[ {"id":"738a5983-2e59-5b5d-b3cc-cf94bf36f7bd","type":"article","starttime":"1551855600","starttime_iso8601":"2019-03-06T00:00:00-07:00","priority":50,"sections":[{"mailbag":"news/opinion/mailbag"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Heise: Let 18-year-olds have their agency","url":"http://www.heraldextra.com/news/opinion/mailbag/article_738a5983-2e59-5b5d-b3cc-cf94bf36f7bd.html","permalink":"https://www.heraldextra.com/news/opinion/mailbag/heise-let--year-olds-have-their-agency/article_738a5983-2e59-5b5d-b3cc-cf94bf36f7bd.html","canonical":"https://www.heraldextra.com/news/opinion/mailbag/heise-let--year-olds-have-their-agency/article_738a5983-2e59-5b5d-b3cc-cf94bf36f7bd.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":0,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"byline":"Tim J.S. Heise","prologue":"Heise: Let 18-year-olds have their agencySo when does one become an adult? I thought it was at the age of 18 when you can be criminally charged as an adult (it can be 17). You can die in war (it can be 17). You can vote. You can enter into contracts. You can get married without your parents\u2019 permission. All at the age of consent which is 18.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["permit","alcohol","law","politics","heise","product","tobacco","politician","firearm"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":null,"revision":3,"commentID":"738a5983-2e59-5b5d-b3cc-cf94bf36f7bd","body":"

Heise: Let 18-year-olds have their agency

So when does one become an adult?

I thought it was at the age of 18 when you can be criminally charged as an adult (it can be 17). You can die in war (it can be 17). You can vote. You can enter into contracts. You can get married without your parents\u2019 permission. All at the age of consent which is 18.

There is a problem, however, because the State of Utah and now the cities of Lehi and Cedar Hills might be a little confused as to when someone becomes an adult.

In Utah, one may not have a concealed firearm permit until 21. You may not purchase or drink alcohol until the age of 21. You may not buy or use tobacco products until you are 18. Which is it? 18? 19? 21?

Recently the cities of Lehi and Cedar Hills were more then giddy to change the law that one has to be 21 in their city to purchase and use tobacco products.They have the right to do this, but that does not mean they should.

This is pure nanny-statism. But, but, Mr Heise, it is for the kids. No, it\u2019s not. They are adults.

But, but Mr. Heise, their brains are not fully developed until the age of 25. We must intercede. We have to do something.

No. Please, just stop. I know of many 40- and 50-year-olds with supposed fully developed brains that make bad decisions and end up in jail, hurting themselves in some form or fashion, and/or become politicians.

I think the usage of tobacco and alcohol is foolish, but who cares what I think? As a veteran myself, if you can die in battle, you should have the agency to decide what you put into your own body: good or bad. As a high school teacher, what am I supposed to tell my 18-year-old students? That their rights are dependent upon what the powers-at-be feel they should have at certain moments? That their responsibilities start at 18, but their rights are gradual?

They already feel that their vote doesn\u2019t count, like how the legislature changed the will of the people with the medical marijuana and expansion of medicaid initiatives. No wonder they do not like politicians. Stop patronizing them. Leave them alone and let them have their agency.

\u2014

"}, {"id":"004fa295-f425-5b51-9ca0-44f9e3782181","type":"article","starttime":"1551855600","starttime_iso8601":"2019-03-06T00:00:00-07:00","priority":50,"sections":[{"mailbag":"news/opinion/mailbag"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Westwater: Open letter to Rep. Mike McKell","url":"http://www.heraldextra.com/news/opinion/mailbag/article_004fa295-f425-5b51-9ca0-44f9e3782181.html","permalink":"https://www.heraldextra.com/news/opinion/mailbag/westwater-open-letter-to-rep-mike-mckell/article_004fa295-f425-5b51-9ca0-44f9e3782181.html","canonical":"https://www.heraldextra.com/news/opinion/mailbag/westwater-open-letter-to-rep-mike-mckell/article_004fa295-f425-5b51-9ca0-44f9e3782181.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":0,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"byline":"James Westwater","prologue":"Westwater: Open letter to Rep. Mike McKellThe following is an open letter to Rep. Mike McKell regarding his HB320 and the need for a substitute bill. Dear Rep. McKell, every municipality has the right of self-determination when it comes to enacting rules and regulations to protect and improve the health of its citizens and the environment in which its citizens reside, and on which their well-being depends.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["health","citizen","mike mckell","law","legislation","sociology","welfare","regulation","open letter","municipality"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":null,"revision":3,"commentID":"004fa295-f425-5b51-9ca0-44f9e3782181","body":"

Westwater: Open letter to Rep. Mike McKell

The following is an open letter to Rep. Mike McKell regarding his HB320 and the need for a substitute bill.

