Original Proposal

Original Proposal

Postby johnkarls » Sat Jan 14, 2017 5:12 am

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The Mormon Church Condoning The Wanton Destruction Of Great Salt Lake – For Feb 8th

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From: ReadingLiberally-SaltLake@johnkarls.com
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Subject: The Mormon Church Condoning The Wanton Destruction Of Great Salt Lake – For Feb 8th
Date: Sat, January 14, 2017
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Dear Friends,

Our next meeting is Wednesday evening, February 8th, at the Salt Lake Public Library (210 East 400 South).

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OUR FOCUS BOOK

Our focus book is Finders Keepers: A Tale of Archaeological Plunder and Obsession” by Craig Childs (Little Brown & Co 8/25/2010 - $3.80 hardcover + shipping or $10.72 paperback + shipping or $9.99 Kindle from Amazon.com – 248 pages sans notes & index).

The Salt Lake CITY Library has 5 copies (out of a total of 5) currently available; the Salt Lake COUNTY Library has 7 copies (out of a total of 11) currently available.

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EXPLANATION

Finders Keepers was recommended by one of our long-time regulars, Elizabeth (Tucker) Gurney, a retired U/Utah Biology Professor.

Her original recommendation admitted that Finders Keepers is not really in keeping with our organization’s raison d’ être as a public-policy study group, but said that it is pertinent to the recent reservation for public use by the Federal Government of such areas as The Bear Ears.

Accordingly, it can also serve as a preliminary assessment of what would be involved in our pending challenge to The Mormon Church over its condoning of the Wanton Destruction of Great Salt Lake.

The Mormon Church’s President and Twelve Apostles who govern its affairs, were each requested by certified-mail return-receipt on 10/31/2016 to issue a press release stating that (1) the Mormon Church will sponsor a “legislative initiative” pursuant to Utah Constitution Art. VI Sec. 1 and Utah Code Title 20A Chapter 7 to require an immediate cessation to the Bear River Pipeline Project AND the dedication of all Utah State Sales Tax Funds that would have been allocated to the Bear River Pipeline Project to be spent, instead, on purchasing (or taking by eminent domain) farmland to have been served by the Bear River Pipeline based on the value of the farmland if the full costs of the Bear River Pipeline were reflected 100% in water prices –- AND (2) if the Mormon Church’s “legislative initiative” should fail, the Mormon Church will lobby the U.S. Government to create a new National Park comprising the Great Salt Lake and its tributaries.

All of the pertinent facts concerning the Wanton Destruction of Great Salt Lake (including the fact that 82% of all water usage in Utah goes to produce UNECONOMIC crops, the vast majority of which are sold as alfalfa hay to China!!!) are contained in the 10/31/2016 letters that were sent to the Mormon Church’s President and Twelve Apostles. However, background information such as the July 2014 two-volume engineering report and the Sep. 2016 Draft Water-Strategy White Paper prepared for the Utah Governor (in truly “ready – fire – aim” fashion six months AFTER the enactment of Senate Bill 80 approving the pipeline and its financing from Utah sales-tax receipts) can be downloaded from the posting entitled “Destroying Great Salt Lake To Grow Low-Profit Hay For China” in the second section entitled “Possible Topics For Future Meetings” on http://www.ReadingLiberally-SaltLake.org.

The 10/31/2016 letters to each of the Mormon Church’s President and Twelve Apostles can be downloaded from the first posting entitled “Destroying Great Salt Lake To Grow Hay For China” in the first section of http://www.ReadingLiberally-SaltLake.org.

In the 2.5 months since those letters were received by the President and Twelve Apostles who govern the Mormon Church, there has been no announcement that the Mormon Church will oppose the Bear River Pipeline.

Accordingly, it is time to assess, at least preliminarily, whether we will take effective action to have the U.S. Government create a new National Park comprising the Great Salt Lake and its tributaries.

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AUTHOR BIO

Craig Childs is an Arizona native who has been living recently at the Telluride Colorado Ski Resort. Winner of the 2009 Rowell Art of Adventure Award, he is part deep traveler, part writer who focuses on natural sciences, archaeology, and journeys into the global wilderness. He is a commentator for National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, and his work has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, etc. Subjects range from pre-Columbian archaeology to U.S. border issues to the last free-flowing rivers of Tibet and Patagonia.

Craig Childs is the author of 9 books and a co-author of 4 additional books.

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RSVP’s REQUESTED BY NEXT FRIDAY

In accordance with our quorum-policy revision of 6/12/2013, instead of waiting until the last week before each monthly meeting to request RSVP's and canceling if we do not have our minimum quorum of six, RSVP's are requested in our first-of-the-monthly-cycle weekly e-mail.

Those who have RSVP’d will be informed immediately when we reach six so they can proceed to read the materials with assurance a discussion will take place.

If there are not six RSVP's by 11:59 pm next Friday, then next week's weekly e-mail will announce that the 2/8/2017 meeting is cancelled.

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If you would like to do so, please press your reply button and type “request participation via Skype” and we will contact you to make appropriate arrangements.

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We hope to see all of you on Feb 8th to discuss “Finders Keepers.”

Your friend,

John K.

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