The first step toward better relations with Cuba cannot be seen as condoning Cuba's bad behavior.
Telecom giants are trying to establish and enforce our favorite websites into a slow lane on the Internet. Read more »
The best and worst — and other dubious honors — for the 2014 college football season .... Read more »
If we don’t know what kind of work our student children will be doing in the future, why do business folks and politicians keep making incremental changes to education when the world is... Read more »
George Will’s column (”Overcriminalization: National plague that characterizes America,” Dec. 11) is thought-provoking and insightful. During a ride-along many years ago, a congressional candidate asked me why I... Read more »
In our society, gratitude seems to be a foreign concept: We do not use language to express thanks nearly enough. As I've been studying language in a linguistics class at BYU this past semester, I've had the chance to reflect on my... Read more »
In our opinion: Herbert's proposed budget is big on education — but with lots of issues still to discuss and tackle
Gov. Gary Herbert’s proposed 2015 budget — heavy on education funding — leaves plenty of room for innovation, accountability, transportation, fuel taxes and more. Difficult... Read more »
Politics, in this view, is the grubby business of winning in order to put the proper technocrats in charge of large, complex systems. This assumes that academic and bureaucratic elites know how to... Read more »
In our opinion: Mining bans remind us that most land-use decisions ought to be congressional, not presidential
Mining groups are appealing a presidential executive order banning mining on more than a million acres of uranium-rich land near the Grand Canyon. Land use and designation should be a congressional... Read more »
In the new "Exodus" film, the lead actor calls his Moses character "schizophrenic," "barbaric" and a "tumultuous man who fought greatly against God, against his calling." Sounds like another... Read more »
Utah leads the nation in a number of economic measures and quality of life. But the one area where we don’t excel, where we struggle, is the one that matters the most — the education of... Read more »
As the incoming chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Orrin Hatch is in a position to do what has evaded Congress for nearly 30 years: finally reforming the U.S. tax code. Read more »
As a nation, we need a national cancellation of private debt. Immediate and future debt relief for mortgage, student loan, credit card and medical bills would allow our nation to recover. Read more »
The kid-glove handling of Stericycle shows how ineffective and compromised environmental regulation is in Utah. The residents of North Salt Lake get to be bathed in Stericycle-generated carcinogens another three years! Read more »
Wouldn't an easy solution to the safety problem be to just change the color of the flex lights? Blue, yellow, purple, whatever, but something different than red and green? Read more »
As regular readers of this column know, I've been a fanatical booster of the Statistical Abstract of the United States, which has collected the most complete and compact set of statistics about... Read more »
A lot of people view prisons like sewage plants, necessary for handling an unpleasant task but best kept out of sight. And yet they are among the most important facilities a government can build... Read more »
The Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit is truly a revolutionary government program. Read more »
UDOT spokesman John Gleason said, "the speed limit is based on national standards that say it should be reflective of what 85 percent of the motorists are already driving." Read more »
The scandal of mass incarceration is partly produced by the frivolity of the political class, which uses the multiplication of criminal offenses as a form of moral exhibitionism. Read more »
Utah has had successes in using educational data to track and monitor student achievement. Now, the state can focus on ways to keep the momentum going. Read more »
Sony Pictures Entertainment was crippled by a sophisticated cyber attack, with most evidence pointing to North Korea and its notorious Unit 121 cyber-weapons division as the culprit. We must... Read more »
While much of the world remains darkened by tyranny, Cyrus’ vision lives on through Human Rights Day, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the hopes and aspirations of billions. Read more »
Right out of the gate, it's apparent the playoff system is a work in progress and doesn't include enough teams to determine a national champion. Read more »
Don't believe the doomsayers. A higher speed limit on I-15 will not result in a bloodbath. Read more »
In our opinion: As conflicts continue, Martin Luther King's ’64 Nobel Prize speech remains applicable today
Martin Luther King's 1964 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech remains applicable today. Included among the excerpts: "... the beauty of genuine brotherhood and peace is more precious than diamonds... Read more »
