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In our opinion: Water, a precious commodity

Recognized as the nationís highest per-capita water users, Utahns must rethink and amend consumption.

On Second Thought

A lighthearted look at current events. Read more »

Dec. 15, 2014

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Robert Bennett: More political participation needed

I supported “Count My Vote” because I favor more political participation, not less. I hope the court lets us see how it works before we consider abandoning it. Read more »

Dec. 15, 2014

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Charles Krauthammer: Democrats use torture report to demonize Bush administration

The report by Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee regarding CIA interrogation essentially accuses the agency under George W. Bush of war criminality. Read more »

Dec. 14, 2014

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In our opinion: Wood burning ban — it's right to fight air pollution, but is it enough?

A ban on burning wood during the inversion season is a necessary part of a larger campaign for cleaner air — one with immediate and noticeable benefits. But there are other initiatives that... Read more »

Dec. 14, 2014

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Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Congressional lobby developments intrigue politicos

Until now, the parties could blame each other. But in January, Republicans will fully control Congress and will be responsible for real progress on the deficit ... passing pro-growth tax reform,... Read more »

Dec. 14, 2014

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Paul Mero: Reasonable solution to Obamacare

Every sound policy has parameters, or boundaries, that define its scope. How Utah responds to Obamacare is no exception, and conservatives must face some realities. Read more »

Dec. 14, 2014

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Letter: Right in development path

If the solution is to relocate the prison from one populated area to another, let’s leave it where it is. Read more »

Dec. 14, 2014

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Letter: Slow Internet lane

Telecom giants are trying to establish and enforce our favorite websites into a slow lane on the Internet. Read more »

Dec. 14, 2014

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Doug Robinson: Best and worst of college football 2014

The best and worst — and other dubious honors — for the 2014 college football season .... Read more »

Dec. 13, 2014

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John Florez: Public education needs transformation

If we don’t know what kind of work our student children will be doing in the future, why do business folks and politicians keep making incremental changes to education when the world is... Read more »

Dec. 13, 2014

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Letter: Who creates criminals?

George Will’s column (”Overcriminalization: National plague that characterizes America,” Dec. 11) is thought-provoking and insightful. During a ride-along many years ago, a congressional candidate asked me why I... Read more »

Dec. 13, 2014

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Letter: Is gratitude a foreign concept?

In our society, gratitude seems to be a foreign concept: We do not use language to express thanks nearly enough. As I've been studying language in a linguistics class at BYU this past semester, I've had the chance to reflect on my... Read more »

Dec. 13, 2014

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In our opinion: Herbert's proposed budget is big on education — but with lots of issues still to discuss and tackle

Gov. Gary Herbert’s proposed 2015 budget — heavy on education funding — leaves plenty of room for innovation, accountability, transportation, fuel taxes and more. Difficult... Read more »

Dec. 13, 2014

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Michael Gerson: The arrogance of liberal elites

Politics, in this view, is the grubby business of winning in order to put the proper technocrats in charge of large, complex systems. This assumes that academic and bureaucratic elites know how to... Read more »

Dec. 12, 2014

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In our opinion: Mining bans remind us that most land-use decisions ought to be congressional, not presidential

Mining groups are appealing a presidential executive order banning mining on more than a million acres of uranium-rich land near the Grand Canyon. Land use and designation should be a congressional... Read more »

Dec. 12, 2014

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In our opinion: Is 'Exodus' more interested in turning a profit or depicting a prophet?

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In the new "Exodus" film, the lead actor calls his Moses character "schizophrenic," "barbaric" and a "tumultuous man who fought greatly against God, against his calling." Sounds like another... Read more »

Dec. 12, 2014

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A. Scott Anderson: Time for tax increase for education

Utah leads the nation in a number of economic measures and quality of life. But the one area where we don’t excel, where we struggle, is the one that matters the most — the education of... Read more »

Dec. 12, 2014

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My view: Sen. Hatch holds the key to tax reform

As the incoming chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Orrin Hatch is in a position to do what has evaded Congress for nearly 30 years: finally reforming the U.S. tax code. Read more »

Dec. 12, 2014

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Letter: Illusion of recovery

As a nation, we need a national cancellation of private debt. Immediate and future debt relief for mortgage, student loan, credit card and medical bills would allow our nation to recover. Read more »

Dec. 12, 2014

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Letter: Public health compromise

The kid-glove handling of Stericycle shows how ineffective and compromised environmental regulation is in Utah. The residents of North Salt Lake get to be bathed in Stericycle-generated carcinogens another three years! Read more »

Dec. 12, 2014

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Letter: Festive flex lights

Wouldn't an easy solution to the safety problem be to just change the color of the flex lights? Blue, yellow, purple, whatever, but something different than red and green? Read more »

Dec. 12, 2014

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Robert J. Samuelson: Statistical Abstract is costly, but provides wealth of helpful stats

As regular readers of this column know, I've been a fanatical booster of the Statistical Abstract of the United States, which has collected the most complete and compact set of statistics about... Read more »

Dec. 11, 2014

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Jay Evensen: Value of Utah prison can't be compared to value of the land

A lot of people view prisons like sewage plants, necessary for handling an unpleasant task but best kept out of sight. And yet they are among the most important facilities a government can build... Read more »

Dec. 11, 2014

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My view: Sen. Hatch’s role in Medicare and small pharmacies

The Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit is truly a revolutionary government program. Read more »

Dec. 11, 2014

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My view: Poor logic for increasing speed limit

UDOT spokesman John Gleason said, "the speed limit is based on national standards that say it should be reflective of what 85 percent of the motorists are already driving." Read more »

Dec. 11, 2014

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