In our opinion: On-screen violence makes us less sensitive to real violence

Studies demonstrate those kinds of violent images makes us less sensitive to real violence.

New York takes on fantasy sports industry

The New York attorney general is taking aim at a fast-growing, multibillion-dollar industry. If the courts hold that the fantasy games skirt anti-gambling laws, then state legislatures need to... Read more »

Dec. 28, 2015


Goodwill toward men brings peace on earth

Increasing liberty among people who harbor ill-will toward others almost guarantees a decline in peace, while increasing liberty among people of goodwill almost guarantees an increase in peace.... Read more »

Dec. 27, 2015


In our opinion: New approach helps the 1% 'sickest of the sick' who account for 24% of all health care costs

The Comprehensive Care Clinic changes health care delivery and outcomes. The result is that the patients being treated are less likely to visit the emergency room and more likely to report progress... Read more »

Dec. 26, 2015


Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

In an 1897 letter to the editor, an 8-year-old girl asks "Is there a Santa Claus?" The responding editorial answers: "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and... Read more »

Dec. 25, 2015


The Christmas story

From the first chapter of Matthew and the second chapter of Luke, we share the account of the birth of Jesus Christ. Read more »

Dec. 24, 2015


State Budget

A growing Utah economy has allowed Gov. Gary Herbert to put forth a proposed budget that, for the second consecutive year, includes generous allotments for public education. Read more »

Dec. 23, 2015


In our opinion: No Christmas Day shopping

Black Friday keeps coming earlier every year, and it was inevitable that it would eventually creep into Thanksgiving itself. Now a number of retailers open their doors on what is fast becoming... Read more »

Dec. 22, 2015


In our opinion: Efforts toward federal land compromise applauded

Utah Rep. Rob Bishop, more than anyone, should be applauded for his efforts to bring a compromise solution in the way 18 million acres of federal land in Utah is managed, but time may be running out. Read more »

Dec. 21, 2015


In our opinion: The Constitution sputters back to life

An AWOL national legislature gives presidential elections more significance than they deserve. A functioning Congress could signal a notable shift of power from the White House and the Supreme... Read more »

Dec. 20, 2015


Clean energy requires freedom and innovation

To the extent that people are free to pursue their dreams, innovation will flourish, cleaner, more efficient energy production methods will be developed, and peaceful conditions will make those... Read more »

Dec. 19, 2015


In our opinion: Gun safety

An increase in gun sales in Utah means that people should take the necessary training needed to ensure they and their families stay safe. Read more »

Dec. 18, 2015


Wright brothers changed the world

It is nearly impossible to measure the ways the world has changed since that December morning 112 years ago when, in a freezing wind on a North Carolina shoreline, two brothers named Wright... Read more »

Dec. 17, 2015


Winter storm

Winter’s first volley was a forehand slam of record-breaking snowfall that left freeways sheathed in ice and neighborhood streets impassable. Yet, public works and emergency services crews... Read more »

Dec. 16, 2015

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In our opinion: The Bill of Rights

The Bill of Rights defines what it is to be Americans more than any other written words, but these basic rights are not as identifiable to many Americans as they should be. Read more »

Dec. 15, 2015


Lawmakers' study suggests caution for control of federal lands

Utah lawmakers are serious about wanting to take control of federal lands. But a previous study indicated that if the price of oil fell to an average of $62 per barrel or lower, Utah taxpayers... Read more »

Dec. 14, 2015


In our opinion: Utah’s troubling decline in voter participation won’t be solved easily.

Utah ranks low nationally in voter turnout. Reversing the trend must include easier registration, changes to party nomination processes, a more robust two-party system, and more informed civic... Read more »

Dec. 13, 2015


Problems in Utah substance-abuse treatment

While the vast majority of addiction service providers are honest brokers, a handful of unscrupulous operators are gaming the system in a way that fattens their wallets while leaving patients out... Read more »

Dec. 12, 2015


In our opinion: Police training to help victims of domestic abuse produces early success

Since Sept. 1, officers in four Utah police jurisdictions have conducted about 150 assessments using the Lethality Assessment Protocol, and in 60 percent of the cases, the questioning uncovered a... Read more »

Dec. 11, 2015


In our opinion: Herbert takes a courageous stand on Syrian refugees.

