Why I Support the NBA

I’ve been a Jazz fan since I moved to Utah in 1989. Been there for Stockton-to-Malone, the NBA Finals, the 2003 season when everyone predicted it would be the worst team in the NBA and they went 42-40 behind Andrei Kirilenko and a ragtag bunch of misfits, through Deron Williams and Carlos Boozer, through the Coach Ty Corbin years, the Stayward campaign, the rocket-launch rise of Donovan Mitchell, and everything in between. I’ve written on sports sites about them, appeared on TV and radio to talk about them, do my…

Why I am Done with the NBA

Professional sports has had a rough go of things in the last few years. An old truism dictates that too much money and power tend to ruin just about anything, and professional sports could qualify as Exhibit A. In a direct reflection of the state of our society as a whole, professional sports are in decline. After the postponement of their season, the NBA is back for an abbreviated season and playoffs. I, and apparently many others according to the ratings, will not be tuning in. There are several reasons…

America’s Moral Dilemma

Another Fourth of July has come and gone. It is moving to see the flag flown and traditional values reinforced. Sometimes we lose sight of just what those values are, misplaced in a cacophony of voices decrying the evils of the American system. When it comes to leadership in a free society, a strong moral compass is essential. Our current crisis reflects moral breakdowns being inappropriately framed as political or systemic issues. In order to successfully maintain our liberties, it is important to be able to tell the difference. America…

Bostock and short summers

I’m sure all of us have had the experience of revisiting a place we knew well in our youth and being surprised at how small it seemed.  Or perhaps we’ve experienced the phenomenon of time seemingly flying by as we age — those endless summers of our childhood seem more like long weekends of yesteryear. Of course, it’s not place and time that have changed, it’s our perspective that has shifted.  A childhood summer that comprised a large fraction of our entire existence to that point seemed endless; as the…

On Racism and Rabble Rousing

“(We need ) to destroy the historic culture, to destroy the systemic racism, to destroy, in specifics… all of the things that make it so difficult to hold someone accountable when a life, like George Floyd’s, is so wrongfully taken.” – Minnesota Governor Walz. America is the most tolerant and beneficent nation in history. And it was a lot of work getting here.” Mark Levin, Former Assistant US Attorney General, Author, and XM Radio Host. I am a child of the sixties. I actually grew up in the Deep South.…

Will George Floyd’s Death Lead to Actual Reform?

The death of George Floyd set off a firestorm that might actually lead to some meaningful change. We’ve had some changes in the past, even though this week it might not feel like it. One example: the more widespread use of body-cams have demonstrated that “bad apples” get caught while it can acquit the actions of others. However, things need to calm down before those new changes can happen. I didn’t go to the protest in Salt Lake City on Saturday. I wish I had now. I did go to…

Wrong Again Romney

What is it about our esteemed Senator that compels one to offer rebuke? How I crave to continue to like and support this guy. I remember the man who was a stake president and principal of Bain in Boston. I remember the hero on a white horse who saved the Utah Olympics. I resonate with the man who has been a poster child for the values so many Utahans hold dear. I cannot let go of the impression that Senator Romney is a good and principled person. But when it…

Finding Our Rhythm Again After COVID-19

Over the years, I have learned something about performing music: Most of the time no one can really tell if you play a few wrong notes, but they’ll immediately pick up on a break or a pause, no matter how slight. The predictable patterns of sound and space that form the rhythm of a song are taken for granted until taken away.  And, once removed, their absence is profoundly disorienting — both to the player and her audience. Like a melody, the daily details of our lives float along over…

Death of the Democratic Party

“However [Political Parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely, in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, unprincipled and ambitious men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people” – George Washington, 1796. If the Coronavirus crisis has revealed anything, it has revealed that certain Parties and players will drop any pretense of constitutional allegiance when the opportunity arises.  Both Parties have elected people in positions of power locally and nationally that have essentially thrown the Constitution to…

Capitalism vs Socialism

The present COVID-19 crisis is going to present us with plenty of lessons before it runs its course, but a news item I saw the other day offers an opportunity to highlight, in a concrete and specific way, one of the advantages capitalism offers over the currently-popular socialist ground-wave. I have no reason to think that it will be impressive to the up-coming generation, but maybe it will stiffen the upper lips of the generation that is still (thankfully) in charge. The item was that management at an auto manufacturing…