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A Woman's View with Amanda Dickson

Amanda Dickson on the weekends? Oh yeah. News, politics, education, health, and family are all fair game for Amanda's panel of fascinating Utah women. Whether they're talking about their kids or discussing the big business headlines, these ladies have a unique voice all their own. Join the conversation.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

  • Should the U.S. support Canada against Saudi chauvinism?
    Canada recently supported the imprisoned protesters of Saudi Arabia's male guardianship system which requires, among other things, permission from a male guardian if women want to travel, work or have access to healthcare? Should the US support Canada in this stand? Amanda Dickson posed this question to her guests on a Woman's View. Melissa Johnson, Director of Commuter Services at the University of Utah: "The question would be are we then going to open our borders to all of the people in the world who we believe their human rights are not being met. If we are going to take a stand, then what is the next step? Wouldn't we have to change some of our own internal policies and behaviors? . . . Wouldn't we have to take the women in as refugees? Shouldn't we?" Luz Lewis-Perez: Director of Devel
  • What is something you've radically changed your opinion about?
    This will be fun - answer the question - what is something I've radically changed my opinion about? Luz Lewis-Perez, Director of Development for the Kidney Foundation for Utah and Idaho: "Because of my own recognition of the division of our politics and cultural differences, I am taking a more benevolent look at our elected officials. It is so important to me to understand where everyone is coming from." Janet Frasier, CEO of the Girl Scouts of Utah: "Beyonce. I've never distinguished her before, but my daughters have helped me see how Beyonce as a woman and cultural figure is really living in her power in a way that is different from other images that I've seen in my life." Melissa Johnson, Director of Commuter Services at the University of Utah: "Running. Before I would only run if someo
  • Is tech addicting my kid on purpose?
    The tech industry is using persuasive psychological techniques to keep kids glued to their screens. Children's advocates say it's unethical and want it to stop. Janet Frasier, CEO of the Girl Scouts of Utah: "I think those techniques are used in most consumer products we engage with and we need to take it seriously. As parents we need to learn how to navigate and decide where we are going to resist. There is a book that came out call I Generation. But what's heartbreaking about what you just shared Amanda is shame - because shame is spiritual. Start by joining them. Joining them in that space. Sit side by side and be their protector." Luz Lewis-Perez, Director of Development for the Kidney Foundation of Utah and Idaho: "I come from a long history of people who struggle with addiction. It d
  • "You can identify racists quickly if you let them talk."
    This week there was a story of a girl getting arrested on drunk driving charges who said to the police officer, "I'm a thoroughbred, white, clean girl," as if that was going to get her off the hook. Doesn't it seem like there is a story with a racist theme every day lately? Luz Lewis-Perez, Director of Development of the Kidney Foundation for Utah and Idaho: "Racial division - I feel like I'm a pawn. I feel like I'm being played by people who want to divide us." Melissa Johnson, Director of Commuter Services at the University of Utah: "When you hear a story like this, you look internally - 'Am I doing that?' I grew up in a kindergarten class the only white girl. There is only one black child in my children's elementary school. When do you start paying attention to race? How do we do better

Sunday, August 5, 2018

  • Utah kids - work being done, but work to be done
    There is a new report out that shows Utah's kids are ranked 6th overall. The ranking shows us their economic well being - 7th, health- 19th, education - 12th, and in family and well being they are first. KSL intern Allison Olligschlaeger: "It's encouraging. Utah has a great focus on family and children. There is also some alarming statistics about Utah's suicide rate. So there is work to be done but work being done." Jeanetta Williams, president of the Salt Lake Branch of the NAACP: "I'm a great supporter of early childhood education. We're trying to get parent participation. We always need funds to help with education." Dixie Huefner of the Utah Citizens Council: "It was encouraging news. I was glad to see we are making progress." Dixie also talks about her "focus on the impact of toxic s
  • Do you have a right to make a ghost gun?
    Let's talk about the so called "ghost guns." Should the blue prints for these guns be available on the internet so that you could use a 3D printer to make one? Amanda Dickson asked her guests on a Woman's View. Jeanetta Williams, president of the Salt Lake Branch of the NAACP: "It's a dangerous road, especially when you can take these guns through TSA. They're not traceable. You don't have to report that you have one. Even if it just shoots one bullet at a time, that one bullet can kill someone. I did hear there are attorneys general who are pushing a halt to this, but it's already been downloaded before." Dixie Huefner, member of the Utah Citizens Council: "My instinct is 'Why do we want to permit this kind of behavior on the internet?' I remember when someone was posting how to build a n
  • "Remember - journalists work for you."
    At one of President Trump's rallies this week, he called the press "the fake, disgusting fake news." The crowd was yelling and booing so loud, particularly at Jim Acosta from CNN, that it was concerning to Amanda Dickson. She asked the women on a Woman's View about the current state of the president's attacking of the press. Dixie Huefner, member of the Utah Citizens Council: "To call the press the enemy of the people is a very dangerous thing to do. The press is always critiquing current elected officials. That is its role. The basic role of the reporting press is to call the facts. Calling the press FAKE NEWS destroys trust in our institutions." Jeanetta Williams, president of the Salt Lake Branch of the NAACP: "It's unfortunate that it's being led by the president of the United States.
  • Vote Yes on Prop 4 to stop gerrymandering!
    Prop 4 will establish an independent commission to draw the maps for state and congressional seats. Dixie Huefner of the Utah Citizens Council: Gerrymandering has become so invasive and counterproductive to democracy. Gerrymandering designs the maps in such a way to product incumbents, protect the party in power, really take away the votes that belong to the voters. It allows the representatives to select their voters rather than the voters select their representatives." "Gerrymandering has allowed the ideological view of the left and the right to take predominance over the centrist positions of come let us work together." Jeanetta Williams, president of the Salt Lake Branch of the NAACP: "We need to make sure that people register and vote. Proposition 4 is on the ballot. Gerrymandering ha

