Stuck with Chaffetz

Jason Chaffetz is my Congressman. I never voted for him and I never will, but I do live in Utah’s third Congressional district. So I am stuck with Chaffetz. The race for the third district seat was decided at the state Republican convention, by the delegates who were chosen at the Republican caucuses. Utah is one of 22 states where political parties decide who may vote, so, in Utah, only registered Republicans vote in the primary. If enough delegates can be persuaded at convention, a candidate gets to skip the primary.…

Provo Sprawl

The Deseret News published an article this week titled “Utah among states with the greatest urban sprawl.” The article details the alarming trend to pave over and “build out” our rapidly dwindling open space, and it spurred some discussion on local social media. Brigham Young University employee Brigham Daniels posted on the Facebook group Provo Forward: Future growth seems almost certain. The only question is whether we will help guide that growth or whether it will guide us… Ignoring how we grow is one of the easiest ways to ruin our…

Utah Municipal Power Association’s “united front”

Most people who watch the state legislature agree that this year’s session was “Utah’s Clean Air Moment.” Everybody seemed to come to the same conclusion at the same time–  the air was bad, and something should be done about it. So in 2014, our elected representatives addressed a “record number of proposals designed to improve our air.”   Studies were done. A caucus was formed. Appropriations were made. Over 20 bills were introduced. Some actually passed. One of the contributing factors to the increased awareness of our air quality problems was Provo’s first place rating…