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This is a clip from the Phyllis Schlafly Eagles Radio LIVE that aired Thursday, August 10, 2017 with Faith2Action.org’s Janet Porter, a champion of this measure. Janet tells the story of what happened with Congressman Jason Chaffetz and why Chris Herrod is a GAIN in Congress.
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This is a clip from the Phyllis Schlafly Eagles Radio LIVE that aired Thursday, August 10, 2017 with Faith2Action.org’s Janet Porter, a champion of this measure. Janet tells the story of what happened with Congressman Jason Chaffetz and why Chris Herrod is a GAIN in Congress. Chris Herrod – Candidate for Utah’s 3rd Congressional District […]Read More
On Sunday, July 30, 2017, the Salt Lake Tribune published my opinion editorial. Only three days later it was archived and tagged as perhaps being “outdated.” Regardless, I wish to thank the Trib for running it.
Recently Paul Mero, the Sutherland Institute’s former director, joined former state Rep. Holly Richardson in submitting op-ed pieces expressing emotionally charged arguments against former Utah state Rep. Chris Herrod.
They appear to be motivated more by political sour grapes than using the best arguments to make their case.
In 2011, the Sutherland Institute sponsored a debate on immigration. Mero was on the panel supporting amnesty, surrounded by Democrats. Chris Herrod represented the position of the “forgotten immigrant” harmed by those who enter illegally. He was flanked by Republican panelists.
During that debate, Sutherland’s invited audience booed Mero when he called anyone who opposed amnesty a “nativist” and “racist.”
Holly Richardson was similarly booed when she faced off with Herrod at a Utah county convention. The crowd found Herrod and his charming Ukrainian immigrant wife Alia wildly popular. During these immigration debates, Mero and Richardson lost credibility, and Herrod won respect.
Next Mero took his unpopular “Utah Compact” amnesty proposal to Washington, D.C. It was not received favorably in Republican circles. However, the Obama administration opened the door to him and adopted elements of that document in the infamous executive order that President Trump is now furiously working to unravel.
It’s hardly extremism to bring sanity back to a national policy that has contributed to enormous national debt and harmed American workers for decades with imbalanced and unfair international trade and immigration policies. Thankfully, Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions are united in curtailing sanctuary cities, counties and states.
Conversely, Richardson and Mero both joined the more extreme “Never Trump” movement. Richardson voted for Evan McMullin and is rallying the more moderate and independent voters who support a go-along style that maintains the status quo of unelected bureaucrats and lobbyists running the show.
They appear to be attempting to tie Herrod to what they call a “far-right” take over, wrongly blaming the system for producing more extreme candidates. In fact, that system has given Utah some moderate Republican legislators who vote with Democrats 90 percent of the time.
In the 2016 presidential election, Utah’s voters embraced Donald Trump’s Monroe Doctrine-America First message, anchored on building a wall and bringing back U.S. jobs, which Chris Herrod continues to support.
Richardson voted for Ted Cruz in the primary. It’s ironic that Chris Herrod, the very candidate she seeks to redefine as the “extremist” in this race, is also the very candidate that Richardson’s and Utah’s favorite primary candidate Cruz chose as his Utah state director. Cruz even took time to come to Utah to endorse Herrod.
Herrod fought the good fight for Cruz and then, along with most Utah voters, showed his practical good sense when Trump emerged as the nominee. Unlike the real extremists who refused to vote for Trump, and in some cases would rather have seen Hillary Clinton elected, Herrod graciously devoted his time and energy to help Trump get elected, notwithstanding his rough edges.
Practically speaking, Herrod wisely understood the race was between Trump and Clinton. He traveled around speaking for Trump while Richardson cast her lot with a spoiler who admitted he had no chance to win.
While Mero calls for “civility,” he uses pejoratives such as “rubes” (e.g. unsophisticated and naive), “radicals,” “crazies” and “extremists,” to arrogantly insult every Utah voter who supported the presidential candidate who actually won in Utah. He then attempts to besmirch Herrod’s good name and 80 percent conservative voting record with these fake brands.
Who are the real radicals here? Surely not Chris Herrod. Being trustworthy, passionate and principled is not extremism. He has earned – and he deserves – our vote on August 15.
Cherilyn Bacon Eagar is serving her third term on the Utah Republican Party State Central Committee and was elected a 2016 Utah Republican Presidential Elector. The Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News Editorial Boards named her 2011 Wasatch Woman of the Year – Community Service for her non-profit fundraising and for being the first Republican woman to run for U.S. Senate in Utah.
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This opinion editorial was published in Utah’s largest paper, the Deseret News, July 15, 2017. Editor’s Note: July 15, 2017 marks the 23rd anniversary of my mother Dorothy Bacon’s passing. She was a great American and an ardent supporter of Ronald Reagan in California and the principles for which he stood when she moved back to her native state Utah.
She and my father, Samuel Kenneth Bacon, a urologist, encouraged him to run for public office and helped arrange for his landmark speech delivered to the California Medical Association on the dangers of socialized medicine, known as Medicare/Medicaid. The day it passed in 1965, he warned, “This is the first day of the end of quality delivery of medicine in America.” His words were prophetic.
Today Establishment Republicans are chastising the few remaining faithful Republicans that believe Reagan’s warning.
I want my party back. It’s being hijacked by leftists who identify as libertarians and globalists, working both sides of the aisle, while masquerading as Republicans. A true Republican believes as Reagan did: “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: ‘I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.'”
Whatever happened to limited government, free enterprise and the principles of state and national sovereignty, the US Constitution and Bill of Rights?
I’m taking “my” party back and I hope you will join me.
This piece is dedicated to my courageous parents. We have personally known the Herrod family, Dr. Niles and Janet Herrod for many years. There could not be a finer family and home in which Chris Herrod was raised. I also wish to thank the Deseret News for publishing this opinion on that special date.
Forty years ago Ronald Reagan was recruited to defend conservative values as a presidential candidate. According to rank-and-file media and the GOP establishment, Reagan was the candidate to fear, an “extremist,” dangerous to America.
As with Donald Trump today, Reagan seized upon trigger issues: the economy, jobs, the sell-out of America’s workers, within a growing nationalistic environment.
But the time was right. Voters had suffered from high inflation at home and America had been embarrassed abroad. They were ready for Reagan’s traditional Western-civilization message, while the establishment dismissed him as too old and too conservative to win.
