A dating website last week briefly bid for naming rights to Salt Lake City's Sugar House neighborhood. The city was offered $1.35 million to call it SugarDaddie.com for 10 years. The offer was roundly mocked and quickly withdrawn.
But one wonders how much Parker Bros. might pay the state of Utah to rename itself the state of Monopoly. Seeing as how the buying and selling of land seems to be the primary interest of many of our state lawmakers, it might just fit.
First, there's the expensive pipe dream, the idea that the U.S. government should cede some 30 million acres of federal land within the boundaries of the state. A bill passed in the last session of the Legislature demanded such an action. This year at least a pair of measures would hasten that process. Even though legal experts convincingly contend that it is a constitutional nonstarter. And even though there is reason to worry that, if it did happen, it would lead to an Oklahoma-style land rush that would mean a lot of short-term private profit, at great long-term cost to the land and the people.