June 17, 2016 I pledge allegiance To all life In its interdependent diversity. And to the planet Upon which it exists One world, under the sky, Undividable, With harmony and balance For all. I went on a field trip with friends to study to the biodiversity of the open land adjacent to the Utah Tar … Continue reading The Fieldtrip 10: Sacrifice for the Cause
It's been a really, REALLY long time, but I'm back. Six years ago I decided to take a break from a lot of things. (That's why you see a huge gap between my last post and this one!) I'm ready to get back to work!
Urban farming for us has been a work in progress. We have this relatively huge piece of land (2/3 acre), in a city of over 100,000 people, that we have been working on transforming into a "farm" for raising food for ourselves, our children and grandchildren, and any friends and community members that would like … Continue reading Urban Farming: The Revolution
It's bad enough that Utah Legislators are attempting to destroy the public educational system in the state. Along with bills that want to transfer control from the State Board over to the Legilators or the Governor (depending on which bill), the Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee has proposed a total of $257 million dollars to education … Continue reading Education facing the budget axe
Legislators are on the move this year to take control of Utah's education system (SJR1 and SJR9). It seems that there are already steps being taken to write curriculum in the form of legislation. Rep. Jack Draxler, R-Logan, is pushing legislation that would require educators to "consider" adding lessons into the curriculum about energy development, … Continue reading Mineral and Petroleum “Literacy” Act: “Balanced” curriculum?
....all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. Are our state legislators really interested in the values of our Founding Fathers? Or are they more interested in property rights.....including owning the "pursuit of happiness" as property? … Continue reading “Pursuit of Happiness”: Not if some legislators have their way….
We have long written here on the issue of taxes on food by the legislature to fund other areas. This year is no exception to the head rearing of this ugly issue. Bill Tibbitts of Crossroads Urban Center, an organization advocating for the rights of the poor, says: Utah Representative Mike "Nuclear" Noel is proposing … Continue reading Here we go again: raising taxes on food
A hot issue....again.....this year: Immigration. Today the "Don't Let Utah Become Arizona!" rally was held on the steps of Utah's State Capitol building. Created by a group on facebook called "No SB 1070 in Utah!" the rally was held in coordination with United for Social Justice (united4socialjustice.org) on the first day of Utah's legislative … Continue reading Immigration Bills bring a lot of attention
Back in November the Deseret News published the Official text of Utah Compact declaration on immigration reform, a declaration of five principles that was endorsed by many community members, including the LDS church, to “guide Utah’s immigration discussion.” Then I was reading yesterday’s Salt Tribune article on the growing Momentum building for Utah immigration reform. … Continue reading A People Divided