The Balanced Response [Hub Debate]

Several commentaries have been offered on the internet about Ferguson, Missouri. Mora particularly, those comments have been made regarding the arming of police forces with “combat gear.” A more balanced response is necessary. One such post was right here on the Utah Politico Hub; “Ferguson and the Rise of the Police State.” It was written by David Rogers, whom I admit I do not know. In his post Rogers asserts “Many agencies now have the tools and equipment to impose substantial power and control on their communities if necessary. And…

Drones, Dogs, and Subarus Have Been Banned

“Expand air trash ban” is the title of an article in the Idaho Mountain Express and Guide from Sun Valley, Idaho.  The author makes an attempt to justify banning private drones or quad-copters from not only national parks but also something called wild areas. “Aside from being inconvenient air trash, recreational drones are intruding on national parks and wilderness areas where people go seeking the natural sounds of water and breezes, not the irritating buzz of drones. Jets flying at 30,000 feet is enough reminder of the crowded, mechanized world…

Can the dangers of Internet voting be mitigated?

Phil Windley is a really smart guy, so when he speaks on a technical matter, I make it a point to listen. (Also, he runs the @utahpolitics Twitter bot that so many of us know and love.) He recently raised a number of good points about some dangers in embracing electronic voting, none of which are trivial matters. Unlike Phil, I don’t think these are insurmountable barriers. I’d like to propose some ways we can work with and around them. Secret ballots are required There are a lot of benefits…