Reliving their great escape from a movie seat
In 1990, against thought-to-be-impossible odds, eight Mormon missionaries fled a civil war in Liberia and lived to tell about it. Read more»
Monday, May 25 2015 9:55 a.m. MDT

U.S. & World

Bill Clinton at the UN applauds Ebola success
Speaking before the U.N. Economic and Social Council, former President Bill Clinton applauds the health care workers who helped achieve an Ebola-free Liberia, even though "no small Read more»
Friday, May 29 2015 11:48 a.m. MDT


It's easy for this working parent to understand Curry's decision to bring daughter to press conference
Riley Curry, with her cheesy grin, is a gentle reminder that parenting isn’t a part-time job that is easily wedged into time off. It’s an all-consuming, gut-wrenching, life-altering Read more»
Sunday, May 24 2015 8:10 p.m. MDT
Tackle football for girls — another step in a dangerous direction?
All-girls league is a logical idea, but for a game already with safety worries, this might not be the time to bring more kids into the fray. Read more»
Thursday, May 28 2015 4:00 p.m. MDT
BYU's unexpected NCAA qualifier explains remarkable 10,000m race
Spencer Gardner was ranked 47th of 48 in the field for this week's 10,000-meter race at the NCAA regional track but his game plan to attack his goal before and during the race produced Read more»
Friday, May 29 2015 8:20 p.m. MDT
14 state championships and counting ...
Alta High soccer coach Lee Mitchell has won eight girls state championships and six boys state championships in three decades, making him the state's winningest soccer coach Read more»
Thursday, May 28 2015 8:12 p.m. MDT
Need a way to help the miles pass by? Here's some podcasts to listen to while running
Rather than listening to the same old music or, worse, the same thoughts rattling through my head run after run, podcasts are my go-to distraction to pass the miles on a long run. Read more»
Friday, May 22 2015 8:05 a.m. MDT
Utah, BYU not getting a lot of love in Sporting News' preseason issue
The Utah and BYU football teams are not expected to make much of a national splash, according to the Sporting News college football preseason issue. Read more»
Sunday, May 17 2015 7:15 p.m. MDT
Brady's role in 'Deflategate' could cast shadow on his career
The ongoing saga "Deflategate" won't go away. Patriots star QB Tom Brady insists he did nothing wrong and has threatened to sue the NFL if he's suspended. But his alleged role in the Read more»
Sunday, May 17 2015 3:56 p.m. MDT


Build your budget together
The budget process, if you’re the nerd in the family, should start with you writing it all out. Then he sits down with you, has an equal say in the decisions and you two OK it Read more»
Tuesday, May 26 2015 9:22 p.m. MDT


How we treat animals is a measure of human moral progress
I'm convinced that our great-grandchildren will find it difficult to believe that we actually raised, herded and slaughtered animals on an industrial scale — for the eating. The Read more»
Friday, May 8 2015 12:00 a.m. MDT
Credit Utah's Sen. Lee as the driving force behind USA Freedom Act
Utah Sen. Mike Lee has successfully championed the bipartisan USA Freedom Act, which would end the NSA’s blanket “metadata” collection and storage activities. The Read more»
Thursday, May 28 2015 11:50 a.m. MDT
Congress should modernize highway funding with 'chips,' not 'concrete'
Funding transportation infrastructure is one of the core responsibilities of government. Whether those roads are paid for by corporate taxation, by a steeper gas tax or by something Read more»
Sunday, May 24 2015 12:00 a.m. MDT
Mediocre 'favorability' ratings hint at Utah's varied attitudes toward Congress
Last week, a UtahPolicy.com poll, which was picked up by other media, showed mediocre “favorability” ratings for Utah’s four U.S. House members. Your columnists weigh Read more»
Sunday, May 24 2015 12:05 a.m. MDT
In childhood, risk is inherent
Today's saturating media tug children beyond childhood prematurely, but not to maturity. Children are cosseted by intensive parenting that encourages passivity and dependency and stunts Read more»
Thursday, May 14 2015 12:00 a.m. MDT
In a smart-car future, what could possibly go wrong?
Frankly, I hope I’m completely wrong about all of this. Just to be safe, however, I’m hanging onto my 2000 model sedan. Read more»
Thursday, May 28 2015 12:05 a.m. MDT
We broke our promise with the mentally ill — we need to act upon the values that built this valley
What we have done is to isolate them in a mass of human squalor we euphemistically call shelters and dismiss them as homeless. We try to ignore them or treat them with pity at best Read more»
Saturday, May 30 2015 12:00 a.m. MDT
What are the costs, benefits of restoring U.S.-Iran relations?
What are the pros and cons of a potential agreement between the United States and Iran, two countries that have not had diplomatic relations since the 1979 hostage-taking in Tehran? Read more»
Monday, May 25 2015 7:30 a.m. MDT
Baltimore riots — perception seems to be black and white
Comments about recent events in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray provide a glimpse at perhaps one of our greatest challenges — perception. In this case, as in too Read more»
Tuesday, May 5 2015 9:20 p.m. MDT
Cupboards-bare plea shines light on need that extends well beyond one man's troubles
When Clarence Blackmon asked for help, his needs were met quickly and with great generosity. But it's more than a heart-warming story; it's a reminder of the invisible who live among Read more»
Tuesday, May 19 2015 12:00 a.m. MDT
Another conflict of interest issue shadows AG Reyes
Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes is being dogged by a conflict of interest charge again. Last December, it was his unwillingness to defend Senate Bill 54. This time, it is over a campaign Read more»
Wednesday, May 27 2015 12:00 a.m. MDT


