The week in letters: AG Sean Reyes doesn’t get it

The week in letters: AG Sean Reyes doesn’t get it

Homework hassles (and a teacher’s reply), AG Reyes’s mean-spiritedness and legalizing drugs in this week’s letters to the editor across the well managed state of Utah.
Enough with the homework already

I go to public high school, and I have had enough with all of the homework the teachers are giving out. They forget that every student [...]

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On climate change, we’re being bamboozled

On climate change, we’re being bamboozled

The Better UTAH Beat airs Tuesday afternoons on KVNU’s For the People. Podcasts of previous episodes are available here.
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The astronomer Carl Sagan, perhaps more than any other modern thinker, always encouraged us to take the long view. And quite literally, too. His public television series Cosmos, recently given new life on FOX and now hosted by physicist [...]

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UTA’s big bonuses suggest principal-agent problem

UTA’s big bonuses suggest principal-agent problem

Recent news headlines have disclosed that the Utah Transit Authority spent approximately $1.74 million last year on manager bonuses, doubling the total amount from 2012. On top of the bonus windfall, UTA is also seeking an increase in sales tax to fund additional bus service they claim had to be reduced as a result of [...]

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The week in letters: How to purchase a politician

The week in letters: How to purchase a politician

An itemized price list for politicians, the social science behind the Deseret New’s coverage of same-sex parenting, and how a timely windfall helped pay for the State Capitol Building in this week’s letters to the editor across the finally-sunny state of Utah.
Where is the price list for politicians?
I’m looking for something that might list things [...]

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Campaign finance changes distort democratic processes

Campaign finance changes distort democratic processes

The Better UTAH Beat airs Tuesday afternoons on KVNU’s For the People. Podcasts of previous episodes are available here.
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Unless you’ve been living off the grid, you probably heard last week that the Supreme Court ruled as unconstitutional various limits on campaign donations.
In McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, the Supreme Court eliminated the aggregate limits placed on campaign [...]

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Two-party system only works with two parties

Two-party system only works with two parties

Sometimes it feels like our two-party system is always in constant gridlock. Other times it feels like our only choice is between the lesser of two evils.
While some might say that we need more alternatives, more parties, I’m happy with our two-party system. I believe it creates the right amount of balance to meet our [...]

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