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April 13, 2014

Although the controversy over the “common core” has been going on for a couple of years, my conversations outside of fellow educators have been limited to only a few individuals.  That began to change the night of the Republican Party Caucus meetings in my precinct.  I have been amazed at the lack of understanding and misinformation possessed by several individuals that I’ve talked with; thus the impetus for this response.  The purpose of this response is not to change the minds of those who are opposed, but to simply provide those who are honestly seeking information with the other side of the story.

Dear Editor,

March 23, 2014

I just wanted to take a second to share a unique perspective of what happened last Saturday during the 3A state championships held at Southern Utah University.  I say unique because I was likely one of the few people in the Centrum who used to wear a Morgan basketball jersey and who currently has two children attending the opposing school for the boys’ game, Cedar High School.  Also, I had the privilege of representing my employer, Southern Utah University, in the presentation of the medallions just minutes before the two games started.

Dear Editor;

March 23, 2014

We are writing to thank the wonderful young women and young men of Morgan High School basketball teams for a very fun year.

Dear Editor:

March 23, 2014

In response to the letter in the Feb. 7 TMCN regarding referring to our children as “kids,” I can’t help but point out that language is a dynamic medium; many words have multiple, often diversely different meanings, and word meanings change with time and usage.  

Dear Editor,
In response to the letter in the Feb. 7 TMCN regarding referring to our children as “kids,” I can’t help but point out that language is a dynamic medium; many words have multiple, often diversely different meanings, and word meanings change with time and usage.  

February 8, 2014

A disturbing trend is occurring among the children of the baby boomers, myself included. We seem to have no interest in trying to save old or broken things. Rather than paying someone to come fix a broken dishwasher, for example, we would rather just go buy a new one.

Dear Editor,
A disturbing trend is occurring among the children of the baby boomers, myself included. We seem to have no interest in trying to save old or broken things. Rather than paying someone to come fix a broken dishwasher, for example, we would rather just go buy a new one.

February 8, 2014

I have lived here in Morgan now for 17 ½ years. This city and county have a population of great and loving people, parents, grandparents and charming and lovely children.  I know that it is a national thing, but I cannot understand why we call our dear children kids – young goats.

Dear Editor,

December 28, 2013

Last week I wrote about Family History Expos coming to Morgan (see information below).  This week there is additional information about the event.

Last week I wrote about Family History Expos coming to Morgan (see information below).  This week there is additional information about the event.

December 28, 2013

I want to show my support for the Morgan County School Board.  Recently, at the school board meeting, they adopted a two-minute limit to public input. They had a timer and cut people off midsentence if they exceeded the two-minute limit. I applaud the school board for their hardline stance even though others criticize this as a harsh policy.

Dear Editor,

October 14, 2013

I want to applaud Morgan County School District Superintendent Doug Jacobs for his willingness to look at the four-day school week. This is a creative solution that can alleviate the district’s budget problems. It is no secret that the Century Center is costing us approximately $350,000 per year. The budget savings from a four-day week would easily cover the cost of the Century Center.   It will also help the district cope with the additional costs of Obamacare.

Dear Editor,

October 8, 2013

As a very concerned citizen, I would like to share some totally disturbing facts about the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) which is quickly looming before us.  It will affect EVERYONE especially seniors, the disabled, babies born with defects, etc.  Most Americans are against it; only 12percent in a recent poll felt it would be a positive for Americans yet, the powers in Washington are set on giving us this beginning of socialized medicine. 

As a very concerned citizen, I would like to share some totally disturbing facts about the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) which is quickly looming before us.  It will affect EVERYONE especially seniors, the disabled, babies born with defects, etc.  Most Americans are against it; only 12percent in a recent poll felt it would be a positive for Americans yet, the powers in Wa

July 8, 2013

The local levy is a very hot topic, with a $1.3 million price tag for Morgan taxpayers at stake.  The root of this issue is whether three of the five elected School Board members (a simple majority) will have the authority to decide how tax dollars are spent without input from taxpayers. 

Dear Editor:

July 8, 2013

How important is the education of our children.  In our elementary schools we have one class with 35 children, six with 30 or more and 9 with 26 to 29 and our enrollment is growing every year.  How effective can a teacher be with so many students at this critical stage of their development?  I’ve had 10 boys in our scout troop and can’t imagine how a teacher can give adequate attention to 30 students.

Dear Editor:

July 8, 2013

Education’s purpose, process, and product is the eradication of ignorance and is, in turn, the foundation of law and order in any society.

Dear Editor:
Education’s purpose, process, and product is the eradication of ignorance and is, in turn, the foundation of law and order in any society.
Basically, there are two general forms of ignorance:

July 8, 2013

Last week one of our school board members wrote to the editor that he didn’t think anyone could go through the school budget and find anywhere that could be cut.

Dear Editor:
Last week one of our school board members wrote to the editor that he didn’t think anyone could go through the school budget and find anywhere that could be cut.

July 8, 2013

…Shouldn’t we love ALL of Morgan’s kids?

…Shouldn’t we love ALL of Morgan’s kids?
The short ones, TALL ones, B I G  ones, skinny ones, rich ones, poor ones, and old ones as well as young ones??

July 8, 2013

To concerned tax payers:   The Morgan County Council just passed up another economic opportunity based on self interest.

To concerned tax payers:   The Morgan County Council just passed up another economic opportunity based on self interest.
I recently read the article on short-term rentals that the county council debated.  

