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 »
The Associated Press announced that MetLife had been singled out by the Financial Stability Oversight Council because the business is deemed "a potential threat to the financial system of the country." Read more »
Let’s stop for a moment and think about the chaos our community would be without law enforcement officers, and thank them for helping keep us safe. Read more »
I was disappointed to learn that Sen. Harry Reid’s name was removed from the Southern Utah University’s Outdoor Engagement Center, despite the fact Reid is an alumnus of SUU. Read more »
I don't think opposition to government waste is an embarrassment at all. It seems Mr. Huntsman has become just another crony capitalist. Read more »
We need to be able to trust government. The government is of the people and by the people and ours to monitor and protect. Read more »
It feels like the "peace" we all talk about wanting is just talk. People are too anxious to give in to every appetite placed before them, no matter how bad they know it is, or at least once knew it was. Read more »
This is in response to Timothy Funk's letter ("Symbolic high-rise," Dec. 23) that had so much praise for Randy Horiuchi, a retiring Salt Lake County councilman. Those of us in Cottonwood Heights saw a totally different Horiuchi. Read more »
Justification for Utah not taking the funding for extending Medicaid is not funny. Over the years we have heard how we didn’t want “socialized medicine” because you have to wait for services. But in the good... Read more »
The horrifying execution of the two police officers in New York should give everyone pause at this holiday season. The media share some blame in this tragedy for widely reporting the “hands... Read more »
I'm confused. Virtually every weather forecaster warns of the dire results of a dry summer season if we don't conserve water. Yet all over the county, land that was empty for decades is sprouting high-density housing like, well,... Read more »
In past years we were disappointed with the reception of the gifts we chose for our grandchildren. The gifts were often the wrong color, style, size or simply not needed. We found an answer by establishing college savings funds... Read more »
Stericycle talked the agency into reducing the $8.3 million fine down to $2.3 million. Don’t you wish you could talk the judge into reducing your next traffic fine to a couple of bucks? Read more »
All in in all, it seems to me that the State Legislature gets an F for its support of public education. Read more »
Most people don't remember the story of what happened but, like much of what Randy Horiuchi has quietly done, the result is there. Lives are better and that is why he served us so long. Read more »
UDOT should do some cinching. Don't raise the gas taxes. We've already paid enough at the pump as it is. Read more »
As a frequent visitor with strong affection for the state and its people, I am deeply concerned about Utah's insistence that the federal government relinquish all public lands to the state. Read more »
There is no way one can condone the use of torture and claim to want a constitutional government. Read more »
I propose that all high school students receive the same constitutional rights as any other person in this country and that high schools should never be able to deny students these rights. Read more »
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Although I have not seen and most likely will never see "American Sniper," I wish to let my opinion be known to those who listen to the likes of Michael Moore and Bill Maher. These two, along with other like-minded... Read more »
Our Legislature is foolishly considering an increase in the gasoline tax. Our federal government has decreed that in the near future, all automobiles must get 45 mpg. Car manufacturers are building cars that use less gas every year.... Read more »
Pollution matters to me; burning gasoline damages our health, environment and future. However, more electric vehicles aren’t enough. A recent University of Minnesota study stated that electric vehicles are only clean when... Read more »
I am glad that our governor and members of our Legislature are finally, seemingly, looking at ways to increase funding to public education in Utah. I really like the governor’s proposal, but my pessimistic side wonders if his... Read more »
The scoring of gymnastics performances has always intrigued me, especially when I read a recent Deseret News headline ("Utah gymnasts blow past UCLA," Jan. 23). Utah won by the slimmest of margins: 196.725 to 194.725. Utah... Read more »
Concerning the wood-burning ban, I would like to know if common sense ever entered the minds of those making the decision? Why would you concern yourself with 5 percent of the perceived problem? Both the pellets and the late-model... Read more »
Paul Smith has it right when he states in his letter: "Merely upping the financial ante is likely to have little or no effect on educational quality" ("Flawed education tax," Jan. 28). Appropriate target... 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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