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  • commented 2017-11-07 13:19:08 -0700
    Dear Representative Justin L. Fawson,

    ​I am writing you in regard to H.B. 209 which mandates that certain behavioral health providers receive 2 hours of education in suicide prevention training before they can obtain or renew their license. I am a registered nurse working in the behavioral health department at Mountain View Hospital in Payson where I help triage and care for patients who are seriously contemplating suicide or have attempted suicide. I am also currently a nurse practitioner student at the University of Utah specializing in family medicine. I have five years experience caring for individuals who have attempted or contemplated suicide, their family members, and survivors of individuals who completed suicide. I have first-hand experience of the lasting effects suicide brings to the community and survivors; I have experienced the grief of losing members in my community to suicide and patients I have cared for. Survivors are not only greatly impacted emotionally and are at risk for mental health disorders, but they too become a risk for suicide.


    ​H.B. 209 was passed in 2015 and I believe this was a great step toward helping behavioral health providers become more adequately prepared to recognize individuals at risk for suicide and begin early intervention. However, I feel society as a whole would greatly benefit from expanding the mandated training to primary care providers and pediatricians. Utah currently has the 8th highest suicide rate in the nation, and ranked as the 5th in the nation for the highest suicide rates among youth. In 2013, suicide became the leading cause of death for ages 10-17, the rate tripling since 2007. The national rate of suicide in 2013 was 14.9 per 100,000. The Beehive States far surpassed the national average at 23.9 per 100,000.


    ​The National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) reported that 70% of primary care visits address mental health issues. Furthermore, NAMI reports that that primary health care providers often are not adequately trained to deal with mental health issues. With about 90% of individuals who commit suicide having an underlying mental health condition and primary care providers addressing mental health issues in about 70% of their visits, expanding mandated suicide prevention training to primary care providers and pediatricians would help decrease the overall suicide rate among youth and adults. I included pediatricians because adolescents represent a growing portion of the population who attempt and complete suicide. Youth receive yearly well child care visits from pediatricians and primary care providers. These visits provide an opportune time to assess and intervene with youth at risk for suicide.


    ​Suicide not only impacts the individual who contemplates it — it leaves loved ones reeling and devastated, trying to make sense of what happened. Suicide is preventable. As NAMI points out, prompt recognition and early intervention can save lives, save survivors from the overwhelming grief and pain, and save society from the toll suicide takes. As one mother so accurately stated, “There is no healing for those left behind”. Expanding H.B.209 only serves to expand the skills of our primary providers, those who serve as the gatekeepers into multiple aspects of healthcare.


    ​I wrote to you because I believe there is room to expand on the bill you helped pass. H.B. 209 represents a positive step toward suicide prevention; expanding the bill will help give key providers the needed tools to recognize and provide appropriate and prompt interventions that help prevent suicide and saves lives.


    ​Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of any assistance in providing further information or assistance toward expanding this bill. I will follow up in in a few weeks.


    Thank you for your hard work and public service.


    Sincerely,


    Emily Robbins

    65 E. Schoolhouse Dr.

    Woodland Hills, UT 84653

    (801)-310-4393
  • commented 2017-04-04 13:30:46 -0600
    Dear Mr. Fawson,


    After reading this morning about your criticism of Weber State University President Charles Wight, I feel compelled to write to you. Dr. Wight was within his rights to send an email to the Weber State Community and by doing so, was acting correctly and morally. He was letting his University know that, no matter what was happening nationally, WSU is a welcoming environment for all. As has been shown, the “Muslim ban” has not been enacted because it is being challenged in the courts. Many people who are here on student and other visas are afraid of the uncertainty of their status and Dr. Wright was assuaging their fears, as much as he was able. He should be commended for this. Instead you seem to be on a “witch hunt,” looking for partisan politics where there is none, even examining his emails.


    Our community is one of openness and compassion, diversity and acceptance. Your views in this matter are very reactionary and do not reflect well on you as a public representative.


    Sincerely,


    Linda Zeveloff
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  • commented 2016-03-22 16:27:10 -0600
    Justin.. We’ve lived in Pleasant View >20 years and voted for you back in 11/2014. As life-long Republicans we have just re-registered as Independents because we are so disgusted with the partisan politics driven by both parties, but especially by the TP-GOP.

