UTA’s Bus Rapid Transit proposal is an expensive, unnecessary boondoggle

Here we are at the start of summer, and the hottest topic in Utah County is whether or not we should run a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line from the Orem FrontRunner station, down University Parkway, around BYU, and down University Avenue to the Provo FrontRunner station. The more that I look at the topic, the more I doubt the benefits. Here are three reasons that we should stop and think about BRT before committing taxpayer dollars (from Utah or from the federal government) to this project. UTA has wildly…

FreeBYU Complaint Against BYU is a Publicity Stunt Clothed as an Accreditation Issue

Free Willy! And free BYU! Mr. Brad Levin, JD (his own designation, not mine) has submitted a complaint to Brigham Young University Law School, alleging that the law school is not in compliance with certain American Bar Association (ABA) accreditation standards relating to religious and academic freedom. The complaint comes in the form of a 43 page letter, complete with flow charts and appendices. As an attack on BYU’s accreditation it is without merit and, frankly, a little amateurish and very annoying. Mr. Levin has an axe to grind with BYU.  That’s his prerogative, and…

Craig Frank elected as new Utah County GOP Chair

Craig Frank outpaced three other candidates in a run-off election to become the new Chair of the Utah County Republican Party. The former state representative defeated outgoing UCRP secretary Kirby Glad, Cory Maloy, and Wendi Baggaley. Here were my observations attending the 2015 Utah County Republican party convention. The most controversial part of the convention apparently happened during the central committee meeting. As an attendee, I was grateful for the lack of explosive arguments over the agenda during the main meeting. As a writer, I was a little disappointed. Just…

A Brief Look at Candidates for Utah County Republican Party Leadership

I am excited for elections for Utah County Republican Party officers. We have plenty of quality candidates who would all do fine but we must choose only one for each position. I attended the debate held on April 9th and this is some of the information I gathered. I realize that not everybody could attend so I thought I would do a write up to show the strengths and weaknesses I have found in each candidate. Secretary Kristen Chevrier: As an education officer I have worked with Kristen and she has…

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…