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oncerned resident of were closed without notice. Cottonwood Heights Stephanie The other area for Gelman recently mentioned to the consideration is a small park off Cottonwood Heights City Council of Wasatch Boulevard called Lab that she would like to see an offAlive. This area was referenced leash dog park within the city. to under many names, including Her comment began an extensive Lab Alive and the swamp lot. This working effort into identifying a area has minor issues concerning suitable area for an off-leash dog parking and limited green space. park. Working collaboratively, However, the major issue with this the city council and Gelman have specific lot is Salt Lake County identified potential spaces within ownership. Cottonwood Heights the city. had previously expressed interest The Cottonwood Heights City in buying this area from the county. Sign prohibiting dogs to be off-leash within Bywater Park. Council previously considered The county agreed on selling, with implementing such an area. In one condition: it could not be made 2005, a pilot program was designed into a dog park. for Bywater Park, located at 3149 East Banbury Road, where On Feb. 26, Stephanie Gelman invited Councilmember the city intended to block off an area of the park, designated Mike Peterson and a number of concerned Cottonwood Heights for off-leash usage, during a few hours each day. After one residents to meet with Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation year of this pilot program, they would reevaluate and consider Department Director Martin Jensen and Associate Division implementation of a permanent area for an off-leash dog park. Director Christina Oliver. The purpose of the meeting was The pilot program had strict rules, including “leaving dogs to discuss turning the Lab Alive/swamp lot area into an offunattended is prohibited, no more than two dogs per responsible leash dog park and allowing Cottonwood Heights City to gain adult allowed per visit, owners must carry a six-foot leash at ownership. all times, dogs identified with a known history of dangerous “The city can get things done quicker than the county can,” behavior are prohibited from the park, dog owners assume all Gelman said. risk related to park use, puppies less than four months must Jensen and Oliver were supportive of the group’s effort, be on leash, each dog must wear a collar with valid license admitting that the county does not have enough dog parks. attached at all times while in off leash area.” However, the Lab Alive/swamp lot area has a water basin, so The pilot program said the following: “Use rules and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will not allow a regulations will be posted in conspicuous places at Bywater dog area to exist while the water resides. The area may also Park. This and other documents detailing off-leash use and have issues with ski resort contracts. The general conclusion regulations will be available for distribution to park users. Dog from Jensen and Oliver was that making this area suitable for cleanup dispensers and trashcans will be available throughout EPA approval would be too expensive. the park to assist pet owners with cleaning up after their dogs. “So this is not impossible with an unlimited budget?” Service Area Administration will report monthly to the Service Gelman asked. “With an unlimited budget, it is possible for this Area Board of Trustees on the status of the pilot program area to be a dog park,” Oliver said. and inform the Trustees of any site adjustments, use issues, Jensen, Oliver, Peterson and Gelman discussed the complaints, etc. Within 60 days after the one year anniversary similarities between the county’s and city’s attempts for date of the pilot program, the service area administration will dog park implementation. The Salt Lake County Parks and formally report the results of the pilot program at its discretion Recreation department attempted to identify potential off-leash if it deems it in the best interest of the community,” and dog areas throughout the county last year. They investigated appropriate public notice would be made. areas the public did not utilize often so an off-leash option The pilot program was intended to last one year. However, should have been available, at least for certain hours during it died shortly after its first month, because many of the the day. Out of 12 potential areas, only one ended up being neighbors had complaints. The city, with legal opinion to avoid suitable for an off-leash dog park. Others were dismissed on liability, dissolved the pilot program. complications much like Cottonwood Heights faced, such as From this action in 2005, Gelman and city council knew EPA limitations, resident complaints concerning smell, litter Bywater Park would not be a suitable option for an off-leash and noise pollution, ownership and liability issues. dog park. They examined Mill Hollow Park, located at 2850 However, the county has seen an increase of complaints Hollow Mill Drive, finding county ownership as well as a concerning the lack of dog parks. Now, their main concern “passive park” label. Old Mill Park, located around 6748 with opening one or two off-leash dog parks is drawing a big South Big Cottonwood Canyon Road, has private ownership. crowd from around the entire county. Within the second or Other locations previously considered resulted in similar third quarter of this year, Salt Lake County will be looking into complications, including resident complaints, liability and hiring a third-party to identify locations for off-leash dog parks. property ownership. Jensen and Oliver advised Gelman and the concerned Eventually, Gelman and the council found two areas within resident group to contact Salt Lake County Councilmember the city with potential for an off-leash dog area. The first option Scott Berrett for more information on this issue. They also is the back lot of the Mountain View Memorial Mortuary and intend to reach out to the cemetery owners to inquire if they Cemetery located at 3115 East and 7800 South. Dog owners would be willing to work with Cottonwood Heights City to within the city began to use the back lot as an off-leash dog implement an off-leash dog area in their back lot. park after the pilot program at Bywater failed in 2005. The Cottonwood Heights dog owners interested in getting owners of the cemetery allowed their back lot to be used as involved can email Stephanie Gelman at s_gelman@yahoo. a hiking, biking and off-leash dog area until late 2014, when com. l a “No Trespassing” sign was installed and the back entrances


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CHPD Balances Tough Stance on DUIs with Public Perception By Rachel Hall | r.hall@mycityjournals.com

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he Cottonwood Heights Police Department (CHPD) is no stranger to scrutiny.