Sound familiar? Some “Never Trumpers” are still reeling from Trump’s win and raising their voices in the midterms, where two special elections are being held. One is in Utah’s 3rd Congressional District, replacing Congressman Jason Chaffetz. The other is to replace Sen. Jeff Sessions in Alabama. Evidence shows that Indivisible.org, an organization with ties to liberal-globalist George Soros funding, is on the ground working in both races to defeat the conservative choice.
In Utah, these town hall protesters have posted on Facebook, urging their supporters to gather signatures and switch party affiliation to vote Republican. Their goal is to elect the current Provo mayor — a former registered Democrat.
The candidate with the most Reaganesque message, and the experienced record to prove it, is former Utah Rep. Chris Herrod. According to the liberal mindset, he is the one to be “feared.” While in the Legislature his overall score card, based on a constitutional, fiscally conservative score, was 80 percent.
In 2016, Herrod served as the Ted Cruz state chairman, the candidate who cleared the Utah presidential preference vote by a whopping 51-point lead. However, when Trump was nominated, Herrod became one of his strongest supporters and traveled with a team of speakers to help Trump win Utah with an 18-point lead over Clinton. Sen. Cruz recently endorsed Herrod.
Meanwhile, through 2015, Provo’s mayor continued to support Democratic candidates, including Salt Lake’s liberal mayor Ralph Becker. In 2016, he confessed to writing in a friend’s name instead of voting for the Republican nominee.
While Rep. Herrod built a trusted record voting consistently to lower taxes, the mayor supported raising taxes under a creative label “utility fees,” doubling the revenue, while citizens were unaware.
While Herrod defended America First law enforcement policies for strong and safe borders, the Provo mayor placed weak leaders in local law enforcement. It was actually his own hand-picked police chief who recently resigned over allegations of sexual assault.
Finally, Herrod has voted consistently to support the U.S. Constitution as the sovereign rule of law. Meanwhile, the mayor instituted globalist “sustainable” policies that align with the Paris Accord. Through the mayor’s “Vision 2030” initiative, Provo is now mirroring the very policies President Trump has courageously abandoned because they harm American business and prosperity.
Around July 25, ballots will be mailed. Citizens concerned for their children’s future prosperity should strongly consider voting for the trusted, experienced candidate in this race most aligned with Reagan’s conservative policies: Chris Herrod for Congress.
In 2011, the Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune editorial boards named Cherilyn Bacon Eagar Wasatch Woman of the Year — Community Service as the first Utah Republican woman to run for the U.S. Senate and for her service raising funds for philanthropic causes. She serves on the national Phyllis Schlafly Eagles Board of Governors, was elected three times to the Utah Republican Party State Central Committee and was elected as a 2016 Utah presidential elector.
Go to Chris Herrod’s website to donate or get involved: www.HerrodforCongress.com
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865684771/Op-ed-Chris-Herrod-is-the-Ronald-Reagan-in-the-3rd-Congressional-District-Race.html This opinion editorial was published in Utah’s largest paper, the Deseret News, July 15, 2017. Editor’s Note: July 15, 2017 marks the 23rd anniversary of my mother Dorothy Bacon’s passing. She was a great American and an ardent supporter of Ronald Reagan in California and the principles for which he stood when she moved […]Read More
The Republican Platform is worth voting for, and the voters deserve a candidate that not only says he believes in it, but has the record to prove it. If you live in the 3rd Congressional District, you may have received your mail-in ballot already to select your first choice to replace Congressman Jason Chaffetz, who vacated it to take a position at Fox News.
Before you send that ballot in, I hope you will review this research and that it will be useful in helping you make a wise decision. It is well-cited and as accurate as possible.
In spite of the frustrations toward the two major parties, they are still the two parties through which we can best influence the outcome. If you have been disappointed that some candidates that call themselves Republican have not been true to their promises after elected, you deserve a candidate that can be trusted.
Many who know Chris Herrod know he is that trusted candidate. They have watched him while serving in the Republican Party’s highest deliberative body, standing fearlessly against the Establishment and for the people’s right to have a voice in the process. He has supported legislation to put this country, its workers and families first. I am among those that have watched him and supported him. I can describe him with two adjectives: passionate and courageous.
Unfortunately, one candidate running against Herrod has a record showing he does not believe in Republican principles. He is the former Provo Mayor. After reviewing this information, please ask yourself: Do the people of Utah’s 3rd Congressional District who believe in Republican principles deserve this kind or representation in Washington DC?
Please help us take our party and platform back. Vote for a Republican who has walked the walk for its principles. Chris Herrod. Donate and get involved now! www.HerrodforCongress.com
19 reasons why John Curtis should not be running as a Republican and why he should not get your vote:
1. Affiliation with the Democratic Party
John Curtis was Unaffiliated for a long time, then he registered Democrat in 1998: http://imgur.com/a/K6dUV
John Curtis ran for state senate against Curt Bramble in 2000. Here was his website that year: http://imgur.com/a/RIpOa
John Curtis lost in a landslide to Bramble, but he stayed active in the Democratic Party and was elected Utah County Democratic Party Chairman for one term in 2002: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/975560/Utah-County-Democrats-pick-a-chief.html
In 2007, Jeff Alexander resigned his seat in the legislature. John Curtis went in to the county clerk and switched his affiliation to Republican. He ran against several other candidates, and the Republican delegates gave him a one-vote victory over Chris Herrod, but at that time the state party chair got to make the final choice, and Chairwoman Enid Greene chose Chris Herrod: http://archive.sltrib.com/story.php?ref=/news/ci_8375983
Curtis then ran for Mayor in 2009, but of course that’s a non-partisan race. He won, and then won reelection in 2013.
Nevertheless, Curtis continues to keep close ties to Utah Democrats. He donated to far-left liberal Ralph Becker’s reelection campaign in 2015: http://imgur.com/a/SddvD
According to Aimee Winder Newton, Curtis also donated to the campaign on her Democratic opponent, Dan Snarr, in 2014. However, I do not have access to an original source to back up that claim (though it is highly likely to be true because Snarr is Curtis’s brother-in-law).
