Editorials

In our opinion: Obama appoints ambassador for religious freedom

The nomination of an ambassador for international religious freedom couldn't have come at a better time.

In our opinion: Minimum wage hike would cut jobs and hamper economy

When it comes to questions of whether to raise the federal minimum wage, it may not be popular to stick to facts that indicate a mandated pay increase would hurt the economy. Unfortunately,... Read more »

May 15, 2014

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In our opinion: Progress from conservatives, state officials, Obama administration bodes well for immigration reform

President Obama said that immigration “would lower our deficits; it would grow our economy; it would bring in some of the most skilled people around the world. We want them to continue to... Read more »

May 15, 2014

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In our opinion: Restoring Wire Act to original purpose would help protect states from Internet gambling

In March, Rep. Jason Chaffetz introduced the bipartisan Restoration of America’s Wire Act to clarify the intent of the Wire Act and restore its original interpretation. A companion bill has... Read more »

May 14, 2014

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In our opinion: The debate over the legality of requiring same-sex marriage has only just begun

The key question in the debate over the definition of marriage is about who shall decide. Will it be the people, through democratic processes? Or will it be by a federal district court judge? The... Read more »

May 13, 2014

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In our opinion: Restructuring student loan repayment as equity instead of debt

The rate of borrowing to pay for a college education has steadily increased over the last two decades. Some alternatives are worthy of serious consideration, including nascent efforts to... Read more »

May 12, 2014

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In our opinion: Honoring our mothers

Today is the 100th anniversary of President Woodrow Wilson's proclamation of the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. It need not be a burden for each us to express love, gratitude and... Read more »

May 11, 2014

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In our opinion: Herbert agreement on federal-state swap provides a model for land management

While grand solutions to federal land management issues are elusive, Utah has been successful at making small but significant steps toward resolutions. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert finalized such a... Read more »

May 10, 2014

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In our opinion: Are you a mobile addict, checking your smartphone more than 60 times a day? It's potentially troubling

Nearly 3 percent of people who own a smartphone or mobile device use it more than 60 times a day to launch various applications, according to a new survey by Flurry Analytics. Smart people will... Read more »

May 10, 2014

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In our opinion: A House select committee to investigate Benghazi is necessary

The Obama administration has treated questions regarding the attack on the U.S. Embassy at Benghazi, Libya, in September 2012 with a lack of seriousness. We welcome the newly announced creation of... Read more »

May 9, 2014

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In our opinion: Stable families are the key to overcoming income inequality

Concern about income inequality and about rising percentage of children born outside of marriage are two problems facing our nation. A growing school of experts are beginning to argue convincingly... Read more »

May 8, 2014

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In our opinion: Salt Lake Mayor Ralph Becker presents fiscally responsible budget

“This budget is business-minded in its efficiencies and fiscally responsible," Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker said of his fiscal year 2015 budget. We applaud his important steps in... Read more »

May 7, 2014

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In our opinion: Allowing competition among accreditation boards is vital to promote innovation in higher education

Educational institutions in the United States have long relied on a peer-reviewed accreditation process to ensure the quality of the instruction students receive. But accreditors wield a tremendous... Read more »

May 5, 2014

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In our opinion: Why government can't tackle hate speech without shredding First Amendment

Some think governments must combat hate speech. This is a mistake. Free speech not only is a check on the abuse of power, it is a safety valve on the pressure cooker of public thought. The right to... Read more »

May 4, 2014

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In our opinion: Religious freedom is the key to harnessing the positive social role of faith

When it comes to the influence of religion in everyday lives, Americans have among the world’s most positive feelings. Few things incite passions as deeply as do spiritual beliefs, and these... Read more »

May 3, 2014

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In our opinion: Obama falters on free trade, comes back from Asia empty-handed

President Obama said passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a free trade agreement in the Pacific Rim, “is going to be the right thing to do." We agree with him. We're just disappointed... Read more »

May 2, 2014

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In our opinion: In celebrating Law Day 2014, we must recognize Congress' role in enforcing civil rights

May 1 is recognized in much of the world as International Workers Day, while in the United States, May Day is also known as “Law Day.” Congress’ oversight role provides it with... Read more »

May 1, 2014

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In our opinion: New bill tackles laudable effort of curbing veteran suicide

Of the 18 Utah military personnel on active duty who died in 2013, at least 13 of them were the victims of suicide. Among military veterans living in Utah, the suicide rate is double that of the... Read more »

April 30, 2014

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In our opinion: Accountability for schools requires quantitative measures of success

Rising graduation rates among public high school students is encouraging news. Whether or not a letter grade is appended to a school ranking system, we continue to need methods to hold individual... Read more »

April 29, 2014

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In our opinion: Utah's model for 'smart growth' and containing sprawl

Utah’s economy and population are growing. This growth can and is being managed smartly. Since the late 1990s, many of Utah’s leading minds have been planning and preparing for this... Read more »

April 27, 2014

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In our opinion: On e-cigarettes, the FDA finally steps in to regulate

The proposed new FDA rules on e-cigarettes would require manufacturers to register with the FDA so their ingredients can be reviewed. It would ban health claims without legitimate scientific... Read more »

April 26, 2014

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In our opinion: Restoring confidence in the Utah attorney general's office

Restoring public confidence in the attorney general’s office, which wields enormous prosecutorial power, ought to be of utmost concern. Read more »

April 25, 2014

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