“Am I a bully? No,” Chief Robby Russo said in an interview last October with the Cottonwood Heights Journal. “Am I absolutely demanding and do I expect a lot, and will I be aggressive to seek that end? Yes, I am guilty of that.” The perception of Cottonwood Heights police has been part of a local conversation for quite some time. While there are differing opinions on the merits of CHPD, department officials believe it is difficult to quantify police work. “The hardest thing to quantify in police work is something that didn’t occur because of a proactive behavior,” CHPD Assistant Chief Paul Brenneman said. “You can’t quantify thefts that didn’t occur because you were in the neighborhood watching out and just being seen — while the bad guys who were out there looking to do something go away, because you were there.” A career in law enforcement is one that comes with a high level of stress and accountability. When an officer doesn’t make the cut for professionalism and performance in Cottonwood Heights, Russo sees only one way to address the issue. “I fire you and you go work somewhere else, because I won’t have it,” Russo said. It’s not often that it gets to a point when an officer has to be let go. The handful of officers who have been terminated for dishonest behavior from CHPD go on Russo’s personal “wall of shame.” “We don’t allow that type of bad behavior. We want them to be accountable,” Brenneman said. “We can always discount our behaviors and excuse it away to somebody else. And if you transfer that bad behavior to the person holding you accountable, shame on you. And if you think that person holding you accountable is a bully, shame on you.” During the October interview, Russo and Brenneman addressed the scrutiny the department has faced in regards to allegedly targeting bars and businesses involved in a dispute over planned development. “I know the argument was made that we were targeting bars — I don’t target bars,” Russo said. There are times, however, that the CHPD participates in DUI checkpoints with the Utah Highway Safety Office. “The DUI checkpoint is a very structured environment,” Brenneman said. “There is a criteria that you use to select vehicles. It’s very rigid. It’s authorized by a judge and those behaviors are going to present themselves anyway.” When DUI checkpoints are in place, it is not uncommon for 17 out of the department’s 39 officers to be mandated to assist the Utah Highway Safety Office with its efforts to reduce impaired driving. Gift cards, which were once used as an incentive to keep officers engaged in mandated assignments, are no longer offered to officers working the DUI checkpoints. The practice was perceived poorly by the community who thought there was a correlation between the amount of DUIs issued and gift cards given. Officers haven’t received

gift cards for working the checkpoints in over two years. “First of all, let’s clarify a DUI pull-over. There is no such thing as a DUI pull-over,” Brenneman said. “An officer, when he makes a traffic stop, is based on the behavior of the vehicle in front of him.” Reasons for an individual to be pulled over on any day vary as much as the questions an officer asks before deciding to turn on the siren. For instance, somebody could run a red light. Was the individual drunk? An officer doesn’t know. Was the driver distracted? An officer doesn’t know. Was somebody trying to just beat the light? An officer doesn’t know. The behavior observed is a driver ran a red light. That is all the officer knows. Motorists pulled over for impaired driving are presumed impaired when they blow a .08 BAC or higher, but state law also allows for some guilty verdicts with a BAC under .08. “Just for the record, about half of our DUIs, or something like that, are not alcohol. They’re those prescription drugs, and so that’s a whole new issue,” Russo said. Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore had an experience with a traffic stop by CHPD when he looked down at a text he received from his wife after leaving his office late one night. The brief distraction was noticed by an officer on

“If you ever raise your hand to a woman, I’m going to come after you. If you hurt a child, I’m going to come after you. And if you drive drunk or impaired, I’m coming after you,” Russo said.

patrol and Cullimore was pulled over for veering out of his lane. “I don’t think there has been any effort to target anywhere in particular,” Cullimore said. “Public safety is number one in Cottonwood Heights.” When it comes to issuing citations for any reason, including DUIs, CHPD is not focusing on any monetary benefit from fines. Checkpoints are funded by the state, and the city sees very little of the funding according to Russo. “It doesn’t make us or break us,” Russo said. “If we took into account all of the revenue from the court system, I think we have enough to pay for one or two officers. It’s not a windfall for us. It’s a windfall for the state. They take the lion’s share of it.” After allegations of bogus DUIs were brought to the department’s attention, files were reviewed in depth to reveal reasons behind any dismissals on record. A dismissal may have been due to negotiations between a prosecutor and defense attorney, a heavy case load on the court docket or an officer not being able to show up for the court date — such as what happened when one officer was called to military active duty, according to Russo and Brenneman. “I think that’s where people get a misnomer that a dismissed case is a bad case — that’s not the way it is,” Brenneman said. One DUI citation requires several hours of paperwork and processing by an officer and extensive follow-up with a court date as well, which is usually during an officer’s off-

duty time. The burden of proof lies directly on the officer. And that burden starts with reasonable suspicion. “We have to have reasonable suspicion to pull you over,” Russo said. “If we don’t have the reasonable suspicion for the stop, then the DUI is no good.” After several years of allegations from a former Cottonwood Heights bar owner, who claimed his customers were being targeted for DUIs, the police department posted DUI arrest data from 2008 to 2014 online. The data available for public review show that arrests are “evenly distributed,” according to the department’s website. “They [DUI arrests] are all over the city and on the major thoroughfares,” Russo said. “If we’re not out there doing active enforcement, people are going to continue to push and push and push,” Brenneman said. “Our job is to make sure that everybody is safe.” Feedback from residents has been mixed with the perception of CHPD — neither all good nor bad. Russo has no apologies for the city’s DUI record and neither does Cullimore. “I am very proud of the fact that I don’t get people hurt in the city,” Russo said. “I expect a lot more than other people, and I don’t apologize for that.” When Russo became the chief of police, he had three priorities on his agenda. “If you ever raise your hand to a woman, I’m going to come after you. If you hurt a child, I’m going to come after you. And if you drive drunk or impaired, I’m coming after you,” Russo said. He also expects his officers to be professional and empathetic. The golden rule of treating others the way one wants to be treated is an expectation for professionalism within the department. “We have been quite pleased with the law enforcement effort since forming CHPD,” Cullimore said when asked about the transition from services provided by the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office to a locally controlled police department in 2008. Improvements are ongoing and include clarifying the complaint process for concerned residents and motorists. When formal complaints arise from the community, there is an official process that tracks the issues, but those who call or write in are asked to do so by giving their name and the name of the officer who potentially mishandled a situation. “We always ask for details and a name. A lot of times people just want to be heard,” Cullimore said. “A phone call, letter or formal complaint on a specific officer has to be signed as truthful.” “Officers are people. They make mistakes. We need to hold them to a higher standard, but that standard cannot be perfection,” Brenneman said. Many times it is after an investigation that the bigger picture comes to light, but an officer has to make a decision in a much shorter amount of time — it may be in seconds — and often with vague or incomplete information. “Perfect is not attainable. A higher standard is, and we hold them to a higher standard,” Brenneman said. “We ask you to look at the bigger picture.” Reports by national and local news agencies have focused a conversation about the perceptions of police departments back down to a local level. CHPD is working to change those perceptions and to hold themselves accountable in the meantime. Visit http://cottonwoodheights.utah.gov/city_services/ police for more information about CHPD. l


