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Situational Analysis - January 28, 2021

We've made it to Thursday! It's National Lego Day. Did you know those little plastic bricks have been around since 1949 and in 2017, Brand Finance, a business consulting group, named them the world's most powerful brand, surpassing Google, Nike and Ferrari to claim the top spot? Now you do.  

If you only have time for one thing: Boyd Matheson writes that the nation is in desperate need of grace right now. "Individually we are all a little broken. There are no perfect people. We are all in need of redemption from mistakes and offenses. Imperfect people, employees, bosses, spouses and friends need grace that is both human and divine. As a nation we are also and imperfect and broken. Restoring and strengthening the soul of America requires every citizen and all institutions of government to find grace and the step forward." He continues, "America needs a grace period - a chance to exhale and to forgive, a moment to remember what unites us and why we are united. Rather than condemning America as a nation irredeemable we each should take advantage of the grace period granted to us, today, to create a union more perfect and indivisible." Read the entire article here.


36 days to the end of the 2021 Utah Legislature (3/5/21)
76 days until the end of the Cox/Henderson administration's first 100 days (04/14/2021)
92 days until the Biden/Harris administration's first 100 days are up (04/30/2021)

Today At Utah Policy

images/Resized_Logos/Tweet.pngTweets of the day: A round-up
By Holly Richardson
Today's round-up includes a Caldecott award winner, taking a stand, the "Problem Solver" caucus, Bernie and his memes, women and COVID losses, losing an icon and yes, Tokyo, - hold the Olympics.
images/Resized_Article_Images/Challenger.pngChallenger disaster, COVID vaccine and pregnancy, missing our 'weak ties'
By Holly Richardson
Slipped the surly bonds of earth - Today marks the 35th anniversary of the U.S. Space Shuttle Challenger explosion that killed all 7 astronauts on board. It's a morning I still remember - I had finished working a night shift as a nurse in a local hospital and got a call I should turn on the TV just as I was going to bed. Instead of sleeping, I spent the morning watching news coverage of the disaster.
images/mugs-300/John_Arthur.pngUtah teacher one of four finalists for National Teacher of the Year
By Holly Richardson
Utah's 2021 Teacher of the Year John Arthur of Bluffdale, a sixth grade teacher at Meadowlark Elementary School, a Title I school in the Salt Lake City School District, has been named one of four finalists for National Teacher of the Year.

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images/Resized_Logos/Bank_of_America.pngBank of America looking for SLC teens to sponsor
 Bank of America is seeking driven and engaged local Salt Lake area teens to participate in its Student Leaders program this summer. 
images/Resized_Logos/Cox_seal.pngGov. Cox disappointed in Biden's decision to pause oil and gas leases
In response to President Biden's executive order placing an indefinite moratorium on new leases for oil and gas development on federal lands, Gov. Spencer J. Cox issued the following statement:
images/Resized_Article_Images/Ribbon_cutting.pngDeseret Wellness, LLC, to open the Wasatch Back's only medical cannabis pharmacy
Today, Deseret Wellness LLC unveiled the Wasatch Back's only medical cannabis pharmacy.  Located on Kearns Blvd. in the heart of Park City, this state-of-the-art and patient-focused facility is well positioned to take care of patient needs throughout Summit, Wasatch, and Morgan Counties.  The pharmacy opens to the public in early February. 
images/Resized_Logos/Clear_the_air_logo.pngHelp kickoff one month of driving smarter to help improve Utah's Air
Join the Salt Lake Chamber, UCAIR, and TravelWise on February 1st, as they kick off the 12th Annual Clear the Air Challenge. Issued by business, government, and community leaders, the Challenge is a month-long competition designed to encourage Utahns to reduce vehicle emissions by choosing alternatives to driving alone. This year, the goal is to eliminate 100,000 single-occupant trips to save 2 million miles.
images/Resized_Logos/Cox_seal.pngGov. Spencer Cox welcomes the transfer of vaccines from pharmacy partners, Biden announcement
Gov. Spencer Cox applauded a decision by two providers in the federal pharmacy partnership, CVS and Walgreens, to transfer extra doses the pharmacies have to other vaccine providers in Utah. The governor and his team have been working closely with Walgreens and CVS to transfer a portion of their allocated doses to other vaccine providers in the state. Today, the two pharmacies agreed to provide 28,275 doses to the Utah Department of Health for distribution throughout the state. The state received an initial shipment of 8,775 doses this week with the remaining 19,500 doses ordered this week and shipped to Utah next week.

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On This Day In History

(From History.com)

  • 1225 - Saint Thomas Aquinas is born.
  • 1813 - Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" is published.
  • 1887 - Work begins on the Eiffel Tower.
  • 1936 - Alan Alda is born.
  • 1958 - The Lego company patents their design for their famous bricks.
  • 1981 - Actor Elijah Wood is born.
  • 1985 - Music stars gather to record "We are the World." It goes on to sell more than 7 million copies.
  • 1986 - Space Shuttle Challenger explodes after liftoff.

Wise Words

When day comes we ask ourselves,
where can we find light in this never-ending shade?
The loss we carry,
a sea we must wade
We've braved the belly of the beast
We've learned that quiet isn't always peace
And the norms and notions
of what just is
Isn't always just-ice
And yet the dawn is ours
before we knew it
Somehow we do it
Somehow we've weathered and witnessed
a nation that isn't broken
but simply unfinished.

~Amanda Gorman

Lighter Side

Lighter Side

A bit dated but still funny:

Coming to a hard drive near you, the worst computer viruses yet:

AT&T Virus: Every three minutes it tells you what great service you're getting.

MCI Virus: Every three minutes it reminds you that you're paying too much for the AT&T virus.

Paul Revere Virus: Warns of impending hard disk attack-once if by LAN, twice if by C:>.

Politically Correct Virus: Never calls itself a "virus." Instead, it's an "electronic microorganism."

Government Spokesman Virus: Nothing works, but all your diagnostic software says everything is fine.

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