When Gov. Gary Herbert proudly announced his "State of Utah Outdoor Recreation Vision" on Wednesday, he stood in front of a large photograph of the Salt Lake City skyline, where man's work is overshadowed by the beautiful Wasatch Mountains.
He had to use a picture because the real mountains were not visible that day, or the next day, or the day before, obscured as they were by another day of the eye-smarting, lung-scarring smog that has enveloped the valley for such a large part of this winter. Which threatens to hang over our lives, and our children's health, for years to come without some real leadership provided by that same governor.
Herbert's heartfelt calls for economic development, his top priority as governor, are destined to fail, to be the seeds of their own destruction, unless the state takes real, executive, legislative and regulatory action to clean up our air.