Aligning incentives on student loans

Giving colleges financial exposure in student loan defaults would motivate them to think carefully about finding a good fit for high-risk students, steering them to majors likely to produce jobs,... Read more »

Oct. 27, 2015


New study shows link between strong families and prosperous states

The report, “Strong Families, Prosperous States,” presents evidence that states with the highest percentages of married-parent families also are the most prosperous, and that they have... Read more »

Oct. 26, 2015


Salt Lake City hosts the World Congress of Families

More than any other state in the country, Utah has a vested interest in caring for children and in strengthening families. Few investments pay a bigger dividend over the long run than investing in... Read more »

Oct. 25, 2015


The reasons for increased highway fatalities should concern all of us

After more than a decade of decline, the rate of highway fatalities in Utah is up for the second straight year. But statistics demonstrate that when it comes to preventing accidents, the onus is... Read more »

Oct. 23, 2015


College degree data show mixed results

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Mixed results from the Census Bureau data. We applaud the dramatic increase in academic achievement by women. That will be a huge blessing to the nation’s future. But much more must be done... Read more »

Oct. 22, 2015


Utahns work to bridge social divide on difficult family issues

Utah is hosting three conferences on the changing family. Salt Lake is an excellent location where honest and open dialogue on these sensitive issues is encouraged, and where demonizing or... Read more »

Oct. 20, 2015


Prop 1 funding is needed for communities in our region

Our multimodal transit system, including light rail, heavy commuter rail, buses and a fledgling trolley system, ranks high among urban systems nationwide. We must provide the means for local... Read more »

Oct. 19, 2015


Bernie Sanders introduces a new dimension into the presidential campaign

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Bernie Sanders' declaration that he is a democratic socialist introduces a new dimension into the presidential campaign and reflects the fact that many people have a growing concern about economic... Read more »

Oct. 18, 2015


Utah making progress to improve mental health

Mental health is a concern for everyone, especially in Utah where the rates of depression are significantly higher than the national average. Those who need treatment must not be discouraged from... Read more »

Oct. 17, 2015


The speaker has near-dictatorial power in the House

The American people would be wise to educate themselves on the nature of the speaker’s office and its powerful influence on the American legislative process. Read more »

Oct. 16, 2015


Utah payday loans lead many to debt trap

Payday lenders thrive by luring customers into a cycle of perpetual debt, and they can get away with it under Utah’s relatively lax regulations. Utah payday lenders charge an average of 482... Read more »

Oct. 15, 2015


Social Security trustees warn of 'urgent threat of reserve depletion'

National Edition

The Social Security trustees warn that “prompt action is needed to prevent Social Security’s aggregate financial shortfall from growing to an intractable size." Read more »

Oct. 14, 2015


Cash incentives to conserve water

The plan to offer cash incentives for less use of water is manipulation of the market, creating an artificial incentive to conserve. If it works, though, it will validate the importance of cost in... Read more »

Oct. 13, 2015

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The breach between mass violence and gun control

The latest mass-violence tragedies have stoked the fires of conflicting gun-control policies. The primary problem of mass violence is that it is a multidimensional problem and policy debate is... Read more »

Oct. 12, 2015


In our opinion: Criminal justice reform

We are witnessing support across the political spectrum away from the failed “throw away the key” approach to correctional policy and toward a philosophy that is immeasurably more... Read more »

Oct. 11, 2015


How family dynamics impact the federal budget

National Edition

The evolution of the family over the past 60 years has created what some believe to be an insurmountable obstacle to balancing the federal budget in our lifetimes. Read more »

Oct. 10, 2015


Suspended Alaskan oil drilling

Royal Dutch Shell's decision to suspend drilling off the Alaskan coast is not so much an environmental victory as it is a reflection that the costs of recovering oil exceed projected revenues at... Read more »

Oct. 9, 2015


Arne Duncan leaves behind mixed legacy, passion for education

National Edition

No one should question Arne Duncan's passion for education or for helping students. But his mixed legacy does not leave states any better equipped to forge their own paths to better schools. Read more »

Oct. 8, 2015


Manned mission to Mars would be inspiring, unifying challenge

The same inspiration that called America to the moon fires the imagination and demands that we meet a 21st-century challenge to push further in our efforts to understand and explore what’s... Read more »

Oct. 8, 2015


Antiquities Act and underwater monuments

Misusing the Antiquities Act excludes public and congressional input and is counter to the reason the act was established in the first place. It’s time for this law to be drastically reformed... Read more »

Oct. 6, 2015


In our opinion: Secret Service targeting Rep. Chaffetz

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, is rightfully frightened and angered by disclosures this week that the Secret Service released private information about him to retaliate for his criticism of the... Read more »

Oct. 5, 2015


In our opinion: Think twice before venting online

E-venting seems to have become a national pastime, with much online feedback taking on a negative and even angry tone. However, refraining from e-venting may be in your own best interest. Read more »

Oct. 4, 2015


Remembering German Unity Day

Today commemorates 25 years since the countries East and West Germany reunited as one. May Unity Day remind every country and people that opportunities to help others and come together exist,... Read more »

Oct. 3, 2015


Time is of the essence with forthcoming hearings on Medicaid expansion plan

Time is of the essence with a potential Medicaid expansion plan. No plan would sail through the Legislature without difficult opposition. Read more »

Oct. 2, 2015


Volkswagen's dishonesty corrodes public trust, causes social damage

Dishonesty must be attacked at its roots. Failing to do so, as in the case of Volkswagen and others, causes corrosion of public trust and leads to social damage that far exceeds any personal... Read more »

