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In our opinion: Public financial support for arena raises legitimate questions

There are reasons why a city should support a facility that serves as a major entertainment and meeting venue.

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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In our opinion: Rural Fast Track grants make a real difference in rural communities

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development recently awarded what are called Rural Fast Track grants to eight businesses to help boost local employment, at wages higher than average in the... Read more »

June 6, 2016

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In our opinion: The chances of a legislative solution for Puerto Rico are growing slimmer

Bernie Sanders has become an ardent foe of the House rescue plan for Puerto Rico. His opposition could stall legislative efforts to provide relief before a large July 1 bond payment comes due. Read more »

June 5, 2016

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In our opinion: A life and death decision at the zoo

While we hope that circumstances never arise that would require a similar decision in the future, we stand with zoo director Maynard and agree that, in this instance, he made the right call. Read more »

June 4, 2016

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In our opinion: New shelter, resources offer help to homeless youths

Many homeless youths find themselves in circumstances most often beyond their control. But with the proper intervention and guidance, they can hope for a better future. New facilities are providing... Read more »

June 3, 2016

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In our opinion: How best to address canyon congestion?

One idea for addressing increasing congestion in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons is to begin charging a nominal fee. Read more »

June 2, 2016

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In our opinion: Change the federal classification of marijuana from a schedule 1 to a schedule 2 drug

The trend toward legalization of marijuana makes it doubly important for researchers to provide accurate information about marijuana, its effects and its potential benefits. For that to happen,... Read more »

June 1, 2016

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In our opinion: Transitioning from coal to solar — Utah in the crosshairs

Coal will remain a significant contributor to the energy grid, but we are clearly seeing a surge in solar power and other renewable energy sources that will continue to relegate coal to a lesser... Read more »

May 31, 2016

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In our opinion: Remembering Hiroshima on this Memorial Day

Americans enjoy freedom today as a direct result of what they did. Read more »

May 30, 2016

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In our opinion: An effort to harmonize faith and science in Jewish synogogues

The tension between faith and science has always existed. The Jewish community is taking the topic on directly, and a Pew Research Center study provides insights between those who feel the conflict... Read more »

May 29, 2016

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In our opinion: Increased on-screen violence makes us less sensitive to real-world violence

Studies have repeatedly demonstrated that ingesting those kinds of violent images makes us less sensitive to real-world violence. Read more »

May 28, 2016

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In our opinion: Repairing Salt Lake City streets

Salt Lake's mayor is reversing a period of benign neglect over street conditions. This should be the top priority. A city can’t function as a healthy organism when its arteries are in bad... Read more »

May 27, 2016

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In our opinion: Not all economic inequality affects poverty equally

Unless anti-poverty efforts address the growing number of single-parent households in need, there will be little progress made in reducing the persistently high levels of poverty — especially... Read more »

May 26, 2016

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In our opinion: Tragedy in Aleppo should motivate response

The campaign of genocide against Christians and other sects continues in the Aleppo region, and there is presently no clear sense of direction toward restoring order. Read more »

May 25, 2016

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In our opinion: A social media enabled high-tech, high-stakes echo chamber

The report of a carefully engineered strategy to manipulate the support of the American people for the Iran deal is troubling. It was based on a targeted message to naÏve and inexperienced... Read more »

May 24, 2016

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In our opinion: Finding – not forcing – a balance for transgender rights

We believe in fairness for all. We believe if people of goodwill come together in the crucible of democratic processes, they will forge thoughtfully tailored and lasting solutions for the dignity... Read more »

May 23, 2016

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In our opinion: Those intolerable TSA security lines

Some are clamoring for duties of the TSA to be turned over to private contractors instead of government employees. The irony of that is that, prior to 9/11, most of these services were, in fact,... Read more »

May 23, 2016

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In our opinion: Divided 8-judge Supreme Court not in America's best interest

Hobbling the Supreme Court for up to a year with an unfilled vacancy is not in America's best interest. Read more »

May 21, 2016

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In our opinion: The special session supports education and opposes a national monument

In the special session this week, lawmakers agree to restore education funding and to oppose the creation of a new Bears Ears national monument. Read more »

May 20, 2016

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In our opinion: Disappointing results in Utah “Zero Fatalities” campaign

Utah's Highway Safety Office reports that 276 people died in crashes last year, the most in seven years. Between 2002 and 2012, fatalities trended downward, but that has now been reversed for three... Read more »

May 19, 2016

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In our opinion: Obama signs trade secrets act with bipartisan support

Historically, theft required thieves to be physically present in order to pilfer their ill-gotten gains. But today, a thief can be sitting on the other side of the world and hack into a server to... Read more »

May 18, 2016

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In our opinion: UTA can take a hard lesson from Washington

We applaud the leadership of UTA for recognizing the need to rebuild the public’s trust. With the coming airport expansion, this region has the potential to be a national model for integrated... Read more »

May 17, 2016

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In our opinion: The problem of rising rents

Despite an increased supply of 20,000 new housing units in just the past five years, increased demand has resulted in rents continuing to rise at a rate that is creating an affordable housing... Read more »

May 16, 2016

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In our opinion: The most recent homeless count surprises and disappoints

Among the key reasons for the increase in homelessness is a substantial increase in housing costs in Utah’s urban areas. There are families seeking shelter services simply because... Read more »

May 15, 2016

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In our opinion: Utah's Rep. Bishop is in a pivotal position to influence a solution for Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico’s future has long been a puzzle Congress was happy to kick down the road. As a U.S. territory, its hands are tied. Washington must act quickly in order to avoid a deepening crisis... Read more »

May 14, 2016

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In our opinion: Preparing for SL Airport expansion

In its current form, Salt Lake International is the nation’s 21st-busiest airport, handling nearly double the capacity it was designed for. Read more »

May 13, 2016

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In our opinion: A troubling trend toward liberal illiberalism inclusion by exclusion

Inclusion by exclusion increasingly defines both thought and actions at one of the few places where we expect all viewpoints in our communities to be able to thoughtfully exchange ideas: the public... Read more »

May 12, 2016

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In our opinion: The political lightning rod that is Common Core

It's true that the very title “Common Core” has become a political lightning rod. But to abandon the unique Utah Core that has resulted from the diligent efforts of the State School... Read more »

May 11, 2016

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In our opinion: A chance to accelerate the decline in preventable childhood deaths needs legislative support

There has been remarkable progress is reducing preventable childhood deaths around the world. Legislation to enhance these efforts is moving through Congress, and at no cost to taxpayers, it needs... Read more »

May 10, 2016

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