Hair 'n' gone • It's a sad turn of events. Salt Lake Community College has decided to eliminate its barbering and cosmetology program, forcing students to enroll at a state applied technology college or pay tuition to a private cosmetology school. Neither of those alternatives is objectionable, but neither includes a program of basic math and English that SLCC cosmetology students are required to take to earn a certificate. That broader college experience is invaluable. The reason given for the change is that SLCC wants to focus on training students for more lucrative careers. That's a lofty goal, but Utah's largest college should recognize that not everyone is interested in what SLCC deems a worthy vocation. Hair-cutting and styling and other beauty-arts skills have been used by millions to start their own businesses or work at shops or salons with flexible schedules. It seems cosmetology is right in line with programs that a community college should provide.
Better representation • Salt Lake City Councilman Kyle LaMalfa has made good on a campaign promise to expand city school board representation farther into westside neighborhoods. The realigned Districts 1, 2, 4 and 5 now include more of the city's diverse west side, where half the city's school-age children live. LaMalfa rightly complained during the municipal election campaign last year that those kids were not being properly represented. The City Council and a volunteer committee redrew the district boundaries over a period of months. There are no uncontested seats in this year's election, and westsiders are better represented among candidates, too.