In our opinion: Parents reading to kids leads to literacy, bonding benefits

Parents reading to their young children at home can help prepare the children for school and more

In our opinion: Time for Senate to act on veteran unemployment with Hire Our Heroes Act

Fitting for Veterans Day would be congressional consideration for the Hire Our Heroes Act, aimed at reducing unemployment rates among veterans. It passed 406-1 in the House earlier this year but... Read more »

Nov. 11, 2014


In our opinion: Citizens still 'airing' their views, desires on air quality

Citizen activism will again keep air quality a dominating theme in the coming legislative session. Organizations formed around pollution concerns have grown in number, size, and ability to bring... Read more »

Nov. 10, 2014


In our opinion: New York Times praises BYUtv's 'sweet spot' combining popular culture, religious sensibility

BYUtv's "Granite Flats" earns praise from the New York Daily News, the Miami Herald and now The New York Times for eschewing profanity, nudity and severe violence while using a language of... Read more »

Nov. 9, 2014


In our opinion: Careful consideration of prison sites should include state's current site

With word leaking out on four possible sites for relocating the Utah State Prison, we review our positions on principles that should guide the relocation — easy access for volunteers, prison... Read more »

Nov. 8, 2014


In our opinion: Recent award to Civil War soldier — Never too late to recognize heroism, honor

The Army’s decision to finally award 1st Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing — a Civil War casualty — the Medal of Honor is an important reminder of what heroism is all about. Read more »

Nov. 7, 2014


In our opinion: The positive potential of divided government

With the Republican Party winning control of the U.S. Senate, the open question is whether the country at large will be better off in the wake of the GOP wave. History provides reasons for optimism. Read more »

Nov. 5, 2014


In our opinion: Net neutrality

The debate over "net neutrality" — an open Internet with no economic or structural barriers to its use — is the subject of a rigorous legal and regulatory debate, having become a... Read more »

Nov. 5, 2014


In our opinion: ACA after first year — positive steps but a work in progress

Most people tend to approve of the Affordable Care Act when they know more about it and witness its impacts on their individual circumstances. There is ongoing talk about substantial, incremental... Read more »

Nov. 4, 2014


In our opinion: What U.S. needs is a clear plan of attack and prevention to deal with Ebola

Regarding Ebola cases and concerns in the U.S., we need the comfort of knowing there is a clearly articulated attack and prevention plan that health care providers and leaders on all jurisdictional... Read more »

Nov. 3, 2014


In our opinion: Progress on homelessness: Utah's 'Housing First' earning praises

The state’s unique strategy to provide housing at the front end of its approach to dealing with homeless families and individuals has achieved a level of success that has prompted media... Read more »

Nov. 2, 2014


In our opinion: What the Islamic State group has done to 'us' — and just who is 'us?'

Some are critical of U.S. actions against the Islamic State group, asking, "What have they done to us?" But who are "us?" And blanket opposition to any military action at all can come from a skewed... Read more »

Nov. 1, 2014


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


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