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Growing pains
Here come all the people who flock to Utah for our amenities. But will we have these advantages in the future? Tree-lined neighborhoods of single-family homes are being crowded by the ever-present need for elusive affordable housing. Utah is the fastest growing state in the nation, with a rate of 18.4% over the past decade. But neither the goods nor the incoming shipping containers can arrive here quickly enough. Salt Lake is building a container project for the essentials. Then, according to Building Salt Lake, there is 330,000 square feet of office space, half of which is already built, and two new residential buildings in the Granary District. Some planners questioned the wisdom of a 976 parking garage in the area, but the vision of a city without cars gave way to the reality of a hot population boom.


I see no evil
It turns out that the gap on the Critical Race Theory is both partisan and fantastic. This is really more of a fight for American exceptionism than for the truth because it is about how people want American children to see their nation’s history. China is doing what the Republicans are trying to do: indoctrinate children so they don’t stray from the path given. Deseret News released the results of the American Family Survey, now in its seventh year: “Poll results suggest that Republicans want to tell a positive story of racial progress, while Democrats see the need to go straight to tense racial history to deal with the nation. ” But the whole theory of opposing views has endemic problems, writes Heather Cox Richardson. Teaching the Holocaust but not forgetting the other side? It comes down to teaching unicorns and rainbows or Hitler and Rasputin.


Yours is mine
We feel their pain. The coal country is shrinking and no sorrow, no matter how deeply felt, will bring it back. “It wasn’t very well received by people who worked in the mines,” former miner Janice Hunt told The Salt Lake Tribune. “They think the mines will last forever.” Coal will dwindle across the country as climate change takes its toll on health and wellbeing. Carbon County is adapting with solar energy projects and a focus on the arts and tourism. And while the coal country goes through its shrinkage, lawmakers could play it off against the urban areas of the state if the constituencies are redrawn this year. The economy is changing everything, including the rural-urban divide. The legislature should recognize the similarities.

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