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Getting to Know Mayor Cullimore By Cassandra Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com

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ayor Kelvyn Cullimore of Cottonwood Heights is an easily recognizable title, if you live within the city. President, CEO and Chairman Cullimore is an easily recognizable title, if you work with Dynatronics. Husband, father or grandfather may not come to mind when you see the name Kelvyn H. Cullimore Jr.; however, Cullimore takes on all of these titles, every day. Cullimore has been the only mayor of Cottonwood Heights since the city’s incorporation in 2005. Two years prior to his 2004 election, he was a member of the committee to incorporate the city into Salt Lake County. Recalling the incorporation, Cullimore said it was “very satisfying to see democracy in progress. It shows what regular citizens can accomplish when provided the opportunity. Our community was committed to cityhood and supported the effort from the very beginning.” He was elected for a second term as mayor beginning in January of 2010 and again for a third term in January 2014. Cullimore graduated from BYU in 1980 with a degree in financial and estate planning, after which he settled in Cottonwood Heights and never left. He decided to run for mayor in 2004 because he was able to “gain a vision of what could be accomplished and had a real desire to share that vision and employ what I had learned to help the city be successful. I felt like I was in a unique position to service as I had the flexibility with my employment and experience that would inform my effort. Besides, I was a scoutmaster at the time with no end in sight. So it was either another year of snow caving or run for mayor.” Cullimore continues to serve the city because he feels “there is still more to be done to help move the city forward.” There tends to be a learning curve for new mayors, so “the more I

learned, the more effective I could be.” It is a “benefit to the city to have a knowledgeable mayor,” he said. As mayor, his role in the community is to “make the best use of limited resources and place less financial demand on citizens.” He likes to “see what is possible with beneficial ideas in a vision for the city.” He is the face of the community. “But really, I’m the head cheerleader,” he said. “When you hold for public service you invite criticism,” he said. “You have be thick-skinned and realize that disagreements do not equal enemies.” It’s challenging dealing with false accusations that aim to discredit character, Cullimore said. He is able to handle these accusations by being “secure in the knowledge that those things are not true facts.” The majority of people appreciate what you do, he said. When dealing with such misconceptions, he has realized that the “more defensive you are, the guiltier you sometimes look. If

involving a factual error, it is easy to fix. If it is a perception issue, it is difficult to change without outperformance.” He has found that people “don’t want to hear excuses” and “don’t want to be corrected,” which allows him to practice his listening skills frequently. There are lots of sacrifices involved with being mayor, Cullimore said. However, he finds benefit in relationships and associates and in being able to touch lives. One day, Cullimore was asked by Sandy City Mayor Tom Dolan if he knew what the great lie was yet. “No?” he replied. “There is no such thing as a part-time mayor,” Dolan said. The residents of Cottonwood Heights do not view Cullimore any differently than the Sandy residents view Dolan. Cullimore allows his personal cell phone number to be posted on the city webpage and regularly gives the number to residents. He has witnessed the impact on residents of being able to talk directly to the mayor. He strives to be an available public servant — if the public can’t get ahold of him, “what good is he?” Residents have not abused his personal number so he has no issue with leaving it available. When he reflected on his last 10 years at Cottonwood Heights, he remembered “all the wonderful people I have had the privilege to meet and become acquainted with, who shared in the vision and desire to make Cottonwood Heights a great place to live.” He has enjoyed watching the city “start from scratch and grow as a source of pride for everyone involved.” “Most people are proud of Cottonwood Heights; they find a sense of place,” he said. Cullimore said there is no accomplishment he can personally take credit for. “The city is a community effort. I can lead and provide vision but there is no movement until council


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Cottonwood H eightsJournal .com and residents engage. Accomplishments are a team effort.” He is proud of resident efforts, specifically in the formation of the Canyons School District, which he claims was critical for the new city. “Prior to the split from Jordan School District, there were two closed elementary schools and one middle school.” The district had also made a statement saying they were closing more schools. “Cottonwood Heights was in trouble. There were dilapidated schools and the community was falling into disrepair.” After Canyons School District was created, the city became home to new middle and elementary schools. Cullimore experienced a “new life in Cottonwood Heights, without an increase in taxes, and the west experienced no harm from the split.” The “relationship with Canyons School District for the city is significant,” he said. Cottonwood Heights has a sense of place and community unity. The mayor is proud of the many events Cottonwood Heights hosts, including Butlerville Days. He is also very proud of the awards the city has acquired, and he values the partnerships the city has, specifically with the Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center. From outside of the city, he hopes that people see Cottonwood Heights as a desirable place to live. We have a “progressive community where socioeconomics is the perception, which may not always be the truth,” he said. Residents living or working within the city seem to be proud to be from Cottonwood Heights. They are good listeners and have easy access to government officials. If he could change things within the city, he would make the decision to change the snowplowing. “The company proved to not exercise the way they had hoped. While they have improved and shown an adequate job this year, it may have been better to continue with the financial burden of staying with the county.” He sees the future of Cottonwood Heights “continuing to be a sustainable community of envy with high service and reasonable costs.” It will continue to be a great place to live.

Cullimore said it’s been an “honor and a privilege” to be the only mayor of Cottonwood Heights. He finds satisfaction in “creating everything new.” He still wishes to work on improving safety and reducing crime, as well as upgrading the rec center. He as a whole laundry list of things he wants to accomplish for the city. Having served many years in office, he is easy to identify. When he ventures into a restaurant, or even to the car wash, he frequently hears whispers sounding eerily like, “Isn’t that the mayor?” As chair, president and CEO of Dynatronics Corporation, Cullimore is in charge of the physical therapy device manufacturer founded by his father in 1979. Cullimore said his leadership style is collaborative and he admittedly tends to be a micromanager. He “expects people to do what they say.” He does not expect anyone to do anything that he wouldn’t do himself. He has a personalized leadership style, consisting of engagement and being very responsive. There are similarities between leadership and principles within government and business, he said, but otherwise they tend to be very different. As CEO, he is at the top of the hierarchy. “I can say we are going in this direction, and the company follows. However, I can’t make any decision alone in government.” Two other votes are needed from the council for any movement. In government, “things tend to not move fast.” It is “inclusive and transparent by design.” How can he possibly do it all? “My wife makes sure I stay balanced,” Cullimore said. He considers himself lucky to have a wife who is independent and busy. She makes sure family things are not ignored. As long as he “does what she says,” he is able to maintain a balanced life. Cullimore has nine grandkids, which he says is a “source of pride and joy.” When he is home, he spends time with his family while having dinner and watching movies. Last year, he took two vacations with his family for some quality time together. With any free or family time he acquires, he has to “plan

