OneUtah.org has been an ersatz public square for Utah since January 2006. We feature the writings’ and commentary of over 40 of Utah’s most thoughtful and articulate citizens, community leaders, educators and law-makers.

Constitutional Law Scholar and activist Professor Ed Firmage was our inaugural contributing author (Edwin Brown Firmage bio, website).

Utahns are invited to become contributing authors.  The only requirement is that you live in Utah, and have volunteered your time in the community. Just register, and send me a photo.

Despite being the capital city of the most conservative state in the country, and in sharp contrast to our erroneous image, Salt Lake City and surrounding communities are as diverse and progressive as any in the US.

This site is the result of the collective inspiration of a number of community leaders.

I wrote A Different Blog in response to one reader’s comment :

I also look forward to reading this blog. I appreciate hearing multiple viewpoints. I hope you will be able to avoid the traps that make many other left-leaning blogs unreadable for me. I don’t want to feel like I’m in the locker room when I’m reading about politics. You’re off to a great start.

A bit about Contributing Writers.

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  1. #1 by C. Kiefer on August 10, 2009 - 5:33 pm

    Two reasons for hope on Single Payer, but they will take some help and work. I cannot find any specific group in Utah that is dedicated to getting single payer passed that I can send this information to. I hope you know of one or more and can pass on this progress report to get them to get busy and get involved in the national movement that is rising up to get single payer passed.

    The Physicians for a National Health Program (a National group that has been working on Sngle Payer for several years) sent a letter out last Thursday to all of its members across the country saying that Speaker Pelosi has agreed to let the Weiner Amendment for HR 676 (Single Payer legislation) to go for a vote to be taken after the Congressional Recess. I have included the important parts of that letter below with and a link to the full letter.

    Even if the vote it talks about happens, there is still much work to do, before it happens, to educate people so they will contact their legislators to make sure it passes.

    Large numbers of people at many of the town hall meetings (that aren’t being interrupted by the health industry advocates) often times raise their hands when asked who is against Single Payer, and raise their hands again when asked who likes Medicare. The country is obviously woefully uninformed and needs to be educated on DETAILS before Congress returns to this hopefully potentially history-making vote, so that they, the people, can let their legislators know that they understand what they are requesting, and that they really want the Weiner Amendment to go forward and the final legislation to pass.

    Given that, a second piece of information is included that you might find useful — an announcement about a National Single Payer Health Plan Awareness Week around which many people/groups across the country are planning events. It would be great if you could do something that week also so that voices will resound at the same time from across the country. But even if you can’t, please consider trying to schedule both an education day and a support day prior to the return of Congress from their break — they need to know we know what we’re talking about and that there are millions of us out here that support them in their fight against the corporate health care industry.

    Good luck… we CAN do this!!!

    C. Kiefer


    Forwarded From: Physicians for a National Health Program (info@pnhp.org)

    “Folks….Please please keep forwarding this message. It’s important historical vote follow-up on any calls, emails, letters, or letters to the editors and your representative on this subject.

    August 5, 2009

    Dear PNHP Members and Friends,

    Breaking News!

    Last Friday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi committed to bringing single-payer to a vote before the full House of Representatives when the chamber reconvenes to debate national health care reform in September. (Press release by PNHP: http://www.pnhp.org/news/2009/august/house_vote_on_single.php.)

    The vote will come in the form of an amendment to the House Leadership’s incremental health legislation. The amendment, offered by Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), would effectively remove the entire existing health plan and replace it with the text of H.R. 676,

    Rep. John Conyers’ single-payer legislation. (click here to see the text of the amendment [http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h109-676]).

    This vote presents a truly historic opportunity – the first time that single-payer will be voted on in the Congress. (See the news release below).

    [More at http://www.pnhp.org/news/2009/august/house_vote_on_single.php.)]



    There is currently a movement underway to declare Sunday, August 16, 2009 through Sunday, August 23, 2009 “National Single Payer Health Plan Awareness Week” in the U.S.

    August 16th has been designated “National Single Payer Education Day” where events (forums, lectures, group discussions, panels, films, etc.) focused around gaining full understanding of what an effective Single Payer Health Plan entails will be conducted at the locally organized level. Plans in operation in other countries should be reviewed for how they are financed, how they function effectively, what services they do and do not provide, and what challenges they present. Emphasis on the difference between a Single Payer/Universal Coverage/Medicare for all plan and the present “Public Option” Plan should be included.

    August 23rd has been selected as “National Single Payer Support Day” where people will gather in local, citywide, statewide, countywide, and nationally organized events to show support for adoption of a Single Payer Plan. The week in between should be used to communicate with our representatives in Washington and at their local offices (via email, snail mail, phone calls, IM, etc.) to tell them we DON’T WANT COMPROMISE, WE WANT CHANGE.

