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In our opinion: Now is a good time to phase out federal highway trust fund

Now is a good time to begin phasing out the federal highway trust fund and letting states grapple with fees

In our opinion: Election debates should be a must-see for savvy voters

It's important for voters to pay attention to the upcoming, revealing portion of the election cycle — debate season. Debates give many a chance to hear candidates for the first time and as... Read more »

July 22, 2015

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Letter: Repairing coverage gap

Thank you to Gov. Gary Herbert, Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, Sen. Brian Shiozawa, Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, Rep. Jim Dunnigan and Speaker Greg Hughes for agreeing to a Medicaid expansion concept which will extend coverage to... Read more »

July 22, 2015

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Michael Gerson: In opposition to Trumpism, Rick Perry emerges as responsible voice

In the early days of the 2016 Republican campaign — an unusually important period, some of the clearest leadership has emerged from an unexpected source: former Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Read more »

July 21, 2015

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In our opinion: Evolution of renewable energy sources has Utah already in transition

Solar, wind and biomass sources are growing and continue to account for a larger share of the overall energy market. Utah’s energy policies have the state squarely in place to take on a... Read more »

July 21, 2015

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Letter: Details of the plan

The news that the so-called “Gang of Six” Utah lawmakers have agreed on a framework for a Medicaid expansion solution, which covers up to 138 percent of the poverty level, and which they consider sustainable, is the best... Read more »

July 21, 2015

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Letter: The perfect location

The elected legislators of the day did the right thing in the late 1940s when their new prison was built in Draper and the prison operation moved from Sugar House. That legislative group had the foresight to establish the prison at... Read more »

July 21, 2015

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Lois M. Collins: Legacy of Eliza Williams includes rippling pool of good deeds and a lesson in patience

Eliza Williams never volunteered her time, never read a book on her own, never got to finish her childhood. But others are providing thousands of hours of service, building small libraries and... Read more »

July 21, 2015

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My view: In the spirit of humanity, let’s adopt Healthy Utah

In the spirit of humanity for all, and recognizing that each of us or our loved ones could at some time find ourselves in need of the support Medicaid can provide, I encourage the Legislature to... Read more »

July 21, 2015

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Robert J. Samuelson: Is Puerto Rico in a similar state of economic turmoil as Greece?

We're told that Puerto Rico is our Greece, and sometimes it seems so. Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla recently told The New York Times that its $72 billion debt is "not payable." But Puerto Rico's... Read more »

July 20, 2015

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Michael Erickson: Supreme Court's Obergefell decision threatens American democracy

Obergefell v. Hodges is a Supreme Court case about who decides what constitutes “marriage.” It intersects two of America’s most profound institutions — marriage and... Read more »

July 20, 2015

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John Hoffmire: Is Puerto Rico America's Greece?

The current predicaments of Greece and Puerto Rico have been a long time in the making. Read more »

July 20, 2015

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On Second Thought: Pluto, the Iran nuclear deal and more

A lighthearted look at current events. Read more »

July 20, 2015

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In our opinion: Mountain Accord is a display of prudent land planning and cooperative effort among many stakeholders

The signing of the Mountain Accord as a blueprint for future Central Wasatch development is both a victory for those committed to the prudent use of the lands in question and a rare platform of... Read more »

July 20, 2015

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About Utah: One group's disaster paved the way for another's success

The ill-fated Donner Party of 1846 helped clear the path for the triumphant arrival of the Mormon pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley a year later. Read more »

July 19, 2015

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Letter: Concerning flags

Once a friend from Georgia asked me, “When you were in school, what did you learn was the cause of the Civil War?” My answer was, “The slavery issue.” She told me that was not what she was taught — the... Read more »

July 19, 2015

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Letter: Rural prison

I lived in Gunnison when there were fears about having a prison built there. But in the years since, there have been no escapes to my knowledge. My friend works there and says the prison provides one of the jobs he needs in order to... Read more »

July 19, 2015

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Letter: Orwellian atmosphere

The Supreme Court's recent marriage ruling — while perhaps well-intentioned — can be taken as an endorsement of any and all sexual behaviors. The endorsement of such behavior clearly dismisses moral authority, which... Read more »

July 19, 2015

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In our opinion: A life devoted to charitable service

Sister Nirmala Joshi, the former superior general of the Missionaries of Charity, is gone now, but her example continues through all who offer charitable service. It is her pure spirit of caring... Read more »

July 19, 2015

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Drew Clark: France's Bastille Day has ties to our Independence Day and Pioneer Day ideals

What about Bastille Day, which is as French as the Fourth of July is American and as empowering as Utah's 24th of July Pioneer Day? What does its history teach us about liberty's meaning in the... Read more »

July 19, 2015

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Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Utah's political nerds now have reasons to 'geek out'

The Utah political nerd society (we are charter members) is excited about new developments in local elections, such as mail-in voting for municipal elections and billboard advertisements in the... Read more »

July 19, 2015

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My view: Iran's new pathway to the modern world

Over the next 10 years, if there is greater communication, commerce and capitalism between Iran and the rest of the world, surely this will gradually empower Iranians who see their country's... Read more »

July 19, 2015

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My view: Because we're all dependent, Utah should pass health care reform

The moral character of any society is defined by how well it takes care of its poor. The real heroes in our world are those who do something for others. I believe the citizens of Utah want to help... Read more »

July 19, 2015

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My view: Going forward, deals should involve framework for empowering Iran's civil society

Debates on the terms of the Iran nuclear deal should not invalidate the significance of the deal; what was accomplished through diplomacy could not have been achieved through war. Read more »

July 19, 2015

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In our opinion: El Chapo's escape is a rebuke of Mexico's claim to be reining in its drug lords

Any hope that Mexico had turned the corner in reversing decades of corruption has now vanished with drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who escaped that country's maximum-security... Read more »

July 18, 2015

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John Florez: Life during World War II was a time of true patriotism

The World War II era forged the American character, the sense of patriotism that rekindled the values that unite us — caring for each other, sense of community, sacrifice and the worth of... Read more »

July 18, 2015

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