Schools are still waiting for the SAGE test results that were to help evaluate and enhance a school's performance.
Investing in America’s future workforce is the most viable long-term strategy for helping us emerge from financial crisis and for laying the long-term foundation for a strong, competitive... Read more »
Do you know what civil forfeiture is? People need to be aware their fellow citizens are having their property taken from them without any remuneration and without being convicted of criminal activity. Read more »
Scottish independence is not based upon a romantic notion of freedom either, but a growing recognition by its people that London doesn't necessarily know best and we are better off taking care of our own affairs. Read more »
My solution to the dysfunctional Congress lies in the seating arrangements. Make the seating thus: Republican, Democrat, Republican, Democrat, etc. Read more »
The prosecuting attorney in the Ferguson shooting case has an apparent conflict of interest with extensive family ties to the St. Louis Police Department. A recent TV drama showed the same conflict... Read more »
Airlines have become a battleground for passengers who are fighting for the right to recline their seats in the already crammed coach section, where space sells for a premium. Read more »
A byzantine, loophole-riddled, high-statutory-rate tax code encourages companies to construct byzantine, Rube-Goldberg-like tax strategies to minimize their tax burdens. Read more »
I don't really care what Obama calls the global campaign against this enemy, as long as he is truly determined to "defeat 'em." Though it would be helpful to remind Americans: We fight 'em there,... Read more »
The strong consensus is that Republicans will hold the House and narrowly take control of the Senate, for the following reasons offered by former Utah Sen. Bob Bennett. Read more »
We all know poverty wreaks havoc on families, but rarely do we see the corrosive effects extreme poverty has on even the strongest of bonds, such as those between parents and children. Read more »
American fast-food workers need and deserve a $15 an hour minimum wage. Raising it to that level would be the first step to healing our battered work force and building toward a hopeful economic... Read more »
"Swatting" — where law enforcement agencies are dispatched to faux emergency calls — wastes resources and places many in potentially dangerous situations. Read more »
While unions served their purpose years ago, they've clearly lost their place. It's unfortunate that people have been brainwashed by unions to believe they aren't strong enough on their own and must rely on others to... Read more »
Columnist Richard Davis recently assailed Becky Lockhart for her presumption to aspire to the office of Utah's superintendent of public instruction ("Focus on needed skills when selecting new superintendent," Wednesday,... Read more »
The Utah Public Lands Initiative is still considered a long shot — but the locally driven cooperative to mesh conservation and development still is a long shot worth taking. Read more »
We should question those who have already decided what happened in Ferguson. They know what we know — and that is only what has been reported. It usually takes investigation by agents,... Read more »
The way mountains are like sacred spaces is the way that seeing things from such a high vantage point enables one to better comprehend the terrain below. Read more »
As summer ends, a potpourri of political questions are rattling around in our heads. Read more »
In a recent article about Rainbow Bridge the writer did not mention us avid river runners who always camped at Rainbow Bridge Canyon for the evening and then hiked the 7 miles up the canyon to the glorious Rainbow Bridge. At that... Read more »
To imply that politicians complain about illegal immigration merely to score political points is not only a lie, but it also denies the reality that illegal immigration undermines, rather than contributes to, the "strength,... Read more »
In a recent article in Forbes, Stan Collender discussed corporate taxes and subsidies. Corporate taxes here are the world's highest (35-40 percent). Warren Buffett got some publicity for helping to finance the move of the... Read more »
Don S. Robertson's letter (“Gun safety,” Sept. 2) uses language that is much softer than what my dad taught me: "Never point a gun at anything you don't intend to kill.” Newel Standley Murray Read more »
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If Utahns don't make a specific stand against the government’s power to alienate children from their biological birthright, then the state's citizens give the state power to act against... Read more »
Salt Lake City's growth and downtown drawing power is the kind that feeds on itself, and additional development will bring additional pressure on all forms of transportation. The city needs to plan... Read more »
This month marks the bicentennial of the authoring of "The Star Spangled Banner," a patriotic poem that was later put to music and adopted as the national anthem in 1931. But instead of... Read more »
If the NFL really wants to take the cloak of silence off domestic violence, it will have to begin a frank discussion that could take awkwardness to a new level. Read more »
[ISIS knows] we always win the battles but they are convinced that, as war drags on, we lose heart and go home. Read more »
Religion reinforces our commitment to things like justice and mercy. Yet my conviction that justice and mercy are connected to the divine doesn't mean that my assessment of the policies that will... Read more »
Promising to "destroy" this group with the help of "a broad coalition" of "partners," Barack Obama said last week, "I welcome congressional support for this effort." He obviously thinks such... Read more »
Since welfare began, government welfare policies have misdiagnosed the poverty problem, resulting in misapplied welfare treatments. This misdiagnoses continues today. Read more »
The governor, Legislature, state school board, state superintendent, local school boards and superintendents each steer a wheel of the public education ship. Read more »
The person who first claimed you can’t legislate morality was Sen. Barry Goldwater, and he was talking about the civil rights movement. It is obvious that new laws, along with education, brought about a vast cultural change in... Read more »
First tendency of our society should mirror our best instincts as human beings: to support those with serious illness. And not to send a social message — through a law and a doctor with a... Read more »
Our national debt is large because of many things. I don't believe it is all President Obama's fault. Read more »
After the initial invasion in Iraq, 69 percent of Americans backed U.S. military involvement. By 2004, support dipped to19 percent. In 2006, the majority said we should have stayed out. Read more »
The state of Utah is standing in the breach across the nation in preserving marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Read more »
Fundamental moral questions now divide our nation. ... But our American Founders understood, to quote George Washington, that "religion and morality are indispensable supports ... to political... Read more »
Hopefully there is still time in the autumn of our lives to make a trek with the family back to our memories. Then again, does it really matter? There are exciting things to do and beautiful places... Read more »
What is the justification for killing youths who are threatening no one? Read more »
Cases like the one recently in Saratoga Springs — where a 22-year-old man was shot and killed by police — incite strong feelings and require a vigorous public accounting so people can... Read more »
Scots should vote yes. This is the moment for Scots to decide to govern themselves. The kinds of issues the pro-union “Better Together” campaign are raising involve matters the Scots... Read more »
Some universities are disallowing faith-based groups on the basis of discrimination, even groups that admit anyone but seek to have leaders adhere to that specific group's beliefs and standards. Read more »
In a representative republic, where our elected leaders make decisions on behalf on the people, being well-informed about the principles, motives and beliefs of those who seek to represent us is of... Read more »
The subject of race in America is one we cannot forget. Race matters here just as it matters in nearly every country. It is our history, yet it is current, topical and impactful today. Read more »
We want to move out. We want to own our home. We want to marry. We want to work. The problem is, many of us can't. Read more »
The Utah State Code provides a list of exceptions to parents who do not wish to give their children required immunizations for school. Read more »
Medicaid expansion will reverse the recent post-recession growth in Utah's private sector, meaning Utah families will bring home less income and will suffer from the loss of private sector jobs. Read more »
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