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It’s true that the last few weeks of Congress have perfectly represented everything that is wrong with Washington. But change is coming. Read more »
Do we have the critical thinking skills to reflect on history and analyze both sides of an issue? Or do we merely regurgitate whatever the radio or TV says? Are we patriots or are we sheep? Read more »
Socialism superficially seems so simple to create economic equality. But rather than engineer economic equality, human decency and compassion demand we provide basic, life-sustaining opportunities... Read more »
The idea of prison relocation is like Christmas fruitcake: no one really wants it, but it keeps making the rounds every once in a while. And each time, relocation turns out to be unfeasible and too... Read more »
In the hustle and bustle of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, we somehow lose the entire purpose of Christmas: to celebrate the birth of Christ. Read more »
The United States's first step toward better relations with Cuba cannot be seen as condoning Cuba’s bad behavior. The overriding goal should be the establishment of a liberated Cuba where... Read more »
The lone wolf is the new national nightmare, dramatized and amplified this week by the hostage-taking attack in Sydney, Australia. But there are two kinds of lone wolves — the crazy and the... Read more »
The police have not gotten worse. There is no need for protests. The only thing that may have changed is us — the people. Maybe we have gotten less law-abiding, civil and more callous in our actions. Read more »
Food, like love, is a human fundamental. We likely risk something important when we act as if wasting it is not a problem. Berlin's example of a wise use of food is compelling; America's penchant... Read more »
A Canadian professor says pushing Santa and the more recent "Elf on the Shelf" ultimately leads children to accepting a surveillance state. Maybe I'm old-fashioned, but I'm not giving up on Santa... Read more »
In our world, another child dies every 20 seconds from infections that could be prevented with immunizations — 2 million deaths per year. That all could be prevented for a few pennies per child. Read more »
Utah has seen high school graduation rates climb in recent years — among the general student population as well as with minority and low-income students. This is a welcome result — and... Read more »
Cursive is under attack. Typing is taking the place of this stylized handwriting, and cursive is being taken out of school curriculum, but at what cost? Read more »
The terrorists say they are committing their massacres in the name of Islam, but it is not in the name of Islam. It is hard to come up with language that can express this with enough strength to... Read more »
With greedy eyes, developers and our politicians keep trying to tell us that the prison is so old it must be torn down. Lies. If even a portion of the expense and effort necessary to move the prison were put into constructive and... Read more »
The Hinckley Institute’s 2014 Politician of the Year goes to U.S. Congressman Jason Chaffetz for his remarkable ascension to chairman of the United States House of Representatives Oversight... Read more »
According to the state's Prison Relocation Report, the total cost of renovation and expansion of the current Draper prison would be $783 million over the next 20 years, whereas construction of a new prison at a different site would... Read more »
Gratitude has always been a big thing in my life. A few years ago my dad lost his job; at first it was hard but it soon got easier. I only asked for things I really needed and not necessarily wanted, because I knew that I couldn't... Read more »
Yes, a half-century of isolation has failed, but dictators seldom relinquish power or change behavior because of U.S. policies. Read more »
Natalie Gochnour: My holiday wish — not overindulgence or expectations, but connections and relationships
A better approach to the holidays is to make it a time of genuine friendship and meaningful connection. We should also look to find people we can help. My holiday wish is simple: to simplify and... Read more »
“Our action or inaction on the family in the United Nations will be one of the rare occasions when the world will be really watching,” stated Ambassador Dapkiunas of Belarus. So why... Read more »
The publicly held federal debt will increase from $12 trillion in 2013 to nearly $21 trillion in 2024, projects the CBO. The hard choices remain, as does the political stalemate. Read more »
The Texas Transportation Code says the state may refuse to create a plate "if the design might be offensive to any member of the public." Yes, any. Read more »
Will we wake up Christmas morning and find that, like Scrooge, our addiction to wealth and consumption creates chains that bind us? We can and must shed our shackles through love, meaning, contentment and unity. Read more »
The report by Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee regarding CIA interrogation essentially accuses the agency under George W. Bush of war criminality. Read more »
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