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A. Scott Anderson: Time for US House action on immigration

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 »

June 13, 2014

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Natalie Gochnour: There are a lot of virtues to small-home living

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 »

June 6, 2014

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A. Scott Anderson: Medicaid gap: the governor's plan is common-sense solution

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 »

May 30, 2014

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A. Scott Anderson: Looking for business growth? Don't overlook international trade

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 »

May 16, 2014

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Natalie Gochnour: Advice for new graduates: Be kind

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 »

May 2, 2014

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A. Scott Anderson: New lending rules will suppress homebuying

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 »

May 1, 2014

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A. Scott Anderson: Utah's elusive opportunity — excellence in education

It seems contradictory, but I believe Utah and the country could simultaneously face labor shortages and continued high unemployment. Read more »

April 16, 2014

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Natalie Gochnour: Good choices allow Utahns to enjoy economic success

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 »

April 4, 2014

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A. Scott Anderson: Business leaders in Utah enjoy higher favorability than politicians

Who are Utah’s most respected public figures? Interestingly, among the top five, only one is an incumbent elected official. Read more »

March 26, 2014

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Natalie Gochnour: Who are the real heroes of election reform?

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 »

March 7, 2014

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A. Scott Anderson: Keep compromising on the Salt Lake convention hotel

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 »

March 4, 2014

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Natalie Gochnour: Time to raise Utah's motor fuel tax

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 »

Feb. 7, 2014

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A. Scott Anderson: Give Utah cities power to increase transit funding

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 »

Jan. 24, 2014

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Natalie Gochnour: The time has come to rekindle Utah's Olympic spirit

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 »

Jan. 3, 2014

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Natalie Gochnour: Utah needs more women in decision-making roles

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 »

Nov. 1, 2013

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Natalie Gochnour: Public tragedies can let us engage with mankind

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 »

Sept. 6, 2013

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Natalie Gochnour: Best way to fight evil is to do something good

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 »

Aug. 2, 2013

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Natalie Gochnour: All Utahns need to be more accepting of each others' differences

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 »

July 5, 2013

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Natalie Gochnour: Don't rely on Utah's 'best run state' accolades

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 »

June 7, 2013

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Natalie Gochnour: Boston bombings remind us not to judge unfairly

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 »

May 3, 2013

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Natalie Gochnour: Utah falls short in dealing with at-risk students

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 »

April 5, 2013

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A. Scott Anderson: Utah's economy proof of principled and responsible leadership

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 »

Oct. 28, 2012

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