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In our opinion: Fred Adams' Shakespeare Festival vision arrives

It's especially gratifying to know that Fred C. Adams has been able to live to see the scope of his vision fulfilled.

In our opinion: Valentine's Day, the hidden mountains, and the search for clean air

We add our voice in calling for the Air Quality Board to allow public comment and input with regard to proposed clean air rules. Surely it is worthwhile to continue and expand the conversation over... Read more »

Feb. 28, 2016

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In our opinion: U. of U. audit shrouded in suspicion

Without a stated rationale, conjecture the audit was ordered as a way of punishing the U. for the perceived snub of BYU will persist, creating a cloak of suspicion that doesn’t wear well on... Read more »

Feb. 27, 2016

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In our opinion: Could Utahns' optimism about economy be a problem?

All this apparently has led to a feeling that, despite concerns about Washington — including budget deficits, health care reform, gridlock on important legislation and looming crises in... Read more »

Feb. 26, 2016

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Changing the makeup of key legislative committees is a bad idea

The management and audit committees provide support for all lawmakers in their efforts to represent constituents. The makeup assures a level of bipartisan support, even as it makes sure the... Read more »

Feb. 25, 2016

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In our opinion: GRAMA best ensures transparency and privacy for body cam content

SB 94 and HB 300 impose restrictions on body cam content that would seriously undermine the very reason body cameras have been put into use in the first place. GRAMA is the best vehicle to manage... Read more »

Feb. 24, 2016

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In our opinion: Harper Lee's legacy will live on through the words she wrote

Political, social, economic and cultural differences do not have to divide us. Instead, these differences should be recognized for what they are — opportunities for people of different... Read more »

Feb. 23, 2016

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In our opinion: Tropical diseases are treatable, but few resources go to cure

While many tropical diseases are easily treated, their presence in poorer countries, combined with the fact they often are not fatal, means few resources are dedicated to curing them. Read more »

Feb. 22, 2016

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In our opinion: U.S. needs to take a stand on Christian genocide

President Obama’s reluctance reinforces the unfortunate impression that his administration does not take seriously the cries of people who are being denied religious freedom, even to the... Read more »

Feb. 21, 2016

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In our opinion: Successful education systems require adequate funding and wise spending; Utah could see major improvement in both

Utah's Legislature is poised to approve significant new funding for public education. Additional funding for education should support efforts to recruit and retain teachers and ensure the... Read more »

Feb. 20, 2016

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In our opinion: Parole reform simply can't be neglected

The burden of monitoring parolees and probationers is complex and laborious, but the stakes are too high for it to be neglected in any fashion and for any amount of time. Read more »

Feb. 19, 2016

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In our opinion: Scalia’s obsession with the Constitution brought much-needed corrective

The remarkable thing about Justice Antonin Scalia was that while it was often easy to profoundly disagree with him, it was almost impossible not to respect him. Read more »

Feb. 18, 2016

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In our opinion: Reform the juvenile justice system — an inspiring though not unique case in point

Not only should life sentences be eliminated, the juvenile system should be extended beyond age 18, and programs should carefully monitor progress of each individual, offering incentives for... Read more »

Feb. 17, 2016

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In our opinion: Utah needs to reverse its appallingly low voter participation rates

Every voting age citizen should be able to select their elected representatives, and parties should look to include instead of exclude, and to increase rather than limit citizen participation. Read more »

Feb. 16, 2016

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In our opinion: Presidents recognize obligation to find common ground

Presidents tend to recognize their obligation to find common ground on which to address the issues of the day. Read more »

Feb. 15, 2016

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In our opinion: Americans still committed to charitable giving

The surge in giving is a sign the economy has improved, just as it is a sign that Americans, despite recent concerns, remain deeply committed to charitable giving as an expression of faith. Read more »

Feb. 14, 2016

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In our opinion: Conflicts in Turkey, Syria affect families here

Unfortunately, what’s currently happening in Syria has the potential to directly impact every family in the United States, particularly if the war expands beyond a regional conflict. Read more »

Feb. 13, 2016

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In our opinion: Alleged medicinal benefits of marijuana have far outpaced science

