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The protests in Hong Kong are heartbreaking to witness. I recall the gloom that accompanied the handover of sovereignty ceremony in 1997. Prince Charles was there. So was Tony Blair. Only eight years had passed since the communist Chinese government had mowed down an estimated 10,000 democra…

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Our 11-year-old grandson is with us for the week, and we are having the sort of conversations that indicate the learning has just begun — for me.

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I'm now old and retired, still enjoying life and trying to stay calm with the current chaos. I've lived through lots of turmoil in my 80+ years but am still optimistic about things working out if we keep striving. A regular letter writer raises my ire with his latest. He conjures up catchy t…

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South Weber City has a weak, inapt or collusional elected city government. This conglomerate of counsel members has blindly allowed the hiring of city and planning managers that have facilitated opportunist by rezoning properties to benefit developers in light of the once set community standards.

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President Donald Trump’s immigration agenda has always been considered exclusionary and prejudiced by progressives; now they consider it tainted by mass murder.

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Ever since I was a kid, I have loved horses. I was thrilled when Ogden did the "Painted Horses" for show during Pioneer Days. Whoever is responsible for keeping that tradition going and the horses in beautiful condition deserves a hearty "pat on the back" for the work being done to keep Ogde…

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — As the entire nation reeled from the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, South Carolinians were met with news that a local teen had made violent, racist videos and threatened to shoot up his high school.

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One year ago today, I rolled over in bed and thought, “Why does it feel uncomfortable to lay like this?” A quick inspection yielded a large lump and a sinking feeling. I immediately called my primary care doctor who saw me that same day. He assured me that I had no risk factors for cancer, b…

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It’s almost back-to-school time. For the most part, Utah’s corps of thinly compensated, but well-trained, professional and dedicated educators will soon welcome our youth, and for the next nine months, will spend approximately half their weekdays’ time with them. But what about the other hal…

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The best part of a family reunion is spending time with your kids’ kids. We just finished a week-long reunion with all of our families — some local, some out of state. It’s what families do in August when they see back-to-school looming ahead.

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This week, The New York Times caved to online bullying and changed a headline for an article covering President Donald Trump's remarks after the horrible shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. The original headline, "Trump Urges Unity Vs. Racism," was met with outrage on social media…

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America is sick. Just about everybody recognizes it, and we didn’t need two more mass shootings to convince anybody of anything. Most Americans think the country is on the wrong track, despite a roaring economy. You can blame Donald Trump, but Americans have been unsatisfied with the country…

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It seems necessary to begin every discussion in America today with a reminder to show a little charity. If you oppose gun control, don’t assume that those proposing restrictions on gun purchases are merely using the latest atrocity as an excuse for confiscation. Likewise, gun opponents shoul…

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On Tuesday, Aug. 6, it was necessary to close a short part of Aztec Drive to remove two big trees in my back yard toppled by a wind storm. Nye’s Tree service did a great job which included getting a very professional crane crew and setting up street barricades. Another aspect was coordinatin…

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The genie is out of the bottle, signs of its emergence appeared in the 2016 presidential election when media bias and favoritism toward the Democrat candidate were exposed, acts that then candidate Donald Trump called “fake news.” Today Trump haters are in full battle mode attacking his admi…

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Citizens of Ogden! If you had the chance to do something good that is for your health and your future, and save money at the same time, wouldn’t you do it? Let’s all urge the mayor and the City Council to take advantage of the opportunity to join with Rocky Mountain Power in a transition to …

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South Weber is a city rich in heritage and tradition. For the last 43 years (since 1976), South Weber has celebrated its heritage by holding Country Fair Days, a weeklong celebration packed with fireworks and festivities. In 1976, activities included balloon dart games, fish ponds, food nook…

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CHARLESTON, S.C. — The idea of a race war has long animated white supremacists, who seem to think that such a conflict would result in a white victory, whatever that would mean.

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Sen. Mike Lee openly voted against our first responders and heroes of 9-11, by voting against the 9-11 health care bill. We promised to serve and protect our heroes, and rightfully so, yet Sen. Lee violated this sacred promise by turning his back on those who risked -- and gave -- their live…

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Never before have presidential candidates offered voters so much “free” stuff.

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Nine years ago, I took a group of approximately 50 students to tour Topaz, the Japanese internment camp, located in Delta, Utah. Opened in 1942, the camp forced internees to complete construction, including raising the barbed wire fence along the perimeter of the camp — the same fence that w…

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Listening to debates among presidential primary candidates invariably reminds me of the 1974 Democratic primary for New York governor. To set the scene: In November of 1973, Republican Nelson Rockefeller, four times elected chief executive of the Empire State who would later be chosen by Pre…

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If actions speak louder than words, President Trump is no racist. If he were truly one, he’d be oppressing minorities, not uplifting and empowering them with policies he’s implemented that improve their lives.

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These “debates” are to serious policy discussions as a kazoo is to an orchestra. You can say a kazoo is an instrument, and you can say that these truncated thoughts are proposals, but you’ll invite smirks.

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Minutes after Robert Mueller III had completed his first round of Wednesday’s congressional testimony, journalists and pundits started weighing in — on his acting abilities.

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THUMBS UP: The state’s Tax Restructuring and Equalization Task Force held is final town hall this week, ending in Orem at Utah Valley University. It concludes a tour of town hall meetings across the state as legislators Sen. Lyle W. Hillyard, R-Logan, and Rep. Francis Gibson, R-Mapleton, and…

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While traveling on business in Northern California, some of my associates there commented how much they appreciated Sen. Romney’s words condemning President Trump's behavior as documented in the Mueller Report. I agreed that his words are encouraging; although, Sen. Romney lacks the courage …

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I find it frustrating and lacking common sense that the road construction on I-15, between Layton and Riverdale, is the only road project in Utah that doesn’t have any “reduce speeds” or “uneven pavement” signage posted. It is ridiculous for people to be going the same speed limit posted for…

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Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign was just disrupted by campaign workers demanding the same $15 per hour Sanders demands government force all employers to pay.

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To my fellow voters in the 1st Congressional District: Join me and pledge to make 2018 the last time you voted for Rob Bishop whether he keeps his pledge to make 2018 the last time he would run or no. Zero tolerance. No excuses. Help the poor man keep his word! (He just can't help himself)

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Words matter. And some of the most important words you’ll use will be the ones to guard your money, data and privacy. Choosing a set of strong passwords is probably more important than you realize.