July 8, 2013

Like some of you, I have chosen to serve our community by participating on different school committees (MHS Community Council, Morgan Education Foundation and MHS Scholarship Board) that hopefully add value to the educational experience of all of our children.  There are some amazingly smart and dedicated parents who give freely of their time and resources to enrich the educational experience of all of our kids in this valley.  We do not always agree on the best way to meet the needs, but for the most part everyone has the best interest of the kids in mind.  I think we work well together because we leave ego’s and personal agenda’s at the door.  We ask thought provoking questions, we learn the issues and then we try to put forth solutions that meet challenges head on.  Our job isn’t done when we walk out of a meeting.  These are “working” committee’s where we roll up our sleeves and spend countless hours taking action and executing the plans laid out in the meetings.  We work with very tight budgets.  We work hard to raise money, simply because we have too, and consequently are quite conservative in how we spend each and every dollar.  We work closely with the teachers and school administrators.  We feel their pain.  You can never really know that pain until you sit in their classrooms and virtually walk in their shoes.  In most instances we work with the School District Administrators and in some cases we sit side by side with School Board members to find solutions to problems.  We have learned first hand the uniqueness of being part of a school district in rural Morgan County, with an almost nonexistent tax base.  One day that will change, but only when we are willing to accept the fallout that comes with growth and development.  It’s called change, and many are afraid of it.  None the less this area has so very much to offer, but it comes at a price, sometimes a steep price.  It is a price that each of us must bear.  Do I want higher taxes?  No.  Can I afford higher property taxes?  I cannot.  So why do I support the Voted Local Levy?  Because from where I sit, it is the best short term SOLUTION to a long-term problem.  Let’s be very clear about something.  The VLL is not the end-all answer, but it is a real short-term solution that is needed now.  Those who oppose the VLL have become very proficient at propogating what I call the FUD factor.  They spread Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt.  It all begins with certain half truths and then leads to veiled forms of borderline deception.  Case in point.  Last night I received a flyer in the mail.  On one side it stated that I have “the opportunity to voice my opinion”.  I’ve read the Constitution and I get that.  This is a truth.  On the other side of the flyer it states in smaller text that if the VLL passes that “I will no longer have a voice or a vote” (false).  It states further that the school board can raise my taxes (truth) without advertising or notifying me (false).  They call it taxation without representation.  What is this, the Boston Tea Party all over again?  Of course we have representation.  It’s called going to the advertised school board meetings and standing up and saying what you have to say.  Do you realize that last week the school board held their annual budget meetings which were fully advertised and open to the public?  Do you also realize that not one single person who opposes the VLL attended the meeting?  If the VLL does not pass, the sun will still rise on on June 26th.  But know this one fact.  If you have a third grader going to Mountain Green Elementary, your child or grandchild will be sitting next to 32 other students of which 2-3 will have major behavioral issues that dominate the teachers time and efforts.  Now imagine the quality education your child is going to experience!  This is real, as real as it gets.  Again, the VLL is a tax, no doubt about it.  It will cost you $2.18 per month for each $100,000 that your home is valued at.  The School District needs $358,000 this next year alone that will go toward four (4) specific needs.  Replacing three educators who have retired or moved, costs associated with special needs students, remediation for those struggling in math and lastly to address state mandated standards and testing.  This is not conjecture, it’s fact.  The time to vote is almost here.  What will you base your vote on?  Will it be the FUD factor that you read about or hear about that has run rampant these past few months?  Or will you call a teacher you can trust, or your local school board member and ask specific questions about specific needs.  Get educated and then do the right thing for you, your family and your kids.

Dear Editor:

July 8, 2013

As an original founder of For Morgan Kids, I’d like to explain how the name was chosen. We determined that we wanted something that was… 

Dear Editor:
As an original founder of For Morgan Kids, I’d like to explain how the name was chosen. We determined that we wanted something that was… 

July 8, 2013

I was quite disappointed in how some of our county members acted and behaved due to Leeway voting on both sides of this issue. I am aware of several instances where members were out of hand, yelling, swearing, and name calling because someone didn’t agree with them. There were also a number of cases of sign stealing. Both of these issues have to do with our first amendment rights. If we expect our own freedom of speech we must allow and respect that of others even if we don’t agree. We can talk about these things civilly like the adults we should be. Taking of signs is also an infringement on this amendment. Another problem we encounter is accusing people without proof for such deeds. We have never been and should never be a “guilty until proven innocent” society. If we continue to have this type of attitude in a number of years we will not have a republic because some won’t tolerate the views of others. 

Dear Editor:

July 8, 2013

The Beautiful Morgan County…

Dear Editor:
The Beautiful Morgan County…
I think we all live in this valley because we enjoy the beauty, peace, and serenity it offers.

June 17, 2013

I want to urge everyone to vote “NO” on the tax levy that Morgan School District is proposing.

I want to urge everyone to vote “NO” on the tax levy that Morgan School District is proposing.
As a retired teacher of 37 years, I know how important education is.  And one of the most important lessons we can teach is to live within your means by being fiscally responsible and making do with what you have. 

June 17, 2013

I am a Morgan County resident and taxpayer, a father with children currently in Morgan schools, and a recently-appointed member of the Morgan School Board.  I will vote in favor of the Voted Local Levy as I believe it is the best option for our current situation.  

I am a Morgan County resident and taxpayer, a father with children currently in Morgan schools, and a recently-appointed member of the Morgan School Board.  I will vote in favor of the Voted Local Levy as I believe it is the best option for our current situation.  

June 7, 2013

As I have researched school district finance during the past few months, I have come to the decision to actively support the voted local levy. We have great students, parents and teachers in Morgan County who have made education a priority. Our CRT scores prove a high level of proficiency in language arts and science comparable to districts that are spending double per student annually. Some may argue that if we are meeting our basic educational goals and even beyond, why would we want to increase funding?

