President Obama has rightly called for releasing prisoner Jason Rezaian, who is a Washington Post reporter
The I-Squared Act is good for the economy, for tech workers and for Utah. At its core, the bill is focused on updating decades-old immigration laws to meet the needs of the 21st century economy. Read more »
Constant assaults on Christian standards are trying to eliminate high values and moral standards. The educational systems seek to destroy these standards throughout the nation and, to large degree, have succeeded. Read more »
Rocky Mountain Power should reconsider its intent to charge residents a surcharge for installing rooftop solar panels on their home. This act alone could encourage potential clean energy customers to decide against rooftop solar. Read more »
Should religious ideals of morality supersede man-made laws of the country? No matter what side of the marriage argument we sit on, the way we choose to live life is ultimately best left to privately held conscience. Read more »
Hollow Mountain Service is the world's only gas station hollowed out of a mountain. Read more »
Utah Ignite is the westernmost gigabit hub. Even though Seattle, Portland and San Francisco were interested in joining, "they don't have the same kind of penetration [of gigabit fiber] that exists... Read more »
Public policy is informed by ideology, but should not be controlled by it. The best public policy occurs when we draw the best ideas from the left and the right to avoid or solve complex problems.... Read more »
Utah’s confusing weather — rain and high mountain snow interspersed with summer-like heat — is a perfect backdrop to the turmoil in Utah politics. We offer our... Read more »
There’s an enormous credibility gap between those who support Healthy Utah and those who oppose it. The credible consensus tells us Healthy Utah is our best option. Read more »
I know this is not the sports page, but as a place to voice my opinion, I have to wonder what is being done in the NBA to prevent flopping. When players flop, or flail their bodies around like any physical contact is the same as... Read more »
The Obama administration won’t let anyone see the details of the president’s Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) bill; I liken it to Obamacare, where “we have to pass it to see what’s in it.” The only... Read more »
I applaud Scott Hicks for expressing his frustration that teachers are not allowed to count students' SAGE scores on grades (“Who has accountability?” May 10). It adds to a frustration that started when I read... Read more »
Thanks to Mr. James Marples for acknowledging Mitt Romney's uplifting remarks at last week's UVU graduation (“Living large,” May 11). It was indeed great to have the governor here. However, my ears heard... Read more »
In an unsurprising article about Utah’s sugar addictions (“Utah is the sweet-tooth capital of the country,” May 14), I have to wonder what, if anything, parents and community leaders in Utah are actually doing to... Read more »
In Utah, children entering the seventh grade next school year will be required to get meningitis vaccinations. While the vaccine to be used is effective against strains A, C, Y and W, another... Read more »
John Florez: Looking at Utah's prison relocation efforts by revisiting my grade-school civics lessons
The state prison relocation efforts appear to be more like how we used to play sandlot baseball. There we made the rules as we went along, and the kid that brought the bat and ball usually ended up... Read more »
An old proverb asks "When is the best time to plant a tree?" The wise answer is, "Twenty years ago." Utah County is currently debating the best time to start building an effective transit system. Do we have the wisdom... Read more »
It is amazing that our gas prices in Salt Lake at the pump are so high — almost $3 per gallon. In the states around us, prices are much lower. West Yellowstone has prices below $2.50 per gallon. West Yellowstone usually offers... Read more »
Mr. President, stop smearing Sen. Warren over Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) opposition. If this treaty is such a sweet deal, why can't we see it? And Sen. Hatch and Lee, you both should be putting as much sunlight on this... Read more »
Embracing pseudoscience as the centerpiece of an advertising and branding effort is an act of corporate irresponsibility. Read more »
Utah's graduation-rate improvements are significant. Yet, there's still much work to be done. What accounts for impressive progress? And what are ongoing barriers? And are we reaching our breaking... Read more »
We are starting to reach the point where researchers are unable to get any more data into a single optical fiber and current cables are approaching their physical limits. Efforts should be made to... Read more »
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Marijuana is an evil plant and has been for centuries. Let's keep Utah safe and continue to make marijuana and other drugs illegal. Read more »
