Editorials

In our opinion: Avoid blurring the line between police and military

Conflicts in Ferguson, show the reason for cautions about blurring the line between police and the military.

In our opinion: Jordan stays the course

Recently, a handful of elected officials were calling for the Jordan School District to be divided even further, but, thankfully, cooler heads prevailed. Read more »

Aug. 18, 2014

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In our opinion: Explaining editorial elements

What's the difference between an editorial and an op-ed piece? Who can write a "My View" for the Deseret News? Aren't the columnists supposed to represent the publication? Here are the Deseret... Read more »

Aug. 17, 2014

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In our opinion: Obama foreign policy

The 2016 campaign may very well be dominated by debate over the state of American foreign policy, which is itself in something of a free fall. Read more »

Aug. 16, 2014

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In our opinion: Monument supporters

Gov. Herbert has asked Orrin Hatch’s 14 colleagues to come see Utah for themselves, which is a very good idea. But so far, none of the invited senators have RSVP’d to the... Read more »

Aug. 15, 2014

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In our opinion: Intervention in Iraq

There is no value in rearguing the merits of America’s involvement in Iraq, which seems to be the focus of many of the critics. We can’t change what happened then, and what’s... Read more »

Aug. 14, 2014

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In our opinion: Resources needed to guarantee sexual violence is discovered, investigated and prosecuted

National Edition

Recent efforts in Washington to compel colleges to address the problem are appropriate, although there are important questions as to whether they will be able to achieve the necessary results. Read more »

Aug. 13, 2014

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In our opinion: University campuses have taken a one-sided view on Israeli-Palestinian conflict

The outrage on university campuses — from both student and faculties — over wartime atrocities tends to be extremely selective, especially when it comes to the state of Israel. Read more »

Aug. 12, 2014

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Utah joins states in a campaign to break the endless cycle of incarceration and recidivism

Prudent efforts grounded in solid data analysis can help ensure that large numbers of nonviolent offenders don’t enter an endless cycle of incarceration and recidivism. That cycle harms both... Read more »

Aug. 11, 2014

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In our opinion: Catholic schools provide a unique option in Utah's vibrant educational landscape

Utah is bucking the national trend of decline in Catholic schools. Since 1999, five Catholic schools opened their doors, and none have closed despite competition from the surge in charter schools.... Read more »

Aug. 11, 2014

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In our opinion: 40 years after the resignation of President Nixon, impeachment should not be a political ploy

To bandy about impeachment threats today as a political ploy is an insult to that history and a disservice to the electorate. Read more »

Aug. 9, 2014

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In our opinion: Obama should ignore calls for new Utah monument

Such things may play well among some in Washington, but they have profoundly negative effects on the very meaning of representative government in this end of the country. Read more »

Aug. 8, 2014

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In our opinion: The handshake — A symbol of good faith, good manners, good sportsmanship … and germs

Don’t forsake the handshake quite yet. There may be times, places and situations where a handshake still fits — and others where a bump, a nod or a smile works just fine. Let’s... Read more »

Aug. 7, 2014

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In our opinion: Congressional 'exchange visits' can lift, enlighten

'Exchange visits' by Reps. Chaffetz and Cummings to the other's districts help increase understanding and sensitivity. It's something that shouldn't be a novel, one-time deal but duplicated by... Read more »

Aug. 6, 2014

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In our opinion: An ability to conduct widespread surveillance doesn't mean permission to do so

A report by two organizations committed to the protection of civil liberties is raising new and valid concerns about how government surveillance programs have created an impediment to free speech... Read more »

Aug. 5, 2014

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In our opinion: Utah is correct to both be at the front of online voting, and cautiously study security

Utah is correct to both be at the front of online voting as well as cautiously study security of such balloting. Read more »

Aug. 4, 2014

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In our opinion: Best use, best care

Rep. Rob Bishop's Eastern Utah public lands initiative is accomplishing its purpose — redefining land use with a give-and-take collaborative effort from a myriad of diverse stakeholders in... Read more »

Aug. 3, 2014

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In our opinion: 'War to end all wars,' 100 years ago this week, did no such thing

The Ukrainian crisis, conflicts in the Middle East, North Korean provocations and other trouble spots demonstrate that the “war to end all wars,” as the conflict that began a century... Read more »

Aug. 2, 2014

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In our opinion: Paul Ryan's promising anti-poverty plan should be welcomed to world stage

Representative Paul Ryan’s new anti-poverty plan, “Expanding Opportunity in America" is being hailed as an innovative approach to solving intractable economic problems in a way that... Read more »

Aug. 1, 2014

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In our opinion: Timing is right for the appointment of an ambassador for international religious freedom

National Edition

With religious persecution reaching alarming levels worldwide, the nomination of an ambassador for international religious freedom came as the State Department issued its annual report on the... Read more »

July 31, 2014

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In our opinion: Federal contracting executive order needs provisions protecting religious freedom

With a recent executive order, President Obama prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation in federal contracting. Religious protections should be including in the Obama... Read more »

July 31, 2014

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In our opinion: The Affordable Care Act needs a bipartisan overhaul

Lack of clarity in President Obama’s signature health care law has already brought the ACA before the Supreme Court twice. Now the law is facing another very significant legal challenge. Read more »

July 30, 2014

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In our opinion: With Shurtleff and Swallow coming to court, the state must find solutions to restore public trust

The clearest place for reform is increasing transparency. In the age of the Internet, donors and the amounts they’ve given can be put online within 24 hours, and the public at large can... Read more »

July 29, 2014

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In our opinion: The long-term outlook for Social Security isn't good, so begin solving problem now

Congress has some tough decisions ahead on Social Security: Cut additional spending, raise taxes more, limit the growth of the entitlement programs or do a combination of several. Continued... Read more »

July 28, 2014

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Can Hollywood keep the faith in faith-based films?

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Given the recent increase in mainstream faith-based movies, Hollywood’s 2014 is being billed as “the year of the Bible” and “the year of faith films.” But two... Read more »

July 27, 2014

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In our opinion: Use market forces and not social shaming to conserve on water usage

Southern Utah faces many of the same drought problems as Southern California. What the state can’t afford to do, however, is to follow California’s misguided solutions. Rather than... Read more »

July 26, 2014

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