An Oral History of Super Mario Kart

The summer of 1992 was the height of the 16-bit home video game era. Swift competition between the SEGA Genesis and the Super Nintendo Entertainment System developed as hedgehog supporters, blue in the face with rage, clashed with monkeywrench wielding plumber boys in a multi-player quest for supremacy. Arguments over gold coins and golden rings,Continue reading “An Oral History of Super Mario Kart”

Rural Utahns open to compromises if politicians would truly negotiate

Originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune, October 31, 2015 As a young student in Salt Lake City, there was once a time when I thought that rural communities were only interested in federal land because they wanted to protect their desire to ride ATVs and drill baby drill. That’s mostly because people like PhilContinue reading “Rural Utahns open to compromises if politicians would truly negotiate”

Legal Immigration is Under Assault Too

Originally appeared in the Sun Advocate, July 9th, 2018 A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to tour the Utah State History Department’s collection of artifacts. Stored in the basement of the Rio Grande Depot in Salt Lake City, the collection is a ramshackle grouping of all things Utah – flags, furniture, even aContinue reading “Legal Immigration is Under Assault Too”

Southern Utah environmental group’s new aggressive tone isn’t going to help its cause

Originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune, May 19th, 2018 The recently submitted Emery County land bill has all the makings of what has become an all-too-common public land conflict in Utah: local vs. national management, urban vs. rural communities, wilderness vs. OHVs. If we can find a way to throw a Bundy into this thing, we’llContinue reading “Southern Utah environmental group’s new aggressive tone isn’t going to help its cause”

The Antiquities Act protects wild lands in Utah. We should keep it.

Originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune, August 19th, 2018 In a recent op-ed for The Salt Lake Tribune, San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman lauded Sen. Mike Lee for his work toward limiting conservation in the state of Utah. As a candidate for the state Legislature who, like Lyman, is hoping to serve as aContinue reading “The Antiquities Act protects wild lands in Utah. We should keep it.”

Utah tax reform hits poor and rural residents the hardest

Originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune, December 29th, 2019 In a special legislative session called by Gov. Gary Herbert recently, our elected officials decided to package a tax hike under the guise of a tax break, and now they’re patting themselves on the back for it. Those of us in economically depressed and rural partsContinue reading “Utah tax reform hits poor and rural residents the hardest”