Gays, red cups and refugees: Nothing to fear but fear itself

Syrian refugees

Things I’m afraid of: Heights. Enclosed spaces. Horses. Adam Sandler movies. Things I’m not afraid...

National Commentary

Even the first Thanksgiving was political

Thanksgiving is a political holiday. It honors and mythologizes the comity — based on a formal treaty - - between two peoples who needed what the other had to offer at a particular point in time. Delighted not to be starving, the Puritans of what is now Massachusetts feasted for three days in 1621,...

National Commentary

America doesn't have to hate itself to beat racism

Calling on any nation to repudiate its history is asking a lot. Asking this of the United States — a country that is animated, more than most, by its great national myths — may be asking the impossible. This was the thought that stayed with me after reading Ta-Nehisi Coates's

Our View

Time for diesel emissions testing in Weber, Morgan

Air quality didn’t matter last winter, at least to the Weber-Morgan Board of Health. But now that Staker Parson Cos. wants to reopen a portion of the Warner Gravel Pit in Mountain Green, air quality matters desperately. You can’t have it both ways. RELATED: “Morgan board recommends Mountain Green...

National Commentary

What liberals really mean

It is amazing how many different ways the same thing can be said, creating totally different impressions. For example, when President Obama says that defeating ISIS is going to take a long time, how is that different from saying that he is going to do very little, very slowly? It is saying the same...

Standard Deviations

Thankful, even for things we don't have

Ah, my favorite week of the year. For me, there is no better time than right now — the last few days leading up to Thanksgiving. I used to tell people that Christmas was my favorite holiday, but I now realize I actually prefer the fourth Thursday in November to the 25th of December. Why? Well, for...

National Commentary

The price of U.S. inaction in world crises

President Obama is right about the 10,000 Syrian refugees. But what about the other 3,990,000? Obama has chastised Republicans for betraying American values since the terrorist attacks in Paris. He wants the nation to accept 10,000 people fleeing Syria's horrific civil war, and Republicans want to...

Our View

Are more Utah teachers sexually exploiting their students?

Heidi Nestel works for the Utah Crime Victims Legal Clinic in Salt Lake City, where she often represents the victims of sexual abuse. And she’s seeing the same thing everybody else sees — lots of teachers suddenly charged with sexually abusing their students. The list includes at least nine...

National Commentary

The disappearing GOP governors

There is a painful irony in a recent decision of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, on the side of Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, whom the U.S. Department of Justice tried to stop from making charter schools widely available to minority youngsters in his state. The Circuit Court's decision...

National Commentary

Stop pitting security against compassion in refugee crisis

Much of the world watched in horror as reports rolled in of the barbaric terrorist attack on Paris. At least 120 people were murdered in what appears to be a highly coordinated operation by the Islamic State (ISIS). A few days before, I was in a hospital in the Middle East in which Christian and...

Our View

Thumbs up to 12-year-old volunteer Armani McFarland

The Standard-Examiner editorial board hashes out the positions we take on the Opinion page. Here’s what members recommended last week for praise and criticism: THUMBS UP: To Armani McFarland, who received the Outstanding Young Volunteer Award at Utah Philanthropy Day. Armani, 12, raised $2,600 this...

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