Guest Commentary

Behind Bars

Behind Bars: Prison offers unique opportunity to make the most of your time

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“It’s not fun, but feeling like I am making the most of my time, and that has its rewards,” inmate Brian Wood writes. 

Guest Commentary

A fight over five paragraphs — and due process

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“If indeed the purpose of the executive order is to protect us,” writes E. Kent Winward, “then why not start with protecting the Constitution?”

Guest Commentary

Rep. Jason Chaffetz's town hall — an S-E reader conversation

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Utahns sent U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz a message Thursday night at his town hall meeting. But some people considered that message downright rude.

Tax Talk

Talking Taxes: Do you need to file your taxes?

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I’m often asked “Do I need to file my taxes?” To better understand if a taxpayer is required to file taxes it is important to look at the thresholds of filing.

Guest Commentary

Why would a Northern Utah lawmaker want to kill rebates for rooftop solar

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Rep. Jeremy Peterson wants to kill tax credits for rooftop solar panels. In a place where the air is sometimes so bad children can’t go outside for recess, that makes no sense, writes Valerie Phillips.

Behind Bars

Behind Bars: The political concerns (or lack of) for some of Utah's inmates

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The most-voiced merriment about the election results from inmates was about no longer having so much news coverage and primetime TV devoted to politics.

Guest Commentary

Presidents can't issue orders violating the 14th Amendment, but Trump just did

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“American citizens need to understand the constitutional limitations on the president,” writes E. Kent Winward.

Guest Commentary

Utahns discuss the president's refugee ban

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Some Utahns view Trump’s ban on refugees from Muslim-majority countries as necessary. Others consider it inhumane: “Does that woman and her baby look dangerous to you?”

Real Estate

Column: Someday you'll look back on your home-buying experience with fondess

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“Although it is not always unicorns and glitter, the experience will be looked back on with easy remembrance and fondness, just as Kindergarten has been for me.”

Guest Commentary

Utah needs to increase its funding for public schools

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“Balancing the state's budget is constitutionally a necessity, but taking our kids for a ride year after year in the process isn't,” writes Ron W. Smith.

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