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In our opinion: Chaffetz's Internet sales tax bill is a good-faith effort

Rep. Chaffetz's proposed bill would allow a state to require retailers nationwide to apply its sales tax rate.

Greg Bell: Smartphones, tablets, laptops are leading to assaults on the 'here and now'

Our obsession with and use of cellphones, tablets and laptops are a new addiction, as a new generation is being swallowed up in tiny screens and often trivial communications. Rather than more... Read more »

July 3, 2015

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Letter: Patriotism has not died

Patriotism, that deep sacred emotion, has not died. It still flourishes in the hearts of many (I believe the majority) but is somewhat crushed by modern philosophies. Read more »

July 3, 2015

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Natalie Gochnour: Patriotic grace blends gratitude for citizenship, a sense of responsibility and a representation of high ideals

Patriotic grace for me is a calling. It begins with gratitude for the gift of being born in this country. It extends into our actions — the way we live our citizenship. It comes with a sense... Read more »

July 3, 2015

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Letter: The Fourth

The Fourth of July is a day of celebrations for what America once was. It is a day of lamentations for what America has become. Read more »

July 3, 2015

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Jay Evensen: Don't let an apocalypse-free summer blind us to real dangers

In the back of my mind, I still can hear former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt, who assured me soon after leaving his post as Health and Human Services secretary for President George W. Bush, that future... Read more »

July 2, 2015

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In our opinion: Supreme Court ruling for raisin farmer extends Fifth Amendment protections against property seizure

A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the rights of a California raisin farmer establishes a precedent that extended Fifth Amendment protections against government seizure of property are... Read more »

July 2, 2015

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My view: Move the prison for the sake of better prisoner reform

If we pretend the prisoners do not exist while they are incarcerated — or that we would prefer they didn’t — we have no one to blame but ourselves when offender outcomes continue... Read more »

July 2, 2015

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My view: Utah lawmakers can protect minorities from negative impacts of Clean Power Plan

EPA's new Clean Power Plan is regulation that will leave minority communities with disproportionately fewer jobs, lower incomes and higher poverty than whites. Read more »

July 2, 2015

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Letter: ‘More taxes’ bug

If you want to help local businesses who currently have to collect local sales tax, then eliminate sales taxes altogether. I am sure our local politicians will find another way to squeeze us dry. Read more »

July 2, 2015

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Dan Liljenquist: Time to relegate the Confederate battle flag to museums and Civil War reenactments

Symbols matter, and the Confederate battle flag has become a symbol of institutional, violent racism. It is time for the permanent retirement of the Confederate battle flag. It should be relegated... Read more »

July 2, 2015

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Letter: A ‘cursory’ look

The public deserves to know how much Bob Nardi is being paid by the PRC to counter rising opposition against moving the Utah State Prison. Read more »

July 2, 2015

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Letter: Online sales tax

Consumers that purchase goods from mail order catalogs do not pay a sales tax; they shouldn’t have to pay a sales tax for their online purchases. Read more »

July 2, 2015

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My view: Poor federal stewardship threatens energy development of our public lands

Large, irreversible withdrawals are among the worst examples of stewardship on federal lands; they are decided without regard to unique geologic deposits that might be available for development. Read more »

July 1, 2015

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Jay Evensen: Allowing states to collect sales taxes from online purchases is a tough sell

The 21st-century economy has innovated itself to a point where old tax structures no longer seem fair, effective or conducive to innovation. Read more »

July 1, 2015

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In our opinion: Enjoy fireworks safely; carelessness can result in catastrophe

July means not one but two holiday periods where residential fireworks are allowed. Dry materials and incendiary devices can be a recipe for disaster, so a healthy dose of common sense —... Read more »

July 1, 2015

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Richard Davis: Time to fix Obamacare rather than fight it in court

Obamacare is far from perfect. It was cobbled together badly. Implementation has been problematic. Now that the legal battles over Obamacare are over, the president and the Congress should work... Read more »

July 1, 2015

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Arthur Cyr: Greek economic spiral will likely not mirror recent American recession

The long-term success in Europe’s economic integration, plus an expanding influential body of European law, encourages bureaucratic belief that economic market coordination is the same as... Read more »

July 1, 2015

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Letter: Trump’s chances

I’m certain that Donald Trump has no chance of becoming our next president. His ability to offend others would create a crisis not only with our current allies, but with other countries that don’t like us anyway. Read more »

July 1, 2015

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Letter: Disregarding liberty, laws

The Constitution is on life support. But ignorance of constitutional law by American citizens is only part of the problem. Read more »

July 1, 2015

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In our opinion: Don't let 50-year-old Land and Water Conservation Fund program dry up

The Land and Water Conservation Fund — a 50-year-old public, state and national water and parks program — will expire at the end of September, unless reauthorized by Congress. Read more »

June 30, 2015

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Letter: Messy tax code

We need comprehensive tax reform, not more tax increases targeted at specific industries. Read more »

June 30, 2015

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My view: $1.2 billion for nutrient removal is a gigantic waste

At the locations of most Utah water sewage treatment plants, water quality problems associated with WWTP nutrients are negligible; thus, the universal treatment requirement is a gigantic waste of... Read more »

June 30, 2015

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Letter: Evaluate water usage

While adapting water-saving habits, like taking shorter showers, can help save water, many homeowners will see the biggest impact on their water usage by updating older, inefficient products. Read more »

June 30, 2015

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My view: The arts can prevent a summer learning ‘slide’

Keeping your child engaged in learning over the summer is crucial to reinforce concepts he learned during the school year and to help prevent the “summer slide” — when students... Read more »

June 29, 2015

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Neil Flinders: Keeping track of school funds is only part of the story

Serious cultural erosion and the loss of vital traditional values now threaten both religious freedom and the family as an institution. In our society, money matters seem to dominate. Read more »

June 29, 2015

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