It is un-American to push your religious views on others

About religion and religious freedom: The problem with our religious freedom is that some people try to foist their own beliefs onto everyone else around them. Each sect has its own rituals and beliefs. It is un-American to insult others by pushing your own personal beliefs onto everyone else...

National Commentary

Iowa is over. Now it gets interesting

That this is a year when everything is up for grabs was confirmed Monday night in Iowa, with two almost equally unacceptable outsiders — Sen. Ted Cruz and Donald Trump — running 1 and 2 in Iowa's Republican caucuses. The party establishment would take their own lives if one of them...

Our View

It's time for the Utah Parole Board to join the 21st century

The Utah Board of Pardons and Parole knew that police had arrested Cory Lee Henderson on a parole violation. And, based on that knowledge, they released him to a state-run drug treatment center in November. But they didn’t know police found Henderson with guns and drugs. Henderson, 31, walked...

Standard Deviations

No harm, no foul: Oregon standoff all just one colossal misunderstanding

Goodbye, speeding tickets. Farewell, parking fines. So long, serving time for robbing banks. Thanks to that collection of geniuses holed up in Oregon for the past month, I now realize it’s not unreasonable to expect to avoid any and all consequences for one’s actions. Back on Jan. 2, an...


What happened in Flint can happen anywhere we don't hold leaders accountable

If our representatives in Congress don't take a more sincere interest in the problem with the water in Flint, Michigan, then that speaks volumes about what they truly feel for all Americans because as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. once said,

National Commentary

It's time for Donald Trump to grow up

Of all the many things said about Donald Trump, what was said by Roger Ailes, head of the Fox News Channel, said it all in just two words:

National Commentary

How the case against Planned Parenthood backfired

The indictment of anti-abortion activist David Daleiden is a stark reminder that the criminal law is a dangerous animal: Once it's set free, there's no telling who will be its target. Yet Daleiden is extremely unlikely to receive anything but symbolic jail time if convicted of the charge of making...

Our View

Thumbs up to the Humane Society of Utah for achieving no-kill status

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 the Humane Society of Utah for achieving total no-kill status for the first time in its 55-year history. HSU...

National Commentary

The long, painful road to Iowa

URBANDALE, Iowa — Politics sometimes moves with lightning speed and in a clear direction. The rise of the New Deal coalition in the midst of the Great Depression is an example of how fast things can change. But often, currents of anxiety and rage swirl below the surface. Citizens, stunned by...


Boost the Utah economy and embrace liberty: Legalize gambling

I read that there were Utahns driving to Idaho for a chance at winning the Powerball, and that they were taking their money out of state with them (“Where to buy Powerball tickets close to Utah in Idaho, Wyoming,” Jan. 12 Standard-Examiner). Why? Because Utah has foolishly banned...

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