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Teaching genitalia slang not the disturbing crisis in our schools

Mark Saal, Standard-Examiner columnist
Apr 14 2014 - 4:13pm

Four days, four front-page stories. I just can't decide which was the most disturbing.On Friday, reporter Ben Lockhart's 1A story detailed a number of Bountiful schools that were briefly locked down after a man called a suicide hotline and said he had a firearm and was thinking of taking his own life. The lockdown was strictly precautionary, but...

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Common Core math wars? Something doesn't add up

Mark Saal, Standard-Examiner columnist
Apr 7 2014 - 3:19pm

It's been a few weeks since anybody's called me an idiot -- close friends and home life excluded, of course -- so today I thought we might have a little chit-chat about the Common Core. (INSERT DRAMATIC SCARY MUSIC HERE)If you're like me, about the only thing you know about the Common Core is that it's a set of academic standards that will...

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The top April Fools' Day prank of all time is right here

Mark Saal, Standard-Examiner columnist
Apr 1 2014 - 7:08am

It is with heavy heart I regret to inform you that this will be my final column for the Standard-Examiner.This week, anyway.

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The Mormon blame game takes all the fun out of online debates

Mark Saal, Standard-Examiner columnist
Mar 24 2014 - 4:21pm

This is why we can't have nice things.Nice things like an honest-to-goodness, serious discussion about an actual problem here in our purty great state. Why? Because -- and this is fairly unique to Utah, I suspect -- every time anyone tries to start an intelligent conversation about something meaningful, it degenerates into an all-out religious...

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Public money at stake when controlled by ill-defined quasi agencies

Andy Howell, Standard-Examiner columnist
Mar 21 2014 - 2:44pm

For the last four months, the Standard-Examiner has been involved in a pitched legal fight with the Weber County Homeless Charitable Trust Fund board over access to meetings and information we consider public.The trust was set up in 2004 in response to an agreement between Ogden City and the Weber County Homeless Coordinating Council to distribute...

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An app and enough dead presidents will get your driveway plowed

Mark Saal, Standard-Examiner columnist
Mar 17 2014 - 3:43pm

What? Spring is springing this week, and we're just now hearing about the greatest winter invention since the advent of the ugly Christmas sweater contest?This is what comes of being highly disorganized.

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Save the weekend by altering daylight saving time

Mark Saal, Standard-Examiner columnist
Mar 10 2014 - 5:50pm

It finally happened.I get paid to write my opinions in this space. Two mornings a week, I throw on a T-shirt and a pair of sweats, pour myself a bowl of Cap'n Crunch, and begin the labor-intensive process of writing about the first thing that pops into this little unfiltered brain of mine. Gays. Mormons. Tattoos. Barbie dolls. Gay Mormons with...

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'Joseph Smith' lived, so his parents changed his name

Mark Saal, Standard-Examiner columnist
Mar 9 2014 - 8:58am

Sometimes, as a journalist, you think the story is going to be one thing, but then, it turns out to be something entirely different.Case in point: Emery Mitton.

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Teaching genitalia slang not the disturbing crisis in our schools

Mark Saal, Standard-Examiner columnist
Apr 14 2014 - 4:13pm

Four days, four front-page stories. I just can't decide which was the most disturbing.On Friday, reporter Ben Lockhart's 1A story detailed a number of Bountiful schools that were briefly locked down after a man called a suicide hotline and said he had a firearm and was thinking of taking his own life. The lockdown was strictly precautionary, but...

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Apr 15 2014 - 12:04am


Common Core math wars? Something doesn't add up

Mark Saal, Standard-Examiner columnist
Apr 7 2014 - 3:19pm

It's been a few weeks since anybody's called me an idiot -- close friends and home life excluded, of course -- so today I thought we might have a little chit-chat about the Common Core. (INSERT DRAMATIC SCARY MUSIC HERE)If you're like me, about the only thing you know about the Common Core is that it's a set of academic standards that will...

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Apr 8 2014 - 8:26am


The top April Fools' Day prank of all time is right here

Mark Saal, Standard-Examiner columnist
Apr 1 2014 - 7:08am

It is with heavy heart I regret to inform you that this will be my final column for the Standard-Examiner.This week, anyway.

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Apr 1 2014 - 7:45am


The Mormon blame game takes all the fun out of online debates

Mark Saal, Standard-Examiner columnist
Mar 24 2014 - 4:21pm

This is why we can't have nice things.Nice things like an honest-to-goodness, serious discussion about an actual problem here in our purty great state. Why? Because -- and this is fairly unique to Utah, I suspect -- every time anyone tries to start an intelligent conversation about something meaningful, it degenerates into an all-out religious...

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Mar 24 2014 - 9:07pm


Public money at stake when controlled by ill-defined quasi agencies

Andy Howell, Standard-Examiner columnist
Mar 21 2014 - 2:44pm

For the last four months, the Standard-Examiner has been involved in a pitched legal fight with the Weber County Homeless Charitable Trust Fund board over access to meetings and information we consider public.The trust was set up in 2004 in response to an agreement between Ogden City and the Weber County Homeless Coordinating Council to distribute...

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Mar 22 2014 - 9:14am


An app and enough dead presidents will get your driveway plowed

Mark Saal, Standard-Examiner columnist
Mar 17 2014 - 3:43pm

What? Spring is springing this week, and we're just now hearing about the greatest winter invention since the advent of the ugly Christmas sweater contest?This is what comes of being highly disorganized.

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Mar 17 2014 - 6:00pm

VIDEO: Maybe UDOT should recalibrate its Layton ThrU-Turn idea

Mark Saal, Standard-Examiner columnist
Mar 4 2014 - 9:05am

You know the old saying: "Two wrongs don't make a right, but three lefts do."Yeah? Well, what if you don't need to make a right? What if you really want to make a left?That particular vehicular maneuver is about to get just a little bit trickier, thanks to our friends down at the Utah Department of Transportation. That's because, in the future, in...

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VIDEO: Maybe UDOT should recalibrate its Layton ThrU-Turn idea

Mark Saal, Standard-Examiner columnist
Mar 4 2014 - 9:05am

You know the old saying: "Two wrongs don't make a right, but three lefts do."Yeah? Well, what if you don't need to make a right? What if you really want to make a left?That particular vehicular maneuver is about to get just a little bit trickier, thanks to our friends down at the Utah Department of Transportation. That's because, in the future, in...

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