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Soap Box: Nov. 2-Nov.8

Reader feedback on police accountability, beer and beyond.

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Cover story, Nov. 2, "Too Little Too Late?"
Never too late.
@westernUS20164h4
Via Twitter

Thank you @ChiefMikeBrown for creating a safe space where community members are free to question all aspects of the @slcpd.
@donMiguelSLC
Via Twitter

Opinion, Nov. 2, "Utah Political Lessons"
"In this past political season, Democrats acting as party hijackers unfairly labeled a candidate for party chairman as a sexual predator."

The author describes multiple women—some with a paper trail of reporting the misconduct and others with corroborating witnesses—as being unfair and hijackers. Way to victim-shame there!
Jason Wessel
Via Facebook

Beer Nerd, Nov. 2, "Trouble Comes in Threes"
Great beer! They should make it year-round.
@beermusingskris
Via Twitter

On the lookout for this today.
Marv Rojas
Via Facebook

My favorite beer all year!
@emagdnim85
Via Twitter

Film review, Nov. 2, Thor: Ragnarok
There are just too many goddamn superhero movies.
Michael Green
Via Facebook

True TV, Nov. 2, "Rebootie Call"
Huge Shemar Moore fan, but ugh, [S.W.A.T.] is horrible
Jewelz S. Lehman
Via Facebook

Free Will Astrology, Nov. 2
Astrologist. They always make me grateful that I'm not full of superstitious dung.
Lucky Tuck
Via Facebook

So just regular dung, then?
Michael Gacillos O'Hair
Via Facebook

Depends if you're using Chinese or European stardust—completely different meaning and taste.
Lucky Tuck
Via Facebook

Opinion, Oct. 12, "Grand Gestures"
In passing through Utah as a tourist, picked up the City Weekly, and I'm writing to compliment you.

The North American Indian didn't do too well when encountering the European Christian invaders. I think the Indians have a solid case, and I'd award them damages if a jury judging by what befell them when the European Christians arrived. Really, no question in my mind.

At the same time, the Indians were constantly battling each other. Tribal warfare was the rule and not the exception. That occurred all over North America, Central and South America. Again, the worst of these warring groups was the genocide perpetrated on these Native peoples by the European Christians. These same European Christians then brought human beings from Africa for the sole purpose of enslaving them as human slaves or indentured farmers or decided treating their people as lesser forms of humanity. This isn't to say these imported slaves weren't captured and sold by other Africans or that African tribes fought each other like the Indian tribes did or the European Christians were constantly fighting each other. It could be said the history of the world can be defined by these perpetual wars that have plagued humankind.

So what am I writing all this for? Just to say the Indians and Africans aren't any more moral, peaceful or loving than their European Christian counterparts. The worse of these internecine warriors were the Arab countries with some of them being slave traders.

So why should we change the purpose of Columbus Day? The facts remain—as you pointed out—we aren't dealing with a black or white situation. Columbus Day celebrates Italian-Americans and there is no day to celebrate other ethnic groups who suffered terribly at the hands of Europeans. Those Europeans, viewed as lesser human beings by fellow countrymen (mainly Christian Protestants), don't have a day but the Italians did get one. Why? Politics of the time. We can all live with this "injustice" to the other Europeans and maybe to the injustices done to Hispanics, Asians and other groups, but it is always good to know the full truth of matters.

Now, there were also some photos and stories on BLM (Black Lives Matter). There have been some egregious, unfair and murderous actions by police. But on the whole, they are miniscule in the overall application of police to society. Police are charged with keeping the proverbial law and order in a society. They are not psychologists or psychiatrists, they are not social workers, lawyers, babysitters or human rights advocates. They are human and make mistakes; the biggest being hiring mentalities who judge all other human beings by a few in a group to cover all in that group. That's a human trait, but to infer that BLM target police as a dragon slayer of blacks is a grave disservice to your readers. ...

All a person has to do is follow the direction of police; that should ensure they are not murdered, whatever their color. Regardless, some people will still be unfairly murdered. Police forces area human enterprise, and they will make mistakes. Same goes for the military killing civilians, aka "collateral damage." But, in the overall scheme of things, let's not forget there is plenty of gray color on these issues; not everything is black or white.

I'm being redundant; [author Aspen Perry] wrote an excellent Opinion piece. The best to her in her journalistic career!
Bob Aronoff,
Pasadena, Calif.

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