Beyond Bars: First vacation after prison leaves me feeling inspired

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“As I treaded water, I could feel the sun on my face and my shoulders and I realized I was...

Guest Commentary

Church, state and the golden rule


Could the golden rule be the common denominator among those who believe the United States was founded as a Christian nation and those who believe in strict separation of church and state? Let’s see. Few issues today create more controversial religious discussion than the issue of...


Take critical look at charitable foundation abuse

Clinton Foundation

New York’s attorney general has filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump and his charitable foundation, accusing them of using money illegally to help his businesses and political campaign. Whether the action has any merit remains to be seen. But while we are thinking of abuses...


Why the only answer is to break up the biggest Wall Street banks

Robert Reich

Federal bank regulators are proposing to allow Wall Street more freedom to make riskier bets with federally insured bank deposits -- such as the money in your checking and savings accounts. Watch your wallets. The new proposal waters down the so-called "Volcker Rule" (named after former Federal...


Real enemy is those in power

A snopes.com fact check found Trump’s claim that existing immigration laws required separation of children from parents is false. The separation of children at the border is a result of a change in policy made in May by the Trump administration. The objective of this policy change is...


Keep track of your pets

My wife and I are dog lovers, as are many, many other people. That said, please dog lovers and owners, keep track of your beloved pets. As we travel back and forth on the streets and roads between Ogden and Salt Lake, we see dogs on the loose, roaming in the streets and trying to dodge traffic. We...


Hope and skepticism after U.S.-North Korea summit

North Korea Cyber

The effort showed initiative, but its promise is of a familiar sort. There is something to be said for occasionally abandoning protocol, turning a deaf ear to naysayers and plowing ahead with a goal in mind. That was the path for President Donald Trump, who (last week) concluded a summit with North...


Progressives Save the GOP

Erick Erickson

I have been pretty critical of the Republican Party even though I was, for a time, an elected Republican. I criticized George W. Bush vocally for being what some branded a "big government conservative." Under Bush, the size and scope of the federal government grew at a reckless rate, not for war,...


Ogden needs realistic ideas to advance

(The June 3 Stanard-Examiner) was an excellent study in two visions for improving the economy in Ogden, one that helps consultants and developers get richer, and one that helps actual people. Consultant Stuart Reid’s apparently unpublicized study, for which he was paid $187,500 of taxpayer...


Weak Environmental Policies Cost Jobs in Utah

Froma Harrop

"The public will no doubt be surprised at the economic importance of this industry as (we measure) the impact of activities like boating, fishing, RVing, hunting, camping, hiking and more." The speaker is U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. The industry goes under the broad name of outdoor...

Guest Commentary

Helpful answers require good questions


Scientists ask questions. It’s what we do. It’s a hallmark of the scientific method. I’m sure you remember those worksheets from junior high on the Scientific Method. Some had five steps, others eight, but the one I recall had four: 1) make an observation that describes a problem,...

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