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    Is This the Utah Lake Bridge Proposal that Finally Happens?

    Follow the link to the Tribune for a detailed article that includes a link to download the full Mountainland proposal. It includes options for the long discussed Utah Lake Bridge and a proposal for a freeway running on the west side of the lake that would free up I-15 congestion by diverting large truck traffic away from I-15 when traveling north/south through Salt Lake and Utah Counties.
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      Alex Whitt Only if they make it look like the Golden Gate Bridge.
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    Why are members of the LDS church so against gambling?
    Gambling and Mormonism has always been an interesting topic to me. I get that there are potential dangers of addictions that could ruin your life, but I also see that same potential in many of the things we do on a daily basis.

    I'm not going to argue that gambling isn't a "sin" (although I probably could make some good points), my confusion is why so many members are so harsh on it while we commit other sins that aren't viewed as "that bad". 

    Take for instance an addiction to food. Eating a big fat greasy burger every now and then isn't that bad. An extreme Mormon may point out that it's gluttony (a sin), but you could mention your greasy burger in church without the fear of immediate judgement and dirty looks. Why should the occasional trip to a casino be viewed as such an evil? I like the way one Christian website puts it:

    "What is wrong with gambling? Gambling is a difficult issue because if it is done in moderation and only on occasion, it is a waste of money, but it is not necessarily evil. People waste money on all sorts of activities. Gambling is no more or less of a waste of money than seeing a movie (in many cases), eating an unnecessarily expensive meal, or purchasing a worthless item."

    I get that gambling could lead to an unhealthy addiction, but so can eating (look at most of America). Why then does the occasional gambler (who has the money to do so and gets genuine entertainment from it, win or lose) face harsh judgements from church members while others who are literally killing their bodies (your body is a temple, remember?) by overeating?

    Am I alone in this or are there others who see the hypocrisy? For those who disagree, could you help me understand?

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      James Harrow I think the church warns against it is because the odds of one becoming addicted are high, so God knowing that we are all idiots, just makes a blanket rule to keep most of us out of trouble. Take alcohol for example. Having a little bit here and there has actually been shown to be healthy for your body, however, for many people one sip could lead to addiction. So what does God do? He plays it safe and says "Kids, no beer." Hence why you are going to get stares at church, because for many gambling is just as bad as drinking.
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      Brittany Gibbs It really just depends where you live. In Utah it's viewed as much more serious. When I lived outside of the state obviously it wasn't supported, but you could mention you had a fun game of poker with friends and nobody would think twice. Even in Utah though, I know several local church leaders who are really good people who make the occasional trip down to Vegas and pull a few slots. I don't think God is going to send them to hell. I've noticed Mormons like to pick and choose from the buffet of commandments and decide which ones they tolerate and which ones they despise.
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    BYU Parking: Private Sphere vs Public Sphere
    Last December, BYU made the announcement about their new parking regulations and shuttle services.  Starting Fall 2015, shuttles will run throughout the day, coming every 15 or 20 minutes to take students to and from campus.  This system encourages students to leave their cars at home, but they will still be able to purchase a parking pass for $60 each semester if necessary.  Sounds like a pretty good system, right?  Yet the changes have received a lot of backlash from students.  I'll admit I initially wasn't too keen on the idea either, even after understanding how it would benefit both BYU and Provo transportation.  Despite the obvious pros, I liked the idea of driving to campus whenever necessary and avoiding a crowded bus, even if it meant endlessly scanning parking lots for a nonexistent parking space.  But why did my mind insist upon the idea of driving when there was an easier option?  What was making me push against this?  Eventually, I realized that parking my car wasn't the issue; it was my desire to preserve my private space.

    We live in a society that continuously promotes private space.  We like to have our own rooms, our own cars, our own place to think.  It's evident in the daily life of a student: we don't sit close to others in class, we like to study alone at our own tables - we just like to keep to ourselves!  Having our own cars creates a private space and form of transportation that we have control over.  That sense of power gives us comfort in knowing that we can go wherever we want, whenever we want.  Depending on a shuttle system takes away that private space, forcing us to interact with others and to sacrifice the control we long to have over our private spaces.  Students don't like the idea of relying on a system of transportation that is outside of their control and I suspect this is a big part of why students are so resistant to the new shuttle system.

