The House recently approves legislation that abolishes the estate tax, sometimes called the "death tax."
The visit of Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Washington dominated news headlines and discussion. Meanwhile, the visit of another leader of an important U.S. ally received far... Read more »
Prepare60, working with state water agencies, has put together a statewide water infrastructure plan, which quantifies repair and replacement needs, as well as additional infrastructure needed to... Read more »
One of the great disappointments of the weak economic recovery has been the sluggish revival of business investment. If the recovery proceeds, surplus capacity will gradually shrink and convince... Read more »
We have a criminal justice system with too many opportunities for generating defendants, too few inhibitions on prosecutors, ongoing corrosion of the rule and morality of law. Congress, the... Read more »
The 21st century is filled with political venom that courses through the arteries of cyberspace like poison. But to a modern observer, the mid-19th century feels like familiar and comfortable... Read more »
Plenty of evidence exists to show most people are honest. That's not to diminish Dan Kennedy in any way. It is to elevate the rest of us. Read more »
Tomorrow is the 150th anniversary of the creation of the United States. Tomorrow is not the anniversary of the American Revolution or the Constitution. It's the anniversary of the end of the Civil... Read more »
As a statewide community, we have to make a conscious decision that the future of our children is a great investment; then we must demand that our elected officials at all levels provide the proper... Read more »
Utah’s House of Representatives has voted down HB394, which would have allowed new car manufacturers, like Tesla, to sell directly to consumers in Utah. Read more »
Trying to argue that churches, schools and businesses in a city are a burden is laughably dumb. They may be a burden for politicians, but I am sure that the rest of us feel that they are valuable... Read more »
Entrepreneur E. Joseph Cossman once said you could test your memory by recalling what worried you one year ago today. It's a perspective that comes easier as you learn to weather storms. Read more »
Considering the dark ways by which mankind could be threatened — atomic bombs, depleted ozone layer, intentional species-ending viruses, harmful artificial intelligence — it can be... Read more »
Have you ever wondered why you make certain decisions against your better judgment? Why is it, even when you know what is right, that choosing it is such a challenge? Read more »
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As the unemployment rate (5.5 percent in March) has dropped, there's been a shift in language. We're told increasingly that we should aim for more than job growth. Our goal should be "full... Read more »
Last week, Matthew Yglesias argued in Vox that the “decline” of marriage in America, and around the globe, “isn’t a problem.” But for three very big reasons, Yglesias... Read more »
The significance of Lincoln’s death grew with an awareness of the goodness of Lincoln’s life. Millions paid their respects. Half of all Americans in the cities and counties through... Read more »
Happy Easter! Spring is busting out all over with flowers and tree blossoms. Not to be outdone, the political landscape continues to be colorful. Read more »
It’s time we had leaders who understand how our world is changing exponentially and make strengthening Utah families a state priority, just as it has to the economic strength of our state. Read more »
The real test — for allies and for members of the U.S. Congress — will be whether President Obama can accompany a final nuclear agreement with a much more aggressive resistance to... Read more »
Gratitude brings perspective. That perspective has helped me see that although the Great Recession cut wide and deep, it cannot compare to the Great Depression. My perspective tells me that life is... Read more »
In Utah this year, Tax Freedom Day is April 20. Last year, it was April 17. You don’t have to be a math major to see the trend. Read more »
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Greg Bell's column about the problems of being a conservative are misleading and full of generalizations. Liberals don’t see government as supreme. Liberals see government as a tool, an... Read more »
Could the Supreme Court reaffirm the rights of states to define marriage while still requiring states to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states? Why this politically attractive... Read more »
Last week, Utahns witnessed intra-party dynamics on both edges of the Utah political spectrum — from the Salt Lake City mayoral race to the Republican Party leadership. Politicos reveled in... Read more »
In the three decades before the Dodd-Frank bank regulation law passed in 2010, an average of more than 100 new banks opened each year. In the five years since 2010, exactly one new bank has opened,... Read more »
The House recently approves legislation that abolishes the estate tax, sometimes called the "death tax." Chances of this soon becoming law are slim, because even if it passes the Senate,... Read more »
What remains to be seen is whether our collective efforts to never forget the Holocaust translate into a recognition of similar things happening today. Read more »
Economists predict that a new EPA plan will cause a huge increase in Utahn’s electricity bills — a jump of at least 24 percent and possibly as much as 55 percent. That’s a... Read more »
If we want an education system that cultivates innovation, then we must create a culture where teachers are encouraged to be innovative and free to excite their students to be constant learners. Read more »
Climate change is too profound a threat and the cost of inaction too great to leave to faith-based solutions. And worse — Rep. Mike Noel’s ineffectual resolution was this legislative... 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 »
The Navajo Nation, comprising different parts of Arizona, Utah and New Mexico, has implemented a tax on junk food. The tax is a direct way to combat obesity, which affects nearly 25,000 of the... Read more »
Failure to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank will have one result: fewer U.S. exports, fewer U.S. jobs and higher U.S. trade deficits. Utah's economy is also largely dependent on export jobs. Read more »
Compassion, often reckoned to be the “highest personal virtue,” is held to embody the very essence of humanity. Read more »
In a way, both the Litigation Section and the Utah State Bar were established to keep alive the spirit of Magna Carta. To that end, 70 percent of the bar is engaged in pro bono work on a weekly basis. Read more »
The truth is that general aviation and local airports are a crucial component of our national economy and infrastructure, and we need to recognize and protect this critical business tool and... Read more »
As the economy improves from the Great Recession, letter revenue is again rising. And, as folks in Salt Lake City and elsewhere shop online, package revenues skyrocket. The U.S. Postal Service... 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 »
The three Fighting Fullmers, Hall of Fame boxers from Utah, deserve to be remembered for their dedication to the sport and their selfless service in teaching the sport to the youth of Utah. 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 »
The scales of the universe, in the end, come down decisively on the side of love. And we experience it, not like the argument in a book, but like the smile on the face of someone we love. Instead... Read more »
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 »
In the past, political leaders could thump their chests and spin any negotiated deal in the best light possible for their varying political regimes. Now, the ubiquity of social media, particularly... Read more »
But often the most important potential beneficiaries of research universities — undergraduate students and prospective undergraduate students — misunderstand or under-appreciate the... Read more »
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