We have countless friends and neighbors with limitations that make employment difficult or impossible left in the coverage gap with no access to physical or psychological treatments that could potentially allow them to return to work. Read more »
The truth of the matter is that Wal-Mart is making strides in paying their employees better and making their work schedules better. Prediction time: Wal-Mart gets more customers than ever within the next 12 months. Read more »
Utah students borrow, on average, almost $22,500 over the course of obtaining an undergraduate degree. That is too much for students to bother with. Read more »
Passing title II of HR1314 would be devastating to American workers and would damage our economy. Read more »
Sadly, like the stench that follows most politicians around election time, Mayor Ralph Becker joined the ranks of disparate politicians trying to save his job at the expense of those who entrusted him with their vote. Read more »
A recent story reporting the forced resignation of Chief Chris Burbank includes some information that would have been better if it had received closer editing. Read more »
While Utah should never expect to be any better than the lowest per-pupil spender in the nation for public education, more of what Utah spends for public education goes directly into the classroom than the national average. Read more »
I worry that so much of the controversy over Chief Chris Burbank resigning and Mayor Ralph Becker’s future in politics are overshadowing the core of this issue: sexual harassment. Read more »
An article I read on Sunday (“Does your child know the Bible well enough,” June 14) demonstrates the idea of using competition to achieve something of value. That competition? The National Bible Bee. Read more »
I’m all for helping out other people, but there needs to be some accountability at every new generation level; otherwise, I worry our great-grandchildren will think that the world is theirs, free of charge and free of work. Read more »
Utah and the U.S. should look into adopting a school system like what currently operates in Finland. Read more »
Do we even have taste in real movies anymore? Or maybe it has gone the way the rest of our morals have: down the drain. Read more »
The land around an airport should have a value like none other, but doesn't. Instead, we place such things as industrial parks next to them. Would that Salt Lake did it differently. Would that Salt Lake saw the land as an... Read more »
By definition, the "ideologue's" contracted perspective ignores or contradicts the broader considerations of reality. Blindly self-enamored of a sense of theoretical goodness, the afflicted ideologue would then impose... Read more »
Utahns have always held economy in high revere. We have always known that productive economy is a product of efficiency, so why should the manner in which we build our homes and offices be any different? When a government agency has... Read more »
I have enjoyed reading the opinion pieces on the Deseret News website written by Natalie Gochnour and her travels with Gov. Gary Herbert throughout western Europe. It sounds like things are going well in their effort to help increase... Read more »
In past years, I enjoyed reading and listening to Mark Russell, who sang, wrote and played the piano, all the while doing satire on the events of the day. Now we have Jay Evensen, whose Monday column, "On Second Thought,"... Read more »
Every year on June 20, the United Nations marks World Refugee Day. This day represents a global call for action, promoting engagement in local and governmental levels to raise awareness of refugee plight. Read more »
I applaud anyone willing to have children and take themselves out of the “all about me” equation. Read more »
Updating energy codes to save Utahns money and keep our air clean is a simple and long-term solution — one that we should put into action as quickly as possible. Read more »
Sugar House Park is the best site for a new, modern prison. It is already municipally owned, so the land is free. There is plenty of space for office-building-style facilities, common to the I-215 corridor. Read more »
To help keep the inmates of the state prison productive, we should move the prison near the airport and give the inmates plenty of land and training to raise their own food. Some of that food could also go to help the homeless. Read more »
I don't question the need to make our tax code simpler and fairer, but the process should not be used as a political tool. Reform should support a robust energy industry and responsible development of this country's vast resources to... Read more »
I hope our leaders will side with allowing Utah workers access to health care, and with it the freedom to choose where they work, over the “needs” of out-of-state billionaires. Read more »
In our high-tech world, is there any room for common sense? So many things about modern society seem to contradict themselves, such as requiring drivers to stay focused on the road, but distracting them with huge billboards. Read more »
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It is one thing that the Supreme Court approved same-sex marriage; it is another — and more critical — matter that two of the justices violated federal law in doing so. The Constitution was established to ensure that... Read more »
I have been around for a while and have seen a lot of changes in our society and government. But I never expected to see many of my beliefs and standards attacked like they are today. Read more »
If a public official can be removed or forced from office because their religious convictions prohibit them from participating in same-gender marriages, does that not constitute a religious test for holding office? Read more »
Utah sees its fossil fuels as a source of instant gold. Alas, they will prove to be the gold of King Midas. Read more »
It is very clear that if the federal public lands are handed over to the state, those lands will never be the same. Read more »
Recently there have been two Deseret News op-eds on Gov. Gary Herbert’s Healthy Utah plan: Rep. Jake Anderegg’s on why he voted against it (“ Why I voted against Healthy Utah ,” May 10); and Sen. Todd... Read more »
If the prison move just “has” to be done, regardless of any other considerations, here is a suggestion: Build it in another location but do not sell the current property it is on. Instead, lease the current land... Read more »
Nowadays, an "announcement" that one wishes to run for president of the United States has turned into a spectacle for good or ill. I heard some of the formal televised announcements by Lindsey Graham, Bernie Sanders, Hillary... Read more »
The Constitution is on life support. But ignorance of constitutional law by American citizens is only part of the problem. Read more »
We are in the midst of the 100 deadliest days — when more than 1,000 people die in car crashes involving teens, according to the National Safety Council. Although the days between Memorial Day and Labor Day prove to be the... Read more »
Patriotism, that deep sacred emotion, has not died. It still flourishes in the hearts of many (I believe the majority) but is somewhat crushed by modern philosophies. Read more »
Some people in Utah want the prison to stay in its present location in Draper. If the people of Utah had this same mentality 70 years ago, the prison would still be located in Sugar House. Not a good idea. Read more »
I have always been impressed by the inspired vision of our Founding Fathers. Katharine Lee Bates, it seems to me, reflected their vision very powerfully in her final penning of “America the Beautiful” in 1913. Read more »
I’m certain that Donald Trump has no chance of becoming our next president. His ability to offend others would create a crisis not only with our current allies, but with other countries that don’t like us anyway. Read more »
The Fourth of July is a day of celebrations for what America once was. It is a day of lamentations for what America has become. Read more »
If you want to help local businesses who currently have to collect local sales tax, then eliminate sales taxes altogether. I am sure our local politicians will find another way to squeeze us dry. Read more »
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