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In our opinion: Dropouts face high risk of personal, social problems

New U. research finds that failure to graduate is a precursor to larger personal and social problems.

In our opinion: School reformers should study what works in other countries

It would be good for liberals and conservatives in each state to come together and resolve to study and adopt the best practices observed elsewhere, adapting them to local needs and unique cultural... Read more »

Oct. 19, 2014

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In our opinion: Where has the family values agenda gone?

The family is the essential economic engine of the country, and more politicians need to say so. Read more »

Oct. 18, 2014

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In our opinion: New conservative war on poverty would be a good thing

The chances of a larger solution are only enhanced when all sides of the debate agree on the imperative to move forward for reasons other than building a political base. Read more »

Oct. 17, 2014

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In our opinion: New Utah school superintendent could be the reformer the state needs

Utah needs to aim not just for the best public school system in the nation, but to become a world leader in educational practices and outcomes. Read more »

Oct. 16, 2014

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In our opinion: Take Ebola seriously, but don't overreact

Prevention always is better than having to control an outbreak. But it’s important also to keep things in perspective and to understand the disease. Read more »

Oct. 15, 2014

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In our opinion: Encouraging the wealthy to give more to charity

National Edition

Even though Americans earning more than $200,000 annually saw an increase in their income over the past six years, they gave 4.6 percent less of their income than they had previously. Read more »

Oct. 14, 2014

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In our opinion: Smaller class sizes may not be the best priority for Utah schools

Would Utah students benefit from a smaller class or a better, more highly paid instructor? Read more »

Oct. 13, 2014

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In our opinion: Facebook and divorce: Culprit, facilitator or scapegoat?

A definite correlation exists between Facebook use and divorce — but is social media a cause for divorce, a facilitator for infidelity or simply a scapegoat? Read more »

Oct. 12, 2014

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In our opinion: Nobel Committee got it right with Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi

Both recipients of this year's Nobel Peace Prize demonstrate the incredible power a single individual can have in making the world a better place. Read more »

Oct. 11, 2014

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In our opinion: Secret Service needs leader who can change the culture

Imagine if Omar Gonzalez had been operating as part of a larger terrorist organization. Imagine if he had entered the White House with a bomb strapped to his chest. Read more »

Oct. 10, 2014

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In our opinion: Sports shines brightest when sportsmanship takes center stage

Instead of watching sports just to see one team beat another, it’s more fulfilling to focus on the moments of sportsmanship and selflessness that inspire. Read more »

Oct. 9, 2014

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In our opinion: Criticizing charter schools doesn't tell the whole story

States ought to question whether underperforming charter schools should be allowed to renew their charters. But they should be equally critical of public schools that underperform. Read more »

Oct. 8, 2014

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In our opinion: A call for civility and for strengthening families

The Supreme Court has allowed same-sex marriages to go forward in Utah and four other states. The Deseret News echoes the calls for civility and hopes all will look now to stronger, values-laden... Read more »

Oct. 7, 2014

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In our opinion: Investigator confirms benefit of police-worn cameras

The investigation into the shooting by police of a Salt Lake City man has shown the evidentiary value of videotape taken by cameras operated by police officers. Cameras should become a basic... Read more »

Oct. 6, 2014

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In our opinion: Tobacco-free campuses: More colleges are banning tobacco use

Colleges and universities are uniformly finding that tobacco prohibitions serve to benefit productivity and protect the health of those who patronize their grounds. And there is no persuasive... Read more »

Oct. 5, 2014

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In our opinion: Secession — really? Nearly 1 in 4 Americans support seceding from the U.S.

A recent poll finds that 23.9 percent of those questioned favored the idea of their state leaving the Union. Secession, in reality, is little more than an idle fantasy that is a distraction from... Read more »

Oct. 3, 2014

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In our opinion: NASA — innovative, inspirational and now partially privatized

NASA has taken a $7 billion leap and contracted with two companies to take over the role of making sure astronauts can travel to and from the International Space Station. But privatization brings a... Read more »

Oct. 2, 2014

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In our opinion: Utah looks to break cycle of intergenerational poverty

Utah cannot afford to allow children at risk of repeating the poverty of their parents to continue along that path without intervention, with the state in the third year of focusing on solving the... Read more »

Sept. 30, 2014

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In our opinion: Let FAA, not Utah Legislature, worry about airport issues

Salt Lake International Airport's disagreement with its vendor providing fueling and ground services may hinder expansion funding. But let's let the Federal Aviation Administration oversee the... Read more »

Sept. 30, 2014

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In our opinion: Here's how the Obama administration is squelching the press

The Obama administration is squelching access to public information — and here are a number of examples of how federal government reporting now is as difficult as ever. Read more »

Sept. 29, 2014

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In our opinion: Islamic State's brand of religious persecution: cruel, deadly, ambitious

The threat of the Islamic State's militants is the group's wholesale slaughter of religious believers — primarily Christians — in the region and its goal to take that persecution global. Read more »

Sept. 28, 2014

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Respect the 'Captain': Jeter's no-ejection streak is perfect

Derek Jeter's "perfect record" of no game ejections during his two-decade career is a model of respect and civility. Read more »

Sept. 27, 2014

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In our opinion: On Holder's heels — What we hope from a new attorney general

With Thursday's resignation of Eric Holder Jr., we look for a U.S. attorney general who will take his or her duty to uphold and defend the Constitution and laws of the land with gravity and probity. Read more »

Sept. 26, 2014

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In our opinion: Religion in public life is not a zero-sum game

National Edition

A recent Pew survey shows a sizable number of Americans recognize that we live under a system of law executed by majority will, and that the presence of religious conviction in no way denigrates... Read more »

Sept. 25, 2014

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In our opinion: Don't ice out the challenge to charitable giving

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge helped raise more than $100 million to fight the disease. But we'll need more than gimmicky publicity stunts to help sustain charitable giving for this and other... Read more »

Sept. 24, 2014

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