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In our opinion: House's passing of Medicare reform is evidence of bipartisan approach to responsible government

A strong bipartisan vote in the U.S. House of Representatives to change the way Medicare payments are disbursed gives hope that both political parties have figured out such reform must come as a... Read more »

April 1, 2015

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Braden Cousin: Sexualization is too prominent in product placement

Advertisers need to understand that they need not resort to sex and objectification in order to sell products. We can help them come to that conclusion by raising our voices in favor of morally... Read more »

April 1, 2015


In our opinion: U.S. can't add to its enormous debt forever with no consequences

The Republican-led budgets from the House and Senate have reinforced how difficult it would be to balance the federal budget. Despite disagreements over what to cut, the budget plan would set the... Read more »

March 31, 2015


In our opinion: SLC in a sales-tax conundrum, but tying it to a possible prison relocation isn't the answer

Combining a municipal tax with the prison relocation is bothersome. The city’s interest in raising its sales tax is predicated on a real problem. Its population swells during workdays by... Read more »

March 30, 2015


Small efforts, big impacts on intergenerational poverty

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Addressing the intergenerational poverty concerns affecting hundreds of thousands doesn’t require waiting for the Legislature to initiate the massive endeavor. Read more »

March 29, 2015


In our opinion: Obama muses about mandatory voting — but increased, informed voluntary balloting seems best

President Obama recently suggested that voting should be mandatory. The better choice would be a focus on getting people educated early on with the issues at hand and the candidates who might best... Read more »

March 28, 2015


In our opinion: Aviation safety

When Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz locked the pilot out of the cockpit and forced Flight 9525 into the rugged Alps, killing all 150 onboard, it sent shock waves around the world. But it need... Read more »

March 27, 2015


In our opinion: Giving president 'fast-track' trade promotion benefits Utah, U.S. economies

President Obama is advocating approval of “fast-track” trade promotion. Commerce statistics show international trade agreements are vital to Utah’s economic health and suggest... Read more »

March 26, 2015


In our opinion: Legislative subsidy for USU athletics — leveling the field or creating a slippery slope?

Utah State University received a $1.5 million appropriation from the Legislature to fund payments to athletes, ostensibly as a way to encourage economic development. However, it seems to create as... Read more »

March 25, 2015


In our opinion: Senate Democrats' filibuster hindering much-needed human trafficking legislation

Senate Democrats have filibustered the passage of the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, a bill with bipartisan support that would allow the direct use of fines collected from human... Read more »

March 24, 2015


In our opinion: Channeling innovation — disruption is coming to cable television

The Internet-driven disruptive innovation that changed many industries has finally come to cable television as several broadcast heavyweights have agreed to be part of small, inexpensive streaming... Read more »

March 23, 2015


In our opinion: Anti-Semitism at home and abroad

Polls show “deeply-entrenched” anti-Semitic sentiment can be found in more than 25 percent of the world’s population. Unfortunately, there are places here in America that... Read more »

March 22, 2015


In our opinion: Cyber-security the issue of Hillary's use of personal email server and Blackberry phone

Partisan politics aside, the real issue with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server and a Blackberry cellphone raises concerns of cyber-security with sensitive... Read more »

March 21, 2015


In our opinion: With hundreds of thousands of Utah children at risk, intergenerational poverty needs prompt action

The Utah Legislature has given several years of attention to intergenerational poverty concerns in the state. But it will require action, not just attention, as well as commitment and public... Read more »

March 20, 2015


In our opinion: How many teachers would do what a Maine educator is doing with her $1 million global prize?

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Nancie Atwell, the founder of Maine's Center for Teaching and Learning, will take the $1 million award accompanying the Global Teacher Prize and put the money back into her school. The center can... Read more »

March 19, 2015


In our opinion: Meet 16-year-old refugee Mezon Almellehan, Syria's own 'Malala' pushing for education

For Mezon Almellehan, a 16-year-old Syrian now living in Jordan, there is a way out of the darkness of life as a refugee. “I think education is the focal point for everything. With education,... Read more »

March 18, 2015


In our opinion: Making higher education more accessible to more people is getting increased attention

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The government’s best role in making higher education more accessible to more people is to encourage equal opportunity among all citizens to acquire the education necessary to compete and... Read more »

March 17, 2015


In our opinion: Could Utah's air quality benefit by learning from results of USC's Children Health Study?

A USC study of Los Angeles children over two decades showed correlation between long-term improvements in local air quality with positive effects on lung-function growth. This study has clear... Read more »

March 16, 2015


In our opinion: Legislative wrap — anti-discrimination, religious liberty bills overshadow other successes, disappointments

The 2015 Legislature left much on the table, but what it accomplished — particularly in anti-discrimination and religious liberty — was more than enough to vindicate the wisdom of... Read more »

March 14, 2015


In our opinion: Utah's presidential caucus is a bad idea, limiting participating in the most public of elections

The Utah Republican Party has decided to select presidential candidates in neighborhood caucuses, rather than through a state presidential primary. This is a bad decision resulting in tens of... Read more »

March 13, 2015


In our opinion: Senate's warning letter to Iran seems ill-timed

Certainly, the Senate should reject any presidential treaty that gives a reckless advantage to Iran. But the time to make that objection is when such a treaty has been written, not while... Read more »

March 12, 2015


In our opinion: Legislature to be commended for seeking more improvements on state's exemplary open-records laws

Utah's open-records laws — known as Government Records and Management Act (GRAMA) — is a model for accessibility, and the Legislature is making amendments that enhance an already... Read more »

March 11, 2015

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In our opinion: An increased gas tax is a short-term fix; let's consider long-term solutions

An expected gas-tax compromising from the Legislature sounds like a good short-term solution to pressing highway and transit needs. But it can’t be the end of the discussion. Long-term... Read more »

March 10, 2015


In our opinion: Net neutrality isn't necessary — innovation is spurred by less regulation, not a tighter government grip

“Net neutrality” sounds like such a friendly, fair term. But call it what it is — regulation of the Internet by Republicans, Democrats, high-priced lobbyists and unelected... Read more »

March 9, 2015


In our opinion: Comic books making super-heroic effort of better female, minority representations

Two comic book publishers — Marvel and DC Comics — are looking to improve the representation of females and minorities in upcoming projects Read more »

March 7, 2015


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