2. Backed by Far-Leftist Groups
John Curtis is backed by several far-left groups and individuals. These people are encouraging Democrats to register as Republicans in order to vote in the Republican primary for John Curtis. Here is a small sampling of how these liberal groups are campaigning for John Curtis: http://imgur.com/a/3R8Wn
3. Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)
John Curtis is the biggest proponent there is of the controversial $150 million Bus Rapid Transit project. This video explains some of the problems with the BRT project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qFIZNHW-fg
He once said, “We want bus rapid transit, we want it to move forward.” Source: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865598005/Provo-City-Council-pushes-to-advance-bus-rapid-transit.html
Even though citizens successfully collected the required number of signatures for a referendum on BRT, Curtis blocked the proposal from going onto the ballot: http://www.sltrib.com/home/3991954-155/provo-orem-petitioners-push-forward-on
Even the Salt Lake Tribune, which seemingly supports BRT, said he should let the project be put on the ballot: http://www.sltrib.com/opinion/3978974-155/let-them-drive
Ten BRT facts:
- The Provo-Orem Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system is a $150 million transit project that will replace UTA’s already existing 830 bus route.
- This particular 10.5-mile long route was chosen because it is the only one that qualifies for federal funding, and without those funds the project will not move forward. Even proponents of the project agree that the proposed route was not chosen because it was the best route. Rather, the proposed route was chosen because it qualifies for federal funds.
- Funding for the Provo-Orem BRT construction project will come from several different sources. President Obama and UTA have proposed that $75 million come from the federal government, $65 million from Utah County, and $10 million from the cities of Provo and Orem.
- The Provo-Orem BRT project will cost approximately $14.3 million per mile to build.
- The Provo-Orem BRT road construction project will require the tearing out of two (and in some cases more) lanes of traffic so that bus-only lanes (called “dedicated lanes”) and loading stations can be constructed down the middle of the roads along the BRT route. This construction will occur on major thoroughfares throughout Orem and Provo, including University Parkway, University Avenue, and Provo’s 900 East.
- No left turns will be permitted along the Provo-Orem BRT route except at certain traffic lights.
- Rather than resolve traffic problems, the Provo-Orem BRT project will create additional traffic problems. Traffic along the construction route will result in more congestion, greater frustration for motorists, longer travel times, and more pollution.
- Lanes for car, truck, and bus traffic will be much narrower in areas where dedicated Provo-Orem BRT lanes are installed. Some lanes will be eliminated. Skinnier lanes will also make for more difficult transit for emergency and other larger vehicles.
- The Provo-Orem BRT project threatens to divert critical funding from other much-needed road construction and maintenance projects throughout Utah County. (John Curtis’s solution: just raise taxes! That’s why he supported Proposition One.)
- The buses running along UTA’s already existing 830 route, which will be replaced by the Provo-Orem BRT system, are running at only a tiny fraction of their capacity: an average of 3,600 daily riders. UTA claims that number will jump to 12,900 riders per day once BRT is built. It is difficult to validate UTA’s claim that ridership will increase simply by adding more buses, exclusive bus-only lanes, and spending $150 million to do so. There is no justification for UTA’s claim that “If you build it, they will come”—especially in light of the low ridership numbers that currently exist along the route.
4. Covering Up a Sex Assault after a Questionable Hiring
Utah’s media has covered this story rather extensively, but there’s a line (bolded below) from this KSL article that juxtaposes the statement Curtis made when the story first broke with differing information that came out a little while later. Here is the article: https://www.ksl.com/?sid=44476085&nid=148
Newly released police records shed light on sexual assault allegations against Provo’s former police chief that forced him to resign in March.
John King said he had consensual sex four times with a volunteer at his department, according to Unified police documents released Tuesday.
The woman reporting a series of assaults by King said otherwise in interviews with investigators. …
… “(The woman) walked into the Utah County Attorney’s Office and disclosed she was raped by the chief of police in Provo,” a Unified police report dated Feb. 9 states.
The woman said she told Provo Mayor John Curtis “brief details” about what happened.
Curtis asked King to step down in March. The mayor and King at the time said the chief was leaving because of family issues and did not mention the sexual misconduct allegations. Later that week, news of the allegations surfaced.
Curtis said King’s reputation was damaged but no policies or laws had been broken. He said he and King agreed it was in the best interest of the city that King resign.
It is quite obvious that Curtis tried to cover up the sex assault allegation when he originally announced King’s resignation. Why did Curtis not just come clean at that time? Even if the allegations against King were false, Curtis should have known that the information would come out through police reports, so why lie initially about the reason for the resignation? Curtis should have either said nothing when King resigned or told the truth rather than make up a false reason for King’s resignation.
Shortly after King’s resignation, the media discovered that King had recently been investigated for sexual assault. Curtis then held a press conference, and it’s pretty funny to watch the media basically call him out for lying initially about why King had resigned. The press conference is available here: http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/mayor-says-former-police-chief-resigned-due-to-totality-of/article_524de990-f8cd-58b6-9935-054cfedec595.html
King never should have been hired to begin with. After Provo Police Chief Richard Gregory resigned in 2013, Mayor Curtis did an extensive search. He took over six months to find a new Chief of Police, and had over sixty applicants. Source: http://www.heraldextra.com/provo-names-new-police-chief/article_483109c0-51ef-11e3-a0e8-0019bb2963f4.html
Out of those applicants, Mayor Curtis selected John King, who had a questionable employment history. King worked 25 years in Montgomery County MD, rising to the position of Asst. Chief and there seem to have been no problems there. In 2002 he was promoted to Asst. Chief. Then in 2007 he retired from the county, and took the job of police chief in Gaithersburg MD. King was investigated for claiming a disability pension from Montgomery County, but the investigation was resolved and it was determined he hadn’t broken any laws. Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/08/AR2009030801777.html
King was Chief of Police in Gaithersburg for two-and-a-half years, but In January 2010 the town council met in private to discuss a “personnel matter,” after which they immediately brought in an interim police chief and two days later announced Chief King was leaving “to pursue other opportunities in the private sector.” Source: http://towncourier.com/2010/G3/pdf/TCGThree0110Web.pdf
Then he seems to have been out of work until Dec 2011 when he was hired as Training Director in the Baltimore PD. But he only lasted six months and then he was apparently asked to resign, even being “escorted from his office.” King’s public statement was that the acting Police Commissioner “wants to go in a different direction.” The police spokesman said only that King’s departure was a “personnel matter.”
