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Utah

So little time, so many veggies to eat
Some experts recommend we eat 7-10 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Are they kidding? Read more»
Monday, Aug. 18 2014 7:45 p.m. MDT
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

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
Whittinghams all about peace, love and hard tackles
Kyle Whittingham treats son Alex the same as other players when they're on the field, but they share an affinity for rock 'n' roll's greatest band. Read more»
Saturday, Aug. 16 2014 10:35 p.m. MDT
Offensive line play will determine how many games BYU wins this fall
More than anything else, the play of BYU's offensive line will determine how successful the Cougars are this fall. Read more»
Monday, Aug. 18 2014 10:50 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
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

Strategic thinking – Why Hillary got it right
Leave it to Barack Obama's own former secretary of state to acknowledge the fatal flaw of his foreign policy: a total absence of strategic thinking. Read more»
Thursday, Aug. 14 2014 7:30 p.m. MDT
Those who confront death — ISIS and arming the Peshmerga
The ISIS scourge continues as Islamic militants, surging with primeval bloodlust, are torturing, slaughtering and then mutilating the corpses of men, women and children in northern Read more»
Thursday, Aug. 14 2014 4:49 p.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
Is Provo really an impoverished city?
There is a problem with how we measure poverty in this country, which hasn’t changed since the mid-1960s, and with how we measure wealth. Read more»
Wednesday, Aug. 20 2014 9:50 a.m. MDT
Corporate or public interest, which is it?
The governor and legislators take pride in touting Utah as the best-managed state in the union, at least when it comes to promoting business development; but it may be at the expense Read more»
Saturday, Aug. 16 2014 9:41 p.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
2 legal tests of Joseph Smith's integrity
An accurate understanding of Joseph Smith's many encounters with the law reflects positively, not poorly, upon his character. Read more»
Thursday, Aug. 14 2014 3:00 p.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
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
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
What not to think when a loved one is battling postpartum depression
In the end, depression will be fought and conquered personally and privately. But that doesn’t mean anyone — mothers, fathers, sons or daughters — should wage the Read more»
Thursday, Aug. 14 2014 10:15 a.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
Looking for the rainbow after a storm
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Wednesday, Aug. 6 2014 7:32 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