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In our opinion: Good reasons to allow courtroom cameras

The state Judicial Council is looking at rules governing video recording devices in courtrooms.

In our opinion: Recent drowning of 800 African immigrants prompts immigration questions applicable in U.S. too

Perhaps last weekend’s Mediterranean Sea disaster — where more than 800 African immigrants drowned — doesn’t alarm many Americans because our borders and our self-interests... Read more »

April 24, 2015

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A. Scott Anderson: Overregulation hurts bank customers, destroys incentives to engage in banking

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 »

April 24, 2015

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Letter: Fiscal class warfare

If the standard applied by Christine Harbin-Hanson (“Utah has an export-import problem,” April 18) to the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) were applied to all government programs, she would advocate complete government... Read more »

April 24, 2015

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Dan Liljenquist: U.S-Iran negotiations are showing us diplomacy in the Twitter age

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 »

April 23, 2015

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Fredric Rolando: U.S. Postal Service still profitable, effective choice for delivery services

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 »

April 23, 2015

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Jay Evensen: U.S. silence troubling amid worldwide trend of religious persecution

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 »

April 23, 2015

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George F. Will: Some states may be addicted to revenue from tobacco taxes

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 »

April 23, 2015

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Robert J. Samuelson: Chris Christie leads the way in debating generational justice

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 »

April 23, 2015

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Letter: Cosmetic lawn chemicals

As lawn “care” companies descend upon neighborhoods everywhere this spring, it is worth reflecting on the fact that the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer recently released a... Read more »

April 23, 2015

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Letter: Make healthy choices

I have noticed that unhealthy food is often cheaper than healthy foods. For example, soda is cheaper than bottled water. Those who are trying to make healthy choices are being punished. Having healthy foods cost more than unhealthy... Read more »

April 23, 2015

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In our opinion: In wake of layoffs, IRS workers union shouldn't threaten what it can't do because of cutbacks

The IRS workers union is bemoaning the layoffs of thousands and predicting a severe decline in the ability to assist taxpayers. But it should speak to what it plans to do in spite of the cutbacks,... Read more »

April 23, 2015

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Kathleen Parker: Billionaire backers bring trouble for candidates, parties and campaigns

There's nothing free about paid-for elections — unless everybody knows where the money came from. In post-reform America, too many are still giving large donations — but in the shadows. Read more »

April 22, 2015

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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 »

April 22, 2015

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Jay Evensen: Utah plans for floods better than for droughts

When it comes to how the state incentivizes individuals to treat the “true wealth in a dry land,” the record isn’t so good. Read more »

April 22, 2015

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Letter: Pledge for respect

One thing that has come to my attention over the past few months is the blatant disrespect that people show during the Pledge of Allegiance. Whether it is at school or during a sporting event, it seems that there is always someone... Read more »

April 22, 2015

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In our opinion: U.S. prison populations have dropped, but we still have lessons to learn from other countries

The United States' prison population dropped last year for the first time in decades. But our rates are inordinately high, particularly compared to European countries, where there are much lower... Read more »

April 22, 2015

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Letter: Measurements fall short with standardized tests

Now that the governor has signed the failing schools bill, it will be interesting to see what actions will be taken to turn low-performing schools around. Inasmuch as school performance is now measured by standardized achievement... Read more »

April 22, 2015

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Catherine Rampell: On trade authority, Democrats are acting like Republicans

President Obama is an undemocratic tyrant, seizing power clearly granted by our Founding Fathers to Congress. Usually you hear such accusations from the right. But lately they are, somewhat... Read more »

April 22, 2015

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My view: Current Provo/Orem Bus Rapid Transit plan has major flaws

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 »

April 21, 2015

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Letter: Start school later

Congratulations to Innovations Early College High School in Salt Lake for their success in raising graduation rates to nearly 90 percent. This is truly an immense achievement. Perhaps one unheralded reason behind the school’s... Read more »

April 21, 2015

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Letter: Fair living wage

I so agree with Fred Ash on his recent letter about unfair wages ("Wrong wage approach," April 15). If you treat your employees like you value them, most will value you and your company in return. It only makes sense to pay... Read more »

April 21, 2015

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In our opinion: Time to separate food stamps from farm bills — it's a move that has many benefits

Food stamps part of a farm bill? It’s time for market forces to return to all facets of agriculture, and for lawmakers to find more efficient and effective ways to help the poor while also... Read more »

April 21, 2015

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Lois M. Collins: Costas says adding context is part of his job; listening is part of mine

Bob Costas has taken heat for trying to provide context during sports events. But why wouldn't I want to hear from someone who has lived and breathed that world for many years? Read more »

April 21, 2015

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About Utah: He's going public (again) for a very good cause

Utah entertainer Jason Hewlett normally performs for corporations and other private events, but he'll be back on the public stage Monday night to support an extended family member facing a battle... Read more »

April 20, 2015

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My view: Small businesses looking for health insurance can SHOP around

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 »

April 20, 2015

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