    We are both retired and have lots of free time and money to spend in support of the upcoming Federal, State and Local elections. We also have lots of family members, friends and past employees who live in district 7 that you represent.

    Before we choose to support you again (or not) we would like to get your views on the following issues: for or against (no elaborating please)


    Justin.. We’ve lived in Pleasant View >20 years and voted for you back in 11/2014. As life-long Republicans we have just re-registered as Independents because we are so disgusted with the partisan politics driven by both parties, but especially by the TP-GOP.

    We are both retired and have lots of free time and money to spend in support of the upcoming Federal, State and Local elections. We also have lots of family members, friends and past employees who live in district 7 that you represent.

    Before we choose to support you again (or not) we would like to get your views on the following issues: for or against (no elaborating please)> Utah SB 77 (Medicaid Expansion)

    > Utah SB 141 (liquor law)

    > Utah Transfer of Public Lands Act (pending litigation)

    > Expansion of Medical Marijuana

    > De-funding of Planned Parenthood

    > Senate Lead McConnell’s block of the Presidents SC Justice (Garland)

    > Banning use of Opiods and Cigarettes in Utah

    > LDS Church influence over elected officials


    Justin.. We’ve lived in Pleasant View >20 years and voted for you back in 11/2014. As life-long Republicans we have just re-registered as Independents because we are so disgusted with the partisan politics driven by both parties, but especially by the TP-GOP.

    We are both retired and have lots of free time and money to spend in support of the upcoming Federal, State and Local elections. We also have lots of family members, friends and past employees who live in district 7 that you represent.

    Before we choose to support you again (or not) we would like to get your views on the following issues: for or against (no elaborating please)> Utah SB 77 (Medicaid Expansion)

    > Utah SB 141 (liquor law)

    > Utah Transfer of Public Lands Act (pending litigation)

    > Expansion of Medical Marijuana

    > De-funding of Planned Parenthood

    > Senate Lead McConnell’s block of the Presidents SC Justice (Garland)

    > Banning use of Opiods and Cigarettes in Utah

    > LDS Church influence over elected officialsThese are just a few of the issues of interest and would appreciate your response to each of these as soon as possible.


    Justin.. We’ve lived in Pleasant View >20 years and voted for you back in 11/2014. As life-long Republicans we have just re-registered as Independents because we are so disgusted with the partisan politics driven by both parties, but especially by the TP-GOP.

    We are both retired and have lots of free time and money to spend in support of the upcoming Federal, State and Local elections. We also have lots of family members, friends and past employees who live in district 7 that you represent.

    Before we choose to support you again (or not) we would like to get your views on the following issues: for or against (no elaborating please)> Utah SB 77 (Medicaid Expansion)

    > Utah SB 141 (liquor law)

    > Utah Transfer of Public Lands Act (pending litigation)

    > Expansion of Medical Marijuana

    > De-funding of Planned Parenthood

    > Senate Lead McConnell’s block of the Presidents SC Justice (Garland)

    > Banning use of Opiods and Cigarettes in Utah

    > LDS Church influence over elected officialsThese are just a few of the issues of interest and would appreciate your response to each of these as soon as possible.
  • commented 2016-03-09 13:07:31 -0700
    Congressman Fawson,

    I’m reaching out to you on a couple bills I hope you will vote no on.

    First being SB43. This bill is not necessary for our schools, this issue of gun education should be the sole responsibility of the parents, not a school/government entity. This is a complete waste of tax dollars….why would the government fund a bill that has do to with educating people on a right that was designed to thwart tyranny of government….this is none of the governments business….this is a parental issue only! Kind of an Oxymoron, Please vote no on SB43!

    Second, SB234, please vote no on this as well, this issue should not even be lawful in the state of Utah to begin with. It’s inhumane that the very act is happening to begin with… Please vote this down!

    Third, please vote no on HB45, this bill is an outrageous government over reach as well!! Making parents into criminals because their kids miss school is not right! This is a gross overreach and should be voted down!


    Thank you for all you do!