Utah Sen. Mike Lee has successfully championed the bipartisan USA Freedom Act, which would end the NSA’s blanket “metadata” collection and storage activities. The U.S. Senate... Read more »
Jason Witt becomes the latest BYU athlete to crack the all-time top-10 list for American collegiate distance runners at 10,000 meters, but he still is chasing the mark set by his coach, Ed... Read more »
I believe every Republican should support Gov. Gary Herbert’s Healthy Utah plan because good people are suffering and because Utah’s working poor cannot afford access to health care. Read more »
Frankly, I hope I’m completely wrong about all of this. Just to be safe, however, I’m hanging onto my 2000 model sedan. Read more »
Many drugs can be abused, but since they have helpful purposes, we keep them legal and regulated. For example, prescription pain medicines can be and often are abused, but are legal and are often used responsibly. Read more »
Living here, you might reasonably assume the Great Recession is a fading memory in the nation’s history. You would be wrong. Read more »
There are some bicyclists who seem to confuse “sharing the road” with “owning the road.” All vehicle owners (and bicycles are considered vehicles) need to do more to pay attention and obey the laws. Read more »
Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes is being dogged by a conflict of interest charge again. Last December, it was his unwillingness to defend Senate Bill 54. This time, it is over a campaign donation... Read more »
It is precisely because of the fact that we are part of our environment that human beings should take greater steps to ensure its protection and long-term sustainability, not just for ourselves,... Read more »
Hinkins & King: No losers in Utah’s Public Lands Initiative: Wilderness is the currency that brings all parties to the table
In the battle over the fate of Utah’s public lands, wilderness has become the currency with which certainty can be bought. Read more »
Members of the Prison Relocation Commission (PRC) have been making false claims about the prison relocation study. The PRC is touting a study that did not review enough aspects of the prison move... Read more »
I’m writing regarding a recent article in the Deseret News national edition (“The easy mistake that could destroy your relationship, May 20). The author cites my research to argue that “couples who have... Read more »
President Obama has rightly called for releasing prisoner Jason Rezaian, who is a Washington Post reporter, as well as American Pastor Saeed Abedini. Washington should renew that call now. Read more »
In our opinion: Reducing minor drug-crime penalties may help at state prison, but adds to county jail overcrowding
Legislation passed this year to reduce criminal penalties for minor drug crimes will alleviate pressure on the state prison system, but it will create new pressure on county jails, which already... Read more »
Some people hope to make a bundle of money by moving a perfectly good prison to what they consider wasteland and building a new one on the backs of taxpayers and wildlife. It is despicable in every conceivable way. Read more »
President Obama’s trade agenda, which we support, has encountered virulent opposition from his own party, which has done everything it possibly can to deny him the fast-track authority that... Read more »
The recent Pew Forum Report, "America's Changing Religious Landscape," does not bode as grimly as many would have the American public believe. Read more »
On a recent trip to Southern California and driving along the I-5 corridor from Newport Beach to San Diego, my wife and I commented on the absence of highway billboards and how refreshing it was to focus on the beauty of that part... Read more »
An op-ed by George Will (“ ‘Sustainability mania' only bloats rates, cuts savings,” April 16) underscores the importance of going beyond third-party claims to understand the facts... Read more »
I remember many instances this past year when the police took millions of dollars worth of drugs off the street. What if we had given up and just let the drug lords go ahead and distribute those to our children? Read more »
Politics at home may cost the United States a place in two key global trade agreements — the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. Together, the... Read more »
Envision Utah's "Your Utah, Your Future" online survey allows participants to submit preferred outcomes overall and in 11 areas such as air and water quality, education and transportation for 2050. Read more »
The Community Development Corporation of Utah has rebuilt more than 400 homes and constructed another 160 new homes, helping more than 5,000 low- to moderate-income families in 120 communities. Read more »
Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Mediocre 'favorability' ratings hint at Utah's varied attitudes toward Congress
Last week, a UtahPolicy.com poll, which was picked up by other media, showed mediocre “favorability” ratings for Utah’s four U.S. House members. Your columnists weigh in. Read more »
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