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, March 18, 2018
- "It wouldn't be much of a universe if it wasn't home to the people you love."
How did you feel when you learned of the passing of science's brightest star - Stephen Hawking? Amanda Dickson asked her guests for their thoughts. Francine Giani, Executive Director for of the Department of Commerce, said "His life proved a disability doesn't have to slow you down. He did defy all odds. He was brilliant. This earth, this world, needed Stephen Hawking." Carol Tuttle, famous author, speaker and businesswoman, "I don't think Einstein was as well-known in his lifetime. I think he was the most well-known scientist in his lifetime. His mind was its own universe in a way. Think of all the minds he influenced because he was popular." Heather Barney, Communications Director for Senator Orrin Hatch, "You can't think about the galaxy or the universe without thinking about this great
- Do you want UTA to change its name? Do you care?
Carol Tuttle, author, speaker and businesswoman, knows a lot about branding, so Amanda Dickson asked her about re-branding (or re-naming) UTA - which was part of the transportation bill. Carol said "Branding is about how people experience your product. Changing a name is completely worthless unless a product is creating the value of the brand. Domino's got a lot of attention recently because they had a reputation for having bad pizza. Instead of changing the name, they improved the pizza." Francine Giani, the Executive Director of the Utah Department of Commerce, said "The Governor explained that the user of UTA just wants the product to work. I know the $50 million wasn't appropriated for the name change. The former Lt. Gov Greg Bell is now the chair of UTA, and I have full confidence i
- Should we put metal detectors in our schools?
Heather Barney, Communications Director for Senator Orrin Hatch, says, "I have absolutely no problem with that. I remember when my son was at East High School when the administration got wind of a rival gang coming to the school, and I thought - we're not far away from metal detectors in our school. Why not?" Carol Tuttle, author of The Child Whisperer, worked in the prison. She talks about what it's like to enter the prison. "It changes the environment. No question. The mood is definitely affected. There are preventative measures that need to be taken five steps before metal detectors. What can we do that helps a child when he's in grade school?" Francine Giani, Executive Director of the Utah Department of Commerce, says "I think we need to give teachers the right and responsibility to br
- What did we learn when the kids walked out?
We saw students walk out of class by the thousands this week, here in Utah and all over the country, in support of not only gun control but each other and the desire to be safe. Amanda Dickson asked her guests what we learned and what they thought of the students' protest. Francine Giani, Executive Director of the Department of Commerce, said, "I was proud of them. It's a youth-led surge of activism. They're concerned about their safety. In Utah, we saw 17 acts of kindness. It's good to be involved." Heather Barney, Communications Director for Senator Orrin Hatch, said "It was inspiring to see so many get involved. They are fed up. They want to go to school and feel safe. The frustrating part to me is that the media focused on one issue, and that is gun control, and that is such a small pa
Sunday, March 4, 2018
- "Let's talk about suicide."
"Let's talk about suicide." That's what Lt. Governor Spencer Cox says. It's a difficult subject, but let's do it anyway. Christine Cooke is the Education Policy Director for the Sutherland Institute. She said, "He's done a great service by opening up this discussion. He shared it with a group. A 13-year-old girl came up and said, 'Thank you so much. I've been considering it, and I needed to hear you say that.'" Brandi Kirksey, VP of Marketing with Horizon Credit Union said, "It was so refreshing to have someone show their weakness, to tell the children it's okay to show your feelings. It doesn't make you bad or wrong - it just makes you human. There is light at the end of the tunnel." Dr. Lisa Stout, urologist with the Summit Urology Group, reminded us that "after the young woman hugged Lt
- Is it a teacher's job to take a bullet for my son?
Is it in a teacher's job description now to teach my child, inspire my child, and take a bullet for my child? What a horrible question Amanda Dickson puts to her guests on a Woman's View. Brandi Kirksey, VP of Marketing with Horizon Credit Union, said "I don't think there is a teacher out there who wouldn't do that for her student. That's why they go into teaching - because they love their students and want them to succeed. But to expect that of them? It's not right." Dr. Lisa Stout, urologist with Summit Urology Group, gives kudos to the students in Florida who are crying out for help. She also congratulated a man in Utah who created a wooden block that teachers could put on their door so no one could get in, and they have lots of orders for them. Christine Cooke is the Education Policy D
- We can't wait for legislation to fix it!
How do we keep our kids safe in school? This week we saw the first meeting of the Utah Task force on Campus Safety. Amanda Dickson asked her guests what they thought? Christine Cooke, Education Policy Director at the Sutherland Institute, said "It's encouraging that we have a task force looking at this, and it's so important to bring together all the different views and perspectives and expertise on this problem." She went on to say, "This is a good starting point, and it's just a starting point." Brandi Kirksey, VP of Marketing for Horizon Credit Union, agreed, "You need to have a seat at the table for everyone, and it is just a starting point." Dr. Lisa Stout, Urologist with the Summit Urology Group, said she "is glad to hear there are so many different people there from so many differen
- A law to allow us to run red lights - yes or no?
