The decrease in abortion rates doesn't mirror a change in "the state of moral values," as surveyed in a Gallup poll.
Now is the time for Utah’s Legislature to decide to grant Utah citizens the same health benefits as the citizens of other states. Please pass Healthy Utah or full Medicaid expansion. Read more »
Children, especially those of low-income families, succeed in school if they are ready to learn prior to entering school. Read more »
It's OK to search online for news that interests you, but don't forget to start with a real newspaper, the kind you can hold in your hands. If you don't, I fear it's the beginning of the end for... Read more »
With the Supreme Court’s creating a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, our best course is to treat others of differing opinions and lifestyles with respect and dignity. We hope the... Read more »
While the Mormon experience of persecution doesn't parallel the black experience, it can be a source of empathy and understanding. An inability to acknowledge America’s racist past and... Read more »
The public and police really would benefit from an ongoing exchange of ideas and observations, a communications bridge. I think law enforcement wants it and I know many in the community want it. So... Read more »
The passage of TPA, championed in Congress by Sen. Hatch, helps ensure America’s economic leadership in the world. It helps the United States compete with China. It’s good for American... Read more »
The question is why — with more than one source indicating that there is sufficient room at the current location — are the Legislature, the governor and especially Draper City so focused on relocating the prison to some... Read more »
Most of what we hear and read is blame, hate, racism of all kinds as it comes over radio, newspapers and all media. Is it any wonder that violence is so rampant? Then we have this incredible example of forgiveness from South Carolina. Read more »
With the Supreme Court to decide whether the Constitution requires states to redefine marriage as a genderless institution that includes same-sex couples, here are seven inconsistencies in the... Read more »
Adversity is as natural to the human condition as breathing. It’s how we choose to approach our own trials and sufferings that will ultimately determine if we will be defined by them or... Read more »
The most durable damage from Thursday's decision is not the perpetuation of the ACA, which can be undone by legislative action. The paramount injury is the court's embrace of a duty to ratify... Read more »
In our opinion: In wake of ACA ruling, Congress and president can calmly address needed improvements
With the legality of the Affordable Care Act's subsidized exchanges now clarified, Congress and the president can now address needed improvements of the law in a calm and statesmanlike manner. Read more »
Utah's governor surprised people by showing up for jury duty this week. Turns out his example, whether he knows it or not, holds the key to increasing voter turnout. Read more »
In our opinion: Targeting campus sexual assaults with preventative methods, not just post-assault prosecution
In dealing with the increased number of sexual assaults on college campuses, a new study out of Canada offers compelling evidence of the effectiveness of efforts aimed more at prevention than... Read more »
What is the purpose of moving the Utah State Prison from Draper? The stated objective has changed over time. Today I challenge four of the many myths perpetuated by the Prison Relocation Commission. Read more »
Life is hard enough on the poor without having to constantly contend with all those who think being poor and living with scarcity is a ticket to having everything handed to you. Read more »
Some time ago someone suggested replacing most of the stop signs with yield signs. Perhaps that should happen. I dislike seeing drivers pick and choose which laws they must obey. Read more »
As more and more American workers reflect on their ability to secure a financially comfortable retirement, the mismatch between when they think they will retire and when they actually do provokes... Read more »
The Legislature should have involved the public before, not after, voting to relocate the state prison from its Draper site. All options should have been scrutinized in a transparent fashion,... Read more »
People who suggest the state rebuild in Draper are met with two bumper-sticker responses that don’t tell the whole story. One is, “The decision to move has been made.” The other... Read more »
In our opinion: Seen as a symbol of subjugation and slaughter, the Confederate battle flag should go the way of the swastika
Despite a history of 2,000 years, the gammadion cross is now known as the swastika of Germany's Nazi Party of the 1930s and '40s and is associated with hatred, horror and genocide. The Confederate... Read more »
Now is the time to collaborate, protect, plan for and grow the recreation economy like never before. Recreation is a renewable resource that yields more than financial benefits. Read more »
With controversy already generated, elected officials have an obligation to listen to the people rather than a handful of representatives. If the decision is made to move the prison, the people will feel they have not been subjected... Read more »
