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In our opinion: Tax Review of earmarks in Utah

The state’s Tax Review Commission examined earmarks, issued a report that recommended ending nearly all of them.

Addressing truancy needs to be a collaborative, sustained national effort

It seems like truancy has existed as long as schools have. Erasing absenteeism needs to be a priority, which is why the Center for American Progress (CAP) has released a report in an attempt to... Read more »

Sept. 5, 2015

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SAGE scores — a start in the right direction

A notable increase in the performance of Utah students in SAGE testing is a reason for optimism but not celebration. Students in Utah are doing better but are not up to an acceptable level of... Read more »

Sept. 4, 2015

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What's the future of Utah's coal country?

When it comes to discussing national energy policy, it's easy to lose sight of the fact that even minor changes can have a major impact on individuals and communities. We're seeing that now in... Read more »

Sept. 3, 2015

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SUU's Edge gives just that to undergraduates

Southern Utah University’s project-based Edge program was recently nominated for the National Society of Experiential Education's 2015 outstanding program award, which honors best practices... Read more »

Sept. 2, 2015

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What will spark the necessary global outrage against Islamic States group?

The existence of the Islamic States group is an intolerable affront to human decency. Yet world governments wary of past military missteps find themselves unable to confront the Islamic States... Read more »

Sept. 1, 2015

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Train terrorism incident in France has us proud of the heroism, worried about the future possibilities

The foiled attempt of a gunman to wreak terror on a high-speed train in France has brought into clarity the increasing risk we face. Read more »

Aug. 31, 2015

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Incentives in welfare reform should enhance employment, family and self-sufficiency

When it comes to providing meaningful and lasting care for the poor and needy, governments tend to lean toward show over substance, and the United States is no exception. Generous welfare programs... Read more »

Aug. 30, 2015

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To start to curb youth gangs and child sacrifices, Ivory Coast should look to its ailing education system

A strong educational system with children consistently active and involved in school classes and activities is not a cure-all for child gangs and being preyed on by adults — but it's a strong... Read more »

Aug. 29, 2015

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EPA failed its protection namesake in Gold King Mine spill that contaminated rivers

The images of Western rivers turned mustard yellow by toxic wastewater from an abandoned mining operation are even more unsettling now we know the EPA was well aware it could trigger the mess if... Read more »

Aug. 28, 2015

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Trump's all-inclusive 'they've got to go' immigration policy is both unworkable and unthinkable

The view of presidential candidate Donald Trump on all undocumented immigrants and their U.S. born children? "They've got to go," he said. Such a proposal is extreme and unworkable and flies in the... Read more »

Aug. 27, 2015

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Security with Clinton's email server is more than merely a political matter

Hillary Clinton dismisses allegations about her use of a private email server as politically motivated. Government servers have safeguards in place that far exceed private industry standards, yet... Read more »

Aug. 26, 2015

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With fatality rates on the rise, distracted driving needs to be greater concern

Distracted driving won’t go away until it becomes culturally unacceptable to drive and operate a cellphone simultaneously. Strong laws and public service announcements can be a part of... Read more »

Aug. 24, 2015

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Editorial: 'The 33' entombed in a collapsed Chilean mine survived on limited rations, hope and faith

Five years ago, 33 men trapped in a Chilean gold and copper mine survived on limited rations and a collective faith that saw them through the 69-day ordeal. Read more »

Aug. 23, 2015

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Filipino group develops saltwater-powered lamp for underprivileged families

The SALt team is to be commended for its novel approach at turning local resources into viable aid materials. More engineers should model this approach that we might more effectively help one another. Read more »

Aug. 22, 2015

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Some companies testing innovative options in parental leave

Even without federally mandated paid leave for new parents, recent announcements from West Coast companies indicate things may be changing for some families in America’s private sector. Read more »

Aug. 21, 2015

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Unionizing won't help solve college athletics' many problems

The National Labor Relations Board made the right decision this week when it unanimously overturned a ruling by a regional board that would have allowed football players at Northwestern University... Read more »

Aug. 20, 2015

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Civil, data-driven deliberation and reminder of principles should drive prison relocation decision

