who, in their drive for full repeal, have declined to fix the ambiguities and unintended consequences that turn up in any sizable piece of legislation. Blame th... First blame Congress. Generally a useful rule these days, it certainly holds when considering Tuesday’s worrying, though possibly temporary, setback for the Affordable Care Act in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Blame Democrats who pressed through a bill containing contradictory language. Blame Republicans who, in their drive for full repeal, have declined to fix the ambiguities and unintended consequences that turn up in any sizable piece of legislation. Blame th... 58215037@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:56:01 MDT