Truth in Taxation

As most of us now know, we need to raise county property taxes, for the first time in 27 years. The fact that we haven’t raised property taxes in a generation is testament to the prosperity that our county has had for all this time, due almost solely to EnergySolutions and the Deseret Chemical Depot.…

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State of Education

Much has been made this past week regarding the state of education in our state. Senator Aaron Osmond’s suggestion that making school attendance voluntary would somehow improve the system was swiftly and appropriately shot down by all sides of the political pie. Though I have written extensively on it, at this point, I think it…

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Budget Woes

The TC Democrats have been quite concerned, not just about the county budget, but also the many people who rely on that budget for their livelihoods and who now find themselves unemployed and too experienced to get just any job in this economy. These are our family, friends, and neighbors and the community is a…

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Emergency notice: 5k run against violence on Apr. 30th CANCELLED

From Karen Kuipers: Please help us get the word out. The “Run Against Violence” will NOT be held this weekend (Saturday April 30th). Due to several challenges that have recently developed, it has been determined that the cause will be best served if the race is postponed until September. Prize sponsors and those who have…

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Convention tomorrow!

Just a last minute reminder that CONVENTION IS TOMORROW! We’ll be electing our Executive Committee for the next two years and all offices are open for nominations! Be at the Tooele Senior Center at 7:00 (6:30 if you’re a precinct chair or vice-chair to help greet and credential people). We look forward to seeing you…

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Responding to Mr. Sloan

I hadn’t thought to write before our convention, but there are times when a response is necessary. Chris Sloan’s words in today’s Transcript Bulletin must be responded to. Mr. Sloan, chairman of the Tooele Republican Party and subscriber to the Tooele Democrats blog, tells the citizens of Tooele that, after answering the Transcript‘s questions about…

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Who will save GRAMA?

If you’ve been reading the newspapers or listening to local radio or TV news this past month, you’ve heard about House Bill 477. I’ve read over this bill, and all I can say is that something this massive (over 60 pages!) could not have been effectively read, much less discussed, in committee in one day’s…

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Legislative Caucus tonight!

Our final Tooele Legislative Caucus meeting of the session is tonight. Where: House of Representatives (West building) downstairs, Room 30.When: 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 (probably)Who is invited: You! This is the best opportunity we have to hear what our elected officials are doing for us, what they plan to do, and give them feedback and…

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An unpublished letter to the Editor…

The hurdles Utah public schools and teachers face are complicated by the enormous changes we face every year. In the Utah State Legislature this year, there are 110 bills which deal directly or indirectly with public education. Imagine if you faced this daunting number of changes every 12 months in your chosen profession! I believe…

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Thoughts on the State of the State address 2011:

The Transcript-Bulletin contacted me for a local Democratic response to the Governor’s address last month. They didn’t have enough space to cover all that I gave them, so I’m posting them here. Economy: We may have only 7.5% unemployment, but many, many more are underemployed, and these go not only unreported, but reported as “job…

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