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Utah

Meet Tim Taylor, the man who gets you to and from work every day
Ever wondered who creates and implements those crazy, counter-intuitive intersections with the NO LEFT TURN signs that are so in vogue these days? Tim Taylor is one of those guys and Read more»
Monday, July 14 2014 3:00 p.m. MDT
Q&A with former Kearns, Cottonwood principal Reed Wahlquist
In an 11-year stretch as principal at Kearns High School and then Cottonwood High School, Reed Wahlquist cut a memorable swath. Read more»
Monday, July 21 2014 4:04 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
Decades later, equality still a problem for college sports
Retiring SLCC Athletics Director Norma Carr says rising stakes in college sports are on "a train that can't be stopped." Read more»
Thursday, July 17 2014 10:00 p.m. MDT
BYU, Pac-12 scheduling is an interesting dynamic these days
BYU will play the likes of Cal, UCLA, ASU, Arizona, Stanford, USC and Utah in seasons to come as the Pac-12 appears to like the Cougars as a non-conference fill-in heading into the Read more»
Monday, July 21 2014 9:41 p.m. MDT
Coaching shuffle adds intrigue to SUU-WSU football matchup
Southern Utah University head football coach Ed Lamb has nothing but respect for his three former assistant coaches who left the T-Birds' program after last season to join new head Read more»
Saturday, July 19 2014 6:30 p.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

Don't leave an estate with life insurance
You don’t use life insurance to leave an estate. It’s a bad idea. You leave an estate by saving and investing. Read more»
Tuesday, July 22 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT
Lessons in work-life balance show in many faces
The more I write about my quest for better work-life balance, the more likely I am to see lessons in everything around me. For example, I have recently seen such lessons both in the Read more»
Tuesday, July 15 2014 8:00 a.m. MDT

Opinion

There is a silver lining to Shurtleff and Swallow arrests
While I agree with Gov. Gary Herbert’s comment that the arrests of Swallow and Shurtleff are a “black eye for our state,” I believe we can hold our heads high that Read more»
Thursday, July 17 2014 7:21 a.m. MDT
Do arrests of Swallow, Shurtleff reflect a deeper ethical decay?
The arrests of former attorneys general John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff have fostered some deep introspection among Utah political leaders. Read more»
Sunday, July 20 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT
Mississippi votes its appetite
McDaniel's defeat, like many the tea party has experienced this primary season, brings that feisty faction face to face with a melancholy fact: Americans' devotion to frugal government Read more»
Wednesday, June 25 2014 10:19 p.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
Technology disrupts cultural values
Today’s world, driven by technology that is changing exponentially, makes the challenge of clinging to our old values more critical than ever before. Read more»
Saturday, July 19 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT
Why we must take energy poverty seriously
Poverty has been, and continues to be, one of the major problems facing both developed and non-developed countries across the world. Read more»
Monday, July 21 2014 9:10 p.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
Latter-day Saints should appreciate the president
This suggests that Utahns’ disapproval goes beyond the job Obama is doing to the person himself. Yet, let me suggest three reasons why Latter-day Saints should think better of Read more»
Saturday, July 19 2014 5:47 p.m. MDT
Shurtleff and Swallow are 'innocent until proven guilty' in the A.G. scandal
The fact that two of Utah’s former attorneys general were arrested on the same day for a series of alleged crimes has made national news. The history behind the current travails Read more»
Monday, July 21 2014 3:29 p.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

I don't want to go to BYU
This high-schooler wants to go to school out of state but is struggling to get parental approval and asks Angela for advice. Read more»
Monday, July 7 2014 7:13 a.m. MDT
On 'hanging out' with a comfortable god
It's a natural human tendency to seek to walk in our own ways, after the image of our own god, whose image is in the likeness of the world. We need to correct for this tendency by continual Read more»
Thursday, July 17 2014 5:00 a.m. MDT
A day in the life of Mormon missionaries in Woodstock, Virginia
After a successful experience trailing missionaries in Baltimore, I recently arranged a similar day in a very different place. Woodstock, Virginia, home to four full-time missionaries, Read more»
Friday, July 18 2014 5:00 a.m. MDT
What it means to magnify church callings
To borrow Paul's analogy, when it came to church callings, our patriarch was both the "head" of the body and one of the "toes." And in his heart, he saw both as vital, invigorating Read more»
Wednesday, July 9 2014 11:30 a.m. MDT
Days for Girls is changing girls' lives around the world
A $10 donation will transform a woman's life. Celeste Mergens, of Days for Girls, was helping orphans in Kenya, Africa, and went to bed one night praying to do more. She awoke to a Read more»
Sunday, July 20 2014 5:00 a.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
High on a mountaintop
Like George Mallory, we may climb mountains "because they're there." Bred of part folly and part nerve, it is the mountain that changes us. Read more»
Wednesday, July 16 2014 5:00 a.m. MDT

Family

The cult of the individual, or 'me' vs. 'we'
The Oxford Dictionary chooses a “word of the year” each year— This is the word that, by its common and popular use, best defines where our culture is going. The word Read more»
Tuesday, July 15 2014 5:15 p.m. MDT
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
A prime-time mockery of marriage
Men and women looking for love via reality TV are getting more desperate than ever. In a new FYI Network show called “Married at First Sight,” three men and three women Read more»
Tuesday, July 15 2014 6:00 a.m. MDT
You're not in jail, so what is your excuse?
Individuals alone choose not to perform a push-up or sit-up. They take the elevator not the stairs. They are the makers of their schedule and stewards of their time and talents. They Read more»
Monday, July 21 2014 5:15 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