President Obama recently suggested that voting should be mandatory. Be we have a different idea.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
The letter signed by 47 U.S. senators and sent to Iran's government seems wrong for many reasons. Read more »
"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 »
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 »
In our opinion: How many teachers would do what a Maine educator is doing with her $1 million global prize?
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 »
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 »
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 »
Utah’s lawmakers have decided that sports take precedent over education in the form of “Utah Wellness Program.” Read more »
For whatever reason, some very friendly animals can turn on an individual or another animal. Read more »
Those who serve on committees should have no personal/professional conflicts of interest in doing so. Read more »
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 »
Don't do what California did, which was to turn neighbors against each other by encouraging 'drought shaming.' Read more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
There is no doubt in my mind if we had a primary election we would have a larger turnout of voters. Read more »
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 »
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What on earth is so extreme about being a principled, constitutional conservative? Ted Cruz is truly a breath of fresh air in a very polluted and toxic political environment. He actually has the courage and the political will to... Read more »
Charles and David Koch, who own Koch Industries, an oil and gas business, have indicated that they will spend $400 million in the upcoming election promoting conservative candidates and negative ads against nonconservative... Read more »
Scientific discovery races on at an ever-increasing rate, disrupting entire industries and creating entirely new categories of jobs and businesses. We need those jobs and businesses in Utah, so we... Read more »
President Obama is suggesting that we consider mandatory voting. I’m all in favor, as long as everyone has to successfully complete a common-sense evaluation first. Ike May West Jordan Read more »
For many years, immigration has played a huge part in the building of our country. Immigrants from both the highly educated background and the lower class are needed in our society. They bring... Read more »
It’s time for the administration to recognize this worldwide trend for what it is — a dangerous attack on conscience and liberty that could undo pluralism and threaten democratic... Read more »
A few years ago, living west of Liberty Park, my seven-year-old neighbor came over late in the afternoon. She casually mentioned that she hadn’t eaten anything all day. I asked her why and she replied there wasn’t any... Read more »
President Obama is advocating approval of “fast-track” trade promotion. Commerce statistics show international trade agreements are vital to Utah’s economic health and suggest... Read more »
It’s pretty depressing to wake up almost every morning to read of another agenda item that President Obama is pursuing that makes a mockery of our hallowed past of free and constitutional government. Americans should have... Read more »
When Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz locked the pilot out of the cockpit and forced Flight 9525 into the rugged Alps, killing all 150 onboard, it sent shock waves around the world. But it need... Read more »
Eighteen months after hiking the length of the Pacific Crest Trail, Utahn Richard Jones now sets his sights on the Appalachian Trail. Read more »
If the City Council approves the proposal, the main branch of the Salt Lake City Library could remain open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This would benefit the public, as well as the homeless... Read more »
Senate Democrats have filibustered the passage of the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, a bill with bipartisan support that would allow the direct use of fines collected from human... Read more »
Bickering among Obama, the U.S. Congress and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over nuclear dealings with Iran continues. A nuclear deal with Iran is a mirage, a flickering image upon which... Read more »
In Sunday’s column by Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb (“Intrigue still percolating,” March 22), the writers made this comment: the “Legislature had enough courage and common sense to raise property taxes a... Read more »
In 1987, Congress passed a resolution designating the month of March as "Women's History Month," a tradition that each president since Ronald Reagan has honored. "Throughout history,... Read more »
Democrats would do well to give an array of presidential candidates an opportunity to demonstrate their ability to meet voter demands in 2016. That includes Hillary Clinton, but not just her. Read more »
In our opinion: Legislative subsidy for USU athletics — leveling the field or creating a slippery slope?
Utah State University received a $1.5 million appropriation from the Legislature to fund payments to athletes, ostensibly as a way to encourage economic development. However, it seems to create as... Read more »
SB136 is unnecessary, because the state's Office of Debt Collection could just file a motion with the court requesting a renewal of the statute of limitations if a debt happened to be approaching.... Read more »
Compare and contrast in 25 words or less is a common exercise in elementary school. Compare our children asleep in their beds in their own rooms with the boys and girls huddled up against their... Read more »
Thanks to Rosemarie Checketts for her timely letter on prison relocation ("Relocate the investors," March 23). I would also add to the discussion the issue of more development in the area. A problem with expansion is... Read more »
If the goal of education is not being met, it seems only logical to reform the curriculum, not simply to add a test to the graduation requirements for high school seniors. Read more »
A lighthearted look at news of the day. Read more »
Utah lawmakers have mastered the art of punting. For two years, they punted on health care for poor families and are still punting. The latest punt was not deciding on the selection of the state... Read more »
Fortunately, the Legislature voted to allow a full vote on where the Utah State Prison will be located. Prior to that, the Prison Relocation Commission would have made the final decision. The... Read more »
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