How to Vote for the Best Interests of the Country

At about this time in every election cycle, campaigns turn negative and we all decry our inability to hold an election without personal attacks. This election has been different; we started negative and have been mired there ever since, in part, because there is so much negative material to talk about and so much of it…

What You’ll See on the Ballot in November 2014

We hear a lot lately about our “do nothing” congress, but are we “do nothing” voters? The irony of low approval ratings in a democracy is that the government more or less reflects the people it governs. That means that change must start with you as an individual voter. There are great arguments for political…

Are Racial Minorities Expelled Too Often in Utah Schools?

Race is always a touchy subject, but one worth confronting, especially in schools.  This much is clear, the 2011 OCR survey shows that there is significant statistical bias in the way children of racial minorities are impacted by suspension and expulsion nationally and even in Utah schools. Let me be clear, this does not prove…

5 Things You Can Do TODAY to Help Fight Inversion Smog

We get upset with companies that produce air pollutants, and with good reason. During the inversion seasons in the winter, our air quality often ranks below Los Angeles. But when it comes to sheer volume of particulate matter in the air, we might be ignoring the biggest contributors–ourselves. Mobile, on road, sources like cars, busses,…

2014 Air Quality Legislation (Part I)

A new Utah Foundation study notes that “The average adult breathes over 3,000 gallons of air each day. Studies show that ozone and short-term, high-level, inversion type particulate in this air can shorten life expectancy, exacerbate cardiovascular and respiratory issues, and increase infant mortality rates. There are also recent links to the incidence of autism in both PM2.5 and ozone.” Many…