Dear Rep. McKell, every municipality has the right of self-determination when it comes to enacting rules and regulations to protect and improve the health of its citizens and the environment in which its citizens reside, and on which their well-being depends.

That includes, but is not limited to, the banning of products and activities it deems harmful to the health and well-being of its citizens, products such as single-use disposable items that contribute significantly to unsightly litter pollution.

And in this substitute bill, I suggest you add language so that the State of Utah shall make no law or provision to prohibit municipalities from establishing rules and regulations that they deem appropriate to protect the health and welfare of their citizens, including limiting the use and availability of single-use disposable items.

\u2014

"}, {"id":"133a7161-d618-51c3-b8ea-8ee2891346a5","type":"article","starttime":"1551855600","starttime_iso8601":"2019-03-06T00:00:00-07:00","priority":50,"sections":[{"mailbag":"news/opinion/mailbag"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Nelson: Distracting driving in Utah has to end","url":"http://www.heraldextra.com/news/opinion/mailbag/article_133a7161-d618-51c3-b8ea-8ee2891346a5.html","permalink":"https://www.heraldextra.com/news/opinion/mailbag/nelson-distracting-driving-in-utah-has-to-end/article_133a7161-d618-51c3-b8ea-8ee2891346a5.html","canonical":"https://www.heraldextra.com/news/opinion/mailbag/nelson-distracting-driving-in-utah-has-to-end/article_133a7161-d618-51c3-b8ea-8ee2891346a5.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":0,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"byline":"Kaye Nelson","prologue":"Nelson: Distracting driving in Utah has to endHB 13 would have required hands-free technology in vehicles. Rep. Carol Moss and others talked to reps before the bill came up. The morning before the vote, 40 house reps had said they would vote yes. After several reps spoke against it, the vote was taken and only 32 voted yes, so it failed.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["driver","rep","driving","motor vehicle","nelson","utah","carol moss","vote"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":null,"revision":3,"commentID":"133a7161-d618-51c3-b8ea-8ee2891346a5","body":"

Nelson: Distracting driving in Utah has to end

HB 13 would have required hands-free technology in vehicles.

Rep. Carol Moss and others talked to reps before the bill came up. The morning before the vote, 40 house reps had said they would vote yes. After several reps spoke against it, the vote was taken and only 32 voted yes, so it failed.

I am disappointed in those who flip-flopped.

I posted about this on social media. People can\u2019t understand why lawmakers did not pass this bill. People are sick and tired of seeing distracted drivers. A rep from Lehi told me he was rear-ended by a texting driver, yet he voted no. Another rep said, \u201c\u2026 there is no difference between handheld and hands-free cell phone use.\u201d I told him there is a difference \u2014 with hands-free you can actually have both hands on the wheel.

Leslee Henson Rasmussen lost her husband Dave on March 3, 2013, because of a texting driver. She received traumatic injuries and had 5,000 staples and stitches in her head. The driver got minimal punishment.

This bill will pass someday. It has to. Utah lawmakers need to be in touch with their constituents and do the right thing to keep us safe.

\u2014 Kaye Nelson, Provo

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Durfee: Displeasure with recent editorial

I was very disappointed to read the recent Herald Editorial regarding the state liquor laws.

What I objected most to was the implication that if the LDS church expresses an opinion on a legal matter, that it is akin to a \u201ctheocracy.\u201d To be precise, your editorial stated: \u201cBut we sincerely question the intent of the church issuing a statement whenever something in the state Legislature may go against the church\u2019s teachings. Recall how the church came out against Proposition 2 just months before last Election Day, nearly derailing the entire campaign push for medical marijuana, which polls showed that the majority of Utahns were for.

We recognize that 90 percent of Utah legislators are members of the church. But we also expect Utah to not operate as a theocracy.\u201d

In the age of social media, where everyone is expressing their opinions on every conceivable subject, the idea that churches, organizations or religious individuals should not be entitled to express their opinions on any issue, moral or otherwise, is repugnant and intolerant. What in the world makes you think that a church, or any other group, should have their opinion censored just because you disagree with it?

You stated: \u201cWe sincerely question the intent of the church\u2026\u201d What is there to question? Clearly, their intent is to say they don\u2019t like the proposed law. What in the world is wrong with that? Are people of faith not entitled to dislike proposed changes to the law?

