Columnists

Utah

He's a fair fixture
For 59 years and counting, Gary Graham has made the Utah State Fair his office. Read more»
Monday, Sept. 1 2014 9:00 a.m. MDT

Sports

Shop talk isn't a problem for Ute assistant coach Sharrieff Shah Sr. and family
Football is a 24-7 proposition for the sports-oriented family of former Ute player Sharrieff Shah Sr. Read more»
Tuesday, Aug. 26 2014 11:55 p.m. MDT
A visit to Greenwich, the place that hatched Hall of Famer Steve Young
Some of the demographics in Greenwich, Conn., have changed since Steve Young attended high school, and this is a place that is used to celebrity, but it was informative to walk the Read more»
Monday, Sept. 1 2014 5:20 p.m. MDT
Alex Smith, "The Game Manager" earned his big contract
It's a backhanded compliment for a quarterback to be called a "game manager," the label that has attached itself to former Ute Alex Smith, but he wins games and the Chiefs rewarded Read more»
Tuesday, Sept. 2 2014 1:21 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

Pets and rental properties aren't a great mix
The problem is I really do have a heart for animals. I love them. But as a landlord who’s running a business, it just doesn’t make sense. Read more»
Tuesday, Sept. 2 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT
How does your boss feel about work-life balance?
I've repeatedly argued that work-life balance is good for both employees and companies. However, most of the surveys I've cited to draw that conclusion have been based on interviews Read more»
Tuesday, Sept. 2 2014 1:09 p.m. MDT

Opinion

Solution to inversion is to lower corporate tax rates
The Obama administration is highly exercised about "inversion," the practice by which an American corporation acquires a foreign company and moves its headquarters out of the U.S. to Read more»
Thursday, Aug. 28 2014 8:51 p.m. MDT
Islamic State terrorists and our national security
We must be determined, along with the other peoples of the world, to keep the Islamic State group from spreading, isolate it and eradicate it. Read more»
Thursday, Aug. 28 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT
How Utah politicos put their summer to good use
Too bad the president didn’t take his cue from Utah politicians — all of whom put their summers to highly effective use. We provide the results of a scientific survey asking Read more»
Sunday, Aug. 31 2014 1:30 p.m. MDT
Navy with a mission — Do Americans want U.S. power projected?
The Navy, with embarked Marines, is the primary instrument for the use of military power. The question, however, is: Do Americans, demoralized by squandered valor in Iraq and Afghanistan, Read more»
Wednesday, Aug. 27 2014 7:50 p.m. MDT
School board — Take a deep breath, create a vision
The state school board needs to have a vision established before — not after — selecting a new superintendent. Read more»
Saturday, Aug. 30 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT
Monied interests and democracy
Over $2 billion was donated to the U.S. presidential candidates in the 2012 election. Read more»
Monday, Sept. 1 2014 6:39 p.m. MDT
School start times are designed for everything but the kids we're trying to educate
The American Academy of Pediatrics says we're starting school too early for teenagers to thrive. It's a simple fix, it says, but one that policymakers seem reluctant to take for a lot Read more»
Tuesday, Aug. 26 2014 9:22 p.m. MDT
The State Board can do better than Lockhart, and should
In a state where the majority of the legislature is divided between those who are satisfied to neglect public education’s acute needs and those who would like to kill off public Read more»
Wednesday, Aug. 27 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT
Obama has his own 'killer rabbit' moment
Carter had his "killer rabbit" moment, and it seems like Obama's is linking his golf game with responding to James Foley's beheading. Obama can change that image with a firmer hand Read more»
Monday, Sept. 1 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

Faith

I'm not getting married in the LDS temple, yet
This reader has made the decision not to get married in the temple and wants her mother's support. Asks Angela for help and advice. Read more»
Tuesday, Aug. 26 2014 5:00 a.m. MDT
Paul and his list of eyewitnesses
The oldest Christian creedal formula occurs in a letter written by the apostle Paul in the mid-50s AD, but it contains material that derives from roughly two decades earlier. It takes Read more»
Thursday, Aug. 28 2014 5:00 a.m. MDT
What a temple trip can teach about missionary work
Is there really any difference between the work of members and that of our full-time missionaries? Read more»
Tuesday, Aug. 26 2014 5:00 a.m. MDT
An earthquake at 3 a.m. is a literal wake-up call
I was in Oakland when the recent earthquake hit northern California. I awoke at 3 a.m. in an undulating bed. My first thought, in my mental fog, was “I don’t remember asking Read more»
Saturday, Aug. 30 2014 5:00 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
World peace and the family reunion
Mother Teresa said world peace comes from loving our families. Nowhere does that get tested more than at family reunions. Read more»
Wednesday, Aug. 27 2014 7:00 p.m. MDT

Family

How media could help the family
In Chapter 10 we will look at some of the things that the larger institutions of our society could do (or stop doing) to better support the smallest institution of the family. Read more»
Thursday, Aug. 28 2014 7:55 p.m. MDT
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
Parents: Stop pushing your children to be the best
The old adage of "do your best" has been replaced with the new childhood mantra of "be THE best." Read more»
Tuesday, Aug. 26 2014 4:55 p.m. MDT
What do our kids see when they look at us?
We stand three times taller than a typical child. We'd have to cozy up to a mammoth 18 feet tall to get the same feeling. Imagine how tall a chair or a crib would seem. Picture your Read more»
Monday, Aug. 25 2014 5:05 p.m. MDT
What to say to a flirtatious co-worker
If you are astute in reporting what is already happening and insightful about the effects it has on things your co-worker cares about, he or she is likely to listen. Read more»
Tuesday, Sept. 2 2014 5:00 a.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
Hobo tarantulas should get back on the train and leave
A telemarketer told me that this is the time of year when hobo spiders are most aggressive. They had better stay away from my house. Read more»
Monday, Sept. 1 2014 4:38 p.m. MDT