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Reason for the season

You can't take Christ out of Christmas without doing away with "the reason for the season." The time is past due for the political-correctness crowd to be pushed back. Read more »

Nov. 18, 2015

21 comments

No college free ride

Someone has to pay for tuition. A college education is not free. Read more »

Nov. 17, 2015

42 comments

Personal accountability

How you teach personal accountability in this age of the Clintonian buck passing all the way to society and government is the real challenge we face. Read more »

Nov. 17, 2015

17 comments

Hire a vet

Barack Obama recently said that “if you want to get the job done, hire a vet.” Read more »

Nov. 17, 2015

22 comments

Letter: County employees’ value

Why must the futures of 3,000 county employees be compromised when we are the ones who provide numerous services for over 1 million county residents? It’s time for the mayor to value his employees more. Read more »

Nov. 16, 2015

5 comments

Letter: Serious about air

If we are truly serious about cleaning our air, then we need to implement policies that reflect that. Read more »

Nov. 15, 2015

24 comments

Letter: Failed foreign policy

The war during President George W. Bush's administration is just one reason we can't change back to the failed foreign-policy decisions of the Republican Party. Read more »

Nov. 15, 2015

51 comments

Letters: Electronic High School

I am very disappointed to hear that the Utah State Board of Education has recommended against funding Electronic High School for next year. I strongly urge the Legislature to continue funding this. Read more »

Nov. 15, 2015

4 comments

Letter: Cattle ranch land

A travesty of unimaginable consequences is about to happen right next to the Salt Lake City Airport, 15 minutes from downtown Salt Lake City. Read more »

Nov. 15, 2015

9 comments

Letter: The ‘Independent’ choice

Many in Utah argue that a person registered as an Independent should somehow have the right to pick who the Republican or Democrat Party candidates are. This doesn't make any sense. Read more »

Nov. 15, 2015

10 comments

Authority ladder

There must be a clearly recognized difference between parent and child, teacher and child, law enforcement representative and child on society's authority ladder. Read more »

Nov. 14, 2015

11 comments

Immune from justice?

Are the Clintons so powerful and feared throughout the Washington establishment that they are actually immune from justice? If this is the case, our country is in a condition from which there will be no escape. Read more »

Nov. 14, 2015

33 comments

Who obeys gun laws?

On any given day in America, there are over 85 million law-abiding gun owners who do nothing wrong with their firearms. These are the people who be affected by proposed restrictions, not the bad guys. Read more »

Nov. 14, 2015

39 comments

Dropped sports coverage

The Deseret News does a great job covering college and high school sports. Recently, however, there has been nothing at all about hunting or fishing. Read more »

Nov. 14, 2015

1 comment

Losing real connections

When will we realize how detrimental time spent distracted by social media is to our relationships, self-esteem and overall well-being? Read more »

Nov. 13, 2015

8 comments

The Christmas spirit

There was a time when this country looked to God for help and he gave it. We need to recall what is stamped on our money, “In God We Trust,” and be proud to say not “happy holidays,” but “Merry Christmas... Read more »

Nov. 13, 2015

50 comments

Outdoors on Thanksgiving

Black Friday is smearing its ink onto Thanksgiving Day, as stores open earlier to get customers first. A huge thanks to REI for pushing back against that trend, which is turning our nation from gratitude to greed. Read more »

Nov. 12, 2015

10 comments

Involving young minds

Climate summits began in 1992 with the Rio De Janeiro world summit, where 12-year-old Severn Suzuki delivered an address considered more powerful than any put forth by the hundreds of national leaders. Read more »

Nov. 12, 2015

13 comments

We must ‘change’ back

One area in which the president told the truth was when he campaigned on “change” for the 2008 election. We must “change” back. Read more »

Nov. 11, 2015

37 comments

Straight party ticket

Voting a straight party ticket demonstrates a lack of thinking and has been unacceptable to me. I believe neither major party nor splinter group fully represents me. Read more »

Nov. 11, 2015

28 comments

Justified illegal actions

We should all recognize that beliefs don't justify illegal actions. Read more »

Nov. 10, 2015

22 comments

Nonpartisan primaries

Early last week, Chief Judge David Nuffer rendered a decision in a case involving the conduct of primary elections — namely, who may participate in them and who may control them. Read more »

Nov. 10, 2015

22 comments

Letter: A war not forgotten

On Nov. 3 in the rotunda of our State Capitol building, 157 Utah Korean War Veterans were assembled and recognized for their military service during the Korean War. Read more »

Nov. 8, 2015

2 comments

Letter: Counting on COLA

As health care costs continue to rise, the strain on seniors is becoming unmanageable, especially as previous cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) have failed to keep pace. Read more »

Nov. 8, 2015

20 comments

Letter: Save the golf courses

As a resident of Salt Lake County, I cannot for the life of me understand Salt Lake City's decision to close down Wingpointe and Glendale Golf Courses. Read more »

Nov. 8, 2015

1 comment

Letter: Law in our hands

In my opinion, the recent East Millcreek shooting is another example of why not to have guns in the house. Read more »

