Editorials

In our opinion: U.S. Supreme Court delivers its second marriage message

For the second time in seven months, the Supreme Court of the United States has been forced to weigh in.

In our opinion: Salt Lake Mayor Ralph Becker presents fiscally responsible budget

“This budget is business-minded in its efficiencies and fiscally responsible," Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker said of his fiscal year 2015 budget. We applaud his important steps in... Read more »

May 7, 2014

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In our opinion: Allowing competition among accreditation boards is vital to promote innovation in higher education

Educational institutions in the United States have long relied on a peer-reviewed accreditation process to ensure the quality of the instruction students receive. But accreditors wield a tremendous... Read more »

May 5, 2014

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In our opinion: Why government can't tackle hate speech without shredding First Amendment

Some think governments must combat hate speech. This is a mistake. Free speech not only is a check on the abuse of power, it is a safety valve on the pressure cooker of public thought. The right to... Read more »

May 4, 2014

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In our opinion: Religious freedom is the key to harnessing the positive social role of faith

When it comes to the influence of religion in everyday lives, Americans have among the world’s most positive feelings. Few things incite passions as deeply as do spiritual beliefs, and these... Read more »

May 3, 2014

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In our opinion: Obama falters on free trade, comes back from Asia empty-handed

President Obama said passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a free trade agreement in the Pacific Rim, “is going to be the right thing to do." We agree with him. We're just disappointed... Read more »

May 2, 2014

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In our opinion: In celebrating Law Day 2014, we must recognize Congress' role in enforcing civil rights

May 1 is recognized in much of the world as International Workers Day, while in the United States, May Day is also known as “Law Day.” Congress’ oversight role provides it with... Read more »

May 1, 2014

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In our opinion: New bill tackles laudable effort of curbing veteran suicide

Of the 18 Utah military personnel on active duty who died in 2013, at least 13 of them were the victims of suicide. Among military veterans living in Utah, the suicide rate is double that of the... Read more »

April 30, 2014

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In our opinion: Accountability for schools requires quantitative measures of success

Rising graduation rates among public high school students is encouraging news. Whether or not a letter grade is appended to a school ranking system, we continue to need methods to hold individual... Read more »

April 29, 2014

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In our opinion: Utah's model for 'smart growth' and containing sprawl

Utah’s economy and population are growing. This growth can and is being managed smartly. Since the late 1990s, many of Utah’s leading minds have been planning and preparing for this... Read more »

April 27, 2014

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In our opinion: On e-cigarettes, the FDA finally steps in to regulate

The proposed new FDA rules on e-cigarettes would require manufacturers to register with the FDA so their ingredients can be reviewed. It would ban health claims without legitimate scientific... Read more »

April 26, 2014

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In our opinion: Salt Lake City and Utah need to continue to make progress on air quality

In many respects, Salt Lake City sits in an enviable position vis-À-vis other cities around the country, with low unemployment, a well-educated workforce and a strong quality of life. Air... Read more »

April 26, 2014

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In our opinion: Restoring confidence in the Utah attorney general's office

Restoring public confidence in the attorney general’s office, which wields enormous prosecutorial power, ought to be of utmost concern. Read more »

April 25, 2014

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In our opinion: Utah is not a swing state and should focus political and civic energies elsewhere

A community cannot and should not be true to something that it isn’t. The time and energy of our political and business leaders would be better spent focusing on our state's competitive... Read more »

April 24, 2014

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Letter: Plenty of danger in e-cigarettes

I can enthusiastically support and agree with your recent editorial regarding e-cigarettes with the exception of your statement "… heat liquid nicotine into a vapor that is inhaled without creating secondhand smoke …." Read more »

April 23, 2014

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In our opinion: Western land standoff aside, there is room for compromise with BLM

It can be difficult to reconcile the needs and wants of different constituencies with differing and contradictory ideas as to how public lands ought to be used and maintained. Disagreements about... Read more »

April 23, 2014

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In our opinion: Once a triumph for America, Boston Marathon is now also a triumph over terrorism

The tradition of running a marathon on Patriot’s Day — now in its 118th year — has always hearkened back to colonial triumph. But from Monday going forward, the Boston Marathon... Read more »

April 22, 2014

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In our opinion: Dramatic transformation over past century demonstrates progress on voting rights

In the realm of civil rights for blacks, our nation has undergone a dramatic transformation over the past half-century. It is a mistake to equate state voter identification laws with attempts to... Read more »

April 21, 2014

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In our opinion: Confronted by power, Christ instead chose the truth. Will we do likewise?

The Roman governor Pilate, confronting Jesus Christ, asked if he was a king. This was a conflict between power and truth, and Christ chose the truth. Why current threats to banish Christ from... Read more »

April 20, 2014

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In our opinion: FDA must consider regulating nicotine in e-cigarettes

E-cigarettes often include large doses of nicotine. Yet they aren't subject to any regulation, unlike tobacco. Yet so far, the FDA has not announced any plans to address the regulation of... Read more »

April 19, 2014

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In our opinion: In an entrepreneurial economy, reward job-seekers willing to start businesses

Rates of unemployment have remained relatively high in the United States. A number of states are offering mentoring services and unemployment benefits to workers struggling to find traditional... Read more »

April 19, 2014

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In our opinion: Enhancing safe haven support a proper response to Pleasant Grove tragedy

Utah does have an ongoing effort underway to save as many babies as possible who might otherwise be abandoned, and that deserves much more support than it is getting. Read more »

April 17, 2014

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