July means not one but two holiday periods where residential fireworks are allowed.
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 »
Though the scars of a history filled with wars can be seen everywhere in Europe, 65 years of peace have led to healing and increased economic collaboration among countries. Read more »
Rather than continue down this path of political gamesmanship, the Senate should do what is right for consumers and pass the Internet tax ban. Otherwise, we will all be paying the cost. Read more »
The existing prison site has enough land for the new facility, including the 275 acres of contiguous land. It has been written that the new facility would require 360 acres. Read more »
Utah is being ripped off by the Texas developers. The only ones in favor of moving the state prison are the out of state real estate developers from Texas. Local Draper residents are OK with the prison. Read more »
World-renowned artist Galina Perova made her way from Russia to Salt Lake City in a most circuitous way. Read more »
A lighthearted look at current events. Read more »
The world, which owes much to ancient Athens' legacy, including the idea of democracy, is indebted to today's Athens for the reminder that reality does not respect a democracy's delusions. Read more »
Cities and counties throughout Utah have begun the process of allowing voters to decide on a sales tax increase to expand and improve transportation infrastructure. There's a pressing need to catch... Read more »
Many large construction projects of this nature are done in phases, and it certainly seems that phased development in Draper is feasible. Do you get the feeling, as the public, that we are being "played"? Read more »
Celebrating the virtue of fatherhood, both among those who currently are fathers, and among boys who will benefit from envisioning that future for themselves, is always necessary. It's not just... Read more »
Courts have given corporations a near-human status with all the rights and privileges, yet no accountability, of the individual. Read more »
I’m not a father, and I’m not sure if I ever will be. But even without my own children, I can be a father figure for those in my neighborhood and community. Read more »
The Headliners Board gave its 2015 Black Hole Award to two agencies: the U.S. Marshals Service and the FBI. The award was bestowed for those agencies' refusal to disclose any reports or details... Read more »
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The Constitution is on life support. But ignorance of constitutional law by American citizens is only part of the problem. 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 »
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 »
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 »
Large, irreversible withdrawals are among the worst examples of stewardship on federal lands; they are decided without regard to unique geologic deposits that might be available for development. 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 »
At the locations of most Utah water sewage treatment plants, water quality problems associated with WWTP nutrients are negligible; thus, the universal treatment requirement is a gigantic waste of... 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 »
The long-term success in Europe’s economic integration, plus an expanding influential body of European law, encourages bureaucratic belief that economic market coordination is the same as... Read more »
July means not one but two holiday periods where residential fireworks are allowed. Dry materials and incendiary devices can be a recipe for disaster, so a healthy dose of common sense —... Read more »
Robert J. Samuelson: Are policies undertaken to recover from last financial crisis laying groundwork for another?
A central economic question of our time is whether the policies undertaken to recover from the last financial crisis are laying the groundwork for the next. We now have two reports from reputable... 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 »
During his working years, Ted Jacobsen dreamed of having a trout stream all to himself. Read more »
The Land and Water Conservation Fund — a 50-year-old public, state and national water and parks program — will expire at the end of September, unless reauthorized by Congress. 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 »
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 »
We need comprehensive tax reform, not more tax increases targeted at specific industries. Read more »
The Confederate flag does not represent hatred or racism! It reflects the right of the states to remain sovereign, as was intended with the creation of the USA. Read more »
While adapting water-saving habits, like taking shorter showers, can help save water, many homeowners will see the biggest impact on their water usage by updating older, inefficient products. Read more »
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 »
In addition to providing a means of enacting trade agreements, TPA constrains the president’s unilateral negotiating authority and provides detailed negotiating instructions specifying what... 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 »
In our opinion: As July holidays approach, Utah still needs improvement in DUI prevention, enforcement
Utah's record on DUI prevention and enforcement is a mixed bag of encouraging statistics and discouraging numbers. Arrests have dropped, fatalities have gone up, and Utah has toughened its DUI... Read more »
Rather than requiring retailers to collect high taxes for other states, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte's bill regarding online sales taxes would provide a far more powerful... Read more »
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