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Thankfully speaking — reminders for us to feel, speak and act with thankfulness

It is good to have gratitude, it is better to express it, and it is best to underscore both with kind acts

In our opinion: U.S. needs immigration reform, not immigration 'bad form'

The nation is in need of a type of immigration reform, but Congress failed to act on immigration reform, and President Obama's executive order is on thin ice constitutionally. This is a painful... Read more »

Nov. 21, 2014

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In our opinion: Smoking aside, Utah can still limit lung cancer with improved air quality

When it comes to preventing lung cancer, Utah can't rest on its laurels of nation's best in limiting tobacco-related factors. But Utah struggles with air quality issues, which can also cause lung... Read more »

Nov. 20, 2014

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In our opinion: When it comes to nuclear development, can Iran really be trusted?

For years, Iran has feverishly worked toward developing a nuclear weapon, despite objections from Israel and the U.S. Repeatedly demonstrating they are untroubled by Western censure, Iranian... Read more »

Nov. 19, 2014

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In our opinion: Don't treat juveniles the same way as hardened criminals

Teenagers do not belong in the same correctional facility as adult offenders, and the Utah law that paves the way for them to be judged and punished as hardened career criminals is cruel, archaic... Read more »

Nov. 18, 2014

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In our opinion: Keystone Pipeline project makes sense — so let's complete it

Look at the pluses for the Keystone Pipeline project — much of it already exists, it provides a safe method of transporting crude oil, and it would aid in the North American energy dominance. Read more »

Nov. 17, 2014

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In our opinion: A Supreme missed opportunity on helping define marriage

While federal judges were erasing state marriage-definition amendments and allowing same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court could have led out in helping chart a course, rather than seeming to follow... Read more »

Nov. 16, 2014

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In our opinion: Ebola's a scare in the U.S. but a multi-threat reality in Liberia

This year's Ebola count is four cases, one death in the U.S.; 6,619 cases and 2,766 deaths in Liberia. In that West Africa country, Ebola not only threatens physical health but educational... Read more »

Nov. 15, 2014

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In our opinion: Don't let politics impact much-needed immigration reform

The nation needs a comprehensive immigration-reform package that includes a compassionate and realistic approach to the 11 million people living here without proper documentation. What it doesn't... Read more »

Nov. 14, 2014

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In our opinion: Crash and learn? Progress requires pioneers who improve

The crash of an experimental suborbital spacecraft has some speculating on the future of commercial passenger-carrying rockets. But accidents don’t doom progress, as long as pioneers are able... Read more »

Nov. 13, 2014

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In our opinion: Investing in education has real returns

The current lag in broad-based completion of postsecondary education in the United States — as compared with other advanced democracies — should be of grave concern. Read more »

Nov. 12, 2014

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In our opinion: Time for Senate to act on veteran unemployment with Hire Our Heroes Act

Fitting for Veterans Day would be congressional consideration for the Hire Our Heroes Act, aimed at reducing unemployment rates among veterans. It passed 406-1 in the House earlier this year but... Read more »

Nov. 11, 2014

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In our opinion: Citizens still 'airing' their views, desires on air quality

Citizen activism will again keep air quality a dominating theme in the coming legislative session. Organizations formed around pollution concerns have grown in number, size, and ability to bring... Read more »

Nov. 10, 2014

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In our opinion: New York Times praises BYUtv's 'sweet spot' combining popular culture, religious sensibility

BYUtv's "Granite Flats" earns praise from the New York Daily News, the Miami Herald and now The New York Times for eschewing profanity, nudity and severe violence while using a language of... Read more »

Nov. 9, 2014

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In our opinion: Careful consideration of prison sites should include state's current site

With word leaking out on four possible sites for relocating the Utah State Prison, we review our positions on principles that should guide the relocation — easy access for volunteers, prison... Read more »

Nov. 8, 2014

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In our opinion: Recent award to Civil War soldier — Never too late to recognize heroism, honor

The Army’s decision to finally award 1st Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing — a Civil War casualty — the Medal of Honor is an important reminder of what heroism is all about. Read more »

Nov. 7, 2014

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In our opinion: The positive potential of divided government

With the Republican Party winning control of the U.S. Senate, the open question is whether the country at large will be better off in the wake of the GOP wave. History provides reasons for optimism. Read more »

Nov. 5, 2014

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In our opinion: Net neutrality

The debate over "net neutrality" — an open Internet with no economic or structural barriers to its use — is the subject of a rigorous legal and regulatory debate, having become a... Read more »

Nov. 5, 2014

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In our opinion: ACA after first year — positive steps but a work in progress

Most people tend to approve of the Affordable Care Act when they know more about it and witness its impacts on their individual circumstances. There is ongoing talk about substantial, incremental... Read more »

Nov. 4, 2014

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In our opinion: What U.S. needs is a clear plan of attack and prevention to deal with Ebola

Regarding Ebola cases and concerns in the U.S., we need the comfort of knowing there is a clearly articulated attack and prevention plan that health care providers and leaders on all jurisdictional... Read more »

Nov. 3, 2014

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In our opinion: Progress on homelessness: Utah's 'Housing First' earning praises

The state’s unique strategy to provide housing at the front end of its approach to dealing with homeless families and individuals has achieved a level of success that has prompted media... Read more »

Nov. 2, 2014

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In our opinion: What the Islamic State group has done to 'us' — and just who is 'us?'

Some are critical of U.S. actions against the Islamic State group, asking, "What have they done to us?" But who are "us?" And blanket opposition to any military action at all can come from a skewed... Read more »

Nov. 1, 2014

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In our opinion: 'Yes' to extending S.L. County's ZAP tax

Voting yes to County Proposal No. 1 — extending the ZAP tax — doesn't add to the sales tax you already pay. It simply continues the one-tenth of 1 percent that has been in place since... Read more »

Oct. 31, 2014

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In our opinion: 'If it ain't broke' … vote 'no' on Amendment A

Utah voters will decide whether or not to strike a state constitutional requirement prohibiting the state tax commission from having more than two of its four members belonging to the same... Read more »

Oct. 31, 2014

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In our opinion: Daggett County shines with public-lands compromises

County-by-county efforts to compromise on public-land use and designations — following Rep. Rob Bishop's proposed initiative — is a mixed bag of results. Leave it to small Daggett... Read more »

Oct. 30, 2014

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In our opinion: SAGE advice — Act now on poor results to enhance education

Utah's Student Assessment of Growth and Excellence (SAGE) test results were not encouraging. If these results are a benchmark, they must be followed by serious, and even radical, attention by... Read more »

Oct. 29, 2014

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