Having worked for the prison system, and being acquainted with its structure, I can say it is a well-built facility. But like people, cars and homes from the 1960s, it needs a tuneup — not to be torn down. Read more »
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Defender and tender — they're not mutually exclusive terms and certainly appropriate to include when considering the legacy left by President Boyd K. Packer of the LDS Church's Quorum of the... Read more »
On the 239th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, we provide lengthy excerpts from the beginning and conclusion of that symbolic manuscript of liberty, drafted by Thomas... Read more »
Everything you think you know about Republicans and climate change is a myth. Read more »
Patriotism, that deep sacred emotion, has not died. It still flourishes in the hearts of many (I believe the majority) but is somewhat crushed by modern philosophies. Read more »
I have been around for a while and have seen a lot of changes in our society and government. But I never expected to see many of my beliefs and standards attacked like they are today. Read more »
Declining abortion rates are welcome, but it doesn't mirror Gallup's poll of 'state of moral values'
The number of abortions in the U.S. has dropped by 12 percent since 2010. More restrictive abortion laws in some states have aided the decline. But the decrease doesn't mirror a change in "the... Read more »
If a public official can be removed or forced from office because their religious convictions prohibit them from participating in same-gender marriages, does that not constitute a religious test for holding office? Read more »
The Fourth of July is a day of celebrations for what America once was. It is a day of lamentations for what America has become. Read more »
If we pretend the prisoners do not exist while they are incarcerated — or that we would prefer they didn’t — we have no one to blame but ourselves when offender outcomes continue... Read more »
In our opinion: Supreme Court ruling for raisin farmer extends Fifth Amendment protections against property seizure
A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the rights of a California raisin farmer establishes a precedent that extended Fifth Amendment protections against government seizure of property are... Read more »
Natalie Gochnour: Patriotic grace blends gratitude for citizenship, a sense of responsibility and a representation of high ideals
Patriotic grace for me is a calling. It begins with gratitude for the gift of being born in this country. It extends into our actions — the way we live our citizenship. It comes with a sense... Read more »
Our obsession with and use of cellphones, tablets and laptops are a new addiction, as a new generation is being swallowed up in tiny screens and often trivial communications. Rather than more... Read more »
I have always been impressed by the inspired vision of our Founding Fathers. Katharine Lee Bates, it seems to me, reflected their vision very powerfully in her final penning of “America the Beautiful” in 1913. Read more »
The Constitution is on life support. But ignorance of constitutional law by American citizens is only part of the problem. Read more »
Symbols matter, and the Confederate battle flag has become a symbol of institutional, violent racism. It is time for the permanent retirement of the Confederate battle flag. It should be relegated... Read more »
While growing up and living out of our family's boxcar on the west side of Salt Lake, a wagonload of watermelon and tamales and a long walk to run on the lush green lawns of Liberty Park was just... Read more »
It’s becoming more obvious that the majority of Americans don’t have a clue as to the legitimate prerogatives of the federal government and the decision handed down by the Supreme Court. Read more »
The 21st-century economy has innovated itself to a point where old tax structures no longer seem fair, effective or conducive to innovation. Read more »
Some people in Utah want the prison to stay in its present location in Draper. If the people of Utah had this same mentality 70 years ago, the prison would still be located in Sugar House. Not a good idea. Read more »
I’m certain that Donald Trump has no chance of becoming our next president. His ability to offend others would create a crisis not only with our current allies, but with other countries that don’t like us anyway. Read more »
In the back of my mind, I still can hear former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt, who assured me soon after leaving his post as Health and Human Services secretary for President George W. Bush, that future... Read more »
Serious cultural erosion and the loss of vital traditional values now threaten both religious freedom and the family as an institution. In our society, money matters seem to dominate. Read more »
Obamacare is far from perfect. It was cobbled together badly. Implementation has been problematic. Now that the legal battles over Obamacare are over, the president and the Congress should work... Read more »
In our opinion: APUSH in the wrong direction? Looking at revised U.S. history curriculum for AP students
The College Board — which oversees the SAT test and Advanced Placement courses — made sweeping changes to the AP U.S. history outline. Critics say the new 134-page APUSH Framework... Read more »
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