Sources: http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2012-06-27/news/bal-city-police-training-director-resigns-amid-misconduct-complaints-20120627_1_overtime-slips-king-commanders and http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2012/06/27/head-of-baltimore-police-training-division-resigns/
Despite King’s less than desirable history, in Jan 2014, he was hired to be Provo police chief by John Curtis.
5. Economic Development Failures
A quote from a recent newspaper article mentioning the current Administration’s abject failure to bring new retail to Provo to broaden the tax base (that’s on Mayor Curtis’ watch):
As part of the presentation there was open discussion about the retail gap in the city and how much sales tax revenue the city is losing in various categories. The numbers are surprising.
An exported taxes report shows Provo is losing $24 million a year in restaurant sales tax, $27 million in pharmaceuticals, $16 million to home centers, $32 million in hardware sales, and the greatest net loss in a year is $53 million in groceries.
Curtis said the administration is willing to shift some of its focus away from places like downtown to answer the residents’ call for retail.
“Be careful what you ask for,” he said. “We hear you. We’ll look at incentives, but you will need to be patient, be engaged and you must shop in Provo.”
6. Illegal/Unethical Use of City Resources
John Curtis’s top political appointee is Corey Norman, who holds the title of “Provo Deputy Mayor.” In 2016, Norman was fined $250 for violating a state law that prohibits “using the email of a public entity to advocate for or against a ballot proposition.” Source: http://www.sltrib.com/news/3960425-155/provo-orem-officials-fined-for-illegally
Here’s the exact wording of the law:
Utah Code 20A-11-1203 “…a public entity may not make an expenditure from public funds for political purposes or to influence a ballot proposition…” (violation results in a Class B misdemeanor)
Utah Code 20A-11-1205 “…a person may not send an email using the email of a public entity: (a) for a political purpose; (b) to advocate for or against a ballot proposition…”
Curtis refused to reprimand Corey Norman for breaking this law. In fact, he responded by threatening to sue Utah County Clerk-Auditor Bryan Thompson for imposing the law. (Norman has also stated that he sent out the email under the direction of Curtis.)
This anecdote comes from a longtime Provo resident:
Mayor Curtis is very very good at some things. One is marketing – his PR and media budget is massive, and he “sells” not just Provo City, but himself.
A city employee tells me that when the Mayor came on board, there were three people in Public Relations. He let one go as part of the 2008 cost saving measures made necessary by the Recession. But since then he has hired 8-10 more people. They do a great job of filming videos, doing contests, giving away ice cream and tee shirts, making a splash on social media. Provology. The Rooftop Concerts. No question they are good at what they do, and John Curtis is too. He’s a great ambassador for John Curtis.
Provo City holds a monthly concert during warm weather months called “The Rooftop Concert Series,” which is funded by the city. On June 2, 2017, John Curtis showed up and hijacked the concert by going on stage and having his supporters go through the audience to gather signatures for his congressional campaign. Perhaps this was not illegal (or perhaps it is), but it definitely raises eyebrows and is an ethical use of city funds.
7. Intimidation Tactics
John Curtis’s Provo City employees used intimidation tactics to prevent BRT petitioners from gathering signatures in public areas. Source: http://www.sltrib.com/home/3932939-155/rolly-memo-to-signature-gatherers-beware
Here is an anecdote sent to me by a Provo citizen and activist:
Connected with the BRT saga were two well-publicized instances of Mayor Curtis getting squarely in the way of the rights of the people – his own constituents. This is an obvious concern for anyone who wants to feel their federal elected official is going to actually represent them instead of yanking away their rights.
The first time I heard of someone being removed it was Sharon Anderson, a petition organizer. She called me to tell me she had been ordered to leave the Rec Center by an employee. In her account, “…about 8:30 a young man came out and stood nearby as I was speaking with one of the citizens. When we were through talking, he came over and said I would have to leave because no soliciting was allowed on city property which he said included the whole block. I asked him ‘What about free speech?’ and he repeated soliciting was not allowed. I said I wasn’t selling anything, but he still said I would have to leave…”
The second instance was when Mayor Curtis instructed the Police Dept. to remove people who were collecting signatures on the referendum petition from two places: the grounds of the Rec Center and the grounds of the County Building.
Soon after an 80-year-old petition circulator named Philip Hinckley told me he had been at the County Building, and two city policemen came out of the building and told him he couldn’t stand so near the door. It was a hot day and Philip asked them if he could just stay under the building overhang for the shade, many feet from the door. They responded he would have to stand in the sun, about 20 feet from the door. He complied, but the sun started to bother him and he went home before long.
At that point I spoke to Bryan Thompson, County Clerk-Auditor and Bill Lee, County Commissioner, and they both verified that signature gatherers could be on public property. So the city policemen left our people alone after that, on county property. But the battle on city property at the Rec center heated up, and Philip Hinckley, in addition to four other people at various times, were escorted off the property by between two and four officers, several times.
This got the attention of the Tribune, the ACLU, and Libertas. Sources: https://www.facebook.com/libertasutah/videos/1199233813443607/?fallback=1 and http://www.sltrib.com/news/3960425-155/provo-orem-officials-fined-for-illegally
iProvo was “a financially distressed fiber Internet service in Provo.” In 2013, it was “sold to Google — for a whole dollar. The city, meanwhile, will have to pay millions to close the deal and to pay off bonds used to build the network in the first place.” Source: https://venturebeat.com/2013/04/24/iprovo-sad/
In 2011, John Curtis raised utilities to pay for the iProvo bond: http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/central/provo/provo-s-utility-rate-increase-fee-set/article_45ae703b-1480-5923-89c5-683397046899.html
9. Parking: Convention Center and Downtown
John Curtis put Provo City at significant liability by breaking the city’s 2009 contract with Utah County to provide parking in exchange for the county building its convention center in downtown Provo. Utah County is suing Provo for at least $4 million in damages: http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/utah-county-sues-provo-for-millions-over-convention-center-parking/article_194fad5e-bc40-56b3-b409-ec9dc6a46ad6.html
From the Herald article above:
The county, the city and the redevelopment agency entered an interlocal agreement in 2009 outlining the responsibilities of each entity for building the convention center, which has been operational since 2012.