Dear Editor:

June 7, 2013

I will be voting NO for Morgan County School District voted local levy and this is why:  

Dear Editor:
I will be voting NO for Morgan County School District voted local levy and this is why:  

June 7, 2013

I teach 6th grade at Morgan Middle School, and I would like to give you my perspective as a teacher in a school district that is struggling financially. 

Dear Editor:
I teach 6th grade at Morgan Middle School, and I would like to give you my perspective as a teacher in a school district that is struggling financially. 

June 7, 2013

As a resident of the Highlands of Mountain Green, I oppose the projected development of a multiplex apartment and residential complex near Trappers Loop on the basis of citizens’ safety and security. 

As a resident of the Highlands of Mountain Green, I oppose the projected development of a multiplex apartment and residential complex near Trappers Loop on the basis of citizens’ safety and security. 

June 7, 2013

In January the school board invited former Rich County School Superintendent, Christine Kearl to coach them on how to pass the Voted Local Levy.  She said the key to passing the tax increase was to “focus your whole campaign and approach on the kids, not teachers and their jobs.”   

Dear Editor:

June 6, 2013

The Voted Levy – A Parent’s Perspective

Dear Editor:
The Voted Levy – A Parent’s Perspective

June 6, 2013

Voted Local Levy-Another Point of View

Dear Editor:
Voted Local Levy-Another Point of View

June 6, 2013

I am in favor of the voted local levy and will vote “FOR” on June 25th.  I have lived in 5 western states and have had children attend schools in all 5 of those states.  The Morgan School District is by far the best of the other schools our children have attended.  My youngest 3 children graduated from Morgan and had a marvelous experience.

Dear Editor:

June 6, 2013

Having spent 13 years as the superintendent of schools in Morgan County, I understand the pressing need for additional revenues that the school district is currently experiencing.  Morgan is consistently in the bottom 25 percent of Utah school districts when it comes to expenditures and revenues per student.  Last school year, the district ranked 34th out of 41 when considering all expenditures as well as the daily operations budget.  With the exception of Juab School District, all other district with less money per student were much larger than Morgan (Alpine, Box Elder, Davis, Jordan, Nebo) and thus enjoy the advantages provided by the economy of scales.

Dear Editor:

June 6, 2013

Why I am voting no on the Morgan County levy tax?  Morgan County has one of the highest tax rates in Utah.

Dear Editor:

June 6, 2013

After attending the school administration/board presentation regarding their proposed levy for increasing property taxes, I think that they made a fine presentation.  However, I must disagree that it was entirely factual.

After attending the school administration/board presentation regarding their proposed levy for increasing property taxes, I think that they made a fine presentation.  However, I must disagree that it was entirely factual.

June 6, 2013

Growing a bountiful garden is a complex, evolving and sometimes trying process.  So many influences determine the success or failure of the outcome.  Is the success or failure of our children any different?  Is it any less complex?  Do we want our children to survive and just be fine?  Or do we want them to thrive and bear loads of fruit that will give back to the world around them as they mature?

Growing a bountiful garden is a complex, evolving and sometimes trying process.  So many influences determine the success or failure of the outcome.  Is the success or failure of our children any different?  Is it any less complex?  Do we want our children to survive and just be fine?  Or do we want them to thrive and bear loads of fruit that will give back t

June 6, 2013

This letter is written in support of the Morgan School Board’s proposed voted levy.  We have been impressed over the years with the quality of the educational programs provided for the students in Morgan County.  Our children have all graduated from the school system and have found success in post high school educational and employment pursuits.  We attribute this to the quality and effort of the educators involved in the school system, and in the leadership of those who have served on the school board over the years.

This letter is written in support of the Morgan School Board’s proposed voted levy.  We have been impressed over the years with the quality of the educational programs provided for the students in Morgan County.  Our children have all graduated from the school system and have found success in post high school educational and employment pursuits.  We attribute thi

June 5, 2013

Dear Editor:
Growing a bountiful garden is a complex, evolving and sometimes trying process.  So many influences determine the success or failure of the outcome.  Is the success or failure of our children any different?  Is it any less complex?  Do we want our children to survive and just be fine?  Or do we want them to thrive and bear loads of fruit that will give back to the world around them as they mature?

Dear Editor:

June 5, 2013

Dear Editor:
This letter is written in support of the Morgan School Board’s proposed voted levy.  We have been impressed over the years with the quality of the educational programs provided for the students in Morgan County.  Our children have all graduated from the school system and have found success in post high school educational and employment pursuits. 

Dear Editor:

June 5, 2013

Dear Editor:
After attending the school administration/board presentation regarding their proposed levy for increasing property taxes, I think that they made a fine presentation.  However, I must disagree that it was entirely factual.
According to the county treasurer, they received $7.033 million from property taxes in 2012.  Education presently receives 71 percent of our property taxes.

Dear Editor:
After attending the school administration/board presentation regarding their proposed levy for increasing property taxes, I think that they made a fine presentation.  However, I must disagree that it was entirely factual.

June 5, 2013

Dear Editor:
Why I am voting no on the Morgan County levy tax?  Morgan County has one of the highest tax rates in Utah.  The Morgan County Commissioners do everything in their power to drive out business.  It’s time people with large families pay their fair share.  A head tax would be a great start.  Sell the Morgan County airport to a private company and tax it.  None of the proposed tax increase will go to better pay for teachers.
~ Brent Fenstermaker 

Dear Editor:

June 4, 2013

Dear Editor:
I am in favor of the voted local levy and will vote “FOR” on June 25th.  I have lived in 5 western states and have had children attend schools in all 5 of those states.  The Morgan School District is by far the best of the other schools our children have attended.  My youngest 3 children graduated from Morgan and had a marvelous experience.

