Guest Commentary

It's always a good time to become an engineer

Most people are probably familiar with the acronym STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering and Math — and understand its importance to both the American military and the economy. Those old enough can remember another time when the United States created a dramatic sense of urgency for...

Our View

Utah had a cheap, popular way to reduce air pollution. So lawmakers killed it

For three days in February, as state lawmakers met in Salt Lake City, Utah made news for recording the worst air quality in the nation. How did the General Assembly respond? By eliminating funding for a program that reduced air pollution. In 2014, lawmakers approved $200,000 for the Clean Air...

National Commentary

Having the tough talk about how we wish to die


In Trump vs. Clinton, voters faced with choosing the lesser of two evils

Conventional wisdom says that a vote for the lesser of two evils is still a vote for evil; this applies to the 2016 presidential campaign and our apparent choice between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Many people see politics as evil or crooked. In Trump’s case, he’s seen as evil in...

Behind Bars

Behind Bars: "Prison handles" a common practice inside, rare on the outside

If you know more than one guy named “Demon” or “Reckless” then you might be in prison. It’s a common practice for inmates to pick up a “prison handle” or nickname while here. For the most part, prisoners don’t give themselves these...

National Commentary

Despite her popularity, Obama's 107-year-old dance partner can't secure photo

Virginia McLaurin, who recently turned 107, was still basking in the glow of her dance with President Obama in February. A White House video of the meeting has been viewed nearly 66 million times. The attention has resulted in invitations to New York and Los Angeles for media interviews. To board...


A principal receives a fitting award and a young athlete takes silver

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 Vincent Ardizzone, principal of James Madison Elementary School, the recipient a $10,000 Huntsman Award for Excellence...

National Commentary

2016's scrambled coalitions

WASHINGTON — Republicans are a more ideological party than the Democrats, but ideology has mattered less in the GOP primaries this year than in the race between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Clinton is in a nearly unassailable position to win her party's nomination. But assuming she...

From the Editors

Standard-Examiner wins 18 awards from Top of the Rockies 2016

Staff photographers swept three categories and combined efforts from page designers, reporters and photographers garnered several other first place awards. 


Get rid of the Old Testament? That's where many of Jesus's teachings originated

There is a very wise rule that states, “Never argue religion or politics.” Both are full of metaphors, allegories, and interpretations. In her April 21 letter, “We don’t need churches; we just need the New Testament,” (Apr. 21), Alasun Geddes suggests we get rid of the...

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