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In our opinion: Utah Foundation survey of delegates/voters

The results of the recent caucus and convention system raise a legitimate question about this system.

Drew Clark: Utah Republicans continue to provide a responsible example to the nation

Can the anger-filled movement inspired by the Boston revolt eventually mature into a Philadelphia vision of constructive constitutionalism? It must. Read more »

April 17, 2016

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Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Prohibiting travel, superdelegates and the race for governor

The historical precedent in this country is that parties can choose a president through whatever means they choose. Superdelegates are either elected officials, or party bigwigs chosen by delegates. Read more »

April 17, 2016

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'Get the government out of it'

The people of Utah have a choice in the coming election for governor. We need to recalibrate our state government to point true north: toward lightweight, low-cost conservatism. Read more »

April 17, 2016

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The Leonardo exhibit adds to the many Utah voices sympathetic to refugees' struggles

The Leonardo's new exhibit adds to the broad-based effort in Utah to assist refugees. It puts a human face to the refugee crisis by telling individual stories of refugees' struggles in an often... Read more »

April 17, 2016

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A victory for middle and low-income Utahns

Economic freedom and personal freedom run hand in hand. In order to enjoy our personal freedom, Americans need access to credit as individuals, on behalf of their families, and in their businesses. Read more »

April 17, 2016

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Where do we put the homeless?

New homeless shelters will be built in Utah and the public should participate in the decision. Read more »

April 17, 2016

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Forfeiture laws

The proposed bill would not have taken away any power from the police. It would protect the private property of individuals. Read more »

April 17, 2016

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Genocide convictions

The recent conviction of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic for genocide, persecution and murder is a step in the right direction for international justice. Read more »

April 17, 2016

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Letter: Ending slavery

Sen. Mike Lee should reconsider his hold on the End Modern Slavery Initiative. Read more »

April 17, 2016

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In our opinion: Missed lessons lead to immense instability across a large region

Pursuing a course aimed at changing a foreign government without planning for what replaces it can be catastrophic. We are all now suffering a plague of immense instability across a broad swath of... Read more »

April 16, 2016

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John Florez: Deregulate public education

This year the Utah State Office of Education (USOE) tracked 163 education bills, with 90 becoming law; and this was a short legislative session. Many resources are consumed responding to the... Read more »

April 16, 2016

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Letter: Fix caucus system

Let us vote on issues and candidates and elect delegates that reflect our opinions. Read more »

April 16, 2016

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Letter: Disenfranchised

I urge delegates to the GOP convention to require every candidate and speaker at the convention to take a public stand on SB54. Read more »

April 16, 2016

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My view: How to market to ad-blocking millennials

Up until now, sites have mostly implemented rigid tactics in an attempt to fire back against ad-blockers, but to no marketer’s surprise, these attempts have been mostly unsuccessful. Read more »

April 16, 2016

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Natalie Gochnour: Crossroads of the West stands strong

A hallmark of the governor’s economic summit is a mindset toward the future. As a speaker at the summit I will present several trends for attendees to contemplate as we plan for a prosperous... Read more »

April 15, 2016

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My view: A tax day that's even worse for Utah

Tax Freedom Day keeps getting pushed back mainly because the federal government keeps taking more of our money. This year, Washington, D.C., is expected to rake in a record-breaking $3.36 trillion... Read more »

April 15, 2016

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Greg Bell: One nice guy who finished first

I'm fascinated by this phenomenon of why a few people like Ron Jibson rise above the average to serve with unique excellence and distinction. Read more »

April 15, 2016

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In our opinion: Mitt Romney was right about Russia as a top U.S. foe

It also is becoming increasingly evident that Mitt Romney was correct when, as the Republican nominee for president in 2012, he identified Russia as the No.1 geopolitical foe of the United States. Read more »

April 15, 2016

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Letter: Above the law?

I wonder if, instead of paying my state taxes, I could donate my money to a second “Count My Vote” petition drive, declare it as a charitable deduction, and, thus, ignore the law, just as these representatives intend to. Read more »

April 15, 2016

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Letter: Equal pay

What is the real intent of people pushing equal pay? Read more »

April 15, 2016

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In our opinion: Communication authority siphoning is embarrassing

We expect there will be a reckoning in the Legislature about this particular incident, but there also ought to be a broader inquiry as to whether any other extensions of state government are also... Read more »

April 14, 2016

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Jay Evensen: What if we made everyone's tax returns public?

Maybe if we could see everyone’s returns, the complexity and unfairness of the system would be so apparent we would clamor for real reform. Read more »

April 14, 2016

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Robert J. Samuelson: Trumpanomics: fantasies over facts

Trump told Washington Post reporters Robert Costa and Bob Woodward that he could eliminate the $19 trillion federal debt over "a period of eight years." He won't, even if he wins in a landslide. Read more »

April 14, 2016

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Michael Gerson: Hillary Clinton's antiseptic campaign

This outpouring of support for Bernie Sanders has come for a candidate who has all but lost. At least in this universe. Read more »

April 14, 2016

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My view: $53 million should be used to build up rural Utah, not give it false hope

We strongly believe this $53 million can be much better used investing in a very different future for Utah. Put the money toward fomenting a transition from an old source of energy to a new one,... Read more »

April 14, 2016

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Letter: Education priorities

Of the $445 million new money in the education fund this year, about a third of that is to go to higher ed, about $100 million of which will go to build buildings, money that should have come out of the general fund. Read more »

April 14, 2016

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Letter: Family time

Families need to spend more time together. Read more »

April 14, 2016

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In our opinion: State officials should hit 'pause' on coal project

The California project has always seemed to be premised on shaky ground, and now, that ground is even less steady. Read more »

April 13, 2016

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John Hoffmire: Regulators must control irresponsible lending of online payday financial companies

This type of lending is infinitely more abusive of those who can least afford it and are often those already marginalized in society. Many consumers are not going to understand the problems likely... Read more »

April 13, 2016

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Richard Davis: Is Cruz really the Trump alternative?

