Utah has seen high school graduation rates climb in recent years and one that should be built upon.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
The Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit is truly a revolutionary government program. Read more »
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 »
The scandal of mass incarceration is partly produced by the frivolity of the political class, which uses the multiplication of criminal offenses as a form of moral exhibitionism. Read more »
Utah has had successes in using educational data to track and monitor student achievement. Now, the state can focus on ways to keep the momentum going. Read more »
Sony Pictures Entertainment was crippled by a sophisticated cyber attack, with most evidence pointing to North Korea and its notorious Unit 121 cyber-weapons division as the culprit. We must... Read more »
While much of the world remains darkened by tyranny, Cyrus’ vision lives on through Human Rights Day, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the hopes and aspirations of billions. Read more »
Right out of the gate, it's apparent the playoff system is a work in progress and doesn't include enough teams to determine a national champion. Read more »
Don't believe the doomsayers. A higher speed limit on I-15 will not result in a bloodbath. Read more »
In our opinion: As conflicts continue, Martin Luther King's ’64 Nobel Prize speech remains applicable today
Martin Luther King's 1964 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech remains applicable today. Included among the excerpts: "... the beauty of genuine brotherhood and peace is more precious than diamonds... Read more »
The Republican Party is suing the state to overturn SB54, which it helped pass to compromise the Count My Vote initiative and the caucus/convention system. Republicans are wrong to oppose Utahns... Read more »
Totally adopting metrics would be difficult and we might struggle for a few decades. But it would also be a great gift to our grandchildren and those that follow. The problems surrounding STEM subjects would greatly diminish. Read more »
If UTA has all this extra money, I would just as soon see them return it to us, as opposed to spending millions of dollars in the housing development business. Read more »
Can a woman be both feminist and conservative? Why, yes! But the question deserves a more serious answer so women can stop fussing over labels and litmus tests to determine whether a woman who... Read more »
As Mitt Romney continues to dance around whether or not he will once again run for the presidency in 2016, Republican politicos and donors alike are starting to get antsy. Read more »
We all want to be happy, don't we? Well, if you're dissatisfied or downright miserable, cheer up. There's apparently a cure for you. Just sit and wait; the very anticipation of its arrival might... Read more »
The legal challenge recently filed by the Utah Republican Party seeks constitutional clarity on a very important issue: Can the state tell a political party who its candidates are, or should it... Read more »
In our opinion: With oil prices dropping, Utah's taking control of federal lands isn't the best option available
With the prices of oil falling, the financial feasibility of Utah benefiting from taking control of federal lands is uncertain at best and potentially costly to taxpayers. There are other options... Read more »
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It’s true that the last few weeks of Congress have perfectly represented everything that is wrong with Washington. But change is coming. Read more »
Do we have the critical thinking skills to reflect on history and analyze both sides of an issue? Or do we merely regurgitate whatever the radio or TV says? Are we patriots or are we sheep? Read more »
Socialism superficially seems so simple to create economic equality. But rather than engineer economic equality, human decency and compassion demand we provide basic, life-sustaining opportunities... Read more »
The Hinckley Institute’s 2014 Politician of the Year goes to U.S. Congressman Jason Chaffetz for his remarkable ascension to chairman of the United States House of Representatives Oversight... Read more »
Yes, a half-century of isolation has failed, but dictators seldom relinquish power or change behavior because of U.S. policies. Read more »
The Texas Transportation Code says the state may refuse to create a plate "if the design might be offensive to any member of the public." Yes, any. Read more »
In the hustle and bustle of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, we somehow lose the entire purpose of Christmas: to celebrate the birth of Christ. Read more »
The police have not gotten worse. There is no need for protests. The only thing that may have changed is us — the people. Maybe we have gotten less law-abiding, civil and more callous in our actions. Read more »
Food, like love, is a human fundamental. We likely risk something important when we act as if wasting it is not a problem. Berlin's example of a wise use of food is compelling; America's penchant... Read more »
The lone wolf is the new national nightmare, dramatized and amplified this week by the hostage-taking attack in Sydney, Australia. But there are two kinds of lone wolves — the crazy and the... Read more »
Recognized as the nation’s highest per-capita water users, Utahns must rethink and amend consumption and use practices. Read more »
Will we wake up Christmas morning and find that, like Scrooge, our addiction to wealth and consumption creates chains that bind us? We can and must shed our shackles through love, meaning, contentment and unity. Read more »
Utah has seen high school graduation rates climb in recent years — among the general student population as well as with minority and low-income students. This is a welcome result — and... Read more »
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 »
“Our action or inaction on the family in the United Nations will be one of the rare occasions when the world will be really watching,” stated Ambassador Dapkiunas of Belarus. So why... Read more »
I believe that it would be helpful personally and collectively to know at least two languages. Monolinguals are the minority breed. Read more »
A Canadian professor says pushing Santa and the more recent "Elf on the Shelf" ultimately leads children to accepting a surveillance state. Maybe I'm old-fashioned, but I'm not giving up on Santa... Read more »
The publicly held federal debt will increase from $12 trillion in 2013 to nearly $21 trillion in 2024, projects the CBO. The hard choices remain, as does the political stalemate. Read more »
Natalie Gochnour: My holiday wish — not overindulgence or expectations, but connections and relationships
A better approach to the holidays is to make it a time of genuine friendship and meaningful connection. We should also look to find people we can help. My holiday wish is simple: to simplify and... Read more »
How many criminals have escaped the current prison in the last decade? I am quite sure that the majority of the people in prison have no desire to escape and strangle me and my family. Read more »
Barbarism and the law collide in war. The law is vital for mitigating the most brutal aspects of collective killing. Read more »
Raising taxes, especially one that doesn’t work, would be nutty in a year of surpluses. Read more »
And when we have a big earthquake and lose power and gas, whose house are we going to visit to stay warm? Let’s slow the lynching party on wood burning. Read more »
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 »
During the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt, it became tradition for the president of the United States to offer remarks during the ceremonial lighting of the National Community Christmas Tree... Read more »
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