Thursday, August 2, 2018

  • Do you have a right to make a ghost gun?
    Let's talk about the so called "ghost guns." Should the blue prints for these guns be available on the internet so that you could use a 3D printer to make one? Amanda Dickson asked her guests on a Woman's View. Jeanetta Williams, president of the Salt Lake Branch of the NAACP: "It's a dangerous road, especially when you can take these guns through TSA. They're not traceable. You don't have to report that you have one. Even if it just shoots one bullet at a time, that one bullet can kill someone. I did hear there are attorneys general who are pushing a halt to this, but it's already been downloaded before." Dixie Huefner, member of the Utah Citizens Council: "My instinct is 'Why do we want to permit this kind of behavior on the internet?' I remember when someone was posting how to build a n

Sunday, July 22, 2018

  • We have to become our own journalists!
    Mark Zuckerberg talked this week about his policy regarding allowing posts on Facebook that are false. He said that he will allow people to post things that are false (denying the Holocaust) as long as they don't incite violence. Amanda Dickson asked her guests how they felt. Liz Sollis is the marketing and communications manager for the Salt Lake County Library: "At the library we believe in intellectual freedom. Everybody wants to learn about something different. My boss often says we have something that will offend everyone. There is value in reading from different perspectives." Sally Dietlein is the executive producer at Hale Center Theater: "We have the mentality that if it's in print it's true. Much of it is opinion based. If we're going to navigate our world, we need to be willing
  • Have you ever made a snap judgment that was totally wrong?
    Have you ever made a snap judgment about someone that turned out to be completely wrong? What did you learn from it? Amanda Dickson saw an article on this topic and asked her guests if this has ever happened to them. Sally Dietlein is the executive producer at Hale Center Theater: "I operate a live stage theater. We have over hundreds and hundreds of actors, production teams who walk in the theater every year. Some of them are covered in tats, gages in their ears. I used to think, 'I wonder if this person is trustworthy?' I have learned that they are some of my favorite people. They are fabulous folks." Sally reminded us, "Most people are wonderful in this world." Lisa Walker is a certified athletic trainer and teacher at Springville High School: "I think snap judgments are human nature. M
  • "He didn't ask her what her political party was. He just gave."
    Amanda Dickson shares the story with her guests of a teacher on a plane who shares her story with her seatmate of how she works with low income students. The people sitting around her wound up giving her hundreds of dollars. Lisa Walker is a certified athletic trainer and teacher at Springville High School: "It's hard to get teachers into the low income schools. The teachers don't have the money to purchase the supplies and the parents can't be of as much support. But it's not just in low income schools, it's everywhere. Less emphasis on testing and more emphasis on the actual needs." Sally Dietlein, executive producer at Hale Center Theater: "Teachers spend more time with our kids than we do. If you are going to raise my taxes and and say it goes directly to the teachers, I'm fine with th

Thursday, July 19, 2018

  • What's the best book you've read recently?
    What is something you've read recently that you've loved? Amanda Dickson asked her guests. Liz Sollis, marketing and communications manager with the Salt Lake County Library, recommends "The Travels of Daniel Asher" about immigration and other things. She also recommended "Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Literary Society." Sally Deitlein, executive producer of Hale Center Theater, went back to an old friend, John Grisham, and read "Street Lawyer." Then she picked up "Hamilton," which is 700 pages. "I am wading through this. This is beautiful, elevated language, which I love, but it takes a little bit to get through it." Lisa Walker, certified athletic trainer and teacher, just recently finished "The Vow." "It's the true story of a young couple who finds each other. There is a terri

Sunday, July 15, 2018

  • Bipartisanship for a Supreme Court nominee? Why not?
    We saw history being made this week when President Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Immediately some were praising him and others were saying he would lead the country to destruction. Where is the open-mindedness? Dr. Lisa Stout, urologist with Summit Urology Group, said "No matter who President Trump nominated the Democrats would say he's the worst candidate ever. Orrin Hatch said he is the most brilliant mind. It will be interesting to see what unfolds over this." Robin Ebmeyer, UVU's Director of Emergency Management and Safety, said, "One thing I thought was sad was when people said, 'I don't care who it is, it will be terrible.' This person is already an appellate judge who's already gone through hearings. His judgments have shown that sometimes his personal
  • "I know what you're against, but what are you for?"
    There was a wonderful editorial in the Deseret News recently that was headlined, "I know what you're against, but what are you for?" Amanda Dickson asked her guests to react. Holly Willard is the owner of Grand View Family Counseling in Bountiful and she loved this quote from Hamilton. Holly had the chance to screen the documentary on Mr. Rogers recently. There were quotes that said he would never be appreciated in this decade because he is too good, he would be made fun of. His premises were based on love and understanding.  Dr. Lisa Stout is a urologist with the Summit Urology Group. She said she recently finished a book called Fearless by Adam Brown. He was "so for patriotism and making things right. Directing the negative toward a positive makes such a difference. In communication wit