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Utah

Salt Lake is HIS city
In 16 short years, Italy native Valter Nassi had become Salt Lake City's restaurateur supreme. Read more»
Saturday, Aug. 2 2014 9:40 p.m. MDT

Sports

Utah quarterback Travis Wilson must now show how to lead
Citation at USANA, last week, underscored how being under the microscope is a full-time project for a big-time signal-caller. Read more»
Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:20 p.m. MDT
3 in-state college stars to get excited about this fall
With college football camps starting up in coming days, there are three star players in Logan, Salt Lake and Provo who can have breakout seasons in 2014 and make a huge impact on the Read more»
Friday, Aug. 1 2014 7:10 p.m. MDT
Utah runner produces feats for the ages (or aging)
Brad Barton, a motivational speaker and magician from Ogden, has shredded the record books for middle-distance running — at the age of 48 Read more»
Sunday, July 27 2014 11:55 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 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»
Monday, July 28 2014 7:17 p.m. MDT
First 'real' job teaches lessons, offers a few surprises
Every job we hold during our long years in the work force teaches us something. My 16-year-old daughter is about a month into her first "real" job, and so far it has been a great experience Read more»
Tuesday, July 29 2014 8:00 a.m. MDT

Opinion

The economic impact of high-ethanol blend fuels
I am persuaded that a new market for natural gas based high-ethanol blend fuels would have an incredible positive impact on our economy. It would also lead to significant environmental Read more»
Thursday, July 31 2014 11:27 a.m. MDT
Political market research — Can it be trusted?
Last week, the Doug Owens congressional campaign released an Owens-commissioned survey of 400 voters showing him only nine points behind Mia Love. The survey generated the usual debate Read more»
Sunday, Aug. 3 2014 12:00 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
On Second Thought
A lighthearted look at news of the day. Read more»
Monday, Aug. 4 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT
Elect leaders who can lead, give hope and unite
Unless we elect leaders who can lead, give us hope and unite us instead of divide us, we will continue to become a second-class state. Anything less is a recipe for failure. Read more»
Saturday, Aug. 2 2014 6:48 p.m. MDT
High levels of student debt affect many parts of economy
Graduation from college with massive amounts of debt may delay large purchases, such as homes and cars; it can delay savings and investment for retirement; it can steer potential entrepreneurs Read more»
Monday, July 28 2014 7:30 a.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
Citizens and society need investigative journalism
It is the task of journalists to uncover illegal or unethical actions by government officials. Without this role, the public is ill-served and ultimately unable to make intelligent Read more»
Wednesday, July 30 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT
Hamas and its financial priorities
A good test of an organization’s priorities is what it spends its money on, particularly when money is scarce. That applies to what is currently unfolding in Gaza, where hard Read more»
Monday, July 28 2014 6:13 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
But what of those who never heard?
A respected Protestant philosopher, considering the destiny of those who haven't heard the message of Christianity during their mortal lives, reasons his way to a hypothesis that will Read more»
Thursday, July 31 2014 5:00 a.m. MDT
Bad days are inevitable — complaining is not
To my pal who thinks all my days are perfection, think again. Just because I don't dwell on them doesn't mean I don't get punched in the mouth like everyone else. Bad days are inevitable Read more»
Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:00 a.m. MDT
In religion and art, the toads are very real
Religion, in my world, is never a premise to be believed, disproven, then discarded. Religion is what brings a tear to your eye or makes you feel as if you’ve sprouted wings. Read more»
Saturday, Aug. 2 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

Family

When it comes to family, blood is thicker than fighting over a toy
As I watch my kids play, pester each other and play some more, I'm just glad they have each other. Read more»
Tuesday, Aug. 5 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
Boycott the play date? Why not just do it right?
We, as parents, are the ones trying to make play dates fit with our lives. We want them to be orderly, planned and well-supervised. But the best play dates are messy, completely chaotic Read more»
Wednesday, Aug. 6 2014 9:50 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
Here's one of the most powerful ways to improve the moral character of our world
The most powerful way to improve the moral character of our world is not policing but talking. We can help one another stay morally engaged by simply talking more often about the values Read more»
Wednesday, Aug. 6 2014 11:00 a.m. MDT
Utah’s interesting, divided society
We love Utah. We love the mountains and the desert. We love the people. We even love the interesting and unique culture. But on some levels, a kind of divided, two-sided, competition-mixed-with-animosity Read more»
Thursday, July 31 2014 10:14 a.m. MDT
Looking for the rainbow after a storm
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Wednesday, Aug. 6 2014 7:32 p.m. MDT
Why are there giant robot footprints in your backyard?
Whatever you do, don't go outside tonight. Trust me. If you have to go out, just stay away from the University of Utah. Read more»
Friday, Aug. 1 2014 5:41 p.m. MDT
The happiest place on earth
Can geography determine happiness, or is happiness simply a state of mind? Read more»
Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:20 a.m. MDT