A potentially significant impact on the valley's water and taxes is currently being discussed among a wide range of influential people who want our input but are not getting it. Valley residents stand to maintain access to clean... Read more »
If the standard applied by Christine Harbin-Hanson (“Utah has an export-import problem,” April 18) to the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) were applied to all government programs, she would advocate complete government... Read more »
As lawn “care” companies descend upon neighborhoods everywhere this spring, it is worth reflecting on the fact that the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer recently released a... Read more »
I have noticed that unhealthy food is often cheaper than healthy foods. For example, soda is cheaper than bottled water. Those who are trying to make healthy choices are being punished. Having healthy foods cost more than unhealthy... Read more »
One thing that has come to my attention over the past few months is the blatant disrespect that people show during the Pledge of Allegiance. Whether it is at school or during a sporting event, it seems that there is always someone... Read more »
Now that the governor has signed the failing schools bill, it will be interesting to see what actions will be taken to turn low-performing schools around. Inasmuch as school performance is now measured by standardized achievement... Read more »
Congratulations to Innovations Early College High School in Salt Lake for their success in raising graduation rates to nearly 90 percent. This is truly an immense achievement. Perhaps one unheralded reason behind the school’s... Read more »
I so agree with Fred Ash on his recent letter about unfair wages ("Wrong wage approach," April 15). If you treat your employees like you value them, most will value you and your company in return. It only makes sense to pay... Read more »
Utahns deserve access to reasonable and responsible credit — but payday loans, as they’re currently designed, aren’t reasonable or responsible. With proper oversight, the CFPB can provide Utahns and their... Read more »
More families today requires more than one breadwinner because homes are much bigger and more expensive than they used to be. Read more »
As we work toward the end of what is turning out to be another successful ski and snowboard season, I want to draw a little extra attention to those who contributed to that accomplishment in a year when our winter weather did not... Read more »
Are we ready to break the highest glass ceiling and elect a woman to be our president? I believe we are and we can do this with Hillary Clinton. Clinton is immeasurably qualified for the position, especially when compared to her... Read more »
I read with interest the article on "grandparenting” (“Problems grandparents face when parenthood starts all over again,” April 13). I am concerned about the fact that none of my friends are aware that there are... Read more »
In a recent Wall Street Journal article, the proposal of many Democratic candidates came to light. Their plan: raise Social Security benefits. With an increasing urgency to create a more sustainable future for the Social Security... Read more »
The month of April marks a historic anniversary for global health. Sixty years ago, Jonas Salk's inactivated polio vaccine was proven safe and effective in protecting children against polio. Globally, polio has been reduced... Read more »
The gas tax increase was the wrong approach, period! Truckers avoided buying our fuel because of our fuel prices; this changed my opinion over all those I voted into office. The correct approach would have been to actually lower the... Read more »
Our climate is changing (temperature), our water is changing (ocean levels) and our ozone layer is changing (ultraviolet radiation). Our trees that recycle carbon dioxide into oxygen are being cut down. We have hazardous waste and... Read more »
The recent budget crisis in the United States has prompted many U.S. citizens to urge leaders to cut spending. I agree that some areas of the government budget should be cut back, but unemployment compensation should be preserved.... Read more »
There was an excellent reminder of the importance of the SNAP program, or food stamps, by Ariane Dansie (“Keep SNAP funded,” April 7). One in five hungry children is too many. Connecting with our representatives about... Read more »
There are many major issues facing the United States. The leaders we elect matter now more than ever. How we elect those leaders might very well determine how we as a nation handle some of the big issues of the day. There has been... Read more »
We have thousands of people in our state right now who are working full-time jobs who do not and cannot afford to have health insurance, and many who are working full-time jobs who cannot afford the rent of even low-cost apartments. Read more »
To be sure, investment in water conservation technology and the replacement of aging water infrastructure is important in meeting increasing water demand in a growing state such as Utah. But so is focusing on the law of demand for... Read more »
To better manage water, create a different pricing system than what is presently charged. Currently it is a flat pricing system, no matter how much water you use. The pricing system should be made like a stair. For the first X... Read more »
America’s checks and balances helped make our government an exception to all others. Something must have happened in the past few years, because our checks and balances have ceased working. Read more »
Allowing members of Congress to sit on opposite sides of each other hurts any chance at bipartisanship. It would be more effective to make legislators of different parties sit together to represent their home states. Read more »
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I am a Democrat social-work student from California. For as long as I can remember, I believed in the death penalty, despite all the mounting evidence that the justice system is deeply flawed. Still, I had reservations because I... Read more »
I have a hard time understanding why the Prison Relocation Commission would even consider placing the state prison next to the historic Camp Floyd State Park in Fairfield. Johnston’s army invaded and occupied Fairfield in... Read more »
In response to Ted Frandsen's letter ("Can Iran be trusted?" April 27), the issue is not trust, but instead is based upon the political hotbed that is the Middle East. The repercussions of the U.S. forcing Iran to reach... Read more »
After the Supreme Court hears arguments on the same-sex marriage case, I predict the justices will declare that laws against such marriage to be unconstitutional. The reason: If they agree with Michigan that each state can define... Read more »
The most powerful gift you can give this Mother’s Day is so simple, yet so critical. Lend your voice to the vulnerable mothers around the world who are still losing 6.3 million children a year: Advocate for stronger... Read more »
As we enter a predicted extended dry spell, we have become concerned about what to do about it. We live in an arid region of the country. Weather has its cycles. We have had dry years before and we have had floods. I would suggest... Read more »
A history professor, Naomi Oreskes, critiques a lawyer politician (“Climate change denial,” April 19) and expects resolution through the “mainstream” ploy. By further investigation, she would see that... Read more »
In a recent front-page story, we read that the U. S. Supreme Court may elect to consider international law when deciding about states’ rights to define marriage. Really? I have been increasingly concerned by American courts... Read more »
I have wanted to make a statement about respect for America for some time now, and Madison Hill’s letter (“Pledge for respect,” April 22) kicked me into gear. We say we are proud to be Americans, but are we?... Read more »
It appears that Ralph Becker & Co. want to close every golf course west of State Street. Can you imagine the uproar if these were east-side golf courses on the chopping block? This nonsense about golf courses being in some kind... Read more »
Do Utah students know about what it takes to be a citizen? Many students in high schools like Copper Hills, Bingham, Herriman and Riverton have been citizens their whole lives and have been taught K-12 about the United States on... Read more »
So we now have laws that prohibit farmers from growing a lot of food because they risk hefty fines and the loss of the products of their labor if they do. Personally, I find this sort of action by government intolerable. Read more »
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