The debate attending tax-code proposals addressing income inequality is healthy and encouraging.
When they rebelled, the American Founders posited a different constitutional firmament than that of Magna Carta. They located the origin of their natural rights not as a heritage from the king or... Read more »
Keep the golf courses, make them more beautiful and cut expenses somewhere else. Read more »
Consider writing a letter to the editor, board of trustees or representative to let them know that fossil fuels are history and you want clean renewables to power your future. Read more »
Utah legislators should raise the salaries of professionals like corrections officers and teachers before they raise their own salaries. Read more »
Parents and/or grandparents should never, ever leave children unattended in a car. Read more »
It is absolutely fair for a capital-gains tax to be paid at some point on a capital gain. Read more »
Ski industry veteran Bill Rock has been tasked by Vail Resorts to oversee the merger of two iconic Utah ski resorts: Park City Mountain and Canyons. Read more »
This week marks the 100-year anniversary of the most influential shotgun wedding in American history — the unholy matrimony of Hollywood and Washington, D.C. Read more »
The threats facing our nation have evolved. Our military must retool to face them. That is the work of the new Congress — and is one area where gridlock simply isn’t good enough. Read more »
We shouldn't be trying to penalize a mother or legislator or a driver in Utah with $500 for using a phone to take a call from their child, or anyone else, even if they do hold their phone to do so. Read more »
By protecting the president, the Secret Service also protects the integrity of the nation’s system of government. While recent leadership changes didn't go outside the organization, we hope... Read more »
The Utah Legislature is considering dumping a $6.5 million annual student assessment without in-depth assessment. Rather, lawmakers should stop and ask what the purpose of testing is, who should be... Read more »
Obamacare is a disaster, at least for my family. I've worked for the same company for 23 years. Over the first 19 years, our health insurance premiums, deductible and out-of-pocket max doubled. All have doubled again since... Read more »
In March 2014, the Utah Legislature passed SB54, which made Count My Vote the law. Recent polls indicate that a majority of Utah citizens do not agree with the new CMV law. SB54 was passed so quickly that by the end of the session,... Read more »
Legislators must be very careful as they weigh whether or not to expand Medicaid. Medicaid expansion may be well-intentioned, but its exorbitant cost means responsible citizens must focus on what... Read more »
Religions are not confined to one specific group of people or geographic area; they overlap, resulting in people of different ideals needing to find ways to live harmoniously. Read more »
Currently, 40 percent of electrical generation in the U.S. comes from coal. But new EPA regulations, which the EPA calls the “Clean Power Plan,” would force many of these plants to close. Read more »
The state Legislature is seeking ways to fence in choice forested land so that campers and hunters would have to pay more to use those areas. Read more »
Some time ago I wanted to purchase a BB gun. The only ones available looked like high-powered weapons. Why shouldn't a BB gun look like a BB gun? Read more »
The general public has little idea of what serving in the Legislature exacts. I always say: “Any legislator can file a bill on anything he wants. But don’t judge the Legislature on what... Read more »
If there is some civic virtue possible from calling a legislative task force, it is the spirit of carefully examining a tough issue from the view that the interests of one’s “neighbors... Read more »
History teaches that virtually every new breakthrough that streaks through the sky trails clouds of both promise and dread. This one, however, is particularly troubling. Read more »
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We should not begin to dismantle our current energy economy in an effort to solve climate change until we have a much better answer to the question, “How bad is it?” Read more »
The experiences of my life have shown me again and again that opportunity is where you find it. But these days it can be harder to find because there is something in the way: big government. Read more »
My child is moving into adulthood and I'm feeling a little like a DVD in a YouTube world — still working, but about to be phased out. Read more »
With Utah's religious leaders, business community, medical community and general public strongly supporting Healthy Utah, it is obvious a lot of representatives want to kill it without going on record as voting against it. Read more »
The debate attending tax-code proposals addressing income inequality is healthy and encouraging. It demonstrates an awakening to the problem of limited mobility among classes of citizens, which... Read more »
Seat belt laws are one of those defining issues that reveal whether a lawmaker truly believes in freedom. Wearing a seat belt is a good idea. Mandating it by force of law is not. Read more »
Choice is a strange god. At the Utah Legislature, it has led the push to incrementally legalize marijuana. Read more »
Gov. Gary Herbert has secured remarkable concessions from the federal government to cover Utah’s uninsured the Utah way. The resulting Healthy Utah plan is as close to a risk-free proposal as... Read more »
There seems to be much discussion on the question of why we don’t have greater voter turnout; I would like to offer two points I’ve observed over my 83 years. I served for many years on the Steering Committee of the Utah... Read more »
I am a math teacher and do not like HB203, which will raise teacher salaries for math, science and special-ed teachers. I am for an increase in salary for teachers, but this bill needs to be amended because it is too exclusive.... Read more »
Former Salt Lake City police officer Eric Moutsos believes he should "be able to think and talk and be who I am, wherever I'm at." When you accept employment, particularly in public service, you also accept the duties... Read more »
Thomas Jefferson was no stranger to the benefits of education. He spent his formative years studying at the College of William and Mary, where he studied philosophy, statecraft, science... Read more »
One person dies nearly every day and countless more lives are ruined in Utah because of prescription drug abuse. Nationwide, the abuse of prescription drugs is recognized as an epidemic by the CDC. Read more »
What state lawmakers fail to see is they are the ones who created Utah's public education system as it exists today — without a vision and in chaos. They broke it, they own it. Read more »
In our opinion: Bill to make drug possession a misdemeanor reverses from past negative get-tough policies
A proposed bill would make drug possession a misdemeanor in Utah — and it's described as "an epic shift" in the criminal justice system. Attitudes are shifting away from a posture of... Read more »
Power may derive from the people, but it must be tempered in ways that allow for the future. This is a challenge every generation faces — and one that we are arguably failing. Read more »
In our opinion: Obama's plan for free tuition at least has leaders mindful of students' long-term financial burdens
President Obama's call for free community college tuition has resulted in affordable higher education being an agenda topic for the foreseeable future. It has already sparked discussion from... Read more »
Until state prison issues are resolved, perhaps we need a speaker who has less at stake with current legislation. Read more »
Sen. Mike Lee was recently noted in a BYU study as the most politically extreme of all current national senators. His ranking, based on his conservative voting record, exceeds .99 out of 1. Ratings of others of the national Utah... Read more »
Words — certainly in politics — do matter. This axiom is illustrated by recent controversial statements on the national stage. Since we stumble over our own words often enough, your... Read more »
If you are a Utah legislator, you are concerned only with doing your own job — providing the best governance possible. I suggest our legislators not turn their job over to those who have a different vested interest. Read more »
My son is a first-year teacher at a junior high in a large Utah school district. He has two bachelor's degrees, yet his starting salary is so low that he is only $166 over the limit to qualify for food stamps. He has a wife,... Read more »
Part of the American Dream has been the possibility of social mobility and the creation of wealth for every individual. Read more »
A number of African countries, including Tanzania, are working on health insurance plans that would pool risk and bring new resources from the public into the health sector. But how can donors... Read more »
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