In our opinion: Calif. eyeing restrictions for religiously affiliated schools

Religious institutions like Biola University may be forced to materially closet their identity.

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


In our opinion: 'The fundamental breakthrough needed to revolutionize access to space'

A largely forgotten part of the history of aviation innovation has practical application in the 21st century as we consider the potential for privately funded space travel. Read more »

Jan. 9, 2016


In our opinion: All drivers should reconsider the dangers of distracted driving

Using your phone while driving increases your risk of an accident by about 400 percent, the same percentage of increased risk associated with driving drunk. Read more »

Jan. 8, 2016


In our opinion: World events include US and China stock market instability

Stock markets in the United States posted deep losses this week, but nothing like the decline of the Shanghai Composite Index, which lost seven percent of its value in the wake of reports... Read more »

Jan. 7, 2016


In our opinion: It's appropriate to recognize the achievements of outgoing SLC mayor

As we welcome the new era, we also applaud the many successes of the past era. We congratulate incoming Mayor Jackie Biskupski and wish outgoing Mayor Ralph Becker the best in whatever lies ahead. Read more »

Jan. 6, 2016


In our opinion: Oregon lawbreakers are not friends of liberty

The Oregon vigilantes are not friends of liberty. They are not patriots standing in defense of the Constitution. Despite their protestations, they are lawbreakers. Read more »

Jan. 4, 2016


President’s rejection of small-mindedness comes as breath of fresh air

Kudos to President Obama for stating in a recent NPR interview that students should not be “coddled and protected from different points of view.” Read more »

Jan. 4, 2016


In our opinion: Apple created a radical redefinition of the world economy

It’s stunning to realize the technology transformation that happened in a single generation. Who knows what two 21st-century teenagers might be cooking up right now in their garage? Read more »

Jan. 3, 2016


Nearly 8,000 lawsuits by payday lenders against their clients

While payday lenders are quick to point out they are operating within the bounds of the law, it’s hard not to view this is an industry that doesn’t prey on the ignorance of its customers. Read more »

Jan. 2, 2016


Looking forward: 4 key trends to shape 2016

There are four trends that could significantly affect 2016 and beyond. One trend is well documented but may have unpredictable outcomes. Two trends are very positive. The fourth trend looms... Read more »

Jan. 1, 2016


2015 important stories

When the most important stories of 2015 are examined, religion and religious freedom rise as frequent themes. Read more »

Dec. 31, 2015


In our opinion: Lyman sentencing and divided opinions on land use

While San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman prepares to serve a 10-day jail sentence, pending a possible appeal, his case remains the focus of heated debate among people with divided opinions on... Read more »

Dec. 30, 2015


In our opinion: Stein Eriksen and the legacy he left

A large debt of gratitude is owed from the state of Utah to Stein Eriksen, who passed away Sunday at his Park City home. Read more »

Dec. 29, 2015


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


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