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Natalie Gochnour: 2 Utahs and the need for investment

I see a dichotomy of two Utahs playing out. One is prosperous and promising. The other is poor and reliant.

In our opinion: Addressing truancy needs to be a collaborative, sustained national effort

It seems like truancy has existed as long as schools have. Erasing absenteeism needs to be a priority, which is why the Center for American Progress (CAP) has released a report in an attempt to... Read more »

1 hour ago

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John Florez: Politicians use immigration as a piÑata

Politicians are once again using immigration as a political piÑata. They use it as a way to exploit the fear and anxiety the public has over change. They would have us become isolationist at a... Read more »

10 hours ago

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Letter: Next step for Bishop

If Rep. Bishop's bill is expected to pass muster in our U.S. Congress, he needs to move beyond the state Legislature and present a meaningful conservation proposal that does justice to our beautiful state. Read more »

10 hours ago

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Letter: I-15 corners cut

Driving across the 500 South and 2600 South overpasses can best be described as something akin to riding on poorly paved railroad tracks. It was nowhere close to a smooth, seamless connection from the main freeway strip to the bridge... Read more »

10 hours ago

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Jay Evensen: Seinfeld's kid demonstrates why licensing is killing the economy

You don’t want your heart surgeon winging it after watching some DIY video on YouTube. But most government licenses are for low-paying jobs that, at the least, shouldn’t require so much... Read more »

yesterday

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My view: Medicaid expansion deserves recognition, as it is 'the right thing to do'

The Journal of Health Affairs estimated that over 102 Utahns died in 2013 because they couldn’t afford health care. Imagine trying to pay for health care if you are below 100 percent of the... Read more »

yesterday

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Letter: Human element

It truly is sad when businesses forget the human element and think only of their bottom line. Read more »

yesterday

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Letter: Smallpox question

Was the smallpox vaccination a good thing? Before you answer the question, please bear in mind that smallpox is estimated to have caused the deaths of more than 300 million people during the 1900s alone. Read more »

yesterday

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In our opinion: What's the future of Utah's coal country?

When it comes to discussing national energy policy, it's easy to lose sight of the fact that even minor changes can have a major impact on individuals and communities. We're seeing that now in... Read more »

Sept. 3, 2015

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My view: Revitalizing city centers will revitalize our communities

The Envision Utah study found that 82 percent of Utahns want communities interspersed with mixed-use centers. Realizing these centers doesn’t require a huge outlay of money, just a... Read more »

Sept. 3, 2015

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Dan Liljenquist: Utah's Medicaid expansion proposal unfairly taxes caregivers

I'm opposed to a broad expansion of Medicaid because I am certain that expanding Medicaid to chase a better federal matching rate will critically injure the core Medicaid program we've worked hard... Read more »

Sept. 3, 2015

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David Blankenhorn: In retrospect, 'Well done, Jimmy Carter'

A common view is that Jimmy Carter was a failure as president. I have a different story. I’ve always admired Carter. I cast my first vote for president for him in 1976, when I was 21, and no... Read more »

Sept. 3, 2015

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Letter: Player accountability

The lack of transparency BYU continues to display in the aftermath of the “Miami Beach Brawl” is shameful. Read more »

Sept. 3, 2015

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Letter: New homes statistics

I wonder if the Deseret News would publish statistics on homes built in the last 20 years in Utah, the amount of land that has been cleared to do so and the efforts that are currently going on to preserve nature. Read more »

Sept. 3, 2015

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Richard Davis: The choices for president don't excite Utah voters

Indications now suggest that next year’s presidential election may be a tough one for Utah Republicans. If Republicans nominate a candidate Utahns don’t think much of, and Democrats do... Read more »

Sept. 2, 2015

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Jay Evensen: We won't ever keep up with transportation needs

You get to decide in a few weeks whether to pay for part of this with sales taxes. Just know that we won’t ever be able to keep up. The bureaucrat hasn’t been born who would approach... Read more »

Sept. 2, 2015

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In our opinion: SUU's Edge gives just that to undergraduates

Southern Utah University’s project-based Edge program was recently nominated for the National Society of Experiential Education's 2015 outstanding program award, which honors best practices... Read more »

Sept. 2, 2015

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My view: Alton coal mine proves grouse need endangered species protections

Unless it’s sage grouse extinction and more harm to our climate that the BLM wants, expanding the Alton coal mine should be rejected. Read more »

Sept. 2, 2015

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Letter: Classy vs. vulgar

I want to keep Trump out of the White House. I'm not sure Hillary Clinton can do it, but I am sure Bernie Sanders can do it. Read more »

Sept. 2, 2015

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Letter: Amusement parks

Scientific advances certainly make it possible to have life-size robotic dinosaurs roaming through a park, interacting with visitors and giving them rides. What once was a dream often becomes reality. Read more »

Sept. 2, 2015

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Letter: Alaskan resources

Alaskans should be allowed to develop our resources; we will do it responsibly and in a manner that benefits not only us, but Utahns, the nation and the world. Read more »

Sept. 2, 2015

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Letter: Answers first

In regards to the proposed sales tax increase, we need to ask the following two questions: What specific projects will a sales tax increase be used for? Will the sales tax be returned to pre-sales tax levels after these projects are... Read more »

Sept. 2, 2015

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In our opinion: What will spark the necessary global outrage against Islamic States group?

The existence of the Islamic States group is an intolerable affront to human decency. Yet world governments wary of past military missteps find themselves unable to confront the Islamic States... Read more »

Sept. 1, 2015

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My view: Utah charter schools experience phenomenal growth, should remain an option for students

I would suggest that this concept of school-level control might be the most important discovery we could cross-pollinate from our charter schools into our neighborhood schools. Read more »

Sept. 1, 2015

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Lois M. Collins: Do we like heroes or gossip better? And what does it say about us?

People magazine had an interesting dilemma recently: Lead with the story of three American heroes, or a "celebrity" who may have cheated on his wife. What they chose may say something about us. Read more »

Sept. 1, 2015

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