Lisa Clements was watching television with her husband, Tom, earlier this month when the doorbell rang and her life changed forever.
By now you probably have heard the story. Tom was the executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections. When he answered the door he was shot to death, apparently by a parolee who was thought to be a member of a white supremacist gang.
Like many who go through the prison system, the parolee couldn’t forgive or get past the system that had put him behind bars. Lisa, however, had a different approach to his act of vengeance, without which she might been in an
Pedro Quezada won the fourth-largest Powerball payout in history this week. Poor guy.
I wish him luck. He’ll need it.
The New York Daily News said his take-home pay after taxes will be $152 million. Maybe the 45-year-old Dominican immigrant who worked at his family’s deli will be able to handle it. He sounds like a hard-working guy who has known the value of a dollar.
It’s all about the adrenaline rush, the heart-pounding thrill of doing something a hair’s breadth away from serious injury or death.
Oh, and these days it’s also about going viral on YouTube.
But if you don’t know what you’re doing, the hair’s breadth can be erased quickly.
A 22-year-old man from West Jordan, Utah died Sunday apparently while trying to imitate what he saw in a viral YouTube video titled, “World’s largest rope swing.” The man, Kyle Stocking, and five of his friends tried to make a rope swing around Corona Arch near Moab, just like the people in the video. Only Stocking and friends miscalculated the length of the rope. (Read a news story about it here.)
We are surrounded by images that objectify women.
Here’s an interesting exercise: Pretend you’re entertaining a visitor from another planet. Try explaining to him why your society arrests and locks away men who prey on young girls for sexual favors and yet allows national clothing chains to freely market lines of sexy clothing to underaged girls.
Explain why television shows are allowed to increasingly make teenage girls the targets of sexualization and objectification, while few people raise any sort of protest.
Explain why your part of the planet condemns the way fundamentalist Arab cultures treat women but allows a subtler, and yet destructive, form of cultural repression.
The latest target of concern is Victoria’s Secret, which has begun marketing a “college line” of sexy underwear to teenage girls, reinforcing the idea that they are mere objects.
Ever wondered how your state ranks in terms of taxes collected and owed? The Tax Foundation, a nonpartisan, nonprofit Washington-based organization, has released a booklet that breaks it all down. (Access the booklet by clicking here.)
Because this blog is based in Utah, I paid particular attention to the figures concerning that state. Generally, however, states in the Northeast seem to be the highest taxed states, while those in the South taxed the least.
First, a reality check. There is zero chance the Cypriot bank tax would happen in the United States.
At least, we’re far from that point. For one thing, sequestration is leading us in the right direction.
The larger question is whether what Cyprus decides to do (the subject is scheduled for debate in the Cypriot parliament Tuesday) will have a ripple effect here and, more likely, in Europe.
It would be hard to imagine a worse way to handle an economic crisis than to tax bank accounts. Cyprus got into this problem because its two largest banks made irresponsible loans to the Greek government equal to 160 percent of the GDP in Cyprus.
You shouldn’t even loan Greece a buck for a cup of coffee.
Muhammad Yunus (Deseret News photo)
When he arrived in Minnesota — his last stop before coming to Utah this week — Muhammad Yunus came face-to-face with Fahmida Zaman.
I imagine it would have been similar to if Henry Ford had met the children of farmers liberated from isolation by the automobile, or if Thomas Edison had looked out an airplane window at the millions of twinkling electric lights of Los Angeles after dark.
Economists aren’t supposed to have experiences like this.
Zaman is a student at St. Catherine University in Minnesota, but she is a native of Bangladesh. Years ago, her hopelessly impoverished mother received her first tiny unsecured loan from Yunus’ Grameen Bank, which was her first step out of squalor.
Now the daughter is on track to earn graduate degrees in politics and economics, after which she hopes to return to
I heard a lot of familiar blather out there after Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., unveiled his latest plan to fix the nation’s long-term budget problems and provide an alternative to the sequester.
Jonathan Capehart of the Washington Post said the plan “ought to be burned.”
Really? This is how we negotiate toward a compromise?
I’m guessing Ryan realizes his plan, “The Path to Prosperity,” has no chance of becoming law in its present form. No, I’m sure of it. He said as much in his press conference. This is meant to be the starting point in a negotiated settlement, just as his earlier plans were meant to be.
Finally, the Democrats are unveiling a plan of their own, too. Until now, it seems Ryan has been a lone wolf, presenting his plans and getting little in return from the other side
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Jay Evensen is the Senior Editorial Columnist of the Deseret News. He has nearly 40 years experience as a reporter, editor and editorial writer in Oklahoma, New York City, Las Vegas and Salt Lake City. He also has been an adjunct journalism professor at Brigham Young and Weber State universities.