Oct. 1, 2015


John Boehner will be missed

Opponents on both sides of the partisan divide who are celebrating his departure ought to be careful what they wish for. John Boehner will be sorely missed. Read more »

Sept. 30, 2015


New education reform proposals

When it comes to education reform, some of Hillary Clinton’s ideas overlap with those of Sen. Marco Rubio. Read more »

Sept. 29, 2015


Proposed increase in sales taxes

People should take the time to give careful consideration to a measure that will hit them in the pocketbook, but will also bring direct benefits to the affected counties. Read more »

Sept. 28, 2015


In our opinion: A week of contrasting voices and responses

After a week of contrasting political and religious voices, whether the result will be beneficial or detrimental to society depends more on how people respond to the voices than on the voices... Read more »

Sept. 27, 2015


XQ project to fund rethinking of high schools

The XQ Project is seeking ways to develop “super schools,” thanks in part to $50 million in funding from Laurene Powell Jobs, the philanthropist widow of Steve Jobs. Read more »

Sept. 26, 2015


Hints of pending Medicaid expansion compromise are encouraging

Utahns are right to be skeptical of the costs to expand Medicaid, but hints of a pending compromise measure are encouraging. The governor and state lawmakers should not wait until the next... Read more »

Sept. 25, 2015


Comic Con comes to Salt Lake

What began as a living-room business venture has exploded into one of the more celebrated conventions in the country. Read more »

Sept. 24, 2015


The Greek election and why it matters

The recent Greek election will force the developed nations of the world to consider sovereign debt forgiveness. Read more »

Sept. 23, 2015


Time to take another approach to campaign finance laws?

Campaign finance laws attempt to minimize the influence of donors by capping the amounts given to candidates and parties. But rather than keep money out of the process, it pushes it into the hands... Read more »

Sept. 22, 2015


We can't become desensitized to Islamic State, Boko Haram atrocities

Islamic States militants are executing an average of 50 people a day. Boko Haram attacks have displaced a half-million children in the past five months alone. The atrocities continue to be... Read more »

Sept. 21, 2015


Pope Francis and contemporary religious belief

As his arrival approaches later this week, Pope Francis provides a welcome example of how religious principles properly applied can make enormous contributions to the vital conversations and... Read more »

Sept. 20, 2015


Agency audit prompts call for action, accountability review

For the second time in two years, auditors have uncovered financial problems at the state agency responsible for providing vocational and other services for disabled people, revealing a pattern of... Read more »

Sept. 19, 2015

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Consider these principles when improving Utah's public education

A survey showing widespread support for increased investment in Utah’s education system may seem a direct call to the Utah Legislature to take bold action on behalf of public schools. Here... Read more »

Sept. 18, 2015


Celebrating a most remarkable document on Constitution Day

The U.S. Constitution serves as the blueprint for a government that has proven to be robust enough to withstand attacks from both foreign and domestic sources but also flexible enough to apply... Read more »

Sept. 17, 2015


Naming and shaming colleges — we can do better with comparisons

The new college scorecard from the U.S. Department of Education is a step in the right direction, but what's really needed is program-level data that could be easily collected but is currently... Read more »

Sept. 16, 2015


Pioneer Park crackdown another 'been there, done that' effort?

The recent crackdown on crime in Salt Lake City’s Rio Grande district evokes a feeling of dÉjÀ vu, which is understandable since we have definitely been down this road before. Read more »

Sept. 15, 2015


Should schools adjust starting times to aid student productivity, sleeping?

If adapting K-12 school schedules would boost student productivity, it’s a change that deserves attention. Researchers have looked into the way adolescents sleep and what sleep schedule... Read more »

Sept. 12, 2015


Post-9/11, the conflict remains — and it's a conflict of ideas

On the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the conflict remains current and more threatening than ever. That is because it is not a war against a nation state. It is not, as some insist, a war... Read more »

Sept. 11, 2015


Is U.S. headed the wrong way? There may be commonality, steps to build upon

America may seem a divided nation, but one area where a majority of Americans agree is a dissatisfaction with the direction of the country. Maybe it's time to take a step back and take a look at... Read more »

Sept. 10, 2015


A 10-year look back at lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina and Utah's response

Ten years ago, Utah helped reach out to evacuees of Hurricane Katrina. Amid all the criticism surrounding the inadequate response to Katrina and all that went wrong, it would be helpful for... Read more »

Sept. 9, 2015


Voters need to know how candidates will fix 'broken system'

Antipathy toward the so-called “Washington Establishment” is certainly driving early trends in the upcoming presidential elections, and what that says about the state of our politics... Read more »

Sept. 8, 2015


How work benefits the workers

There is another side to labor that needs to be emphasized. That is the way it benefits the workers themselves. Read more »

Sept. 7, 2015


In our opinion: Images of 3-year-old's face, body underscore global migrant crisis

One day last week, the world awoke to the powerfully disturbing image of a boy, perhaps 3 years old, lying dead in the surf off the coast of Turkey, washed ashore from an ill-fated ship of Syrian... Read more »

Sept. 6, 2015


Addressing truancy needs to be a collaborative, sustained national effort

It seems like truancy has existed as long as schools have. Erasing absenteeism needs to be a priority, which is why the Center for American Progress (CAP) has released a report in an attempt to... Read more »

Sept. 5, 2015


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