Still a good idea • In a rather odd meeting of the minds, Utah's Rep. Jason Chaffetz is championing a bill to crack down on tax-delinquent government contractors. It's an idea President Barack Obama introduced when he was a U.S. senator in 2007. The House unanimously passed the reasonable bipartisan legislation last week to ban federal agencies from giving large contracts and grants to bidders who are delinquent on their federal taxes. If you're going to do business with Uncle Sam, you'd better not owe him money. The Senate must still vote on the bill.
An Olympic dreamer • Spencer F. Eccles has long been one of the Beehive State's biggest sports boosters. The banker, civic leader and philanthropist has contributed to many Utah sports programs over the years, including the 2002 Winter Olympics for which his family contributed more than $30 million and athletics at the University of Utah the Rice-Eccles football stadium now partially bears his family name. For his contributions, he highly deserves the "Lifetime Achievement Award" he received from the Utah Sports Commission Tuesday. Eccles, an Ogden native, skied competitively for 13 years, was a four-year letterman at the U., an All-American and a member of the 1958 U.S. world championship ski team. He was a champion of Utah's Olympic bid and served on the executive boards of the bid and organizing committees.