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New federal rules around electronic cigarettes that ban sales to minors and require disclosure of ingredients are practical and necessary for the increasingly popular smokeless devices. But local laws banning the use of e-cigarettes in every place where smoking is prohibited, such as restaurants, bars or within 20 feet of entrances, are a premature overreaction. Recently, Lakewood and Fort Collins applied their public smoking restrictions to e-cigarettes. Golden, Louisville, Commerce City and Du... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58232819@www.sltrib.com Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:09:01 MDT Petri: Don’t let your kids grow up to be Ivy grads http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58232758-82/ivy-league-kids-everyone.html.csp You need to stop sending your kids to Ivy League schools. In brief, according to an article in the New Republic by William Deresiewicz, who taught at Yale for 10 years, the students who are sent there are conformist, over-privileged overachievers. They emerge from homogeneous backgrounds and grow up to be elitist little twits. (He also went to an Ivy League school, but he is different now.) They overcame a little diversity, mainly not socioeconomic, to get in. In fact, Ivy League applicants’ big... You need to stop sending your kids to Ivy League schools. In brief, according to an article in the New Republic by William Deresiewicz, who taught at Yale for 10 years, the students who are sent there are conformist, over-privileged overachievers. They emerge from homogeneous backgrounds and grow up to be elitist little twits. (He also went to an Ivy League school, but he is different now.) They overcame a little diversity, mainly not socioeconomic, to get in. In fact, Ivy League applicants’ big... 58232758@www.sltrib.com Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:57:01 MDT Crook: Ryan asks, but doesn’t answer, right questions http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58232743-82/ryan-programs-states-benefits.html.csp Rep. Paul Ryan’s discussion paper on “Expanding Opportunity in America” has much to admire. It puts attention where it belongs - on poverty and upward mobility for those at the bottom of the income distribution. It argues for an expanded earned income tax credit, the best way to reduce poverty in work. And it correctly explains what’s wrong with existing federal programs. When it comes to reforming those programs, though, Ryan’s proposal leaves a lot of questions unanswered. The essential challe... Rep. Paul Ryan’s discussion paper on “Expanding Opportunity in America” has much to admire. It puts attention where it belongs - on poverty and upward mobility for those at the bottom of the income distribution. It argues for an expanded earned income tax credit, the best way to reduce poverty in work. And it correctly explains what’s wrong with existing federal programs. When it comes to reforming those programs, though, Ryan’s proposal leaves a lot of questions unanswered. The essential challe... 58232743@www.sltrib.com Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:53:01 MDT Will: In Oregon, a doctor calls http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58232721-82/wehby-largest-oregon-percent.html.csp PORTLAND, Ore. • “Are you kidding?” This is Monica Wehby’s amiable response to people who wonder whether she will be able to bear the pressures of office if she wins her race as a Republican Senate candidate. For 17 of her 52 years she has been a pediatric neurosurgeon, holding in steady hands sharp steel and the fate of children’s brains. She probably can cope with the strains of legislative life. Today, her task is to persuade Oregonians to act on the cogent exhortation of her campaign’s bump... PORTLAND, Ore. • “Are you kidding?” This is Monica Wehby’s amiable response to people who wonder whether she will be able to bear the pressures of office if she wins her race as a Republican Senate candidate. For 17 of her 52 years she has been a pediatric neurosurgeon, holding in steady hands sharp steel and the fate of children’s brains. She probably can cope with the strains of legislative life. Today, her task is to persuade Oregonians to act on the cogent exhortation of her campaign’s bump... 58232721@www.sltrib.com Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:48:01 MDT Dionne: Ryan wraps old ideas in new clothes http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58232700-82/ryan-states-grant-poor.html.csp WASHINGTON • Paul Ryan is counting on this: Because he says he wants to preserve a safety net, speaks with concern about poor people and put out a 73-page report, many will elide over the details of the proposals he made last week in his major anti-poverty speech. The Wisconsin Republican congressman is certainly aware that one of the biggest political difficulties he and his conservative colleagues face is that many voters suspect them of having far more compassion for a wealthy person paying t... WASHINGTON • Paul Ryan is counting on this: Because he says he wants to preserve a safety net, speaks with concern about poor people and put out a 73-page report, many will elide over the details of the proposals he made last week in his major anti-poverty speech. The Wisconsin Republican congressman is certainly aware that one of the biggest political difficulties he and his conservative colleagues face is that many voters suspect them of having far more compassion for a wealthy person paying t... 58232700@www.sltrib.com Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:43:01 MDT Kirby: Hear that boom? That’s the sound of responsibility http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58225229-78/kirby-fireworks-loud-shoot.html.csp