I oppose the Department of Environmental Quality's seasonal wood-burning ban. It is politics at its worst. The state is targeting a small minority who use wood stoves in the hopes of scoring a visible win. Read more »
John Boehner was reelected as House speaker with the help of the entire Utah delegation. Boehner says he is opposed to Obama’s policy, yet he somehow lacks the capacity or a strategy for stopping him. Read more »
The reason many Republican legislators voted for this awful compromise last spring is because the alternative (the misleadingly named Count My Vote) was even worse. Let’s preserve the caucus system — it works just fine. Read more »
I don't know who is representing the U. when these schedules are worked out, but obviously they don't care about the local fans. The Huntsman Center is far from full. Is anyone at the U. paying attention? Read more »
I wonder who makes the ill-fated decision to ignore cursive writing, which is such an important link to the past. It is causing the generation gap to widen. Read more »
The Western Regional Climate Center has weather records for Moab through 2005. In the last 10 years of that data, a record high was set for 91 days, while the record low was set for only nine. Read more »
If the Prison Relocation Commission had been smarter about its site selection, none of this uproar would have occurred. It should have avoided high growth areas in the first place. Read more »
Health insurance plans shouldn't be equated with "gold," "silver" or "bronze." This isn't the Olympics. We are talking about the dignity of human life and its preservation. Without reasonably good health, a person has nothing. Read more »
Sen. Orrin Hatch has been in office for more than 35 years. It should be obvious to all of us that six-year terms for senators are too long, and that total term limits for all political officeholders are sorely needed. Read more »
I commend the mayor for forming a task force to put a comprehensive plan together to better serve the homeless. Read more »
Yes, jobs are important, but in our worship of the corporate economy, I fear we have lost something vital to a moral and sound society. Read more »
This location would not be a burden on Salt Lake City or any of the businesses that are near. West of the airport should be the likely spot for relocation. Read more »
To anyone who touts evidence of global warming by suggesting you step outside and feel it for yourself, I say, wait a day or two. Weather changes. That's its nature and it will change from day to day, year to year. Read more »
Mr. Romney, please consider how much the U.S. needs you. Ronald Reagan did not win the first or second time, but he did the third time. He turned the U.S. around in the right direction. Read more »
I do not pretend to be an expert on this issue; however, from the dialogue in the media and elsewhere, there appear not to be any compelling or conclusive scientific studies which would warrant a blanket ban on wood burning as... Read more »
The question comes to mind: "Why can't these problem-causing folks use their talents in positive and uplifting activities rather than using them in a negative way?" Just wondering. Read more »
It seems 2014 ended too swiftly. The clocks keeps on ticking away the brief, fast minutes that add to the years. Read more »
The question over the transfer of land from the federal to the state government is only incidentally about oil, drilling, the environment, costs, etc. It is really about liberty. Read more »
Those who disagree must confront the alternative — which terror plot would they be willing to allow in order to spare the terrorists this discomfort and degradation? Read more »
Why has it become acceptable to turn signing a contract into a game of hide-and-seek? If you don’t believe what I am saying, just ask anybody who has purchased a car. Read more »
As a lifelong fan and proud BYU alumni, I've never before felt like my team lost twice in one day. After watching the Miami Beach Bowl, I felt like that. Read more »
America is great because of difference of opinions. I hope that we can be civil in our opinions and act accordingly. Read more »
Moving the prison to a place that will not be commercially developed is a win-win situation for everyone involved. The obvious choice is west of the airport. Read more »
I was appalled by the position in a recent editorial ("Flawed torture report," Dec. 22) that seemed to approve torture as necessary to protect our country from terrorists. Torture is never OK. Read more »
When I was a kid, sometimes my friends and I would walk up the railroad tracks behind the prison and observe the prisoners working in the prison yard. Our parents weren't worried. Read more »
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Raising the gas tax is a cycle with no end. Like all Utahns, I enjoy driving on well-maintained roads. I understand the reason for raising the gas tax at this time. However, I don't think it is wise. The reason why tax... Read more »
As a trained industrial consultant, I have been called upon to "solve" various problems occurring in the industry, be they odor, waste, water or pollution problems. I have always kept in mind the "Pareto Principle":... Read more »
The majority of Utahns prefer leaving the state prison where it is currently located. That should send a clear message to our lawmakers. The problem seems to be that the prison needs to be close enough for employee access and... Read more »
A. Scott Anderson’s arguments in favor of increasing Utah’s education tax are seriously flawed ("Taking Utah into Top 10," Jan. 23). The column begins with the claim that, because Utah is rated somewhere less... Read more »
I am currently a high school senior and have learned many different things about the men and women who fight for our freedom. I never fully understood all of their sacrifices until my older brother made the decision to serve in the... Read more »
For many years I was the chief electrician for the prison and later an electrical instructor. I have been places in the prison where few people have been. It is nearly all steel and concrete. It would be a very difficult and... Read more »
Utahns will readily admit that our state leaders have been and will continue to be fiscally conservative; I, for one, am happy for that fact. This is a major factor for our overall glowing economy report cards. However, there comes... Read more »
In response to a recent letter ("Prison nonsense," Jan. 26), Utah has a unique geography that provides special places for societal needs. I believe such a place exists for a first-class prison. Think of Antelope Island, Gunnison... Read more »
I hate peanut butter! Even the smell of it makes me gag. It seems to me inconceivable that someone would mix peanut butter and jelly and give it to their children; perhaps the jelly is to hide the taste of the peanut butter. Maybe... Read more »
I am a junior at Lone Peak High School. My school suffers from a large amount of strict social groups, often called cliques. I believe this problem with cliques comes from something similar to the cause of the increased amount of... Read more »
In eastern Utah, mainly the Uintah Basin, oil and gas production is 80 percent or more of our economy. It is obvious that the energy production greatly affects the livelihoods of thousands of people. These are people who I know and... Read more »
After reading a recent article ("Salt Lake's Sugarhouse Park shines in national report," Jan. 21), I reflected about positive changes since the state prison site was moved from Sugarhouse to Draper. I might suggest that if the... Read more »
While our esteemed legislators consider raising taxes on retirees (and others) like me, especially the state income tax, they should instead consider an important source of money for education. State income tax goes into the... Read more »
We have seen continued development of Davis County's land base into residential housing. It is my observation that each new home built adds a minimum of two vehicles or more that increase pollution to the county's air with no end in... Read more »
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