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In our opinion: Legislators need to better evaluate Utah's water

A recent report found that Utahns use more water per capita than the residents of any other state.

Letter: Big-game lottery

The state's big wildlife lottery needs to be addressed to make it more fair. Read more »

Jan. 16, 2016

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In our opinion: Time for Evans to drop contentious battle

Sen. James Evans should stop his battle of fighting the law that requires Republicans to grant access to primary election ballots through a signature-gathering process. Read more »

Jan. 16, 2016

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John Florez: Retool education for the digital economy

The education retooling strategy is a win-win that reduces needless conflict, promotes accountability and creates schools for the digital economy. Read more »

Jan. 16, 2016

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Where's my money going?

The federal government is forcing Utah to close existing power plants and build new ones at a huge cost to taxpayers. Read more »

Jan. 16, 2016

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Pay for plastic bags

Grocery stores should charge a nickel for each plastic bag shoppers use. Read more »

Jan. 16, 2016

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Letter: Obama had no choice

Barack Obama’s impassioned call describing an executive order demanding tightening several loopholes in our current gun control legislation was met, not surprisingly, with a Republican promise to block all of his efforts. Read more »

Jan. 15, 2016

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Michael Gerson: Harsh judgment of Obama from his inner circle

In the eighth year of a presidency, who is qualified to begin delivering a historical judgment? Events are still too fresh and wriggling for historians to do their mortuary work. Read more »

Jan. 15, 2016

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In our opinion: A new health care service improves access to care and cuts costs at the same time

Reform efforts in health care have largely focused on increasing coverage rather than reducing costs. However doctors in Utah have introduced the MDLIVE network that improves access to care and... Read more »

Jan. 15, 2016

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Greg Bell: IDEAS: Their remarkable power

This year my columns will focus on ideas. New ideas spread, gain acceptance and become commonplace, transforming the world and even causing revolutions. Read more »

Jan. 15, 2016

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George Will: Rubio's record reveals penchant for ill-considered undertakings

Marco Rubio's strengths include intelligence, articulateness and, usually, cheerfulness. His misjudgments involve, in ascending order of importance, the Senate immigration bill of 2013, sugar,... Read more »

Jan. 15, 2016

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Letter: Not a dictatorship

The USA is not a dictatorship and, based on the Constitution, Obama does not have the authority to do whatever he wants. Read more »

Jan. 15, 2016

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Voice of the people

The people of Utah have repeatedly told the leaders of the “ruling” Republican Party that they want a direct voice in choosing candidates for public office. The leaders turn a deaf ear. Read more »

Jan. 15, 2016

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Jay Evensen: Make politics more civil? The forces at work are too large

The digital age is disrupting politics the way it has disrupted a host of other institutions, from the media to education. Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are bypassing the middlemen who run their... Read more »

Jan. 14, 2016

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Dan Liljenquist: Politics and the BYU vs. Utah rivalry

Rivalries are the heart of our sporting culture, and there is no bigger rivalry in this state than Utah vs. BYU. It has lasted well over 100 years, and it should continue — uninterrupted... Read more »

Jan. 14, 2016

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My view: Material once impossible for most to access, both enlightening and horrific, is now available at the click of a button

It’s time to call for search engines to radically reform their policies regarding sexual abuse videos or to find websites that aren’t willing to engage in these kinds of irresponsible... Read more »

Jan. 14, 2016

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In our opinion: If elected officials were sincere about wanting to help the poor, they would ban lotteries

People with annual household incomes of below $13,000 spend an average of $645 a year on lottery tickets. If they put that money into a typical mutual fund, they could accumulate nearly $10,000 in... Read more »

Jan. 14, 2016

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Kathleen Parker: Jeb Bush — not dead yet, with still time to win

Reports of Jeb Bush's political death may be greatly exaggerated. Not only is Bush essentially locked in a statistical tie for second place in New Hampshire, but he's enjoying the benefits of being... Read more »

Jan. 14, 2016

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Vehicle control?

While all deaths are tragic, some seem to think that deaths from guns are more tragic compared with some of the more prevalent ways people die. Read more »

Jan. 14, 2016

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Letter: Flimsy excuses

The flimsy excuses that the University of Utah gave to cancel the BYU-Utah games are offensive. Read more »

Jan. 14, 2016

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Hannah C. Smith: My view: Congress established Jan. 16 for honoring America’s first freedom

In 1993, the same year our nation celebrated its first official Religious Freedom Day, Congress passed another landmark bill, the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), by a nearly... Read more »

Jan. 13, 2016

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Jay Evensen: Be glad, Utah, that you aren't a part of Powerball

Lotteries are taxes on the uneducated and ill-informed, and the proceeds don't really help state budgets. Read more »

Jan. 13, 2016

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Kathleen Parker: When fair game is foul play

One is judged in part by the company one keeps. The question of character isn't always what did you do but what were you willing to tolerate. Read more »

Jan. 13, 2016

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My view: A right to vote for our elected leaders

We live in a country governed as a democratic republic. It’s too bad our Utah Republican Party leaders and a minority faction of Republican members don’t agree with that. Read more »

Jan. 13, 2016

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Richard Davis: The race for the Democratic nomination is not over

So far, the marquee race for the presidency has been on the Republican side with the dominance of Donald Trump. However, recent signs indicate the Democratic race may be more compelling than first... Read more »

Jan. 13, 2016

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Letter: Canceled games fallout

It is past time for the university president to take appropriate action, and Dr. Hill may have indeed crossed the line in effective management of the university's athletic programs. Read more »

