Fix the air! (Unless I personally have to do something)

Few things are more frustrating than an electorate that says they want something but won’t do a thing to accomplish it. Lately, that thing is now air quality. At various meetings of the Department of Air Quality, opponents of a burn ban on bad air quality days vastly outnumbered supporters. Vehicle miles traveled continues to increase as Utahns drive more than ever. And yet, like the swallows returning to Capistrano, every winter brings in fresh complaints about how much the air sucks. Yes, it’s really easy to just blindly blame…

I love the Wasatch Front, but I have to leave it

I love the Salt Lake City area. When my wife and I got married, we were living in different cities, Sacramento and Las Vegas, respectively. We decided to relocate to Salt Lake City to enjoy the beautiful scenery, the vibrant community, and the number of friends and family we had in the area. Over nine years later, I still love it, but I have to leave it.

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…