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Why Mark Zuckerberg taking paternity leave really matters

On Friday, Nov. 20, with a picture on his Facebook page of a car seat, a stroller and his dog, Mark Zuckerberg announced he'd be taking two months of parental leave. It wasn't a huge surprise: The first millennial CEO of a Fortune 500 company, Zuckerberg is part of a generation of men who place...

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Our nation's food banks could use your help

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — There are few things sadder than a food bank practically hollowed out a week before Thanksgiving. But at the Camino Pantry, the shelves were just temporarily bare until the arrival of a shipment of turkeys and maybe a few other holiday miracles. Though low on essentials, Camino...

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Let's start restocking our food banks today

At some point today, you’re probably going shopping. Or, if not, maybe you’re going out to eat. And when you do, you’re going to drive past any number of places that sell groceries. A big box store. A corner bodega. A regional grocery chain. Stop the car. Go inside and spend $5 on somebody who...


LDS Church won't accommodate your sinful desires of the flesh

I am proud of the decision of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints concerning same-sex relationships and marriage, and I support it. You can be a member of the church if you are homosexual, but you must abstain from having sex with those of the same sex. Too many churches have changed...


Giving thanks. No, for real

It's Thanksgiving weekend, so let me suggest that you do something you may never have done before on this occasion: Give thanks. Not the kind that involves idly contemplating your good fortune. Not the kind that involves joining with family and friends around a groaning table to declare how lucky...

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,...

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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

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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...

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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...

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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...

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After Colorado Springs, what happens next is for us to decide

A day after a gunman attacked a Planned Parenthood Clinic in Colorado Springs, killing three people Friday, there are many things we do not know. We do not know what motivated the accused shooter,...

Black activists become targets of political violence

First there was that incident at the Trump rally in Alabama. You know, the one where a protester with, shall we say, some ideas that are not terribly compatible with those of Trump or many of his...