OPINIONS (From Page 7)
BAGLEY’S OPINION — Salt Lake Tribune
Letters God gave
women choice Editor:
Roy Azzarello’s rebuttal of March 20, 2011 “What about the rights of people.” Many statements in Mr. “A” rebuttal did not resonate with me. First, I am responding to his statement “that frequently the same people who are concerned with so called “animal rights” are less concerned with human rights.” I have found that the same animal advocates are the very same empathetic and compassion- ate “advocates” who struggle to promote environmental changes through organization like the Sierra Club, National Parks Conservation Association, Nature Conservancy, the Human Society of the United States for ALL of us (including Mr. “A”) and for future generations. Some of those same animal rights advocates work with orga- nizations like Amnesty Interna- tional, Human Rights First, and Doctors Without Borders. God created gave us FREE WILL. I choose to believe that woman have the God-given right to choose abortion or not. “Do not judge others lest you be
I am writing in response to Mr.
riority, lies, deceit, false pride, superiority, and ego.”
joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, com- passion and faith.”
Grandfather’s words then asked, “So which one wins, Grandfather?” “Well”, said the wise old chief, “the one you feed.” I defi nitely know which one I and my fellow advocates feed. What about you, Mr. “A”?
His grandson pondered his
Linda Bolon Goodyear
Pet Valley fever
is real Editor:
judged.” I’m not judging anyone’s choice to choose; that’s God job. Food for thought … One winter’s evening while gathered round a blazing camp fi re; an old Sioux Indian Chief told his grandson about the inner struggle that goes on inside people. “You see” said the old man, “this inner struggle is like two wolves fi ght against each. One is evil, full of anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, infe-
Do not delay if your dog starts to act out of character in any way. Our otherwise very energetic and playful puppy became listless and non- responsive to his usual sur- rounds in a very short time. He lost control of his back legs and had a very bad seizure. Three blood tests later and sadly, in the timespan of only 5 weeks, we lost our puppy. Be aware that Valley Fever is most prevalent in Arizona, New Mexico and Southern California. Insist on a Valley Fever blood test and the treatment of Fluco- nzole. Do not wait and see if the blood test range gets higher. This treatment can save your pet’s life! Do not ignore the symptoms of Valley Fever! Act immediately. It will save you much heartache.
Litchfi eld Park Kids learning to
provide food Editor:
In response to Sharon Ste- Susie Lopez “The other one is good, full of
phens’ letter: You stated that if we save these animals, the kids would learn a valuable lesson. They learn SO MUCH with things the way they are. The youth that raise these farm animals, raise them with every intent of selling them at an auction to a person who will have the animal butchered to put in the freezer and provide meat for their families: meat that has been farm raised by a person that they know has used only the best feed with no pesticides, medications or steroids. These children take quality assurance clasess to learn the proper and ethical way to raise an animal for consumption. That IS agriculture. Where exactly do you think your meat comes from? These kids have worked
extremely hard while raising their livestock animals. I am proud to be a parent to four of these amazing
teenagers. They learn the respon- sibilities of feeding their animals every morning and night. They have learned fi nancial responsibil- ity by using their own monies to purchase the animal, feed, supplies and entry fees to show the animal competitively. They are PROUD to have raised such an animal that can provide food for a family in their community. Too many Americans today, such as you are out of touch with where their food comes from.
Kerri Kerr Buckeye
school calendar Editor:
I am a parent and teacher I
am very concerned about the possibility of school districts in this state adding additional days to the current teaching calendar. I am not concerned about my vacation or time off, but rather the quality verse quantity educa- tion we will then be providing our students. My daughter is exceeding her benchmark scores already, as a kindergartener, will adding an additional 20 more school days help her exceed at a higher level? On the contrary, if you told me as a parent that in those 20 additional school days my daughter will be receiving more hands on learning and activities, that we as educators no longer have time in our day for, I would be more agreeable to supporting this movement. If you
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Let political ads go the way of cigarette commercials GUEST COMMENTARY
by Tina Dupuy Cagle Syndicate
on television words like “fl ood,” “deluge,” and “torrent,” will suddenly pepper copy. A report from the Borrell Associates estimates $9.8 billion will be spent on political advertising this season. Nearly 60 percent of that will be on television. Phrases like “secret money” and “shadow funders” also pop up. Conservatives, traditionally, call for transparency when it comes to money in politics. Liberals will call for limits. Right now we have neither. And nowhere is that more apparent than on your TV. Ask anyone in even a slightly purple state or in an even slightly contested district:
Tina Dupuy When asked to report on the onslaught of political ads
Political ads are a plague come election time. And what exactly are we getting for our (estimated) $42 per potential voter? Not much. Ads are not transparent, not fact checked and in
Broadcast is regulated. And it’s worth noting, 99 percent of Americans have
many cases not accountable. Voters get to feel like Alex DeLarge in A Clockwork Orange during his aversion therapy (eye drops, anyone?) without knowing who’s footing the bill. A way to combat this Stanley Kubrick-esque torment is just ban all political advertisements on television. “That’s an assault on free speech.” First off, television is not an unregulated utopia of free speech — that’s the Internet (for now, anyway). Television, like it or not, doesn’t allow everything to be broadcast. There are standards on television. Our mores may have changed over time but generally we’re still OK with decency standards for television. Speaking is speech.
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advertise on television. Why? Because their products are poisonous and harmful to our citizenry. The same could be said for Swift Boating, Demon Sheeping and whatever Herman Cain is doing.
We don’t allow tobacco companies, for example, to
televisions in their homes. It’s still the broadest, most viewed medium we have. Which is why candidates and advocates for candidates invest billions into blanketing it.
These ads are supposed to sway public opinion. But these aren’t actually opinions being targeted — they’re emotions. Most Americans have less of an opinion when it comes to politics and more of a visceral reaction to issues. Which explains why your “political debate” over Thanksgiving dinner ended up with you being pummeled with green bean casserole. And there’s no better example of where to start hysteria than in 30-second fear and loathing campaign spots. Does this elevate political discourse? Civic engagement? Sound policy? Hardly. These ads are doing what tobacco does: producing a carcinogenic cloud. “But you’re trying to limit a candidate’s ability to get their message out!” Look, if you can’t get your message out after 23 Republican primary debates, you don’t have a message. Candidates should be out on the stump, on television, at town halls and at debates. Absolutely. It’s the anonymous sugar daddies bank rolling ads the candidates can easily divorce themselves from that I suggest discontinuing. It’s like having all the benefi ts of a loyal Rottweiler and none of the legal liability once it mauls your adversary.
So just ban these spots. Let the hallowed ground of 20 minutes per hour of programming be for more wholesome things like erectile dysfunction treatments or reverse home mortgages. End candidate television advertising.
“If this happens what’s to stop a ban on ALL political shows?” Ridiculous. We haven’t had cigarette commercials for half a century and we still have smoking on TV. Banning a type of advertising that erodes our elections into secret televised slush funds won’t stop political programming.
What it will do is something about this fl ood — this deluge — this torrent of commercials — the most in the history of interruptions — that’s drowning our discourse.
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