For an organization that is based upon the principle of freedom of speech, you seem woefully unaware of what exactly that freedom is. Maybe you should re-read the Constitution. There is nothing in there that says religious people or organizations should just shut up.

\u2014 Memorie Durfee, Orem

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Baker: Grateful for community support of Shinners family

I am writing, with a grateful and humble heart a letter of thanks to a community who has shown the family of Master Officer Joseph Shinners so much support and compassion. It will be impossible to express our thanks to our amazing communities and our great nation for the prayers and notes of love and support.

It has been just more than a month since Joe was killed. It has been just over a month that one of the finest young men that I have ever had the opportunity to know was taken from our lives.

The lives of Joe\u2019s wife, Kaylynn, and his son, Logan, will be forever changed; however, I want to make a pleading for my dear wife, Kathy, the mother of Joe who, as a single mom, raised not only Joe but her other three children, each with strong moral compasses and desires to serve in their communities and country. Joe\u2019s mother is proud and has earned every moment of that pride as the children she bore and wives they have taken are each good and honorable members of their communities.

The focus and attention is justifiably directed to the wives and children of fallen officers. The impact to their lives is beyond compare, their futures now uncertain and without the strength of their husbands in their homes; however, I would like to share a gentle reminder that the mothers of our fallen officers have all shared in the devastating heartbreak, unimaginable grief and torture of loss that comes from lose of a child. I am proud of my wife for her public strength and courage as she mourns Joe\u2019s death.

My prayer is that we do not lose another officer whose service is so immensely valuable to our communities, but if we do, let us remember their mothers and their sacrifice, their dedication and the influence they provide to raise the men and women who protect each of us.

With a humble heart,

\u2014 Blair Baker, Springville

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Hallen: Oppose late-term abortions

When the governor of Virginia used his medical expertise to portray a scenario for how an infant could be killed \u201chumanely\u201d after birth, he mentioned that doctor(s) would have a conversation with the mother to decide what to do with the body.

It is highly likely that such conversations would include an invitation for her to donate the body of her still-living full-term infant for medical research and/or organ donation. I believe that recent late-term abortion and infanticide bills are designed to facilitate and protect cadaver harvesting for academic, medical and commercial purposes, including the transplantation of human fetal cells and aborted baby body parts into mice.

Living tissue is often preferred for such procedures. There are better ways to do research. For the sake of the innocent, we should oppose fetal/infant strip-mining and support the Sanctity of Unborn Human Life in every way possible.

\u2014 Cynthia L. Hallen, Springville

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Hull: Open letter to Utah legislators

To Utah legislators,

How dare you go against Utah citizens and change the bill they voted for?

It is the voice of the people that rules. Not yours. You are supposed to be the controlled by the voice of the people.

Medical cannabis was demanded to be law by Utah citizens. The proposition that Utah citizens voted for allowed cannabis to be used for mental health and physical health. No elected official should go against the people and change anything about that.

What is the point of even asking for Utah peoples\u2019 opinions if you aren\u2019t even going to use their input? Is that a road we as a state want to go down, where whomever we elect will say \u201cYes, I will be your voice,\u201d and then doesn\u2019t follow through? How is that right?

It\u2019s not. The reason we elect these people is to be our voice. Yes, they changed and tightened the boundaries of Proposition 2. But what is to stop them from saying no to the next proposition altogether? The marijuana compromise needs to be changed. It needs to be back to the way Utah citizens voted for. Not only would it be the right thing to do regarding the voices of the people, but it would also help a lot more people.

It is a completely natural substance that has been proven to help with many mental disorders and physically help a lot more than other drugs. It also is less addictive and harmful to the body than opioids and harder for people to get in large quantities because of how highly regulated it is. I completely agree with it being highly regulated and I completely agree that it should only be used for medicinal purposes and not be recreational. I believe the same about opioids.

We as a society need to be more open in finding ways to help one another. We need to be more compassionate to what people are dealing with. Many of these physical and mental disorders and handicaps are very crippling. Medical cannabis could give them their life back. Or give them a life they never thought would happen.

\u2014 Kathryn Hull, Eagle Mountain

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Mitchell: Stop playing games with alcohol content

In the arguments for and against new alcohol content for beer sales in Utah, many facts are incorrectly reported, overlooked or just ignored.

First, 3.2 beer was a gimmick created in the post-prohibition era to give the impression one was imbibing less alcohol than they were in fact consuming. 3.2 beer is the only alcohol beverage measured by weight. All others are measured by volume. The specific gravity of alcohol is .8. By dividing that number into 3.2 you get the true alcohol content of for 3.2 beer which is 4 percent. Most so-called \u201cheavy beers\u201d have an alcoholic content by volume of between 4.2 and 4.8 percent. In other words the difference between beer in Utah and the stronger beer that Colorado ads brag about is negligible. A 12 ounce 3.2 beer has the same alcoholic content as a drink made with one ounce of 80 proof liqueur of a five ounce glass of wine.

