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Utah

She showed him the light
Acclaimed Utah artist Valoy Eaton is painting through his grief after the death of his wife Ellie after 58 years of marriage. Read more»
Sunday, Aug. 17 2014 9:00 p.m. MDT

Sports

BYU, Utah and everyone else eventually deals with the NCAA
In honesty, if not for NCAA rules, college athletics would be overrun by rogues. But as with most bureaucracies, the rules take on their own life. Read more»
Wednesday, Aug. 20 2014 7:50 p.m. MDT
5 former BYU quarterbacks could start at other schools this fall
Five former BYU quarterbacks could start at other programs when the 2014 college football season kicks off next week. Read more»
Friday, Aug. 22 2014 8:25 p.m. MDT
BYU's schedule is a football sampler
BYU will travel about 22,000 miles this year to play one of the wackiest, most random schedules in the country while living the nomadic life of a football independent. Read more»
Thursday, Aug. 21 2014 11:00 p.m. MDT
After weeks of cricket and darts, it's nice to follow American sports again
After being in England for a few weeks, Mike Sorensen is happy to be watching American sports like football, baseball and, of course, beach volleyball. Read more»
Sunday, Aug. 3 2014 7:25 p.m. MDT
Any coach's secret to success — better players
"You know, we're a lot smarter when we've got better players," a wise high school coach told me this past week, only half-joking. Indeed, any coach in America will attest that, without Read more»
Monday, Aug. 4 2014 2:11 p.m. MDT
2013-14 ski/snowboard season the 3rd-best in Utah state history
Even after a slow start, Utah's skier/snowboarder total for the 2013-14 season was the third-best on record. In question, however, is the future of Park City Mountain Resort. A judge Read more»
Tuesday, Aug. 5 2014 10:30 a.m. MDT

Moneywise

Don't make comparisons when asking for a raise
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Tuesday, Aug. 19 2014 7:30 a.m. MDT
What did you learn about work-life balance this summer?
As they start school this week, at least a couple of my children will likely be asked to write some kind of "what I did this summer" essay. Since it's been an interesting season for Read more»
Tuesday, Aug. 19 2014 8:30 a.m. MDT

Opinion

The role of a great power — Stopping the worst people on earth
"People like this ultimately fail," Barack Obama said of Foley's murderers. Perhaps. But "ultimately" can be a long way — and thousands of dead — away. The role of a great Read more»
Thursday, Aug. 21 2014 10:10 p.m. MDT
Running to remember those who fell in Guatemala
Six years ago this Sunday, my work colleagues from Focus Services and I boarded a single engine airplane in Guatemala City to fly to a tiny airfield in northeast Guatemala. Ten people, Read more»
Thursday, Aug. 21 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT
Review of questions surrounding 2015 SLC mayoral race
Politicos are ruminating about the next big election — the 2015 Salt Lake City mayoral race. We review the questions surrounding the inscrutable Mayor Ralph Becker. Read more»
Sunday, Aug. 17 2014 11:50 a.m. MDT
Into a new void?
This far into the human story, only the historically uninstructed are startled by what they think are new permutations of evil. Read more»
Thursday, Aug. 14 2014 6:21 a.m. MDT
Marijuana acceptance will lead to social costs
Washington and Colorado are on the leading edge of a dangerous public policy move that separates getting high from responsible behavior. Read more»
Thursday, Aug. 21 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT
How safe is your school?
It’s parents' right to know their child is safe at school, and it’s the school board's responsibility to take safety seriously as well as the reporting of incidents and Read more»
Saturday, Aug. 23 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT
Measuring a nation’s stability
What is a nation? This simple question has been at the heart of political philosophy and historical debate for hundreds of years. Read more»
Monday, Aug. 18 2014 9:53 p.m. MDT
Legislators— Model the Constitution and trust the voters
A state legislator should not be able to time his or her resignation to determine the process by which his successor is selected. Rather, the voters should decide in all cases. Read more»
Wednesday, Aug. 20 2014 6:34 a.m. MDT
Contrary to Krugman, debt outlook looks dim
Paul Krugman looks at interest rates in Italy, Spain and Japan and is reassured. I look at their stagnant levels of economic activity and am alarmed, because they are not alone. The Read more»
Monday, Aug. 18 2014 6:22 a.m. MDT