    This is a grassroots effort. Our future, both medically and financially, depends on you speaking up. So get busy, get the word out on the dates, set up your events, and let our voices be heard that the Medical Economic Complex is not in charge. We the people of the United States are in charge and we need to let our representatives know that WE WANT REAL HEALTH CARE REFORM AND WE WANT IT NOW.

  2. #2 by AJP on December 28, 2009 - 8:01 pm

    I used to think of Utah as the quintessential American state — but to have a blog based out of there, with death trackers cheering our soldiers’ deaths (in a war for survivial with fewer casualties in 8 years than ONE DAY in the civil war) and with fools using the immature terms “activist” and “progressive” as if they mean something, this scares me. Grow up, lefties, please. Your country needs you.

  3. #3 by Vanna Livaditis on February 17, 2011 - 9:44 pm

    Hello there! I’m the multimedia coordinator for Salt Lake Valley Health Department and follow your blog often!

    I spend the day up at the capitol speaking to legislators about public health bills in this year’s general session. I and wanted to share it with you.


    Vanna Livaditis
    Multimedia Coordinator
    Salt Lake Valley Health Department

  4. #4 by Zeeshan javed on April 17, 2011 - 3:25 am

    Respected Sir/ Madam

    What’s the point of being a lesbian if a woman is going to look and acts like an imitation man? ~Rita Mae Brown

    I am Zeeshan Javed from Pakistan. I am not a part of any group, organization, NGO or any institute. We are just four friends John Victor, Faheem Qaiser, Zeeshan Javed and Napoleon Zaki. We are very interested in learning about gays. We went through your website and saw your tremendous work for the gays. We are really inspired by the work you are doing for the security and safety of the gays. It touched our hearts and it encouraged us to work here in Pakistan also as you are doing.

    Here we see around us so much cruelty and misbehavior from the people, mostly children and youngsters, towards gays and lesbians, even in the most developed city areas also. This is all because of the unawareness and because of the ignorance of the government towards this vital part the natural life. There are so many organizations and NGOs in Pakistan working for the human rights and developments; but there is no one, may be few, working on gays and lesbians. Government doesn’t support such natural feelings.

    We four friends have different feeling for gays. We want to work on the security, better education, treatments and sheltering these people that we find wandering homelessly and are being mistreated. We wish to give them the best we can. For that we want to be affiliated to an organization and teams like you. We need your guidance and we invite you to visit us for the surveys to start work on this. We need your cooperation to build your organization here in Pakistan with us.

    We will be looking forward for your kind response on this regard.

    Zeeshan Javed,

  5. #5 by cav on April 17, 2011 - 8:15 am

    Zeeshan Javed from Pakistan.

    Regarding your most heartfelt and humane inquiry. Like yourselves, we are primarily reacting to wrongs done to some of our brothers or sisters – who often are more sensitive and certainly more loving than those doing them wrong. It’s a rights, courage, educational and evolutionary sort of thing. And I think you’ll see, if you continue to observe the behaviors of my fellow U. S. citizens, that we are every bit as capable of getting it all wrong as anyone else on the planet. It’s back-and-forth, continuous, frought with perils, and occasionally a little joy and understanding.

    I’m writing mostly to acknowledge your effort, and suspect there are others better able to link you to available resourses.

    Do keep up the struggle. I believe there’s no place or people who have exclusive rights to success in acheiving socially forward-thinking aims. Perhaps, we in the U. S. will oneday be replicating your own.

    Interesting times.

    Thanks. Peace.

  6. #6 by fighting on October 5, 2011 - 5:48 pm


  7. #7 by steve baum on December 10, 2011 - 7:24 am

    I would like artist Ken Binham’s email to ask for permission to reproduce his cartoon which I saw on your website entitled Mainstream Media. The photo will accompany an essay on the same topic in my journal which I edit http://www.jsantisemitism.org. How do I go about receiving permission? Thank you so much.
    Steven Baum

  8. #8 by William J Urmson on March 10, 2013 - 4:32 am

    The NRA is the largest domestic terrorist group in the US, maybe the world. Please watch this video called THE NRA PRAYER FOR NEWTOWN CT. I’m the creator of this music video and invite you to use it if you wish without obligation. If nothing else I hope you like it.
    Thanx and peace!
    William J Urmson aka cuaroundclown on Youtube~


  9. #9 by cav on March 10, 2013 - 2:30 pm

    For any among you who may be arguing with themselves whether the NRA is the largest terrorist group, or maybe some other group (like the rupugnants), and who haven’t altogether given up on an occasional glance backward, perhaps this will add a little something…


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