    Your neighbor,

    Sam Wallace

    Wallace.sam@gmail.com

    801-651-5553
  • commented 2016-03-07 22:08:41 -0700
    I just saw this:

    http://www.sltrib.com/home/3618367-155/utah-senate-approves-bill-critics-say

    Since I recently put solar on my roof, and think that Rocky Mtn. Power already gets a very good deal from customers like me, I do not like the idea of giving them carte blanche, as it seems this bill may do.

    I hope I may count on your thorough study of this issue.
  • commented 2016-03-04 14:04:03 -0700
    Dear Representative Fawson,


    I am writing to express my serious concern about the impact on patients based on a section of SB 58


    I Specifically want to request elimination of or a change in lines 329 – 331 (b) (i) prior to the first time prescribing or administering a Schedule II or III controlled substance to a particular patient, checks information about the patient in the Controlled Substance Database created in Section 58-37f-201


    I work in a tertiary hospital setting where hundreds of patients are seen each month in the emergency room, trauma bay and intensive care unit. Physicians and nurse practitioners work collaboratively to provide the best care possible to patients who have multiple injuries, and are at risk of dying every minute. Immediate management of symptoms such as pain, agitation or delirium protects the patient from unnecessary suffering and additional harm. Frequently these patients cannot provide a name or birth date for several hours if not days after admission.


    A requirement such as quoted above will delay care in ways that none of us would want for ourselves or our family. We would be particularly angry about additional suffering when we realized that the data contained in the data base will NOT change the decisions that are made in these acute circumstances.


    Please do not place these NPs in the position of having to choose between best care for the patient or breaking a law that is not safe for patients.


    Please add some clarifying language that exempts NPs who work in acute care settings from this requirement.

    I believe UMA will understand the seriousness of this problem if it were applied to physicians and should support my request.


    Thank you,

    Rebecca Cable

    Salt Lake City

    lewiskitty@yahoo.com
  • commented 2016-02-16 18:25:28 -0700
    Representative Fawson, what is your position on Adam’s bill to divert highway funds to build a Lake Powell pipeline?

    I am not arguing that funding may need to be found for it, but highway funds is not the place. Our local, and state highways are falling apart for lack of maintenance so they have increased the gas tax and passed Proposition 1. Now he wants to take out nearly $500 million to use elsewhere? That does not make sense to me, and is one of the reasons we as a people fight tax increases, because the legislature does not use the money where it is earmarked. What is your position on this?
  • commented 2016-01-03 13:34:09 -0700
    I am appalled and disgusted at your efforts to defund Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood prevents thousands of abortions every year by offering accessible and affordable contraception. Anyone who is truly opposed to abortion would be doubling and tripling its funding, not defunding it.


    In addition to preventing abortion, Planned Parenthood offers healthcare to poor people who otherwise would just suffer and die. Since Utah decided poor people cannot have healthcare through ACA, Planned Parenthood is the only hope of a significant proportion of the population.


    The only rationale for defunding this necessary organization is based on a video that was proven to be fraudulent months ago. Your bizarre behavior makes no sense. If you proceed down this pathway, I hope the many abortions, deaths, and suffering you will cause will weigh heavily on your conscious.
  • commented 2015-12-01 14:29:54 -0700
    Justin,

    Thank you for opposing collecting Utah sales tax on Internet sales.

    Utah businesses do nothing to generate these sales so the State should not receive tax income from these sales.

    The State should look at instituting a lottery like Idaho and Wyoming are doing and reaping the financial benefits.
  • commented 2015-05-25 11:35:33 -0600
    I noted your involvement with establishing the Vietnam Highway in Utah. As a Vietnam Veteran. I appreciate what you have done. Last night on KSL television I noted that a Vietnam Walkoff was being conducted on Memorial Day where Combat Veterans Will ‘Walk Off The War’ On The Appalachian Trail

    HARPERS FERRY, W.Va., March 20, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The

    Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) has again partnered with Warrior

    Hike to provide a group of military veterans the opportunity to “Walk

    Off The War” along the Appalachian Trail (A.T.).

    I would think it would be appropriate for Utah to have a Memorial Day Walkoff starting on the Vietnam Highwasy and going to St. George. What do you think?

