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In our opinion: Focus on getting people to the polls, not forcing them to vote

President Obama recently suggested that voting should be mandatory. Be we have a different idea.

John Florez: Lawmakers and the art of punting — the latest time at the expense of education

Utah lawmakers have mastered the art of punting. For two years, they punted on health care for poor families and are still punting. The latest punt was not deciding on the selection of the state... Read more »

23 hours ago

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In our opinion: Obama muses about mandatory voting — but increased, informed voluntary balloting seems best

President Obama recently suggested that voting should be mandatory. The better choice would be a focus on getting people educated early on with the issues at hand and the candidates who might best... Read more »

23 hours ago

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Letter: Never-ending loop

After taking my grandkids to see “Cinderella” this week, I have to wonder whether there are any original stories or movie ideas left, or if we’re all doomed to see the same movies get rebooted and remade every 25... Read more »

23 hours ago

5 comments

Letter: No pay for student-athletes

The NCAA Tournament is so exciting because of the games being played on and off the court. The ones on the court are unpredictable, but so is the one being played by NCAA overseers off the court. I’m talking about the game of... Read more »

23 hours ago

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Letter: Guide to the EPA

Here is the key to understanding the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It's simple: Whatever is not prohibited requires permission. Whatever requires permission will not be approved. Whatever is not approved is prohibited.... Read more »

23 hours ago

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A. Scott Anderson: Scientific research, development are crucial to Utah's economic future

Scientific discovery races on at an ever-increasing rate, disrupting entire industries and creating entirely new categories of jobs and businesses. We need those jobs and businesses in Utah, so we... Read more »

23 hours ago

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In our opinion: Aviation safety

When Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz locked the pilot out of the cockpit and forced Flight 9525 into the rugged Alps, killing all 150 onboard, it sent shock waves around the world. But it need... Read more »

yesterday

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Letter: Conservative courage

What on earth is so extreme about being a principled, constitutional conservative? Ted Cruz is truly a breath of fresh air in a very polluted and toxic political environment. He actually has the courage and the political will to... Read more »

yesterday

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Letter: Corrupted by money

Charles and David Koch, who own Koch Industries, an oil and gas business, have indicated that they will spend $400 million in the upcoming election promoting conservative candidates and negative ads against nonconservative... Read more »

yesterday

40 comments

Letter: Mandatory voting

President Obama is suggesting that we consider mandatory voting. I’m all in favor, as long as everyone has to successfully complete a common-sense evaluation first. Ike May West Jordan Read more »

yesterday

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Jay Evensen: U.S. should put religious liberty front and center in foreign relations

It’s time for the administration to recognize this worldwide trend for what it is — a dangerous attack on conscience and liberty that could undo pluralism and threaten democratic... Read more »

March 26, 2015

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In our opinion: Giving president 'fast-track' trade promotion benefits Utah, U.S. economies

President Obama is advocating approval of “fast-track” trade promotion. Commerce statistics show international trade agreements are vital to Utah’s economic health and suggest... Read more »

March 26, 2015

28 comments

Letter: SNAP for children

A few years ago, living west of Liberty Park, my seven-year-old neighbor came over late in the afternoon. She casually mentioned that she hadn’t eaten anything all day. I asked her why and she replied there wasn’t any... Read more »

March 26, 2015

38 comments

Kenlee Hess: Immigrants improve American economy

For many years, immigration has played a huge part in the building of our country. Immigrants from both the highly educated background and the lower class are needed in our society. They bring... Read more »

March 26, 2015

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Letter: Real cost of expansion

Thanks to Rosemarie Checketts for her timely letter on prison relocation ("Relocate the investors," March 23). I would also add to the discussion the issue of more development in the area. A problem with expansion is... Read more »

March 26, 2015

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Dan Liljenquist: An impactful U.S.-Iran nuclear deal is a mirage

Bickering among Obama, the U.S. Congress and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over nuclear dealings with Iran continues. A nuclear deal with Iran is a mirage, a flickering image upon which... Read more »

March 26, 2015

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George Chapman: A 24-hour city deserves a 24-hour library

If the City Council approves the proposal, the main branch of the Salt Lake City Library could remain open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This would benefit the public, as well as the homeless... Read more »

March 25, 2015

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Letter: Move out of last place

In Sunday’s column by Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb (“Intrigue still percolating,” March 22), the writers made this comment: the “Legislature had enough courage and common sense to raise property taxes a... Read more »

March 25, 2015

33 comments

Letter: America needs change

It’s pretty depressing to wake up almost every morning to read of another agenda item that President Obama is pursuing that makes a mockery of our hallowed past of free and constitutional government. Americans should have known... Read more »

March 25, 2015

61 comments

Letter: Stay focused on the road

My grandson and I escaped serious injury when a distracted driver hit us recently. I always try to make eye contact with drivers when I'm walking through a crosswalk, but this driver’s eyes were down and she was coming at... Read more »

March 25, 2015

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In our opinion: Legislative subsidy for USU athletics — leveling the field or creating a slippery slope?

Utah State University received a $1.5 million appropriation from the Legislature to fund payments to athletes, ostensibly as a way to encourage economic development. However, it seems to create as... Read more »

March 25, 2015

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Richard Davis: Demos shouldn't decide too quickly on presidential candidate

Democrats would do well to give an array of presidential candidates an opportunity to demonstrate their ability to meet voter demands in 2016. That includes Hillary Clinton, but not just her. Read more »

March 25, 2015

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Jay Evensen: Movie industry subsidies don't provide much in return

As states flock to the cameras like star-struck autograph-seekers, Utah remains one of the saner competitors. Read more »

March 25, 2015

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My view: State Legislature could avoid headaches by keeping the prison in Draper

Fortunately, the Legislature voted to allow a full vote on where the Utah State Prison will be located. Prior to that, the Prison Relocation Commission would have made the final decision. The... Read more »

March 24, 2015

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Gov. Herbert should veto SB136

SB136 is unnecessary, because the state's Office of Debt Collection could just file a motion with the court requesting a renewal of the statute of limitations if a debt happened to be approaching.... Read more »

March 24, 2015

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