On Second Thought: Donald Trump, Chris Christie and Greece

A lighthearted look at news of the day.

My view: Campaign finance system is broken

Even to those who object to limits (you know, the “corporations are people” set), why do we fight transparency? Disclosure arms the people with information. It empowers shareholders to... Read more »

12 hours ago


My view: Honest debates are worth the dignity, integrity of Utah and its citizens

Honest debate is something worth the dignity of Utah and its citizens. Allegations, on the other hand, are used to undermine an opponent's credibility. Read more »

20 hours ago


John Hoffmire: How to address the Mediterranean refugee crisis

The European Union is in the midst of a crisis of conscience. Read more »


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Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Things are heating up thanks to Supreme Court decisions

Yes, it has been very hot … and not just the weather. We explore the ramifications of key decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court. Read more »

July 5, 2015


My view: Collaborations on the rise between Utah and French health care systems

The U.S. health care system is often compared to European systems in unflattering terms, yet European countries are also under increasing pressure to increase their quality of care and efficiency. Read more »

July 5, 2015


Drew Clark: About-face by Apple Music shows need for constant change

"People want to own the music they love," Steve Jobs said, and "not just rent them." Fast-forward a decade, and Apple is now saying the reverse: People want to rent and not own the music they love. Read more »

July 5, 2015


My view: Religious freedom is a barometer for measuring other fundamental rights

Religious freedom is inextricably linked to other fundamental rights. Balance between competing interests — and not a war of “mine over thine” — is better for our... Read more »

July 5, 2015


John Florez: My kind of Fourth — life, Liberty Park and the pursuit of tamales

While growing up and living out of our family's boxcar on the west side of Salt Lake, a wagonload of watermelon and tamales and a long walk to run on the lush green lawns of Liberty Park was just... Read more »

July 4, 2015


My view: Everything you think you know about Republicans and climate change is wrong

Everything you think you know about Republicans and climate change is a myth. Read more »

July 3, 2015


Greg Bell: Smartphones, tablets, laptops are leading to assaults on the 'here and now'

Our obsession with and use of cellphones, tablets and laptops are a new addiction, as a new generation is being swallowed up in tiny screens and often trivial communications. Rather than more... Read more »

July 3, 2015


Natalie Gochnour: Patriotic grace blends gratitude for citizenship, a sense of responsibility and a representation of high ideals

Patriotic grace for me is a calling. It begins with gratitude for the gift of being born in this country. It extends into our actions — the way we live our citizenship. It comes with a sense... Read more »

July 3, 2015


Jay Evensen: Don't let an apocalypse-free summer blind us to real dangers

In the back of my mind, I still can hear former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt, who assured me soon after leaving his post as Health and Human Services secretary for President George W. Bush, that future... Read more »

July 2, 2015


My view: Move the prison for the sake of better prisoner reform

If we pretend the prisoners do not exist while they are incarcerated — or that we would prefer they didn’t — we have no one to blame but ourselves when offender outcomes continue... Read more »

July 2, 2015


My view: Utah lawmakers can protect minorities from negative impacts of Clean Power Plan

EPA's new Clean Power Plan is regulation that will leave minority communities with disproportionately fewer jobs, lower incomes and higher poverty than whites. Read more »

July 2, 2015


Dan Liljenquist: Time to relegate the Confederate battle flag to museums and Civil War reenactments

Symbols matter, and the Confederate battle flag has become a symbol of institutional, violent racism. It is time for the permanent retirement of the Confederate battle flag. It should be relegated... Read more »

July 2, 2015


My view: Poor federal stewardship threatens energy development of our public lands

Large, irreversible withdrawals are among the worst examples of stewardship on federal lands; they are decided without regard to unique geologic deposits that might be available for development. Read more »

July 1, 2015


Jay Evensen: Allowing states to collect sales taxes from online purchases is a tough sell

The 21st-century economy has innovated itself to a point where old tax structures no longer seem fair, effective or conducive to innovation. Read more »

July 1, 2015


Richard Davis: Time to fix Obamacare rather than fight it in court

Obamacare is far from perfect. It was cobbled together badly. Implementation has been problematic. Now that the legal battles over Obamacare are over, the president and the Congress should work... Read more »

July 1, 2015


Arthur Cyr: Greek economic spiral will likely not mirror recent American recession

The long-term success in Europe’s economic integration, plus an expanding influential body of European law, encourages bureaucratic belief that economic market coordination is the same as... Read more »

July 1, 2015


My view: $1.2 billion for nutrient removal is a gigantic waste

At the locations of most Utah water sewage treatment plants, water quality problems associated with WWTP nutrients are negligible; thus, the universal treatment requirement is a gigantic waste of... Read more »

June 30, 2015


My view: The arts can prevent a summer learning ‘slide’

Keeping your child engaged in learning over the summer is crucial to reinforce concepts he learned during the school year and to help prevent the “summer slide” — when students... Read more »

June 29, 2015


Neil Flinders: Keeping track of school funds is only part of the story

Serious cultural erosion and the loss of vital traditional values now threaten both religious freedom and the family as an institution. In our society, money matters seem to dominate. Read more »

June 29, 2015


John Hoffmire: Why our children need financial literacy

This article is intended for the parents of the upcoming generation. Read more »

June 29, 2015


Robert J. Samuelson: Are policies undertaken to recover from last financial crisis laying groundwork for another?

A central economic question of our time is whether the policies undertaken to recover from the last financial crisis are laying the groundwork for the next. We now have two reports from reputable... Read more »

June 29, 2015


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