Dear Editor:

June 4, 2013

Dear Editor:
The Voted Levy – A Parent’s Perspective
The proposed voted levy is a hot topic in Morgan County right now.  Community groups have formed on both sides of the issue and people are discussing it throughout the county.  Through my involvement as the Chair of the Community Council at Mountain Green Elementary School, I have spoken with many members of the community with wide-ranging opinions.  As a taxpayer and parent, I am deeply invested in seeking responsible resolutions to the school district’s financial challenges. I have attended two of the school district’s community voted levy presentations, and I have been attending school board meetings for the past two years. These meetings have helped me determine that the proposed voted levy is the most responsible, immediate solution to the district’s budget concerns.

Dear Editor:
The Voted Levy – A Parent’s Perspective

June 4, 2013

Dear Editor:
Having spent 13 years as the superintendent of schools in Morgan County, I understand the pressing need for additional revenues that the school district is currently experiencing.  Morgan is consistently in the bottom 25 percent of Utah school districts when it comes to expenditures and revenues per student.  Last school year, the district ranked 34th out of 41 when considering all expenditures as well as the daily operations budget.  With the exception of Juab School District, all other district with less money per student were much larger than Morgan (Alpine, Box Elder, Davis, Jordan, Nebo) and thus enjoy the advantages provided by the economy of scales.

Dear Editor:

June 4, 2013

Dear Editor:
Voted Local Levy-Another Point of View
 There are opinions on both sides of the issue regarding the problems created by the loss of state revenues to the school district over the past five years.   Following are some points I believe every voter needs to consider.
• Like most things of great value, education comes with a significant cost attached to it.

Dear Editor:
Voted Local Levy-Another Point of View

June 3, 2013

I’m voting in favor of the Voted Local Levy for Morgan County on June 25. The levy is a tax that will generate funds to benefit students who are educated by Morgan School District.

I’m voting in favor of the Voted Local Levy for Morgan County on June 25. The levy is a tax that will generate funds to benefit students who are educated by Morgan School District.

June 3, 2013

Oftentimes in debate the heart of the matter is lost in spurious details.  But occasionally the key issue becomes obviously clear.  Such a moment occurred at the Morgan County School Board meeting last month.  The proposed Voted Local Levy, a new property tax increase to fund the school budget, was the topic of discussion.  

Dear Editor, 

June 3, 2013

I will vote “FOR” Proposition #1 on June 25th

I will vote “FOR” Proposition #1 on June 25th

April 29, 2013

“A man who breathes with soul so dead, regretting what he never said.”  John Hendrickson – Snow College

Dear Editor,
“A man who breathes with soul so dead, regretting what he never said.”  John Hendrickson – Snow College

April 20, 2013

The Morgan School District brought in consultants to inform them how to get their tax levy approved.  They are certainly following the plan developed and strongly advised by Rich County and that is to bombard and propagandize the public with “it is all for the students, the students will suffer and be deprived unless we have more money.” Even one of our school board members has stated that the district may have to declare “bankruptcy” unless the levy is passed.  It appears to me that the district has learned very well from our present national political organizations and that perhaps even Obama could  probably pick up a few pointers from the school district and the school board.

The Morgan School District brought in consultants to inform them how to get their tax levy approved.  They are certainly following the plan developed and strongly advised by Rich County and that is to bombard and propagandize the public with “it is all for the students, the students will suffer and be deprived unless we h

April 20, 2013

In my opinion, to take more money from the pockets of Morgan residents demonstrates arrogance of the Morgan school board members and Superintendent who want to preserve or expand the status quo rather than looking for ways to cut programs, eliminate waste, and better manage existing tax revenue.  

In my opinion, to take more money from the pockets of Morgan residents demonstrates arrogance of the Morgan school board members and Superintendent who want to preserve or expand the status quo rather than looking for ways to cut programs, eliminate waste, and better manage existing tax revenue.  

November 23, 2012

Next Tuesday, Nov. 6 we will have the privilege of casting our vote for the next President of the United States of America.   For our government to be Of the People, By the People, and For the People we must exercise our right to vote!

Dear Editor:
Next Tuesday, Nov. 6 we will have the privilege of casting our vote for the next President of the United States of America.   For our government to be Of the People, By the People, and For the People we must exercise our right to vote!

November 23, 2012

The last issue of TMCN reported that the Cottonwoods subdivision developer had requested incremental tax funding for a reservoir that he/they want to develop in conjunction with his North Side Creek subdivision.  Incremental tax is the tax difference between the undeveloped land (the bare lot) and the property after it has been developed (i.e., in this case after homes have been built on the lots).

Dear Editor:

October 11, 2012

Dialogue and debate about what Morgan was, what Morgan is and what Morgan will be is nearly constant and of upmost importance to all of us who call Morgan home. For those reasons there are continual discussions with school board, county and city governments, and Morgan Area Chamber of Commerce (MACC), including more extensive and detailed surveys and community forums such as Envision Morgan (EM).

Dear Editor:

October 10, 2012

Over that last few months, I have read and heard numerous people discussing the need we have for more businesses in the Morgan Valley.

Over that last few months, I have read and heard numerous people discussing the need we have for more businesses in the Morgan Valley. Every time I hear these people talk I keep thinking to myself, “Am I all alone in not wanting any more businesses here?”  Now please understand that when I make that statement I said any MORE businesses.

