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In our opinion: Trump's statements on Mexican immigrants are incendiary

What Trump said about Mexico "sending people that have lots of problems" is unnecessarily incendiary.

In our opinion: NASA's New Horizons opens up a great future of space exploration

The New Horizons space probe has confirmed Pluto is bigger than previously thought and now officially the largest non-planetary object in the solar system. And it's a remarkable achievement that we... Read more »

10 hours ago

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In our opinion: After change to state pension program for public employees, personal contributions to plans slow in coming

Utah revised its pension system for public employees, shifting from a traditional defined benefits approach to one favoring matching contributions to 401k accounts. But workers have been slow to up... Read more »

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In our opinion: 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 ways to impose effective user fees for transportation infrastructure. Read more »

July 30, 2015

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In our opinion: Teacher pay one way to help avoid a potential crisis in declining interest in an education career

The decline in the number of those interested in pursing a teaching profession as well as a decrease in their academic achievements, particularly in science and math, is disconcerting. It's a... Read more »

July 29, 2015

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In our opinion: Saluting milestones for Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah Hospital

The Huntsman Cancer Institute is now a comprehensive cancer center, while the affiliated University of Utah Hospital is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The size and quality of the health care... Read more »

July 24, 2015

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In our opinion: Salt Lake City's proposed $150 million bond for parks and rec deserves close scrutiny

A proposed $150 million bond issue to revamp Salt Lake City’s parks and recreation offerings deserves close scrutiny by voters who will likely be facing other requests for tax increases. The... Read more »

July 23, 2015

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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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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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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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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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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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In our opinion: Planned Parenthood executive's callous talk of abortion organ harvesting is dehumanizing

A published video of a Planned Parenthood executive speaking matter-of-factly about harvesting — and selling — body parts from aborted fetuses deserves prompt and thorough congressional... Read more »

July 17, 2015

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In our opinion: Few seem happy with U.S.-Iran nuclear deal — and rightfully so

The United States finally has a deal with Iran to curtail the latter's ambitions to gain a nuclear weapon. And other than the Obama administration, nobody seems to be happy with it, especially... Read more »

July 16, 2015

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In our opinion: Health and Human Services still doesn't understand contraceptive rulings and religious liberties

The First Amendment protects the free exercise of religion, and it protects against an officially sanctioned religion. It's virtually impossible to infringe on the free exercise of religion without... Read more »

July 15, 2015

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In our opinion: Utah looking at possible expansions if sales tax revenues increase

UTA is studying how it will spend a windfall of new money should voters approve sales tax increases. How it plans to deploy a new revenue stream is a critical component, and a strategic expansion... Read more »

July 14, 2015

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In our opinion: After 14 years of No Child Left Behind, there's still too many still lagging behind in the classroom

Despite its unrealistic ultimate goals, the No Child Behind law has forced many states — including Utah — to face inadequacies in state-controlled education systems. With recent... Read more »

July 13, 2015

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In our opinion: Remembering the humble hero who saved hundreds of Czech children from WWII atrocities

The recent passing of Sir Nicholas Winton affords a remembrance of his heroic deeds at the start of World War II, when he helped to arrange the transport of 667 Czechoslovakian children to foster... Read more »

July 12, 2015

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Letter: USU’s Romney-gate

I am a lifelong Aggie supporter (B.S., M.A., Old-Main Society, Alumni Council), but the university’s shabby treatment of the Romney family and the legacy of legendary coach E.L. “Dick” Romney is deeply troubling. Read more »

July 12, 2015

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In our opinion: Supreme Court's ruling won't buck trend of reduction of harmful emissions

A recent Supreme Court decision tempers efforts to impose more rigorous emissions controls on coal-burning power plants. Our trend toward the reduction of harmful emissions is the result of balance... Read more »

July 11, 2015

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In our opinion: In addition to human lives, Islamic State group racking up historic, cultural 'casualties'

The damage the Islamic State group is doing isn't limited to human casualties, with militants engaged in destruction of cultural properties and places of worship, memory and learning. Read more »

July 10, 2015

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In our opinion: Greece in no position to avoid considering austerity measures to shore up its floundering economy

Despite its pending economic collapse, Greece is rejecting the consideration of austerity measures — spending cuts and tax increases — that could help the foundering nation. Read more »

July 9, 2015

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In our opinion: Utah's tale of 2 economies — rural cities, counties needing state attention

It’s a tale of two economies within Utah's boundaries — one experiencing the best of times; the other, the worst. The future of counties and towns not part of the current growth cycle... Read more »

July 8, 2015

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In our opinion: Chaffetz's Internet sales tax bill is a good-faith effort

Rep. Chaffetz's proposed Remote Transactions Parity Act would allow a state to require retailers nationwide to apply its sales tax rate to any state resident buying a product over the Internet.... Read more »

July 6, 2015

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In our opinion: To aid the 60 million global refugees, we need long-term multinational commitment

Nearly 60 million people have been displaced from homes worldwide as a result of war or persecution, with more than half being children. While short-term aid — such as food and water —... Read more »

July 5, 2015

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In our opinion: Declining abortion rates are welcome, but it doesn't mirror Gallup's poll of 'state of moral values'

The number of abortions in the U.S. has dropped by 12 percent since 2010. More restrictive abortion laws in some states have aided the decline. But the decrease doesn't mirror a change in "the... Read more »

July 4, 2015

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