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My view: The true pursuit of happiness is the aim of life

Jefferson's and other early Americans' vision of the pursuit of happiness.

Michael Gerson: The Syrian fire will continue to burn

Over the last four years, America has largely been a bystander in the largest strategic and humanitarian disaster of our time: the collapse of sovereignty in Syria. Read more »

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Charles Krauthammer: A dose of coldhearted realism is always welcome

How do you distinguish a foreign policy "idealist" from a "realist," an optimist from a pessimist? Ask one question: Do you believe in the arrow of history? Or to put it another way, do you think... Read more »

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Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Suggested statements for political warriors to bring buzz

Memorial Day weekend is the traditional kickoff for candidates in primary elections to focus with intensity on targeted voters, and for other campaigns to finalize their general election strategies... Read more »

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Ralph Becker: Success in Salt Lake City and other cities — keys to our future

Gatherings of city officials, in my experience, feel exciting and hopeful, unlike the partisan rancor that is so prevalent in today’s national and state political scene. Read more »

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Robert J. Samuelson: The online lending scare

Could online lending cause the next financial crisis? While the odds seem overwhelmingly against it, the recent turmoil at LendingClub — a leading online lender — makes it hard not to... Read more »

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Letter: Why tax bicyclists?

I think we need to continue to promote the use of bicycles rather than do anything to dampen or curtail their use. Read more »

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Letter: Act on Puerto Rico

Because Puerto Rico is not a state, nor a nation free to act for itself, the United States Congress has a responsibility to stop the economic bleeding without bailouts. Read more »

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Letter: Freedom Works

I find it ironic that the anti-establishment rhetoric of the tea party and groups like Freedom Works had much to do with Trump’s surprising success in ousting Ted Cruz and capturing the Republican nomination. Read more »

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Letter: Utah's parks and monuments

The future of rural Utah is in more parks and monuments - that's the way to most effectively benefit from our public lands. Read more »

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In our opinion: Increased on-screen violence makes us less sensitive to real-world violence

Studies have repeatedly demonstrated that ingesting those kinds of violent images makes us less sensitive to real-world violence. Read more »

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My view: The one thing that could solve America's problem with weight

Solving the weight-loss epidemic comes down to one thing: responsibility for self. Read more »

10 hours ago

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John Florez: Have students become pawns for politicians?

Until parents and taxpayers elect leaders who understand our world, have a vision and provide a new organizational structure for public education, our children will continue to have a second-class... Read more »

yesterday

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Letter: US dollar

The stronger greenback has given American consumers both cheaper imports and less expensive travel. However, it has also made our exports more costly to foreigners, which could discourage their sale. Read more »

yesterday

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Letter: Trump's delegate count

I tend to vote for the person I deem most qualified. Read more »

yesterday

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In our opinion: Repairing Salt Lake City streets

Salt Lake's mayor is reversing a period of benign neglect over street conditions. This should be the top priority. A city can’t function as a healthy organism when its arteries are in bad... Read more »

May 27, 2016

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Arthur Cyr: North Korea’s leaders struggle to resist change

In March, the United Nations Security Council passed significantly strengthened sanctions against North Korea. Current dictator Kim Jong-un has publicly acknowledged economic challenges, a... Read more »

May 27, 2016

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George F. Will: Britain at the crossroads

Britain's June 23 vote regarding exit from the EU is the most important European vote since 1945. Read more »

May 27, 2016

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Carmen Rasmusen Herbert: How Alex Boye's 'Lemonade' helped me after I missed my flight home

“The lemons are necessary ingredients, just as trials and hardships are necessary ingredients to make us grow stronger and appreciate the good in life.” Of course, it’s up to us... Read more »

May 26, 2016

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Orrin Hatch: My meeting with Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland

Especially given my personal affection for Judge Garland, I remain committed to thoughtful consideration of a nominee without the particular divisiveness of this campaign season further... Read more »

May 26, 2016

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In our opinion: Not all economic inequality affects poverty equally

Unless anti-poverty efforts address the growing number of single-parent households in need, there will be little progress made in reducing the persistently high levels of poverty — especially... Read more »

May 26, 2016

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Jay Evensen: Utah's election is clear as mud

Elections are among the most important functions a government performs. They must be fair and reliable, but they also should be easy to navigate. Read more »

May 26, 2016

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My view: A de-sexed society is a de-humanized society

Laws have no power to make reality go away, but they can change how people behave in response to reality. Read more »

May 26, 2016

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My view: Mitt Romney's Harry Potter moment: Holding out for a statesman

From George Washington’s denial to seek a third term of office onward, statesmen have properly denied the presidency when offered. Read more »

May 26, 2016

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A. Scott Anderson: Sen. Bennett: Selfless service characterized his life

Sen. Bob Bennett’s passing truly does diminish us all. We should honor his legacy by following his example of service, of walking humbly, of loving mercy, of doing justly. That surely is... Read more »

May 26, 2016

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Michael Gerson: Conservatives' deal with the devil

Donald Trump attacked the Republican establishment as low-energy, cowering weaklings. Now Republican leaders are lining up to surrender to him — like low-energy, cowering weaklings. The... Read more »