August 16, 2012

With the proposed increase in property taxes for schools I looked up my property taxes that applied to Morgan county schools for the years 2005  - 2011 and the proposed increase for 2012, it is as follows:

With the proposed increase in property taxes for schools I looked up my property taxes that applied to Morgan county schools for the years 2005  - 2011 and the proposed increase for 2012, it is as follows:

August 16, 2012

Jean and I were excited to have made plans to see, eat, watch the families and just have a wonderful time at this year’s Morgan County Fair.  We were greeted with a smile at the east gate, and were directed to the disabled parking.  It was still pretty far to walk, but luckily we had our canes.

Jean and I were excited to have made plans to see, eat, watch the families and just have a wonderful time at this year’s Morgan County Fair.  We were greeted with a smile at the east gate, and were directed to the disabled parking.  It was still pretty far to walk, but luckily we had our canes.

August 16, 2012

Morgan County is a buzz with worries of tax increases and what is the School Board going to do to pay for all their expenses.  This is not a fun time to be on the School Board, but I admire them for attacking this problem head on.  I think, I can stand for the county school bus drivers and say “Thank You” to the County for the new Bus Garage.  We have been in need of this facility for years.  The debate is over if it should have been built at this time.  I don’t know how it was paid for but it will be put to good use.  We now have the capability of lifting a bus to do repairs and inspections under it.  This is a huge time savings and cost savings over what the transportation had in the past.  Along with these savings comes the issue of safety.  We have a safe facility to work in.  Thanks to everyone in the county as this facility has become a reality and we “Thank You.” 

Morgan County is a buzz with worries of tax increases and what is the School Board going to do to pay for all their expenses.  This is not a fun time to be on the School Board, but I admire them for attacking this problem head on.  I think, I can stand for the county school bus drivers and say “Thank You” to the County for the new Bus Garage.  We have been in need of

August 13, 2012

In today’s world of hustle and bustle, I was reminded of why I cherish my small town roots. In small towns, even still today, integrity, humanity, kindness and sympathy are still a way of life for people in small towns. One member of your small town of Morgan, Utah, proved that to us. 

In today’s world of hustle and bustle, I was reminded of why I cherish my small town roots. In small towns, even still today, integrity, humanity, kindness and sympathy are still a way of life for people in small towns. One member of your small town of Morgan, Utah, proved that to us. 

July 23, 2012

After attending the grand opening celebration for the new Riverside Park splash pad, I am bursting with pride.  Many people don’t know what a huge undertaking this really was, it was a true labor of love and  the funds used for this project were raised almost entirely by the local community.  

After attending the grand opening celebration for the new Riverside Park splash pad, I am bursting with pride.  Many people don’t know what a huge undertaking this really was, it was a true labor of love and  the funds used for this project were raised almost entirely by the local community.  

July 6, 2012

Tawra Kellam editor of LivingOnADime.com feeds her family of six for $400 a month.  Most people say that’s an impossible feat but what’s even more impressive is that she does it without using coupons. 

Tawra Kellam editor of LivingOnADime.com feeds her family of six for $400 a month.  Most people say that’s an impossible feat but what’s even more impressive is that she does it without using coupons. 

July 6, 2012

 
Dear Editor,
Regarding Mr. Hornes letter to the editor that was published in the June 1 edition of The Morgan County News, I would first suggest that there are about 6.6 million Americans that would take great offense to your comparing of anything going on in the U.S. to the holocaust and the mass murder of 6 million people in WWII.

Dear Editor,
Regarding Mr. Hornes letter to the editor that was published in the June 1 edition of The Morgan County News, I would first suggest that there are about 6.6 million Americans that would take great offense to your comparing of anything going on in the U.S. to the holocaust and the mass murder of 6 million people in WWII.

June 7, 2012

After WW II, I was sent to Germany and learned how Hitler overwhelmed a progressive, hard working, and brilliant people, like Americans.  So I’m warning about our own country’s hazard. 

After WW II, I was sent to Germany and learned how Hitler overwhelmed a progressive, hard working, and brilliant people, like Americans.  So I’m warning about our own country’s hazard. 

June 5, 2012

Ceremonies for the Morgan High School class of 2012 will be held in the Dee Events Center at Weber State University on Friday, May 25 at 12:30 p.m.

Ceremonies for the Morgan High School class of 2012 will be held in the Dee Events Center at Weber State University on Friday, May 25 at 12:30 p.m.

May 31, 2012

Our readers asked for more complete news coverage of the county and school board, and we’ve done our best to deliver.

Our readers asked for more complete news coverage of the county and school board, and we’ve done our best to deliver.

May 12, 2012

I just received a letter from Lynn Ostler who was a toddler when their family home was built in Mtn Green.  The home went on to become the Hubbard House.

I just received a letter from Lynn Ostler who was a toddler when their family home was built in Mtn Green.  The home went on to become the Hubbard House.

Lynn related some interesting information that we did not have when Joan Triplett researched the article which appeared in a recent newspaper.  

April 21, 2012

Interesting to read the Standard-Examiner’s interview with Morgan Fire Chief Dave Rich, about the Morgan grass fire portends, meaning an indication or omen of something about to happen, something momentous! 

To the Editor:

Interesting to read the Standard-Examiner’s interview with Morgan Fire Chief Dave Rich, about the Morgan grass fire portends, meaning an indication or omen of something about to happen, something momentous! 

March 17, 2012

Any damage to your vehicle from I-84 road work lately? I have... gravel-caused rock chips from sloppy patch work on Jan. 30. 

