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‘Tis the season for package theft from your porch. We go through this year round, but especially at Christmas. One ridiculously simple solution to deter these thefts is for the package carrier, whether it is UPS, USPS, or FedEx, to ring the doorbell when they leave the package. Not all of us…

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Nancy Pelosi said she undertook impeachment “prayerfully,” and apparently what she was praying was that she could get it over with as soon as possible.

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I believe talk radio and its divisive format is a major contributor to our current plight. Division and chaos create drama, and drama catches listeners which translates into $$$. To create real drama, you need more than a division of ideas, you need a division of people, an enemy, a vile ene…

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Josef Stalin is reputed to have said: “The death of one man is a tragedy. The death of millions is a statistic.” In the hands of New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, the deaths of thousands can be a partisan bludgeon.

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We’ve got a whopping thumbs down this week for air quality. We’re all guilty parties in this, and we literally have to live with it. It was so poor along the Wasatch (Davis and Weber included) that planes were redirected as they couldn’t land in Salt Lake City amidst the trapped fog and smog…

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An article was recently presented in the Standard-Examiner in regard to a proposed sound wall that is being considered by the Utah Department of Traffic (UDOT) for the upcoming project on Highway 89.

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Clear vision in the coming election year is needed to sort out the confusion and rancor currently existing. There is so much “news” that is not trustworthy and conflicting stories pop up daily making it nearly impossible to know what is real news. So let’s be clear about a few things startin…

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Victims of violent crimes often experience trauma. How an individual will respond when they are a victim of a violent crime is dependent on several factors. One important factor is access and utilization of safe and supportive connections. The justice system is often one of the first connect…

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On Sept. 19, I gave the keynote at the Utah High School Activities Association (UHSAA) meeting. With approximately 250 high school and district administrators in attendance, I talked about how to build inclusivity and community in an education-based sports environment.

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In listening to the Democratic presidential debates, we might conclude that “Medicare for All” is a legislative possibility. It is not, and any presidential candidate with a scintilla of self-respect must admit that fact. A recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that just 30% of American…

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People often offer cynical interpretations of American support for Israel. It’s the malign influence of the Jewish lobby, or Israel is a colonial outpost of the American hegemon or Israel has brainwashed American policymakers. What these right-wing conspiracists, anti-Semites and committed l…

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“How dare you? You have stolen my dreams and my childhood!” insisted teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg at the United Nations. “We are in the beginning of a mass extinction!”

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You are cordially invited to help save the earth by standing up and speaking out at an Ogden City Council meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, in the Municipal Bldg., 2549 Washington Blvd. The Community Renewable Energy Act (HB 411) enables cities to opt-in for 100% renewable energy sources by…

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When I was pregnant with my daughter, my parents gave me a Cabbage Patch doll with blonde hair and eyes that blinked.

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After combing through the Standard-Examiner website, I found that you have not reported on the bills HB 209 and HB 17 from the 2019 session of the Utah Legislature, and I am concerned that you have not taken an opportunity to inform your readers of their contents, especially since HB17 has b…

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Draining the Swamp. We hear almost daily, the pronouncements by Donald Trump that he is draining the swamp. The swamp, of course, is Washington D.C. but there’s another take on what he says. Instead of draining the swamp, he has created a cesspool of corruption. He has created an administrat…

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After watching most of the “impeachment inquiry” broadcast on television, my takeaway is the same as that expressed by Utah Rep. Chris Stewart. He asked the direct question to witnesses at the inquiry, and both acting Ambassador Thomas and the former Ambassador to the Ukraine answered plainl…

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Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently put President Donald Trump on notice about any possible retaliation against the whistleblower who filed a complaint against Trump. Pelosi warned: “I will make sure he does not intimidate the whistleblower. I was there. I told the President, you’…

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has impressive credentials: He graduated third in his class from Los Amigos High School in California’s Orange County before winning an appointment from his congressman — “B-1 Bob” Dornan, a conservative remembered for his unstinting support for the California-…

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At a recent local grade school’s Veterans Day celebration, I watched grandkids hold up American flags with squiggly red lines on a white sheet of paper and their blue handprint for the field of stars while they enthusiastically sang “God Bless America!” I realized, yes, God has, indeed, bles…