A lighthearted look at news of the day.
The word tragic has often been used to describe the civil war in Syria, but it is a pale description of the raging madness on the ground. The bloodletting and massive destruction that has swept the... Read more »
To this day, when I hear a John Philip Sousa march, my patriotism comes alive. It brings back fond memories I learned during my childhood summers at Salt Lake City's Catholic Guadalupe Mission School. Read more »
Both presidential nomination contests having been scrambled by recent events — the FBI taking control of Hillary Clinton's private email server and a raucous, roiling GOP debate — the... Read more »
If the goal — as some scientists urge — is an 80 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2050, then it will be necessary "to reduce emissions from transportation and electrical... Read more »
In becoming chairman of the National Governors Association, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert selected as his initiative the bold, important and ambitious topic of federalism, which concerns the very nature... Read more »
The release from the Colorado mine was caused by EPA employees; have they been fired? Or is EPA director Gina McCarthy’s acceptance of responsibility covering them also? Read more »
Wetlands and shifting soils kept Salt Lake City from attracting development west of the airport. Now those things will become the state's problems. Read more »
There are state and federal programs established to assist our centers, such as the Medicare 340B drug pricing program that allows our hospitals to purchase certain drugs at a substantially... Read more »
With this one-sided nuclear deal with Iran, Obama is not trying to prevent war with Iran or even prevent its acquisition of a nuclear weapon; he is washing his hands of the Middle East. Read more »
The future is all about pencils and paper. What in the name of hanging chads is going on here? Read more »
I believe 'pro-life' means that when we balance a woman’s right to choose with human life, we tip the scales more towards life. But pro-life to me includes far more — it also means... Read more »
While efforts to bring structural reforms to Puerto Rico can be fruitful, they will fall short if Puerto Rico is not able to reorganize its public corporations under the orderly process of Chapter 9. Read more »
Jon Stewart once said he saw himself more in the line of comedians like Jerry Seinfeld than of news commentators. To this I would respond: "I knew Jerry Seinfeld. And Mr. Stewart, you're no Jerry... Read more »
Suggesting that innovation without market reform will solve climate change is more wishful thinking than a serious policy proposal. Read more »
Profanity is an issue, and it can ruin an otherwise promising event. Of particular note on the topic is the vulgar "The Book of Mormon" musical, which is now running in Utah. Read more »
Other states have an approach to prison development that is exactly backward: A prison should not be a magnet for correctional jobs. Instead, state economic development should follow human... Read more »
Americans can learn a great deal from the culture of our Hispanic and Latino neighbors. They are hardworking individuals who love life. Read more »
While I much prefer other candidates to Donald Trump, his bluntness has certainly struck a chord. It’s sad that a billionaire understands the middle-class, mainstream America and legal... Read more »
After Thursday night's GOP debates, Pignanelli and Webb weigh in on which candidate made the most of the spotlight. Also, they discuss the ongoing Salt Lake mayoral race. Read more »
When I was young and our family needed groceries and had no cash, we’d go to Chris’ Greek grocery store on Third South and the old Second West. For my dad and Chris, business was done... Read more »
Over the past few months several school boards proposing property tax hikes have blamed charter schools for forcing them to raise taxes. While there is a superficial appeal to that claim, it simply... Read more »
When people bring moral absolutes to a political debate, they cast issues in terms of right and wrong, black or white, making compromise impossible. If we will engage with opponents constructively,... Read more »
Something is wrong with the trend of politicians with egos. We are forgetting what American government is supposed to be. Personal ambition too often trumps the people’s business and hurts... Read more »
Utah is just beginning to tap into its solar energy potential, ranking No. 5 in installed solar capacity out of all the mountain states of the West. It now has enough solar energy installed to... Read more »
The Pension Research Council analyzed the effects of Utah's 2010 public service pension reforms. While relatively pleased with the report's objective, I'm disappointed that some use it to argue... Read more »
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I would suggest that this concept of school-level control might be the most important discovery we could cross-pollinate from our charter schools into our neighborhood schools. Read more »
Besides crying out for the immediacy of action, the magnitude of the global climate-change threat raises explicit ethical questions, such as how we ought to live and how humans should value and... Read more »
People magazine had an interesting dilemma recently: Lead with the story of three American heroes, or a "celebrity" who may have cheated on his wife. What they chose may say something about us. Read more »
You get to decide in a few weeks whether to pay for part of this with sales taxes. Just know that we won’t ever be able to keep up. The bureaucrat hasn’t been born who would approach... Read more »
What if the main source of inmates, the dropouts and push-outs from school, could be drastically reduced? Could we spend more money on schools if we didn’t have to spend so much on lawbreakers? Read more »
Indications now suggest that next year’s presidential election may be a tough one for Utah Republicans. If Republicans nominate a candidate Utahns don’t think much of, and Democrats do... Read more »
The message Utah is sending to the world: Citizens of a particular city or region are no longer necessarily forced to choose between quality of life and economic opportunity. Read more »
Unless it’s sage grouse extinction and more harm to our climate that the BLM wants, expanding the Alton coal mine should be rejected. Read more »
The 38th Parallel dividing North and South Korea is less tense thanks to a sensible new agreement between North and South Korea. Read more »
Utah’s laws should be used to create a business climate that keeps consumers safe while also encouraging healthy economic competition. State legislators have done a good job to date by... Read more »
This country always has represented opportunity. And while the nation must protect its borders against threats, it is important to ask what immigrants can offer us. Read more »
Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb discuss immigration policy, a forthcoming public lands proposal from state representatives and what could happen if Joe Biden decides to run for the Democratic... Read more »
As the banking industry serves the financing needs of small businesses, a very important partner is the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Without the SBA, far fewer small businesses would... Read more »
While I can understand UEA President Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh’s eagerness to attempt to thwart the public charter school movement in Utah, in her recent op-ed on Utah's public charter... Read more »
Let’s focus on how soft power actually incorporates ethical standards of behavior and important societal norms that resonate with others in the world. Read more »
In our haste to treat patients, we forget illness is not only a physical phenomenon, but a spiritual one as well. Faith and hope are equally important. That’s what the curandera understood. Read more »
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