It is my nature to be the least responsible person in any group of people larger than just myself. Given what I’m about to say, it’s only fair that I admit this up front. I come by this condition honestly. I have poor impulse control, a genuine indifference to overwrought feelings and a well-known penchant for winding up self-important prudes. Thanks to medication, a loving but tough wife, and the encroachment of age, I’ve gotten better about my “condition.” Now I can sometimes go an entire hou... It is my nature to be the least responsible person in any group of people larger than just myself. Given what I’m about to say, it’s only fair that I admit this up front. I come by this condition honestly. I have poor impulse control, a genuine indifference to overwrought feelings and a well-known penchant for winding up self-important prudes. Thanks to medication, a loving but tough wife, and the encroachment of age, I’ve gotten better about my “condition.” Now I can sometimes go an entire hou... 58225229@www.sltrib.com Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:11:22 MDT Denver Post: Demand for drugs drives children to U.S. border http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58224091-82/denver-drugs-post-border.html.csp Is the American appetite for drugs like cocaine helping to stoke mayhem in Central America that in turn pushes migrants north? That’s what Gen. John F. Kelly, head of U.S. Southern Command, argued recently in an article in Military Times. Kelly says that “drug cartels and associated street gang activity in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, which respectively have the world’s number one, four and five highest homicide rates, have left near-broken societies in their wake.” And Honduras Presiden... Is the American appetite for drugs like cocaine helping to stoke mayhem in Central America that in turn pushes migrants north? That’s what Gen. John F. Kelly, head of U.S. Southern Command, argued recently in an article in Military Times. Kelly says that “drug cartels and associated street gang activity in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, which respectively have the world’s number one, four and five highest homicide rates, have left near-broken societies in their wake.” And Honduras Presiden... 58224091@www.sltrib.com Sat, 26 Jul 2014 01:01:04 MDT Bloomberg View: Ryan remembers his anti-poverty roots http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58224006-82/ryan-states-credit-grants.html.csp It’s rare for a prominent politician to publicly rethink his position on one of his signature issues. Paul Ryan has just done so — and deserves credit for it. The Republican chairman of the House Budget Committee Thursday released a thoughtful blueprint for overhauling $800 billion worth of U.S. anti-poverty programs. He doesn’t get every detail right, but Ryan has put forth a politically brave and economically sound proposal. In contrast to the exercises in Dickensian austerity that are his ann... It’s rare for a prominent politician to publicly rethink his position on one of his signature issues. Paul Ryan has just done so — and deserves credit for it. The Republican chairman of the House Budget Committee Thursday released a thoughtful blueprint for overhauling $800 billion worth of U.S. anti-poverty programs. He doesn’t get every detail right, but Ryan has put forth a politically brave and economically sound proposal. In contrast to the exercises in Dickensian austerity that are his ann... 58224006@www.sltrib.com Sat, 26 Jul 2014 01:01:03 MDT Washington Post: A minimum of justice http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58224059-82/drug-minimum-prisoners-sentences.html.csp Liberals and conservatives have learned from the drug war’s failures. More jail time may result in less crime, but the costs can be too high. Harsh punishments often catch street-corner dealers, not drug kingpins. The drug war’s foremost legacy is a skyrocketing prison population; the number of drug offenders in federal prisons has increased 21 times since 1980. Spurred by this alarming reality, the U.S. Sentencing Commission unanimously voted last week to give nearly 50,000 inmates the chance t... Liberals and conservatives have learned from the drug war’s failures. More jail time may result in less crime, but the costs can be too high. Harsh punishments often catch street-corner dealers, not drug kingpins. The drug war’s foremost legacy is a skyrocketing prison population; the number of drug offenders in federal prisons has increased 21 times since 1980. Spurred by this alarming reality, the U.S. Sentencing Commission unanimously voted last week to give nearly 50,000 inmates the chance t... 58224059@www.sltrib.com Sat, 26 Jul 2014 01:01:03 MDT Letter: Are fighter jets really ‘angels’? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58224680-82/angels-blue-flight-gets.html.csp Re (“Utahn gets his first flight with the Blue Angels,” July 25): It will be a sign of important progress when we refuse to hypocritically name our killing machines “angels,” no matter what color. Don L. Miller St. George Re (“Utahn gets his first flight with the Blue Angels,” July 25): It will be a sign of important progress when we refuse to hypocritically name our killing machines “angels,” no matter what color. Don L. Miller St. George 58224680@www.sltrib.com Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:31:01 MDT Letter: Pioneers were loyal Americans http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58225029-82/pioneers-facts-mormon-americans.html.csp I enjoyed the “facts” article in the Trib (“This is the place for facts you might not know about Mormon pioneers,” July 24). But I was a bit confused about the assertion that the pioneers were not loyal Americans. If one of the church’s sacred doctrines is that the Constitution of the United States was divinely inspired; if the church’s 12th Article of Faith — “We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law” – was writte... I enjoyed the “facts” article in the Trib (“This is the place for facts you might not know about Mormon pioneers,” July 24). But I was a bit confused about the assertion that the pioneers were not loyal Americans. If one of the church’s sacred doctrines is that the Constitution of the United States was divinely inspired; if the church’s 12th Article of Faith — “We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law” – was writte... 