If GOED is serious about rural business, they need a broadband plan

Originally posted at FreeUTOPIA.org and cross-posted with permission. Reading about how bad rural broadband can be is one thing. Experiencing it is another. Living in Cedar City for three years and spending a lot of it exploring Southern Utah from here to Delta to Moab to Mexican Hat has made it painfully obvious how awful the situation is across large swaths of the state. Unfortunately, almost all of the attention for improving broadband has been focused on the Wasatch Front with the occasional bone thrown to St George. While a…

By the Numbers, DST is the Simplest Approximation of Natural Time [Hub Debate]

Our bodies internal clock synchronizes with sunrise; Daylight Savings Time averages out mechanical 24 hour clock time with the seasonal sunrise shift. Our time zones and common time are a political decision based on how we want to run our society, not some mandate of nature. Changing our common time from Mountain Daylight Time causes confusion. What is time? This is not a philosophical discussion, but a good place to start as we consider changing the way Utah keeps time. Prior to computers, watches and railroads, time came from the…

Daylight Saving Time Creates Problems and Doesn’t Meet Objectives [Hub Debate]

We’re debating whether Daylight Saving Time should end. Learn more about it here. If you’d like to contribute a post, send it toUtahPoliticoHub@gmail.com. I believe that we should do the right thing for the right reasons. Doing something just because it has been done before is not justification for doing it again.  Doing something that creates problems and inconvenience just because it has been done before is not smart. Daylight Saving Time creates all kinds of problems and doesn’t fulfill its objectives. In this regard it is just like ObamaCare and many…

Daylight Saving Time. Should it stay or should it go? [Hub Debate]

It’s a topic that seems to come up every year in the Utah legislature – can the state please, PLEASE get rid of Daylight Savings Time?! Bill after bill has been introduced and year after year, those bills just die on the vine. Earlier this year, though, Representative Ronda Menlove ran a bill asking for the Governor’s Office of Economic Development to facilitate discussion and hold a public meeting to get input. I admit, I thought it was just a nice gesture to some of her constituents and had no…