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In our opinion: Fred Adams' Shakespeare Festival vision arrives

It's especially gratifying to know that Fred C. Adams has been able to live to see the scope of his vision fulfilled.

In our opinion: The GOP convention — a Utah perspective

It remains to be seen whether Donald Trump carries the Beehive State, but delegates from what arguably has been the most loyally Republican state for many years were right to push back against... Read more »

July 23, 2016

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In our opinion: Disgusting algae bloom deserves investigation

Although the algae blooms occur naturally from a mix of high temperatures, calm bodies of water and abundant sunshine, elevated levels of phosphorous feed the size and severity. Read more »

July 22, 2016

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In our opinion: An unsatisfying resolution to a high-profile case

What is very clear, however, is that the labyrinthine web of suspicion orbiting around the two former Attorneys General and others brought into their sphere is a matter of high public interest. Read more »

July 21, 2016

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In our opinion: Rep. Chaffetz' Mountain Accord legislation represents a positive breakthrough

Rep. Chaffetz' Mountain Accord marks a turning point from where much debate and discussion can now translate into action, and ensure that future generations may benefit from lands of incomparable... Read more »

July 20, 2016

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In our opinion: Building unity is a painstaking but worthwhile process

There will only be resolution to the friction associated with law enforcement when people agree to collaborate in a consistent and conscientious effort to understand the attitudes that influence... Read more »

July 19, 2016

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In our opinion: PLI revisions are welcome but time is running out

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell visited Utah this week, listening to the emotion-charged concerns of many stakeholders and gaining a greater appreciation for the complexities involved. She made it... Read more »

July 18, 2016

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In our opinion: Bold policy step for GOP rules committee — pornography is a public health crisis

Without minimizing the other troubles facing the nation, the mainstreaming of pornography and its tightening grip on the nation’s youths deserves a prominent place on the list of national... Read more »

July 17, 2016

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In our opinion: We are at war with the Islamic State and terror

President Obama’s current strategy against IS is showing signs of progress. Terrorists' malicious attacks abroad seem to belie evidence that the Islamic State is losing ground. Read more »

July 16, 2016

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In our opinion: Bridging the gap between foster care and family preservation

In an age of partisanship, it may come as a surprise to many that this measure has both bipartisan and bicameral support. This legislation is intended to protect vulnerable youths as well as foster... Read more »

July 15, 2016

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In our opinion: Conflict between perception of Trump and actual votes cast

The perception of Donald Trump as a fatally flawed candidate is in conflict with the reality that he earned record-breaking support in the primaries — even with a deeply fragmented Republican... Read more »

July 14, 2016

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In our opinion: Quality air conversation

While troubling, the recent study's results suggest that lawmakers and leaders are transparently investigating the state's air problems in order to find permanent solutions. Read more »

July 13, 2016

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In our opinion: Hopeful expectations for Utah's new superintendent of public instruction

The future success of Utah's public schools will require relentless attacks on those obstacles, large and small, that hinder our ability to achieve a level of excellence in a system that now serves... Read more »

July 12, 2016

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In our opinion: Demoted female fire marshal’s claims a legitimate public concern

There is certainly a legitimate public interest in what’s going on in the capital city’s fire department. It’s in the city’s best interests to make sure the concerns about... Read more »

July 11, 2016

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In our opinion: Utah should prepare for population growth and economic uncertainty

Utah’s financial boon is a welcomed occurrence across the state, but just as Egypt of old, during years of plenty it never hurts to prepare. Read more »

July 10, 2016

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In our opinion: Unite lest we come undone

To paraphrase a well-known quotation: citizens sleep peacefully at night only because men and women stand ready to protect on their behalf. Read more »

July 8, 2016

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In our opinion: Law enforcement behaviors can undermine confidence in the rule of law

The civil order of any free nation depends heavily upon law enforcement officers at every level acting in such a way that instills public confidence in the rule of law. Read more »

July 8, 2016

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In our opinion: The IS movement is not about religion, but is anti-religion