Nov. 8, 2015

8 comments

Explore foreign languages

The first step in overcoming our nation’s language barriers is to require students to explore foreign languages in our schools. Read more »

Nov. 7, 2015

11 comments

Bringing government home

When I first started as a public employee in 1978, the big debate about what to do with the unincorporated areas of Salt Lake County was raging. Read more »

Nov. 7, 2015

0 comments

Utah Honor Flight

On Oct. 29, the last Utah Honor Flight this year, 50 of us WWII vets, were honored with a send-off by Gov. Gary Herbert as we departed the Utah National Guard Readiness Center to fly to Washington, D.C., to see the World War II... Read more »

Nov. 6, 2015

1 comment

Budget Control Act

I was disappointed to read that Congress passed the Budget Control Act of 2015, which removes all spending caps. But I was infuriated to read that Sen. Orrin Hatch voted for the bill. Read more »

Nov. 6, 2015

13 comments

Envision Layton

How a city chooses to grow will influence its economy, demography, public safety, environment and identity. There is a lot at stake that, judging from participation levels, we seem to take lightly. Read more »

Nov. 5, 2015

0 comments

End the double-talk

Our country and the world are confronted with many serious and challenging issues. Candidates should be bold and state their positions. Read more »

Nov. 5, 2015

25 comments

Candidate question

Every four years, the president must take an oath to preserve, protect and defend the U.S. Constitution. Members of Congress, judges and other federal employees take similar oaths. Read more »

Nov. 4, 2015

58 comments

Biking ‘the Loop’

Living in Lindon and being a cyclist, I have biked the Alpine Loop well more than 200 times, weather permitting. Read more »

Nov. 4, 2015

5 comments

Avoiding Frankenfoods

Huge agribusiness interests are using money and corruption in Congress to prevent people from being aware. If GMO is listed in ingredients, most would avoid these Frankenfoods and GMO would disappear. Read more »

Nov. 4, 2015

25 comments

Most lucrative degree

Ultimately, a liberal arts education is about life, not just a job. It’s about who we are, not just what we do for a dollar. Read more »

Nov. 3, 2015

37 comments

Zero margin for error

Every day I drive the Mountain View Corridor twice. Every day I fear a slight lane deviation will cause me to kill someone on a bicycle. Read more »

Nov. 3, 2015

15 comments

Letter: Military mechanics

As a nation, we need to learn to better support not just our troops, but those of us who help make our expensive military run smoothly. We should be more careful about the equipment we buy. Read more »

Nov. 2, 2015

15 comments

Letter: Never-ending cycle

Isn’t that what got this country into a financial mess in the first place — by passing bad bills and programs that need reforming? A never-ending cycle. Read more »

Nov. 2, 2015

29 comments

Letter: Losing our voice

The ballots for Proposition 1 are just asking for our opinion. We are not voting for anything. Do you think we will ever hear what the majority wants? I doubt it. Read more »

Nov. 1, 2015

5 comments

Letter: Law-abiding gun owners

We don’t need stricter gun laws. We need more law-abiding citizens to carry a gun. That always reduces violent crime and will actually make our nation safer. Read more »

Nov. 1, 2015

54 comments

Letter: Homeless paradise

Most of those homeless people you see are not Salt Lake or even Utah people. They are here because the word is out that Salt Lake City is a homeless paradise. Read more »

Nov. 1, 2015

6 comments

What has society become?

The underlying problems are not with the police, and maybe not even the educators, but with parents and family members for not teaching virtues and respect. Read more »

Oct. 31, 2015

21 comments

Improving voter turnout

A multilingual ballot would make it easier on citizens whose first language is not English. That would improve voter turnout, and increase the voice of America’s people. Read more »

Oct. 30, 2015

23 comments

Wealth for the few

Inequality of wealth is a threat to the U.S. economy. If a handful of people control vast amounts of money, they are more likely to invest these funds than spend them, a trend that could help fuel asset bubbles. Read more »

Oct. 30, 2015

61 comments

Citizens’ use of force

Those in authority encourage us to leave our own defense up to the police, and just look how well that has turned out recently. Read more »

Oct. 30, 2015

24 comments

Dollar destinations

Utah's effort to fund transportation via Proposition 1 is another effort to divert funds from their proper use of improving roads and transportation to trails, parks, sidewalks and other such. These are not transportation issues. Read more »

Oct. 30, 2015

9 comments

Toxic air pollution

It is time for Utah officials to enforce stricter regulations on industry polluters to help reduce toxic air pollution during our winter inversions. Read more »

Oct. 29, 2015

8 comments

English-only ballots

To vote you have to be a citizen, right? To pass the naturalization test, you have to speak English, right? If you don’t speak English, how can you vote? Read more »

Oct. 29, 2015

28 comments

Ben Carson — presidential

No matter how hard they try to trip Ben Carson up, he stands his ground. He is, in a word, presidential. Read more »

Oct. 28, 2015

48 comments

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