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commented 2017-05-28 10:39:59 -0600
Representative Coleman,


I am not a constituent of yours but I read in the Salt Lake Tribune about your efforts on behalf of free speech. I applaud your efforts and would like to encourage them. In case you have not heard of Kirsten Powers or FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education) they may be helpful to your cause.


Kirsten Powers is a woman I would call a classic liberal, a political commentator, a former contributor to Fox News and a recent commentator to CNN and a Roman Catholic who wrote a book in 2015 titled “The Silencing, How the Left is Killing Free Speech”. While she believes in many liberal causes, she departs from today’s progressives on such issues as free speech and abortion. Others have written more recently about the free speech issue.


From her book, I learned about FIRE which has done a lot of work to support free speech on college campuses. FIRE has a website (https://www.thefire.org) which summarizes the free speech policies of all public colleges and universities and those private ones that choose to make their policies available to FIRE. They have also been successful in filing lawsuits on behalf of students who object to some of the limitations on free speech at their institutions. Greg Lukianoff, the founder and President is a friend of Kirsten’s.


Until recent years both conservatives and liberals in the U.S. supported free speech as did the U.S. and many other democratic countries. Unfortunately, the U.S. may be the only major nation that still supports free speech in a relatively unlimited way and today’s progressives seem intent on following many European countries in putting many limitations on free speech.


I hope this information may prove helpful to you in your efforts.


John Breedlove

Millcreek, UT

801.231.1547
commented 2017-02-07 11:25:47 -0700
Please support H.B 198 the concealed carry gun law. We already have open carry but I think concealed carry is better as it will allow me to have my Ruger and still go about my business without distracting other people.

Thank You,

Vicki Martin

Clearfield
commented 2016-03-08 20:54:07 -0700
Hello Mrs. Coleman,


I thank you for listening to me today. It was also good to hear that you have tried to research the issues that I brought up on your own. I will prepare some interesting research material when I get back home and mail it to you, so you should have it within a week and you can provide it to the gentleman that you pointed out is taking over on efforts to let Tesla sell direct to Utah’s parents.


Anytime that I am needed to help explain my position, I will gladly make the trip to Utah. I have been doing this for a while (39 months). I realize it may seem strange to you that I have made all that effort just to make sure that you have received my material (and I also realize that you have a degree in Psychology), and my opponents will use such actions on my part to suggest that I am just not well, but what they will not tell you is that I am building up an entire story around a simple truth that just happens to be too important and too significant to continue to conceal….a truth that affects our children’s health. There is no reason why American Children should be subjected to such experimentation.


I also thank you for informing me about the air quality issues in Utah. I have had an opportunity to see a bit more of the area surrounding Salt Lake City today, and obviously the refineries are not helping. I have mentioned natural gas that requires almost no refining and burns perhaps the cleanest from all fuel types. There is no perfect solution, but people should know the truth about all the alternatives. I will investigate closely the air quality issues in the Salt Lake City area.


I constantly advise my opponents that I will always “up the ante” if they chose not to inform parents of the health hazard to children that those like Musk have created. So, the types of things that I have mentioned to you in my letter are a result of my continued effort to always raise the bar. Obviously I started all of my effort with a much more positive and cooperative attitude (perhaps what you would consider more “sane” or professional) towards my opponents. At one point I even felt that I have done my due diligence as an engineer by informing a sufficient number of people, and I actually wanted to stop my efforts and go back to a more normal and comfortable life….but that thought of quitting lasted about a second…and I was very ashamed of ever having such a thought. You see, this thought came to me when we were in a waiting area in a hospital, and my two boys were playing with a beautiful young girl. So, as I was feeling for one second that I have done enough and that I could justify stopping my efforts and not take any risks that I knew were on the horizon, at that same moment my older son innocently asked the young girl what was she doing in the hospital…and she told him she had cancer. God made sure I would never have thoughts about quitting again.


I have done a lot to continue to constantly elevate my efforts to the next level, but this is not a game to me. I know the risks. One thing that I have learned over the past 39 months is that when I consider everything that has happened, there is no way that I can be wrong about this. I wish it never got political, but it did….and so I continued in my strategy of always upping the ante until my opponents give up and give me the warning label that I want.


