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What Health Insurance Means for Rural America Last Updated on 2009-11-28 10:10:18 Posted by Secretary Tom Vilsack on November 28, 2009 at 12:49 PM EST I have seen the consequences of a health care system in need of reform – too few insured, too costly for others and too little quality for all. Unsustainable growth in the cost of health care and the continued denial of coverage to millions of Americans is evidence that our health care system has failed. These failings are amplified in rural America, where folks pay more for health care than their urban counterparts, but are still more likely to experience chronic illness and poor health.  I applaud the National Farmers Union for their  recent endorsement of the U.S. Senate's health care reform bill and their prior support of the House’s bill.  Their support of the legislation and thier courage in this critical debate says a great deal about the need for reform and the consequences for rural America... More »
Utah finally joins locally grown food for schools program Last Updated on 2009-11-17 08:59:25 West Valley City » Organizers are putting together a program to help local farmers sell fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and dairy products to Utah schools. The announcement came Tuesday during the urban farming conference at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center. The program, called Food to School, makes Utah among the last three states to set up a system that puts fresh, locally grown foods into school cafeterias. After what others described as several failed efforts, "never again will Utah be a blank state on the national map for this vital service," said Penny Trinca, coordinator for the Food to School program for Utah." One of the first things we'll do is put together an inventory of producers and set up a networking site." Utah already has a number of producers who could supply large quantities of produce, particularly apples and tart cherries, for many schools, she said. Overall,... More »
Logan Herald Journal calls on Rep. Mike Noel to apologize Last Updated on 2009-11-09 07:58:39 Kanab legislator Mike Noel says he was joking when he told USU President Stan Albrecht to get his professors “in line up there” after a USU faculty member criticized a fellow scientist’s conclusions about global warming. Even if it was in jest, Noel’s comment has a sinister ring to it. Politicians and lay people pretending to be a scientific authorities is one thing — this has become comically commonplace in the global warming debate — but even the hint of political pressure on academia to fall in line on a hot-button issue like this not funny at all. And as we all know, things said “in jest” often betray true feelings. Robert Davies is the USU faculty member Noel was referring to, and Noel still insists he wants an apology from Davies for portraying as “totally fringe” the findings of a fellow climatologist that global warming is primarily caused by nature, not... More »
Head in sand - Noel deals denial from stacked deck Last Updated on 2009-08-26 00:00:00   Pig-headed denial masquerading as fact-finding. Fantasy posing as scientific method. Expertise in metallurgy magically transformed into expertise in climatology. Willful, head-in-the-sand ignorance in the face of a global threat that demands an immediate global response. All of the above were on disheartening display last week as the Utah Legislature's Interim Public Utilities and Technology Committee once again took up the subject of climate change. And, once again, Rep. Mike Noel, the committee co-chairman and climate change denier-in-chief, turned it into theater of the absurd. "What we are able to do in this forum is bring a little bit more reason and rationality to the process" than does the media. "I think we've had both sides," said Noel, who made dang sure only one side got heard. Perhaps the Kanab Republican really believes that US Magnesium metallurgist Tom Tripp, who... More »
Utah's anachronism Last Updated on 2009-03-04 17:49:55 Noel should join 21st century Tribune Editorial Posted: 03/03/2009 06:00:00 PM MST Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab, is an anachronism. That is, as Webster tells us, "Anything that is or seems to be out of its proper time in history." He's a throwback to a simpler era, when there was less to worry about from the global effects of the industrial revolution, before humans became a threat to the delicate balance of nature on which our world depends for survival. And he stubbornly refuses to make the leap into the 21st century. We can understand his reluctance. Coming to grips with how destructive some human activities are to our environment -- including unrestricted use of all-terrain vehicles, oil drilling, production of oil from shale and the millions of tons of carbon dioxide and other chemicals spewed into our air every day -- can be unpleasant. But as an elected official with the... More »