Thursday, July 16, 2009

Municipal Elections in Woods Cross

This year in Woods Cross, the mayor and two council seats are up for re-election. The filing period ended yesterday. The Deseret News is reporting (see here) that Mayor Parry was the only person to file for the mayor's seat. The News is also reporting that the following people have filed for the council positions:
John Hadlow - incumbent
Tamara Daley - incumbent
Leo Beecher
Ryan Westergard
Al DeBarros
Andy Marsden Leger

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Anonymity online

I have written in the past (see here) about posting anonymously to blogs and forums. Well, now a judge in Texas has ruled that the First Amendment doesn't offer the right to libel someone, anonymously or otherwise. Tarrant County District Court Judge Dana Womack served a subpoena to to turn over any potentially identifying information it has on 178 people. The people had anonymously posted allegedly defamatory comments on the site about two individuals involved in a sexual assault case. See Computerworld's article about the case here.

Monday, February 02, 2009

Happy Birthday, Grandpa!

My Grandpa Van Ry would have turned 98 today. He came to America from Holland when he was 12 years old. He didn't speak English at the time, but, learned to speak it fluently before he was 20 years old. I learned many things from grandpa including the value of hard work. He worked hard his whole life to provide for his wife and 4 children. He didn't expect a handout from anyone. He was proud of his Dutch heritage, but, considered the USA his country. He died March 20, 2001. I love and miss you, grandpa! Happy Birthday!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Here's an idea, let the parents decide!

Rep. Laura Black (D) of Sandy is sponsoring a bill (HB 242) that would change the date of the cutoff for Kindergarten from September to be in July. In a Salt Lake Tribune article (see here) about the bill, Rep. Black is quoted as saying, "It doesn't sound like very much when you're an adult, but two months in the life of a child can be huge in terms of what their development is."

I've got a better idea, let the parents of the child decide if their child is ready for Kindergarten. My wife and I have done this for everyone of our children. Our oldest child, whose birthday is in June, could have started Kindergarten the year he turned five. My wife and I decided he was not ready for Kindergarten that year and waited a year before enrolling him in Kindergarten. Do parents really need the government to tell them that their child is or isn't ready for Kindergarten?

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Dan Liljenquist didn't resign

On September 19th, in comments to this site, (see here) George said that he would treat me to lunch at my favorite place if Dan Liljenquist were elected and didn't resign. Well, George, Dan Liljenquist was elected and is currently participating in the 2009 Utah Legislative session. Time to pay up?

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Representative Roger Barrus wants our opinion

I received a mailer last week from my Representative, Roger Barrus. On the mailer he said that he wanted the opinion of his constituents. You can help give him your opinion by taking his survey at his website at The current survey will close next Monday, so go make your opinion known.

Don't delay DTV switch

The US Senate approved a measure yesterday to delay the switch to DTV by 4 months. (see here) The US House must now pass the measure for the delay to actually happen. I am very much against delaying the switch for a couple of reasons.

First, I believe that the majority of those who will not be ready for the switch on February 17th will still not be ready for the switch in June. It's not like there hasn't been plenty of time to get ready for the switch. There has also been several ad campaigns to let people know about the switch. In the interest of full disclosure, I subscribe to cable TV, so the removal of the analog signal will not affect me.

The other thing that I have a problem with is the fact that a converter box retails for between $50 and $70. The converter box has a circuit board in it. It contains no moving parts (except for a small fan in some models). A DVD player on the other hand contains a circuit board as well as the DVD drive itself. One would think based on this that a DVD player would be more expensive than a converter box, however, a DVD player can be had for less than $30. Why the discrepancy? I believe it's because of the government coupons (subsidy). If there weren't any government coupons, I believe that these converter boxes would retail for less than $20. Let the coupon program go away so that we will know the true price of the converter boxes. Remember that selling price is based on supply and demand. I doubt there is any demand for a converter box at the full retail price of $50.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

He used a Bible!

To dispel any rumors that were floating around the internet about President Obama not using a Bible while taking the oath of office, I'm posting a picture that shows the "Lincoln Inaugural Bible" being held by Michelle Obama while her husband places his hand on it to take the presidential oath of office. I didn't vote for Barack Obama, but, I am hopeful for his presidency.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

2009, Year of Municipal Elections

Since it is an odd numbered year, it means that municipal elections are to be held this year in Utah. In Woods Cross, we will have two council member seats up for re-election as well as the mayor's seat. The two council members who are up for re-election this year are Jon Hadlow and Tamra Dayley.

I haven't heard yet if any of the incumbents have decided to run for re-election. It should be a very interesting election season. Our fees have gone up significantly over the last two years. It will be interesting to see if any challenging candidates decide to capitalize on this.

Fortunately, we won't have to worry about campaigns to start up until much later this year.

Monday, January 05, 2009

It's on the Internet, so it must be true...

I've been browsing the Wild Wild Web World Wide Web since about the time the first Mosaic Netscape browser was released in late 1994. I even had my own domain name (see here) as early as 1996. Why do I mention all this? To show that I've been around these parts long enough to feel at home on the Internet. I've come to learn that you can find absolutely anything that you are looking for on the Internet. This isn't always a good thing. I find that I have to take EVERYTHING I read on the Internet with a grain of salt. I question absolutely anything that anybody says they read on the Internet.

So what is out here?

Religion? You can find people on the Internet that will gladly tell you all about Joseph Smith talking about tall people who live on the moon. Want to know what goes on in the LDS Temple Ceremony? How about the Masonic Temple Ceremony? Want to find anti-(fill in almost any religion name here) material? You can find all that out there in Internet Land.

Politics? You can find more than your fair share of political stories. Think the attacks of 9/11 were done by foreign terrorists? There are numerous sites that agree with you. Think those same attacks were a conspiracy by the federal government? There are also numerous sites that agree with you.

Hey Thad, what are you getting at with this post? What I'm trying to say is that there seems to be many people that believe anything that they read, as long as it's on a Website, without checking the facts of what they are reading. Would you do the same thing if something showed up in your mailbox or on your doorstep? Say I mailed you a letter with no return address and no way of knowing who the letter is from. I tell you in this letter that McDonalds is offering a free BigMac to anyone as long as you send a copy of the letter to 10 of your friends. All you have to do is make 10 copies of this letter and mail them to your friends. Would you do it? I bet very few people would do this, due to the cost involved. At the very least, I'd expect that most people would do a little checking to see if it's true before spending the money to mail out 10 copies. So how come so many people are willing to forward e-mails with very similar offers or even outlandish stories without checking to see if the things they are forwarding or spreading are true? I bet it's because it doesn't hit them directly in the pocket book each time they do.

The bottom line? (I think I learned this in Kindergarten.) Don't believe everything you read or hear. Check the facts. Is it true? Maybe it is, maybe it isn't.

My favorite place to check to see if something is true or not is And yes, you can find people on the Internet who claim (see here) that Snopes isn't a reliable site to check for facts.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Happy New Year!

To all my friends and family, here's wishing you and yours a Happy and Prosperous 2009!