Soap Box: Dec. 15-21 | Letters | Salt Lake City | Salt Lake City Weekly
We need your help.

Newspapers and media companies nationwide are closing or suffering mass layoffs since the coronavirus impacted all of us starting in March. City Weekly's entire existence is directly tied to people getting together in groups--in clubs, restaurants, and at concerts and events--which are the industries most affected by new coronavirus regulations.

Our industry is not healthy. Yet, City Weekly has continued publishing thanks to the generosity of readers like you. Utah needs independent journalism more than ever, and we're asking for your continued support of our editorial voice. We are fighting for you and all the people and businesses hardest hit by this pandemic.

You can help by making a one-time or recurring donation on, which directs you to our Galena Fund 501(c)(3) non-profit, a resource dedicated to help fund local journalism. It is never too late. It is never too little. Thank you. DONATE

News » Letters

Soap Box: Dec. 15-21

Our readers chime in on the electoral vote, Bears Ears, bad TV, late artist Bob Moss and more.



Cover story, Dec. 15 "The Grits to Be Here"
Seems to me that Utah (as well as other states) ought to ban the transferring of students from one school to another simply on sports preferences. I graduated from Granite High, and this process of transferring from one school to another was one of the contributing factors in the decline and ultimate demise of one of the storied athletic programs in the state of Utah. Play where you live. Develop the love, dedication and commitment to that school.
Craig James

Great story.
Via Twitter

Go Panthers!
Circe Arzola
Via Facebook

Blog, Dec. 19, "Utah's six electors unanimously cast presidential votes for Trump"
No shit.
Via Twitter

Shame. They cast their votes for a treasonous man with unconstitutional conflicts of interest who will bring ruin and shame to this nation.
Derek Howard
Via Facebook

And why would they vote any differently? If Adolf Hitler were running for POTUS with an R next to his name, you can bet your ass the Bishop at the local ward house would be telling his sheeple, "He's a good guy," haha! Pathetic pseudo-Christians are THE definition and epitome of insanity.
Craig Perry
Via Facebook

How many times must Hillary lose before the snowflakes accept it? Trump is president; therefore, he's your president if you're an American.
Mort Wimmer
Via Facebook

Thank you to the electoral college for completing their duty.
Krista Harris
Via Facebook

Utah stands firm with misogyny!
Dennis Marcus
Via Facebook

In other shocking news, snow is cold.
Jodi Nelson
Via Facebook

Blog, Dec. 19 "Bears Ears Update"
Chris Stewart shows once again why he got a whopping 34 percent of the vote in the part of his district that is within Salt Lake County. Gerrymandering is the only reason that clown has a microphone. Someone needs to turn it off.
John Barnhill
Via Facebook

I hope Obama designates it soon!
Lance Kemmer
Via Facebook

They don't care about what future generations inherit. It's the present riches that drive their lives.
Debra Vasquez
Via Facebook

Conservatives—always on the wrong side of history.
Scott Allen
Via Facebook

Headline rewrite: Numskulls in Charge Announce Idiocy and Declare Greed.
Pax Rasmussen
Via Facebook

Music, Dec. 15 "I Believe in Ghosts"
Bob [Moss] was not only everything that Brian [Staker] writes about here, but he was also an accomplished historian—especially the Mormon variety. He had a very large collection of Mormon and U.S. history books—some quite rare—and he read them all. He and I exchanged a lot of books over the 15 or so years I knew him, and we had many interesting discussions about Mormon historical events.

His knowledge of the Mormon alphabet was very deep and very rare, and as far as I know, he was the only artist who made it a central part of his work. I believe that Bob and this body of rare work will endure the test of time and that, way off into the future, he will be considered one of Utah's greats.

I will always miss my times with Bob, smokin', jokin', drinking whiskey and talkin' Mo history. He was definitely one of a kind. I am reminded of Bob every day as I have 12 pieces of his Deseret Alphabet artwork on permanent display around my house.

Tom Owens

I barely knew him, but when I met him @stakerized's party, I knew he was something else. Wish I had the opportunity for more time.
Via Twitter

True TV, Dec. 15 "TV Gone Wrong"
Presidential Election was terrible. Over-the-top characters, horrible writing and plot twists dependent on supporting characters being blindly stupid at every turn. I mean, really, the fourth estate of the most powerful and richest nation in history is going to let itself get played like that? Seriously? That being said, I respect how they committed to the full disaster season finale. Season 2 is going to be cray!
Rob Tennant
Via Facebook

Bates Motel ... each season gets perpetually worse. Kinda like True Blood.
Glenn Thompson
Via Facebook

Anything and everything on Bravo. Not to mention all the major networks.
Robert Jensen
Via Facebook