I mentioned to you today that I left the office life (about a year ago) to pursue this effort and other things. That was a simple answer. The more complex answer would have also involved me telling you a story of an employee who kept telling me that I should be careful where I go because some armed individual could be following me. I usually responded that for every bad guy following me, there are two good guys with bigger guns following him, making sure nothing bad happens to me. A month after I stopped showing up to the office, he left. I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed, but certain things are easy to figure out. I also got tired of throwing out any food that I kept in the office out of fear of being poisoned. Most importantly, I wanted to be home to protect my family. I did not want to go into the more complex answers when we talked today. Like I said, I have enough material to fill a book. Also, I want this story to be the best story possible for my audience….because my audience deserves to be entertained….because my audience is affected by cancer, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, ALS and Autism….so when I travel to Connecticut or to Utah or even to Europe…it makes the story a bit more interesting…and I get to make sure that my knowledge actually gets to where I want it to go. Honestly, I also figure that my opponents would much rather take me out when I am traveling…which is good because that would mean that they would be less likely to go after me at my home where my kids are.


I could go on and on…but I really wanted to point out to you that if I had contacted you about this two years ago, you would have probably thought that I was just a “sane” engineer doing his due diligence in a professional manner….and that everything was under control because clearly if there was a health issue, then nice people like Mr. Musk would also be concerned and do their due diligence.


Mr. Musk and all his bright ex-NASA engineers and scientists at Spacex have known about this since December 2012..and to this day they have been unable to prove that I am wrong…and I know those ex-NASA folks are much smarter than me.


If only that pediatric doctor in Flint was as “insane” and “unprofessional” as I am, always upping the ante because she knew that all those kids were drinking contaminated water every day. Yes I know it was not her fault, but it does not change what happened. I really regret not progressing in my efforts fast enough….but I am trying.
commented 2016-03-04 18:10:20 -0700
Your bill is an interesting one and after reading the write up on why you are pursuing this action, I have to admit I am tempted to change my initial opinion. You make some very good arguments. You stated that 6 states now practice what you are proposing. What States are those? What States are offering the University program you mentioned? I would love to hear back from you on this.
commented 2016-02-21 12:56:33 -0700
Douglas,

All good points, most of which are created or neglected at the federal level. The federal child nutrition program has become such an overreach that it now just gives free lunch in the park in the summer to anyone at all, regardless of income or circumstances.


This year there have been proposals to have state government enter the space of preschool and all day kindergarten, NOT just for at-risk students as initially promoted.


Two weeks ago when I asked what the state can do to resist federal government mission creep into education, Congressman Bishop said “stop going into new territory like preschool because if you say this is an appropriate place for government, the feds will walk right through that door.”


I do think parents and students should have more responsibility for their choices, successes and failures. But heavy-handed government punishment or stigmatizing incentives that pit parent against child are not the answers either. This is the reason for several votes I’ve made in this area this year.
commented 2016-02-21 12:03:50 -0700
I’m very concerned about immigration. We’re not obeying laws that keep Utah safe. Too much is being spent on fixing children that should not be here. West side schools spending money way over the east side. Parents don’t understand the amount of money not going to their local schools. It goes to illegals. Too much feeding kids all meals. Stick to lunch only! I’m sick of soooo many programs, can’t teachers do teaching only? Require more parental involvement and responsibility for the kids failure or success. In testing, it’s not just teaching but students have to be accountable. If you fail, you don’t move on. It’s not the teachers fault for students failure of home work and lack of interest. Responsibility and charactor! Quit being a nanny state.
commented 2016-02-21 10:08:02 -0700
Lawrence:

I do not support additional funding for Trax, and I was vocally opposed to Prop 1. We have huge transportation needs in our valley, but as you assess it, ridership doesn’t justify the expense as it does in other cities (though I’m sure it doesn’t quite pencil anywhere as an enterprise). I do support plans to complete MVC. Our east/west routes are still strained and congested. And I think (hope) planners have learned a lot from Bangerter Hwy. As a westside resident, I am so frustrated at the length of time it takes to get from where I live just blocks from MVC to I15. It takes me the same amount of time to get to the Capitol as it takes my colleague from Park City. That is a problem of east/west arteries mainly. So this is why I supported the transportation funding bill last year—because we are at the epicenter of western growth with very strained means of heading east to where most of us work, play and shop. That infrastructure costs should be borne by everyone, not just our residents through a new, high tax.


