In our opinion: Reconnecting with Cuba is a good move, but let's do it right

The first step toward better relations with Cuba cannot be seen as condoning Cuba's bad behavior.

In our opinion: 'Yes' to extending S.L. County's ZAP tax

Voting yes to County Proposal No. 1 — extending the ZAP tax — doesn't add to the sales tax you already pay. It simply continues the one-tenth of 1 percent that has been in place since... Read more »

Oct. 31, 2014


In our opinion: 'If it ain't broke' … vote 'no' on Amendment A

Utah voters will decide whether or not to strike a state constitutional requirement prohibiting the state tax commission from having more than two of its four members belonging to the same... Read more »

Oct. 31, 2014


In our opinion: Daggett County shines with public-lands compromises

County-by-county efforts to compromise on public-land use and designations — following Rep. Rob Bishop's proposed initiative — is a mixed bag of results. Leave it to small Daggett... Read more »

Oct. 30, 2014


In our opinion: SAGE advice — Act now on poor results to enhance education

Utah's Student Assessment of Growth and Excellence (SAGE) test results were not encouraging. If these results are a benchmark, they must be followed by serious, and even radical, attention by... Read more »

Oct. 29, 2014


In our opinion: Retail sales help the economy, but wasteful spending brings unnecessary stress

National Edition

The average American will spend more than $77 this year on Halloween, mostly on costumes and candy. Parents can use Halloween as a time to teach their children, and themselves, about sticking to a... Read more »

Oct. 28, 2014


In our opinion: Time for Senate to ratify Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty

One would think the issue of nuclear testing would be a thing of the past. However, it makes sense for the Senate to finally ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. Read more »

Oct. 27, 2014


In our opinion: Protecting the church from the state

National Edition

For years, the focus on the separation of church and state has been on how to keep the church out of the state, not the other way around. Here are three startling examples of the need to keep the... Read more »

Oct. 26, 2014


In our opinion: 'Lost Boy of Sudan' shows how to help change the world

After spending years in refugee camps as one of the 27,000 "Lost Boys of Sudan," Dut Bior came to the U.S., got a degree in Utah, helped a friend in Africa and has started a nonprofit to help... Read more »

Oct. 25, 2014


In our opinion: Overcome 'election disconnect' and cast an informed ballot

In less than a generation's time, Utah has gone from first to near last in the nation in highest rate of voter turnout. Citizens have an obligation to vote, and voters have an obligation to cast an... Read more »

Oct. 24, 2014


Charles Krauthammer: The nation expects competence, not miracles, from White House

Obama's principal job is to administer the government and to get the right people to do it. That's called management. Obama had never managed anything before running for the biggest management job... Read more »

Oct. 23, 2014


In our opinion: Charitable awareness — helping the wealthy to see the need to donate

While Utah leads the United States in charitable giving, charities are concerned that donations from the wealthy have taken a downturn. Rather than wring their hands, some charities are taking a... Read more »

Oct. 23, 2014


In our opinion: Dropouts face high risk of personal, social problems

New University of Utah research finds that failure to graduate is a precursor to larger personal and social problems, including criminal activity. Its proposals are worthy of serious consideration... Read more »

Oct. 22, 2014


In our opinion: Technology in today's schools — Getting an early start is crucial, and costly

Early education in computers and computer programming in some European schools is starting to pay dividends. Utah needs to find ways to stay up to speed as well in high-tech learning — but... Read more »

Oct. 21, 2014


In our opinion: Utah gun law that canceled USU speech is an embarrassment

It’s time Utah law stood up for safety, not the empowerment of bullies. Read more »

Oct. 20, 2014


In our opinion: School reformers should study what works in other countries

It would be good for liberals and conservatives in each state to come together and resolve to study and adopt the best practices observed elsewhere, adapting them to local needs and unique cultural... Read more »

Oct. 19, 2014


In our opinion: Where has the family values agenda gone?

The family is the essential economic engine of the country, and more politicians need to say so. Read more »

Oct. 18, 2014


In our opinion: New conservative war on poverty would be a good thing

The chances of a larger solution are only enhanced when all sides of the debate agree on the imperative to move forward for reasons other than building a political base. Read more »

Oct. 17, 2014


In our opinion: New Utah school superintendent could be the reformer the state needs

Utah needs to aim not just for the best public school system in the nation, but to become a world leader in educational practices and outcomes. Read more »

Oct. 16, 2014


In our opinion: Take Ebola seriously, but don't overreact

Prevention always is better than having to control an outbreak. But it’s important also to keep things in perspective and to understand the disease. Read more »

Oct. 15, 2014


In our opinion: Encouraging the wealthy to give more to charity

National Edition

Even though Americans earning more than $200,000 annually saw an increase in their income over the past six years, they gave 4.6 percent less of their income than they had previously. Read more »

Oct. 14, 2014


In our opinion: Smaller class sizes may not be the best priority for Utah schools

Would Utah students benefit from a smaller class or a better, more highly paid instructor? Read more »

Oct. 13, 2014


In our opinion: Facebook and divorce: Culprit, facilitator or scapegoat?

A definite correlation exists between Facebook use and divorce — but is social media a cause for divorce, a facilitator for infidelity or simply a scapegoat? Read more »

Oct. 12, 2014


In our opinion: Nobel Committee got it right with Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi

Both recipients of this year's Nobel Peace Prize demonstrate the incredible power a single individual can have in making the world a better place. Read more »

Oct. 11, 2014


In our opinion: Secret Service needs leader who can change the culture

Imagine if Omar Gonzalez had been operating as part of a larger terrorist organization. Imagine if he had entered the White House with a bomb strapped to his chest. Read more »

Oct. 10, 2014


In our opinion: Sports shines brightest when sportsmanship takes center stage

Instead of watching sports just to see one team beat another, it’s more fulfilling to focus on the moments of sportsmanship and selflessness that inspire. Read more »

Oct. 9, 2014


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