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In our opinion: Transitioning from coal to solar — Utah in the crosshairs

We are clearly seeing a surge in solar power and other renewable energy sources.

Robert J. Samuelson: Yes we can work longer

"Can Americans work longer?" is a needed debate, but one we are not having. Changing the eligibility age for retirement relates to the larger issue of how much the government should support... Read more »

May 15, 2016

19 comments

About Utah: Figure skating with a chain saw

For Ryan Torcicollo, tree climbing is a job ... and a sport. Read more »

May 15, 2016

1 comment

Drew Clark: Protecting Klingon language by copyright creates a philosophical puzzle

The fan film Axanar builds off the infrastructure of another's creativity. Yet it boldly goes beyond the original author's storyline. The parable of Axanar shows the need to restore balance to the... Read more »

May 15, 2016

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Lane Beattie: Pro-business legislature allows our business community to thrive

I am unabashed in my admiration for those who serve and sacrifice to make our state a better place to live, work and play. Read more »

May 15, 2016

6 comments

Arthur Cyr: New evidence regarding Ukraine air tragedy

Sloppy treatment of both the human remains and the aircraft wreckage confirm that committed thugs and killers cannot be trusted to carry out either humane or forensic tasks. We already knew that. Read more »

May 15, 2016

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In our opinion: The most recent homeless count surprises and disappoints

Among the key reasons for the increase in homelessness is a substantial increase in housing costs in Utah’s urban areas. There are families seeking shelter services simply because... Read more »

May 15, 2016

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Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Bears Ears, Donald Trump and a rocky start

Trump is going to win the Republican nomination fair and square. He got the votes and won the delegates. But, personally, I feel no need to jump on the Trump bandwagon just because he’s the... Read more »

May 15, 2016

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Boyd Matheson: Don't miss the moment trying to capture it

Before we attempt to focus the lens of a camera or phone we should ask ourselves if our focus and attention should be on something more significant. Read more »

May 15, 2016

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Letter: Talk is cheap

In most every key metric, Utah’s economy and quality of life continue to be the envy of the nation. Read more »

May 15, 2016

6 comments

Letter: Trump not Republican

I am a Republican. Trump is not, and never has been, a real Republican. Read more »

May 15, 2016

42 comments

Letter: Review coal program

Making sure taxpayers are appropriately compensated for these assets is time well spent. Read more »

May 15, 2016

6 comments

Letter: Do the work

With millions of lives of mothers and children on the line, it is important to do this work sooner rather than later. Read more »

May 15, 2016

3 comments

About Utah: A mayor with a healthy midlife crisis

Through social media, Mayor John Curtis has transformed Provo into a model of online efficiency. Read more »

May 14, 2016

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In our opinion: Utah's Rep. Bishop is in a pivotal position to influence a solution for Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico’s future has long been a puzzle Congress was happy to kick down the road. As a U.S. territory, its hands are tied. Washington must act quickly in order to avoid a deepening crisis... Read more »

May 14, 2016

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John Florez: The U’s silent spring

Has the University of Utah's handling of the Terry Tempest Williams controversy lost it the moral high ground it once held? Read more »

May 14, 2016

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In our opinion: Preparing for SL Airport expansion

In its current form, Salt Lake International is the nation’s 21st-busiest airport, handling nearly double the capacity it was designed for. Read more »

May 13, 2016

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My view: Millennials shouldn't gamble their wealth on their health

Gambling with one's financial health by remaining uninsured is almost always a losing bet. An unexpected, uninsured trip to the hospital can result in financial ruin. Read more »

May 13, 2016

16 comments

My view: Immigrants vs. natives: the ultimate competition?

The advantages to allowing immigrants are many, and the problems often associated with them are blown out of proportion. Read more »

May 13, 2016

21 comments

Arthur Cyr: Petroleum power is shifting our way

The days when global oil production was symbolized by Arab states are gone, and important contemporary events confirm a new reality. Read more »

May 13, 2016

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Letter: The Second Amendment

We have a right to defend ourselves at any time with convenience, and it is simply natural law for us to have the power to protect ourselves and our families. Read more »

May 13, 2016

71 comments

Letter: Look at the debt

Look at the national debt. Read more »

May 13, 2016

30 comments

In our opinion: A troubling trend toward liberal illiberalism inclusion by exclusion

Inclusion by exclusion increasingly defines both thought and actions at one of the few places where we expect all viewpoints in our communities to be able to thoughtfully exchange ideas: the public... Read more »

May 12, 2016

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Robert J. Samuelson: The stubborn tax gap

The difference between what Americans pay in taxes and what they actually owed for the years 2008 to 2010 (the IRS's latest data), amounts to a huge annual gap averaging $458 billion per year. Read more »

May 12, 2016

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George F. Will: The misadventures of Fannie and Freddie

The two federally chartered but privately owned GSEs, which guarantee 80 percent of American mortgages, were created because Washington wanted to engineer — what could go wrong? — more... Read more »

May 12, 2016

5 comments

Jay Evensen: Americans embrace marijuana blindly

The least we can do is encourage the kinds of rigorous scientific studies to tell us what we are unleashing. Read more »

May 12, 2016

30 comments

Dan Liljenquist: The pathway forward for Puerto Rico

I am pleased to see that Congress has refused to bail out Puerto Rico. A bailout is not the answer. Read more »

May 12, 2016

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A. Scott Anderson: Utah's rich history of innovation and entrepreneurship

Thankfully, Utah has a long tradition of innovation and entrepreneurship, and the focus continues. Read more »

May 12, 2016

3 comments

My view: Am I the GOP's worst nightmare?

