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My view: Medical marijuana: Google vs. PubMed

By making medical marijuana legal now in Utah we are getting ahead of the medical experts.

John Florez: Justice reform needs fixing

The JRI is a bold and forward piece of legislation that seems to reconcile the debate between punishment versus rehabilitation of criminal offenders. Read more »

19 hours ago

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In our opinion: Conflicts in Turkey, Syria affect families here

Unfortunately, what’s currently happening in Syria has the potential to directly impact every family in the United States, particularly if the war expands beyond a regional conflict. Read more »

19 hours ago

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My view: Why so many Americans find Trump and Sanders appealing

Americans are smarter than the political establishment gives them credit. Read more »

19 hours ago

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My view: What's behind water funding travesty

Water in Utah is important, but Utah uses more water per capita than any other state and charges less for it. We have indeed made the “desert bloom,” but now it’s time to join... Read more »

19 hours ago

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My view: AARP urges presidential candidates to take a stand on Social Security

Our goal is to make sure that once a new president is sworn into office, he or she will work with Congress to make sure Social Security fulfills its promise to the American worker. Read more »

19 hours ago

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Robert J. Samuelson: Despite cries to the contrary, economy may still be in expansion cycle

All eyes are on New Hampshire, but maybe we should be paying more attention to the economy. Along with the volatile stock market, recent indicators hint at a slowdown or recession. This could... Read more »

19 hours ago

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In our opinion: Alleged medicinal benefits of marijuana have far outpaced science

For whatever reason, the alleged medicinal benefits of marijuana have far outpaced science in the United States and other parts of the world, with governments giving sanction to a drug that is... Read more »

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My view: Does going to pot send the wrong message to Utah children?

The potential health effects of marijuana on our children are real. The risk to patients and children outweighs potential therapeutic benefits, especially without supporting medical studies. Read more »

yesterday

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My view: Marijuana: The new miracle drug?

Personal observations regarding health products often make us reach false conclusions. Many chronic disease symptoms come and go. Spontaneous remissions occur. Some people incorrectly... Read more »

yesterday

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A. Scott Anderson: Use Envision Utah blueprint as a policymaking guide

Thanks to Envision Utah, we know how to make Utah’s future bright. Now we need policymakers to make the vision a reality. Read more »

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Rely on invisible hand?

I am petrified when I look outside and can’t even see the beautiful mountains or when I read news stories about red air days putting pregnant women and their babies at significant risk. Read more »

yesterday

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Understanding the constituents

To our elected officials that truly seek to understand your constituents, thank you for your service. Read more »

yesterday

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Jay Evensen: Ask people in the Third World if vaccinations are good

The Third World is on the verge of completely eliminating preventable childhood deaths because of the widespread dissemination of vaccines, while the U.S. is on the verge of embracing disease again. Read more »

Feb. 11, 2016

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In our opinion: Critics of porn resolution miss point

The Utah resolution does not call for any kind of regulatory control over the production or distribution of pornography, but raises the issue in the context of a health concern that demands greater... Read more »

Feb. 11, 2016

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Dan Liljenquist: Increasing police officer pay

The real question is: How do we best solve the public safety recruiting and retention situation in Utah? There is no easy answer to this question. Read more »

Feb. 11, 2016

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My view: The dangers of unilateral debt restructuring for Puerto Rico

The president has called on Congress to establish a legal regime applicable only to U.S. territories, which would allow for a comprehensive restructuring of Puerto Rico's liabilities. Read more »

Feb. 11, 2016

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My view: Scouting: Friend or foe?

I had the opportunity to study in-depth the relationship between the church and Scouting while writing a history for the 2013 LDS-BSA centennial celebration, and I recommend keeping two historical... Read more »

Feb. 11, 2016

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My view: Taxes, surplus and the Utah Legislature

What really gripes me is when our governor and legislators brag about the “surplus” in the income tax. That is not a surplus. By itself it is barely enough to cover just the growth in... Read more »

Feb. 11, 2016

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My view: Many stakeholders working together to achieve success

Investing in education must be done strategically and with a clear plan for improving student performance. Read more »

Feb. 11, 2016

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Jonathan Johnson: The truth about sales tax collection

The debate is not about tax on the Internet. Rather, it is about who collects taxes for states and under what circumstances. Under the U.S. Constitution, Congress, and not the states, has exclusive... Read more »

Feb. 10, 2016

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Jay Evensen: Legislature's pornography resolution tough to hear over all the giggles

Those who think we have progressed since the 1950s, when even the mention of sexual intimacy in public would generate uncomfortable giggles, are wrong. The difference today is that the giggles have... Read more »

Feb. 10, 2016

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Richard Davis: Why do I serve?

Since service is primarily about fulfilling needs of others, our attention should be other-centered, not self-centered. In other words, the rewards others receive from our service should be our... Read more »

Feb. 10, 2016

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My view: Where is our Medicaid expansion?

