Thanksgiving may be less of a religious holiday now, but that is how it began when President Abraham Lincoln...
"Generations of Americans have been brought up to believe that our founding principles demand that faith be driven out of government and kept contained to a private sphere. This narrative is flatly... Read more »
Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Discord between conservatives, 'liberal media' on national spotlight
Conservative Republicans and the "liberal media" have long been antagonists. But the presidential campaign and the performance of moderators at Republican debates have thrust this matter into... Read more »
In addition to giving students a set of transferable skills, science education standards help students who are from disadvantaged backgrounds have a better chance to build better lives. Read more »
A new caucus has come to town. The Martha Caucus, named after Martha Hughes Cannon, is made up of current and former women legislators who came together to work on issues important to all of us. Read more »
Writing — writing by hand or writing by typing — opens us to new reflections and fresh observations that cannot be accessed any other way. This can also happen when we take ourselves... Read more »
The 1 percent versus the 99 percent? The federal government versus the rest of us? As best I can tell, the country’s true main division is between the 30 percent who are thriving and the rest... Read more »
In our opinion: The FDA's delay in releasing electronic cigarette regulations is putting the young at risk
The FDA is waiting for the results of many studies before deciding what to do about e-cigarettes. Yet millions of Americans, in the meantime, are ingesting harmful chemicals, with long-term... Read more »
Beneath the veneer of Salt Lake City’s shiny buildings and newly painted bike paths are the forgotten among us who suffer from life’s blows. The greatest medicine is to give them hope... Read more »
There must be a clearly recognized difference between parent and child, teacher and child, law enforcement representative and child on society's authority ladder. Read more »
Are the Clintons so powerful and feared throughout the Washington establishment that they are actually immune from justice? If this is the case, our country is in a condition from which there will be no escape. Read more »
On any given day in America, there are over 85 million law-abiding gun owners who do nothing wrong with their firearms. These are the people who be affected by proposed restrictions, not the bad guys. Read more »
The Deseret News does a great job covering college and high school sports. Recently, however, there has been nothing at all about hunting or fishing. Read more »
The media coverage of the rejection of the Keystone pipeline is being called a victory for environmentalists or a blow to domestic job growth. There are good arguments that it is neither. Read more »
Supporters of full Medicaid expansion in Utah have presented it as a take-it-or-leave-it-proposition. But it is not. There is another way — a more fiscally responsible and flexible way. Read more »
When will we realize how detrimental time spent distracted by social media is to our relationships, self-esteem and overall well-being? Read more »
There was a time when this country looked to God for help and he gave it. We need to recall what is stamped on our money, “In God We Trust,” and be proud to say not “happy holidays,” but “Merry Christmas... Read more »
Utah citizens and their representatives in the Legislature recognize the importance of education and that it must be improved and funded adequately. Read more »
The fourth Republican presidential debate was, by most accounts, a bit of a snoozer. But in a good way. There was less interpersonal conflict, more substantive discussion of economic policy. Donald... Read more »
Tuesday night did not radically alter the trajectory of the Republican race. But it will hasten the winnowing of the field. If you narrow the viewfinder, the debate stage shrinks from eight to six... Read more »
Utah-based Arches is now the 10th of 23 federal health care cooperatives to go out of business. Unfortunately, no major changes seem to be forthcoming. But health care is too important an issue to... Read more »
Under civil asset forfeiture laws, no conviction is needed. In fact, police don’t even need a charge. And victims have to endure long and costly court proceedings to get their property back. Read more »
On Tuesday night, eight Republican presidential hopefuls took the stage in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for the fourth of 11 presidential debates. For once, candidates sparred on the issues, rather than... Read more »
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Government is not going to be on the minds of many Americans when they contemplate tomorrow what they are thankful for. And that is to be expected. But, whether they are grateful or not, it will be... Read more »
In our opinion: Utah is abundantly richer for the life of Randy Horiuchi; his passing leaves a void not easily filled
Before Randy Horiuchi, no state chairman of any party in Utah ever donned a hazmat suit, hip waders or carried a kitchen sink to a press conference. His humor and good-natured personality were... Read more »
Christmas season is just around the corner, with Utahns expected to top their estimated $1.5 billion in holiday spending from last year. Corporate lobbyists are already circling Washington, D.C.,... Read more »
I am concerned about our attitude toward Syrian refugees. Are we reacting exactly how the Islamic State planned it, by further punishing the same people they have terrorized? Read more »
We are living in an era where the cost of college is so high that we are having a student debt crisis from all the former students unable to pay off their student loans, while students in other countries get their equally qualified... Read more »
Americans can be compassionate with Syrian refugees while still expecting our politicians to find ways to keep out those who would harm us. Read more »
Thanksgiving may be less of a religious holiday now, but that is how it began when President Abraham Lincoln in 1863 created a federal holiday for the last Thursday in November. More retail... Read more »
There are Republican presidential hopefuls who have vigorously opposed each of Donald Trump's proposals, arguments and stereotypes. But Trump has set the terms of the primary debate and dragged it... Read more »
The growing education-to-employment gap is a source of frustration for students and employers alike. Getting employers involved in project-based learning in real-world situations — much like... Read more »
“Will I have to resign if the public finds out I did this?” Maybe that’s a question every public or quasi-public official should ask themselves before they do whatever it is they are about to do. Read more »
The Reach Every Mother and Child Act of 2015 could help in this fight against poverty, against hopelessness and against terrorism. Read more »
Francine Giani, the longtime director of the Utah Commerce Department, has earned respect and a couple of nicknames for her outspokenness and fearlessness in the face of political pressure while... Read more »
The Constitution is absolutely clear: "Government" cannot promote a specific religion, but "individuals" have the right to express any religious belief. Read more »
A shakeup on the board of directors of the Utah Transit Authority and the implementation of a stronger ethics policy are welcome and necessary steps toward increased accountability and transparency... Read more »
In Utah we have about 300,000 or 10 percent of the population on food stamps. Dare I say some people do not seem to need food stamps that bad. Read more »
A lighthearted look at news of the day. Bobby Jindal dropped out of the Republican race for president last week. Read more »
I am greeted daily with 27 handshakes and am surrounded by smiles. Giggles and chitchat stifle the silence. I am constantly learning. I am a teacher. Read more »
In the last few years, innovative “pay for success” programs are transforming the way in which government develops and implements policy in various places around the country, including... Read more »
A quick and unconditional decision to reject any and all Syrian refugees speaks to an unfortunate tendency to paint all people of certain ethnicity, religious background or geographical origin with... Read more »
Never has American freedom of speech been attacked so flagrantly, so promiscuously and on so many fronts. The most egregious examples come from campuses and Congress. Read more »
Panhandling, vagrancy and related criminal behavior are persistent problems, though not necessarily a direct result of homelessness. Mayor-elect Jackie Biskupski seems well disposed to undertake an... Read more »
It seems that many college students nationwide are calling for free tuition. Some of them are even from the University of Utah. What next, breakfast in bed? I remember years ago in England I was a 25-year-old ecclesiastical... Read more »
Recent events have shown the cracks in the foundation of the Affordable Care Act — the larger system of which Medicaid expansion is just a part. Read more »
We need to stop this latest folly of UTA and Mountain Accord now, before it wastes even more time and taxpayer money. Read more »
It’s Thanksgiving week, so the temptation is, of course, to expose political turkeys. Instead, we offer thoughts, even praise, regarding some Utah politicians. Read more »
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