For many years, immigration has played a huge part in the building of our country.
Green cards don’t outsource American jobs, while guest-worker visas do. Sen. Orrin Hatch's I-Squared Act should include provisions to keep STEM graduates in America and not outsource them. Read more »
The core of the American Dream — equality of opportunity and rewards commensurate with efforts and abilities — has enchanted millions of people across the globe. Read more »
If the new skills demanded by robots cannot be easily supplied by America's workers, then there will be a fateful break from history. The question is, can we adapt? The past gives cause for... Read more »
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the invisible Irish, the Scotch-Irish. These are Scots who moved to Ireland four centuries ago, their offspring later immigrating to this country during the... Read more »
The passage of a bill barring discrimination in employment and housing with a measure about same-sex marriage sends the message that people of widely different views on these issues can work... Read more »
In our opinion: Could Utah's air quality benefit by learning from results of USC's Children Health Study?
A USC study of Los Angeles children over two decades showed correlation between long-term improvements in local air quality with positive effects on lung-function growth. This study has clear... Read more »
Last year I wrote about how I was disappointed at the Sterling Scholars combining theater arts with speech and forensics. Speech is an entirely different discipline than theater. Please bring back a separate category where... Read more »
It is disappointing that some of Utah's congressional delegation were participants in the initiative to undermine the efforts of our nation, and many others, to negotiate an agreement with Iran to prevent a nuclear bomb... Read more »
Considering we’re amidst March Madness, NBA basketball, professional soccer and hockey, college spring football practice and Major League Baseball training camp, we thought it appropriate to... Read more »
Congress can get tougher on Iran by channeling Reagan, not Netanyahu. It correctly senses that it needs to be tough with Iran but misses an opportunity to take a principled stand that would really... Read more »
In a recent letter to the editor (“Political extremes,” Feb. 28), Andrew McDonald berates Utah's national political leaders for being "strongly skewed to the right," particularly Sen. Mike Lee, whose... Read more »
The Deseret News recently editorialized about tax reform and inequality (“Talking of tax reform,” March 3). I found it fascinating that the staff writers didn’t mention the only idea that has ever had any real... Read more »
I agree with Stephen Johnsen (“Imposing prison effects,” March 1) when he asserts that having the prison in Draper comes with many ill effects. It stands to reason that those ill effects will move right along with the... Read more »
Although we Americans have been conditioned to view "democracy" as the political answer for any and all situations, history contradicts that premise. Communism was a populist uprising; the Germans elected Hitler; Zimbabwe... Read more »
Despite its numerous victories and impressive leaders, the size and shape of our current pro-family coalition are inadequate to the task before us. We have an opportunity to think about marriage in... Read more »
The late former Salt Lake City Mayor Deedee Corradini showed us great things can get done by leaders who lead with values learned early in life and by putting community and public service over self. Read more »
In our opinion: Legislative wrap — anti-discrimination, religious liberty bills overshadow other successes, disappointments
The 2015 Legislature left much on the table, but what it accomplished — particularly in anti-discrimination and religious liberty — was more than enough to vindicate the wisdom of... Read more »
A study from the Columbia Journalism Review found that the White House’s relationship with the media is the least open it has ever been. This is interesting, given that President Obama pledged to be more transparent than his... Read more »
I think most sensible people would agree that Sen. Mike Lee is painted with an extremist brush by the liberal national media, and though his voting record, according to the recent BYU study, shows he has sided with conservative views... Read more »
In our opinion: Utah's presidential caucus is a bad idea, limiting participating in the most public of elections
The Utah Republican Party has decided to select presidential candidates in neighborhood caucuses, rather than through a state presidential primary. This is a bad decision resulting in tens of... Read more »
Do we really want to allow a precedent to be set allowing future state-level decisions — which would affect our cities, counties or the entire state of Utah — to be made by only a small... Read more »
Utah resident Allan R. Landon has been nominated to serve on the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors. Landon can provide a seasoned, thoughtful voice in monetary policy, and his... 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
A lighthearted look at news of the day. 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 »
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 »
As states flock to the cameras like star-struck autograph-seekers, Utah remains one of the saner competitors. 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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