Outtakes

DVR remote, snacks, action: How to watch LDS Conference

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In my church, there’s a tendency to look down on too much watching of the idiot box. The boob tube tends to feature unwholesome programming and is generally regarded as time wasted on...

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Weakened allure of circuses, zoos, animal theme parks

When someone tells me the circus is coming to town, my first thought is the family must be coming over for supper. It is not an unreasonable guess, since over the...


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Poorly trained teacher militia won't make schools safer

In the “Votes Have Consequences” category of Beehive State life, let’s hear it for Utah’s gun-worshipping Legislature. Last week, a teacher...


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Reader feedback provides critical company

I am a creature of habit, which drives my wife crazy: The briefcase belongs in the home office, she reminds me when I arrive home from work, NOT on the kitchen...


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The fix is in against Ogden's food trucks

I love it when capitalists beg government to put its boot on their competitors’ throats. It’s equally ironic to watch when citizens who are proud free-...


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A visit to political 'crazytown' in Layton

If you’re the type of person who believes that the United States of America would be in better shape if only the people had more power and control, well,...


Staff Columns

UTA responds to whiny columnist

Be careful what you wish for. For nearly six years, I've been a weekday commuter on FrontRunner -- the Utah Transit Authority's heavy-rail transit system between...


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Robin Williams: The delight and relief that comedy brings

I’m not one to deify celebrities and entertainers. I suspect the reason is that, during the first half of my career as a journalist, I met and/or spoke on the...


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The shock of being alone to just think

There exists a photo of me, my oldest daughter, two sons-in-law and 1-year-old grandson sitting in our family room. None of us are looking at each other. Instead,...


Staff Columns

Remembering my daughter's friends lost in plane crash

My daughter lives and attends college in Los Angeles. She was looking forward to August, when several of her now-graduated pals from Syracuse High School planned to...


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Does the arrest of the ex-AGs really mean the system works?

I would not say I am gleeful in the wake of the arrests of former Utah attorneys general Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow. But I would say I am smugly satisfied....


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