Rednecks and Blue Checks

“So you found a girl who thinks really deep thoughts. What’s so amazing about really deep thoughts?” — Tori Amos, from the song “Silent All These Years”. You can learn much by asking the same question about a story in the news to a Ph.D sipping a soy milk latte at 10 AM, and then subsequently a truck driver guzzling a Bud Light at 6 PM. A diversity of opinions from different demographics does it for me. This is what I would do often during the 15 years I lived…

As Republican-led States Lift Mandates, Utah Legislature Doubles Down on Restrictions and Fines.

Late on the 44th day of a 45-day session, the House of Representatives finally had a chance to hear the much-anticipated Senate Bill 195. After a long day, Speaker Brad Wilson called on Assistant Majority Leader, Representative Val Peterson, to present SB195. Peterson said that “within the health department, as you know, they have broad powers, and they can put restrictive orders in place.” He said that SB195 would provide a means for state and local health departments to receive “buy-in from their elected officials on these orders.” But Representative…