Any damage to your vehicle from I-84 road work lately? I have... gravel-caused rock chips from sloppy patch work on Jan. 30. 

March 17, 2012

I see the county’s brain trusts have taped the tax payers of Morgan County a cool $55,000 dollars for that joke of a airport. 

I see the county’s brain trusts have taped the tax payers of Morgan County a cool $55,000 dollars for that joke of a airport. 

This so-called airport will never get off welfare. 

 

~ Brent Fenstermaker

March 17, 2012

It is Caucus time!!  Which means it is also time for the bi-annual criticism of Utah’s political system.  Many voices are saying it is time to move from the current caucus system to a direct primary system.  If you are questioning the current system, take this opportunity to participate and closely observe the process.  You might change your mind.  I did. 

 Participate then decide

March 17, 2012

We would like to congratulate Morgan’s Girls and Boys basketball teams for the outstanding season they had this year.  

Dear Editor:

We would like to congratulate Morgan’s Girls and Boys basketball teams for the outstanding season they had this year.  

March 17, 2012

I enjoy reading the Morgan County News each week and keeping up to date with friends in the Valley. One of the sections I delight in checking is the Word of the Week, and I find the “Word” for the week, because I usually read the entire issue of the paper.

Dear Editor:

I enjoy reading the Morgan County News each week and keeping up to date with friends in the Valley. One of the sections I delight in checking is the Word of the Week, and I find the “Word” for the week, because I usually read the entire issue of the paper.

March 17, 2012

I really like your newspapers.  My grandpa gets them and likes them a lot.  Last week he showed me the pictures of the boys and girls basketball teams.  Congratulations to them.  It makes me want to work harder.

Dear Editor,

I really like your newspapers.  My grandpa gets them and likes them a lot.  Last week he showed me the pictures of the boys and girls basketball teams.  Congratulations to them.  It makes me want to work harder.

March 17, 2012

My name is Jacob Mecham, I am a scout writing this letter for reasons of passing off a merit badge. In this requirement I am advised to write a letter to a newspaper or magazine. I have decided to write this letter concerning the Morgan High School Graduation. 

Dear Editor:

My name is Jacob Mecham, I am a scout writing this letter for reasons of passing off a merit badge. In this requirement I am advised to write a letter to a newspaper or magazine. I have decided to write this letter concerning the Morgan High School Graduation. 

March 17, 2012

This is a photo that was taken at the Devil’s Slide rock formation in 2003.  The photos were taken on Friday, August 8, 2003, at about 9:30-10 a.m.  

 

Dear editor:

This is a photo that was taken at the Devil’s Slide rock formation in 2003.  The photos were taken on Friday, August 8, 2003, at about 9:30-10 a.m.  

December 29, 2011

It is often said that watching or reading the news of the day can be a depressing experience because the majority of it is negative.  The Morgan County News is usually an exception to this perception of the media.  For the most part, the pages of this newspaper are filled with positive stories about the events occurring in the county; celebrations of birthdays, anniversaries, academic and athletic achievements, and many reports of people doing good and bettering the community.

December 29, 2011

Last April a talented group of dancers tried out and became a team.  One Dream, One Goal, One Team, One Soul, Morgan High School Troyettes.  20 girls started this journey, which they would come to find is a very rocky, steep climb.

December 29, 2011

The greatest of teacher said, “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.”  A perfect admonition, but have you ever been the one who has been cursed?  Do you even know those which despitefully use you and persecute you?  Thanks to the editor, Don Anderson and the Morgan County News, Josie Foster does; and thanks to Don, WE are the enemy!

 

November 7, 2011

I am thankful for the opportunity we have to think of the good and positive aspects of our community and tell each other, by means of this newspaper. We all know some wonderful people that are in the Morgan area and one of my favorite people is Larry Turner. He is quite often standing by his bike and waving all that pass by. No matter what kind of day we are having, a wave from Larry with his big smile always makes things better.

 

Dear Editor:

October 25, 2011

 

Dear Editor:

A light was on Saturday night on the otherwise dark Commercial Street.  My husband and I rubber-necked half way to State. “What was that?!”

 

Dear Editor:

A light was on Saturday night on the otherwise dark Commercial Street.  My husband and I rubber-necked half way to State. “What was that?!”

September 1, 2011

My name is Clyde Criddle. I have very fond memories of Como Springs, in fact very good ones. I worked for the Heiners for a few years mostly as a pin setter in the bowling alley and other jobs as needed. 

 

August 25, 2011

As a former resident of Morgan I very much enjoyed the article in the News about Como Springs.  However, no mention was made of the Sunday band concerts performed by the Morgan High School band.  There used to be a bandstand at the far left-hand corner of the swimming pool and as a youngster I loved watching the band march single file along the edge of the pool to reach the bandstand.  By the time I was a member of the band the bandstand was no longer used for the concerts because the water deadened the sound of the music.  When I was in the band the concerts were played in the center of the park where chairs were set up for us.  Fond memories--not only of the band but of the dances and roller skating!  Also, I was baptized in the indoor swimming pool at Como.

 

August 18, 2011

We were all so excited - we couldn’t wait to see just how fun this one would be.

 

We were all so excited - we couldn’t wait to see just how fun this one would be.

July 21, 2011

I have a few comments about the front page article about the Morgan County School District Transportation Department being over budget.  We know the main reason for this cost overage is due to fuel cost for an ever growing school system.  The school district is concerned with the future needs of a new school or even two new schools and remodeling cost.  They don’t have the money.  The school district talks about increasing school fees for students.  This school fee idea will only create a few thousand dollars which is nowhere close to the amount necessary to keep up with the cost of education.   I applaud the school district for not asking for a new Morgan County School District Office and Administration building.  They are working out of a small office in front of the Morgan Elementary School.  Good for them.  