In the Army I used to tell others that \u201ca drink is a drink, is a drink.\u201d In alcohol content there is no difference. Sadly, the reputation of 3.2 beer is that \u201cyou can\u2019t get drunk on it\u201d. In my younger days I observed individuals make that claim only to become completely three sheets to the wind shortly afterward on that same product. Sadly, people operating under the assumption that 3.2 beer was harmless or excessively weak tended to drink far more than they might otherwise have done. I have always thought that limiting beer sales to the 3.2 product in Utah was a well meaning but tragic mistake.

Second, alcohol content for beer in the proposed law would restrict beer to 4.8 percent by weight. That is 6% by volume. This represents an increase of 50% over the current standard, not double (100% increase) as the statement I heard on last night\u2019s news stated. Regardless of the percent increase in alcohol content most individuals might see the need to be more judicious in their consumption with the myth of 3.2 beer being a weak product removed.

I personally do not consume alcohol, and haven\u2019t since Dec. 19, 1969, and tell those who have never imbibed that they haven\u2019t missed a thing. Drinking is highly overrated. However, I am opposed to prohibition. A law to that effect turned ordinary citizens into criminals and turned an inner city problem (organized crime) into a national phenomenon. I believe it helped lead to the widespread contempt for the law and break down of social order so prevalent today.

Finally, while I believe the law concerning beer in Utah should be amended, I desire to see the new law changing the impairment level to .05% rigidly enforced. In fact, I would ask that the enforcement of the law be draconian. Stories about those with multiple DUI convictions killing others in a traffic accident infuriate me. In my opinion they are no better than a serial killer. I believe those desiring to drink alcohol are welcome to do so if they don\u2019t drive afterward. They can buy it to go and drink at home of just make sure they have a safe ride to their abode. Drinking and driving should never be tolerated.

However, let\u2019s stop playing games with the alcohol content of beer and get rid of this post-prohibition anachronism.

\u2014 Neil Mitchell, Provo

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Repealing Proposition 3 is repealing the trust of the voters

On Nov. 6, Utah voters passed Proposition 3 and finally put to rest a years-long debate.

Voters chose to fully expand the Medicaid program as directed under the law, without relying on waiver approval from the Trump administration. Now, Medicaid expansion must be implemented, with enrollment beginning on April 1, as the voters decided.

Vulnerable Utahns cannot wait another day to get the care they need. For some individuals, this is the help they\u2019ve been waiting for in order to get healthy and get back to work. For others, this is the key to finally access lifesaving medical treatment before it\u2019s too late.

Yet, recent news indicates that an effort to repeal the expansion under Proposition 3 is being considered by members of the Utah legislature. They claim the ballot initiative to expand Medicaid, now Utah state law, must be repealed and replaced with their plan, which would indefinitely delay access to care.

Any delay or significant change to Proposition 3 is a repeal of the will of the people. Calling legislative actions \u201cfixes,\u201d \u201ctweaks\u201d or \u201camendments\u201d may soften the language around repeal, but it won\u2019t soften the harmful impact.

The Utah state Legislature had six years to put together a Medicaid expansion, but it took the public to step up and get it done. Now, the same elected officials who trusted your vote to put them into office evidently don\u2019t trust your vote to expand Medicaid. Contact your legislators and the governor today and stand up for your vote, and for the health and well-being of your neighbors.

\u2014Matt Slonaker

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Ryan: UNITY in backing the blue

As a citizen of Utah County and a social work intern, I am sincerely bothered by the number of police officers whose lives have been lost in the line of duty.

Most recently, one here in Orem, a young officer, who was married with a child. This man \u201csnuggled his child to sleep; that was the last thing he did before he left for work Saturday night.\u201d

This man was serving citizens of Provo and Orem, so we could be safe, and we could sleep in peace that night.

The next few days, the feelings of anger and overwhelming sadness could be felt across the cities of Orem and Provo. It bothers me that the men and women who are protecting every single citizen of their city, county, and state are losing their lives by the senseless actions of others. This needs to stop!

Our officers have the same rights and desires as we all do, to be safe, cared about, have a job and go home to their family every day. I loved seeing how we came together as a commUNITY and ask that we continue to Back the Blue every single day.

\u2014 Heidi Ryan, Orem

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