The Utah Legislature is set to meet Wednesday to vote on building a new prison in the northwest part of Salt Lake City, marking the likely end of a process that has been quarrelsome and controversial. Read more »

Aug. 18, 2015

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Planned Parenthood videos called 'game-changer' by pro-choice advocate rethinking his position

The intensity of arguments on abortion are inversely proportional to their persuasiveness to those on the other side. But one pro-choice advocate is rethinking his position after viewing recent... Read more »

Aug. 18, 2015

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New state program has potential to turn around 'underperforming schools'

Education leaders launched a program this month that bears close watching for its potential to help so-called “underperforming schools” considered to be lagging in academic achievement. Read more »

Aug. 17, 2015

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'Back to school' wishes for students, teachers, parents and community members

It’s mid-August, and the collective community mind is “back to school.” Classes at most traditional-calendar schools will begin this week or next. And so, at the start of a new... Read more »

Aug. 16, 2015

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Animas River pollution emphasizes lack of environmental foresight

The Environmental Protection Agency is scrambling to undo the damage caused by its unwitting release of 3 million gallons of toxic waste into the Animas River. Read more »

Aug. 15, 2015

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Success of voting by mail in S.L. County speaks in favor of continuing, expanding the practice

This week's Salt Lake County municipal elections resulted in a clear victory for the practice of allowing voters to cast their ballots by mail. The record levels of turnout speak loudly in favor of... Read more »

Aug. 14, 2015

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Charles Koch raising corporate welfare issue heading into presidential elections

A lifelong student of market economics, Charles Koch, CEO of Koch Industries, has long argued against corporate welfare. What is provocative is Koch’s decision to raise the issue heading into... Read more »

Aug. 13, 2015

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A caution against over-regulating faith-based charities into irrelevance

Faith-based charities perform marvelous and effective work when it comes to helping the poor and leading people away from addictions, among other things. But the intersection of faith and... Read more »

Aug. 12, 2015

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Past planning has helped Utah's parks — with more forethought needed now

Interest in Utah's national and state parks continues to increase, with no end in sight. This brings great opportunities, but it also presents serious challenges to manage resources and... Read more »

Aug. 11, 2015

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Utah poised to begin transition to alternative energy

The problem with making the energy switch is that none of the alternatives to fossil fuel have been economically viable. Furthermore, such alternatives have not been available on the scale... Read more »

Aug. 10, 2015

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Teacher tax incentives — Utah needs to create desirable environment for future educators

For Utah to experience more economic growth, the state is going to have to put policy emphasis on creating a positive environment for those who would consider a career as a public school teacher. Read more »

Aug. 9, 2015

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Global Cities Initiative can help spark Salt Lake County's exports game

Although America’s metropolitan areas are recovering from the recession, there is room for significant improvement. That’s why many metro regions are getting a running start into the... Read more »

Aug. 8, 2015

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Beijing's winning of 2022 Games should have Salt Lake proceeding with Olympic-sized caution

Beijing was awarded the 2022 Winter Olympics more by default than on merit. Other venues dropped out because of concerns over spiraling costs and unrealistic IOC demands. We support the bid to host... Read more »

Aug. 7, 2015

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State involvement in Lyman case is not a productive posture

It’s unfortunate that instead of addressing economic issues facing rural communities, time and attention is being given to defending a San Juan County commissioner convicted of violating... Read more »

Aug. 6, 2015

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Herbert's chairing of U.S. governors group puts Utah on national stage

Gov. Gary Herbert’s new role as chairman of the National Governors Association is a boon for Utah, which has demonstrated that states can provide innovative solutions to problems proving to... Read more »

Aug. 5, 2015

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Outdoor Retailer markets connect enthusiasts with Utah's outdoors

We welcome the biannual Outdoor Retailer expo, which provides a chance for people from around the world to travel to our state, which is becoming something of a mecca for outdoor recreation. Read more »

Aug. 4, 2015

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Poll shows Utahns favor restricting development of prime agricultural land

Envision Utah released a poll this week showing an overwhelming majority of Utahns, 82 percent, supports finding ways to restrict builders from encroaching on agricultural land. Read more »

