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In our opinion: Focus on getting people to the polls, not forcing them to vote

President Obama recently suggested that voting should be mandatory. Be we have a different idea.

Letter: UTA salaries

I think most of us will be pretty disgusted to be reminded that the highest executive at UTA earns — with benefits, bonuses and vacation pay — over $350,000 annually. This is more than the governor of the state. UTA is... Read more »

March 21, 2015

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John Florez: Lawmaking a matter of conscience

Making sure our public policies reflect our values requires our collective conscience. For in the end what’s at stake is the heart and soul of our society. Read more »

March 21, 2015

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In our opinion: Cyber-security the issue of Hillary's use of personal email server and Blackberry phone

Partisan politics aside, the real issue with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server and a Blackberry cellphone raises concerns of cyber-security with sensitive... Read more »

March 21, 2015

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Greg Bell: Politicians should remember that Patton-attributed adage, 'All glory is fleeting'

Politicians who succumb to scandal do so by failing to control their egos and their appetites. This can lead to the entitlement mentality, the dangers of hanging out with rich guys, affairs and the... Read more »

March 20, 2015

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In our opinion: With hundreds of thousands of Utah children at risk, intergenerational poverty needs prompt action

The Utah Legislature has given several years of attention to intergenerational poverty concerns in the state. But it will require action, not just attention, as well as commitment and public... Read more »

March 20, 2015

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Henri Sisneros: Thanks to Founding Fathers, happiness is a right for all Americans

Utah's new anti-discrimination bill marks an important step toward realizing the ideals set forth by our Founders about what our country is, or, more accurately, could be. Read more »

March 20, 2015

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My view: Utah’s seniors support Sen. Hatch’s efforts with health care coverage

A retired veteran applauds Sen. Orrin Hatch's efforts in fighting for better health care coverage for seniors and retirees. But more needs to be done, particularly with programs like Medicare... Read more »

March 20, 2015

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Letter: GOP genius

I'm not a Republican, but I must commend the Utah GOP's idea to hold presidential caucuses as a great example of thinking outside the box. Read more »

March 20, 2015

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Letter: Unwise letter

The letter signed by 47 U.S. senators and sent to Iran's government seems wrong for many reasons. Read more »

March 20, 2015

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Letter: Bring the prison here

"No prison in my backyard," they say. I would like to offer my backyard for the prison. The space is only 95 by 60 feet, but as far as I am concerned they can go many miles up in the air. Read more »

March 20, 2015

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Jay Evensen: Lawmakers, not courts, should decide how to pick school board members

This is a test for Utah's legislative leadership, who ought to bring a solution to a special session rather than punt to the judicial branch. Read more »

March 19, 2015

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In our opinion: How many teachers would do what a Maine educator is doing with her $1 million global prize?

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Nancie Atwell, the founder of Maine's Center for Teaching and Learning, will take the $1 million award accompanying the Global Teacher Prize and put the money back into her school. The center can... Read more »

March 19, 2015

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Dan Liljenquist: Revisiting my predictions of Legislature's 'March Madness'

The NCAA Tournament begins today, but for political junkies, the real March Madness ended Thursday when the Utah Legislature adjourned. Before the 2015 session, I made several predictions —... Read more »

March 19, 2015

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My view: Carbon tax is voice of the future

It makes sense to tax carbon now, as fossil fuel rates are historically low, and a carbon tax will encourage better research in alternative fuels. A carbon tax would also return money to taxpayers... Read more »

March 19, 2015

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Letter: Sports over school

Utah’s lawmakers have decided that sports take precedent over education in the form of “Utah Wellness Program.” Read more »

March 19, 2015

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Letter: Unpredictable aggression

For whatever reason, some very friendly animals can turn on an individual or another animal. Read more »

March 19, 2015

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Letter: Balanced representation

Those who serve on committees should have no personal/professional conflicts of interest in doing so. Read more »

March 19, 2015

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Robert J. Samuelson: Shareholder capitalism is on trial as consumers are more cautious

The problem isn't shareholder capitalism. It's the hangover from the financial crisis and Great Recession. Consumers are spending less and saving more to protect themselves against future economic... Read more »

March 18, 2015

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Jay Evensen: Tackle the West's drought with market-driven solutions

Don't do what California did, which was to turn neighbors against each other by encouraging 'drought shaming.' Read more »

March 18, 2015

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In our opinion: Meet 16-year-old refugee Mezon Almellehan, Syria's own 'Malala' pushing for education

For Mezon Almellehan, a 16-year-old Syrian now living in Jordan, there is a way out of the darkness of life as a refugee. “I think education is the focal point for everything. With education,... Read more »

March 18, 2015

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My view: College athletes should unionize, demand a paycheck as March Madness begins

The NCAA tournament is a reminder that the student athletes are the ones doing all the work with no compensation. Athletes should unionize and start receiving compensation for the time they put... Read more »

March 18, 2015

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Richard Davis: Vladimir Putin is a world menace — the U.S. and Europe must take a stand

Any notions that Vladimir Putin would take Russia towards a peaceful democracy are gone. Instead, the reality is that the United States and the European Community must be ready to stand against... Read more »

March 18, 2015

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Letter: Honest about oil?

Fuel prices have risen by 25 percent in several weeks, from an average of $1.85 on Feb. 1 to over $2.30 today. But wait, crude inventories are historically high! What about the law of supply and demand? Read more »

March 18, 2015

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Letter: Power for a few

There is no doubt in my mind if we had a primary election we would have a larger turnout of voters. Read more »

March 18, 2015

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Letter: Good teachers

I’d rather teach somewhere where the legislature actually cares. If Utah's Legislature isn’t going to listen, good teachers aren’t going to come there. Read more »

March 18, 2015

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