Good choices • Judging by their resumes, the six people Gov. Gary Herbert appointed to the Prison Relocation and Development Authority board are a diverse, knowledgeable and highly qualified group. His choice of Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams, a Democrat, is especially welcome, given the impact the board's decisions on whether and how to move the state prison will have on the county and its residents, and the fact that all the legislators who will take seats on the board are Republicans. It's too bad that, while Herbert did a commendable job of choosing board members who will bring differing perspectives to the discussion, leaders of the Legislature completely discounted the need to even appear objective. But, when one party so dominates politics in the Beehive State, what's the point?
Moderation on the Hill • Moderation in all things is a tenet of a number of religions, including The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. So it's good to see a slight shift to center in the political ideology of the members of the Utah Legislature, a majority of whom are Mormon. The ultraconservative bent of the past decade was somewhat moderated this year when a number of far-right House and Senate members left their seats or were not re-elected. Most Utahns are probably glad to see less bombast, fewer time-wasting "message" bills and more productivity from their representatives. Now if only the same could be said about Congress.