Utah has done more than its fair share of paying the price for America’s nuclear programs.
Proclaiming morality while practicing cupidity, states have tried to hit the sweet spot of cigarette taxes — high enough to maximize revenue without excessively discouraging smoking. Read more »
Unchecked spending on the elderly threatens national priorities, including national defense. Younger generations face higher taxes, continuous deficits and reduced public services. But we also need... Read more »
There's nothing free about paid-for elections — unless everybody knows where the money came from. In post-reform America, too many are still giving large donations — but in the shadows. Read more »
Richard Davis: A historic moment for social policy as U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on same-sex marriage bans
The Supreme Court will hear arguments regarding the constitutionality of state bans on same-sex marriage. Never before has the Supreme Court dealt directly with this issue of whether a state can... Read more »
When it comes to how the state incentivizes individuals to treat the “true wealth in a dry land,” the record isn’t so good. Read more »
President Obama is an undemocratic tyrant, seizing power clearly granted by our Founding Fathers to Congress. Usually you hear such accusations from the right. But lately they are, somewhat... Read more »
I am not opposed to a Bus Rapid Transit system if it is well-planned, implemented effectively and found to be fiscally sustainable. The current Provo/Orem BRT plan is insufficient, out of date, and... Read more »
Bob Costas has taken heat for trying to provide context during sports events. But why wouldn't I want to hear from someone who has lived and breathed that world for many years? Read more »
Small firms that don't offer health benefits could be making a strategic mistake. Providing insurance is one of the most effective, economical ways for employers to support the health of their... Read more »
Inequality is a topic of obvious concern worldwide. Nevertheless, problems arise when we measure inequality without a standard definition. Read more »
In 1965, an engineer predicted that electronic components in computer chips would double every year for a decade. His forecast, which has been slightly modified, is Moore's Law. We have been living... Read more »
Obama still has time to launch effective, sustained efforts at bipartisan cooperation with Congress. The Republican majorities in both houses make that essential for success in dealing with Cuba. Read more »
If the fuel efficiency for cars improved at the rate of Moore's Law, you could drive it your entire life on a single tank of gas. If skyscrapers grew in height at the rate of Moore's Law, a... Read more »
Utah's economy is among the best in the nation, our stunning landscapes are unmatched and the way we tackle problems is fundamentally unique. This is particularly true for intergenerational poverty. Read more »
Last week, U.S. District Judge David Nuffer denied the request for injunction filed to block implementation of SB54, the Count My Vote compromise legislation. The party has said it will continue to... Read more »
Some scientists dissent from mainstream view on climate change. There are episodes in the history of science where individuals who dissented from received scientific wisdom turned out, at least in... Read more »
Much attention has been given of late to STEM education — science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The value of a liberal arts education is that it teaches you how to write (which... Read more »
I feel compelled to offer some sort of a valedictory, or to act as a “canary in a coal mine.” In my opinion, public education as I know it will soon disappear. Read more »
Admittedly, there is quite a bit to remember when preparing for annual testing, beyond the correct answers. This op-ed offers a few tips and tricks to prepare for the SAGE assessment. Read more »
As long as the federal Export-Import Bank exists, your tax dollars will be used to prop up a few lucky businesses, both here and abroad. The bank's future will be decided this summer by Congress. Read more »
Sen. Dean Heller, R-NV, and Patty Murray, D-WA, have come up with the solution to the lack of gender-specific care for women veterans. They have introduced Senate Bill 471, the Women Veteran Access... Read more »
HCR8, which is now signed, states that soil sequestration of atmospheric CO2 in forests and rangeland soils is Utah’s preferred approach regarding any federal efforts to deal with climate... Read more »
Conservatives believe the individual is pre-eminent in political society. Many liberals believe government is supreme and bestows rights on the individual. That is a completely upside-down view of... Read more »
Why would the Obama administration claim victory in the middle of a sensitive negotiation, in a manner that prods the other side to harden its demands and encourages the unraveling of sanctions? Read more »