That agreement stated Provo and the Provo Redevelopment Agency will “Provide, at their expense, all parking spaces, parking facilities, parking lots, parking structures, and related real property, easements and appurtenances, as required to both meet Provo City’s requirements and to adequately serve Phase One of the Convention Center … at such locations and in such a manner as approved by Utah County.”
According to the complaint, neither Provo nor the redevelopment agency have kept up that part of the agreement.
The Utah Valley Convention Center is a huge tourism draw for downtown Provo. However, the Convention Center is losing a ton of business over the lack of parking, which in turn hurts Provo downtown businesses.
Here’s another article that provides more context on the parking issue: http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/central/provo/utah-county-and-provo-spar-over-parking-for-the-utah/article_640cb46c-2ca4-52dc-8b7c-9256a2175974.html
10. Parking: Neighborhoods
Provo has a parking crisis in certain neighborhoods in the city because Planning & Development for years pushed higher density and lower parking ratios, assuming that people would magically stop using cars. They didn’t. That’s on Mayor Curtis’ watch. Source: http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/central/provo/provo-in-the-slow-lane-on-parking-problems/article_c93ebe61-87ed-5988-b57b-7bbb7e603a82.html
11. Property Taxes
Curtis raised property taxes by 2.28% in 2015, and he proposed raising them by another 3% in 2016: http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=40077694
12. Proposition One
Proposition One was a controversial 2015 ballot proposal to increase sales taxes permanently for roads and UTA: 60% of the money would have gone to cities and counties for roads, and 40% would have gone to UTA as a blank check for UTA to use however it wanted.
John Curtis didn’t just support Proposition One; he actually wrote the pro-Proposition One argument: https://vote.utah.gov/vote/profile/viewPDF.html?id=251250502
Proposition One failed in Utah County by a total of 59.18% against, and only 40.82% in favor: http://www.utahcounty.gov/dept/clerkaud/Elections/documents/SProp1Canvass.pdf
13. RAP Tax
John Curtis campaigned in favor of Provo City’s RAP tax, which was placed on the ballot in 2015. Source: http://www.provo.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=6045
He spent $2,600 promoting the RAP tax: http://imgur.com/a/t9MmY
The RAP tax will cost Provo residents $1.2 million annually.
14. Spending Increases
Larry Walters, a member of the Provo City Council’s Budget Advisory Committee, is running for Provo City Mayor. He wrote this on his 2017 campaign website:
Recent spending trends cannot be maintained. … [S]ince 2008, the per person cost of Provo City government has increased at twice the rate of inflation. We are now spending more per person than at any point in the past 15 years, after adjusting for inflation. We cannot support this rate of spending growth into the future.
15. Tax Increases
This graphic outlines Curtis’s love affair with raising taxes: http://imgur.com/a/ftx5D
John Curtis doesn’t post his campaign financial information on Provo City’s website: http://www.sltrib.com/news/5332737-155/gehrke-for-all-the-hoopla-signature
17. Utah Transit Authority (UTA)
John Curtis maintains a close relationship with the corrupt Utah Transit Authority (UTA). He pushed for the appointment of Sherrie Hall Everett to UTA’s Board of Trustees. Ms. Everett is perhaps UTA’s biggest apologist and defender, even in the midst of all of UTA’s well-documented corruption.
Sherrie went on a tirade recently against Brent Taylor, the one reformer on UTA’s Board:
18. Utility Fee Increases
John Curtis loves to hide tax increases through utility fee hikes. It is difficult to track all of the utility fee increases that he has imposed over the years. Here is what Senator Howard Stephenson said about this practice in an email to state delegates on June 14, 2017: “Provo Mayor John Curtis has a history of promoting new taxes, fees, and bond obligations. That is a non-starter for me. He perfected the art of hiding tax increases in utility bill fees by tacking on fees unrelated to the cost of the utility. With that practice, he has opened a Pandora’s box that the legislature will now have to close before other cities duplicate it.”
According to Provo City, “Transfers from Enterprise utility funds provide a transfer of 11% of utility sales to the General Fund each fiscal year.” In other words, Provo is billing Provo residents for utilities costs that don’t actually exist, and then the city takes that extra revenue and puts it into its general fund, which can be used to pay for all kinds of other expenses that have nothing to do with utilities. Source: http://www.provo.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=5764
19. Zoning Enforcement
Zoning compliance is poor, because John Curtis said at the beginning of his first term he wouldn’t aggressively enforce zoning violations. As a result, some neighborhoods (Provost South, for instance) have passed the tipping point, are now at 80% rentals, and are no longer healthy viable neighborhoods. The Provo City Council made zoning compliance their No. 1 priority for two years in a row. But the Curtis Administration dragged their feet because of a power struggle about the budget. That’s on Mayor Curtis’ watch. Source: http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/central/provo/provo-municipal-council-city-administration-disagree-on-who-rules-the/article_5a95e01f-f20b-5873-98eb-ba326135f598.html
The Republican Platform is worth voting for, and the voters deserve a candidate that not only says he believes in it, but has the record to prove it. If you live in the 3rd Congressional District, you may have received your mail-in ballot already to select your first choice to replace Congressman Jason Chaffetz, who […]Read More
This is an excellent video that recounts the events of the early 1970s and 1980s, a time when Phyllis Schlafly became the leader of the pro-family movement and against all odds was able to defeat the Equal Rights Amendment. Three generations of women have been propagandized and have not heard the true story. I was in Chicago from 1977-1979 and was on the front lines as a delegate at the International Womens Year. I am a witness to what Phyllis shares in this short history.
This is an excellent video that recounts the events of the early 1970s and 1980s, a time when Phyllis Schlafly became the leader of the pro-family movement and against all odds was able to defeat the Equal Rights Amendment. Three generations of women have been propagandized and have not heard the true story. I was […]Read More
I delivered this laundry list to a standing room only crowd of citizens who gathered wanting answers to the growing questions about Evan McMullin, a new presidential candidate that claims to be the “principled” alternative.
Who Is McMullin?
Utah is known for many wonderful things – beautiful mountains, ski slopes, the Grand Canyon, the squeaky clean culture of Mormonism, Glenn Beck, Mormons trusting Mormons and mounds of funeral potatoes and green jello.