What we have witnessed in the past weeks definitively demonstrates to the world that the Islamic State is the fruit of a twisted interpretation of Muslim beliefs that in no way can be vindicated as... Read more »

July 7, 2016

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In our opinion: Keep memory of Auschwitz survivor Elie Wiesel alive

Elie Wiesel is no longer with us, so it is up to each and every one of us “to keep memory alive.” Read more »

July 6, 2016

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In our opinion: Hillary and Donald's uneasy relationship with the truth

The inescapable reality is that both presidential candidates have repeatedly and explicitly told the American people things of questionable accuracy. Read more »

July 6, 2016

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John Hoffmire: Replacing big pharma's products: how good are the generic options?

One of the easiest ways to reduce drug prices is by replacing more brand-name drugs with generic drugs, or generic substitution (GS). Read more »

July 5, 2016

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In our opinion: Keeping the republic

The United States and its citizens have been remarkable examples of what can happen when people are free to pursue “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Read more »

July 4, 2016

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In our opinion: The primary election confirms benefits of SB54

The experience of the 2016 primary election argues in favor of SB54's dual methods of getting on the ballot, which in the big picture serves the larger interests of granting voice to more... Read more »

July 3, 2016

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In our opinion: News media can improve coverage of mass shootings, suicides

Whether news media are covering a mass shooting or a local suicide, they must recognize the role they often inadvertently play in causing copycat contagion. Read more »

July 2, 2016

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In our opinion: Skeptics may dismiss poverty discussions, but the effort is laudable

Collaborative discussions by Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, and Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Missouri, to reduce poverty are dismissed by skeptics. But bipartisan efforts to address the needs of the poor are... Read more »

July 1, 2016

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In our opinion: 2 initiatives mark Utah's energy upheaval

Utah's coal industry is declining rapidly while alternative energy sources are on the rise. The state’s interests would be well served finding ways to manage the transition rather than... Read more »

June 30, 2016

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In our opinion: 2 competing views of the hikes in grazing fees on federal land

Drastic hikes in grazing fees are sure to put a dent in ranchers' business, which means the land they’re using is much more likely to be gobbled up by developers. Read more »

June 29, 2016

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In our opinion: Public financial support for Vivint Arena raises legitimate questions

There are good reasons why a city should support a landmark facility that serves as a major entertainment and meeting venue. But any such support must be measured, analyzed and graced with public... Read more »

June 27, 2016

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In our opinion: Brexit and the U.K.'s new path forward

The divisive Brexit referendum in the U.K. and the presidential campaign in the U.S. have a common denominator that is changing the geo-political landscape across the globe: a broad-based increase... Read more »

June 24, 2016

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In our opinion: California considering bold restrictions for religiously affiliated schools

If religious institutions like Biola University are forced to materially change their identity and closet their Christianity, it will not diminish the level of discrimination in California but... Read more »

June 24, 2016

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In our opinion: US v. Texas and immigration reform

We are pleased to see wise jurisprudence from the Supreme Court. The ruling, however, must now catalyze Congress to craft lasting immigration policies that balance our national values and interests. Read more »

June 24, 2016

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In our opinion: Leaders must do what leaders do when it comes to Social Security, Medicare issues

Many politicians consider the compromises necessary to enact major changes to Social Security and Medicare to be politically difficult, if not impossible. Read more »

June 24, 2016

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In our opinion: Drone use must be regulated in order to ensure safety and privacy

Drones are beginning to fill the skies. Not all of this is bad. But their use must be regulated in order to ensure safety and privacy and to avoid a public backlash that could prohibit their use... Read more »

June 23, 2016

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In our opinion: Hillary Clinton continues to struggle in conducting an open, press-friendly campaign

The last time Clinton spoke to reporters was more than two weeks ago — for a grand total of eight minutes. Evidence suggests her continuing email scandal is a product of her reluctance to... Read more »

June 22, 2016

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In our opinion: Leaders must tolerate the scrutiny that democracy demands

Anyone seeking to lead the free world must be willing to do more than merely tolerate the scrutiny that democracy demands; they must vigorously embrace it and cheerfully champion it both at home... Read more »

June 21, 2016

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In our opinion: Utah parties should plan primary debates

Both parties understand that rigorous and unflinching primary debate is a vital part of a healthy political process, yet during each primary season there tends to be a disconcerting absence of it... Read more »

June 20, 2016

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In our opinion: Father’s Day honors men who contribute positively to society’s future.

