National Commentary

Trump is giving a lot of mixed messages about whom to blame on health care

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“Whether Trump has finally found the group he thinks is responsible for his defeat — or points his finger elsewhere in the days ahead — is to be determined,” writes Amber Phillips.

National Commentary

President Trump discovers that governing is hard

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“You'd think seven years would be ample time to cobble something together that could replace Obamacare,” writes Kathleen Parker. “The fact Republicans didn't confirms that such an overhaul requires the time and patience Trump and Co. haven't been willing — or able — to...

Our View

Facts don't matter to Utah lawmakers who oppose abortion

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Utah lawmakers want a world in which Roe v. Wade doesn’t exist and they can rewrite the rules of human biology. It doesn’t work that way.


It's time for Paul Ryan to resign as speaker of the House

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Where is the resolve in the House to vote on Obamacare II? The folks in the White House made it clear that the House was to take a vote Friday and let the chips fall where they will. When he agreed to become speaker of the House, Paul Ryan made it absolutely clear that he would be the Speaker just...

Behind Bars

Behind Bars: What's the goal of prison, correction or punishment?

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The big prison debate: Rehabilitation through education and programs or through punishment? 

Our View

Who deserves praise and criticism this week in Northern Utah?

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See who else earned praise and criticism this week. 

National Commentary

Health care coverage is the GOP's problem now

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“Nothing good will come of the Obamacare repeal-and-replace debate,” writes Rich Lowry. “If anything resembling the current bill passes and is signed into law, Republicans will spend years trying to fix it.”

National Commentary

The GOP's lost health care conscience

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“The debacle that is Trumpcare, aka Ryancare — both President Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan own this thing — is a reminder that conservatism has gone haywire,” writes E.J. Dionne Jr.


We need to defend free speech, especially when it offends

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Two quick comments. First, our newspaper, the Standard-Examiner, does not report fake news. It has integrity and honesty. That is its lifeblood. I subscribe to it, and have since 1981, for two main reasons: 1) It tries hard to keep politicians honest by constantly exposing them. That is what keeps...


Reader hates daylight saving time, misses long, dark summer evenings

Spring Forward

I guess it’s time to get my opinion out of mothballs again. I hate daylight saving time. It takes a month for my body to accept the time change. Do you know where MST begins? In Kansas. It makes sense if you live in Denver. The sun pops out of the prairie early in the morning, but if you live...

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