Faith

My LDS singles ward is one big mutual activity
I'm struggling in my ward because I feel like I'm being treated like a teenager. How can I change this? Read more»
Monday, Aug. 11 2014 12:40 p.m. MDT
The very surprising language of the Book of Mormon
Careful study of the Book of Mormon's vocabulary and grammar suggests that seeming errors aren't errors at all. In fact, they may provide striking evidence that the book's translation Read more»
Thursday, Aug. 21 2014 5:00 a.m. MDT
'Come, follow me' and don't forget the comma
A few weeks ago during personal scripture study, I highlighted a comma that I’ve read many times but never really seen. No doubt you’ve read it, too. In Luke 18, the Savior Read more»
Tuesday, Aug. 19 2014 5:00 a.m. MDT
Mustering a mustard seed of faith in others
There are two ways to read the expression “taken in.” One is positive. It refers to a poor wayfarer being “taken in” and given shelter. The other is not. There, Read more»
Saturday, Aug. 16 2014 10:33 a.m. MDT
The sadness that comes from lost or ruined photos and documents — and the resolution
Heavy downpours of rain and ensuing landslides over the past three weeks are a reminder to plan ahead for potential big-time calamities. Read more»
Wednesday, Aug. 20 2014 5:38 p.m. MDT
Who were the first 3 women to enter the Salt Lake Valley?
Who were the first women to enter the Salt Lake Valley? Why were they chosen? What were they like? When Brigham Young led the first company of 148, these three women were a boon and Read more»
Wednesday, July 23 2014 10:07 p.m. MDT
Time to kill the exclamation point!
As we’ve morphed from the handwritten letter to the email to the text or “comment,” we’ve had to navigate how to convey our emotions in shorter bursts of thought. Read more»
Wednesday, Aug. 13 2014 5:00 a.m. MDT

Family

Meaningful family relationships are forged in life's 'village'
If it takes a village to raise a child, then people whom we consider family don't necessarily have to share our DNA. Read more»
Tuesday, Aug. 19 2014 4:50 p.m. MDT
Movies that attract kids, like 'Guardians of the Galaxy,' should strive to be less profane
“Guardians of the Galaxy” is funny, except when it falls back on coarse language as a punch line. Read more»
Wednesday, Aug. 6 2014 11:00 a.m. MDT
Preparing kids to be kind, strong at school
While I’m prepping my house and brain and closets for the school year, I also like to take time every year to prep my kids for the social component of school. Read more»
Friday, Aug. 22 2014 7:40 p.m. MDT
Lessons learned from burnt vegetables
Recently, my wife almost burned down the house. She was cooking some vegetables and forgot to turn off the oven. No, she did not do it on purpose. She was not plotting insurance fraud Read more»
Monday, Aug. 18 2014 10:19 p.m. MDT
The fastest way to change your behavior is to change your environment
We have far less control over our behavior than we think. The best way to control your behavior is to take control of the things that control you, starting with your environment. Read more»
Tuesday, Aug. 19 2014 3:00 p.m. MDT
Who’s winning the war on families?
Even as parents try harder and put forth more effort, raising responsible and values-centered children is getting harder and harder. Read more»
Tuesday, Aug. 19 2014 3:55 p.m. MDT
The man who delivers flowers, candy and much more
Dale was a rock star in the Native American areas. He knew all of the people by name and made them feel great. He had a big heart, encouraging all of them to rise above their poverty. Read more»
Wednesday, Aug. 20 2014 5:30 p.m. MDT
Remembering Robin Williams and all those moments of humor, absurdity and joy
We have a very happy visitor in our home, and it's made me reflect on the times that Robin Williams visited us. Read more»
Friday, Aug. 15 2014 4:27 p.m. MDT