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those things, maybe a year in advance.” Occasionally, he will stumble across free time and in those rare occasions, he tries to get caught up on work. Sometimes, he will sneak in a TV show or watch the news. He also enjoys gardening and watching movies. “Beat the mayor” is a popular call at the Thanksgiving 5K every year, so Cullimore tries to exercise regularly, making sure that beating the mayor does not become too easy. He describes his job as being CEO, chair and president of Dynatroincs while his hobby is “politics and community service.” Dynatronics is a growing rapidly and is demanding more of his time, so he is uncertain if he will be running for mayor again next term. He will “decide within the next year, but employment has to be the priority.” l

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he Cottonwood Heights Business Association held business boot camps every Thursday in February. The boot camps were held in the firstfloor training room of the city hall, located at 1265 Fort Union Boulevard. The four-part series addressed communication in the work place. All four events were sponsored by Zions Bank and Trader Joes. On Feb. 4, Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore gave a presentation titled “Communicating to a Diverse Audience.” Cullimore is the chairman, president and CEO of Dynatronics, a manufacturing company specializing in physical therapy equipment. The attendees for his presentation came from a diverse range of fields including outdoor sporting goods, wellness, window and carpet cleaning, coaching and counseling, telemarketing, gardening, social work, civil engineering, training, volunteering, finance and acupuncture. Before Cullimore began his presentation he made sure to tell his audience to “speak up if you have a different perspective.” “Who do you communicate with [in business]?” Cullimore asked. The accumulated answers were the following: investors, employees, customers and regulators. Cullimore then discussed how to effectively communicate with investors, emphasizing that it is important to be frequent, honest, transparent, conservative and prepared. “You need to under-promise and over-deliver,” he said, and “avoid problems through preparation.” When communicating with employees, it is important to be timely, clean and courteous. He recommends being clear with assigned duties and incentives, giving positive feedback and not keeping secrets. When giving feedback, he emphasized being specific, give a “specification, not a platitude,” Cullimore said. He also highly encourages having personal investments in employees. When communicating with customers, Cullimore encourages always saying yes, listening, being pleasant, giving gratitude and not coming up with excuses. It’s important to “conform to the customers, not the other way around,” he said. Vendor communication can be a bit tricky. It is important to build rapport, maintain professional distance, provide honest feedback, share expectations and respect confidences. Interacting with regulators can be stressful. Cullimore recommends timeliness, cooperation, guarded professionalism and knowledge. It is “your responsibility to know regulations and to avoid noncompliance,” he said. In professional communication, Cullimore recommends remembering who the audience is, while practicing clarity, honesty and patience. On Feb. 11, Beth Strathman from Firebrand Consulting gave a presentation for 25 members of the Cottonwood Heights Business Association titled “Six Approaches for More Powerful Communication.” The presentation encompassed six different communication styles with the same sample scenario for each, which illustrated how to communicate in each of the different styles. The first style Strathman discussed was “left brain.” This style is recommended for communicating with people who work well with facts, logic, data, reasons and analysis. Tips for working with left-brain people are to use facts that

matter to the listener (but no more than three to not overwhelm) and to “choose facts that matter to them,” Strathman said. The second style was “right brain,” used for communicating with people who work well with stories and art. It is recommended when communicating with right-brained people to use “similes, paint pictures with words, make it relevant to the situation, use metaphors and connect to make a powerful point,” she said. The next communication style was “gut.” Strathman described this as “a combined negotiation and performance review.” Examples of gut communicators are real estate agents and Donald Trump. Tips for gut communication include focusing on what control you can offer and telling the person when they are and aren’t doing well. The fourth communication style discussed was “heart.” Tips for heart communicators are to “identify values, listen, show commitment but not compliance, find common ground and ask ‘how can I help?’” Strathman further explained, “Be vulnerable to understand what they need in order to really commit.” The fifth style discussed was “vision.” This style is used to help you see the future that you have in mind and to inspire and energize people. Preachers, politicians and coaches are great vision communicators. The key is to “create a compelling vision of the future; paint a picture of it. Share exciting possibilities. Get people excited about what you can create together,” Strathman said. The last style discussed was “spirit.” This can be thought about as “we are all in this together.” Spirit communication works well with a strong bond, which can be established through shared values, experiences, talents and aspirations. She recommends “using a combination of social capital and common ground to influence the other person.” Bonus round — “legs.” This is mentioned because it is important to walk away if necessary. Always have an escape plan to “de-escalate a situation by removing yourself gracefully when emotions are triggered,” Strathman said. “Have a plan to extricate yourself before you go into the conversation in case you need it.” On Feb. 18, Jeff Olpin, owner of Positively Critical, gave a presentation explaining the Positively Critical Coaching Conversation. The conversation is for “improving employee morale,” Olpin said. He divided the group of attendees into pairs for a talker-listener exercise. The talker was assigned to discuss their day while the listener was assigned to act bored. He allotted 10 minutes for the exercise, five minutes for the original assignments and five minutes to switch. The attendees concluded that it was hard to act bored because it came across as rude. “Why do we not want to be rude?” Olpin asked. The brain is filled with negative thoughts. When the brain is slammed with negativity, such as a bored response, it yells “Run!” but sometimes you have to tell your brain, “But, I can’t!” Olpin said. The fight-or-flight response is triggered by employee feedback. Employees need positive reinforcement, or, in other words “positively critical feedback.” They need to be self-motivated to grow, Olpin said. “Silence is acceptance,” Olpin said. When

