Medical Ethical Bankruptcy
Congressman Jim Matheson, D-Utah, and Republican Sens. Orrin Hatch and Bob Bennett received a combined $233,000 from health-care-industry interests between Jan. 1 and June 30. Considering Congress is currently overhauling health care, any industry contributions are likely to raise eyebrows. Forget about corruption and lobbyist access for a moment: That’s bankrupt patients’ money they are pocketing. Give it back.
Slippery When Pissed
State Sen. Greg Bell, R-Fruit Heights, may pay a price for not voting against Salt Lake City’s “mutual commitment” domestic-partnership registry even though a majority of the Legislature made the same decision. Gayle Ruzicka and her ilk at Eagle Forum hope to defeat the potential appointment of Bell to the lieutenant governor’s position. Ruzicka is still perched atop that tiresome “slippery slope,” arguing any recognition of same-sex couples will lead to gay marriage. Does anyone else shudder when Ruzicka or Sen. Chris Buttars, R-West Jordan, use the words “slippery” and “sex” in the same breath?
The residents of Canyons School District are beginning to look like California residents: vote for more expensive services but insist on lower taxes. Residents voted to split the school district—creating a duplicate team of administrators and other redundancies—but reportedly caused an “outcry” at a Truth and Taxation hearing when the district asked for a tax increase of less than $50 per year on a $300,000 home. The result: Canyons reportedly will have $4 million less for building improvements next year. Meanwhile, taxpayers from across the county will pay more to keep Jordan School District afloat.
Water From a Stone
Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon says Utah should delay signing an agreement with thirsty Nevada over the Snake Valley Aquifer. Corroon worries that the Snake Valley could become a “dust bowl.” How did Nevada’s water get under Utah deserts in the first place? There must have been a secret round of Texas Hold ’Em where Utah went “all in” and lost, but we’ll never know because what happens in Vegas …