Jay Evensen
Jay Evensen is the senior editorial columnist for the Deseret News. He has been on the editorial board since 1994. Prior to that, he was a reporter for the Deseret News, the Las Vegas Review-Journal and United Press International in New York City, covering a wide range of subjects from crime to politics. His weekly column on politics and social issues has won numerous local, regional and national awards. Jay Evensen graduated from Brigham Young University in 1983 with a B.A. In journalism and a minor in Scandinavian Studies. He was a fellow of the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism at the University of Maryland in 1992. His work was recognized with an award by the John Templeton Foundation in 2006 for the editorial treatment of human virtue and its importance in the life of our society and country. His employer nominated him for a Pulitzer Prize in 2002 for a series of editorials on drunken driving. Jay is a member of the SDX Foundation Board, an arm of the Society of Professional Journalists. He served six years on the national governing board of SPJ. He also is a member of the National Conference of Editorial Writers. He lives in South Jordan, Utah, with his wife, Kirsti. They have five children and two grandchildren.

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Yes, a half-century of isolation has failed, but dictators seldom relinquish power or change behavior because of U.S. policies.
Raising taxes, especially one that doesn’t work, would be nutty in a year of surpluses.
A lighthearted look at current events.
A lot of people view prisons like sewage plants, necessary for handling an unpleasant task but best kept out of sight. And yet they are among the most important facilities a government can build and operate.
Don't believe the doomsayers. A higher speed limit on I-15 will not result in a bloodbath.
A lighthearted look at news of the day.
We all would be better off if the lines between good and bad behavior once again were clearer.
If you find yourself having to pay local sales tax some day for something you buy on a far-away website, you may have either Salt Lake Mayor Ralph Becker or Utah Gov. Gary Herbert to thank.
A lighthearted look at news of the day.
Thanksgiving weekend is a good time to take it easy and digest recent news events. In that spirit, here are some thoughts to nibble on: