Speed limits on I-15 are pointless if they're not enforced

It has become obvious to me that most drivers on Interstate 15 along the Wasatch Front do not believe in the speed limits as posted, or at least they don't care to obey them. If the speed limit is posted at 70 mph, every driver around me seems to be doing 80 or higher — that is, until they...


Stopping farmland from being developed into new homes comes at a cost

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In response to the May 3rd article, “Weber Co. leaders consider change to safeguard rural areas from urbanization,” let us not forget the wisdom of the 19th-century journalist Frederic Bastiat: every economic policy has an unseen consequence. While preserving Weber County’s...


Not much difference between the actions of Nixon and Trump

Trump salutes

When Richard Nixon picked up the phone and ordered the FBI to stop the investigation of Watergate, he became guilty of obstructing justice. Recognizing that the noose was tightening around his neck, he resigned rather than face certain impeachment. President Donald Trump fired the director of the...


Vet treated in dirty exam room should give thanks for such a great hospital

Veterans Affairs Unclean Room

I would like to take this opportunity to voice my opinion of the George E. Wahlen Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Salt Lake City. I have been going to that hospital since 1975, and I have never seen anything like the dirty exam room that’s at the center of a recent fuss...


Trump rejects inspirational words on the Statue of Liberty

Trump Easter

Some of the words inscribed on the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor are: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” I find it appalling that a president of the United States, and particularly a president from the state of New York, could so...


Character assassination should disqualify a candidate for office

Utah Democratic Convention

I am so sick and tired of politicians like Jenny Wilson I could scream, so I will. Ah-h-h — much better. These people that try character assassination to get their name out there should be removed from running for office (“There are facts. Then there are Jenny Wilson's facts about Mitt...


We need to enforce the rule against watering during the day

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What are the real rules for watering our landscapes? My point here is, what actually happens? As most of us have heard, watering is only supposed to occur after 6 p.m. or before 10 a.m. This obviously means that watering is prohibited between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. However, the reality is that you can...


Reader hopes S-E columnist Brian Wood makes it on the outside

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Thanks for letting Brian Wood have a column each week. I wrote Brian twice while he was in the Gunnison prison. He wrote me back both times. The second time I wrote him I asked if he had his problem because he needed money to support his drug addiction. He wrote me back and said yes. When he left...


Utah shouldn't risk water quality by seeding clouds

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There is a relatively new field in the scientific industry called weather modification, which is the act of intentionally manipulating the weather. This can theoretically be done through ionospheric heaters, lasers, stratospheric aerosol injection or water vapor pollution, but I will focus...


A lot of old ideas can help us reduce our reliance on plastic

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I was pleased to read your April 16 editorial about recycling problems (”Who deserves praise and criticism this week in Northern Utah?”). I hope these ideas will help. Some are old ways: • Use glass jars for leftovers and storage. Food tastes better, as glass is “clean,...

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