    Many students will inevitably purchase a parking pass to avoid taking the shuttles, but I think that utilizing the shuttle system will ultimately be a good change in the BYU community.  Obviously it will help with car control, but more importantly it will encourage students to give up a little bit of their private sphere to engage with the public sphere, whether by walking or commuting with others to campus.  We influence our environment more than we realize; how boring and unwelcoming would it be if we all stayed stuck in our own little private realm?  I believe these changes are a step in the right direction for providing private students with abundant opportunities to change the Provo community for the better.  It encourages individual people to come together, get to know their neighbors, and unify as a community to improve the overall Provo environment.
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      Noah Reynolds I agree with most of Sarah's ideas, except that "we live in a society that continuously promotes private space". That may be the case in Provo, but I feel like society at large does nothing BUT promote giving up all of our privacy. Email, Apps, Social Media, Cameras on every phone, they all require huge concessions of our privacy and they affect how we engage in public places. Last week at a park in Provo, I watched a guy taking video of his kid in a swing and a complete stranger was standing right behind his kid watching her kid on the swing next to them, (she was there way before him). He clearly didn't feel like she should have any opinion on being filmed, because without saying a word he pointed the camera at his kid and (by default) her and hit record. He must have taken almost 5 minutes of video with her 5 feet in front of the camera. I could tell she was uncomfortable and probably would have made it obvious she was bothered and walked away, but he would pause every minute so she thought it was done, then he'd start recording again. Should she have to accept that type of behavior because its a public park? I'm sure she was just wondering which social media site he was going to upload it to (without her permission of course). I think we are in a weird place right now as we're trying to grapple with rapidly changing tech and a need for a growing population to cede space and privacy.
      Then there's the NSA right? Whenever someone defends government spying programs like the Patriot Act, they usually ask me, "are you doing something illegal that you don't want people to know about? If not, what do you have to hide?" We've all heard the oft repeated (but still valid) response that is given, and that I give: "are you doing illegal things in your house at night? No? Then why close the blinds? Nothing to hide, right?"
      So while I agree with everything else (public transport is good for roads, environment, social skills etc) I always worry that those advocating a new community system want to force it, rather than do it the right way and create an option. Before we can expect people to feel comfortable giving up privacy, we need to agree on some basic social guidelines/manners around taking pictures and videos without permission and then find a way to make people feel comfortable that they will be followed generally. I think BYU did it right and that the best way to get people to support any public system is to have options and to have more Sarah Browns out there calmly and respectfully making a case for its value. Nice job Sarah.
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      Brittany Gibbs College parking is already a joke. The fact that you have to buy a pass on top of your already overpriced tuition makes me laugh.
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    How do you feel about Stadium of Fire's headline performance choice?
    Those in the past who have attended Provo's 4th of July celebration, The Stadium of Fire, know that the event has lost a lot of its attraction in recent years. There have been a few sub-par musical performances, no jet-flyovers, and Studio C... (please, never bring them back). Obviously the purpose of the event is to remind us of the core foundations of America, but the musical performance is often what attracts the audience. 

    This year, the headlining musical performance is Journey. Is Journey the right choice for the Stadium of Fire?

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      KBA I haven't attended in recent years simply because I found all the country music tiresome at best. I love that Journey is coming. I bought tickets this year and look forward to something a little more lively than we've had in the past. Hopefully there won't be a banjo in sight!
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      Brittany Gibbs The stadium of fire committee gave up several years ago. It's all about high ticket prices and packing in as many sponsors as possible to make the biggest buck. They've hit the point where they know families will buy tickets regardless and figured they don't need to try to get relevant talent anymore.
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    Is camping out the night before July 4th worth it?
    I've lived in Provo for 5 years now and I can't help but notice how seriously everybody takes July 4th. Even more serious the night before the parade in Provo. I've never gone to the parade and I've only driven through the chaotic mess downtown the night before.

    My question is simple. For those who have camped out the night before, was it worth it? Is it something I should be doing? What makes it so great? Any do's don'ts?
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      Jared I sound like an old man saying this (I'm only 23) but "kids nowadays" seem to have changed the entire purpose of camping out the night before. Back in the day (there I go again...) we would camp out to get a good spot and you could still have a pretty good time without being caught in what feels like Provo's version of the purge.