Gov. Gary Herbert’s position is opposed by 31 other governors and every member of the Utah congressional delegation. In the face of human suffering, it is essential that countries, states and... Read more »

Dec. 10, 2015


In our opinion: Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel, named Time's person of the year, example of leadership

How fortunate the world is to have in Merkel an example of principled leadership, someone tutored by experience, firm in her convictions and courageous enough to point the challenging path forward. Read more »

Dec. 9, 2015


In our opinion: Utah's congressional delegation confronts a changing Washington environment

A changing legislative environment in Washington is characterized by the rewrite of the No Child Left Behind legislation. The Utah congressional delegation may need to rethink its methods of... Read more »

Dec. 7, 2015


Pearl Harbor is a symbol of the tremendous sacrifice necessary for freedom

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Pearl Harbor reminds us of the grim task of confronting the ambitious forces of tyranny in Asia and Europe, and the subsequent rebuilding of belligerent nations into strong allies with free... Read more »

Dec. 7, 2015


Time for Utah to develop comprehensive plan to address inequality in public education

While the state is committed to providing a quality public education to all, the challenge has long been how to provide an equitable experience for all students, regardless of their financial... Read more »

Dec. 5, 2015


The year-round cause of giving

While the Zuckerbergs are to be commended for pledging 99 percent of their wealth to charity, small acts of generosity are an essential part of charitable giving. Read more »

Dec. 4, 2015


Does the Iran deal provide increased security for American families?

National Edition

An Iran with nuclear weapons has the potential to destabilize the entire world and threaten the lives of millions. In order to enhance security for American families, such a deal will require a... Read more »

Dec. 3, 2015


Salt Lake City and County are leading an innovative approach to homelessness that looks very promising

What the leaders of Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County are attempting to do with homelessness is very encouraging. City, county and state officials should provide the funding to move these... Read more »

Dec. 2, 2015


Olene Walker: a compassionate trailblazer

Olene Walker, who passed away Saturday at the age of 85, served Utah well and left an indelible mark on the state. Read more »

Dec. 1, 2015


In our opinion: Mounting evidence suggests that pornography is a public health risk

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While many dismiss it as a relatively harmless consequence of free expression, there is mounting evidence that pornography ought to be classified as a threat to public health. Read more »

Nov. 30, 2015


U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops: 'Pornography is not art'

Pornography has become big business with sexualized images now a commonplace part of mainstream life. But it is taking a devastating toll on human relationships and individual self-worth. Read more »

Nov. 29, 2015


In our opinion: Colleges would benefit from a little less outrage and a little more critical thinking

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Recent emotionally charged controversies at the University of Missouri and Yale University would benefit from reflecting the principles of education that Martin Luther King Jr. penned as a student... Read more »

Nov. 28, 2015


In our opinion: Trump unmatched as a candidate in blatant contempt for basic 1st Amendment freedoms

In previous campaign seasons, inflammatory statements aimed at abridging First Amendment protections would likely serve as the death knell to a candidate’s election campaign, but this... Read more »

Nov. 27, 2015


4 key take-aways from the Pilgrims' experience

National Edition

As the nation celebrates the Thanksgiving holiday, there are four take-aways from the Pilgrims' experience that are especially relevant today. They revolve around diversity, conflict resolution,... Read more »

Nov. 26, 2015


More retail workers being allowed time to give thanks with families

Thanksgiving may be less of a religious holiday now, but that is how it began when President Abraham Lincoln in 1863 created a federal holiday for the last Thursday in November. More retail... Read more »

Nov. 25, 2015


Utah is abundantly richer for the life of Randy Horiuchi; his passing leaves a void not easily filled

Before Randy Horiuchi, no state chairman of any party in Utah ever donned a hazmat suit, hip waders or carried a kitchen sink to a press conference. His humor and good-natured personality were... Read more »