a boss ignores something an employee does wrong, it tells the employee that whatever they are doing is acceptable, allowing the employee to continue to do the wrong thing. Employees need “proper management, proper training and clear expectations,” Olpin said. It is recommended to have a positively critical conversation with each employee at least once per month. This conversation is meant to “encourage and develop how they want to succeed,” Olpin said. He also recommends “asking employees to brag about themselves.” Afterward, if you have suggestions, ask “can I share something?” This provides “self-discovery for the employee, which is even more effective.” By the end of the conversation, there should be an agreement on one to two specific action steps. Olpin suggests thanking the host for their time and commitment and to schedule for the next coaching conversation. On Feb. 25, Karin Palle gave a presentation titled “How to Network Effectively.” Palle founded a women’s networking group at the University of Utah, which has grown extensively over the past few years. She began her presentation, which turned into more of a conversation, by asking the attendees what their learning objectives were. Answers consisted of how to promote new business, learn more about networking, learn to love networking and learn how to maintain relationships. She followed up with the question, “Why should you network?” The answers following this question consisted of, sales and building personal brands, as well as relationships. Palle discussed how networking is “not always about business.” It can be fun and educational. It can be about giving back to the community, she said. A “14-word pitch” about yourself that is memorable is recommended. In considering the selfpitch Palle asked, “What makes people want to talk to you? What makes people remember you?” Palle discussed primary steps to networking, which are identifying goals and budgets (including a time and social media budget). It is also important to think about where to network, considering two to three different channels. Palle recommends asking, “Who do you want to meet?” and remembering to not be afraid to ask questions. “Communication is connection,” she said. When considering where to go for networking activities, think about what is fun for you and how it can be fun in networking. “What activities should you be involved in?” she asked the attendees. Their answers consisted of industry-specific events, charity, nonprofits, business lunches and civic organizations. It is important to remember, “networking is never about you,” Palle said. When asked about effective business cards, Palle recommends making them simple “Don’t coat one side,” she said, so the receiver can take notes. “People need you to engage five to seven times with them, before they will remember who you are,” Palle said. She recommends taking advantage of many opportunities; going to sporting events, creating newsletters, becoming an expert, hosting lunch-and-learns, talking to people within the same business, being a mentor, having meet-ups, building relationships and most importantly having fun. l


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“To be honest, I don’t do it for my own kids. I do it for kids without a dad or mom at home. I was raised by a single mom. I never had that father figure growing up. To be able to give a child that person is huge, and very meaningful to me. That’s why I do it,” he said. On March 8, Lightel hosted a Dads and Donuts Day, where WATCH D.O.G.S and their kids could introduce themselves and learn more about the program. “Our Dads and Donuts Day helps dads talk about why they volunteer and how it makes them feel. It’s also a chance to mingle and answer any questions,” he said. Volunteer Lance Butler attended Dads and Donuts Day, and recently completed his first day with WATCH D.O.G.S. “I love it. It was an eye-opening experience for me, and it’s personally helped my daughter Kambrie as well; she feels proud when she can tell her friends, ‘My dad was the Watch Dog today,’” Butler said. Like Lightel, Butler enjoys helping students who may need a little extra attention. “I’m here for the troubled kids, or the ones who need help with their homework or to help end a tussle in the lunchroom.” But Lightel feels most encouraged by the response he received after asking his daughter if she notices any bullying problems since the WATCH D.O.G.S program began in January. “She said, ‘Dad there’s no more bullies here anymore!’ I thought, ‘I’ve never seen anything like this.’” While Butler worried about volunteering initially, he now feels passionate about remaining in the program. “I worried at first about volunteering. I wondered if people would think I didn’t have a good job, if I spent time at the school, but it wasn’t like that. I’ve had a great experience; I’ll be back every single month, and every year,” he said. l

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Ridgecrest Elementary Celebrates Chinese New Year By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com

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hildren at Ridgecrest Elementary rang in the Chinese New Year during a special assembly on Feb. 22. Ridgecrest has been a Chinese dual language immersion school for the past five years and wanted the students to have the opportunity to show off their acquired language skills to their parents. The program consisted of the different classes singing songs, giving speeches and doing martial arts moves, all in Chinese. The songs ranged from simple songs for the younger grades to more complex songs about the New Year for the upper grades. Many of the children dressed up in traditional Chinese outfits. “I thought it was wonderful,” said Julie Winfree, principal of Ridgecrest Elementary. “It really showed the different styles of teaching of each of the teachers. The kids really learned the language and the songs.” Winfree said the assembly was sponsored by the Confucius Program at the University of Utah and by the Chinese Society of Utah. With the program in its fifth year, Winfree described the dual language immersion program as being wonderful and effective. “We retain the same kids each year and they’re really getting solid in their language skills,” Winfree said. “They sound like native Chinese speakers. It’s really exciting to see them interact with each other in Chinese.” The dual language immersion program is a state-funded program where students learn a target language by being fully immersed in the language for half of the day. Only the target language is spoken during that time. Halfway through the day, classes switch. Students studying the language in the first half of the day then switch over to English and vice versa. Languages taught in different schools include Chinese, Spanish, French and

Students perform musical numbers in Chinese during the Ridgecrest Chinese New Year celebration.

Portuguese. In grades one through three, the target language is used to teach math, social studies, science and Chinese literature. In the English classes, reading and writing are taught and the things learned in the Chinese classes are reinforced. The program changes as the students get older. The program is funded and established all the way through high school. When students reach ninth grade, they can take the language AP exam. After that, the students can take college-level courses in that language. By the time they graduate from high school, they will be two college credits short of a minor in the language. Li Ping Zheng is the third-grade Chinese language teacher

at Ridgecrest. She has taught there for the past three years and is the Chinese language teacher leader. “We’re the best,” Zheng said of her school and their Chinese language program. “We have the best principal and a lot of support from the community.” Zheng said one of the advantages Ridgecrest has is the number of teachers who have stayed at the school throughout the years, providing consistency in the program. “We have several meetings with vertical planning,” Zheng said. “We’re always talking about how we can improve the program.” To learn more about the dual language immersion program in Utah, visit utahdli.org. l

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Brighton High Makes Use of Special Effects to Perform “The Giver” By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com