Father's Day is a time to recommit ourselves to promoting positive fatherhood as an answer to many of society’s ills. Read more »

June 19, 2016

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In our opinion: Benefits of net neutrality decision hinge partly on issue of 'natural monopolies'

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals' decision on net neutrality is not likely to be the end of the story. Strong differences on how the internet should be regulated still remain unresolved and... Read more »

June 18, 2016

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In our opinion: A growing challenge in education: recruiting and retaining teachers

When it comes to future teacher employment, the writing is on the blackboard. Without an emphasis on policies that will attract and retain an adequate number of teachers, the system cannot move... Read more »

June 17, 2016

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In our opinion: Giving a facelift to a neighborhood park is a small gesture, but one that can leave a large footprint.

People fleeing from terror and extremism can contribute to a sense of community and well-being. Especially if they are integrated into the larger community and exposed to the mores and values that... Read more »

June 16, 2016

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My view: Taxing carried interest a bad idea for Utah's Silicon Slopes

The sad irony about this call for fairness is how failed government policy itself has perpetuated unfairness. Read more »

June 16, 2016

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In our opinion: The controversy over film editing

Hollywood is often characterized as only being interested in making money. Right now, Hollywood is losing money. Studio shareholders ought to be asking why these companies do not license edited... Read more »

June 15, 2016

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In our opinion: A salute to the flag of the United States of America

Flags have been used as symbols for thousands of years. The flag of the United States of America remains today one of the most universally recognized symbols of an imperfect nation striving for a... Read more »

June 14, 2016

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In our opinion: After Orlando, desire for solutions necessary, in addition to compassion

It is impossible to read of the victims, their hopes and aspirations, or of accounts of their matter-of-fact and terrifying text messages during their final moments without feeling compassion, and... Read more »

June 13, 2016

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In our opinion: Chronic absenteeism in schools threatens the nation's future

If chronic absenteeism happens in the early grades, kids are less likely to learn to read. Those who don’t read at grade level by the end of third grade have a four-fold greater chance of... Read more »

June 13, 2016

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In our opinion: Local approach to intergenerational poverty shows significant promise

The suffering due to poverty can be temporarily alleviated when individuals, charities or governments step in to pay bills, but the long-term causes of poverty need to be addressed if the poor are... Read more »

June 11, 2016

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In our opinion: Voting in the Utah primaries has never been easier

With the increased convenience of mail-in ballots, it’s time to reverse the trend of declining voter participation. We encourage all Utahns to participate in the upcoming primary elections,... Read more »

June 11, 2016

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In our opinion: Muhammad Ali — a devout Muslim who embraced the faith’s tenets of peace and brotherhood

He was dignified and defiant; he had grace and no lack of braggadocio. He was a prizefighter who championed peace among men. But the undiluted example he leaves of a life of commitment to principle... Read more »

June 10, 2016

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In our opinion: Salt Lake County's actions will improve water conservation

There is a direct correlation between the cost of water and the rate of use, and cities that have made water more expensive have seen residents use much less per capita. Demand growth requires Utah... Read more »

June 9, 2016

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In our opinion: Stanford decides not to divest its interests in fossil fuels

Proponents of divestment have maintained it is a tactic rather than an objective. While protecting the environment should be a concern for everyone, the divestment movement as a tactic may be... Read more »

June 8, 2016

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In our opinion: Beware of increasingly hard-to-spot scammers

Even though scammers are becoming increasingly sophisticated, a healthy dose of skepticism is always advised whenever people you don’t know are demanding access to your bank account. Read more »

June 7, 2016

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