With the confrontation of Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman, Jr., Newsweek expounds on Mormons, “Mormons Rock“…
The issue of the limited number of liquor licenses in the state has been discussed a lot over the last year in municipal and coalition meetings, primarily due to the fact that if a fine business establishment like Olive Garden or Red Robin wish to open a new business they choose not to…. due to not being able to acquire a license. For municipalities it is an economic issue. The points raised in committee today are worth following.
Representative Brady of Texas’ 8th Congressional District outlined several tax cuts labeled The CUTS Act of 2011. The proposal lists specific ideas as federal cost-cutting measures. Among the concepts is a 15% decrease in White House and Congressional budgets. A great start.
I normally do not advertise, but this particular book may be the one worth sharing. Published in November, 2010, Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back purports to be an experience of a four-year-old boy when he dies during surgery. It is now on Amazon.com’s top 10 list. Give it a try. Similar books I have read that are definitely worth reading:
Was it President Obama’s intention to sideline Jon Huntsman, Jr. by appointing him Ambassador to China? Newsweek published an interesting article this month on Huntsman and questioned him about his ambitions. Perhaps a Presidential bid for 2012 or 2016?
Last night I went on a search to locate a song I remembered from the 70s, called Big Foot. It went something like “Big Foot’s coming, gonna getcha, gonna getcha.” I am still amazed how quickly an internet search engine can produce the results you seek. Just a few minutes after my pursuit began I located a 1978 Big Tree Records recording by Brother Love, called Big Foot. In the end I gleaned a few minutes of laughter to end the day.
Hollywood films frequently depict a Wild West shootout in the soil-laden streets of the 1800s. Until tonight I really had not thought of the fact that Utah had its own share of shootouts. Enjoy a few minutes reading this 1996 article, written by Becky Bartholomew, posted at Utah History to Go.
I drove home from work this evening (SLC Airport) where it was raining. At about the West Valley City area it turned to a heavy snow. Upon arrival at home I discovered 3″ of snow in the yard. Guests left my home about that time heading South. When they arrived in Lehi they called and informed us it is only raining Lehi. So I checked www.weather.com and sure enough, it is raining all around except right int he immediate area, where we now have 6″ outside. Wow!
When comparing to other cities in the nation, there is nothing unique in stating West Jordan is facing a financial struggle. The difference is that West Jordan’s City Council is prudently and carefully analyzing expenditures, taking time to make tough calls. Several recent decisions are forward-thinking, as aggressive moves to avoid property tax increases:
- Council voted 7-0 to support City Manager’s decision to implement layoffs saving the City over $300K annually
- Council voted 7-0 to not spend $15K on a soccer complex study due to the inability of being able to implement whatever the result
- Council vocalized the importance of retaining $215K in the General Fund (from UTA land sales), rather than spending it now on an Arts Council facility
- Council stressed that City events must be self-sustaining or eliminated
- Council re-aligned city staff support to city committees to reduce overall staff expense