Letters to the Editor, July 16-18, 2014
July 15, 2014
Clean water is worth fighting for
Editor, County Council Members, and Citizens of the Kamas Valley,
Water Having consumed it all my days, and knowing that my body contains a high percentage of it, I thought I understood what water meant to life.
But then I moved my family to the Kamas Valley in 2012, and was fascinated by something that I overheard on more than one occasion, in diners, homes, churches, and stores: "Whiskey’s for drinking, water’s for fighting!"
In the Kamas Valley, water means everything; healthy kids and harvests, green fields and growing livestock, thriving wildlife and lush foothills. It means security against fire, and the promise of backyard water fights with neighborhood kids. It means that people can look up at the big, blue, rainless sky of summer and thank God or Mother Nature (or both) for the winter snowfall. It means a cold glass of water first thing in the morning to get the brain gears grinding, or at dinner with the family after a long day. It means clean rivers, rushing streams, and underground water tables. It means hiking, fishing, and hunting, tubing, sailing, and swimming, and 10-year-olds "panning" for gold. It means the smell of water on grass, the twinkling mist above alfalfa fields, and the squelch of mud pies made by little hands.
Since moving to the Kamas Valley, I have rediscovered water, and it means everything to me.
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And everything is worth fighting for.
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Let’s settle this with showdown at High noon
It’s high time we found a resolution to the whole PCMR vs Vail/ Talisker issue.
Let’s settle this dispute in a manner fitting with the historic nature of this ol’ mining town. One that won’t drag on in perpetuity and make us all suffer. I propose a duel. The classic type. Right in front of High West. Mr. Cumming and Mr. Katz will shake hands, down a shot of Double Rye and then pace off. Winner take all. No survivors? Deer Valley takes over. Pretty much a win win for everyone, well aside of course for the loser. But hey, we could sell tickets!
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Utah Attorney General debacle is shameful
Former Utah Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff have been arrested. It is a day of great sorrow and shame for Utah.
But, the problem remains. ‘Pay for Play’ is still the name of the game, it is the heart of the problem. And nothing has changed.
Utah still has no limits on contributions to campaigns! This needs to end. If the arrest of two Attorneys General does not motivate such a change–it is hard to understand what will.
In Utah, no amount of money from PACs, Corporations, Labor Unions or special interests is too much. No amount of contributions from people or corporations doing business with the state is too much. Utah is only one of three states with such a gaping hole in campaign contributions.
It is a disappointment that the multimillion dollar Dunnigan Special Committee avoided serious solutions to the broader issue by failing to recommend serious campaign finance reform. Unfortunately, so far, the ‘honey pot’ cash allure of unlimited tainted money is greater then staying clear of, at least, the appearance of conflict.
Utah Senator Jim Dabakis
Salt Lake City
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