Columnists

Utah

There she is … Miss Amazing
After more than 20 surgeries and a litany of health challenges, Holli Hunt lives a full life — and she's Utah's Miss Amazing. Read more»
Monday, June 30 2014 8:45 p.m. MDT
Local powered parachute enthusiast's got a point of view he'd like you to see
Frederick Scheffel is a powered parachute enthusiast and entrepreneur with a particular affinity for the views in Utah's Dixie. Read more»
Sunday, July 6 2014 10:05 p.m. MDT

Sports

Rocky Mountain Raceway offers regular drivers the chance to drag race
Racing cars has never been on my wish list, but drag racing at Rocky Mountain Raceway was an exhilarating experience. Read more»
Sunday, July 20 2014 4:10 p.m. MDT
Don't expect Jazz to go Jimmer
Free agent former BYU star Jimmer Fredette is a free agent, but Jazz aren't likely to take a chance on a marketing opportunity, but a defensive liability. Read more»
Tuesday, July 1 2014 6:10 p.m. MDT
Why BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall has spent the offseason with his offensive line
Bronco Mendenhall is known as a defensive coach with significant results. But following a bowl loss to Washington in 2013, he has spent significant time working with the Cougar offensive Read more»
Tuesday, July 1 2014 7:26 p.m. MDT
Hayward's price tag too much for Jazz to pay
The Utah Jazz decided Saturday to match Charlotte's offer sheet to Gordon Hayward and re-sign the 6-foot-8 swingman to a max-money deal — $63 million over the next four years. Read more»
Sunday, July 13 2014 10:56 a.m. MDT
Harvey Langi hopes to transfer from Utah to BYU after returning from LDS mission this week
After serving a two-year LDS mission in the Florida Tampa Mission, Harvey Langi will return to Utah on Tuesday and said he hopes to transfer to BYU despite playing his freshman season Read more»
Monday, July 7 2014 4:07 p.m. MDT

Moneywise

Housing payment should be less than 25 percent of monthly income
Your housing payment should not exceed 25 percent of your monthly take-home pay on a 15-year, fixed-rate mortgage. Read more»
Thursday, July 3 2014 7:02 a.m. MDT
Survey: Bullying is wreaking havoc in the workplace
Bullying isn't only a problem for children at school. According to a new survey from VitalSmarts, it's causing problems in offices, too. But just how big is the problem, and what is Read more»
Tuesday, July 1 2014 7:30 a.m. MDT
The power of the 30-year mortgage
While home ownership is not a lone silver bullet to creating a thriving middle class, favorable mortgage terms are an important factor in middle-class success. Read more»
Tuesday, July 22 2014 7:00 a.m. MDT

Opinion

President Obama has become a constitutional squatter
During his administration, President Obama has aggressively and unabashedly taken possession of legislative powers by refusing to enforce laws he disagrees with, by legislating through Read more»
Thursday, July 3 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT
Exploring ramifications of calling for a constitutional convention
Many state leaders are fed up with Congress and the federal government, but the only formal and binding tool they have to push back against federal encroachment is to call a constitutional Read more»
Sunday, July 6 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT
Goldwater 2.0
Fifty Julys ago, up the road near San Francisco, in the unfortunately named Cow Palace, the Republican National Convention gave its presidential nomination to Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater, Read more»
Thursday, July 24 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT
Be careful when changing Utah's attorney general system
Changing the attorney general to an appointed, rather than elected, office may sound alluring, but change for its own sake is useless. Read more»
Thursday, July 17 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT
Freedom is not a state of tranquility
What we often forget is that freedom is not a state of tranquility. The struggle for civil rights we won 50 years ago must be fought over and over again. Read more»
Saturday, July 5 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT
How do we think about poverty?
Is it possible to eradicate poverty? The answer to this question seems to have become more and more optimistic over the past several decades. Read more»
Monday, June 30 2014 9:00 a.m. MDT
If what you see offends you, feel free to knock on the door
Community no longer seems to extend next door or include a helping hand. It's too bad. Read more»
Tuesday, July 8 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT
The struggle for promoting civil rights continues
Today is a day to remember how far the nation has advanced in promoting the civil rights of all. The Civil Rights Acts of 1964 was a major cause. But we also need to realize that the Read more»
Wednesday, July 2 2014 9:56 a.m. MDT
Health care decisions should be left up to individuals
Change the tax law so that Hobby Lobby and every other employer can give its health care expenditures directly to its employees, tax free, empowering them to control their own money Read more»
Monday, July 7 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT
The Internet is the great equalizer, tranquilizer
Knowing my children learn more from my example than from anything I say, I’ve been moved to serious reflection about what I’m teaching them about the Internet. The Internet Read more»
Friday, July 18 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