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It was also these very same lights that caused Koncar the most difficulty since they were prone to not working. “It’s going to be the death of me,” he said. Tristan Grant, a 17-year-old junior, played the lead, Jonas, which was his first leading role. Grant described Jonas as someone who sees the world differently but never questions it or understands why it is the way it is. Grant said he enjoyed working on the play because it’s a lot closer to film acting. “I want to be a filmmaker and this acting is a lot closer to film acting than an average play,” Grant said. The most difficult part of the production was the fact that Grant is on stage nearly the entire time. “I never had the opportunity to step back,” Grant said. “I’m always in character.” Fifteen-year-old Zoë Smith played the role of Asher, Jonas’ best friend. Like many other actors in the play, Smith played the part of a boy even though she’s a girl. Curtis explained this was not to make any statement or cause controversy, but simply because there were not enough boys to fill all of the roles. Smith said the hardest part of portraying Asher is his use of imprecise language. “Asher is very illiterate and doesn’t use very precise language,” Smith said. “I had to learn how to speak incorrectly.” Smith’s favorite part of the production was the set, which she described as beautiful. “Everything goes from gray to color,” she said. l

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“Focus on Autism” Class Helps Parents and Teachers By Stephanie Lauritzen | stephanie@mycityjournals.com

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or parents, teachers and friends hoping to support a child with high-functioning autism or Asperger’s syndrome, learning the right skills and finding the best resources can be challenging. In an effort to increase understanding of autism spectrum disorder, Canyons School District provides free Focus on Autism classes that are open to the public. This year’s series began in February, with the final class occurring on April 13. Canyons District Autism and Behavioral Specialist Nate Marsden hopes the classes help community members “clear up any misconceptions they have about working with a child with autism, while learning how to support each Melisa Genaux offers classes on child individually.” workshops designed to help parents The classes are taught and teachers. by Melisa Genaux, a specialeducation consultant who travels across the country offering parents and teachers support systems regarding children and students with autism spectrum disorders. Genaux’s classes focus on behavior and classroom management, social skills instruction, consultation skills and special education — including special-education laws and compliance. For teachers, Genaux offers suggestions on how to modify or adapt instructional strategies to best help autistic students gain motivation and academic success. She also offers suggestions to

parents struggling with behavior issues at home, such as teaching children how to develop “replacement behaviors” for arguing or aggression. Though Genaux’s classes are specifically geared toward parents and educators, Marsden emphasizes that the classes are open to the public, and offer beneficial advice for anyone interacting with a child on the spectrum. “Chances are that most people will interact with a child on the spectrum at some point, so to have a basic understanding is important for anyone who regularly works with kids,” Marsden said. Marsden believes the class not only helps people understand autistic children, but it also helps eliminate stereotypes regarding autism spectrum disorders. “People sometimes fail to realize that the spectrum is wide, and that the best practice is to focus on the individual and what strategies work for that person,” she said. For people unfamiliar with autism spectrum disorders such as high-functioning autism or Asperger’s syndrome, Marsden notes that many people rely on depictions from popular media to color their perception of how autism presents itself.

“Autism may look different from what we are used to. For example, people often expect children on the autism spectrum not to communicate well, or to have trouble making eye contact, and that’s simply not true of everyone,” Marsden said. “Unfortunately, we sometimes engage in stereotypes that are not true in every case — not all autistic people have a special gift or skill. Likewise, it’s often assumed that autism causes people to not care about social interaction, and that they don’t want to engage with others and that’s not always true.” In addition to the Focus on Autism classes, Marsden is happy there are increased resources for helping communities understand autism better. “We are improving. We’re starting to see more community involvement, from police offers to coaches and other individuals receiving training on how to work with autistic individuals.” For parents seeking additional support, Marsden recommends connecting with other families and parents of autistic children and researching support organizations like the Autism Council of Utah. Marsden hopes teachers will continue to recognize that “there is no specific class with all the answers regarding autism. Good teachers learn how to work with their students’ strengths and find the supports that work for them individually.” The Focus on Autism class is an annual class series sponsored by Canyons School District. The April 13 class will be held in the Canyons School District Administration Building at 9361 South 300 East Sandy, UT 84070 from 4:15 to 7 p.m. The class will focus on recognizing anxiety and depression, as they co-occur with high-functioning autism. l

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ondering what makes a debate team great? According to Brighton High School debate coach Jim Hodges, sometimes it comes down to being “just that good.” But beyond raw talent, Hodges also believes his team’s recent success at the Utah Region tournament last February stems from “a deep commitment to the team that I really like. We have a really devoted team, they genuinely like what they do, so they follow through, work hard and practice until they get it right.” The Brighton team came in third overall at region, with student Christopher Whimpey coming in first place in congress, Felicia Carter taking first in extemp, Stephanie Tripow earning first in oratory and Ben Hardy winning third place in congress. Hodges notes that the students carefully developed specialized skills for each category, ensuring each one competed well in their given field. “Our team is lucky because we have a group of students with a well-rounded menagerie of interests, so everyone can find an area of competition to excel in,” Hodges said. For Whimpey, that area is the student congress, where students become mock senators and congress people. During the competition, each debater writes legislation and tries to pass their laws in a session of congress. The event requires competitors to not only write well, but also to develop excellent public speaking skills. According to Hodges, Whimpey is a “natural.” “Even though Chris is a relative newcomer to debate, he’s very well spoken, with great oratory skills. He’s bright and smart on his feet,” Hodges said. Carter’s first place win in “extemp,” or extemporaneous speaking, stems from life experience.

