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The coronavirus epidemic that’s crashing the U.S. economy, putting lives at risk and derailing our entire way of life should serve as a wake-up call that the U.S. government must stop being reliant on China and other foreign nations for prescription drugs, medical supplies or any supply chai…

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National emergencies have a way of uniting us. They also have a way of highlighting those things that go unnoticed during everyday life but are essential to maintaining the standard of living we expect. The COVID-19 pandemic is certainly doing that now.

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The social and political response to major catastrophes often proceeds in stages. Stage 1 is denial. Thankfully, this stage is largely over for the coronavirus crisis. Not counting a few poltroons and conspiracy theorists, nobody is saying it’s all hype or no big deal.

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As the responsible people in Washington, D.C., are hard at work on an economic stimulus bill, the Democrats seek to pillage, loot, and plunder the United States Treasury even further. Usually the Democrats are more than happy to spend tons of our tax dollars and they still are but this time …

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As I recall I sent a letter to you about putting an overpass/underpass on 12th Street. It has been 13 years and now the "powers that be" are considering my proposal. There are several items to be considered. Let's consider the facts.

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In late February, Utah’s legislative leaders awarded a citation of commendation to President Trump for various of his accomplishments. During this same period, our nation’s intelligence community was sounding ever more dire alarms about the possibility of a coronavirus epidemic, an alarm tha…

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I have a question, this virus starts with a fever, does the virus need the fever in your body to incubate it to the next stage of the illness? If so, could it be stopped by not allowing your body to have a full blown fever by taking fever reducing meds? If the fever is what helps the virus g…

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In the March 20 letter to the editor titled Just Another Sickness by Jim Tsakalos, he said he “never realized how stupid and wimps the people of the USA have become… over this virus which is a mild strain of the flu. There have been 1500 people who have died in the world and 15 in the USA. H…

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Milan is the V-8 engine of Italy’s economy. Known as an industrial and financial powerhouse, Milan is also famous for its foul air. Now the city and its region, Lombardy, have become the epicenter of Europe’s coronavirus pandemic. To stop the virus’ spread, factories, offices, restaurants an…

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THUMBS UP: To the Ogden City Council for considering a resolution to urge Utah Gov. Gary Herbert to enact a 60-day moratorium on evictions in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Councilman Rich Hyer rightly brought up concerns about such a measure taking the financial burden from one party (r…

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I feel lucky to be in Utah where our leaders are proactive and honest about the coronavirus. But they cannot do it alone and need the federal government to take control, yet President Trump has been slow to respond. He needs to take the advice of experts while there is still an opportunity t…

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At a recent Brigham City council meeting, it was reported that Brigham's elections before going to vote by mail cost the city between $8,000 and $9,000. Brigham's first voting by mail in 2019 cost $38,000.

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Everybody is indeed affected by the circumstances of the virus. Yet, every day when I read the paper I come across a full page, sometimes two, of the LDS faith promoting their own missionaries and where they are assigned to go on their mission. The conference is also mentioned. This is not r…

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Life as we have known it has gotten weird. Pandemics, earthquakes, social chaos — what comes next? Most of us assume this time will pass and life will soon return to normal. What if it takes longer than we expect? What good can possibly come from the current panic that has spread throughout …

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Panicked buying and hoarding. A crisis looming. Government and corporate action. Quiet work behind the scenes to solve the problem. Massive disbelief about the severity of the crisis. Pointing of fingers toward those creating mass hysteria. I’m talking, of course, about the millennium, or Ye…

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As the saying goes, “Nothing is certain but death and taxes.” I would add, “and anti-price gouging legislation in times of crisis.” Yet price increases in the face of sudden shortages are an important impetus to restore supply and demand market conditions that are closer to normal.

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We are facing one discrete problem in the mass of chaos surrounding this pandemic that we can and must address immediately — the security of November’s election.

