Some days I read the newspaper, and just want to yell back at the articles. The paper doesn’t listen, so I write about it here instead.
It was an innocent mistake, I’m sure. The government has written a small check out for $1.1 million dollars to Utah’s fourth district. Problem is, Utah only has three districts. So who cashed the check? Rob Bishop, congressman from Utah’s first district, loudly poked fun at the mistake, and pointed to an inefficient government at work.
There is another check out there for $29,180 for Utah’s 68th congressional district, which we clearly don’t have a location for as well.
I was worried for a while there that some teenager was going to find one of those checks out there on the side of the roadway, and spend it on ice cream cones. But there is good news though… Some sharp eyed pencil pushers have found the money. The $1.1 million actually went to fourth district of the state of Washington, who then subcontracted it to a company that is in Congressman Bishop’s first district. The error was in the reporting. And the $29,180 went to the city of Ephraim in Utah State District 69. (http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_13811416)
Meanwhile, someone should let Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah (who represents the real live third district of Utah) know that nothing good can ever come of interviewing with the “news organization” TMZ. Period.
Perhaps when he got the invite, he thought that “TMZ” was a text message abbreviation for the “Times,” as in the New York Times.
They are not exactly the same publication, Jason.
Meanwhile, the debate becomes more heated each day in the editorial section of the paper on whether The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made some huge error by endorsing the radical idea that people who choose to a lifestyle that it opposes should still be allowed to have a place to live or a employer to work for in the city.
While the official stance of the Church is that people have a right to be treated kindly and decently, rest assured that they do not endorse sinful behavior. Two lines from the Church’s statement at the hearing: “The Church remains unequivocally committed to defending the bedrock foundation of marriage between a man and a woman.” and “[The Church] believes in human dignity, in treating others with respect even when we disagree – in fact, especially when we disagree.”
Seems like there was some Historical Figure that said something along the lines of, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone….” If only I could remember Who it was that offered that good advice. Hmmm…