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In our opinion: Children's Book Week celebrates the joy, benefits of reading

Going on 100 years, Children's Book Week is the oldest reading initiative in the United States.

In our opinion: Bountiful High incident reminds that hazing isn't harmless

In too many locker rooms, hazing is regarded as tradition. Often, it is innocuous teasing or taunting. But even in its most innocent form, it creates an environment of appeasement that can allow... Read more »

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In our opinion: Welcome to Garbage Clinical Insurance, where poor Indonesians pay for health care with recyclable garbage

At one medical clinic in Indonesia, the poor can receive health care for the minimal costs of recyclable garbage, such as plastic bottles or cardboard boxes. To date, the Garbage Clinical Insurance... Read more »

May 3, 2015

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In our opinion: Greece's fiscal predicament should be a wake-up call for U.S.

Greece is working with creditors to avoid a disastrous default that would likely plunge the global economy into recession. The United States is on track for its own Greece-like fiscal debacle if... Read more »

May 2, 2015

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In our opinion: Revisiting Law Day and remembering the rule of law and its role in society

This year, Law Day — commemorated annually on May 1 — comes amid significant reminders of why the rule of law is the cornerstone of peaceful, civil society. Read more »

May 1, 2015

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In our opinion: Godspeed to Bishop Wester, who is named archbishop of Santa Fe

Beyond service to the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City, Bishop John C. Wester has been an important and inspirational leader for all of Utah, particularly in addressing chronic poverty and... Read more »

April 30, 2015

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In our opinion: Utah's 'Housing First' decreases chronic homelessness in first decade

Utah's "Housing First" initiative in dealing with chronic homelessness — providing housing and services first before identifying root causes for homelessness — had decreased that group... Read more »

April 29, 2015

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Can a $70,000 annual salary buy happiness, or at least start to limit income inequality?

There’s no silver bullet that will solve this problem for everyone, and tackling the issue of income inequality requires efforts on many different fronts. Read more »

April 28, 2015

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In our opinion: Good reasons to allow courtroom cameras in domestic cases

The state Judicial Council is looking at rules governing video recording devices in courtrooms, particularly in domestic abuse cases. Restricting full media coverage in such cases is opposed by... Read more »

April 27, 2015

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In our opinion: Recent drowning of 800 African immigrants prompts immigration questions applicable in U.S. too

Perhaps last weekend’s Mediterranean Sea disaster — where more than 800 African immigrants drowned — doesn’t alarm many Americans because our borders and our self-interests... Read more »

April 24, 2015

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In our opinion: In wake of layoffs, IRS workers union shouldn't threaten what it can't do because of cutbacks

The IRS workers union is bemoaning the layoffs of thousands and predicting a severe decline in the ability to assist taxpayers. But it should speak to what it plans to do in spite of the cutbacks,... Read more »

April 23, 2015

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In our opinion: U.S. prison populations have dropped, but we still have lessons to learn from other countries

The United States' prison population dropped last year for the first time in decades. But our rates are inordinately high, particularly compared to European countries, where there are much lower... Read more »

April 22, 2015

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In our opinion: Time to separate food stamps from farm bills — it's a move that has many benefits

Food stamps part of a farm bill? It’s time for market forces to return to all facets of agriculture, and for lawmakers to find more efficient and effective ways to help the poor while also... Read more »

April 21, 2015

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In our opinion: Federal Reserve Bank faces crossroads in when and how much to increase interest rates

Having kept interest rates at near zero percent for six-plus years, the Federal Reserve Bank must decide when and how much to raise rates and return monetary policy to a more normal bearing. Low... Read more »

April 20, 2015

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In our opinion: Liberal arts vs STEM education: Technology may improve, but creativity is always necessary

STEM programs are critically important as technology provides ever more efficient ways to deliver what customers demand. But no matter how advanced technology becomes, the world will always need... Read more »

April 19, 2015

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In our opinion: Fabricated Rolling Stone article on campus rape hurts more than helps keeping women safe on campus

Rolling Stone magazine admitted a high-profile campus rape article published last fall was fraudulent. Rather than help the agenda of keeping women safe on campus, the fake article can lead real... Read more »

April 18, 2015

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In our opinion: Disrupted by email and the Internet, the U.S. Postal Service needs to make tough decisions to cut its losses

Now $15 billion in debt, the U.S. Postal Service has a problem: a rapidly changing market for first-class mail, which has been disrupted by modern technology. Lawmakers should let the Postal... Read more »

April 17, 2015

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In our opinion: Norman H. Bangerter: A governor not worried about his legacy has left a secure one

The late Gov. Norm Bangerter may not have been concerned about his place in history, but as it turns out, he didn’t need to be. He leaves behind a legacy that is secure, and he will be sorely... Read more »

April 16, 2015

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In our opinion: 'Great Utah ShakeOut' drills help educate, prepare us for likelihood of earthquakes

The goal of the Great Utah ShakeOut drill is to increase awareness and to make sure Utahns are prepared for an earthquake when it arrives. Given Utah's fault-laden geographical makeup, future... Read more »

April 16, 2015

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In our opinion: Diligence, care, beliefs, unity — on the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's death, we should live up to his legacy

On the 150th anniversary of the death of Abraham Lincoln, it falls to modern Americans to take up his legacy, to adopt his same courage to advance the work of a free land and to do what’s... Read more »

April 15, 2015

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In our opinion: With no injunction for SB54, state GOP leaders need to follow the spirit of compromise and let the bill do its work

A U.S. district judge declined to place an injunction on SB54, the law that changes Utah’s political caucus system by opening up an alternative route to primary ballots. Now, state Republican... Read more »

April 14, 2015

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In our opinion: STEM grants for two Utah universities should improve program results

In our technology-driven global economy, STEM education is needed now more than ever. That’s why the Utah Legislature’s decision to create one-time STEM education grants to Dixie State... Read more »

April 13, 2015

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In our opinion: Preserving America's spirit of philanthropy

Many successful, wealthy Americans have, dating back to the 19th century, made a practice of turning toward charity after accumulating riches. Not only has this relieved the burden on public funds,... Read more »

April 12, 2015

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In our opinion: With austerity as reality, IRS needs more accountability

The complicated tax code is something for which Congress must take responsibility. But the IRS itself is responsible for plenty of other reasons Americans might have for distrusting an agency that... Read more »

April 11, 2015

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In our opinion: To save water, dry states should regulate marijuana farming

Californians could save a great deal of water by not growing so much marijuana. The same could be said in each Western state now suffering from a dwindling supply of water. Read more »

April 10, 2015

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In our opinion: Payday lenders should be required to practice responsible lending

The paradox of the $46 billion payday loan industry is that it makes more than three-quarters of its profits by harnessing borrowers into long cycles of continuing debt. Payday lenders should be... Read more »

April 9, 2015

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