Preserving the American political tradition is the goal

Former FBI Director James Comey recently called on voters to elect Democrats this November saying, “Policy differences don’t matter right now. History has its eyes on us.” And just a few weeks ago, conservative George Will authored an op-ed titled, “Vote Against the GOP this November.” Will wrote, “In today’s GOP, which is the president’s plaything, he is the mainstream. So, to vote against his party’s cowering congressional caucuses is to affirm the nation’s honor while quarantining him.” A writer for my favorite National Review slapped back that Will has…

Don’t Bogart the facts

Most Utahns do not know what it is like to smoke pot or use cannabis in any of its commercial forms. I do. I smoked lots of pot when I was a teenager – lots of it. I bought it. I sold it. It’s no secret among people who really know me and I do not mind talking about it. I do not care who knows about it. My kids know. Any close co-worker knows. I unhesitatingly reported it on my application to get a Top Secret security clearance when…

Protecting Utah’s small businesses against “Big Music”

Now here’s an issue that has me seriously conflicted. On the one hand, I hate background music. I hate it in restaurants; I hate it in supermarkets; I hate it at the dentist’s office. What’s more, I doubt that I am alone. I have yet to have a friend invite me to Olive Garden to listen to the music, and incidentally to pig out on breadsticks. On the other hand, I hate Big Music, the duopoly of ASCAP and BMI that licenses and controls all that background music, and so…

When all that’s Left is bullies

“Anyone who fights with monsters should make sure that he does not, in the process, become a monster. And when you look too long into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you.” — from “Beyond Good and Evil”, by Friedrich Nietzsche The greatness in my lede quote to this column is that it transcends time. The precept will never be archaic. It also speaks to the most basic of human foibles.  We silly humans tend to concede to emotions in lieu of reason and logic. We are passionate animals.…

Please, Senators, do not confirm Ron Mortensen

The Trump Administration has placed the name of Utah’s Ron Mortensen before the United States Senate as the administration’s nominee as the Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration – and senators, especially Utah’s senators, should oppose Mortensen’s confirmation. The Bureau of PRM was created to “provide protection, ease suffering, and resolve the plight of persecuted and uprooted people around the world on behalf of the American people….” PRM “provides aid and sustainable solutions for refugees, victims of conflict and stateless people around the world,…

The truth about Alicia Colvin and her sham Republican campaign

Alicia Colvin was the only woman GOP candidate for the Senate in Utah. But she shouldn’t have been – according to her own volition. And there’s evidence that she ran a fake campaign. Alicia Colvin enjoyed a Sunday front-page spotlight in The Salt Lake Tribune when she was reported to have been the only woman Republican candidate in Utah for the U.S. Senate. The problem is that, according to Colvin’s own remarks and apparent beliefs, this never should have been the case. A mere 10 months before the filing deadline,…

Is a full-time county commission inevitable? Maybe not

A recurring theme in Iron County is candidates for county commission pledging to do the job full-time. Currently, the position is classified as part-time, but the demands of committee assignments (currently creeping up on two dozen for each of the three commissioners) and compensation of $50K/year plus benefits has produced a perfect storm of demanding 40 or more hours a week to keep up. This is not specific to Iron County either as other growing counties are going to be running into many of the same issues. Even if going…

Be prepared…to leave

“I would like to hear you scream in pain.” “Play some rap music.” — from the film “The Last Boy Scout”. Although it may grow tiresome for some that read my columns, there is a reason why I always harken back to my upbringing in South Philadelphia. Many times in this space, the mission of this column is to compare my former life as a big city kid to my current life as a middle-aged man in northern Utah. Your Humble Columnist attempts to convey to my dozens of readers…