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The novel coronavirus has laid bare the inequities that exist in our country and our world. As fellow Utahns we have witnessed the detrimental effects of this virus. We have witnessed people losing their jobs, businesses closing down, people being hospitalized, and loved ones being lost to t…

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Midge was one of my best friends in High School. She died of lung cancer when she was only 34 years old. She left behind 3 little girls. Midge grew up in a home of heavy smokers. She died of lung cancer even though she had never smoked a cigarette. She died of second hand smoke. I am so than…

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Many of us will give money to charity this month. Americans give more than any other people in the world.

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Economic hardships of minimum wage workers concern many Americans. Federal minimum wage was enacted in 1938 at $0.25 an hour. It covered 40% of the prevailing hourly rate and covered 50% of non-supervisory workers (Department of Labor). Congress, through a series of amendments since 1938, ha…

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“Life is going to return to normal,” Joe Biden promised last week in a Thanksgiving address to the nation. He was talking about life after COVID-19, but you could be forgiven if you thought he was also making a promise about life after Donald Trump.

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Donald Trump’s presidency has been a four-year stress test of America’s constitutional system. Trump’s belligerent governance has weakened the bipartisan fabric — rooted in prudence, decency and comity — that ties our multi-branch system of government together.

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This concerns the family in Ogden that tragically had their dog hit on Harrison Blvd. The family has put a sign up severely chastising the driver that hit the dog. A terrible tragedy no doubt. But I remember last July when a loose dog caused a person to brake and the car got hit and killed a…

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Could someone tell me if our Ogden City Garbage is being recycled? Some weeks ago, to my surprise and consternation, there was an article in the paper pointing-out that both the sorted recyclables that go into the blue bins, and the unsorted non-recyclable garbage that goes into the green bi…

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As Utahns, we each have many different traditions, like going to see the temple lights or having our annual St. George trips but some traditions are not always happy like the use of Native Mascots.

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The small table offering masks and hand sanitizer just inside our front door was the unlikely greeting to our Thanksgiving Day guests this year. It was symbolic of this year of COVID. The younger cousins wore their masks more naturally than the rest of us — most likely because they wear them…

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There is an old saying, the baseball rule: “Never change a winning game, always change a losing one.” Is the COVID fight a losing game? Some states, and some nations, have done lockdowns and others have not. Some mandate mask wearing, others do not. The rate of infection is rising rapidly re…

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Got my Monday morning paper. And on the front page read an article of a hit and run dog's death. You have to be kidding me. Why was your dog out in the front off a leash? You were just asking for trouble. Unfortunately, there was probably nothing the driver could do to avoid hitting the dog …

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The Utah Legislature and local governments should identify and address racial and socioeconomic disparities concerning obesity. Similar to many pivotal state-wide and national-level issues, in the examination of obesity data, crucial disparities exist and thrive along racial and socioeconomi…

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Free speech is a fundamental right in America, and many Utahns utilize social media platforms to exercise it. In last month’s Senate Commerce Committee hearing, Senator Mike Lee and his colleagues questioned tech CEOs over conservative bias in their companies. Proposed solutions to this conc…

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The Dow crossed 30,000 for the first time, and three promising vaccines are on the way. These are not unrelated events. Also boosting investor optimism was Trump world’s decision to finally start the transition to a Joe Biden presidency and Biden’s naming of Janet Yellen as his treasury secretary.

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WASHINGTON — Thanksgiving has been a mixed blessing for many Americans this year, as most were adjusting to smaller gatherings and lesser spreads, while more than 258,000 families assembled without loved ones lost to COVID-19.

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Missing in any debate about whether it is wise for the United States to reduce our troop numbers in both Afghanistan and Iraq, as the Trump administration has ordered, down to 2,500 Americans in each country (a number, let it be noted, that is too few to fight and too many to die), is the qu…

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About one year ago, the Utah Legislature was presented with “A Plan to Elevate Utah’s Economic Success” by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED). This plan was the outcome of a comprehensive effort to tap Utah’s best minds with respect to economic development in order to help …

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Although it is not yet official, Pres. Trump has 240 years of constitutional precedence on his side to challenge the pre-mature results of the 2020 elections.

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I have a neighbor that my myself and mom been friends with and lived next to for over 50 years and now with this virus she will not come over or answer her door. My mom and her have been friends for many many years. So one day she was outside and I went to get the mail. She sees me come down…

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I know it's hard for President Trump to accept the fact he lost but the people have spoken, YOU LOST. We've done the recounts, you lost. Your money will not change the result, you lost. You have made no attempts to curb the plague we're suffering now, your only focus is to create mass confus…

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One good rule of thumb is to judge parties and politicians by their priorities. Politicians often pretend to be for every good thing under the sun, so the best way to judge them is to look at which things they actually work to achieve or spend political capital on. This will tell you not onl…

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Last week, on my syndicated radio program, I told my listeners that even though there was probably fraud in the election, it would not be enough to overcome the margin of Joe Biden’s victory. Joe Biden is President-elect.

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It’s not my habit to write about readers’ hate mail, which is as much a part of daily life as toothbrushing, and just as boring.

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The Utah Symphony and I go way back. I’m old enough to have heard Piatagorsky perform in the Tabernacle with the Utah Symphony under the direction of Maestro Maurice Abravanel. For three decades l lived in Europe and heard their great orchestras in their classic cities. I even heard my home-…

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This year, 2020, has truly been a rather terrifying roller-coaster ride so far, not just for me but for my family, friends, neighbors, community and, indeed, the entire world. My young grandchildren are now growing up with memories of masked faces and eyes filled with fear and frustration.

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Back when I attended journalism school in the early 1990s, we were frequently exhorted to “find the drama” in whatever we were covering. Drama sold papers, and if you wanted your precious byline on the exalted front page, you needed to write stories that elevated conflict and emotion. Even i…

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Older Americans across the country depend on the delivery of quality healthcare in their homes, which has become increasingly important, especially during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Home health providers deliver nursing, therapy and aide services to patients in the safety and secu…

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Biden is president! Or is he? As the election increasingly points to a Biden victory, Republicans are clinging to hope of election fraud. While definitive evidence of election changing fraud has yet to be found (although it could be), one conclusion ought already to be clear. The manner in w…

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A small, boxy turkey roosts on my kitchen table. It’s a long-ago homemade item (that alone makes it priceless since I rarely hand make anything) and is, therefore, minimally adequate. It’s definitely not Pinterest-quality level, but then, that never was my goal. (The turkey is, in fact, olde…

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As an elementary principal across a long career, I faced the fallout from many a fifth-grader, who had taken on the role of school yard bully. Not only did I need to spend time with the bully him or herself, I learned that I needed to spend just as much time with the other leaders of the pla…

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Been over a week now since the Biden win (and Trump loss) of the presidency of the United States. Trump is soon to become another ex-president. It appears that Trump is not taking the news at all well and is not ready to be an ex-president. He is busily making staffing changes for his future…

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With the tragedy of the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the nation in the spring of 2020 and continuing to this day, we know this year has been tough for Weber County residents and especially Weber County businesses and nonprofit organizations. Uncertainty and instability are not easy feelings to…

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Ordinarily, it’s not possible for a party to win the presidency and have a bad election night, but the Democrats managed it.

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My reason for writing is that I feel stressed from the uncertainty of the politics that is capping four years of my intense disgust watching every day more destruction of the values I subscribe to, in this, my beloved adopted country.

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As I watched pictures of all the crazy looking liberals march in Washington DC and other cities across our beloved country, I had an epiphany. Remember the scene when the Grinch is on the top of Mt. Crumpet, well, it was something like that…