Utah needs Medicaid expansion to help those Utahns who are struggling. Read more »

Feb. 10, 2016

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In our opinion: Internet sales tax should create a 'fair playing field'

One truth does prevail. The status quo, in which some jurisdictions collect some sales tax from some online retailers while others don’t, can’t persist. Read more »

Feb. 10, 2016

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My view: Mayor Biskupski deserves to build her management team

SLC's new mayor should be able to hire a team of managers in her administration who can help implement her vision. No matter how good the managers are from the previous administration, the mayor... Read more »

Feb. 10, 2016

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Letter: Support HB201

Teachers' pay should not be based on a test that not all students take seriously. Read more »

Feb. 10, 2016

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Letter: Coal and job creation

My family managed to transition away from growing tobacco and I trust enough in American ingenuity to be confident that soon everyone will find jobs that don’t profit from pollution. Read more »

Feb. 10, 2016

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Letter: Animals in public places

Utah state law does not allow animals inside grocery stores and restaurants, except trained service animals. Comfort animals are not allowed. Read more »

Feb. 10, 2016

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In our opinion: National security and the email controversy

It may be too much to ask that this investigation proceed without the taint of political manipulation. The high-stakes world of presidential politics makes it impossible for anyone to view this... Read more »

Feb. 9, 2016

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Barack Obama: Religious freedom keeps us strong

When others are trying to divide us along religious lines, we have to reaffirm that most fundamental truth — that we are all God’s children, all born equal with inherent dignity. Read more »

Feb. 9, 2016

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John Hoffmire: Birthing centers in the Philippines: Saving one mother at a time

Of the 830 daily global maternal estimated deaths in 2015, 550 or so happened in sub-Saharan Africa, 180 in Southern Asia, and only five in developed countries. Read more »

Feb. 9, 2016

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My view: They run toward danger

Whether the call for help requires a dramatic rescue or a simple act of kindness, officers consistently place the needs of the community above their own. Read more »

Feb. 9, 2016

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Ralph Hancock: The anti-establishment delusion

Each of the three versions of the anti-establishment illusion might contain at least a grain of truth, but all must repress a hard fact of the human condition: there will be an establishment.... Read more »

Feb. 9, 2016

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Robert J. Samuelson: The false charms of Sanders' plan for single-payer health care

Could Bernie Sanders' "Medicare for all" proposal — national health insurance — be as good as he says? It's doubtful. Read more »

Feb. 9, 2016

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Medicare Advantage

Rep. Mia Love has worked hard for the state of Utah, and one thing she should get behind is Medicare Advantage, which has recently been cut by hundreds of billions of dollars. Read more »

Feb. 9, 2016

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Military and women

If Secretary Carter really meant what he said about women and the military, he should embrace the idea of drafting women without reservation. Read more »

Feb. 9, 2016

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Carpool

If everyone carpooled, Utah's air would be a lot healthier. Read more »

Feb. 9, 2016

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My view: Online purchases are not tax-free

We know there’s always a concern about taxes, and rightfully so. Utah is a conservative state with conservative spending habits. We know that by lowering overall tax rates, businesses will... Read more »

Feb. 8, 2016

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Jay Evensen: On Second Thought: The 1 percent Bernie Sanders keeps talking about

A lighthearted look at news of the day. Finally, we now know the identities of the dastardly 1 percent that Bernie Sanders keeps going on about. It’s all those Iowans who made up the... Read more »

Feb. 8, 2016

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Is it time for our first woman president?

I am looking for a candidate who recognizes a woman’s contribution from her heart, her emotional intelligence, her brain and her varied life’s pursuits. Read more »

Feb. 8, 2016

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Government works best when it's not on autopilot

Last year, the state’s Tax Review Commission examined earmarks and issued a report that recommended ending nearly all of them. Read more »

Feb. 8, 2016

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Radon, the unrecognized killer

Within the beauty of Utah lurks a natural (but avoidable) killer: radon. Radon is a radioactive gas that is silent, colorless, tasteless, odorless and carcinogenic. Read more »

Feb. 8, 2016

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In our opinion: The lesson of international poverty reduction

The interests of the rich and the poor are not mutually exclusive. The challenge is to learn how to serve both. The lessons of global poverty reduction may shine a light on a better path forward. Read more »

Feb. 7, 2016

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About Utah: Selling bikes the new-fashioned way

Fezzari Bicycles is located off the beaten track in Lindon, but bike enthusiasts around the world have no trouble finding it. Read more »

Feb. 7, 2016

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H. David Burton: Calling on local leaders to address intergenerational poverty

Defined as a chronic use of public assistance and condition of poverty that continues from one generation to the next, intergenerational poverty is a fundamentally different challenge than... Read more »

Feb. 7, 2016

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Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary will affect Utah

Shrewd consultants are absorbing and adapting while the dinosaurs are refusing to change. Read more »

Feb. 7, 2016

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Drew Clark: Why Utah's thriving technology sector also need gigabit speeds

Information highways are the building blocks for software in the same way that physical highways are necessary for cars to get from here to there. Both information and concrete highways are... Read more »

Feb. 7, 2016

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Charles Krauthammer: The 'establishment' nonsense

The Iowa results clarified the dynamic of the Republican race. There are only three candidates in the race and, as I argued last week, each represents a different politics. Read more »

Feb. 7, 2016

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George F. Will: The Super Bowl's 60 minutes of damage

How many deceased players had, and how many former players have, or how many current players will have, CTE is unknown because it can only be confirmed by autopsy. Its symptoms, however, are... Read more »

Feb. 7, 2016

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Letter: Poor air quality

The air quality in Utah affects everyone. Read more »

Feb. 7, 2016

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