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In our opinion: Planned Parenthood should have chosen the right

Planned Parenthood's use of a symbol of childhood faith to advertise free condoms raises concerns.

In our opinion: Saudi Arabia and the 9/11 Commission report

Saudi Arabia contains many troubling elements and competing forces, but it is an important strategic and diplomatic ally in a troubled region. Read more »

April 19, 2016

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Taking action now to avoid a bigger problem later

The Flint, Michigan, water experience reminds us of the importance of healthy tap water. The Beehive State is acting early to prevent a similar crisis in Utah. An old and aging water infrastructure... Read more »

April 18, 2016

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The least ugly economy

While compared to most economies, the American economy looks stellar, America remains tightly linked with the health of the global economy. The IMF warns that a negative surprise or two could... Read more »

April 18, 2016

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The Leonardo exhibit adds to the many Utah voices sympathetic to refugees' struggles

The Leonardo's new exhibit adds to the broad-based effort in Utah to assist refugees. It puts a human face to the refugee crisis by telling individual stories of refugees' struggles in an often... Read more »

April 17, 2016

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In our opinion: Missed lessons lead to immense instability across a large region

Pursuing a course aimed at changing a foreign government without planning for what replaces it can be catastrophic. We are all now suffering a plague of immense instability across a broad swath of... Read more »

April 16, 2016

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In our opinion: Mitt Romney was right about Russia as a top U.S. foe

It also is becoming increasingly evident that Mitt Romney was correct when, as the Republican nominee for president in 2012, he identified Russia as the No.1 geopolitical foe of the United States. Read more »

April 15, 2016

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In our opinion: Communication authority siphoning is embarrassing

We expect there will be a reckoning in the Legislature about this particular incident, but there also ought to be a broader inquiry as to whether any other extensions of state government are also... Read more »

April 14, 2016

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In our opinion: State officials should hit 'pause' on coal project

The California project has always seemed to be premised on shaky ground, and now, that ground is even less steady. Read more »

April 13, 2016

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In our opinion: TV rating systems must reflect impact of witnessing violence on children’s mental health

Current rating systems for entertainment media violence are largely based on whether content is offensive to adults, rather than whether content is harmful to children. New research highlights the... Read more »

April 12, 2016

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The FBI-Apple controversy is just the start of an important national conversation on cyber security

The next five to 10 years could change the landscape of cyber security threats around the world. Efforts to ensure law enforcement's access to "bad guy" data could substantially reduce the security... Read more »

April 11, 2016

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In our opinion: Education investment priorities in Utah are out of balance

The discrepancy in total wages between state-government-owned and local-government-owned education entities in Utah exposes a deep conflict in educational emphasis in the state. Utah has much to... Read more »

April 10, 2016

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In our opinion: Disclosure of the Panama Papers continues to rattle the world's elite

The Panama Papers point out the difficulty in keeping secrets in a digital world. They raise intriguing questions about privacy and transparency, but we still have a long way to go before we find... Read more »

April 9, 2016

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In our opinion: Growing demand for in-home care warrants legislative emphasis

It would be good for Americans to ask their politicians what they intend to do about the growing demands on Medicaid resources for nursing care and the desires of many to remain in their homes as... Read more »

April 8, 2016

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In our opinion: Utah continues its tradition of charitable giving

Utah's tradition of generous charitable giving produces a direct pay back in the form of a healthier community that works to provide a safety net for those who must rely on the good will of their... Read more »

April 7, 2016

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In our opinion: Immigration initiative in Utah's best interest

The initiative runs in stark contrast to the narrative offered by political opportunists who argue, with more anecdote than fact, that immigrants take away jobs and create a drain on prosperity. Read more »

April 6, 2016

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In our opinion: Utah's efforts to accept refugees an example to the world

The American history of immigration — almost always carried out against the backdrop of overwrought worries over crime, foreign influence and the destruction of culture — offers... Read more »

April 5, 2016

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New lower-cost online entertainment options may be coming, thanks to proposed FCC rules