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    Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) has again partnered with Warrior

    Hike to provide a group of military veterans the opportunity to “Walk

    Off The War” along the Appalachian Trail (A.T.). This year’s group of

    veterans began the six-month-long physical challenge on March 17 at

    Springer Mountain, the southern terminus of the Trail in Georgia.

    The “Walk Off The War” Program provides participating combat veterans

    with equipment and supplies required to complete a thru-hike of one of

    America’s National Scenic Trails; coordinates trail town support in

    the forms of transportation, food and lodging; and assists veterans

    with future employment opportunities through partners and sponsors.

    “Hiking over 2,000 miles during the course of six months gives a

    veteran an opportunity to decompress and come to terms with their

    wartime experiences,” said Sean Gobin, Warrior Hike executive

    director. “The camaraderie that is shared between our combat veterans

    and the trail town communities helps facilitate their integration back

    into civilian life.”

    Veterans hiking the A.T. this year include Scott Brooks-Miller, a

    Vietnam War veteran and several returning service members from

    Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

    The ATC, A.T. maintaining clubs and veterans groups in trail towns

    will provide the veterans with support services, including lodging,

    transportation and meals.

    “Similar to Earl Shaffer, the first Appalachian Trail thru-hiker,

    these veterans will have the opportunity to journey along the

    Appalachian Trail and reconnect with nature and with the American

    people,” said Ron Tipton, executive director and CEO of the ATC. “The

    Appalachian Trail Conservancy is proud to team up with Warrior Hike to

    offer this experience to our military veterans.”

    This year, Warrior Hike has expanded to include end-to-end hikes on

    the Continental Divide and the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trails in

    addition to the A.T.

    For more information, visit www.appalachiantrail.org/events or

    www.warriorhike.com.

    About the ATC Our mission is to preserve and manage the Appalachian

    Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural

    heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries

    to come. For information, visit www.appalachiantrail.org.

    Contact: Javier Folgar Appalachian Trail Conservancy Tel: 304.535.2200

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  • commented 2015-03-30 12:00:08 -0600
    Hey Justin,


    My name is Jonathan Deesing and I’m a lifetime Utah resident. I recently read about your support of Senate Bill 235, which acts to punish teachers and schools who aren’t performing in state-mandated tests. The cost and purpose of the bill made me take enough pause that I felt compelled to reach out. My roommate is a junior high health teacher and as such I regularly hear updates about his teaching efforts.


    He recently told me a stunning fact: in an 180 day school year, his students are taking standardized tests for an average of 60 days. I know when the legislature introduces new tests they view these as a great barometer of student progress that will conceptually improve schooling, but allow me to explain the situation in practice. Students are forced into a computer lab where they click bubbles for an hour or two on tests that have no impact on their grades. Teachers encourage students to do well but realistically can only hope they try their best because these tests are wholly meaningless to the students. According to my roommate and his coworkers, students have grown so tired of this excessive testing they hardly even try, simply clicking bubbles on computers until they reach the end of each test.


    You claim in an interview with the Salt Lake Tribune that you were elected to have a positive impact on education. You also stated “But I was not elected to be a state or local member of the school board — which is where the decisions and accountability should rest.” To me it sounds as if you are dodging any responsibility whatsoever for your votes and behavior on the hill. If your bills are harming educators, you’ve cleverly dodged any blame by pushing it on the teachers trying to work within the limitations you’ve given them. Bravo, that is truly shrewd politics – you’re sure to have a long career by covering yourself so well.


    With an Eagle Scout and 9 years in the Utah National Guard, I’m sure you feel overqualified to comment and legislate on public education. However, I just hope you can explain to me how you expect more testing to improve education when the current level of testing is only harming it – taking students out of classrooms to click bubbles randomly on computer screens. I look forward to your response.


    Best,


    Jonathan Deesing
  • commented 2015-03-23 07:37:31 -0600
    Dear Utah State Representative – District 007 Fawson,


    Please support HB 362 – Utah needs a long-term comprehensive approach to funding transportation in our great state, thus helping us to keep and attract well-paying jobs, improve air quality and maintain a quality of life for the future.


    Over the past two years, the Legislature has transparently and deliberatively discussed pragmatic solutions to addressing the $11 billion gap. This robust dialogue continues as we enter the final days of the current legislative session. The Legislature must do more than deliberate. It must now act.