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We are a nation of inventors and explorers and we are at a crossroads. For us to continue to project strength and leadership in a rapidly changing world, we must invest in the enterprises that... Read more »
Sen. Orrin Hatch: Misrepresentation against Religious Freedom Restoration Act will not help cause of equality
RFRA is the opposite of what its critics today claim it to be. RFRA does not pick winners and losers or automatically permit anyone to do anything. Read more »
Baltimore's recent story is at least three separate tales. But the time has come to focus on justice, which will not be possible unless things start to settle down. Read more »
A century and a half ago, America paid its post-Civil War respects to assassinated President Abraham Lincoln, who was credited for not only saving a nation but a race as well. He in turn redirected... Read more »
It’s a pity political processes in the U.S. leave many citizens disillusioned with America’s founding ideology. Read more »
Much about the justice and unity of our country will depend on the increased ambition of their next iteration. Read more »
Utahns and Americans witnessed last week two minority groups in the midst of major societal change. One is arguing for the ultimate recognition before the U.S. Supreme Court, while others are... Read more »
Comments about recent events in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray provide a glimpse at perhaps one of our greatest challenges — perception. In this case, as in too many others... Read more »
For the United States, the Trans-Pacific Partnership's overriding purpose is not to contain China but to create a counterweight to its rise. A collapse would leave a vacuum that China would most... Read more »
Envision Utah's "Your Utah, Your Future" campaign is broader than its predecessor, which focused on the Wasatch Front. Besides development, transportation, water and air-quality issues, it looks at... Read more »
Misclassification cheats every taxpayer, and it also undermines the competitiveness of employers who do the right thing and play by the rules. Unfortunately, this is one of the more pervasive and... Read more »
Dan Liljenquist: No vetting, no 'initiation fee' — in short, no litmus test for Utah Republican candidates
The proposals floated by the Utah GOP chairman — to require all prospective Republican candidates to submit to a formal vetting process by party insiders and/or to pay an "initiation fee" of... Read more »
The simple numbers comparing Healthy Utah to its legislative competitor make the case for the governor's plan. Healthy Utah would cost the state $25 million. The alternative would spend more state... Read more »
The hundredth anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania should prompt people to remember the role of the ship, and America, in World War II. Read more »
John Florez: Involve the homeless on their own behalf, rather than leave them out of the public policy equation
With considering public policy for the homeless, we shouldn't discount the importance of including the key stakeholders — the taxpayers and the homeless themselves —in the discussion of... Read more »
"Wolf Hall," the Man Booker Prize-winning historical novel about the court of Henry VIII — and most dramatically, the conflict between Thomas Cromwell and Sir Thomas More — is now a TV... Read more »
The Attorney General's Office is honored to team with the state’s Division of Child and Family Services to launch "One with Courage" Utah. This initiative asks each of us, no matter our... Read more »
Washington can and must come up with an appropriate permanent solution for its depleted uranium problem. Utah has done more than its fair share of paying the price for America’s nuclear... Read more »
Magna Carta (Latin for “the Great Charter”) turns 800 this year. In recognition of Law Day, the Utah State Bar and others are celebrating this iconic document, which has come to... Read more »
We should keep debating the use of drone strikes in warfare. Drone killings involve two important concerns. First, U.S. news media have a propensity to highlight the killing of Americans. Second,... Read more »
Richard Davis: As Utah's GOP looks to an Internet presidential primary in 2016, be cautious, inclusive in adopting online voting
Online voting can be in the future of U.S. elections. But we have yet to resolve the issues of how we include rather than exclude. We also must guarantee that everyone’s vote counts as he or... Read more »
Now the law in six states, including Utah, a civics test requirement for high school graduation is designed to get schools to focus on information vital to democracy. Read more »
That's a lot of turf to cover in a column, but the unifying theme is that we are slowly becoming a nation that pays greater heed to sensitivity than truth and that prefers the comfort of... Read more »
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