For whatever reason, the alleged medicinal benefits of marijuana have far outpaced science in the United States and other parts of the world, with governments giving sanction to a drug that is... Read more »

Feb. 12, 2016

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In our opinion: Critics of porn resolution miss point

The Utah resolution does not call for any kind of regulatory control over the production or distribution of pornography, but raises the issue in the context of a health concern that demands greater... Read more »

Feb. 11, 2016

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In our opinion: Internet sales tax should create a 'fair playing field'

One truth does prevail. The status quo, in which some jurisdictions collect some sales tax from some online retailers while others don’t, can’t persist. Read more »

Feb. 10, 2016

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Government works best when it's not on autopilot

Last year, the state’s Tax Review Commission examined earmarks and issued a report that recommended ending nearly all of them. Read more »

Feb. 8, 2016

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In our opinion: The lesson of international poverty reduction

The interests of the rich and the poor are not mutually exclusive. The challenge is to learn how to serve both. The lessons of global poverty reduction may shine a light on a better path forward. Read more »

Feb. 7, 2016

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In our opinion: Research suggests that oscillating family narratives can lead to happier families

“The bottom line: if you want a happier family, create, refine and retell the story of your family’s positive moments and your ability to bounce back from the difficult ones.”... Read more »

Feb. 6, 2016

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In our opinion: Legislators need to better evaluate Utah's water

A recent report from the United States Geological Survey found that Utahns use more water per capita than the residents of any other state. Read more »

Feb. 5, 2016

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In our opinion: Why it's important to note beginning of pioneer's journey 170 years ago

The courage and perseverance that the pioneers showed in facing the difficulties and persecution of their day remind us of the need to be compassionate toward others in our day who face similar... Read more »

Feb. 4, 2016

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In our opinion: Concerned voters a good sign in wake of Iowa

Trump’s charisma wasn’t sufficient to mobilize voters on the ground. By contrast, Ted Cruz’s sophisticated and well-organized get-out-the-vote effort was clearly the factor that... Read more »

Feb. 3, 2016

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In our opinion: Attempting to out-Christian others does not reflect well on the meaning and purpose of devotion

Charitable giving may be an indication of a person’s character, but for many Americans, giving is a personal matter. It isn’t something trumpeted or discussed Read more »

Feb. 2, 2016

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Americans are skeptical that government can solve the nation's biggest problems

Americans long have had skepticism about Washington’s ability to solve our biggest problems. And some of the biggest problems have fallen off the nation's radar. Read more »

Feb. 1, 2016

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In our opinion: Bishop's Public Lands Initiative needs continued engagement from all sides

Opposition to the public lands proposal should not derail this effort. Federal, state and local interests will be best served with continued engagement by all involved. Reps. Bishop and Chaffetz's... Read more »

Jan. 31, 2016

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In Our Opinion: Energy legislation highlights bipartisan support

The Senate Energy Committee is currently drafting an Energy Bill that would be the first significant energy legislation presented to the Senate in over eight years. It’s being prepared in a... Read more »

Jan. 30, 2016

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In our opinion: Human trafficking immoral and inhumane

Investigators believe that every year in Utah, scores of young people are forced into servitude or sex slavery. Once so victimized, they struggle when rescued to find normal lives. Read more »

Jan. 29, 2016

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In Our Opinion: Reducing public access to legislative processes is detrimental to public trust

We call on GOP legislative leaders to clearly enunciate and explain the reasons why they might choose to exclude the public from any given meeting in which a significant number of lawmakers are in... Read more »

Jan. 28, 2016

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In Our Opinion: 'Constitutional Carry' not a wise move

Changing Utah's gun laws to allow for "Constitutional Carry" is not a wise move. Read more »

Jan. 27, 2016

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Richard Davis: Your end of the boat is leaking

Last week, Pastor France Davis of the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church gave a speech at BYU. The pastor recounted his experiences with the civil rights movement and urged BYU students in the... Read more »

Jan. 27, 2016

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In Our Opinion: Supreme Court agrees to hear executive order challenge