    Truckers, cyclists, contractors, business and civic leaders, legislators, rural mayors, urban mothers and transit, city and county officials from across the state – ALL support you taking a comprehensive approach. And I do too.


    That means supporting the equivalent of 5-cent per gallon increase and reform of the gas tax. That also means a local-option to let voters decide to increase funding for local and county roads, and transit.


    Please support HB 362 as a comprehensive, consensus solution to keep Utah moving.


    Sincerely,

    Brian Heslop

    Staker Parson Companies

    2122 N 1250 W

    Clinton, UT 84015
  • commented 2015-03-14 21:01:44 -0600
    Please Support HB 362 – Gas Tax / Local Roads / Transit


    Dear Utah State Representative – District 007 Fawson,


    Please support HB 362 – Utah needs a long-term comprehensive approach to funding transportation in our great state, thus helping us to keep and attract well-paying jobs, improve air quality and maintain a quality of life for the future.


    Over the past two years, the Legislature has transparently and deliberatively discussed pragmatic solutions to addressing the $11 billion gap. This robust dialogue continues as we enter the final days of the current legislative session. The Legislature must do more than deliberate. It must now act.


    Truckers, cyclists, contractors, business and civic leaders, legislators, rural mayors, urban mothers and transit, city and county officials from across the state – ALL support you taking a comprehensive approach. And I do too.


    That means supporting the equivalent of 5-cent per gallon increase and reform of the gas tax. That also means a local-option to let voters decide to increase funding for local and county roads, and transit.


    Please support HB 362 as a comprehensive, consensus solution to keep Utah moving.


    Sincerely,

    Alan Buoy

    Stakerparson companies

    1440 west 450 north

    St george, UT 84770
  • commented 2015-03-11 09:34:53 -0600
    Mr. Fawson,


    I’m writing you in opposition to any bill that would raise the states gas tax.


    I understand that taxes has its place and that it is necessary in reason. However, this state has been operating in budget surpluses for years now and has saved up a very hefty total surplus, which was received from tax payers.


    Tell my why is that if the people want to spend money on something that helps benefit the family, we have to save for it, but when the state wants to spend money for something (in this case roads) the state can just raise taxes and get it that way.


    I love Utah, but legislators are starting to abuse taxation power.


    I’m urging you to oppose any legislation that raise taxes anywhere. With the current state surplus where it’s at, you should have no reason to be finding ways to get more out of us.


    Sincerely,

    Joshua Bloxham

    House District 7 resident
  • commented 2015-03-10 21:57:25 -0600
    Dear Utah State Representative – District 007 Fawson,


    As Utah’s population is expected to grow by 60% in the next thirty years it is important to have a comprehensive transportation plan to ensure continual mobility and support our growing economy. Utah needs a long-term approach to funding transportation in our great state, thus helping us to keep and attract well-paying jobs, improve air quality and maintain a quality of life for the future.


    As you are well aware, the declining purchasing power of fuel taxes due to the increased fuel efficiency of cars has not kept up with our local and state needs. Utilizing user fees are a great principle, but not the only source of funding that is needed. Utahns must pay their share to ensure optimal access to a transportation system that ensures safety and allows them to enjoy a better quality of life.


    While roads are a critical part of the the transportation system, I hope that you will address the needs identified in Utah’s Unified Transportation Plan for transit, bikes and pedestrians as well. New capacity, maintenance and preservation and operation of our local and state transportation system will help keep Utah at the top of the list for best places to live, do business and recreate.


    The timing is critical and I hope this coming legislative session will be remembered for taking action now by enacting sound financial principles of paying as we go to keep Utah moving!


    A proposal that would increase funding equivalent to 0.10 cents-per-gallon increase would be a small increase per year for the average driver and Utahn in increased taxes to maintain our roads. This seems like a reasonable approach when compared to the $250 per year commuters spend in congestion and the other $278 dollars for operations and maintenance because of poor roads.


    I believe SB 160 and HB 362 are a step in the right direction to funding our transportation needs and urge your support them moving forward through the legislative process.


