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In our opinion: New Horizons opens up a great future of space exploration

Now that the mission has proven successful, maybe it's time to consider giving Pluto a planetary promotion

In our opinion: The public deserves transparency with nonprofit charity funds

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A question everyone ought to be asking: Do philanthropic organizations overpay their executives? How much of what people donate actually is used for charitable causes? Read more »

June 10, 2015

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In our opinion: War over 'Count My Vote' needs to end

Gov. Gary Herbert recently likened the Republican Party’s division over new candidate nominating rules (written into a law titled SB54 and otherwise known as the “Count My Vote”... Read more »

June 9, 2015

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In our opinion: Supreme Court deserves credit for defending religious liberty

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Few may have noticed the Supreme Court consistently defending religious liberty in a string of cases involving contraceptives. For the most part, the court defends the important role that faith... Read more »

June 8, 2015

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In our opinion: Ending world hunger: Freedom, families important for progress

National Edition

The United States, with its strong guarantees of basic rights and its political stability, must maintain a leadership position in food security, with its wealth driving global trade and its... Read more »

June 7, 2015

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In our opinion: FIFA scandal may just be first of many as investigations continue

A newsroom idiom of a story “having legs” means interest in the issue or incident will continue for a long time. It's apparent that the investigations into FIFA represent a story with... Read more »

June 6, 2015

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In our opinion: USA Freedom Act offers more civil liberty protections than Patriot Act ever did

The Patriot Act initially enjoyed the widespread support of a bipartisan majority looking to secure the nation in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, but the act was marred by aspects that failed to... Read more »

June 5, 2015

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In Our Opinion: Should prisons be allowed to use inmates for cheap labor?

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If prisoners don’t get a regular minimum wage anyway, they may as well become productive in a real trade that benefits them and society. Prison shouldn’t be about deprivation of... Read more »

June 4, 2015

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In our opinion: TSA audit reveals major flaws in security protocols

Earlier this week, the Department of Homeland Security reassigned the acting director of the TSA. Hopefully this time the change will make a difference. A recent TSA audit revealed inept procedures... Read more »

June 3, 2015

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In Our Opinion: Decisions on Salt Lake's homeless services have compelling points of view on all sides of the discussion

The issue of where and how to offer centralized services for Salt Lake City’s homeless population has compelling points of view on all sides of the discussion. Resolution will require strong... Read more »

June 2, 2015

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In our opinion: Anthrax episode reveals danger in government's flawed agent-handling knowledge

Much of the work of handling dangerous materials, such as anthrax, is kept secret out of necessity. But that secrecy is necessary only to the extent that it keeps the nation’s enemies from... Read more »

June 1, 2015

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In our opinion: Digital citizenship — merging youths' social media 'know-how' with parents' 'know-when' and 'know-why'

National Edition

Digital literacy is a key component to the education of our youths, as evidenced by its inclusion in Common Core. However, digital ethics need to be in the mix as well for youths, who spend more... Read more »

May 31, 2015

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In Our Opinion: Benefits of budgeting include discipline, not deprivation

Studies show that 1 in 3 U.S. adults carry credit card debt month to month, while 1 in 3 do not put any income toward retirement savings. Budgeting is a step to feeling secure that many overlook... Read more »

May 30, 2015

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In Our Opinion: IRS data breach is intolerable — and the woes only seem to be worsening

The IRS announced that more than 100,000 tax filers had their electronically filed income tax returns stolen by cyber thieves this year. There is plenty of evidence the IRS has been failing on this... Read more »

May 29, 2015

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In our opinion: Reducing minor drug-crime penalties may help at state prison, but adds to county jail overcrowding

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Legislation passed this year to reduce criminal penalties for minor drug crimes will alleviate pressure on the state prison system, but it will create new pressure on county jails, which already... Read more »

May 28, 2015

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In our opinion: Congressional Demos shouldn't derail president's fast-track trade authority

President Obama’s trade agenda, which we support, has encountered virulent opposition from his own party, which has done everything it possibly can to deny him the fast-track authority that... Read more »

May 27, 2015

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In our opinion: CDCU helps rebuild distressed communities, one house at a time

The Community Development Corporation of Utah has rebuilt more than 400 homes and constructed another 160 new homes, helping more than 5,000 low- to moderate-income families in 120 communities. Read more »

May 26, 2015

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In Our Opinion: More than a holiday, Memorial Day should be an 'honor' day

Memorial Day is about honoring priceless service. The great conflicts of history were fought and won by everyday men and women who exhibited extraordinary courage and valor, many of them paying the... Read more »

May 25, 2015

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Your future Utah needs your input now — participate in Envision Utah's online projections

Envision Utah's "Your Utah, Your Future" online survey allows participants to submit preferred outcomes overall and in 11 areas such as air and water quality, education and transportation for 2050. Read more »

May 24, 2015

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In our opinion: The opportunities and challenges of linking social media and wildlife

National Edition

When used correctly, social media may be a species-saver and help with crowdsourcing for funding. But not all experts are keen to list animals and their tracking data online. Read more »

May 23, 2015

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In Our Opinion: Hatch-Cardin bill to make permanent a law allowing religious organizations to bring non-ministerial workers into the U.S.

National Edition

A bipartisan measure before Congress deals with a small but significant component of immigration policy. The Hatch-Cardin bill will make permanent a law allowing religious organizations to bring... Read more »

May 22, 2015

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In our opinion: Clinton Foundation's financial practices haven't been just a partisan concern

With Bill and Hillary Clinton insisting there is no proof of wrongdoing or law-breaking with questionable Clinton Foundation financial practices, the foundation has changed its policy to limit... Read more »

May 21, 2015

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In our opinion: Recent Kathmandu, Baltimore responses show need to measure social progress, not just economic growth

National Edition

The Social Progress Index is on the right track to understanding and learning from the experiences of Kathmandu and Baltimore so that public policy can become increasingly effective in promoting... Read more »

May 20, 2015

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In our opinion: Teacher evaluations a welcome move to enhance consistency in how educations are rated and rewarded

The State Board of Education has approved guidelines for evaluating teacher performance, a system that bases 70 percent of a performance score from the principal's observations, 20 percent on... Read more »

May 18, 2015

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In our opinion: Study cites excessive online gaming, pornography as creating a 'crisis of masculinity'

National Edition

In his new book, “Man (Dis)Connected,” psychologist Phillip Zimbardo explores technology’s role in the lives of today’s young men. What he finds is a digital struggle... Read more »

May 17, 2015

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In our opinion: Utah to begin mandating some meningitis vaccinations, but more is needed

In Utah, children entering the seventh grade next school year will be required to get meningitis vaccinations. While the vaccine to be used is effective against strains A, C, Y and W, another... Read more »

May 16, 2015

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