News, March 7, "Legislative Hangover"
Stronger beer was killed by our local breweries! Very, very sad state of affairs in Utah brewing when you get the breweries opposed to actually legislating for stronger beer! Shaking my damn head.
Give me a break, don't blame our local brewers. They didn't even have a voice in this. Blame our backwards state legislators and the Mormon church. Our alcohol laws are being made by people who have never had a drop of alcohol in their lives.
Well, that's unfortunate. I was really looking forward to going out and getting a normal beer on tap in this state like a regular adult. I've always supported our local brewers first, but this has me second-guessing that loyalty. Anyone know who the four of 29 members of Utah Brewers Guild are who supported the bill? I'll be spending my money with them first.
Budweiser and Coors aren't their competition. If they think the differentiator between Coors and a local craft beer is just alcohol content, they better do more market research. I suspect the Coors-buying market segment is driven mostly by price point and has little brand loyalty.
Obviously the Legislature didn't need much of an excuse to kill this bill, and the Utah Brewers Guild handed it to them on a platter. I love Utah, but it really disappoints me sometimes.
Now when can I start running red lights after 90 seconds? Waiting for Trax at the signal by our house is really annoying. *sigh*
Online News Post, March 11, "Back that Ash Up"
I can't understand how districts get away with gag orders, they violate the First Amendment.
Lara M. Gale
In Bountiful. Where there is a Catholic Church and school (St. Olaf's) ... does she live only in her ward environment? This is an educator! Educate yourself to your environs and learn how most others live! Forty days until Easter! Mardi Gras! Holy Week! Good Friday! Easter Sunday services!
Marguerite Marceau Henderson
How most others live? I've seen people smudge their forehead maybe on TV or in a movie ... but I've not seen it live, certainly not "most people" do this (never seen it live, even in highly Catholic countries—Philippines, Mexico, Peru—maybe was just there at the wrong time, who knows) Not saying the kid doesn't have a right to do it, but some of us really don't care or pay attention to the details of religious customs—and it's not just Mormons ... I'm an atheist.
David Taylor: Your indifference does not apply in this case! Think of this boy who was embarrassed and humiliated in front of his classmates! Your opinion is a non issue! Think of others!
Marguerite Marceau Henderson
Utah is one big cloistered community.
Teacher: Wash your face. There's dirt on your forehead.
Student: It's ash for Ash Wednesday. It's a Catholic holiday and this is part of the ceremony. I'm supposed to keep it all day.
Teacher: Oh. OK. Sorry, I didn't know.
End of conversation. Simple. She may not have known what it represented initially, but I'm sure the student told her. Not only that but she shouldn't tell a student to wash anything off his face unless it is a bad word or something. Religion aside, you should be able to sport a cross on your face any day for any reason.
The student did tell her exactly what it was for. This article seemed to whitewash the incident a bit. It was not just some innocent mistake, she knew it was a religious thing.
The question of what religion is this teacher and what is her background becomes very relevant and this is her defense.
I find it hard to believe that this teacher had never seen the mark before—and that she didn't just ask the child what it was for, instead of ordering him to remove it.
The entire press conference was a joke, I watched it, the teacher spoke and did not sound sincere, she sounded like she was forced to be there. The rest of the others parading up to the podium, trying to make it sound like everyone involved was a victim. The only victim was the little boy, and this just proved, even more, the total lack of tolerance!
Her apology is bullshit. [The student] says he told her what it was on his forehead and she still made him remove it.
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