Many voters, particularly socially conservatives, confuse stances on moral issues with personal morality. Just because a candidate, say, opposes gay marriage or abortion does not make that person... Read more »

April 13, 2016

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My view: A democratic republic? Trump and the reign of quantity

The rise of political parties among the Founders themselves, but contrary to their founding intention, was the first sign of the fragility of the idea of pairing the republican ideal with the... Read more »

April 13, 2016

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Michael Gerson: Trump can be left of Harry Reid and right of Mike Huckabee on policy issues

Trump ended up hurting the pro-life cause by reviving a stereotype of harshness. And it is part of a pattern. Read more »

April 13, 2016

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Jay Evensen: Can you remove an elected official for health reasons?

Only Gary Ott, his physician and others close to him know the real extent of his condition, or whether he has dementia. As long as his office workers record things properly, taxpayers may have to... Read more »

April 13, 2016

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Letter: Fee on fossil fuel

If we put a revenue-neutral fee on fossil fuels and other greenhouse gas emissions at the wellhead, mines and ports-of-entry like the major petroleum corporations agree would be the most effective method to begin reducing our... Read more »

April 13, 2016

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In our opinion: TV rating systems must reflect impact of witnessing violence on children’s mental health

Current rating systems for entertainment media violence are largely based on whether content is offensive to adults, rather than whether content is harmful to children. New research highlights the... Read more »

April 12, 2016

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Kathleen Parker: The people's race

Sad but true: What's bad for the republic is good for cartoonists and columnists. Read more »

April 12, 2016

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Here's how witnessing violence harms children’s mental health

Exposure to violence in everyday life has a significant impact on children’s mental health. Children who report high levels of exposure to violence (either as witness or victim) report the... Read more »

April 12, 2016

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Letter: End preventable deaths

Thanks to Senator Hatch joining Representative Chris Stewart in co-sponsoring the Reach Every Mother and Child Act of 2015. Read more »

April 12, 2016

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Letter: Ending tuberculosis threat

Dr. Leckman’s letter about tuberculosis makes it clear that we need to act now to end this threat. Read more »

April 12, 2016

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Arthur Cyr: The nuclear genie and averting Armageddon

President Barack Obama has consistently urged cuts in nuclear weapons. He made the point in Prague in the Czech Republic in April 2009, and advocated abolition of nuclear weapons in a Berlin speech... Read more »

April 11, 2016

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The FBI-Apple controversy is just the start of an important national conversation on cyber security

The next five to 10 years could change the landscape of cyber security threats around the world. Efforts to ensure law enforcement's access to "bad guy" data could substantially reduce the security... Read more »

April 11, 2016

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Charles Krauthammer: The coming train wreck

The question for Trump has always been how far he could reach beyond his solid core. His problem is that those who reject him are equally immovable. Read more »

April 11, 2016

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On Second Thought

A lighthearted look at news of the day. Bernie Sanders last week said Hillary Clinton was not qualified to be president. He was responding to Clinton, who had said the same about him. Ted Cruz was... Read more »

April 11, 2016

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Protecting Utah's forested watersheds

We are at risk of losing the clean water that comes from them. Many do not realize the relationship between forests and water. Today, 65 percent of the public water supply in the Western United... Read more »

April 11, 2016

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Lee Benson: Finally, a chance to say 'you're welcome'

After years of being neglected, Utah's Vietnam vets get books, a documentary, and a warm welcome home. Read more »

April 10, 2016

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Drew Clark: The communication needs of rural America cannot be neglected

When it comes to rural telecommunications, the news is both good and bad. Broadband Internet services enable a revival of jobs and cultural opportunities for rural residents — but the... Read more »

April 10, 2016

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My View: Medicare meddling could prove devastating for men

Despite the fact that Part D has cost 45 percent less than expected, some in Washington think the program needs to be changed. Their concerns center on the price negotiations between private... Read more »

April 10, 2016

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My View: Keep companies in the business of health care

Employers have provided quality health coverage to American workers and their families for decades. Our leaders should work to preserve this time-tested system. Read more »

April 10, 2016

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In our opinion: Education investment priorities in Utah are out of balance

The discrepancy in total wages between state-government-owned and local-government-owned education entities in Utah exposes a deep conflict in educational emphasis in the state. Utah has much to... Read more »

April 10, 2016

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My view: Transparency in medicine isn't a one-way street

The transparent truth is that the prices patients actually pay aren't set by drug manufacturers — they're determined by pharmacy benefit managers, insurers, hospitals and pharmacies. Read more »

April 10, 2016

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