Over 50 years, I have never voted for a Democrat for president, but this year I will not vote Republican, and I will not waste my vote on a wish-upon-a-star write-in. I will vote for Hillary... Read more »

May 12, 2016

43 comments

Letter: Bully-in-chief?

We teach kids not to be bullies, but now we want to elect Trump? Read more »

May 12, 2016

33 comments

Letter: Criticism unjust

The criticisms of Lynette Gay and of the World Congress of Families are unjust. Read more »

May 12, 2016

23 comments

Carmen Rasmusen Herbert: Being respectful even when we disagree

Phrases such as “yes, ma’am” and “no, ma’am” are almost unheard of here. Instead of spending so much time teaching our young ones the ABCs, perhaps we should... Read more »

May 11, 2016

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In our opinion: The political lightning rod that is Common Core

It's true that the very title “Common Core” has become a political lightning rod. But to abandon the unique Utah Core that has resulted from the diligent efforts of the State School... Read more »

May 11, 2016

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Jay Evensen: Utah rains can be deceiving, and did you leave the GOP to protest Trump?

You may be interested in scanning some of the issues Utah’s currents are carrying downstream this spring. Here’s a sampling from my files: Read more »

May 11, 2016

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Ralph Hancock: After the culture wars

The moral authority that the Supreme Court gained a half century ago through its role in advancing racial justice seems to have given it carte blanche to dictate “progress” in whatever... Read more »

May 11, 2016

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My view: Reggie Miller and a strengths-based approach to education reform

Every parent knows no two children’s strengths and personalities are alike. It’s time our education system more fully reflected this reality by adopting a truly balanced approach to... Read more »

May 11, 2016

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Richard Davis: Judge Garland deserves the Senate's respect and action

The mantra of many Senate Republicans is that the next president should choose the nominee. But the president has done his job by nominating Garland. Read more »

May 11, 2016

54 comments

Revise not overhaul

SAGE testing could use some revision, but not a complete overhaul. Read more »

May 11, 2016

3 comments

Letter: I'm a Republican

When your a part of an organization there is a chance that everything is not going to be the way you want. Read more »

May 11, 2016

46 comments

In our opinion: A chance to accelerate the decline in preventable childhood deaths needs legislative support

There has been remarkable progress is reducing preventable childhood deaths around the world. Legislation to enhance these efforts is moving through Congress, and at no cost to taxpayers, it needs... Read more »

May 10, 2016

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John Hoffmire: Why do customer service reps often make you feel as if they have been taught to say sorry and do nothing else?

When a caller feels the customer service representative doesn’t care, this feeling often becomes more important than the original problem. The harsh reality is that the customer service... Read more »

May 10, 2016

9 comments

Letter: Don't censor history

By understanding our past, we light the path to our future. History is the best showcase to rectify and avoid mistakes going forward. Read more »

May 10, 2016

47 comments

Letter: Work for a living

Not everybody goes to college. Not everybody should. Not everybody could — even if it were free tuition. Read more »

May 10, 2016

23 comments

Drew Clark: The 10 problems with electing a presidential candidate like Trump or Clinton

In 2012, with the choice between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama for president, America couldn't go wrong. In 2016, it looks as if America can't go right. Read more »

May 9, 2016

31 comments

On Second Thought

A lighthearted look at news of the day. Ted Cruz was forced to drop out of the presidential race last week after his running mate, Carly Fiorina, apparently fell through a wormhole into another... Read more »

May 9, 2016

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Patients need safe and legal access

I know personally and from scientific research that cannabis can be effective in treating a host of illnesses, from multiple sclerosis, to cancer, to PTSD. Read more »

May 9, 2016

18 comments

Wasatch air quality — generally good but unacceptably bad during brief periods each year

Wasatch cities compare favorably to many other cities for year-round particulate and ozone levels. But more can be done to reduce some of the worst air quality in the country during those brief... Read more »

May 9, 2016

17 comments

Debt crisis

The debt of our federal government now exceeds $18 trillion, which amounts to over $58,000 per capita or a whopping $154,000 per taxpayer, a figure which has doubled in the past eleven years. Read more »

May 9, 2016

53 comments

Overpopulation of prisons

The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act (S. 2123) will give judges discretion in passing sentences that better fit the crime. Read more »

May 9, 2016

10 comments

Doug Robinson: Why the outgoing president of the UEA won't return to teaching

After spending six years as president of the UEA and trying to slow the exodus of teachers from the profession, Fishbaugh says even she can't return to the classroom because of the state of affairs... Read more »

May 8, 2016

48 comments

About Utah: Cathy has a cause

Cathy King, founder of Canines With a Cause, is in the business of rescuing veterans, dogs and inmates. Read more »

May 8, 2016

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