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A somber monument etched with thousands of names stands on the southeast corner of Library Square at 300 East 500 South in Salt Lake City. It’s a long, serpentine stretch of glass panels that extend along the east side of the block, edged with a quiet landscape of flowers, trees and grass. T…

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Some years ago, as a United States Peace Corps volunteer in the Thar Desert, also known as the Great Indian Desert, my Indian government counterpart, Narpat, and I took a bus to a conference. It was a long, tiring ride, and the temperature was at least 120 F. All the windows were open wide. …

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Two years ago, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 substantially overhauled the Internal Revenue Code. Previous reform of this magnitude last occurred with the Tax Reform Act of 1986. The circumstances surrounding the enactment of these two pieces of legislation present a case study for contra…

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Mothers Day — or the annual mom’s guilt trip as some moms call it — is next Sunday. Moms have the toughest job in the world. Seriously, coal miners at least get to go home every day. Moms are on the job 24/7, and the paycheck is internally generated satisfaction and fulfillment — emotions th…

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In May, Silicon Valley will host the Augmented World Expo (AWE). There, entrepreneurs will showcase devices — from headsets to holosuits — that promise to produce awe by creating virtual and augmented reality. Yet the awe these devices produce differs from the awe earlier generations of Amer…

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East of Hyde Park, (a tiny community in upper Northern Utah), is a small hill named Round Hill because, well, it’s round. It hasn’t changed much beyond a slowly growing lacework of motorbike trails adding to a foot path that was once its only mark.

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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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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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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 …

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By now, most people are familiar with the scandal involving wealthy parents who paid a fixer to help their children cheat their way into elite colleges. The scandal illuminates the seamy side of undergraduate admissions. It also underscores some paradoxical realities about the benefits of at…

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In March 1961, soon after his inauguration, President John F. Kennedy introduced the United States Peace Corps — a concept offering material help to developing nations and better understanding for all. Seven years later, upon graduating from Weber State, I joined the ranks.

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“Hi. I’m Louise. What’s your name?” I asked the woman wheeled up in her wheelchair across the dining hall table from me. “Lonnie,” she said. Then she pulled her arms up onto the table and as they flailed about uncontrollably, she added with a wicked grin, “And this is Parkinson's.”

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Over the course of six years my husband has insisted that he had a terrific idea for an outdoor winter party in our driveway. Each time he would bring it up, I would try to be patient, listen attentively and not throw my hands in the air shouting, “That’s not the way it works in Utah. This i…

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Peter D. Hart, the respected Democratic pollster who has perfected his trade through his work in the past 15 presidential campaigns, candidly warns against the predictive value of polls taken this far ahead of any presidential election. At this stage, so long before voters actually vote, acc…

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I'm old enough to remember a time when an independent secular Jewish socialist with a long record of support for communist regimes would be considered a force for diversity in a typical field of Democratic candidates. Think back to years past, when the likes of Walter Mondale, Gary Hart, Dic…

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One autumn evening in 1999, I was driving with my 12-year-old daughter in the front passenger seat, when she asked me something about my childhood.

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Elizabeth Warren, one of the— what is it now, 211? — candidates for president, seems intent on proving that having been a Harvard law professor is no bar to fatuous policy prescriptions. She has endorsed the farrago of foolishness called the Green New Deal, promises to tax the rich to "make …

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Adulting is hard work. It requires attention, patience, will, determination, willingness and commitment – among other things. Just taking care of the day-to-day living of work, school, family, and responsibilities such as food preparation and bill-paying can exhaust you even before you wake …

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Whether a young college student or someone seeking a mid-career change, earning a degree in engineering and computer science still offers the best bang for your buck. On average, overwhelmingly, engineering offers the best opportunities for employment with higher wages and higher lifetime ea…

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Add my voice to the millions who condemn New York’s leaders’ decision to permit an abortion of a child in the third trimester when a woman’s life or health (undefined) are at risk. It takes a lot to shock this nation, but nationwide reaction indicates our eastern state succeeded.