Proposed new FCC rules could enable more flexible family entertainment options and fit them more easily into the household budget. Read more »

April 4, 2016

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In our opinion: New ways to address extraordinarily harmful prescription drug misuse

New technology and prescription processes show potential for reducing prescription drug misuse. It is time to take action to address this growing problem. Read more »

April 3, 2016

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In our opinion: Safety and the traveling public

The TSA needs to demonstrate it is serious about addressing vulnerabilities and putting its resources where they will be most effective. A rogue flight attendant’s misadventures should be... Read more »

April 2, 2016

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In our opinion: Dealing with the refugee crisis is quickly becoming a prominent political issue

Rather than finding ways to prevent refugees from coming, every effort should be made to enhance the vetting process so that more can be resettled here. Those already here should be warmly welcomed... Read more »

April 1, 2016

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In our opinion: Utah's labor market

In regions all across the country, jobs and the economy have been among the most pressing concern on the minds of citizens. This was true in Utah in both of the last two gubernatorial election years. Read more »

March 31, 2016

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In our opinion: Support for Salt Lake mosque

We are grateful the malevolent grasp of xenophobia afflicting other places has little presence here. It is heartening evidence that Utah remains a place respectful of diversity and religious freedom. Read more »

March 30, 2016

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In our opinion: Prudent response to ISIS and genocide

Even though it comes late, Kerry’s statement carries a lot of symbolic weight. The United States already has been engaged, together with its allies, in fighting ISIS. This gives added... Read more »

March 29, 2016

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In our opinion: Religious liberty one of America's foundational freedoms

Religious liberty is one of America’s foundational freedoms, and legislation that significantly undermines the free exercise of religion, no matter how well-intentioned, should not be able to... Read more »

March 28, 2016

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In our opinion: Easter rightly holds a unique place of importance among Christian believers

Nowhere in Christian faith is bright hope and deep conviction more evident than in relation to the events that are memorialized and commemorated as part of the Easter celebration. Read more »

March 27, 2016

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In our opinion: Terrorism strategy is complex

The matter is incredibly complex, and politicians have been reluctant to delve into those complexities, which must be addressed before any long-term strategy can be employed. Read more »

March 26, 2016

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In our opinion: The caucus results suggest that the general election dynamics in Utah could be different this time around

It’s encouraging to see Utah voters so engaged in the political process. It’s also refreshing to see so many presidential candidates paying attention to the Beehive State. Read more »

March 25, 2016

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In our opinion: French Prime Minister Manuel Valls accurately said Tuesday, 'We are at war'

To win this struggle, the entire civilized world must learn to cling to its faith in the power of goodness, order, civil rights, human dignities, tolerance and compassion. Read more »

March 23, 2016

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In our opinion: Obama's visit to Cuba hopefully to normalize relations

President Obama’s historic visit to Cuba has pushed along the forces of change that will hopefully, and perhaps imminently, result in a nearly full normalization of relations between two... Read more »

March 23, 2016

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In our opinion: SLCC's JUCO championship shows Utah is a 'basketball-crazed' state

Utah is a basketball crazed state, a fact that often gets overlooked nationally. Read more »

March 22, 2016

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Cultural decline of marriage

Career pursuits and financial interests take precedence over everything else, and spouses and children begin to look like unnecessary and expensive diversions. Read more »

March 21, 2016

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In our opinion: Take part in Utah caucuses

Suddenly, the state’s 40 Republican and 37 Democratic delegates are precious to campaigns that need every ounce of strength they can muster. Read more »

March 20, 2016

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In our opinion: History indicates Utah lawsuit over federal lands would face large obstacles

It is not in Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes’ domain to consider the cost-benefit picture of a land transfer, but that also is a matter citizens should be concerned about should they be... Read more »

March 19, 2016

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In our opinion: Utahns still breaking state's 'fly-over' status despite cancelled debate