Enter Evan McMullin. Since he has not been vetted and the election is around the corner, it’s time to analyze this presidential candidate. After many hours researching and documenting rumors and stories posted on the Internet, I’ve narrowed it down to the best nuggets. I found some rumors circulating, such as a fake Form 990 expense sheet claiming funding from the Clinton Foundation.
According to Washington Post, Evan McMullin grew up in Washington, his mother worked hard “to make ends meet. She later married a woman, whom she now lives with.”
He’s a BYU grad, Wharton business school grad, worked a brief stint with Goldman Sachs, San Francisco doing mergers and acquisitions. He’s a career government employee, 11 years CIA operative in counter terrorism, volunteer at the U.N., is a member of the [dubious] Council on Foreign Relations (responsible for many foibles abroad), and former House Conference policy director.
He’s 40 years old, never been married. He sees the world from a globalist view, the view from the Middle East, a place that many warned, including Patrick Buchanan, we should never have intervened.
- In short, if you like continual wars and skirmishes abroad, a nation under U.N. control, nation building, and non-stop foreign aid to countries that hate us, especially in the Middle East, you will love Evan. He documented it on a recent Tedx Talks speech. [See below.]
- If you think that the marriage issue “is over” and you just want to “move on,” and you don’t think religious liberty is worth fighting for and that it would be a “mistake” to appoint strong Supreme Court justices such as Antonin Scalia, and the most you can do about abortion is to “stop taxpayer funding,” then you will love Evan McMullin’s likely nominees.
- If you believe that this nation’s prosperity will thrive by competing in a global economy that sends jobs overseas and that it’s OK for international tribunals to over-write the sovereignty of the U.S. Constitution with regional and unelected bureaucracies and courts through agreements such as TPP, then vote for Evan McMullin.
- If your favorite people in Congress are John McCain, John Boehner and Paul Ryan, who have each worked very hard to break their trust with American voters when they supported amnesty and championed raising the debt limit to multiple trillions, vote for Evan.
- If you think it’s OK to welcome 100,000 Muslim refugees that have not been adequately checked for terrorist ties and 10 million illegal alien criminals in the name of humanitarianism, and to continue to keep open borders, perpetuating an enabling cycle of amnesty and voter fraud to keep conservatives and Republicans from being elected, you’ll love Evan.
- If you like the idea of the United States, the number one global benefactor, redistributing 1/3 of the world’s humanitarian foreign aid in a “global economic order” of nations that stomp and spit on the U.S. Constitution in return for its generosity, vote Evan McMullin.
- In fact, if you loved the U.S. government’s huge faux pas in 2014, giving arms to the Syrian rebels, responsible for the beheading of a 12 year old boy that was caught on YouTube, you’ll be happy to know, Evan was there in Turkey helping Rep. Adam Kinzinger negotiate that agreement to support what became ISIS.
- If you like Republican candidates that give a wink and a nod to top Democratic strategists and establishment SuperPACS, such as CFR Kahlil Byrd’s PAC – Stand Up America; the vulgar GOP media strategist Rick Wilson; as well as the establishment elite Romney’s bundlers John Kingston and Joel Searby – Better for America PAC, you will love Evan. They’re collaborating to help McMullin defeat the Republican nominee and the platform that the First Lady of the Conservative Movement, Phyllis Schlafly described as “the strongest, most conservative platform of our lifetime.”
- If you worship Mormon talk show host Glenn Beck and believe that “if the consequence of standing against Trump and for principles is indeed the election of Hillary Clinton, so be it. At least it is a moral, ethical choice” because McMillin himself has admitted, Utah needs a spoiler, to steal your electoral votes, and to deliver the White House for a second go around, to the biggest criminals in national history, the Clintons, then this guy Evan McMullin is your man.
- If you agree with Beck that this candidate Evan McMullin is the rising star to lead a new party with new ideas that you support, vote Evan McMullin.
To all my Mormon friends and moral superiors, I say the world is watching Utah. They don’t look at this outcome as a “high moral ground” choice. If fact, they are disturbed that a culture of morality could support an immoral outcome.
This candidacy is a hoax, a fraud upon this next generation’s leaders. It’s merely the old establishment guard cleverly rebranding a “New Millennial Neo-Con” movement.
You can take your “moral high ground” and walk it all the way to the ballot box, my Mormon friends. In the end, you will need to OWN the result. Do you really want the nation to hold, you, my Mormon friends, responsible for more babies being murdered through abortion, a vanishing 2nd amendment, and a forever-changed Supreme Court all too willing to strip away our religious liberty. Indeed, this is the platform Clinton pledged to support in the final debate.
In 1964, sore losers George Romney and Nelson Rockefeller duped Utah into believing it would be better to vote for LBJ than to elect Goldwater, but will Utah be duped again in 2016?
If you think this is all okay because, well … he’s a Mormon and Glenn Beck said so, then don’t just love Evan McMullin. Vote for him.
On the other hand, I think Utah is smarter than this. I think they’ll do the right thing and cast their votes for the King Cyrus of our time.
Pass the potatoes and green jello, please.
UPDATE: October 29, 2016 – I’ve been with some of the nation’s top faith leaders this weekend managing a conference in Houston. They have asked what is going on in Utah. The “higher moral ground” and the attitude that some Mormons have that they must cast a principled vote, even if Clinton wins, is not looked upon with respect. Speaking of “voting my conscience” I would rather die than allow a candidate to be elected that I know will continue to maim and murder babies before they take their first breath. To know that Clinton stated in the final debate where she stands on this and marriage and gun control and the Constitution, and to vote in any way that would enable her election, is the most unprincipled vote of all.
We all have the free will to vote as we choose, but we are all responsible for the outcome, to the best of our knowledge as we have studied it.
UPDATE October 31, 2016 – Evan McMullin dodges the question “Who do you think the worst president would be, Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump?” You won’t believe his answer.
I delivered this laundry list to a standing room only crowd of citizens who gathered wanting answers to the growing questions about Evan McMullin, a new presidential candidate that claims to be the “principled” alternative. Who Is McMullin? Utah is known for many wonderful things – beautiful mountains, ski slopes, the Grand Canyon, the squeaky […]Read More
In the cases of the women who claim Donald Trump harassed and sexually exploited them, fraud could be involved. It’s not their lies and exaggerations. It’s their instigator Gloria Allred. It’s about time for someone to blow the whistle on this radical feminist.
