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Maybe you haven't noticed, but we live in a time when everything is supposed to be black and white. The weird, incestuous relationship between the media and the political parties incentivizes combatants to take positions on the 1-yard lines, if not in the end zones. But what if -- and bear w…

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In 2016 and 2017, Bernie Sanders raked in over a million bucks. Last year, his gross income was down to $561, 293 — still not too shabby. The point is not to rib the senator about his membership in the top 1 percent, though that's tempting. Nor is it to chide him for his relatively paltry ch…

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I was happy to read about the upgrade planned for the Treehouse Museum in Ogden. My 4-year-old grandson, Dax, and I have been attending regularly for the past two years. I will be signing us up for our third year soon.

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WASHINGTON — Nearly 18 years ago, my wife and I were in Versailles, about to tour that iconic palace, when French television showed the infamous destruction of New York’s Twin Towers skyscrapers by two hijacked commercial aircraft.

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From 1997 to 2008, Tiger Woods dominated the world of golf, winning an extraordinarily high percentage of the tournaments he entered. Woods’ illustrious golf career included wins in 14 majors, just four short of tying Jack Nicklaus’ all-time record. Then came the revelation and scandal about…

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Congress has recessed for two weeks without passing a desperately needed disaster relief bill. Why not? Because Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell didn't want to anger Donald Trump by adding money for Puerto Rico that Democrats have sought but Trump doesn't want.

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By now you have probably heard about the astounding observations of the black hole at the center of the galaxy designated M87 and christened Powehi, a Hawaiian phrase referring to an “embellished dark source of unending creation.” This monster of an object, six billion times as massive as ou…

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He was the most uncommon presidential candidate. Most of them, disappointingly, flatter every group of voters they appear before by telling them what they're confident they want to hear. Candidates, to put it bluntly, verbally caress the erogenous zones of the body politic. But not so with o…

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Once again Utah has taken the path of least resistance. Though we talk about clean air and quality of life, the truth is that we don’t want to undergo the challenges to make it happen. Rather than follow EPA guidelines to clean up our polluted air, we pursue litigation. This is the current i…

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The military has warned us that climate change is dangerous on many fronts, including direct impacts on our military infrastructure and the destabilizing forces causing conflict and migration abroad. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson announced the need for $4.9 billion additional funding to…

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If I told you there was a movement to create a navy or air force, you might respond, "Don't we already have those?" If I said we need a movement to convince bears to relieve themselves in the woods, you might say, "Wait. Isn't that happening already?

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An appropriately Twitteresque meme circulated recently on that platform: Write a sad story in just three words. This was an homage to Ernest Hemingway, who, challenged to write a sad story in only six words, grabbed the nearest blank paper and scrawled: “For sale: baby shoes. Never worn.” Or…

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Jamal Bell’s shooting was completely justified and not in any way racially motivated, according to some reader’s comments that followed the SE article. After all, he had a knife and refused to comply with police shouting orders. Case closed.

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Last January, President Donald Trump quietly changed the traditional definition of Domestic Violence and rolled back women’s rights 50 years. Under Trump, the Justice Department redefined domestic violence to only include physical harm that would constitute a felony or misdemeanor. The new d…

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According to the FBI, “hate crimes” are on the rise. The agency reported a 17% increase in such crimes in 2017 compared to 2016. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., recently said: “There has been an increase in hate crimes. There has been an increase in very negati…

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WASHINGTON — In his most famous dialogue, “The Republic,” Plato, via Socrates, explored the idea that a just state would best function under the leadership of a perfectly just philosopher-king.

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By no means should the people of Ogden disregard the threat of a Utah specific roadless rule, as expressed in an article from early March. It is quite easing to know that someone listened when the people of Weber County spoke up against redoing the management of roadless forests, and that sh…

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During the night of Sunday, March 31, a 20-foot white cargo trailer was stolen from our yard. The contents were of little value but the trailer also contained several boxes of items such as journals, photographs, family memorabilia, souvenirs and boxes of books we have collected over many ye…

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I recently attended an address by a revered community and religious leader who pulled up several images of well-known sports heroes with the aim of inspiring the young people in the audience to set and achieve goals of their own.

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Did you know that Utah has 27 state symbols? Well, 28 now, with that Gila monster decision. The state Legislature approved another state symbol recently: Utah’s state lizard — the Gila monster. Residing primarily in Arizona and New Mexico, the venomous Gila is named after a Colorado River tr…

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I'm officially off parole. Not being able to travel outside the state of Utah without asking permission or not being allowed to set foot in an establishment whose chief item of sale is alcohol was inconvenient, but not really a big deal. The best part about being off parole is no longer havi…

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When President Trump shut down the government in an attempt to force Congress to fund a border wall, Democrats and liberal journalists — including many mainstream reporters — responded by insisting there was no crisis.

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More than a decade ago, when I was a reporter at The Plain Dealer, management invited a number of us in the newsroom to a special training session on how to report about race. I don't remember the exact year we did this — it was long before I left the paper in 2011 — but I will never forget …

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During a 2008 interview with then-Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, ABC’s Charlie Gibson asked whether Alaska’s proximity to Russia offered Palin unique “insight.” Palin responded, “They’re our next-door neighbors, and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, f…

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WASHINGTON — It may be a truism-in-the-making that one’s political career is over when, as a candidate, you must first apologize for your sex and race, which can mean only one thing: Young or old, you’re a white guy.

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In a case of legislative railroading spurred on by national real estate brokerages, Utah lawmakers cast aside a longstanding consumer protection in passing 2019 Senate Bill 121. The sole purpose of SB 121 is to allow real estate brokers and home builders to own and receive hidden profits fro…

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One week ago, members of the Ogden community joined together to honor victims of the mosque massacre in Christchurch, New Zealand. People from all walks of life gathered on the steps of Ogden’s city hall March 27. The weather was overcast, and the mood was somber. Small children climbed the …