Should there be a law in Utah that would allow drivers to run a red light if the light is stuck and there are no other cars or pedestrians around? The Utah legislature is considering a bill. Christine Cooke, Education Policy Director at the Sutherland Institute, "can see the headline, 'Utah lets people run red lights when they feel like it.' That would be the crude takeaway that doesn't tell the whole story. But I would be cautious about putting into law that you can run the red light when it makes sense for you." Brandi Kirksey, VP of Marketing with Horizon Credit Union, said "There would have to be some parameters, which I'm sure there would be. I know I've been stuck at lights when it's late and I'm waiting and waiting, trying to trigger the light. I can see a need for it at certain tim
Sunday, February 25, 2018
- Is Delta discriminating against blind flyers?
Have you seen more dogs on planes recently? Because of that, Delta airlines has enforced more restrictions on service animals on flights. This has put a real burden on people who depend on their service animals. Becky Andrews, author of Look Up Move Forward - My Journey of Finding My Vision While Losing My Eyesight, is blind and depends on her guide dog, Georgie. She has to submit her vet paperwork 48 hours before she flies. Basically, she can't fly like anybody else. If her daughter has an emergency, she can't go back and see her. This must be a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Lisa Walker, certified athletic trainer and teacher at Springville High School, has noticed more dogs on planes recently as well. She is also a landlord. She can prevent animals in her properties,
- Mass shootings - what do we do to fix it?
The students in Florida are telling the world that they want the shooting at their school to be the last mass shooting ever in a school. Amanda Dickson asked her guests, if you were in charge, what would you do toward that goal? Lisa Walker, teacher at Springville High School, says "We have to look at it and say it's possible it can happen here. We can't turn a blind eye. I don't know what the solution is, but we need security personnel. We need training with faculty and staff, as well as with our students. . . If I were in charge, I would give more paid time to be better prepared on the emergency side, basic first aid. Every campus should have a school resource officer, and a certain number of teachers on each campus should be allowed to conceal carry and nobody should know who they are."
- Losing her sight and gaining her vision
Becky Andrews is the author of Look Up Move Forward - My Journey of Finding My Vision While Losing My Eyesight. Becky talks about her journey of losing her eyesight, about life with her guide dog. What an amazing woman she is. She is a marathon runner - training for her 2nd Boston marathon. Becky also owns Resilient Solutions, a clinical mental health practice in Bountiful, and sees patients herself. Joining Becky on the program is Lisa Walker, certified athletic trainer and teacher at Springville High School. Amanda Dickson asks both of her guests about the students in Florida who have been going to Tallahassee to ask lawmakers and adults everywhere to do something to protect them. Lisa says, "Athletic trainers have to have emergency action plans. I work closely with school security. I ca
- "I don't have all the answers, but I know we need to find them."
Amanda Dickson asks her guests what they think of Mitt Romney running for the Senate here in Utah? Lisa Walker, certified athletic trainer and Springville High School teacher, was very happy to see that. "Mitt has experience and clout. We are losing a man who has been there a long time, knew the ropes and has the respect of the party. I like putting someone else who is established and well-respected. I like the way he says, 'I don't have all the answers, but I know we need to find them.'" When author and clinical mental health counselor Becky Andrews thinks of Mitt Romney, she thinks of the Olympics. "I'm excited to see his name in there. I hope we have some good debate." Both Becky and Lisa have the Olympic fever. The both got out their Roots berets from the 2002 games this week. They s
Sunday, February 18, 2018
- Can we afford NOT to provide paid maternity leave?
Amanda Dickson asks her guests their opinions on paid maternity leave. Is it long overdue in this country and this state, or too much of a burden on business, or possibly both? Holly Willard, owner of Grand View Family Counseling in Bountiful, says "I'm an attachment-based therapist, so that attachment that comes in those first months of a child's life is so important. I came back to work sometimes two weeks after my children were born because I needed money." Liz Sollis, Marketing and Communications Manager at the Salt Lake County Library, says "Salt Lake County passed a parental leave policy. It's six weeks of consecutive paid leave for birth or adoption of a child." Laurel Christensen Day, Vice President of Product with Deseret Book, adds "The LDS Church announced last summer a change
- Is innocent until proven guilty the right standard in the White House?
House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy is investigating the way the White House is handling Rob Porter. Amanda Dickson asks her guests several questions - is it okay to have a man with allegations of domestic abuse against him that close to the president? Are you biased toward the victim or does due process say innocent until proven guilty? Liz Sollis, Marketing and Communications Manager with the Salt Lake County Library, says "We should all start by believing. There is a hashtag #startbybelieving. We need to listen and we need to believe. Yes - he deserves due process, but so does she. Yes - he went through a background check, but there are a lot of people who didn't go through a background check because they're elected." Laurel Christensen Day, Vice President of Product with De
- Is our right to buy an AR-15 worth the price we are paying?
We associate freedom with our right to buy a gun in this country, including the freedom to buy an AR-15. Is that freedom worth the death of children in schools, people at concerts and in churches? Is it worth the price we are paying? Holly Willard, owner of Grand View Family Counseling in Bountiful, says "There is a big separation between guns we use for hunting and guns we use for war. The fact that a teenager can go out and get a gun like this is frightening. Who is going to protect us when they have those guns? Laurel Christensen Day, Vice President of Product with Deseret Book, says, "I've changed my view on this. We've got to use more care. I've watched Democrats and Republicans both be in charge and not do anything about this. I honestly think it's time for the mothers and grandmothe