When I saw her at the press conference, I got sick to my stomach. If these women were suffering so much, why did they not file charges YEARS ago? Why did they wait until now?
The timing was suspicious and the opportunistic enticement too great. In fact, she had tried this harassment before – with Mitt Romney.” As a staunch supporter of Barack Obama, she claimed she had dirt on Mitt and that there would be an October Surprise in 2012. It turns out she wanted to expose Romney when he was an LDS bishop for “bullying” a Mormon woman into not aborting her baby.
Now, an ardent supporter of Hillary Clinton, this is Allred’s 2016 October Surprise. Not only was Gloria a supporter, she was a Democratic national delegate. And it appears that Allred has a penchant for targeting Republicans. She also dragged out victims into the political ring to knock out Herman Cain. Here she is consoling her client, Meg Whitman’s illegal alien domestic worker, who she fired (because it’s illegal) when she ran for Governor (Courtesy Getty Images).
I’m thinking this could be a great case of “tortious interference of business,” also called “Interference with Prospective Contract.” Basically what that means is that one party intentionally acts to cause another party to violate business relationships with a third party. That’s us. The People who support Donald Trump. The business of running for office is truly a business in every sense.
As a Clinton delegate, Gloria Allred has been, and is intentionally, timing these media courts in a conspiracy to maliciously alienate not just Trump, but Romney, Cain and Whitman, from his contracts with us, donors and supporters, or to deliberately cause his campaign to tank, after millions of Americans have invested in this business called a political campaign – listed in the IRS Code as a PAC.
It is certainly a violation of the Constitution that the media and Gloria can be allowed to hold a kangaroo court in the media and then declare him de facto guilty without a real court and due process. This is profane and indecent behavior and someone must stop Allred.
The Allred Formula
The language all too familiar in Allred’s cases are these words we are hearing: “His hands were like an octipus – they were all over the place!” She knows the formula.
Meanwhile, Trump has insisted that the claims are false. On Friday, the campaign issued the following statements:
Regarding the Allegations of Summer Zervos, from her cousin John Barry:
Response from Donald J. Trump:
Why You Should Not Give Allred the Time of Day in Your Living Room
Leave it to Gloria to be the drama queen of the radical feminist movement. Gloria Allred is a feminist from hell. She is a twisted, real live caricature of what Rush Limbaugh calls “a feminazi.”
She loves to exaggerate the claims. This is what discrimination attorneys do. They coach their clients into the drama. She knows that because of The Violence Against Women Act, that monstrosity that feminists worked so hard to put into federal code, the tables are tipped upside down for any man that has so much as touched a woman in a way that she might deem “unwanted” or “assault.” Grow up, women. Seriously.
She has attitude. In her world, all men are entitled and privileged. She is a moldy leftover of an early feminism and takes advantage of other women for her own gain by crumbling them into little bits of victimhood. Then she walks away with all the money, dropping her bitterness along the path so she can find her way back to her office to repeat it all over again with another victim.
She is also what is called a “media whore.” She’s a narcissist who loves to grandstand holding news conferences at the drop of a hat and will do and say anything for attention.
I listened to her news conference. Trust me, it’s not worth your time. Allred is an opportunist holding a lurid kangaroo court in our living rooms, unannounced. She should be DISBARRED for plopping salacious details and vulgarities in front of our children, without warning.
She has a choice. She could conduct her business quietly, as most discrimination attorneys do. She is deliberately grandstanding and pimping this filth, at our children’s expense.
Tragically, she has chosen to vindictively live out her own victimized life experience by getting back at men, who she categorically despises. I have watched her bully men for years. She is an embarrassment, profiting from turning competent women into sniveling victims, a bizarre form of assault on women’s intelligence. Her bullying is hardly the courageous and strong role model feminists are supposed to be, able to take responsibility and move on when life gets tough.
Projecting her Pathology from the Past
Gloria has a rocky past of her own. I’m not belittling that misfortune. I’m belittling her response, because she is a coward. She projects her pathology onto her victims reliving her own emotional and volatile life experience and her own inability to deal with it. From rape to abortion-gone-wrong to a struggle as a two-time single mom, surviving one husband she claimed was manic-depressive, she simply could not find a way to move on.
Legally, she knows a woman can make any claim she wants and does not need to bring the substantive evidence to the court as required in other criminal cases. There is no statute of limitations. So much for equality. Thank you, Senator Orrin Hatch for claiming to have created this law and for sponsoring it. (By the way, we told you this would be the result.)
My message to you, women: TURN OFF THE TV when you see Gloria. It’s disgusting and embarrassing to women today who have moved beyond the tactics of feminist victimization and who have learned to take responsibility for themselves because it’s a positive character trait, regardless of gender.
My message to you, men: Start standing up to this bullying. This is bullying, you know. The Violence Against Women Act is discrimination against marriage, men and children. It targets men and gives women an unfair advantage, the epitome of reverse discrimination in the courts.
My message to you, Gloria: Save your litigation for the men who stab and murder women and the women who stab and murder men. (It does work both ways, you know.) You need therapy. We’re in the middle of an election. This campaign is not about you. We are weary of watching your melodramas on our TV screens.
This is about a platform and a party and policies that you despise. Among the values you loathe include the wholesomeness of the natural family, the sanctity of human Life before birth and in old age, and the miracle of strong religious values, grounded in forgiveness, about which you know absolutely nothing.
Your internal rage is out of control. Your brand of feminism has destroyed many families, marriages and children. You are a female version of Marley, forging your chains in hell link by link. My final message, Gloria, is the message you feminists love the most: Go home and take care of your grandchildren.
In the cases of the women who claim Donald Trump harassed and sexually exploited them, fraud could be involved. It’s not their lies and exaggerations. It’s their instigator Gloria Allred. It’s about time for someone to blow the whistle on this radical feminist. When I saw her at the press conference, I got sick to […]Read More
Sorting through authentic and fake Internet info and biased media during the last days [of the Election]On Oct 17, 2016 Comments Off on Sorting through authentic and fake Internet info and biased media during the last days [of the Election]
It’s the last days. So to speak. November 8 is it. Not only is it my birthday, which I hope to be celebrating, I’m also hoping I get my birthday wish: the election of Donald Trump. For those that are scratching their heads and wondering why, here are my two Op Eds published in the Deseret News, owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and read by an international LDS audience.