 

June 16, 2011

 

Dear Editor,

…and readers.  This is in response to “The Biker” letter in your 6-10-11 issue.  The letter was written to “you”, which, barring further clarification, includes everyone besides the writer, including me.  “I”, and “you”, are found guilty of a lot of indecent, unthoughtful, vile things, culminating finally in cutting the biker off and killing him.  Now I’m definitely not perfect, but I’m not all those bad things, and I’ve certainly never harmed or killed a biker.  I feel like I, and the vast majority of the “you”, have been accused, found guilty, and sentenced, without ever being known, heard, or having a fair trial. 

 

Dear Editor,

June 10, 2011

 

I saw you; hug your purse closer to you in the grocery store line.

You didn’t see me; put an extra $10.00 in the collection plate last Sunday.

I saw you; pull your child closer when we passed each other on the sidewalk.

You didn’t see me; playing Santa at the local mall.

I saw you; change your mind about going into the restaurant.

You didn’t see me; attending a meeting to raise more money for the hurricane relief.

I saw you; roll up your window and shake your head when I rode by

You didn’t see me; driving behind you when you flicked your cigarette butt out the car window.

I saw you; frown at me when I smiled at your children. You didn’t see me; when I took time off from work to run toys to the homeless.

I saw you; stare at my long hair. You didn’t see me; and my friends cut ten inches off for Locks of Love.

I saw you; roll your eyes at our leather coats and gloves. You didn’t see me; and my brothers donate our old coats and gloves to those that had none.

I saw you; look in fright at my tattoos.

You didn’t see me; cry as my children were born and having their name tattooed on my skin and in my heart.

I saw you; change lanes while rushing off to go somewhere.

You didn’t see me; going home to be with my family.

I saw you; complain about how loud and noisy our bikes can be.

You didn’t see me; when you were changing the CD and drifted into my lane.

I saw you; yelling at your kids in the car.

You didn’t see me; pat my child’s hands knowing he was safe behind me.

I saw you; reading the newspaper or map as you drove down the road.

You didn’t see me; squeeze my wife’s leg when she told me to take the next turn.

I saw you; race down the road in the rain.

You didn’t see me; get soaked to the skin so my son could have the car to go on his date.

I saw you; run the yellow light just to save a few minutes of time.

You didn’t see me; trying to turn right.

I saw you; cut me off because you needed to be in the lane I was in.

You didn’t see me; leave the road.

I saw you; waiting impatiently for my friends to pass.

You didn’t see me; I wasn’t there.

I saw you go home to your family.

You didn’t see me, because I died that day you cut me off.

To you I was just a biker, not a person with a family and friends.

You didn’t see me; and now they will never see me again.

Even if you don’t like us, respect our rights to ride what we choose and take a few extra seconds to be sure we are not in “your” way.

 

Neil Kilbourn

 

I saw you; hug your purse closer to you in the grocery store line.

April 26, 2011

Now that the Morgan County Government is less corrupt there are a few things I think need to be looked at.

 

Now that the Morgan County Government is less corrupt there are a few things I think need to be looked at.

April 12, 2011

As Larry Hatch stated in his letter to the editor of March 25, the county political parties are holding their organizing conventions, beginning with the Republican Convention on April 9. 

 

As Larry Hatch stated in his letter to the editor of March 25, the county political parties are holding their organizing conventions, beginning with the Republican Convention on April 9. 

April 2, 2011

 

Cheryl Ovard

Summit County News Editor

 

 Plant Manager Keith Krugh, was honored to present a Certificate of Recognition and gift to each of the Sterling Scholars for 2011, seniors who have excelled in many categories available in their high school on behalf of Holcim, (US), Inc.  Holcim is a cement plant located in Devil’s Slide. 

 

Cheryl Ovard

Summit County News Editor

March 21, 2011

To the young lady’s and young men of Morgan High basketball teams.  You did not win the state championships, but you are still number one, the greatest and most respectful young adults and it was great being able to watch you play.  

 

March 21, 2011

 

Dear Editor:

The Morgan High School’s Junior Prom last week was a grand success.  We can all be proud of our student body who considered dates and royalty for less likely candidates.  

 

Dear Editor:

March 5, 2011

 

Dear Editor,

Last weekend the Morgan High wrestling team travelled to Delta to compete in an important two-day multi-school tournament.  Unfortunately a couple of our Morgan wrestlers ended up in the hospital due to some fairly serious injuries.  I was at work when I received a call from Coach Allen that our son, Christian, had dislocated his elbow during a match and was on his way to the local hospital.  My wife jumped in the car to make the three hour drive to Delta.  

 

Dear Editor,

February 27, 2011

 

Just a few thoughts about the Junior Jazz program here in Morgan County.

From what I have seen, as both a coach(in years past) and a parent with 2 participants this year, it is a well run program and good for the kids. Parents step up to coach, and do their best to teach the basic principles of the game. The teams, at least in the girls divisions that I have watched, are about as even as you can get, with most games being played very close, and the ability of the players are spread out from team to team. I know both my girls are having a good time, and enjoy both the practices and the games. Thanks Coach Brian House and Dave Henry!

 

Just a few thoughts about the Junior Jazz program here in Morgan County.

January 29, 2011

COLUMBIA, MO — Communities served by community newspapers continue to demonstrate heavy reliance upon their local papers for news and information. Seventy-three percent say they read a local newspaper at least once a week.

