Duh Mayor

“Accordingly, I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term as your President.” —Lyndon Baines Johnson, March 31st, 1968. After consulting no one—and with absolutely no evidence that anyone had asked, called for or considered me a viable option for the office—I am announcing that I will not be a candidate for Logan City Mayor. I did not come to this decision lightly. And I certainly did not take the possibility of my being mayor seriously. When all my thinking was done,…

Them vs Us

“Everything is funny, as long as it’s happening to someone else.” — Will Rogers In the past few weeks, I have used this space to explain how the lack of innovation amongst Utahns in positions of political power costs the state money. One of the issues that I believe Utah is short-sighted and ignorant about—always a hot topic of conversation—are the arcane liquor laws that Utah lawmakers seem unwilling to negotiate to a more moneymaking friendly solution. Most Utahns that believe the liquor laws in this state are counterproductive, or…

Dead Valley

“In Heaven, there is no beer. That’s why we drink it here. And when we’re gone from here. Our friends will be drinking all the beer.” — from an old German polka. In recent weeks I have used this space to discuss the large butt poster from Victoria’s Secret that hangs omnipresently in the Cache Valley Mall and the continuing saga of the proposed new downtown Logan library that very few seem to want. The responses have been plentiful. I have noticed that two subjects appear to bring forth more…

Cache strapped

“Now Main Street’s whitewashed windows and vacant stores. Seems like there ain’t nobody wants to come down here no more.” —from the song “My Hometown”, by Bruce Springsteen. Sandy Emile is the CEO of the Cache Chamber of Commerce. As best as I can recall I have never met her. And I will continue this polemic under the premise that she deeply cares about the vitality of businesses in Cache Valley. Yet, I must mention two blurbs that appeared oncachevalleydaily.com that gave me pause. “Though Logan wages appear to be…

Cache Valley: Books don’t make money

What’s wrong with used books?” “They’ve already been read.” —From the film, “Back to School” Books don’t make money. Especially books that are lent out for free. And few people read books anymore. Reading a book requires effort. Effort is for suckers. I read books, but I am a weirdo. Only a nutjob in this world of lightning-fast gratification would consider sitting on a couch, or at a coffeehouse, with a book in their hands to be a stimulating endeavor. And I almost never buy books. I usually borrow books…

Arbitrary ruminations

“Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.” — Abraham Lincoln So much is going on that Your Humble Columnist must use his weekly space to write about them all. And since my editor does not like me using the term “random thoughts”…well, you will figure it out. — Two events are being held on February 12th in Logan that conflict with each other. And these events, which I both wish to attend, are not targeted to the same focus groups. In the south end of town,…

When the School Board must put students first [The Hub Debate]

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This is  a Hub Debate on the role of boards of education. For more background, read this.  Participate in the comments or submit a response for publication to UtahPoliticoHub@gmail.com. The question is: “Who do you think the board should serve?  Parents? Students? Why?“ Many excellent posts here at The Hub over the past week trying to answer the question of who should matter most the school boards: parents or students. One of my favorites was this, suggesting that it needn’t be a choice between the two.  The interests of parents and the importance of…