58225029@www.sltrib.com Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:30:02 MDT Letter: My prediction is on track http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58225034-82/2014-court-door-marriage.html.csp Around the end of the 2013, the Salt Lake Tribune was asking for headlines for the new year 2014. I don’t recall seeing mine printed, but if you check, my headline for 2014 read, “United States Supreme Court approves same-sex marriage.” We are finally standing at the door of marriage equality in the USA. The United States Supreme Court just needs to open that door, and I do believe they will! Thank you Jesus! Stephen Curtis Drabner El Paso, Texas Around the end of the 2013, the Salt Lake Tribune was asking for headlines for the new year 2014. I don’t recall seeing mine printed, but if you check, my headline for 2014 read, “United States Supreme Court approves same-sex marriage.” We are finally standing at the door of marriage equality in the USA. The United States Supreme Court just needs to open that door, and I do believe they will! Thank you Jesus! Stephen Curtis Drabner El Paso, Texas 58225034@www.sltrib.com Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:30:02 MDT Letter: Stop fluoridating water http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58225048-82/fluoride-stop-agency-drinking.html.csp Making our kids a little brighter may be as simple as turning off a tap! This is the tap that adds industrial-grade fluoride to the water supply of millions of Americans, supposedly to fight tooth decay. Most countries don’t do anything so silly (including 97 percent of Europe) and yet their children’s teeth are no worse than ours (see World Health Organization figures). Mothers’ milk contains virtually no fluoride. Why give this toxic substance to bottle-fed babies at about 250 times this level... Making our kids a little brighter may be as simple as turning off a tap! This is the tap that adds industrial-grade fluoride to the water supply of millions of Americans, supposedly to fight tooth decay. Most countries don’t do anything so silly (including 97 percent of Europe) and yet their children’s teeth are no worse than ours (see World Health Organization figures). Mothers’ milk contains virtually no fluoride. Why give this toxic substance to bottle-fed babies at about 250 times this level... 58225048@www.sltrib.com Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:30:02 MDT Letter: Stop using ‘marijuana’ (the word) http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58225191-82/cannabis-marijuana-figuratively-literally.html.csp Some things are better left behind. Some terms and popular expressions need to be retired when the culture determines those slang names and catch phrases are derogatory. Now I think it is high time the media weeds out the use of the name marijuana and especially the term medical marijuana. Cannabis supporters are burned out on the defamatory reference of pot. The name marijuana was intentionally made mainstream to evoke a negative connotation. It was used in the early twentieth century to play o... Some things are better left behind. Some terms and popular expressions need to be retired when the culture determines those slang names and catch phrases are derogatory. Now I think it is high time the media weeds out the use of the name marijuana and especially the term medical marijuana. Cannabis supporters are burned out on the defamatory reference of pot. The name marijuana was intentionally made mainstream to evoke a negative connotation. It was used in the early twentieth century to play o... 58225191@www.sltrib.com Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:30:02 MDT Letter: A couple of questions http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58215556-82/couple-questions-ruzicka-absolute.html.csp Events and headlines over the past couple of weeks have me wondering about a couple of things: 1) How do the right-to-life folks stand with regards to the children at the border situation, or are their concerns only about the unborn? 2) Curious as to whether or not Gayle Ruzicka has reciprocated John Swallow’s earlier statement that he has absolute knowledge that Ruzicka will go directly to the Celestial Kingdom upon her passing? Scott Dangerfield Magna Events and headlines over the past couple of weeks have me wondering about a couple of things: 1) How do the right-to-life folks stand with regards to the children at the border situation, or are their concerns only about the unborn? 