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Knowing how President Trump likes to take credit for many things he has absolutely no knowledge of, I’m sure that if and when the coronavirus is (we hope) finally brought under control, he will brag that it was his keen knowledge, insight and foresight that brought it under control and this …

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No matter how many problems come up, he has solved them all, ever since he was elected president back in 2016. The Democrats have been trying to impeach him for three years. He has just ignored them and he has taken care of nearly all of the problems. He just keeps on doing all the things th…

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I enjoy reading Ms. Brown’s biweekly column “The Homefront” but was saddened last week by the cheap shots she aimed toward the study of algebra. (When you’re through learning, you’re through.) Algebra equations that model burning candles, lumens and flames in outer space are very much valued…

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I talked to my daughter in South Korea last night, and she shared how they quickly controlled the epidemic in their country. When a community member is diagnosed, everyone in that community receives a text with the sick person's schedule from time of exposure to time of diagnosis. Citizens v…

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I just read in the newspaper that pro All-Star basketball player Donovan Mitchell has NO symptoms of coronavirus even though he tested positive. This made me realize that there are probably many people who have not been tested who may actually have it and don’t know it. Therefore, we should …

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What happens when the supposed dictator won’t dictate? This is the conundrum confronted by the harshest critics of President Donald Trump who have gone from warning he is a budding despot to complaining he hasn’t done enough to impose his will during the coronavirus crisis.

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THUMBS UP: Rocky Mountain Power, Dominion Energy, Ogden City and other local utilities for temporarily suspending non-payment disconnections to support the state of emergency response to COVID-19. Many people will experience disruptions to their regular income during the emergency and it's c…

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If Bernie Sanders were amassing a nearly insurmountable lead in the delegate counts, I have little doubt that he would be saying to Joe Biden: “Democrats have spoken. Time to drop out and help the team.”

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In these “times that try men’s souls,” there are unsung heroes among us. Journalists are those heroes. Journalists who work tirelessly to help us understand, to prepare, to think logically, to eliminate mindless chatter. Journalists who do their best to uncover the truth and help us behold i…

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I never realized how stupid and wimps the people in the USA have become, running to the stores buying can goods, bottled water, toilet paper, places shutting down, canceling ball games over this virus which is a mild strain of the flu. There have been 1,500 people who have died in the world …

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WASHINGTON — Two threads of interest have emerged from the coronavirus “crisis:” One is an apparent generational divide related to relative worry; the other is the degree to which the media are contributing to the virus’ propagation.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and just about the only official in the Trump administration trusted to tell the truth about the coronavirus, said last Thursday: “The system does not, is not really geared to what we need right now. ...…

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We’re traveling in a crowded subway car somewhere under Manhattan when, without warning, the car comes to an abrupt halt in a tunnel in between stations. The subway car is plunged into darkness, and our own growing anxiety, along with that of our fellow passengers, is almost palpable. After …

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“Let’s blow it all up.” That was the sentiment that animated any number of Republican primary voters in 2016. The “it” was (take your pick) the Republican Party, the “establishment,” the country. There were many good reasons for voters to be dissatisfied with the state of things in 2016. The…

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You have to hand it to the Frenchman for the classy apology. Poor Gobert will forever be known for shutting down the NBA. He has added so much to Gail Miller's hopes for a championship ring. I hope she makes it. And thanks to Gobert for his contributions, in spite of the complications that a…

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The coronavirus pandemic has created the urgency for federal and state mandated paid sick leave for all employees. Many employees will avoid getting check-ups or avoid staying home as this may mean missing 2 weeks of work and being unable to pay their bills. In the 21st century, staying home…

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Haw, Gov., very funny. Another bad law. You and your nasty cronies on the hill and the Church have done it again. You have ignored the people and the courts again. I see where your law has turned away all the Dragonfly customers including me. Creating the Utah State Cannabis Doctor was a nas…

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I was completely appalled to hear how Senator Hinkins handled the school breakfast bill this last Wednesday. I, too, was fortunate enough to have parents who were able to feed me breakfast and drive me to school. I had a father with a well-paying job and a mother who stayed home to take care…