Thanks for your comments.
commented 2016-02-21 07:42:52 -0700
Kim,

Regarding transportation, clean air, and Trax. Please do not support additional funding for Trax. Commuting through the valley, I notice that more often than not, there are more people in cars waiting for the train than there are people on the train. Cars sit idle and emit exhaust while the train goes by. This directly affects air quality in my opinion. Meanwhile, UTA launches media campaigns to encourage ridership. I believe the system should have gone underground and been much more expansive (as it is in large cities around the world) in order to make a dent in vehicle traffic. My take? We went along with Trax to get federal funding to expand I-15 but failed to get enough critical mass into the commuter rail to make a difference. And loss of life on Trax is one of the sad results.


Regarding highway transportation, please don’t let UDOT continue to piecemeal Mountain View Corridor construction. Banger tee highway was built to relieve west side traffic and it was piecemealed together. And now we have to sit through more redesigns of Bangerter intersections because the original construction did not adequately relieve congestion. The west side residents are the lifeblood of the metro area workforce and I believe they should have a decent commute. Otherwise we choke the economy and the air quality.


Thanks.
commented 2016-01-15 17:16:04 -0700
why is it that you don’t respond to emails from your constituents, or phone calls to you while you were on the hill representing us? I supported you last time against my neighbor Jim Bird, but after your lack of willingness to express your opinions or contact the constituents I will not be supporting this year should you run, which I hope you don’t!!
commented 2015-08-19 22:51:38 -0600
Sadly, I see that you voted in support of needlessly moving the prison at taxpayer expense. It seems that developers took priority over the electorate.

Since you ignored my concerns as one of your electorate, I will take the time to vote in somebody else who will represent the voters instead of the sponsors.


http://le.utah.gov/DynaBill/svotes.jsp?sessionid=2015S1&voteid=8&house=H
commented 2015-08-16 01:25:16 -0600
A suggestion regarding Tesla sales in Utah:


Maybe you have already posed the question this way, but in case you haven’t… When legislators frame their opposition in terms of protecting auto dealers from competition by their respective manufacturers, it seems to me that a law enabling direct sales to consumers by a motor vehicle manufacturer that has no dealers anywhere would protect both established and prospective motor vehicle dealers while allowing new companies without dealers to operate and create jobs and to generate sales tax revenues in Utah.
commented 2015-08-04 16:10:12 -0600
With the energy concepts related to the Tesla Brand, could Tesla provide an energy membership concept that just so happened to include an integrated electric vehicle to get past the issue of dealer franchise?


So they would be selling a fully integrated personal energy system that allows an individual to be self sustainable and as a part of their self sustainable program the vehicle is merely a leased/rented or perk of the membership. Would something like this be legal?
commented 2015-05-12 00:33:09 -0600
Thanks for voting to raise the price I pay at the pump! I’m sure you can spend the money in a much better manner than I could have! Please change the letter after your name to a “D” so in the future voters actually get an accurate vision of how you will vote! I voted for you in the last election.. Won’t make that mistake again! You Miss, do not have principles!
commented 2015-03-31 22:17:25 -0600
Dear Utah State Representative – District 042 Coleman,


I want to thank you on behalf of Utah’s business community for stepping forward on HB 362. Utah needed 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. The legislature did just that.


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 did more than deliberate. It demonstrated economic leadership and acted.


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


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


Thank you for passing HB 362 as a comprehensive, consensus solution to keep Utah moving.