2) Curious as to whether or not Gayle Ruzicka has reciprocated John Swallow’s earlier statement that he has absolute knowledge that Ruzicka will go directly to the Celestial Kingdom upon her passing? Scott Dangerfield Magna 58215556@www.sltrib.com Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:30:01 MDT Letter: ACA defenders should read its words http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58224667-82/law-editorial-wording-aca.html.csp I am not all surprised that the Washington Post published an editorial criticizing the Circuit Court judges’ decision that the Affordable Care Act does not permit subsidization of insurance in states that do not have state exchanges. The editorial mind-set seems to be that a law may be interpreted in a way that is exactly opposite to the meaning of the wording of the law. Of what use is any law if such interpretation is allowed? John Degges Salt Lake City I am not all surprised that the Washington Post published an editorial criticizing the Circuit Court judges’ decision that the Affordable Care Act does not permit subsidization of insurance in states that do not have state exchanges. The editorial mind-set seems to be that a law may be interpreted in a way that is exactly opposite to the meaning of the wording of the law. Of what use is any law if such interpretation is allowed? John Degges Salt Lake City 58224667@www.sltrib.com Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:30:01 MDT Letter: The rest of Ted Nugent’s story http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58225012-82/nugent-published-tribune-ted.html.csp The Tribune has published an appearance schedule for Ted Nugent. The Tribune has published the statement that Ted Nugent is a “ ’70s rocker, bow-hunter and outspoken conservative.” The Tribune has not published any of the recent news reports of Nugent concerts getting canceled, with venues stating things like, “The tribe says it booked Nugent without realizing he espoused ‘racist attitudes and views.’” The Tribune has not published the fact that Nugent has apologized for labeling President Obama... The Tribune has published an appearance schedule for Ted Nugent. The Tribune has published the statement that Ted Nugent is a “ ’70s rocker, bow-hunter and outspoken conservative.” The Tribune has not published any of the recent news reports of Nugent concerts getting canceled, with venues stating things like, “The tribe says it booked Nugent without realizing he espoused ‘racist attitudes and views.’” The Tribune has not published the fact that Nugent has apologized for labeling President Obama... 58225012@www.sltrib.com Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:30:01 MDT Op-ed: Health centers can’t replace Medicaid expansion http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58215793-82/health-centers-patients-utah.html.csp While our policy makers continue to debate Medicaid expansion, Utah’s 13 Health Center organizations struggle to meet the needs and demands of our existing uninsured patients. Some have suggested that Utah does not need Medicaid expansion based on the work of Health Centers. We do not agree. We know expansion is vitally important to the health and well-being of low-income families and to Utah’s economy. In order to understand our position, it may be helpful to understand our structure and the ... While our policy makers continue to debate Medicaid expansion, Utah’s 13 Health Center organizations struggle to meet the needs and demands of our existing uninsured patients. Some have suggested that Utah does not need Medicaid expansion based on the work of Health Centers. We do not agree. We know expansion is vitally important to the health and well-being of low-income families and to Utah’s economy. In order to understand our position, it may be helpful to understand our structure and the ... 58215793@www.sltrib.com Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:02:02 MDT Op-ed: Don’t lose children in political crossfire http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58215807-82/faith-immigration-refugee-gift.html.csp The children who have come to our border are a gift. In fact, according to my faith tradition, they are a holy gift, calling people of faith into the holy work of hospitality. In the Bible (from Mark’s Gospel) “Jesus took a child and placed the child in the midst of his disciples. ‘Whoever receives one of these children, receives me.’” I believe that Jesus is pointing us to the thousands of children, placed in the midst of us, calling us to stand for welcome. Scriptures of all major religions... The children who have come to our border are a gift. In fact, according to my faith tradition, they are a holy gift, calling people of faith into the holy work of hospitality. In the Bible (from Mark’s Gospel) “Jesus took a child and placed the child in the midst of his disciples. ‘Whoever receives one of these children, receives me.’” I believe that Jesus is pointing us to the thousands of children, placed in the midst of us, calling us to stand for welcome. Scriptures of all major religions... 58215807@www.sltrib.com Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:02:02 MDT Op-ed: System that created Shurtleff/Swallow still here http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58215815-82/swallow-shurtleff-system-campaign.html.csp In the wake of Swallow and Shurtleff’s arrests, the attention in most state media outlets has quickly, and unfortunately, pivoted from reporting on systemic problems to suggesting that, perhaps, the problems are not systemic but are, in fact, merely a reflection of a few bad apples. One story in the Tribune (“Swallow-Shurtleff charges: a black eye and silver lining,” July 20) went so far as to suggest that Swallow’s and Shurtleff’s arrests prove the system works. Perhaps. More likely is that the... In the wake of Swallow and Shurtleff’s arrests, the attention in most state media outlets has quickly, and unfortunately, pivoted from reporting on systemic problems to suggesting that, perhaps, the problems are not systemic but are, in fact, merely a reflection of a few bad apples. One story in the Tribune (“Swallow-Shurtleff charges: a black eye and silver lining,” July 20) went so far as to suggest that Swallow’s and Shurtleff’s arrests prove the system works. Perhaps. More likely is that the... 58215815@www.sltrib.com Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:02:02 MDT