As the nation celebrates Thanksgiving, there are four relevant take-aways from the Pilgrims' experience.
New research from Utah hospitals shows that even air pollution we label “moderate” can trigger the most serious type of heart attack. This new research should be viewed in proper context. Read more »
Nationally 90 percent of Americans (including 94 percent of NRA members) want criminal background checks for all gun sales. A 2014 BYU poll shows the number to be 82 percent in Utah. Read more »
Marijuana is a harmful substance for all ages. Keeping marijuana illegal will decrease its presence in our communities. Marijuana is the most common charge among arrests. Read more »
Paris was for all Americans a summons to seriousness that should awaken the Republican party's nominating electorate from its reveries about treating the presidency as an entry-level job and cause... Read more »
I suspect that the younger voters Marco Rubio hopes to attract by drawing attention to this supposed generational gap may not be terribly put off by Hillary Clinton's ’60s throwback comment. Read more »
The nation should be more concerned about the many American citizens, already living here, who are joining ISIS and are willing to conduct attacks from within our borders. Read more »
It’s time to take a good, long look at innovative alternatives to our current approach to law enforcement. A new group of over 130 law enforcement officials from across the country is working... Read more »
For parents caring for both children and their aging parents, the holidays can be downright overwhelming. This generation has been dubbed the "sandwich generation." Read more »
Terrorists can declare victory not when they take over our nation, which will not happen, but when they provoke us to change the nature of our democratic societies into something that resembles a... Read more »
I’d like to commend our president for making an effort to act as a global citizen, following the lead of countries such as Germany and Turkey. Refugees are not terrorists; they are those most affected by terror. Read more »
You can't take Christ out of Christmas without doing away with "the reason for the season." The time is past due for the political-correctness crowd to be pushed back. Read more »
Fear does strange things to people. What happened to our admiration for Franklin Delano Roosevelt's call to courage: "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself"? Read more »
How nations confront evil when it arises is a test of our collective values. Reason, not emotion, should be our touchstone. We should seek justice, not revenge. And we need to be certain that we... Read more »
Conservatives and liberals alike could benefit greatly as the results of a new survey help us all to get to know each other better relative to some of our most deeply held views about marriage and... Read more »
A striking example of acting on pure whim is the Assembly of State Legislatures meeting at the Utah Capitol this week. The ignorance facet of this assembly is that it seems to think it has... Read more »
Lois M. Collins: Be careful when picking enemies — if the qualifications are too broad, you'll be alone
My girls, older teens, are reeling from news of the murders in Beirut and Paris. They see the potential for new tragedies piling on top of the atrocities that have already occurred. They don't just... Read more »
One of the most interesting and uncovered stories these days is the survival of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac — the giant housing entities created by the government and known collectively as the... Read more »
Someone has to pay for tuition. A college education is not free. Read more »
How you teach personal accountability in this age of the Clintonian buck passing all the way to society and government is the real challenge we face. Read more »
Barack Obama recently said that “if you want to get the job done, hire a vet.” Read more »
As careful as we should be in drawing lessons from tragedy — there is something particularly disgraceful in mounting a political soapbox at a funeral — the horrors experienced in Paris... Read more »
A lighthearted look at news of the day. SeaWorld in San Diego decided to let Shamu go last week. Times are tough, especially for large mammals looking for work. Have you ever tried to buy a... Read more »
Why must the futures of 3,000 county employees be compromised when we are the ones who provide numerous services for over 1 million county residents? It’s time for the mayor to value his employees more. Read more »
Death is a natural process, and since the dawn of humanity, people have been dying at home. But where do homeless people go to die? The shelters are not equipped to deal with the end of life. Read more »
In our opinion: Prescription drug abuse has extreme health and safety consequences for Utah families
The rates of prescription drug abuse leading to fatal overdoses continue to rise and have reached a point where the problem can or will impact nearly every family in Utah. Read more »
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Government is not going to be on the minds of many Americans when they contemplate tomorrow what they are thankful for. And that is to be expected. But, whether they are grateful or not, it will be... Read more »
The educators of today's higher education are showing by their own negative examples that there is nothing high about higher education. Read more »
College students' hissy fits over hurt feelings are a direct result of our Everybody Gets A Trophy culture and an educational system that, for the most part, no longer teaches a core curriculum,... Read more »
In our opinion: Utah is abundantly richer for the life of Randy Horiuchi; his passing leaves a void not easily filled
Before Randy Horiuchi, no state chairman of any party in Utah ever donned a hazmat suit, hip waders or carried a kitchen sink to a press conference. His humor and good-natured personality were... Read more »
As the nation celebrates the Thanksgiving holiday, there are four take-aways from the Pilgrims' experience that are especially relevant today. They revolve around diversity, conflict resolution,... Read more »
America should err on the side of compassion. Read more »
Christmas season is just around the corner, with Utahns expected to top their estimated $1.5 billion in holiday spending from last year. Corporate lobbyists are already circling Washington, D.C.,... Read more »
I am grateful for the goodness and the example of Isobel Bowdery — a Paris Bataclan survivor — who reminds us that even in the darkest hours of our lives, there are blessings to count,... Read more »
Thanksgiving may be less of a religious holiday now, but that is how it began when President Abraham Lincoln in 1863 created a federal holiday for the last Thursday in November. More retail... Read more »
For those who have recently lost a loved one, the holidays can be difficult. The best way to reach out and help these people can be summarized with the phrase,"Don't ask, do." Read more »
We are living in an era where the cost of college is so high that we are having a student debt crisis from all the former students unable to pay off their student loans, while students in other countries get their equally qualified... Read more »
I am concerned about our attitude toward Syrian refugees. Are we reacting exactly how the Islamic State planned it, by further punishing the same people they have terrorized? Read more »
Americans can be compassionate with Syrian refugees while still expecting our politicians to find ways to keep out those who would harm us. Read more »
There are Republican presidential hopefuls who have vigorously opposed each of Donald Trump's proposals, arguments and stereotypes. But Trump has set the terms of the primary debate and dragged it... Read more »
The growing education-to-employment gap is a source of frustration for students and employers alike. Getting employers involved in project-based learning in real-world situations — much like... Read more »
In Utah we have about 300,000 or 10 percent of the population on food stamps. Dare I say some people do not seem to need food stamps that bad. Read more »
We should do what we can to get the Reach Every Mother and Child Act passed. Read more »
A lighthearted look at news of the day. Bobby Jindal dropped out of the Republican race for president last week. Read more »
I am greeted daily with 27 handshakes and am surrounded by smiles. Giggles and chitchat stifle the silence. I am constantly learning. I am a teacher. Read more »
We learned this week that Jackie Biskupski will be the next mayor of Salt Lake City. In an election that was hard fought and hard earned, Mayor-elect Biskupski shared an inclusive vision that... Read more »
The Reach Every Mother and Child Act of 2015 could help in this fight against poverty, against hopelessness and against terrorism. Read more »
“Will I have to resign if the public finds out I did this?” Maybe that’s a question every public or quasi-public official should ask themselves before they do whatever it is they are about to do. Read more »
The Constitution is absolutely clear: "Government" cannot promote a specific religion, but "individuals" have the right to express any religious belief. Read more »
Francine Giani, the longtime director of the Utah Commerce Department, has earned respect and a couple of nicknames for her outspokenness and fearlessness in the face of political pressure while... Read more »
In the last few years, innovative “pay for success” programs are transforming the way in which government develops and implements policy in various places around the country, including... Read more »
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