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Editorial: Trump's 'they've got to go' immigration policy is unworkable

Such a proposal is extreme and unworkable and flies in the face of the nation's rich history of immigration.

In our opinion: To aid the 60 million global refugees, we need long-term multinational commitment

Nearly 60 million people have been displaced from homes worldwide as a result of war or persecution, with more than half being children. While short-term aid — such as food and water —... Read more »

July 5, 2015

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In our opinion: Declining abortion rates are welcome, but it doesn't mirror Gallup's poll of 'state of moral values'

The number of abortions in the U.S. has dropped by 12 percent since 2010. More restrictive abortion laws in some states have aided the decline. But the decrease doesn't mirror a change in "the... Read more »

July 4, 2015

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President Boyd K. Packer — 'defender' and 'tender'

Defender and tender — they're not mutually exclusive terms and certainly appropriate to include when considering the legacy left by President Boyd K. Packer of the LDS Church's Quorum of the... Read more »

July 3, 2015

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In our opinion: Declaration of Independence — a document worthy of review

On the 239th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, we provide lengthy excerpts from the beginning and conclusion of that symbolic manuscript of liberty, drafted by Thomas... Read more »

July 3, 2015

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In our opinion: Supreme Court ruling for raisin farmer extends Fifth Amendment protections against property seizure

A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the rights of a California raisin farmer establishes a precedent that extended Fifth Amendment protections against government seizure of property are... Read more »

July 2, 2015

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In our opinion: Enjoy fireworks safely; carelessness can result in catastrophe

July means not one but two holiday periods where residential fireworks are allowed. Dry materials and incendiary devices can be a recipe for disaster, so a healthy dose of common sense —... Read more »

July 1, 2015

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In our opinion: Don't let 50-year-old Land and Water Conservation Fund program dry up

The Land and Water Conservation Fund — a 50-year-old public, state and national water and parks program — will expire at the end of September, unless reauthorized by Congress. Read more »

June 30, 2015

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In our opinion: As July holidays approach, Utah still needs improvement in DUI prevention, enforcement

Utah's record on DUI prevention and enforcement is a mixed bag of encouraging statistics and discouraging numbers. Arrests have dropped, fatalities have gone up, and Utah has toughened its DUI... Read more »

June 29, 2015

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In our opinion: APUSH in the wrong direction? Looking at revised U.S. history curriculum for AP students

The College Board — which oversees the SAT test and Advanced Placement courses — made sweeping changes to the AP U.S. history outline. Critics say the new 134-page APUSH Framework... Read more »

June 28, 2015

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In our opinion: After court's marriage ruling, respect differences and reaffirm religious liberties

With the Supreme Court’s creating a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, our best course is to treat others of differing opinions and lifestyles with respect and dignity. We hope the... Read more »

June 26, 2015

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In our opinion: In wake of ACA ruling, Congress and president can calmly address needed improvements

With the legality of the Affordable Care Act's subsidized exchanges now clarified, Congress and the president can now address needed improvements of the law in a calm and statesmanlike manner. Read more »

June 25, 2015

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In our opinion: Targeting campus sexual assaults with preventative methods, not just post-assault prosecution

In dealing with the increased number of sexual assaults on college campuses, a new study out of Canada offers compelling evidence of the effectiveness of efforts aimed more at prevention than... Read more »

June 25, 2015

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In our opinion: Seen as a symbol of subjugation and slaughter, the Confederate battle flag should go the way of the swastika

Despite a history of 2,000 years, the gammadion cross is now known as the swastika of Germany's Nazi Party of the 1930s and '40s and is associated with hatred, horror and genocide. The Confederate... Read more »

June 24, 2015

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In our opinion: Time to consider local tax increases to enhance transportation infrastructure

Cities and counties throughout Utah have begun the process of allowing voters to decide on a sales tax increase to expand and improve transportation infrastructure. There's a pressing need to catch... Read more »

June 22, 2015

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Genny Rowley: Pope’s encyclical a reminder of our common call: love of neighbor

The pope’s encyclical invites us to something basic: the love of neighbor. We have reached a moment in history in which love of neighbor must necessarily take on new forms and meaning. Read more »

June 21, 2015

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In our opinion: As we mourn with Charleston, families of murder victims have set example of forgiveness

The family members of the nine worshippers murdered at Charleston's Emanuel AME Church have set a national tone of mourning and — more importantly — expressions of sincere forgiveness. Read more »

June 20, 2015

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In our opinion: Adopted 233 years today, the Great Seal of the United States merits attention and appreciation

The Great Seal of the United States was adopted by Congress 233 years ago today. It is easily found on the back of the $1 bill and deserves careful attention and analysis to its representation of... Read more »

June 20, 2015

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In our opinion: Charleston church murders put racial hatred, attacks on worship in spotlight

The deadly attack Wednesday night at a house of worship in Charleston, South Carolina, was an assault on all Americans as well as on a bedrock principle of American liberty — the right to... Read more »

June 18, 2015

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In our opinion: Pope Francis' encyclical is a call to recognize 'human ecology'

We welcome Pope Francis' encyclical on climate change and his practical contributions to the modern moral discussion that includes both our natural and human ecologies, and we hope people are wise... Read more »

June 18, 2015

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In our opinion: Congress doesn't understand that fast-track trade authority for Obama is in country's best interests

Without fast-track authority, every trade agreement would have 435 representatives and 100 senators sitting with the president at the negotiation table. That’s a logistical nightmare, and... Read more »

June 17, 2015

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In our opinion: Lessons to be learned from Becker-Burbank episode on handling of sexual harrassment claims

The back-and-forth between Salt Lake City's mayor and recently resigned police chief on who did what and why will continue, but it is important for the city that its leaders take lessons from the... Read more »

June 16, 2015

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In our opinion: Be cautious, but not overly so, when regulating fracking for oil production

Fracking, done properly and with the proper techniques and safety valves, is a vital tool that will push the nation’s economy forward while protecting national security. Read more »

June 15, 2015

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In our opinion: How will your current credit card debt impact your future?

The average household carries credit card debt of more than $7,000. And studies show people nearing retirement age are woefully unprepared to meet future financial needs. Read more »

June 14, 2015

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In our opinion: Celebrating sports championships shouldn't be about looting, burning and other criminal activity

The 2015 NBA Finals are far from over, and yet the worrying and handwringing have begun over post-championship celebrations possibly turning violent. It's time to stop the lawlessness of flipping... Read more »

June 13, 2015

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In our opinion: Teacher retention — a major concern for Utah

Only 70 percent of new teachers stay in the profession for at least five years. Retention should be a priority because teachers improve with age. A Brown University study shows student test scores... Read more »

June 12, 2015

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