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“She’s amazingly well read, well traveled and politically savvy,” Hodges said. In an event requiring students to present a speech on domestic or foreign policy, commerce and economics, Carter’s education on world events served her especially well. Hodges called her a “renaissance woman with excellent oratory skills” The oratory competition involves composing and memorizing a nonfictional speech on any issue or topic. The delivery tests the orator’s public speaking skills, as well as persuasive writing abilities. Hodges believes Tripow earned first place due to her passion as a speaker. “She’s truly a gifted orator. She’s a fierce competitor, and impassioned about her subjects. She’s only a freshman, so I’m very grateful to have her on the team for a few more years,” Hodges said. Lastly, Hardy took third place in congress, and like his

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Leading The Pack: Brighton High School Softball By Sarah Almond | sarah@mycityjournals.com

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s the snow begins to melt and the temperatures start to rise, the 20-some girls on the Brighton High School softball team gear up for the start of their 2016 season. Though the team officially started practice on Feb. 29, most of the girls have been attending open gym every day for the past five months. This dedication and team unity is something that Sam Puich has yet to see in his three years as head coach. “My first year here, I just let it be status-quo to see what the culture was like and everything,” Puich said. “Then I cleaned house, so last year I had 19 freshmen out of 26 players. We are still very young. We have two seniors and two juniors and the rest of the team will be sophomores and freshmen.” Fortunately, seven of the nine field positions last season were started by freshmen, meaning a majority of this year’s group has a full year of experience starting for varsity. Considering the youthfulness of this year’s team, Puich knew he needed a maxim that would encapsulate the team’s foundational ethics and goals. For this, he turned to senior Alex Burrola, who has played varsity for Brighton since she was a freshman. “I let Alex come up with a motto and she said ‘lead the pack.’ The idea behind this is that I don’t want to have just one captain of the team. I want all of the kids to learn to lead,” Puich said. “So if they get into trouble on the field, instead of giving up or getting frustrated, they’ll figure out a way to lead.” “I was actually watching an inspirational

video on Twitter,” Burrola said. “The video was saying, ‘If you throw me out to the wolves, I’ll come back leading the pack,’ and we’re looking at it like, if you strike out or make an error on the field, sure you got ‘thrown out to the wolves,’ but come back stronger, come back leading. We really want to have a team of leaders.” Puich credits much of the team’s camaraderie and harmony on the field to their “lead the pack” motto. In fact, he says he’s seeing the team evolve like never before. “The biggest difference I’m seeing this year is maturity,” Puich said. “Sometimes I’d rather have maturity over athletic ability and our maturity has really grown quickly.” Most of the girls on the varsity team have also been playing softball together for years, both on summer club and travel teams. Not only has this created a unique bond of trust for the girls on the Brighton team, but players also agree that it has established a sense of equality and respect. “We all look at each other as equals,” senior Morganne Cope said. “A freshman could definitely come in and take our spot or a junior’s spot, and it’s kinda scary but it’s also amazing because you can tell just from the way they are, that they are leaders on the field.” Although Puich is unsure of what to expect as the season gets underway, he’s drawing on last year’s results and preparing for a tough season against solid teams in a difficult region. “We are in a real tough region and last year I saw teams beat us pretty badly in the first round,”

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Puich said. “Then when we played them again, we took many teams into extra innings, lost 2–1, and things like that. I saw major improvements as we played and I hope that just keeps progressing this season.” In order to keep improving, the Bengals are working tirelessly to improve their hitting skills. With a .381 batting average last season, Brighton was just slightly above the national average. “Last year it was a matter of getting comfortable with seeing the speed of the pitch that they’ve never seen before,” Puich said. “Now that they are comfortable with it, we want to get them to where they are making good contact with the ball and scoring runs. That’s our main emphasis.”

With hopes of making it to the 5A state championships on May 17, the Bengals are well aware of the progress they need to make and the effort they need to contribute in order to succeed in their goal. “This is a whole new year and we have a fresh team coming in,” Burrola said. “As seniors who have been here for four years, we are ready to take advantage of the leadership role and change things around here so we can be successful and make it to state. We’re ready to leave a legacy.” The Bengals play their last home game against Jordan High School on May 5 at 3:30 p.m. l

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The Brotherhood of Brighton’s Rugby Club By Sarah Almond | sarah@mycityjournals.com

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he boys of Brighton Rugby Club aren’t just a team; they are a brotherhood. And though this is only the group’s second year as an established team, both their roster and their skills have experienced exponential growth in the 2016 season. “Last year we only had about 15 guys on the team,” Team Manager Teresa Petty said. “This year we have around 45. We’ve really promoted the program through the school and through Facebook, but a lot of it was by word of mouth. Last year we were single school, which created a difficulty for us because, as a new program and being single school, we could only have kids that went to Brighton. So this year we decided to go multi-school and I contacted the athletic directors of other high schools to let them know we had this available.” Today, the team has players from all over the Salt Lake Valley. Brighton players, along with kids from high schools such as Hillcrest, Juan Diego, Cottonwood, Corner Canyon and Taylorsville all come together to make up the Brighton Rugby Club. On paper, schools like Brighton, Cottonwood and Taylorsville tend to have rival athletic programs. With rugby, however, it’s a different ball game. “Rugby is different because it’s not at all political,” Petty said. “The camaraderie is totally different — it’s a total brotherhood. It doesn’t matter if you’re a freshman or a senior, or what school you’re from.” Sophomore Nathan Hilton, a first-time rugby player, elaborated. “The team dynamic is really awesome. It’s a lot different than football,” he said. “The atmosphere is totally different. Like, my teammates want me to get better and help me get better. Plus, I actually get to touch the ball in rugby.” Petty credits the team’s fraternity to fact that the boys enjoy playing rugby together and being friends with one another. The players train together, travel to tournaments as a group and have social events such as team dinners, rugby film viewings, charity events, fundraising and

more. “We’re always looking for ways that the team can get involved in the community,” Vea Ofa, head coach for the Bengals, said. “One of our goals is to give back to the community. At the beginning of the season we talk about work ethic and about values. We teach them [the players] that rugby isn’t just about smashing each other — it’s about values on and off the field.” Perhaps the team’s strong camaraderie and support for one another is what has contributed both to the group’s rise in numbers and their progress as individual players. “Our backline is very, very skillful this year,” Ofa said. “Even though our frontline is a little weak, there is a lot of strong, individual skills in our backline. And I see improvements every day. You know, I had some kids come in and they didn’t even know how to hold a rugby ball, but we work on it on a daily basis and you can watch them get better.” The rugby season is short, lasting from the beginning of March through the end of April, with about eight games begin played each season. However, the Brighton players have been training for the 2016 season since mid-December, putting in eight to ten hours of practice each week. “We really want to make it to the state championship,” Ezias Bigelow, senior captain for the Bengals, said. “But to get there we still have to put in a lot of hard work — a lot of hard work. We need to have dedication from the boys and work our hardest at every practice.” With the official season just barely underway, the Bengals already have some game time experience under their belt. The team traveled to St. George on Feb. 5 for the Icebreaker Tournament and again to Blackfoot, Idaho, for a tournament on Feb. 27. Brighton reigned victorious, winning every match they played. The team plays their final home game on April 16 at 1 p.m. The game will be held at the Brighton High School football field against the West Valley Warriors. l

