Obama's free tuition plan has leaders mindful of students' financial burdens

Obama's call for free community college tuition has resulted in affordable higher education being a popular topic.

In our opinion: Let SB54 take effect and tweak it, rather than repeal it

The Republican Party plans to lobby the Legislature to repeal SB 54 — last year's compromise bill on selecting candidates — passed by a Republican-controlled House and Senate and signed... Read more »

Jan. 7, 2015


In our opinion: As U.S. combat operations end in Afghanistan, what have we learned?

Our objective in Afghanistan has been to suppress forces of fundamentalism that have provided a breeding ground for terrorism. While the menace posed by some factions have been subdued, the overall... Read more »

Jan. 6, 2015


In our opinion: Voluntarism and being mindful of our civic duties

National Edition

When people volunteer, they demonstrate a commitment to their communities and their fellow human beings that goes beyond seeking for profit or personal aggrandizement. Volunteer work is closely... Read more »

Jan. 5, 2015


In our opinion: Police, protesters and perspective

Police brutality is simply not endemic in our community. Protest movements can serve an important democratic function by raising awareness of a problem, but only if that problem actually exists. Read more »

Jan. 4, 2015


In our opinion: First Amendment rights don't protect one from consequences of online threats

It is true that the intent behind online communication can be more difficult to discern than it is in face-to-face communication. But that does not mean that clear threats made online ought not... Read more »

Jan. 3, 2015


In our opinion: Difficulties for Medicaid patients?

To get the Affordable Care Act started, primary-care physicians were granted two-year reimbursements for seeing Medicaid patients who couldn’t afford health-care coverage. Those... Read more »

Jan. 2, 2015


In our opinion: More moms stay home

Studies show that more women are opting out of full-time employment — not because they have to do so, but because they choose to do so. Read more »

Jan. 1, 2015


In our opinion: 'Friends' tip line used by students to report concerns

The “Friends” tip line was recently introduced in the Ogden and Weber school districts and has been used by students to report concerns about bullying, suicidal behavior, drug use and... Read more »

Dec. 31, 2014


In our opinion: Pioneer Park Coalition provides suggestions for homeless problems

Homeless problems around Pioneer Park are not likely to be eradicated by any amount of money or goodwill. But they can be reduced and better contained. Civic leaders and the Pioneer Park Coalition... Read more »

Dec. 30, 2014


In our opinion: S.L. County finding social impact bonding is well worth a try

Salt Lake County is testing a "social impact bond" to expand free preschool for at-risk kids in the Granite School District. Private companies fund the bond; and the county repays it in full with... Read more »

Dec. 29, 2014


In our opinion: Six heroes for our values in 2014

An ex-CIA operative busting child-sex rings. A college student promoting foster care. An innovative university president. An exiled cleric. A financial columnist. A values-driven gaming creator.... Read more »

Dec. 28, 2014

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In our opinion: Keep marriage questions

The Census Bureau is considering dropping five questions on marriage from its annual American Community Survey. The possibility would likely frustrate researchers, demographers and others —... Read more »

Dec. 27, 2014


In our opinion: Police vs. protests — a heavy dose of civil dialogue is needed

In the current struggle between police and protesters, what the nation needs is a strong dose of civil dialogue. Much of the nation is deeply divided, and real progress won't happen until cool... Read more »

Dec. 26, 2014


In our opinion: Joy to the World — the Christmas Story from the New Testament

From the first chapter of Matthew and the second chapter of Luke, we share the New Testament account of the birth of Jesus Christ. Read more »

Dec. 25, 2014


In our opinion: Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

In a 1897 letter to the editor to the editor, an 8-year-old girl asks "Is there a Santa Claus?" The responding editorial answers: "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as... Read more »

Dec. 25, 2014


In our opinion: Un-merry 'PC' Christmas — holiday political correctness getting out of hand

Is the Christmas holiday falling victim to political correctness? More often than not, political correctness calls for abandoning beliefs, which offends many. Better to be inclusive of more... Read more »

Dec. 23, 2014


In our opinion: Flawed torture report didn't seem to serve an oft-targeted nation

The report on the CIA's use of enhanced interrogation techniques on terror suspects generated heated rhetoric in Washington but little public outrage. We need to respect fundamental human rights,... Read more »

Dec. 22, 2014


In our opinion: The 3 levels of Christmas

National Edition

Christmas comes at three levels, beginning with Santa Claus and "Silent Night" levels, which don't last. A third level is the adult Christ, and accepting his invitation to follow him is how all... Read more »

Dec. 21, 2014


Reconnecting with Cuba is a good move — but let's do it right, not rushed

The United States's first step toward better relations with Cuba cannot be seen as condoning Cuba’s bad behavior. The overriding goal should be the establishment of a liberated Cuba where... Read more »

Dec. 20, 2014


In our opinion: Utah sees improvement in graduation rates — and can still do better

Utah has seen high school graduation rates climb in recent years — among the general student population as well as with minority and low-income students. This is a welcome result — and... Read more »

Dec. 19, 2014


In our opinion: Water, a precious commodity

Recognized as the nation’s highest per-capita water users, Utahns must rethink and amend consumption and use practices. Read more »

Dec. 18, 2014


In our opinion: We must be vigilant and realistic about 'lone-wolf' attacks, but not paranoid

When ISIS militants urged supporters worldwide to launch attacks against the Western nations in which they reside, its footprint seemed to grow. Vigilance must be coupled with a realistic... Read more »

Dec. 17, 2014


In our opinion: Moving forward following congressional approval of $1.1 trillion spending bill

Last weekend's congressional approval of the $1.1 trillion spending bill shows that Congress can work in a sense of concession, conciliation and cooperation. Other bonuses: a funded government and... Read more »

Dec. 16, 2014


In our opinion: Police training should include de-escalation tactics

An element of police training regarding confrontation should be an increased focus on “de-escalation” tactics, including "slowing down the situation" and giving time for others —... Read more »

Dec. 15, 2014


In our opinion: Wood burning ban — it's right to fight air pollution, but is it enough?

A ban on burning wood during the inversion season is a necessary part of a larger campaign for cleaner air — one with immediate and noticeable benefits. But there are other initiatives that... Read more »

Dec. 14, 2014


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