Utah is last in the nation in per pupil spending and at the top of the list in class sizes. Yet legislators in Utah continually find ways to under fund and cut spending for the education of our state’s children.Rep. Jim Bird, R-West Jordan, will be introducing a bill (again) to allow advertising on school … Continue reading The Solution to Funding Education: School Bus Ads
National Security over all other securities: Get ready Utah.
Utah legislators have made it clear that they will do whatever it takes to keep the Federal Government from dictating the affairs of the state.That is, except for spying on people.Utah is about to be descended upon by the National Security Administration (NSA).The Army has awarded a $1.2 billion contract to a construction consortium to … Continue reading National Security over all other securities: Get ready Utah.
The Guv’s Fiscal 2012 Budget Recommendations
Governor Herbert’s Fiscal 2012 Budget Recommendations can be viewed in their entirety here: Links to more information, reviews and articles on the Budget Recommendations can be found at this Google Search Engine Page.I will be posting on select budget items throughout the legislative session.(cross-posted to Utah Legislature Watch)
Using the word “never” in activism
As time passes I realize that using absolutes like "never" or "always" is pretty unrealistic.A couple of years ago I was faced with having to get an emergency container of formula for my grandson because we forgot to bring it with us. The only place around was Walmart. So the decision had to be made: … Continue reading Using the word “never” in activism
Micro-managing school budgets vs. the real issues
The two fundamental problems in our educational system in Utah are (1) not enough per pupil spending (Utah is last in the nation) and (2) top heavy spending in the school districts (administration, etc.) for what benefits students are actually receiving. #1 is by far the greatest issue. Yet some legislators are choosing what I … Continue reading Micro-managing school budgets vs. the real issues
Not again…..school vouchers
Remember 2007? Here we go again – the School Voucher debate(cross-posted to Utah Legislature Watch)
Punishing the children of illegal immigrants: There’s something wrong with this picture.
(cross-posted to Utah LegislatureWatch)NOTE: There is a lot of discussion occuring at the ULW Facebook page - search for "Utah Legislature Watch". A prospective college student wishes to enroll at the University of Utah but lives in Wyoming. To avoid paying out of state tuition, this student moves to Utah and obtains employment and after residing … Continue reading Punishing the children of illegal immigrants: There’s something wrong with this picture.
Taking a deep breath and starting again.
Sometimes life happens in ways that interrupt everything. I have not been posting much in recent months due to events in my life that brought things to a screeching halt so that I could focus on what needed to be addressed. Now that 2010 is nearly over I am taking a deep breath and gearing up … Continue reading Taking a deep breath and starting again.
It’s that time of year again….
I am being inundated with donation solicitations from organizations as a last minute reminder to get those 2010 tax write-offs taken care of. While most of the solicitations I receive are from worthy organizations, here are my top picks, by all means not inclusive of all the great organizations out there doing wonderful things for our … Continue reading It’s that time of year again….
Community Coat Exchange
This article appeared in City Weekly's 5 SpotCoat Exchange With Deanna TaylorBy Rachel PiperSix years ago, Deanna Taylor (pictured, center) organized Utah’s first annual Community Coat Exchange. The coat exchange takes place every year on the day after Thanksgiving (also referred to as Black Friday or Buy Nothing Day) at Library Plaza from 10 a.m. … Continue reading Community Coat Exchange