What Trump said about Mexico "sending people that have lots of problems" is unnecessarily incendiary.
July 16 is World Snake Day. Forget all the hype, wives’ tales and urban legends. Put aside old prejudices and replace them with new knowledge. Snakes do a lot for us and we should be nicer to... Read more »
I have some sympathy for Judge Thomas Kay, who said he wished the media weren't present during the trial, but I doubt parents concerned about the safety of school-aged children would agree. Read more »
In our opinion: Health and Human Services still doesn't understand contraceptive rulings and religious liberties
The First Amendment protects the free exercise of religion, and it protects against an officially sanctioned religion. It's virtually impossible to infringe on the free exercise of religion without... Read more »
When implemented, the greater sage-grouse land-use plans will protect millions of acres of critical habitat for the greater sage-grouse, as well as many other wildlife species dependent on our... Read more »
Symbolic politics, such as banning the Confederate battle flag, satisfy images, but they do not feed, clothe, shelter or educate. That kind of hard work requires more than attention to symbols. Read more »
It’s time for parents to wake up and consider removing their children from the government-controlled school system. It is up to "We the People" to take back the control of education of our children. Read more »
Were it not for the plight of the average Greeks who will suffer untold hardship over the coming years to follow, we might view this as any other international drama — but it is not. Read more »
Women need opportunities for leadership, but women must also be willing to step into leadership roles. Women often fail to see themselves as leaders and often need to be nudged or pushed into... Read more »
UTA is studying how it will spend a windfall of new money should voters approve sales tax increases. How it plans to deploy a new revenue stream is a critical component, and a strategic expansion... Read more »
Hopefully Gov. Gary Herbert and his environmental officials won’t let Utah be a dumping ground for the federal government’s depleted uranium problem. Read more »
The federal government should, in fact, draft, interpret, prioritize and enforce its laws as it sees fit. However, it should also defer to state interpretations of state laws. This is not happening... Read more »
Former United States Sen. James Webb, D-Va., has declared for the Democratic Party nomination for president. As a presidential contender, he can address problems of national security and defense... Read more »
The more challenging it is to vote, the greater the likelihood that only informed voters who truly care will make it to the polls. And that's better for everyone. Read more »
It would be a terrible waste of taxpayer money to build a new prison in the desert and then have to abandon it because the overpumped groundwater aquifer dried up. Read more »
Inequality is a phenomenon that humans have dealt with for millennia. No society has been able eliminate inequality and it’s unlikely to ever disappear completely. Read more »
In our opinion: After 14 years of No Child Left Behind, there's still too many still lagging behind in the classroom
Despite its unrealistic ultimate goals, the No Child Behind law has forced many states — including Utah — to face inadequacies in state-controlled education systems. With recent... Read more »
When will we learn to respect our fellow brothers and sisters, and look beyond the labels to the basic goodness of every human soul? Why can’t we seem to embrace everything we have in common, rather than focusing on our... Read more »
A lighthearted look at news of the day. Read more »
It’s good to hear Gov. Herbert say, in essence, let the people decide. I wonder why he doesn’t let the people decide on the prison relocation? Read more »
It has recently been announced that decisions on Medicaid expansion will not be made until January. I ask these elected representatives of the people and the economy to finish their job now — call a special session and expand... Read more »
In our opinion: Remembering the humble hero who saved hundreds of Czech children from WWII atrocities
The recent passing of Sir Nicholas Winton affords a remembrance of his heroic deeds at the start of World War II, when he helped to arrange the transport of 667 Czechoslovakian children to foster... Read more »
I am a lifelong Aggie supporter (B.S., M.A., Old-Main Society, Alumni Council), but the university’s shabby treatment of the Romney family and the legacy of legendary coach E.L. “Dick” Romney is deeply troubling. Read more »
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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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
"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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 beacon of development often conjures up images of radical innovations, disruptive models and leapfrog technologies. 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 »
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 »
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 »
Publishers are astute at hedging their bets. They see the Common Core crew’s dream of fully aligned tests rapidly vanishing. 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 »
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 »
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 »
Within the last few days, two judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Denver issued a ruling forcing the Little Sisters of the Poor in Colorado to sign a supposed exemption from a mandate to provide contraception... Read more »
Profit-sharing is not a bad idea. For starters, it emphasizes the mutual interest of workers, managers and investors in a firm's welfare. Profit-sharing makes companies more flexible. Read more »
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