Guest Commentary

Just say no to medical marijuana

Sheriff Terry Thompson

To an average sixth-grader, “Just Say No to Drugs” is an accepted norm that he is...

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"Dope market money changers," a sheriff and medical marijuana: A conversation

Weber County Sheriff Terry Thompson wants Utah lawmakers to reject medical marijuana. “Wealthy, dope-market money changers are descending on state level politicians all across the country in an effort to spread their despicable lust for money via drug addiction,” Thompson wrote on the...


Guest Commentary

Just say no to medical marijuana

To an average sixth-grader, “Just Say No to Drugs” is an accepted norm that he is taught that may save his life. This may seem self-explanatory. Our Utah state legislators, on the other hand, are struggling with peer pressure and the challenges of effective leadership with this same...


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Utah's Zion Curtain and children's health: A conversation

Utah lawmakers erected a Zion Curtain in 2010 so youngsters could not see bartenders mixing drinks in restaurants. They promoted it as a children’s health measure, but it didn’t work — binge drinking statistics didn’t change for Utah teenagers, according to the Kids Count...


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For Ogden Dems, Sanders' passion resonates more than Clinton's power base

In mid January, for a Sunday night Democratic Party presidential debate — one that was largely overshadowed by NFL playoff news coverage — about 50 Bernie Sanders supporters gathered into Foley’s gym in Ogden to watch. It’s difficult to conceive of 50 Hillary...


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How Megyn Kelly learned to triumph over sexism and bullying

In 2012, Megyn Kelly wrote a brief personal essay for Newsweek about how she learned to be strong without being guarded. In the seventh grade, she wrote, some girls in her class had turned on her and bullied her. She steeled herself, never wanting them to see how much they'd hurt her. Years later,...


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Confronting the American refugee crisis in Texas

Family detention of women and children has become big business for Corrections Corporation of America, a for-profit prison company raking in millions in profits by jailing women and children fleeing crime and violence in Central America. The CCA operates the largest detention center of mothers and...


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Banning smoking lounges at SLC International: A conversation

Utah bans public smoking in public buildings, with two exceptions — hotel rooms and Salt Lake City International Airport. Sen. Evan Vickers, a Cedar City Republican, wants to cut that list in half. Evans plans to introduce legislation this session banning smoking rooms at the airport....


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Utah Republican Party created a mess, and candidates aren't happy

A couple of years ago, Utah Republicans congratulated themselves on passing Senate Bill 54. The bill, pushed by state Sen. Curt Bramble, managed to deflect Count My Vote, which sought to replace Utah’s caucus-convention system with voter primaries. SB54 retained primaries, but allowed ballot...


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A school day, a crosswalk and a fatal accident: A conversation

BaiLee DiBernardo, 17, died after she was hit by two cars Monday morning in a crosswalk near Layton High School. A 17-year-old boy was also hit and seriously injured. Police said Friday they’ve asked for multiple charges against Leroy James Clark, 32, of Clinton, the driver of the truck that...


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Enedina Stanger, medical marijuana and Utah law: A conversation

Enedina Stanger is confined to a wheelchair because she suffers from Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a potentially fatal disease that attacks connective tissues to skin, bones and blood vessels. The only thing that relieves her pain is marijuana. Police arrested Stanger in October after she’d smoked...


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