    Sincerely,

    Gary Lindley

    Lindley consulting INC

    551 west 3750 north

    Pleasant View , UT 84414
  • commented 2015-03-10 21:52:46 -0600
    Dear Utah State Representative – District 007 Fawson,


    As Utah’s population is expected to grow by 60% in the next thirty years it is important to have a comprehensive transportation plan to ensure continual mobility and support our growing economy. Utah needs a long-term approach to funding transportation in our great state, thus helping us to keep and attract well-paying jobs, improve air quality and maintain a quality of life for the future.


    As you are well aware, the declining purchasing power of fuel taxes due to the increased fuel efficiency of cars has not kept up with our local and state needs. Utilizing user fees are a great principle, but not the only source of funding that is needed. Utahns must pay their share to ensure optimal access to a transportation system that ensures safety and allows them to enjoy a better quality of life.


    While roads are a critical part of the the transportation system, I hope that you will address the needs identified in Utah’s Unified Transportation Plan for transit, bikes and pedestrians as well. New capacity, maintenance and preservation and operation of our local and state transportation system will help keep Utah at the top of the list for best places to live, do business and recreate.


    The timing is critical and I hope this coming legislative session will be remembered for taking action now by enacting sound financial principles of paying as we go to keep Utah moving!


    A proposal that would increase funding equivalent to 0.10 cents-per-gallon increase would be a small increase per year for the average driver and Utahn in increased taxes to maintain our roads. This seems like a reasonable approach when compared to the $250 per year commuters spend in congestion and the other $278 dollars for operations and maintenance because of poor roads.


    I believe SB 160 and HB 362 are a step in the right direction to funding our transportation needs and urge your support them moving forward through the legislative process.


    Sincerely,

    Scott Anderson

    Staker Parson Companies

    367 West 3350 North

    Pleasant View, UT 84414
  • commented 2015-03-10 21:43:25 -0600
    Dear Utah State Representative – District 007 Fawson,


    As Utah’s population is expected to grow by 60% in the next thirty years it is important to have a comprehensive transportation plan to ensure continual mobility and support our growing economy. Utah needs a long-term approach to funding transportation in our great state, thus helping us to keep and attract well-paying jobs, improve air quality and maintain a quality of life for the future.


    As you are well aware, the declining purchasing power of fuel taxes due to the increased fuel efficiency of cars has not kept up with our local and state needs. Utilizing user fees are a great principle, but not the only source of funding that is needed. Utahns must pay their share to ensure optimal access to a transportation system that ensures safety and allows them to enjoy a better quality of life.


    While roads are a critical part of the the transportation system, I hope that you will address the needs identified in Utah’s Unified Transportation Plan for transit, bikes and pedestrians as well. New capacity, maintenance and preservation and operation of our local and state transportation system will help keep Utah at the top of the list for best places to live, do business and recreate.


    The timing is critical and I hope this coming legislative session will be remembered for taking action now by enacting sound financial principles of paying as we go to keep Utah moving!


    A proposal that would increase funding equivalent to 0.10 cents-per-gallon increase would be a small increase per year for the average driver and Utahn in increased taxes to maintain our roads. This seems like a reasonable approach when compared to the $250 per year commuters spend in congestion and the other $278 dollars for operations and maintenance because of poor roads.


    I believe SB 160 and HB 362 are a step in the right direction to funding our transportation needs and urge your support them moving forward through the legislative process.


    Sincerely,

    Debbie Johnson

    Staker Parson Companies

    4123 N 125 W

    Pleasant View, UT 84414
  • commented 2015-02-19 14:43:49 -0700
    I am against the anti-discrimination bill. As soon as bills like this are passed the discrimination starts against Christians who can be fired for even voicing a dissenting opinion. I have talked to people in support of the bill. If you even mentioned that you think homosexually is a sin, they would consider that discrimination.
  • commented 2015-02-19 06:29:06 -0700
    i just read in tthe se about your bill to name 1-84 for vietname veterans.i also read the obituaries in the paper.almost daily there is one or more that has proudly served in korean war.i was in korean war and am 84 soon 85.i dont know why why we always skipped over..i was thinking if the bill was ammended to korean/ vietnam veterans memorial highway.it would show the same respect we deserve..it is almost always the forgotten war.
  • commented 2015-02-11 14:42:04 -0700
    Justin I want to go to that dinner at the capital tomorrow night I just got the invitation yesterday what’s the dress options. I hope it’s not too late to RSVP
  • commented 2015-02-09 21:31:14 -0700
    Dear Representative Fawson:


