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The Homefront: Finishing is more important than finishing first

A local organization called Race Cats Track Club hosts cross country training and races for elementary- and competition-age kids. Their most recent race last weekend was a reminder that the most important part of running a race isn’t finishing first — it’s finishing. Races don’t happen ...

Guest opinion: Donald Trump’s dangerous plan to drain the swamp

Donald Trump’s threats to American democracy are often bold and flashy. He tried to overthrow a presidential election. He stole classified national-security documents. He promised to pardon Jan. 6 insurrectionists if he retakes the presidency. But one of Trump’s most dangerous initiatives ...

Ferro: A sign of the times at Noorda Engineering

On Oct. 7, Weber State University will host a ribbon-cutting for its new Noorda Engineering, Applied Science & Technology Building on the Ogden campus. To make room for the Noorda project, nothing remains of the original Technical Education building built on that same site in 1957, ...

Guest opinion: Continuing our legacy of innovation

Utah has long supported our armed services. Our manufacturing might helped win World War II. Our pioneering spirit helped create our current national security infrastructure and space program. No doubt, Utahns are proud of what we’ve been able to contribute. I know. I’m an Air Force ...

Johnston: Back to school

Back-to-school is an uplifting rhythm and melody to me. It’s a season of fresh starts and new routine, photos with wide smiles and new backpacks. I got new shoes. A few days before classes started, the elementary school down the street hosted its grand reopening after years of ...

The Homefront: The folly of student debt forgiveness

When my husband and I married decades ago, he was still three years away from his college degree. So, he went to school (in addition to his full-time job) and I worked full-time to help put him through. We made a pact that we would never go into debt for his schooling. Since the money we earned ...

Guest opinion: An honest work history, Part Two

On the face of it, my work history is about what you’d expect from an English major with no clue what to do with her life. The problem has been the aftermath. There’s been a lot of damage. In my previous column, I outlined my history from the demolition of my elementary school to the ...

Murray: Why I’m not angry about student loan forgiveness

Thirty years ago, I was entering my freshman year at Syracuse University, which cost $25,000 a year to attend. My father, who had been saving money for my entire life to send me to college, told me he didn’t have enough money to afford Syracuse. I would have to make up the difference, and I ...

Guest opinion: An honest work history, Part One

We’ve been talking a lot about careers lately at work. This has made me reflect on my own history. Unfortunately, this resembles nothing so much as a firework that has been knocked over and is sputtering in circles on the ground lighting the grass on fire as it goes. I figure the aimlessness ...

Guest opinion: Sen. Lee’s Formula Act brought hope to this new mom

I’ll never forget the two lines staring back at me. Learning that I was pregnant was accompanied by so many emotions that it was impossible to experience any feelings in isolation. I was happy, excited and scared all at once. In the months leading up to my due date, my husband and I did all ...