This paper has long lamented the low voter participation rates in Utah. yet it is not difficult to see why so many voters are apathetic. But this weekend the candidates are voting with their feet... Read more »

March 18, 2016

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In our opinion: Retirement crisis looming without personal savings

The root of the crisis is the failure on a personal level for people to behave responsibly when it comes to their financial well-being. Read more »

March 17, 2016

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In our opinion: Cell phone coops not for the birds

When our digital conversations become more important than face-to-face conversations with flesh-and-blood human beings, these online connections can turn into unhealthy obsessions that... Read more »

March 16, 2016

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In our opinion: Americans should not tolerate the rhetoric of violence

Words matter. They can appeal to a nation’s better instincts or give rise to its worst unfounded fears. Americans should not tolerate the rhetoric of violence. Read more »

March 14, 2016

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Creating the prison land commission is a good start for resolving land use after the prison moves

Determining what will happen to the land left when the Utah State Prison departs from the Point of the Mountain is a unique opportunity to set guidelines for best use of the property, now and in... Read more »

March 14, 2016

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In our opinion: The U.K. takes the lead in efforts to address health risks of alcohol and pornography

The U.K.'s international leadership in health and wellness policies for its citizens has drawn attention to recent initiatives associated with alcohol consumption among both men and women, and... Read more »

March 13, 2016

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In our opinion: Legislators took steps in right direction

That the Legislature did anything at all on Medicaid expansion is commendable. Lawmakers had plenty of political excuses to do nothing, chief of which was that a new president will reside in the... Read more »

March 12, 2016

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In our opinion: Bill to ease crisis in Flint needs to be addressed, despite valid concerns from Sen. Lee, others

Utah Sen. Mike Lee is concerned that the measure amounts to political grandstanding and that it is unnecessary, given that Michigan has a sizable budget surplus in addition to hundreds of millions... Read more »

March 11, 2016

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In our opinion: Coal port has too many red flags

The harsh reality is that demand for coal is flagging in the U.S., and where it is in demand abroad, there is sufficient supply. Read more »

March 10, 2016

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In our opinion: Utah's SB54 positive step to increase voter participation in Utah

James Evans, the Utah state GOP Chairman, used the judge’s letter to again criticize SB54, urging candidates to rely solely on “the convention process they’ve been using for... Read more »

March 9, 2016

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In our opinion: Legacies of Nancy, Ronald Reagan inseparable

In the end, however, it is ultimately impossible to separate the legacy of Ronald and Nancy Reagan, and it is unlikely that either would have it any other way. Read more »

March 8, 2016

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In our opinion: Officer-involved shooting incidents across the country have demonstrated the importance of timely transparency

With the heightened public scrutiny of officer-involved shootings and the active community reaction to the recent local incident, Mayor Jackie Biskupski's administration is facing one of it most... Read more »

March 7, 2016

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In our opinion: Proper understanding of religions essential to solving national, international issues

Many national and international issues are rooted in different religious belief systems, and a proper appreciation of them is essential in order to engage in constructive conversation and a search... Read more »

March 6, 2016

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In our opinion: New federal ozone standards penalize Western states and hamper growth, without improving ozone levels

In a futile attempt to reduce ozone pollution that we’re not creating, local businesses will be required to cut back on activity and growth, even though such efforts will have a negligible... Read more »

March 5, 2016

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In our opinion: Romney's University of Utah speech

While political in nature, Romney's speech acknowledged voters' anger, but reminded voters that the future depends heavily on how political leaders channel that anger into either higher or baser... Read more »

March 4, 2016

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In our opinion: Homeless veterans need help with new bill

There has been a great deal of investment by local, state and federal governments to reduce the number of homeless people, and it is gratifying to see positive results. Read more »

March 3, 2016

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In our opinion: Avoiding investment fraud takes community-wide effort

Fraud artists are successful only because they find people who don’t stick to a steady investment plan and are willing to suspend diligence in their investing decisions out of fear, greed or... Read more »

March 2, 2016

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