Jan. 13, 2016

16 comments

Middle-class trouble

Could it be that all of the money that used to go to the middle class now goes to corporate profits and to the billionaire class? Read more »

Jan. 13, 2016

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In our opinion: Obama's speech falls short on religious freedom

Much of what the president said was commendable, but the solid majority of devout Americans remains concerned about their ability to freely exercise their consciences. Read more »

Jan. 12, 2016

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In our opinion: Earned Income Tax Credit provides better poverty relief than raising the minimum wage

Data suggests that minimum wage increases have little effect on the wealth of low-income families. A much more effective policy would be to expand the Earned Income Tax Credit. Read more »

Jan. 12, 2016

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Ralph Hancock: Trumpolgy 101

I was hoping not to write about Donald Trump. I was hoping not to think about Trump. I was hoping the whole world obsessed with Trump would go away. I’m still hoping, but Trump World has not... Read more »

Jan. 12, 2016

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John Hoffmire: How to represent and protect minority investors against intentional wrongs in crowdfunding companies

Crowdfunded companies sometimes do wrong intentionally. Unlike negligence, intentional wrong (tort) requires the actor to have intended its harmful act. Some of these intentional acts and effects... Read more »

Jan. 12, 2016

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My view: Keys to fulfilling New Year's resolutions

Those who have resolved to improve their health in 2016 needn't fret about gym memberships or fad diets. They just have to start standing more. A couple more hours a day off the seat can make that... Read more »

Jan. 12, 2016

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Robert J. Samuelson: Is the market foretelling the next recession?

It's hard not to wonder: Is the stock market telling us something? Just because the market is wrong much of the time doesn't mean it's wrong all the time. Read more »

Jan. 12, 2016

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Letter: GMD missile defense

As our enemies continue to advance their technology, we must also expand and modernize GMD to keep pace with the threat. Read more »

Jan. 12, 2016

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Letter: Trump's actions

Mr. Trump cares nothing at all for the Republican Party, it’s future or philosophy. Read more »

Jan. 12, 2016

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Gun safety

Gun safety is a big deal in our day. Read more »

Jan. 12, 2016

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Sen. Orrin Hatch: Year in review — restoring the Senate for the American people

Last November, the American people went to the polls to register their disgust with Washington’s gridlock and President Obama’s agenda. In doing so, they elected a Republican majority... Read more »

Jan. 11, 2016

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My view: Chicken snakes and climate change

There are some carbon taxes that would do us harm, just like some snakes do. But a well-designed one, known as Carbon Fee and Dividend (F&D), is better than harmless; it will do us a world of good. Read more »

Jan. 11, 2016

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Jay Evensen: On Second Thought

A lighthearted look at news of the day. North Korea announced last week it had detonated a hydrogen bomb. It was scary news, and word is Kim Jong-Un is threatening to do even more unless the... Read more »

Jan. 11, 2016

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The Utah Media Coalition calls for increased transparency from state Republican leaders

House Speaker Greg Hughes and Senate President Wayne Niederhauser should decide now to end the secrecy and open all future caucuses to the public they represent. Read more »

Jan. 11, 2016

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Letter: Canceling games wrong

Where were the reasonably people in the room when it was decided to cancel the BYU-Utah basketball games? Read more »

Jan. 11, 2016

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George F. Will: A chance to mend First Amendment rights

When the Supreme Court contemplates changing its mind, it must weigh the institutional interest in the law's continuity against evidence that a prior decision has done an injury, even a... Read more »

Jan. 10, 2016

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Doug Robinson: Sean Reyes — Out of the ’hood, into the AG's office

The man once known as "Pineapple Crush" in his teen years as a rapping DJ revels in his role as Utah's top lawman. Read more »

Jan. 10, 2016

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Charles Krauthammer: Charles Krauthammer: Defy America, pay no price

If you're going to engage in a foreign policy capitulation, might as well do it when everyone is getting tanked and otherwise occupied. Say, New Year's Eve. Read more »

Jan. 10, 2016

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Robert J. Samuelson: The Republicans' civil war

Republicans have traditionally run on "Conservatism Classic:" "tax cuts, budget cuts, deregulation (and) free trade." The trouble is that this pro-business platform is rejected by much of the... Read more »

Jan. 10, 2016

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Pat Jones: What work will we insist be performed by humans rather than robots?

Employers expect their employees to have the proper training in the industry, but where they find the biggest skill gaps are in the so-called soft skills: oral communication, written communication,... Read more »

Jan. 10, 2016

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Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb: Signature-gathering period in primary election process marks new era

The signature-gathering period for candidates to get on a primary election ballot began last week, marking a new era in the political party nomination process. We explore the cheers and jeers... Read more »

Jan. 10, 2016

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My view: The link between climate change and immigration

Climate change will alter the habitats of people in a variety of ways to encourage migration. Read more »

Jan. 10, 2016

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Drew Clark: Solving drones' image problem requires another view of tech innovation

Drones have an image problem. To the average person, the term "drone" more likely connotes a lowly male bee within a colony. Either that or it means the sophisticated individualized killing... Read more »

Jan. 10, 2016

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Letter: Let's gather STEAM

I've had concerns over the cuts in arts education that have come as more and more emphasis has been given to STEM. Let's gather STEAM as we encourage and even insist that the arts not be slighted in our children's education. Read more »

Jan. 10, 2016

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Letter: Utah's Republican state

Donald Trump is ranked fourth on the list of Republican candidates in Utah. But how many people would vote for Trump if he is the nominee simply because he is a Republican? Read more »

Jan. 10, 2016

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