May 26, 2016

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Dan Liljenquist: Collective neurosis in Puerto Rico

“Neurosis is always a substitute for legitimate suffering.” — Carl Jung. Puerto Rico is suffering from a collective neurosis. Government leaders everywhere must embrace the... Read more »

May 26, 2016

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Letter: Luxury homes in mountains

We need to do what we can to protect our wildlife for future generations. Read more »

May 26, 2016

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Letter: 'Utah values'

Let’s look at recent examples of our politicians’ supposed Utah values. Read more »

May 26, 2016

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In our opinion: Tragedy in Aleppo should motivate response

The campaign of genocide against Christians and other sects continues in the Aleppo region, and there is presently no clear sense of direction toward restoring order. Read more »

May 25, 2016

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My view: Waste, fraud in education hammering wages, economic growth

Fraud and wasted resources at America’s schools and universities are a big reason wages are sinking and growth is so slow. Read more »

May 25, 2016

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Jay Evensen: Like it or not, politics and money go together

We all seem to hate the connection of money and politics, which is like hating the connection between fish and water. Try winning an election without money and you’ll end up flopping and... Read more »

May 25, 2016

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Richard Davis: Who needs to go to the bathroom

The Obama administration's draconian bathroom and locker room edict was wrong. But North Carolina state officials' reaction was also wrong. We need to find a balance rather than stand in partisan... Read more »

May 25, 2016

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Letter: Where's the action?

I firmly believe that those who vote to keep the present gang of lawmakers in office are doing a disservice to many thousands of other Utahns. Read more »

May 25, 2016

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Letter: BYU in a conference?

BYU needs to prove it belongs in a conference. Read more »

May 25, 2016

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In our opinion: A social media enabled high-tech, high-stakes echo chamber

The report of a carefully engineered strategy to manipulate the support of the American people for the Iran deal is troubling. It was based on a targeted message to naÏve and inexperienced... Read more »

May 24, 2016

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John Hoffmire: Does aid work? Markets, big goals or both?

Efforts to aid the poor should become less of a public relations affair and take on a more scientific approach. Read more »

May 24, 2016

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Derek B. Miller: Utah's economic development workhorse

Those on the EDCUtah team act as ambassadors for the state and its citizens, and no one is better at making that important first impression. Read more »

May 24, 2016

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Letter: Nothing is 'free'

Bernie Sanders will be the death of the American workforce if he is elected. Read more »

May 24, 2016

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Letter: Citizens have a duty

I urge my fellow Americans to think clearly and perform their civic duty Read more »

May 24, 2016

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In our opinion: Finding – not forcing – a balance for transgender rights

We believe in fairness for all. We believe if people of goodwill come together in the crucible of democratic processes, they will forge thoughtfully tailored and lasting solutions for the dignity... Read more »

May 23, 2016

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On Second Thought: A lighthearted look at the news of the day

A lighthearted look at news of the day. Clinton’s campaign has turned into the political version of The Biggest Loser. Whatever she loses now, she’s sure to gain back in a few months. Read more »

May 23, 2016

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My view: Biggest reason for physician shortage

Most primary care physicians have been spending far more time looking at computer screens after seeing patients than in direct patient care. Read more »

May 23, 2016

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In our opinion: Those intolerable TSA security lines

Some are clamoring for duties of the TSA to be turned over to private contractors instead of government employees. The irony of that is that, prior to 9/11, most of these services were, in fact,... Read more »

May 23, 2016

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Michael Gerson: The Dalai Lama's path to peace

The uniqueness of the Dalai Lama's voice in global debates is his emphasis on the inner life. He roots the pursuit of peace in a "calm mind" — and displays it. Read more »

May 22, 2016

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Robert J. Samuelson: The Olympic sinkhole

Once upon a time, hosting the Summer or Winter Olympics was considered a national trophy and global status symbol. Sure, costs were high, but with rapid economic growth, they seemed bearable. No more. Read more »

May 22, 2016

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Doug Robinson: Leonardo chief's doing a job she believes in

Even before the Leonardo was open and before anyone knew what it would become, Alexandra Hesse knew she would work there. Now she is leading the museum and taking it in a new direction. Read more »

May 22, 2016

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About Utah: Others opened the door, but she did the walking

Through a combination of her own pluck and plenty of help from others, African immigrant and college graduate Leah Tsiame Thacker is living the American dream. Read more »

May 22, 2016

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Drew Clark: Will 2016 be the breakout year for the Libertarian Party?

This combination of two widely regarded former Republican governors — Gary Johnson of New Mexico and William Weld of Massachusetts — could elevate the Libertarian Party to an entirely... Read more »

May 22, 2016

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My view: The supergentrification of Sugar House

Many think the new high-rise buildings and proposed projects in the Sugar House area are leading to the destruction of the Sugar House village character. Read more »

May 22, 2016

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Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: The 'bathroom issue' and others affecting Utah elections

Spring seems to have finally arrived, bringing flowers, bright clothing … and new issues for politicos. We tiptoe through the political tulips. Read more »

May 22, 2016

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