Joseph Smith's vision of the 3 degrees of glory was a gift from God
Historical evidence suggests that the doctrine of three degrees of glory really did come by revelation, rather than from study and theological speculation. Read more»
Thursday, May 28 2015 9:00 a.m. MDT
Do you fit the Mormon mold or break the mold?
As we all grow more aware, I think the conformers will allow mavericks more wiggle room and the renegades will learn to respect those who conform and what they offer. I’m banking Read more»
Wednesday, May 27 2015 3:59 p.m. MDT
Whistlers and whittlers boys of Nauvoo organized to protect the Prophet Joseph
Joseph Smith's enemies were constantly hounding him and looking for opportunities to do him harm. A special group of bodyguards was formed: the boys of the city, who were free to wander Read more»
Saturday, May 30 2015 5:00 a.m. MDT
A Mormon, a Muslim and a Hindu sit down together on a plane
A Muslim, a Hindu and a Mormon sit down together on a plane. It sounds like the beginning of a bad religious joke, but this is just what happened to me recently on a flight from Minneapolis Read more»
Wednesday, May 20 2015 12:00 p.m. MDT


Bloopers shown under the end credits should not be a film’s highlight
The comedy “Hot Pursuit,” with Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara, is a failed comedy whose funniest moments come as bloopers under the end credits. Read more»
Thursday, May 14 2015 4:40 p.m. MDT
'Tomorrowland' not as good as hoped
When the word got out that Disney was producing a movie titled “Tomorrowland,” the speculation and anticipation started. So what was actually delivered? I’m still Read more»
Friday, May 29 2015 10:51 a.m. MDT
Cemeteries bring memories of family spread near and far
Family members may be spread far and wide, but searching cemetery records online can bring them closer. Read more»
Tuesday, May 26 2015 9:23 p.m. MDT
Are your possessions stealing your happiness?
I am reclaiming my life from all the "stuff" weighing my family down. Read more»
Wednesday, May 27 2015 12:33 p.m. MDT
Utah songwriter takes dreams to stage at Cottonwood High School
Utah-native Nate Gagon is the creator of "A Father’s Day” — an original musical. Like a dream that never stops singing, the project combines passion for music with Read more»
Wednesday, May 27 2015 12:15 p.m. MDT
What a breakfast taught me about hypocrisy
I experienced true obscenity at breakfast. No, it was not what you may be thinking — it was not at Hooters before noon. It was in a five-star hotel in Manila, Philippines. What Read more»
Monday, May 18 2015 11:25 p.m. MDT
Could a humpback whale make your child stop interrupting?
Do any of you parents ever struggle with things like bickering, fighting, interrupting, rudeness, disrespect and sibling rivalry? Read more»
Tuesday, May 26 2015 5:14 p.m. MDT
Connecting the past with the present
An awareness of the hard work our ancestors put into living can help us try harder to be people they would be proud of knowing. We have the capacity to build on their dreams. Read more»
Wednesday, May 20 2015 7:11 p.m. MDT
6 things my mother never taught me
While growing up and eventually becoming a mother of five, I've recognized many things that, thankfully, my mother never taught me. Read more»
Sunday, May 10 2015 11:30 a.m. MDT
This column was not typed with my brain
I used to take it for granted that I could sit down and just type something on my computer. Recently, it has not been so easy. Read more»
Friday, May 29 2015 9:56 p.m. MDT