      Camping out can actually be a lot of fun though, but stay away from University. If you just want a chill night hanging with family or friends, stick to Center Street.
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      Brittany Gibbs Thanks for the heads up Jared! What is the average age of those who camp out?
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    Reliving Memories of Maeser Elementary
    It's been a LONG time since elementary school and every time I drive by Maeser Elementary my mind is flooded with memories. As a kid who grew up in South Provo and spent all of my K-6 years at that school, it's sad to see so much of it redeveloped. 

    Like many, I haven't had the chance to walk through it, but I've been searching all of the internet for photos of the inside trying to match things with where my old classes were. I've attached some photos to this post. I wish I could find more/better ones, especially of the Maeser in the 80's/90's. If you have any photos/vidoes you'd like to share be sure to link to them below!



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      Jared Maeser baby! I just remembered the time I accidentally broke a window with a kickball in third grade. Good times.
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      Alex Whitt I just tried doing several searches and it's amazing how there are NO photos/videos online of the school while it was functioning!
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      Matt Hassler

      Here's a link to an excellent article from the Herald that details the construction of the school and some history. It even quotes Anne Willey (former Maeser teacher and quite possibly the best teacher in the history of the world, IMHO) but oddly enough doesn't have a single picture. I think the ghosts that roamed the halls made it hard to get clear shots.
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    Best Food truck in Provo
    With the food truck scene getting bigger and bigger curious to hear which food trucks make your top 3 and why? I've never been to the food truck round ups what should I get? 
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      Nathan Baier 1. CupBop
      2. Fiore Pizza
      3. Chedda Truck
      Honorable Mention: Art City Donuts, Special Courses
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      Alex Whitt Sweeto Burrito baby!
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      Brandon Hassler Art City Donuts takes the cake in my book. I was skeptical when I heard about how amazing they were but it was love at first bite. They are incredibly rich though so you don't need to purchase a lot to get full.
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    Why opposing in General Conference makes no logical sense
    I realize this has nothing to do with Provo but since Provo Buzz now has a religion section I'd figure I'd take advantage :)

    Yesterday the internet went nuts after around 5 people loudly shouted "No!" when asked if they oppose the sustaining of the First Presidency, which includes Thomas S. Monson. I'm not going to argue that opposing was disrespectful since the church DOES ask if any opposed. You could argue that shouting "No!" was a bit disrespectful since the supporting side didn't shout "Yes!", but then again I suppose you could make the argument that the general authorities wouldn't be able to see the few hands that go up, so they needed to yell. That's fine.

    Aside from that pointless debate, I'm surprised nobody has talked about the real issue: opposing the Prophet in General Conference doesn't make logical sense.

    The purpose of General Conference is for members of the church of gather together (even if it's by video) to hear the word of God as one. If you don't believe that President Monson is a true prophet, you obviously don't believe in the church. (Sadly there is a small population of "progressive" Mormons who hold this weird belief that parts of the church are true and parts are corrupt, yet the whole church is true, yet our prophet isn't a real prophet, get the point.)

    My point is this. If you don't believe President Monson is a true prophet, why on earth waste your time? Despite Pope Francis being a kind and wonderful man, I don't believe he is the leader of Gods true church, but I would never in a million years waste my time to go and publicly oppose him. That just wouldn't make sense. I say to each his own. If you don't believe in a particular religion, spend your time trying to find the right one, not wasting your time trying to "fix" a church.
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      Brittany Gibbs Interesting take. I would say they are likely members, but ones who are probably struggling to accept some of President Monson's recent decisions. Regardless, I would agree that you kind of need to accept it all as truth, or complete fraud. It's intriguing to see some of my close friends "fight the good fight" against the church as if it's a political organization. God's church is a dictatorship and he is the one calling the shots.
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      Michael Opposing sustainment isn't always opposing doctrine and position of authority. Historically it has also been used as a voice or mechanism for publicly displaying opposition in an action of a general authority by which the action and the opposition were invited to resolve issues the member may have had. Only recently I feel it is being used more prominitly as a forum for opposing the doctrine of the church.
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      Alex Whitt You make a good point @James Harrow, but I think the prophet shouldn't be treated any different than a Stake President. Both are "called of God" and both are imperfect. Opposing President Monson is just like opposing a Stake President. The church is true, but it is being led by an imperfect man who is making decisions not in harmony with what God would do.
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    Is this your next home?
    Priced around $2.4 million, this Sundance home is just slightly/way out of my budget. But is it fun to look at and dream? Yes it is. Check out the link below for the full picture gallery and get some decor ideas for your own place or make an offer to buy your new weekend retreat!