COLUMBIA, MO — Communities served by community newspapers continue to demonstrate heavy reliance upon their local papers for news and information. Seventy-three percent say they read a local newspaper at least once a week.

December 31, 2010

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A Community Christmas Celebration, which is being sponsored by the Morgan Lions Club, will be held Saturday, December 20.  A giant Christmas tree will be erected on the Union Pacific lawn through the kindness of the Union Pacific, and lighted for the entire Christmas holidays.

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A Community Christmas Celebration, which is being sponsored by the Morgan Lions Club, will be held Saturday, December 20.  A giant Christmas tree will be erected on the Union Pacific lawn through the kindness of the Union Pacific, and lighted for the entire Christmas holidays.

November 12, 2010

 My husband and I did our due diligence in researching the qualifications, etc in reference to Clark, Hatch and Kilmer.  In the primary we chose Clark because we felt that she would serve the County fairly and honestly.

November 12, 2010

We recently completed ‘mid-term’ elections.  As usual Morgan citizens responded well with a relatively high percentage turn out.  As a community we, like the rest of the nation, were mostly focused on the national scene.  It is, after all, what we see and hear in the news.  Unfortunately, sometimes we do not pay as close attention to what is going on in our own county as we should. 

November 8, 2010

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Mrs. Eliza Anne Hayes and her husband died within 45 hours of each other.  First Eliza died from a bloody nose, that lasted less than five minutes and was in good health prior to the nose bleed; Her husband Alfred Hayes, who had been in poor health for many years, passed away 45 hours later.

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Mrs. Eliza Anne Hayes and her husband died within 45 hours of each other.  First Eliza died from a bloody nose, that lasted less than five minutes and was in good health prior to the nose bleed; Her husband Alfred Hayes, who had been in poor health for many years, passed away 45 hours later.

October 10, 2010

I have lived in Mountain Green for twenty years, and periodically have written letters to the Editor. This will be another occasion in which I will do this again, because we will have a chance to vote for a particular candidate of our choice. However, that isn't true for the Morgan County citizens today. We had two candidates running for sheriff, but one decided to withdraw from the candidacy.

October 1, 2010

 I am writing this letter to thank you for putting all the candidates in the paper. That is a great way to help the elections in our community. Also it can show people what the candidates are like and what they want to happen in the community. Thank you for doing that.
  Jeremy Lucas                                                                                              

 I am writing this letter to thank you for putting all the candidates in the paper. That is a great way to help the elections in our community. Also it can show people what the candidates are like and what they want to happen in the community. Thank you for doing that.

October 1, 2010

I think that the county council should keep trying to get a public pool in Morgan. Kids and even adults enjoy being able to swim, and unless you are wealthy,  bathtubs normally aren’t big enough!

October 1, 2010

Dear Editor,
     With elections fast approaching, we would like to encourage all citizens of Morgan County to really study the candidates and what they stand for.

Dear Editor,

September 25, 2010

Dear Editor,
I have similar feelings as Dave Hansen, Republican Party Chairman for Utah; He expressed his excitement last Saturday at a Central Committee Meeting stating “I haven’t had this much fun in years”.  As I have become more actively involved in politics I would agree with Dave.  People are talking with each other.  Many are realizing their vote does matter and counts.  Your average voter this year is actually voting in favor of a candidate they like.  Our ballet in Morgan is filled with choices.

Dear Editor,

September 25, 2010

.Dear Editor,
I would like to respond to the accusations from a recent letter to the editor that said that, Jon Hellander running for House District 53, is a puppet of a number of state legislators. It is absurd to think that a strong willed, principled individual like Jon is submissive to anyone.  In fact, he has influenced me to reconsider my position on the state-wide property tax equalization proposals that I have vigorously supported during my four years in the legislature. 

.Dear Editor,

September 25, 2010

Dear Editor,
 
My name is Grey Gallagher, I live in Peterson, and I am writing you this letter to fulfill a requirement for my Communication merit badge for the Boy Scouts of America program.
One of the things I think that would make Morgan County a better place is a river walk. I would like to see it tie into the ogden river walk. It could start at the park in Morgan and go by Peterson, Mountain Green, then down the canyon.

Dear Editor,
 
My name is Grey Gallagher, I live in Peterson, and I am writing you this letter to fulfill a requirement for my Communication merit badge for the Boy Scouts of America program.

September 18, 2010

2005
Residents throughout the county gathered at Kent Smith Park in Mountain Green to join in the festivities celebrating the arrival of pioneers to Utah. The celebration has become an annual tradition and includes activities for the whole family.
Kenneth Thomas Adams, 90 of Porterville, passed away on July 27, 2005.

2005
Residents throughout the county gathered at Kent Smith Park in Mountain Green to join in the festivities celebrating the arrival of pioneers to Utah. The celebration has become an annual tradition and includes activities for the whole family.
Kenneth Thomas Adams, 90 of Porterville, passed away on July 27, 2005.

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September 17, 2010

Dear Editor,
Brad Richards' letter to the County Council, as printed in The Morgan County News on September 3 edition, voiced his concerns about the functioning of the Board of Appeals (BOA), and a recommendation for resolution.

Dear Editor,

September 17, 2010

Dear Editor,
The time was between 9:00 p.m. and twenty after that hour.  The date was August 19/, 2010.
I was out for a walk with my ever faithful girlfriend, that walks on all fours.

Dear Editor,
The time was between 9:00 p.m. and twenty after that hour.  The date was August 19/, 2010.
I was out for a walk with my ever faithful girlfriend, that walks on all fours.