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In our opinion: Now a thriving urban hub, SLC must plan for future demand

Salt Lake City's growth and downtown drawing power is the kind that feeds on itself.

In our opinion: The long-term outlook for Social Security isn't good, so begin solving problem now

Congress has some tough decisions ahead on Social Security: Cut additional spending, raise taxes more, limit the growth of the entitlement programs or do a combination of several. Continued... Read more »

July 28, 2014

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Can Hollywood keep the faith in faith-based films?

National Edition

Given the recent increase in mainstream faith-based movies, Hollywood’s 2014 is being billed as “the year of the Bible” and “the year of faith films.” But two... Read more »

July 27, 2014

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In our opinion: Use market forces and not social shaming to conserve on water usage

Southern Utah faces many of the same drought problems as Southern California. What the state can’t afford to do, however, is to follow California’s misguided solutions. Rather than... Read more »

July 26, 2014

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In our opinion: Airport expansion reflects the growing vitality of Utah's national and global links

The forthcoming expansion of the Salt Lake International Airport, one of the largest public works projects in Utah history, will have a sizable impact on the efficiency of domestic and... Read more »

July 25, 2014

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In our opinion: History will remember our response to the current Central American refugee crisis

Most Central American children streaming across the United States’ southwestern borders are teens, but many are under the age of 10. Collectively, they’re seen as poster children for... Read more »

July 24, 2014

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In our opinion: Federal Reserve shouldn't be chained with a congressional formula for interest rates

Business leaders face considerable uncertainty in today’s world, much of it caused by the government. So it is understandable that some in Congress would want to impose a bit of certainty on... Read more »

July 23, 2014

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In our opinion: U.S. Supreme Court delivers second message, for Utah, on same-sex marriage requirement

For the second time in seven months, the Supreme Court of the United States has been forced to weigh in, procedurally, on the legal contest surrounding the definition of marriage. In both cases,... Read more »

July 22, 2014

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In our opinion: It's time to scrutinize Common Core standards through rigorous review process

Gov. Gary Herbert has requested a careful review process of the Common Core education standards. It's important that the process delve into specifics, not general feelings. This is so because this... Read more »

July 21, 2014

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In our opinion: Religious freedom requires each of us to accord equal dignity for all

National Edition

Laws can be framed in such a way that they balance the free exercise of religion with respectful coexistence of those with differing values. We believe that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act,... Read more »

July 20, 2014

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In our opinion: Trademarking the 'I believe …' cheer reveals the slippery slope of protecting words and phrases

A California university seeks to trademark "I believe that we will win," a much-used sports cheer associated of late with U.S. soccer. Utah State University holds the state trademark. Who wins... Read more »

July 19, 2014

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In our opinion: Citigroup fine

The agreement by investment bank Citigroup to pay a $7 billion fine for its role in the subprime mortgage crisis has been touted by federal prosecutors as a victory in holding the company... Read more »

July 18, 2014

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In our opinion: Children immigrants entering U.S. may end up as refugees — and Utah should be ready to help

The influx of Central American children crossing into the U.S. begs for a long-term solution to a broader immigration problem — but more importantly, it needs to be viewed as a humanitarian... Read more »

July 17, 2014

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In our opinion: With arrest of Shurtleff and Swallow, it's time to consider an appointed attorney general for Utah

The indictment of two former attorneys general raises serious questions about political corruption in Utah. We have a “perfect storm” here: the confluence of single-party dominance, no... Read more »

July 16, 2014

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In our opinion: In marriage case, Utah needs SCOTUS to ensure justice and fair play

The strength of our national union relies upon a sense of fair play and an equal opportunity to access the halls of justice. That equal opportunity has been denied to the state of Utah in the... Read more »

July 14, 2014

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In our opinion: A good grade is not always synonymous with an excellent education

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Grade inflation can be seen as a response to a culture where bad evaluations from students influence decisions about teachers’ jobs. Since there is no simple solution to the problem of grade... Read more »

July 14, 2014

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In our opinion: Pathway to 'Silicon Slopes' leads through relocation of state prison in Draper

This newspaper has long advocated ensuring that the needs and rehabilitation of inmates is uppermost in the public’s mind as prison relocation is debated. We continue to support those... Read more »

July 13, 2014

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In our opinion: Important breakthrough on rapid transit bus route between Davis and Salt Lake counties

The decision to move forward on plans to create a rapid transit bus route between Davis County and downtown Salt Lake City marks an important breakthrough in transportation planning along the... Read more »

July 12, 2014

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In our opinion: Because higher education helps to enhance the stability of marriage, we should encourage both

Education, not race, provides the clearest indicator of whether a woman will have children before getting married. Because higher education helps to enhance the stability of marriage, we should do... Read more »

July 11, 2014

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In our opinion: Several European programs offer hope through solutions for religious extremism

National Edition

Programs are helping young Muslims recognize that radical variants of Islam are not the only available outlets for religious engagement. These welcome efforts demonstrate that an ounce of... Read more »

July 10, 2014

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In our opinion: Caution is necessary when Utah transit projects engage in the practice of eminent domain

It is important to address issues of private property, just compensation and public use in a careful manner. Public entities must always exercise extreme caution when seeking to use this sweeping... Read more »

July 9, 2014

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In our opinion: GM recall may begin to suggest a company living up to its past accomplishments

General Motors has long been viewed as a symbol of American industrial prowess. Its handling of the recall issue may begin to suggest that the company is living up to prior accomplishments. Read more »

July 8, 2014

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In our opinion: Fate of the Guantanamo Bay prison needs to be resolved promptly

Congress should define a specific legal rationale to keep that segment of detainees incarcerated or return them to their country of origin. As the military campaign in Afghanistan winds down, the... Read more »

July 7, 2014

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In our opinion: Public health officials worldwide are awake to the problems of alcohol abuse

While no state’s system is perfect or immune from the death toll brought on by alcohol, Utah is fortunate to have its balanced set of restrictions on marketing and distribution. They continue... Read more »

July 6, 2014

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In our opinion: Congress needs to 'drop the excuses' and take up immigration reform

President Obama’s decision to act unilaterally on immigration is not the best way to approach any legislative matter. We can avoid this fate through action on immigration by members of Congress. Read more »

July 5, 2014

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In our opinion: July 4, 1826 — Remembering Thomas Jefferson and John Adams

In life, no two men were more closely associated with the Declaration of Independence than Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. In death, they are forever linked by the date on which both men passed... Read more »

July 4, 2014

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