Faith

He keeps lying about his age
My man keeps lying, I don't think I can handle it. Any advice? Read more»
Monday, June 30 2014 8:49 p.m. MDT
Two opposing errors about the love of God
God isn't merely a comfortable friend, though he can certainly be that. He is also the Lord, the Eternal Judge of the quick and the dead. Both truths must be kept in mind in order Read more»
Thursday, July 3 2014 5:00 a.m. MDT
What 3 words would describe your life?
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Tuesday, July 1 2014 5:00 a.m. MDT
We sometimes pay dearly for phony baloney
I’ve seen the stories. You’ve seen the stories. Folks are replacing religion in their lives with other activities. Young people are fleeing the faith of their fathers. The Read more»
Tuesday, July 8 2014 5:00 a.m. MDT
Resistance builds spiritual strength
Physical resistance helps individuals develop physical strength. Just as individuals benefit from physical resistance, they benefit from spiritual resistance because it helps them build Read more»
Sunday, July 6 2014 5:10 a.m. MDT
It's a day of a flood of family history records, documents
Family history research has changed over the years since I was a little boy. There is a flood of digitized records and documents to help us record and store information on our family Read more»
Tuesday, July 22 2014 10:17 p.m. MDT
Serving refugees surges patriotism
Patriotism surged for me and my daughters after a visit to a South Salt Lake apartment complex where refugees arrive regularly. Read more»
Tuesday, July 8 2014 5:00 a.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
Four steps to the finish line
I never intended to run a marathon. But running has a way of tricking you into doing things you never thought possible. Read more»
Wednesday, July 2 2014 5:00 a.m. MDT

Family

Sticky fingers, summertime and grandchildren
We smile through the busy chaos of family gatherings because our hope is all the mingling will continue and these cousins will be there for each other once we aren’t around. Read more»
Wednesday, July 9 2014 3:35 p.m. MDT
Random Idaho person is disturbed by a foot from Utah
There is a lot of research indicating the dangers of distracted driving due to texting, but very little is know about the problems that can occur when old people decide to text. There Read more»
Friday, July 11 2014 4:14 p.m. MDT
Military service is part of family heritage
This Independence Day, my siblings reminded me of the generations of people in my family who served in and with the military. Read more»
Tuesday, July 8 2014 4:40 p.m. MDT
Making the most of summer
Summer is an amazing time with my kids, but it can also be a little daunting to fill all those days. So here are some summer rules we stick by in our house to keep the days full and Read more»
Monday, June 30 2014 9:40 a.m. MDT
When asked to do good, know why you are saying 'yes'
With emotional education, anyone without training can still learn. It is a skill, not a gift. It is a way of doing interpersonal business in which, with effort and some tutelage, a Read more»
Monday, June 30 2014 4:05 p.m. MDT
More teaching, less threatening can lead to greater influence
Bad behavior is more often due to a lack of skills than to bad motives. When we learn to recognize our tendency to ask, “Why would a reasonable, rational and decent person do Read more»
Tuesday, July 8 2014 4:40 p.m. MDT
The beauty and joy of delayed gratification in relationships
One kind of “instant gratification” that we worry about has to do not with money or things but with sex. Apart from questions of morality or amorality, what is lost or missing Read more»
Wednesday, July 2 2014 9:10 a.m. MDT