Two states are now on the leading edge of a public policy that separates getting high from responsible behavior.
As a businessperson vitally concerned about jobs and the economy, I continue to be surprised by the lack of urgency in the U.S. House of Representatives to deal with a crucial economic issue... Read more »
My request is that new homebuyers take a step back and consider the options. Square footage isn’t the best measure of life quality. Don’t overlook the benefits of living modestly. If... Read more »
Of all of the options being discussed, Gov. Herbert’s plan is the most thoughtful and common-sense. It serves needy people, brings our tax dollars home, is fiscally responsible, and... Read more »
Utah is a landlocked state in the middle of the Rocky Mountains. But international trade is a crucial part of Utah’s economy and it is poised to grow larger. Read more »
Utah’s colleges and universities will graduate approximately 41,000 Utahns this year. Among the many words of wisdom shared during commencement speeches, I hope human kindness will make a... Read more »
The United States should be enjoying a major resurgence in home building and buying ... However, the nation’s bankers believe new mortgage rules promulgated by the Consumer Financial... Read more »
It seems contradictory, but I believe Utah and the country could simultaneously face labor shortages and continued high unemployment. Read more »
I made up a new word that characterizes the economy in Utah. I like to think of Utahns as Prospertarians. Taken from the root word prosperity, Prospertarians are people who experience remarkable... Read more »
Who are Utah’s most respected public figures? Interestingly, among the top five, only one is an incumbent elected official. Read more »
When it comes to representative democracy, the job is never done. The baton is now in the hands of Utah voters. It’s time to show up or this major policy battle will have been for naught. Read more »
While a new convention hotel is needed in Salt Lake City, it must not damage the financial viability of existing private hotels. The legislation attempts to strike a compromise that protects... Read more »
The motor fuel tax is a user fee. Unlike most government services, transportation is metered at every pump. We can match supply with demand and realize all sorts of benefits in the process. Read more »
The Legislature should lift the cap on local-option sales tax funding for public transit and transportation, giving local governments, and ultimately voters, an important tool they need to combat... Read more »
Twelve years ago today the Olympic torch was making its way to Utah. This was Utah’s Olympic moment and it was powerful. Read more »
Utah has a proud legacy of extraordinary female leadership. Let’s take this proud legacy and do more. We still have a long way to go. Read more »
Today, Utah will say goodbye to Draper Police Sgt. Derek Johnson, a man who served our community, loved his family and died in the line of duty. He leaves behind a wife, a 6-year old son and a... Read more »
I felt a certain sadness when I listened to Michelle Knight's remarks at the sentencing hearing for Ariel Castro. Knight spent 11 years in hell under the repeated torture of Castro who had... Read more »
Yesterday we celebrated our nation's birthday. In less than three weeks we will celebrate what in Utah is an even bigger holiday — Pioneer Day. July is the month for patriotic revelry and... Read more »
We are fortunate in Utah to have had great governors through the years. I've had the pleasure of working directly with three of them — Norm Bangerter, Mike Leavitt and Olene Walker —... Read more »
The Boston marathon bombings remain on our minds even though it's been nearly three weeks. We can't seem to get it out of our heads that two misguided brothers cooked up pressure cooker bombs and... Read more »
The start of spring signals transition. The foothills turn green, we wear brighter colors and the blue sky makes us all feel just a little bit better. Spring brings barbecues, baseball and backyard... Read more »
This election, America faces a stark choice between the power of the free enterprise system and the stagnation that comes with over-dependence on government. Utah offers a preview of great things... Read more »
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"The Hunger Games" takes place in a dystopian future in which child representatives from various districts are forced to fight to the death. Something like this imaginary game is going on when we... Read more »
There is a problem with how we measure poverty in this country, which hasn’t changed since the mid-1960s, and with how we measure wealth. Read more »
Washington and Colorado are on the leading edge of a dangerous public policy move that separates getting high from responsible behavior. Read more »
Utah has an exceptional history and tradition of industry, personal responsibility and support for essential, self-governing institutions, such as faith and the family. It is time to apply these... Read more »
Six years ago this Sunday, my work colleagues from Focus Services and I boarded a single engine airplane in Guatemala City to fly to a tiny airfield in northeast Guatemala. Ten people, including... Read more »
As a horse owner and enthusiast, I am troubled by the mismanagement of Utah’s wild horses. When they learn the facts of this dire situation, most Utahns share my concern. Read more »
Last week's release of "The Giver" in theaters has once again sparked a discussion about the recent slew of political commentary in young adult fiction. Read more »
Paul Krugman looks at interest rates in Italy, Spain and Japan and is reassured. I look at their stagnant levels of economic activity and am alarmed, because they are not alone. The world is awash... Read more »
A state legislator should not be able to time his or her resignation to determine the process by which his successor is selected. Rather, the voters should decide in all cases. Read more »
Our new lifestyle liberals and liberated libertarians have this in common: They both wish politics would go away — in fact, they believe the fundamental moral responsibility of politics can... Read more »
On racial issues, the GOP needs a successor to Kemp — and an alternative to Paul. Read more »
We have been witnessing a concerted effort to “reform” education in Utah. But if one looks closely at the motives behind the reform efforts, one will see the words money and taxes. Read more »
It may simply be an accident of history that the continental U.S. has two super-sized states in California and Texas. The leaders of these states and Congress foresaw the need to make them smaller.... Read more »
Politicos are ruminating about the next big election — the 2015 Salt Lake City mayoral race. We review the questions surrounding the inscrutable Mayor Ralph Becker. Read more »
It’s one thing to conclude that the government owes people a living. It’s quite another for the laws to mandate employers to pay workers what the government has generously decided they... Read more »
And yet, something about this whole Entrepreneur Barbie marketing campaign seems so cynical and exploitative — the collision of two increasingly tedious, shark-jumping media trends. Read more »
On the one hand, we are being drawn closer together by globalization. On the other hand, we're being pulled further apart by deep and durable ethnic, religious, historical and nationalistic... Read more »
The governor and legislators take pride in touting Utah as the best-managed state in the union, at least when it comes to promoting business development; but it may be at the expense of the general... Read more »
The good news for geeks like me is that Salt Lake City will, in all likelihood, have a massively successful, well-run comic book convention for years to come. Whether that event is called... Read more »
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