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Stepping Out of the Comfort Zone: Brighton High School Girls Lacrosse By Sarah Almond | sarah@mycityjournals.com

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n March 7, the Brighton High School girls lacrosse team faced off against Corner Canyon High School to kick off their 2016 season. Though they won the game by a whopping 10 points, the girls are aware that they still need to practice hard and play harder if they plan on becoming the 2016 state champions. “We lost a lot of seniors last year,” junior Zoe Totland said. “And we lost in state, so we are very dedicated and working really hard to be the best this year.” In just the second week of the season, the Utah Lacrosse News Coach’s Poll ranked Brighton third in the state behind Park City and Lone Peak. “Brighton likes being ranked third,” Michelle Baldwin, manager of the Bengals, said. “Being ranked higher is great, but what really matters is how we play day after day. I’m confident we will play our best when it really matters.” Though the two schools may be ranked above Brighton, each of these teams are an incredibly close match-ups with the Bengals. Brighton lost to Park City by just one point at the state tournament in 2015 and the Bengals have a tied one-and-one preseason tournament record with Lone Peak. With early standings boding well for the remainder of Brighton’s season, players believe their passion for the sport and their ability to work beyond what’s asked of them will help them reign victorious this year. “We don’t have to enforce the passion,” Totland said. “The passion for lacrosse is already there — it’s ingrained in us — and I think that makes our team really unique.” While any passerby can see the dedication and work ethic emanating from the Brighton players, the underlying changes the team has undergone in the past year is what makes this group

truly distinct. Aside from substantial growth in numbers, the team recently welcomed on a Brighton alumna as their head coach. “We hired Maggie HerrNeckar as our head coach and she has been awesome,” Baldwin said. “The search committee and I feel that she is the perfect candidate to provide our current and future lacrosse studentathletes the coaching, direction and guidance they need to succeed,” president of the girls lacrosse team Clint Robertson said in a press release. “At Brighton, we expect greatness from our girls and Maggie will help us achieve our lofty goals.” HerrNeckar, a Utah native, played at Westminster College and graduated in 2015 with a degree in marketing. As cofounder of the Brighton Girls Youth Program, HerrNeckar has considerable experience both playing and coaching lacrosse. “We asked her if she would be interested in coming back to coach our team and she agreed,” Baldwin said. “We feel so fortunate; she’s been amazing for our team.” Along with the leadership and expertise HerrNeckar has brought to the Bengals, she’s also helped to encourage the group’s overall sense of pride and passion in the game. “She [HerrNacker] came up with the saying, ‘Great things never come from comfort zones,’ and I think we’ve all really bought into that,” Totland said. With hours of dedicated practice each week and commitment to lacrosse both on and off the field, the Bengals are looking forward to a season that ends with a state title. “I have a feeling that this year is going to be a very good year for us,” Totland said. “A really good year.” The Bengals play their last home game on Thursday, May 5 at 6 p.m. at the Brighton High School stadium. l

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The Local Food Court Grab a Deal at Knickerbockers Deli By Rachel Hall | r.hall@mycityjournals.com

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business complex is that of, ‘Give me a little fun in my lunch hour,’” he said. “People have been in their work environment all morning long and want something different than they have had all morning long.” Knickerbockers Deli opened in November of 2012 and has relied mainly on word-of-mouth for its growth and success, which includes opening a second location in the Research Park area near the University of Utah. “I have a great staff that makes this restaurant extremely well run and fun to own,” Furse said. “I love the fact that I have 14 employees between the two locations. They have families and many are breadwinners in the group. I love the fact that my business helps put food on their tables and pay the bills.” First-time visitors to Knickerbockers Deli may initially think it is weird to walk into an office building to get lunch, according to Furse. However, there is plenty of parking easily accessible to the deli. “I think people will be blown away by the beautiful patio and indoor seating we offer,” he said. The restaurant also offers online ordering, delivery and call-ahead ordering. Visit www. knickerbockersdeli.com for more information.

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’m pretty sure my hair dryer tried to kill me. Its cord wrapped around a drawer handle, pulling the dryer out of my hand where it crashed into my shoulder and hip before smashing onto my foot. It’s not the first time I’ve been attacked by a machine.

It got me thinking — if regular appliances can figure out how to bump me off, imagine how easy it will be for smart appliances to murder unsuspecting homeowners. I remember when the Clapper was invented. It was pure magic. You clapped your hands, your lamp shut off. Simple. Non-threatening. But I’ve watched enough scifi to know technology can become unspeakably evil. Let’s see: I can let my phone control my lights, heating, power and bank account. Yeah, nothing can go wrong with that. Advances in technology (i.e., ways to make us lazier) move shockingly fast. When Isaac Asimov laid out the rules for robots (they can’t kill us, they have to obey, etc. — kind of like the rules we give teenagers), I don’t remember the robots ever actually signing anything promising to abide by those rules. We just assume our machines won’t kill us in our sleep. (Kind of like teenagers.) Now, your fridge has all kinds of power. It notices

you’re out of milk and alerts a farmhand in Nebraska who gets jolted out of bed with an electric shock so he can milk a cow and send a drone to drop a gallon of milk on your porch. Your toilet can analyze urine and tell the fridge to add minerals (or rat poison) to your drinking water. The next step will be a toilet that realizes you’re pregnant and immediately posts your happy news to social media sites. There are security cameras you can access through your phone to spy on your kids, spouse, pets and neighbors. At what point do these “conveniences” become intrusive? Will toothbrushes sneak a DNA sample and send it to the FBI? Can hit men track you through your cell phone with voice-recognition apps? Could your phone run your fingerprints when you pick it up? Conspiracy theorists’ heads will explode with all the frightening possibilities. And if you think dealing with moody humans is bad, try putting up with passive-aggressive appliances. You’ll hurt your toaster’s feelings when it overhears you

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Cottonwood Heights April 2016  

Vol.13 Iss.04

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Vol.13 Iss.04

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