Editorials

In our opinion: Tax code is 3.7 million words too many

Nearly 100 million Americans will have filed their 2013 tax returns by today.

In our opinion: Planning for parking

Salt Lake City officials are facing a decrease in revenues from parking fees and revenue. A second year of unexpected shortfalls raises the question of whether the city is using best practices in... Read more »

Feb. 28, 2014

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In our opinion: Banishing free exercise of religion from the public square

In controversies over same-sex marriage and contraception, those motivated by religious convictions are being pressured to leave the public square — to put religious convictions out of sight,... Read more »

Feb. 27, 2014

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In our opinion: Military cuts send the wrong message to the world

The United States faces huge fiscal challenges concerning out-of-control spending on entitlements. It would be a shame to ignore changes that could have a meaningful impact on federal spending... Read more »

Feb. 26, 2014

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In our opinion: Use trading status to leverage reforms in Venezuela

Venezuela is reaping a predictable whirlwind from years of socialist policies that have fostered official corruption and led to widespread shortages of basic goods and rampant crime. Read more »

Feb. 26, 2014

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In our opinion: Administrative subpeonas

The attorney general acted appropriately in limiting the use of administrative subpoenas, but lawmakers should continue to consider ways to bring more clarity and control over the practice. Read more »

Feb. 25, 2014

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In our opinion: North Korea madness

The lesson to be learned from this standoff is that rogue regimes need to be prevented from proliferating in order to ensure the safety of the world at large. Read more »

Feb. 24, 2014

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In our opinion: Fatherhood hasn't received the attention it deserves

Being a parent is hard work. It involves countless hours, of pain and joy, of being a father or a mother to a child who needs you. The topic of fatherhood — what dads have to offer their... Read more »

Feb. 23, 2014

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In our opinion: Stimulus 5 years later

Looking back on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act — known colloquially as President Obama’s stimulus package that passed shortly after he was inaugurated in 2009 — on its... Read more »

Feb. 22, 2014

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In our opinion: School lunch audit

The Salt Lake City School District needs to be more forthcoming with the exact details of how and why district personnel came to decide it was necessary to confiscate cafeteria food from students... Read more »

Feb. 22, 2014

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In our opinion: Responding to Ukraine

This also is a pivotal moment for Ukrainians, who obviously long for stronger democratic, economic and religious freedoms. Their cries, and their suffering, should not go unheeded. Read more »

Feb. 21, 2014

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In our opinion: Deliberating together

The momentum behind the Count My Vote initiative in Utah has highlighted access to our state’s political process. Now the Legislature is coming forth with an alternative without eliminating... Read more »

Feb. 20, 2014

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In our opinion: Lives worth living, euthanasia unsuitable for children

Putting aside the many hard questions that exist in dealing with euthanasia for adults, there should be little debate that it is unsuitable for children. Read more »

Feb. 19, 2014

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In our opinion: Fund growth in higher education

Utah lawmakers have a rare opportunity this year to provide some of the state’s fastest growing institutions of higher learning with the money they need to catch up with the demands of what,... Read more »

Feb. 18, 2014

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In our opinion: The Madisonian model

Madison sought a strict separation of powers. That avoids excessive influence over the nation’s affairs by minority or majority factions. Today, however, the pendulum of power has swung away... Read more »

Feb. 17, 2014

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In our opinion: Expanding Medicaid

Utahns pay too much in new taxes mandated by the Affordable Care Act. The best way for Utah to recoup those costs is to mend a gaping hole in the state’s safety net through sensible expansion... Read more »

Feb. 16, 2014

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In our opinion: Marijuana is still dangerous

If educated adults do not speak out about the real hazards, lives could be lost. And if Washington continues to stand idly by as the falsehoods persist, it will be increasingly difficult to stop... Read more »

Feb. 15, 2014

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In our opinion: A prudent stay

As Utah and other states appropriately stand up for the many benefits of man-woman marriage, the imprudence of Judge Robert J. Shelby’s December decision becomes clearer. Read more »

Feb. 15, 2014

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In our opinion: Taming federal spending

The debt ceiling is symptomatic of the problem, not the problem itself. Now that another partisan showdown has been avoided, it’s time to get to work with solutions that will put both... Read more »

Feb. 14, 2014

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In our opinion: Free trade

This is a transparent effort to put politics above principle, and it feeds into growing public cynicism about what happens in Washington, D.C. Read more »

Feb. 13, 2014

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In our opinion: Shirley Temple Black

Pundits may be right when they intone that the world will never again see the likes of a Shirley Temple. But the more optimistic view would be to say that Temple provided a way to navigate fame,... Read more »

Feb. 12, 2014

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In our opinion: True to the law

On Monday, the Obama administration announced — again — that it was delaying some provisions of the Affordable Care Act. The problem here is that the administration cannot do this... Read more »

Feb. 12, 2014

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In our opinion: Yes, content of movies affects the culture

Harvey Weinstein conceded that criticism of Hollywood violence are not without merit. Content does affect the culture. Well of course it does. Read more »

Feb. 11, 2014

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In our opinion: Enhancing academic performance is about more than just money

The U.S. spends more money on education than any other country in the world, yet we lag behind on many international education standards. More money doesn’t seem to correlate with better... Read more »

Feb. 10, 2014

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In our opinion: Immigration reform is needed now, not next election cycle

It is natural that good people, seeking better opportunities for themselves and their families — and committing malice toward none — would immigrate to a land of opportunity. We should... Read more »

Feb. 9, 2014

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In our opinion: Obama should appoint ambassador for international religious freedom

President Obama said that worshippers are under attack worldwide. It is time for the president to follow those words by appointing a strong new ambassador at-large for international religious... Read more »

Feb. 8, 2014

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