'Brownney the Incontinent' teaches this columnist humility

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What did the over-hydrated guinea pig say to the reporter? Urine big trouble, mister.

Our View

When you don't test diesels, you get air pollution that makes news

As of 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, during “Idle-Free Week” in Ogden, the federal government’s AirNow website listed these as the cities with the worst air pollution in the United States: 1. Franklin, Idaho. 2. Salmon, Idaho. 3. Brigham City. 4. Logan. 5. Ogden. RELATED: “Air...


Columnist Thomas Sowell relies on deceptive arguments

When my kids were young, they would often ask “do I have to?” I would tell them no,; the only thing they had to do is die. I believe in telling it like it is. I get that the Standard Examiner wants to present a range of views in its opinion page. However, I have a hard time...

National Commentary

What would the Founding Fathers say about assault weapons?

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit has struck down Maryland's law regulating assault weapons, creating a split with the 2nd Circuit, which upheld similar laws in New York and Connecticut. That split could, and probably should, lead the U.S. Supreme Court to take up and decide the issue....


New Hampshire spanks the elites

WASHINGTON — The conservatism that has dominated the Republican Party for decades is in crisis. Capitalism has lost its allure among a large swath of young Americans. And the Clinton and Bush brands are yesterday's products in desperate need of renovation. These are, admittedly, large...


Don't punish Mantua for efficiently enforcing traffic laws

A Feb. 3 news story regarding a legislator from Cache County caught my attention (“Can the ’speed trap’ in Mantua be fixed with a bill?”). The news story also is significant because I’m a resident of the small town in which he is directing his frustrations. I live in...

Our View

Lawmakers, follow Lindquist's lead on WSU Social Science Building

John E. Lindquist appreciates the value of Weber State University. Now the Legislature needs to follow Lindquist’s lead. Lindquist, an Ogden businessman, is donating $5 million toward the renovation of WSU’s Social Science Building. School officials announced the gift Monday — the...

National Commentary

Bernie Sanders is no revolutionary

For a guy running against the establishment, Bernie Sanders sure seems to crave its approval. In New Hampshire last week, the Democratic presidential candidate put out an ad touting his endorsements that gave the false impression that two local newspapers — the Nashua Telegraph and the Valley...

Standard Deviations

Cam Newton wasn't biggest loser at Super Bowl 50

Columnist Mark Saal takes on the haters of Cam Newton’s post-loss press conference.

National Commentary

Social Security is a fraud and it's bankrupting the country

During this election year, we are destined to hear many words that are toxic in the way they misrepresent reality and substitute fantasies that can win votes. One of these words is

Our View

Utah justice court judges need to hold law degrees

If you hold a high school diploma, congratulations — you possess all the qualifications necessary to serve as a justice court judge in Utah. At least for a while. Rep. Craig Hall, a West Valley City Republican, sponsored a bill requiring justice court judges to hold law degrees. RELATED: “Bill...

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