What Trump said about Mexico "sending people that have lots of problems" is unnecessarily incendiary.
I lived in Gunnison when there were fears about having a prison built there. But in the years since, there have been no escapes to my knowledge. My friend works there and says the prison provides one of the jobs he needs in order to... Read more »
The Supreme Court's recent marriage ruling — while perhaps well-intentioned — can be taken as an endorsement of any and all sexual behaviors. The endorsement of such behavior clearly dismisses moral authority, which... Read more »
Sister Nirmala Joshi, the former superior general of the Missionaries of Charity, is gone now, but her example continues through all who offer charitable service. It is her pure spirit of caring... Read more »
What about Bastille Day, which is as French as the Fourth of July is American and as empowering as Utah's 24th of July Pioneer Day? What does its history teach us about liberty's meaning in the... Read more »
The Utah political nerd society (we are charter members) is excited about new developments in local elections, such as mail-in voting for municipal elections and billboard advertisements in the... Read more »
Over the next 10 years, if there is greater communication, commerce and capitalism between Iran and the rest of the world, surely this will gradually empower Iranians who see their country's... Read more »
The moral character of any society is defined by how well it takes care of its poor. The real heroes in our world are those who do something for others. I believe the citizens of Utah want to help... Read more »
Debates on the terms of the Iran nuclear deal should not invalidate the significance of the deal; what was accomplished through diplomacy could not have been achieved through war. Read more »
Any hope that Mexico had turned the corner in reversing decades of corruption has now vanished with drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who escaped that country's maximum-security... Read more »
The World War II era forged the American character, the sense of patriotism that rekindled the values that unite us — caring for each other, sense of community, sacrifice and the worth of... Read more »
We need more protected spaces in this great country where we can experience nature as it was originally intended for mankind. Read more »
If we don’t act now to protect this extraordinary Utah landscape, we may never fully understand the mystery and lessons of the ancient ones or have the chance to follow in their footsteps... Read more »
In our opinion: Planned Parenthood executive's callous talk of abortion organ harvesting is dehumanizing
A published video of a Planned Parenthood executive speaking matter-of-factly about harvesting — and selling — body parts from aborted fetuses deserves prompt and thorough congressional... Read more »
The difficult task of drawing the legal lines between religious freedom and other emerging rights lies ahead of us. We would do well to step back from the fray a bit and consider religion’s... Read more »
If the United States didn’t demand so much marijuana, heroin, cocaine and other mind-altering substances, Mexico could actually start to shed its drug-lord woes and realize its economic... Read more »
Scientists funded by a federal government interested in imposing a renewable-energy mentality on the nation to enrich their cronies have — surprisingly — found ways to support the views of those who pay their wages. Read more »
Although Trump may not be my first choice for president, he should be commended for telling it like it is. Read more »
Our representatives have been so anxious to move the prison that they began touting the benefits of doing so long before they had a full picture of everything involved. Read more »
The joy of space exploration always has been the surprises it brings. The close encounter with Pluto ought to make us all wonder what new things we might yet discover or invent. Read more »
The United States finally has a deal with Iran to curtail the latter's ambitions to gain a nuclear weapon. And other than the Obama administration, nobody seems to be happy with it, especially... Read more »
President Obama and his chief negotiator John Kerry have emerged from the U.S.-Iran nuclear negotiations with the worst deal imaginable. Trust is foundational to any treaty. Iran must demonstrate... Read more »
It is time for Gov. Gary Herbert and the House and Senate leadership to finish their task of agreeing on a credible plan to cover Utah’s eventual costs, and get the job done. Read more »
The prison is an ugly eyesore, with its drab gray exteriors. Tourists passing the prison on the heavily traveled I-15 route see this blight in our otherwise beautiful valley. Read more »
As an outdoor person who values what little true nature is left, I am appalled by many decisions our lawmakers make and by our few fellow citizens who choose to steal from what makes America great. Read more »
It’s unbelievable to me that there are those arguing that the Confederate flag represents nothing more than states’ rights. Don’t whitewash history. Read more »
