Editorials

In our opinion: Richard Dawkins's slippery 'immoral' Tweet

Richard Dawkins tweets that a woman pregnant with a Down syndrome fetus should "abort it and try again."

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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In our opinion: Supreme Court ruling in Harris v. Quinn is an important victory for freedom of association

On Monday, the Supreme Court reaffirmed the First Amendment guarantees freedom of association. The high court found that “freedom of association … plainly pre-supposes a freedom not to... Read more »

July 3, 2014

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In our opinion: Time to move forward on tar sands project

The nation's first tar sands mining operation is ready to begin extracting oil in eastern Utah. The company behind the development has demonstrated to the satisfaction of regulatory authorities... Read more »

July 2, 2014

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In our opinion: Supreme Court upholds meaning and purpose to bipartisan law protecting free exercise of religion

The Hobby Lobby decision is substantial in its own right and underscores the need for conduct respecting people of faith. But its true significance lies in the way it accentuates this... Read more »

June 30, 2014

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Obama administration's efforts to rein in for-profit colleges go too far

President Barack Obama’s recently announced plan to set tough standards that might remove federal financial aid for students attending some colleges or programs lacks one important component... Read more »

June 30, 2014

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In our opinion: The Constitution and tensions of government

The Constitution is remarkable for its ability to allow those tensions to fuel the engine of government while protecting the rights of minorities against the desires of the majority. Read more »

June 29, 2014

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In our opinion: Expanding Goblin Valley State Park deserves serious consideration

A proposal to expand Utah’s Goblin Valley State Park to include federal lands already heavily used for recreation is a sensible idea that deserves serious consideration. Ideally, it would... Read more »

June 28, 2014

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In our opinion: Supreme Court cellphone ruling an important victory against unreasonable searches by government

As Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in a decision on cellphones, “The fact that technology now allows an individual to carry such information in his hand does not make the information any... Read more »

June 27, 2014

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In our opinion: As marriage dispute heads toward Supreme Court, judiciary should not invalidate state laws

Both the majority and the dissenting opinions thoughtfully consider the question of same-sex marriage. Yet Kelly, who argues, “we should be reluctant to invalidate state constitutional or... Read more »

June 25, 2014

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In our opinion: Careful review of police necessary in all cases of deadly force

Police officers are sanctioned to deploy deadly force in circumstances that are clearly spelled out in state law. The facts surrounding police shootings are not always cut and dried, and involve a... Read more »

June 25, 2014

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In our opinion: Supreme Court curtails more ambitious aspects of EPA's greenhouse gas regulations

Both sides are claiming victory in the Supreme Court’s decision Monday on the Environmental Protection Agency's attempts at regulating greenhouse gases. The court was correct in stopping the... Read more »

June 24, 2014

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In our opinion: Understanding adoption key to encouraging public support for this vital institution

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No matter how much adoption changes — whether domestic, international or through foster care — we must never forget that its benefits need to be measured against the best interests of... Read more »

June 22, 2014

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In our opinion: Utah's Housing First program proves successful

In 2005, Utah adopted a 10-year plan to end chronic homelessness. After almost a decade years, enormous progress has been made, with a current 72 percent decrease in the number of chronic homeless,... Read more »

June 21, 2014

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In our opinion: No more UTOPIA promises

The Utah cities that are a part of the network of fiber optic Internet service known as UTOPIA should ponder the promises they have been given over the last 12 years. Read more »

June 20, 2014

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Scottish bill casts doubt on role of family as fundamental to society

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Throughout most of human history, the family has been fundamental. Many now question the family’s central role in shaping civilization. As a result, governments are intruding into family life... Read more »

June 20, 2014

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In our opinion: Huntsman Cancer Institute has played a groundbreaking role in fight against cancer

Many of the advances of the Huntsman Cancer Institute have been groundbreaking and have led to treatment protocols that have saved lives here and throughout the world. Expanding the research... Read more »

June 18, 2014

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In our opinion: In Iraq, the United States has the responsibility to address threats to American interests

President George W. Bush received criticism in 2003 for declaring “Mission Accomplished” in Iraq. President Barack Obama’s 2011 statement that “We’re leaving behind a... Read more »

June 17, 2014

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In our opinion: Efforts to remove electronic devices from courtrooms should be promptly squelched

Rules allowing access to electronic devices took effect last year after decades of lobbying by journalism organizations and institutions in favor of openness and transparency in the judiciary.... Read more »

June 16, 2014

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In our opinion: Recent turmoil in Iraq has the U.S. questioning previous and future efforts

While the U.S. dithers and ponders, Iran already has begun sending its forces to Iraq to fight the al Qaida-affiliated forces that have overwhelmed Iraq’s military in recent days. Clearly,... Read more »

June 14, 2014

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In our opinion: The best fix for excessive student loan debt is better information about colleges and costs

President Obama on Monday announced changes to the student loan program that will allow student borrowers to pay no more than 10 percent of their monthly income in loan payments. In doing so, the... Read more »

June 13, 2014

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In our opinion: A welcome change from California on teacher tenure rules

A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge on Tuesday struck down California teacher tenure rules. The lawsuit has the potential to drastically alter the educational landscape and improve to the... Read more »

June 12, 2014

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