Nov. 24, 2015


A properly managed transit agency is critical to well-being of community it serves

A shakeup on the board of directors of the Utah Transit Authority and the implementation of a stronger ethics policy are welcome and necessary steps toward increased accountability and transparency... Read more »

Nov. 23, 2015


Caring for poor and disadvantaged is responsibility that falls to every citizen

Panhandling, vagrancy and related criminal behavior are persistent problems, though not necessarily a direct result of homelessness. Mayor-elect Jackie Biskupski seems well disposed to undertake an... Read more »

Nov. 22, 2015


Concerns over allowing Syrian refugees into U.S. are understandable, but …

A quick and unconditional decision to reject any and all Syrian refugees speaks to an unfortunate tendency to paint all people of certain ethnicity, religious background or geographical origin with... Read more »

Nov. 20, 2015


Administrators face a difficult balance between sensitivity and safety in schools

National Edition

Schools, like airports and now concert halls, are all too often on the front lines of violence. Administrators must balance sensitivity with safety. Read more »

Nov. 19, 2015


Law enforcement leaders working to reduce prison incarceration rates

It’s time to take a good, long look at innovative alternatives to our current approach to law enforcement. A new group of over 130 law enforcement officials from across the country is working... Read more »

Nov. 18, 2015


Nous sommes tous Français

National Edition

How nations confront evil when it arises is a test of our collective values. Reason, not emotion, should be our touchstone. We should seek justice, not revenge. And we need to be certain that we... Read more »

Nov. 17, 2015


New polling holds promise of subduing key elements of 'culture wars'

National Edition

Conservatives and liberals alike could benefit greatly as the results of a new survey help us all to get to know each other better relative to some of our most deeply held views about marriage and... Read more »

Nov. 17, 2015


Prescription drug abuse has extreme health and safety consequences for Utah families

The rates of prescription drug abuse leading to fatal overdoses continue to rise and have reached a point where the problem can or will impact nearly every family in Utah. Read more »

Nov. 16, 2015


Hatch provides helpful clarification on separation of church and state

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"Generations of Americans have been brought up to believe that our founding principles demand that faith be driven out of government and kept contained to a private sphere. This narrative is flatly... Read more »

Nov. 15, 2015


The FDA's delay in releasing electronic cigarette regulations is putting the young at risk

National Edition

The FDA is waiting for the results of many studies before deciding what to do about e-cigarettes. Yet millions of Americans, in the meantime, are ingesting harmful chemicals, with long-term... Read more »

Nov. 14, 2015


Media coverage of demise of Keystone pipeline doesn't tell the full story

The media coverage of the rejection of the Keystone pipeline is being called a victory for environmentalists or a blow to domestic job growth. There are good arguments that it is neither. Read more »

Nov. 13, 2015


The collapse of health care cooperatives confirms the need to restructure Obamacare

Utah-based Arches is now the 10th of 23 federal health care cooperatives to go out of business. Unfortunately, no major changes seem to be forthcoming. But health care is too important an issue to... Read more »

Nov. 12, 2015


Veterans Day a time for somber reflection, gratitude

National Edition

Veterans Day is not a time to whoop and holler, plan a long weekend of entertainment or enjoy special sporting events. It is a time for somber reflection. Read more »

Nov. 11, 2015


Judicial review of search-and-seizure constraints

The courts have an enormous responsibility to see to it that the ever-evolving tenets of our constitutional guarantees against unjustified searches remain solid and substantial. Read more »

Nov. 10, 2015


Thanksgiving: Refugees then and now

National Edition

Three hundred and ninety-five years ago today, the Mayflower arrived at Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The Pilgrims had much of the same determination, aspirations and struggles as their modern-day... Read more »

Nov. 9, 2015


In our opinion: U.S. District Judge David Nuffer’s ruled this week on Utah’s new election law

The issues at stake are important to Utahns, their families and their preferred choices for solving a variety of issues from setting a state budget to education funding. Read more »

Nov. 8, 2015


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