What President Obama did with his executive orders was needed, but it needed to be done through the representative process established by the Constitution. Read more »

Jan. 26, 2016

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Those with Down syndrome can live happy, healthy, productive lives

Medical advances are making it increasingly possible for those with Down syndrome to live happy, healthy and productive lives. Modern treatments now mean that it is not unusual for those with Down... Read more »

Jan. 25, 2016

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In our opinion: Utahns need to understand and appreciate the value of their citizen Legislature

Despite the occasional shortcomings and bad outcomes, Utah's citizen Legislature is the best and most representative form of government and the best chance Utah has for maintaining its strong economy. Read more »

Jan. 24, 2016

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In our opinion: Sheriff's shooting a tragic loss to the community

The death of Unified Police Officer Doug Barney is a tragedy and a terrible loss to the community. Read more »

Jan. 23, 2016

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In our opinion: There is room for optimism in solving the problem of homelessness

There is reason for optimism as we enter the new year that the complicated problem of homelessness has come to the forefront of policy discussions in a way that will lead to effective and... Read more »

Jan. 22, 2016

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In our opinion: Why voter participation may increase if candidates gather signatures

This election will be the first in which signature gathering will allow access to state primaries. Gov. Gary Herbert is taking full advantage even with opposition from some in the GOP. Read more »

Jan. 21, 2016

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In our opinion: New tools for the measurement and management of human capital hold great hope for improved social outcomes

The Great Recession may have triggered a paradigm shift where the importance of human capital (knowledge and learning) supersedes financial capital (money and assets) as a primary path to positive... Read more »

Jan. 20, 2016

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In our opinion: Welcome the Sundance Film Festival

We are excited about the debut of the festival’s 31st appearance in our community, which is well aware of the privilege it has to host an event with such blockbuster influences in our... Read more »

Jan. 19, 2016

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MLK and Star Trek — Embrace the symbol

Martin Luther King Jr. was a fan of Star Trek, and he influenced one of the actresses on the show to embrace the symbol she had become. Read more »

Jan. 18, 2016

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In our opinion: Why Religious Freedom Day is essential

For the last 23 years, Jan. 16 has been set aside by presidential proclamation as “Religious Freedom Day,” intended to encourage recognition of our nation’s tradition of... Read more »

Jan. 17, 2016

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In our opinion: Time for Evans to drop contentious battle

Sen. James Evans should stop his battle of fighting the law that requires Republicans to grant access to primary election ballots through a signature-gathering process. Read more »

Jan. 16, 2016

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In our opinion: A new health care service improves access to care and cuts costs at the same time

Reform efforts in health care have largely focused on increasing coverage rather than reducing costs. However doctors in Utah have introduced the MDLIVE network that improves access to care and... Read more »

Jan. 15, 2016

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In our opinion: If elected officials were sincere about wanting to help the poor, they would ban lotteries

People with annual household incomes of below $13,000 spend an average of $645 a year on lottery tickets. If they put that money into a typical mutual fund, they could accumulate nearly $10,000 in... Read more »

Jan. 14, 2016

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In our opinion: Obama's speech falls short on religious freedom

Much of what the president said was commendable, but the solid majority of devout Americans remains concerned about their ability to freely exercise their consciences. Read more »

Jan. 12, 2016

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In our opinion: Earned Income Tax Credit provides better poverty relief than raising the minimum wage

Data suggests that minimum wage increases have little effect on the wealth of low-income families. A much more effective policy would be to expand the Earned Income Tax Credit. Read more »

Jan. 12, 2016

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The Utah Media Coalition calls for increased transparency from state Republican leaders

House Speaker Greg Hughes and Senate President Wayne Niederhauser should decide now to end the secrecy and open all future caucuses to the public they represent. Read more »

Jan. 11, 2016

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In our opinion: In Utah, two-party negotiation not necessary to get laws passed, and that’s too bad

Despite the traditional pledge for bipartisan compromise, the GOP insists closed caucuses are not injurious to legislative transparency, which is at least a little bit delusional given the... Read more »

Jan. 10, 2016

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