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Friday, October 27, 2006

Lyle Hillyard the Blogger

Lyle Hillyard is less dependant on technology than any one else in the Utah Senate. Maybe even the entire legislature.

Lyle was the last human being in the free world to live without a cell phone. His wife ultimately bought one for him last summer for HER birthday.

The desk in his law office holds papers, books and a lamp. But no computer. And yet . . . he has become one of the Senate Site's most prolific bloggers.

Go figure.

He blogs, posts PDF files of supporting documentation, and podcasts like . . . well the appropriate analogy escapes me.

A few from the archive:
A million unspent
Streamlined Sales Tax
Extreme Makeover
Dollars and Accountability
Class Size Reduction Proposal
Class Size
Chuck Wagon
Romance & Intrigue
Memorial Day
Site Visit 2006
Projecting Revenue
What if the answer is no?
The Budget: A Refresher Course
Better Interaction = Better Government
Site Visit Recap
Session Perspective
Early Budget Approval?
Retirement Issues
A Few Thoughts
And, of course, the news from his garden:
Garden Work
Autumn and the End of the Garden
Senator Lyle Hillyard -- a Cache County original, just like the Festival of the American West and Aggie Ice Cream.


Blogger Assistant Village Idiot said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. Did Wacky Hermit over at Organic Baby Farm put you onto me? She's the only consistent Utah visitor I have.

When I see a profile that says "The Federalist Papers" among favorite readings, I suspect a closet libertarian is behind it. In NH, libertarians are geeks who have the Bill of Rights memorized, but i understand that the NORML and strip-club zoning crowd tends to be heavy in the libertarian movement in other regions.

10/29/2006 12:13 PM  
Anonymous Marie said...

Why'd you have to go and mention cell phones? I just don't buy that Sen. Hillyard was "the last human being in the free world to live without a cell phone." I mean, what happened to his state-purchased BlackBerry? Aren't taxpayers paying $250K for these phones, without access for constituents to the numbers (HB258)...

FYI, I am a human being in the free world who is still living without a cell phone. Maybe I've got some things in common with the Senator. :) I'm certainly not eager to make yesterday's luxury today's necessity. But I also recognize and appreciate advances that allow me to have read this post, and replied to it.

10/31/2006 1:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations Senator Hillyard! I have enjoyed reading your posts this past year. You actually sound like a real person. (Romance and intrigue excepted:)
I think it's great that you blog without a computer. We should all be so inspired to be involved. Thanks for making access and information easier.

10/31/2006 5:38 PM  
Blogger Tyler Farrer said...

I don't have a cell phone.

It's kind of like the guy that invented the Furby also lived in a log cabin with no electricity.

Eccentricities abound.

12/30/2006 9:21 AM  
Blogger Mrs. Iverson said...

Senator Hillyard, I wanted to post a comment that really doesn't pertain to anything on your blog, but has to do a little with government subsidized housing/low income housing.
My husband and I bought a home in Ogden a few months back and within 3 weeks of each other, not 4 months after we bought our home, we both lost our jobs. We have had to move into my in laws home and share a bathroom with a college girl they rent our neighboring room out to. Our son sleeps in the computer room upstairs and gets so scared at night, he crawls into the first bed that has an open door. My point is this, we can't buy another home anytime soon because he wont start his new job for a few months. He went to school to become a helicopter pilot, which costs about $100k but in return only pays about $40 to $50k a year if you are lucky. He loves his job so it is worth it. But his student loan is a 30 year loan with $1000 a month to pay back. It is ridiculous. It is more than our mortgage was. So, when he does start a job, although it will pay average, we need to subtract $1000 a month from our income to pay for the loan. BEcause of that, we cannot qualify for low income housing, even though we can't afford anything more than $450 a month now. When you are in school and you have gotten grants and loans, whatever extra you have above and beyond what pays for school is considered income to any government subsidized housing/low income housing, so why isn't it deducted from our income when we are paying back and need the reduced housing more than ever. The same goes for medical assistance. They don't look at the fact that he stepped up to the plate, paid out the rear end to get his schooling done, and has fallen on hard grass at the moment. We need medicaid SO bad right now, and not even my son qualifies. I lost my medical insurance with my job and i have be extremely sick for 8 months now and still need farther testing to find out what is going on. It is a double standard and it is hurting a LOT of your constituents. Please do something about it. Please allow student loans that are in the repayment period to be deducted from annual income when it comes to getting government help. Please do something to change that.
Thank you!

10/20/2008 4:17 PM  

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