Authentic v Fake Stories?
As a radio talk show host, I take great precautions to distance myself from information and rumors that cannot be verified. Most troubling and perplexing has been sorting through the authentic and the fake. It’s becoming more difficult on the Internet given technology that can impersonate and counterfeit with sophistication. If I read a blog post or news article and cannot trace the original statistics or claims, I cannot verify it and I cannot report on it unless I think there is some probability, but I also have to declare it is unproven.
This is likely fake.
No citation or link to the original. I traced it to a “talk show host” that identifies himself as a “white nationalist.” Stay away.
This is likely fake: It had a citation and so I went to the original document, the pdf file of the Form 990, same date, same Part and title, and page.
This is likely authentic: Here’s what the authentic form looks like. Now could this form have been doctored? Perhaps, but because the information in the page above is damaging and it would take requesting a copy from the IRS, and it can get time consuming. (This takes a research team.)
True or False? The Danney Williams Story
The story of Danney Williams, who claims he is Bill Clinton’s son, is an example of a story that could actually be true. However, without DNA proof, it will continue to be speculative. Perhaps he can subpoena Bill Clinton in a paternal suit to settle the DNA question. This one IS worth watching:
Here’s The Untold Story of Danney Williams, who claims to be Bill Clinton’s son. It’s short and worth watching, and if true, it is tragic.
According to the Drudge Report, CNN is trying to silence this story.
Bias and Hypocrisy?
CNN was interviewing Utah’s Democratic Party Chairman Peter Corroon who feigned to be a Utah family values guy, when his party distinguishes itself from the LDS community on the abortion and LGBT marriage issues and its PC social justice theme. Corroon declared that because of Trump’s behavior, Utah would vote Democrat for the first time in 50 years, referring to 1964, Goldwater.
Then African American Republican Party Chairman, James Evans, defended his support of Donald Trump when he brought up media hypocrisy. He mentioned the Danney Williams story, and CNN’s Carol Costello instantly shut it down and went to a break. It’s also a beautiful example of media bias, CNN being among the worst.
Somehow through it all, Hillary Clinton is protected. One child abandoned by the father, and then this story about Hillary representing a rapist or a 12 year old girl should have sent women fleeing and questioning her sincerity when she boasts about how she has done so much to help children.
Robert Gehrke of the Salt Lake Tribune, the more liberal of the two Utah papers, reported this story, and also included disparaging comments from Temple Taggart McDowell, a former Miss Utah, representing her state in the Miss Universe Pageant that Trump owned about 20 years ago. This is an example not only of media spin and exaggeration, but from my experience of years working in media, TV, film and theatre in major markets, tremendous hypocrisy from those casting the stones from their own glass houses.
In New York City and Dallas, where I’ve lived and worked in the professional theatre community, and in Hollywood, where I was born and raised, many men and woman, gay and straight, routinely and enthusiastically greet each other with big hugs and kisses, as this young woman described of Mr. Trump. It’s part of the culture in which I grew up. In Dallas, actors spread STD’s like crazy with each other, and some of my friends did not live to see beyond their 30’s.
I’ve also worked with the pageant world in Utah. I observed that Utah had an entirely different pageant culture from other states, and so I can see how this young Utah girl felt uncomfortable in that entertainment environment.
What we are witnessing in this election season is both cultural meltdown and the ultimate in hypocrisy. After all, it’s Hollywood and New York City that prop up actors, directors, producers, choreographers and their film, TV and theatre that demonstrate all manner of vulgarity and sexual exhibition on stage and in their real lives, even public nudity.
Frankly, the Utah entertainment culture is nearly as bad. I was recently in a theatre production in which the male actors – gay and straight – back stage freely walked in and out of the women’s dressing rooms, whether we were dressed or undressed. No one batted an eye. The language was not much different from what we heard in Donald Trump’s short audio.
This crowd is certainly not in a position to be criticizing Mr. Trump. But now there is a list of celebrities that say they will leave the U.S. if he is elected.
It’s well-known that most of Hollywood is uber-Left and could care less about any morals or values. They support candidates they know share that set of values. A stand-out is Miley Cyrus, the queen of filth. Have you ever watched her Bangerz Tour shock – “Love Money Party?” (Please, don’t. It’s pure porn with f-bombs flying every which way).
This is what many high school and college students model today. I encounter college students from the University of Utah routinely in downtown Salt Lake City, especially around game time to frequent the “sports bars.” They are as vulgar as Miley. I’m not justifying this behavior, I’m saying it’s a sad commentary on our culture. This language and behavior is becoming acceptable in the workplace as well. IN UTAH.
Wake up, Mormons.
Utah’s governor has been working over time to bring thousands of California businesses to Utah, calling it “Silicon Slopes.” At the legislative hearing in which I testified against the LGBT non-discrimination bill in 2015, one witness told the committee that several major companies that were considering relocating their headquarters to Utah would only do so upon the condition that Utah pass a statewide non-discrimination law. He added that the governor promised he would make it happen.
When I pleaded with Utah’s Lieutenant Governor to stop passage of that bill, and I shared a personal story, he was rude and condescending. Later that final night of the session, I was waiting for another official in the Governor’s office, he saw me and ordered me, “Get out. We don’t want to see you!”
Although Utah was promised that this new “compromise” law would protect religious liberty (which we knew it wouldn’t), Pandora’s Box opened wide, and Utahn’s were stunned to learn that a “bathroom bill” was not even needed. Schools were automatically opening locker rooms and bathrooms to boys and girls that felt they were of the opposite gender, and a trans-teacher that had always dressed as a man, showed up one day dressed as a woman. (Thankfully, National Eagle Forum’s lawsuit forced a stay. In theory. To be continued…)
Utah values? No surprise here, this is what Utah is becoming. If you’d like a better glimpse, here’s a video from the Utah Gay Pride Parade and Festival from 2014. Although it says “sorry” click on the blue button and it will play:
We can only look to ourselves for allowing this degradation of culture to happen in a state that was originally intended to be a safe haven for a religious people set apart.
It’s the last days. So to speak. November 8 is it. Not only is it my birthday, which I hope to be celebrating, I’m also hoping I get my birthday wish: the election of Donald Trump. For those that are scratching their heads and wondering why, here are my two Op Eds published in the […]Read More