    I just received the invitation for a dinner at the Utah State Capitol for Feb. 12th. The invitation indicates that I need to RSVP by the 9th – tonight. I would have enjoyed attending, but I will have to turn it down because my wife does not know her schedule for the 12th – she will be at RootsTech that night. I would attend without her, but have a few obstacles that would need to be cleared. Therefore, having just received the invite tonight and needing to RSVP tonight, I must turn down this opportunity.


    Thank you very much for the invitation. I will hope for such an opportunity in the future.


    Sincerely,

    Thomas R. Valletta

    County Delegate and Precinct Chair (PV002)
  • commented 2015-02-02 19:50:19 -0700
    I am looking over the questionnaire recently mailed to me by Justin Fawson and I am concerned with the questions. These are poorly written and should not be yes or no questions. For example, #7 Regarding the development of federal lands. I support some instances of Utah having control over these resources. I do not support another refinery or coal plant. If this is what Utah has in mind then no. Can you be more specific in what Utah wants to do with this land. What sort of development are you talking about. Are you going to continue destroying this wonderland or actually try to protect it.

    1. Regarding the anti-discriminatory bill. I support private individuals not having to perform a ceremony that goes against their religious beliefs in a private setting. However, for those individuals working for the taxpayers, then no. They represent all taxpayers and should not be able to discriminate or cherry pick who they will perform a ceremony. The sob fest is wearisome.




    The Republican party needs to hire some competent pollesters.

    This makes them look dumb.
  • commented 2015-01-29 10:16:40 -0700
    I would like you to consider this on the wood burning issue. I understand why people want to burn fireplaces in their homes,but when you live in such close proximity to each other it creates problems.I have stage 4 COPD so during the the winter months when people in the area burn I become a prisoner in my home,and I’am sure other people with lung problems do the same. In reality is it not the same as second hand smoke, in which smoking is banned in all public places.

    Thank You

    Lee Gould
  • commented 2015-01-28 00:01:40 -0700
    Question for someone who could initiate a possible solution for us. I grew up in Portland, OR and the bus system there was exceptional. They have a law that states that buses always have the right of way. When they put on the turn signal, you have to yield to them. Here in Utah, I ride the bus system and I am annoyed by how the other drivers don’t seem to care that the bus has been waiting to merge because nobody will yield.

    Therefore, I was hoping information could be gathered from TriMet(the bus system in Portland) as to how the law is defined in the books. Then we can possibly get a similar law here in the great state of Utah.
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  • commented 2015-01-22 15:33:15 -0700
    Sir,


    If you still have room on your legislative schedule for a 2015 bill (that concerns Vietnam Veterans) I would like to talk to you.


    It happens that (in my estimation) the enactment would not cost taxpayers any $$, so it should be relatively easy to get passed.
  • commented 2015-01-19 14:17:08 -0700
    Justin, I hope you and everyone else realizes that “Count My Vote” is really “Count My Money”. Every registered voter can attend caucus meetings, get elected as delegates and select the candidates that the registered Republicans really want. “Count My Vote (money)” was funded by the Huntsmans, Larry H Miller family and there friends in an effort to set up so who ever wants a candidate can buy that candidate’s way into office. The Caucus systems makes it a lot more difficult for someone to “buy” their way into office. We do not want to turn into the political mess that Colorado has sense it left the caucus system and went to the “Count My Money (Vote)” system.
  • commented 2015-01-19 14:08:43 -0700
    Justin, Second note WE DO NOT NEED higher taxes. Just because gas prices are low doesn’t mean the state needs to raise taxes. Besides aren’t taxes on gasoline a fixed amount and not a percentage. So, it doesn’t matter what the price of gas is the state still gets the same amount of tax revenue per gallon.
  • commented 2015-01-19 14:05:34 -0700
    Justin, Please vote against the anti-wood stove legislation. It is truly a ridiculous piece of do nothing legislation. There aren’t enough wood stoves being used on a consistent basis to have any effect on air quality.

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