Aug. 3, 2015

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Lagoon animals

As summer nears its midpoint, what’s more fun than the Lagoon amusement park? I’m a teacher and chaperoned a Lagoon field trip; it’s a great time, but then came that train ride. I didn’t know about the wild... Read more »

Aug. 2, 2015

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Optimism in politics would be a welcome change

The best way forward is for both parties to fight optimistically for long-term solutions. Instead of tearing down, candidates and policymakers should seek ways to build up. Read more »

Aug. 2, 2015

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NASA's New Horizons opens up a great future of space exploration

The New Horizons space probe has confirmed Pluto is bigger than previously thought and now officially the largest non-planetary object in the solar system. And it's a remarkable achievement that we... Read more »

Aug. 1, 2015

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After change to state pension program for public employees, personal contributions to plans slow in coming

Utah revised its pension system for public employees, shifting from a traditional defined benefits approach to one favoring matching contributions to 401k accounts. But workers have been slow to up... Read more »

July 31, 2015

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Time to phase out federal highway trust fund

Now is a good time to begin phasing out the federal highway trust fund and letting states grapple with ways to impose effective user fees for transportation infrastructure. Read more »

July 30, 2015

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Teacher pay one way to help avoid a potential crisis in declining interest in an education career

The decline in the number of those interested in pursing a teaching profession as well as a decrease in their academic achievements, particularly in science and math, is disconcerting. It's a... Read more »

July 29, 2015

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Trump's statements on Mexican immigrants are incendiary, incorrect

What presidential candidate Donald Trump said about Mexico "sending people that have lots of problems" — including rapists, criminals and drug traffickers — is not only unnecessarily... Read more »

July 28, 2015

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School libraries need funding, innovation to help turn recent trends

The funding for school libraries has diminished over the years, as has the number of schools overall. Funding, donations and innovations are critical to help school reverse the trend of limited... Read more »

July 27, 2015

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An effort of 'Gentlemen' — helping parents talk with children and aiding character development

The nonprofit Gentlemen Project is an initiative to help parents breach taboo talking points with their children. Developing true habits of character in children makes it easier for them to address... Read more »

July 26, 2015

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Saluting milestones for Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah Hospital

The Huntsman Cancer Institute is now a comprehensive cancer center, while the affiliated University of Utah Hospital is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The size and quality of the health care... Read more »

July 24, 2015

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Salt Lake City's proposed $150 million bond for parks and rec deserves close scrutiny

A proposed $150 million bond issue to revamp Salt Lake City’s parks and recreation offerings deserves close scrutiny by voters who will likely be facing other requests for tax increases. The... Read more »

July 23, 2015

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Election debates should be a must-see for savvy voters

It's important for voters to pay attention to the upcoming, revealing portion of the election cycle — debate season. Debates give many a chance to hear candidates for the first time and as... Read more »

July 22, 2015

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Evolution of renewable energy sources has Utah already in transition

Solar, wind and biomass sources are growing and continue to account for a larger share of the overall energy market. Utah’s energy policies have the state squarely in place to take on a... Read more »

July 21, 2015

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Mountain Accord is a display of prudent land planning and cooperative effort among many stakeholders

The signing of the Mountain Accord as a blueprint for future Central Wasatch development is both a victory for those committed to the prudent use of the lands in question and a rare platform of... Read more »

July 20, 2015

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A life devoted to charitable service

Sister Nirmala Joshi, the former superior general of the Missionaries of Charity, is gone now, but her example continues through all who offer charitable service. It is her pure spirit of caring... Read more »

July 19, 2015

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El Chapo's escape is a rebuke of Mexico's claim to be reining in its drug lords

Any hope that Mexico had turned the corner in reversing decades of corruption has now vanished with drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who escaped that country's maximum-security... Read more »

July 18, 2015

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Planned Parenthood executive's callous talk of abortion organ harvesting is dehumanizing

A published video of a Planned Parenthood executive speaking matter-of-factly about harvesting — and selling — body parts from aborted fetuses deserves prompt and thorough congressional... Read more »

July 17, 2015

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