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The Race to the Top Initiative created an opportunity for President Barack Obama’s administration to wrest control over K-12 testing — from the international level to the classroom... Read more »
What presidential candidate Donald Trump said about Mexico "sending people that have lots of problems" — including rapists, criminals and drug traffickers — is not only unnecessarily... Read more »
Unless overruled, divisive decisions like Obergefell v. Hodges should be followed out of respect for rule of law. But as a matter of moral opinion, it is just that, opinion. Read more »
I believe in the power of choice; everyone has their own opinions and should be allowed to share them. But when it comes to a human life, how is there even more than one option? Read more »
Ideally, laws should respect all people, all races and all walks of life to the fullest extent possible. Sometimes it seems as if the message we send is “I have absolutely no tolerance for... Read more »
The national debate on officer-involved shootings lingers in the air like smoke at a crime scene. It is a subject that has been on my mind for more than two decades. Read more »
"Business" is made up of people — for better or for worse. While there are enough examples showing the "worse" side of business, I recently observed one of the "better" interactions — a... Read more »
Ellen Creager of the Detroit Free Press was recently quoted in the Deseret News saying, “When America’s naturalists and lawmakers began designating national parks, the idea was to preserve beautiful places for future... Read more »
Sen. Mike Lee's proposed First Amendment Defense Act would prevent the government from stripping religious organizations of their tax-exempt status if they refuse to support same-sex marriage on... Read more »
The Days of ’47 Parade Committee likes to keep the parade as nonpolitical as possible. We understand the need for decorum at this important historic event. But if we were in charge,... Read more »
The funding for school libraries has diminished over the years, as has the number of schools overall. Funding, donations and innovations are critical to help school reverse the trend of limited... Read more »
We lived with a talking dog for three years. He's gone silent now, even though we keep listening to hear him speak. Read more »
It would have been nice if our state Legislature had figured out a way to select the state school board constitutionally during the last legislative session, but they didn’t. And what is kind of interesting is that our current... Read more »
Last week I was visited by one of the four candidates campaigning for the city council of my city. He had plenty of opinions but nothing to offer but general statements that have little meaning in helping me decide who would best... Read more »
The Huntsman Cancer Institute is now a comprehensive cancer center, while the affiliated University of Utah Hospital is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The size and quality of the health care... Read more »
In our opinion: An effort of 'Gentlemen' — helping parents talk with children and aiding character development
The nonprofit Gentlemen Project is an initiative to help parents breach taboo talking points with their children. Developing true habits of character in children makes it easier for them to address... Read more »
The beacon of development often conjures up images of radical innovations, disruptive models and leapfrog technologies. Read more »
Much of the recent discussion about prison relocation has been driven by critics who live near the potential new sites. But from the perspective of prisoners, former prisoners and their advocates,... Read more »
Publishers are astute at hedging their bets. They see the Common Core crew’s dream of fully aligned tests rapidly vanishing. Read more »
The sad fact is that the federal money Utah would be using for Healthy Utah is entirely funded by debt. In other words, the plan is to expect future generations to pay for today’s Medicaid... Read more »
Regarding the Planned Parenthood video showing its senior director of medical services, Deborah Nucatola, callously describing abortion providers’ ability to collect and preserve fetal organs, extremities and even heads in the... Read more »
Real pioneers share five key attributes: hard work, innovation/creativity, integrity, vision and service. A Utah business pioneer who I believe epitomized those pioneering traits is Roy Simmons, my... Read more »
In the Prison Relocation Commission meeting held July 16, 2015, at the state Capitol, there was a document provided by the legislative fiscal analyst titled “Prison Relocation-Transportation Component.” The information... Read more »
John Florez: Prison move calls for humility — and revisiting what the prison system should be now and in the future
It is now in the taxpayers’ interest to take a second look at what Utah’s prison system should be, given the new information and social change. It would be prudent — and it would... Read more »
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