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Utah Politics is a non-partisan Web site dedicated to the discussion of political happenings around the State of Utah.

Published: 2007-11-02T07:13:37-07:00


Educate, Don't Brainwash


Clayne Pope, a BYU Economic Professor, has the best op-ed on vouchers I've seen. Referendum 1 is the most important vote of recent memory. Our decision should be based on rational, fair arguments. If you doubt the ability of...

Supporting Referendum No. 1


by Gordon Jones My qualifications for accepting this invitation consist of the following: I have a Master's degree in education (from Stanford University); I have been a classroom teacher (11th and 12th grades; I now teach part-time at SLCC);...

Vouchers for Dummies


by Richard Markosian Utah is graduating more dummies every year and it seems very few are willing to do any thing about it. According to ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center) the ever increasing learning gap between graduating high school...

Inappropriate Use of Resources


The SL Tribune blog is talking about another "inappropriate use" of BYU resources for political purposes: Ed Snow, director of development for BYU's Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, sent an email to various people, including others at BYU, last...

The Religion Factor


By Bryan Catherman Of the 1,483 UTAH Republican party members straw polled, 282 (19.02%) like a candidate other than Mitt Romney. Does 1,201 votes (80.98%) votes leave much doubt that Utah Republicans love Mitt Romney? But I wonder, if the...

Toward Understanding School Vouchers


by Jim Ferrin The citizens of Utah will vote on school vouchers in November. But, unfortunately, they aren't yet getting much good information on which to make the decision. It seems all press coverage has been mired in the...

Saying Yes to Paper Ballots


An editorial in last Thursday's Deseret News got a little hot under the collar over the current debate over what to do with electronic voting. It said, in part: The concern is understandable, of course. New inventions make nervous...

Would We Go to Iraq Now?


Bob Kerrey, a former Democratic senator from Nebraska and member of the 9/11 Commission, wrote a brilliant op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday call The Left's Iraq Muddle. As you read it, keep in mind that...

Rocky's Green Budget


I don't agree with a lot of things Rocky Anderson says and does, but I'd like to see more cities (not to mention the State) follow his example in establishing a fund for renewable energy technologies. A few weeks...

Rocky Is An Embarrassment to Salt Lake


by Dwight J. Barrett, Salt Lake City The more I see Rocky Anderson the more I think he is despicable individual. I am ashamed of the people who elected him. The people who voted for him should be ashamed...

Alpha Particles Bad, Smog Good


I'm trying to wrap my head around the fact that when Energy Solutions wants to bring more low-level nuclear waster into the state everyone from the Governor on down gets all up in arms. But when a new coal-fired...

Who is Taking the Sugar from Our House?


by Richard Markosian Questions Posed to Salt Lake City Council Representative Soren Simonson Regarding the Sugarhouse Granite Block Redevelopment. Check out the answers to these questions and more at Along this block there is something very unique. You...

Beating Children With State Support


by Hal Smith Utah State House: Still in the 1850s(click to enlarge) According to the Salt Lake Tribune article "Weird Laws Clutter the Utah Code" Utah parents can give written permission to teachers to hit their children even though...

Dugway's Expanding!


This classified ad announces Dugway Proving Grounds' intention to renovate a de-commissioned testing lab. There are a number of public meetings that you can attend and comment at, if you're interested: The public is invited to attend a briefing...

Legislative Last Days


Today is the last day of the 2007 Legislature. Apparently the legislators are feeling it. Even with the hijinks, if you've got time tonight, head down to the Capitol and stick around until the gavel sounds for the last...