Sincerely,

Brent Toller

Western Coating, Inc

402 South Kays Drive

Kaysville, UT 84037
commented 2015-03-30 11:13:34 -0600
Hey Kim,


I was reading your comments in the Trib last night about how teachers expect job security for mediocre work and I was hoping you could elaborate for me. I found them particularly interesting as I watched my roommate, a jr. high teacher, prepare for his week of school using materials he had purchased with his own money because his classroom funding ran out within the first few months of the school year.


It’s always interesting to me how legislators with little to no experience in public education deem themselves qualified to make policy changes on those issues. I noticed you have experience in the charter school industry, claiming on your website that “the days of charter schools renting space in a strip mall or an abandoned building are over.”


The same roommate I mentioned previously taught at Alianza Academy, a charter school in Magna that is located in a strip mall. Their playground is a pothole-dotted parking lot. Yet you’ve declared to have solved the problem and have moved on to “fixing” public education. Perhaps you, along with other Utah lawmakers should listen to teachers when making decisions, instead of your own uneducated echo chamber.


I’d love to hear how you plan to improve Utah’s education system with less funding and less support. But seeing how quickly you are to pat yourself on the back, I’m sure you’ve already deemed your efforts a victory.


Best,


Jonathan
commented 2015-03-14 20:42:14 -0600
Please Support HB 362 – Gas Tax / Local Roads / Transit


Dear Utah State Representative – District 042 Coleman,


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 13:47:46 -0600
Kim please support HB 322 and vote against SB 296
commented 2015-03-11 12:44:05 -0600
Kim I just want to thank you for your introduction of HB394. It is refreshing to see someone in the state that has some common sense. In my opinion the legislature may not have shot themselves in the foot over this; they have likely blown their entire leg off. Utah easily just marked itself as tech unfriendly to the entire tech industry. If the legislature would have stopped for a moment and looked at all Elon Musk has done in the form of creating jobs, mostly all in the west, well to sum it up, it is jaw dropping. Car dealers in Utah and our legislature have created a disservice to the residents of the State of Utah. What is the competition here anyway, how many $100,000 Tesla’s are really going to be sold in our state? This place is only a service center and that is all. Now to the point, Herbie likes to give major tax breaks to the tech industry to establish jobs in Utah, going forward this romance will fall on deaf ears, The silicon valley crowd also buys the majority of electric automobiles, by Friday every high-tech CEO and every tech-engineer in the country will have a long remembered thought in their minds, something not like ‘Utah is business unfriendly’, but more like ‘Utah is an extremist wacko State, stay clear at any cost.’ Thank you very much Utah Legislature for everything you have not done. But in all honesty thank you Kim for your forward thinking on proposing this bill. Like I said, i’m glad to see at least SOMEONE has common sense.
commented 2015-03-05 13:22:05 -0700
We are very interested in the out come of HB394. We are Current Motor Company a small but growing company. CMC designs and builds practical fully electric trucks and vans for the delivery industry, on-base military, municipalities and much more.

Our business model will be to build micro-plants in all major cites across the country where we will manufacture, sell and service our vehicles. Most of our customers will be fleets. We will train fleet technicians to service our vehicles but if something larger has to be repaired we will be close enough to make sure our customers receive the quality service they need.

We are talking with many state representatives and senators who are interested in our project. Governor Herbert has shown an interest in replacing a percentage of the state fleet with EV’s if these vehicles are able to perform the same duties as the vehicle they will be replacing.

If Tesla; a company with deep pockets can not fight and win this very unfair law, we will not be staying in Utah. We have had offers from other states with far better incentives then Utah has to offer, but we would prefer to stay in Utah.

This is not just about Tesla it is about the future of transportation and we plan to be a big part of it. if we can help in any way please let us know.
commented 2014-09-25 21:47:02 -0600
I’m trying to get signs for your campaign
commented 2014-03-31 10:18:18 -0600
Hello Mr. Bird,


My name is Dorothy Rasmussen. I am a county delegate from precinct WJD080. I would like to know more about you before convention on April 12. Please complete the following questionnaire. Thank you.


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Yr9e4T-E5Z8aDIi67KZRyUHQdeY4m0bq_fwLJIcjHEs/viewform