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Guest opinion: Use the $300 million sitting in Medicaid fund

On Feb. 6 during the House Business and Labor Committee meeting, Rep. Norm Thurston (District 62) diminished the good intentions of fellow Republican Rep. Ray Ward (Bountiful), a physician whose bill would have provided Medicaid coverage for more pregnant women living in poverty. Thurston, an ...

Guest opinion: My top 3 priorities if elected as your next Utah senator

We’ve all heard career politicians fill their campaigns with empty promises only to get elected then go to D.C. to serve their own interests. But I’m no career politician and neither am I interested in going to Washington for any other reason but to fight for Utahns. This is why I’ve ...

Kowalewski: Celebrating teaching excellence

When you think about great teachers in your life, what do you think of? Their intelligence? Their ability to help you learn? The transformative experiences they created both inside and outside of the classroom? The confidence they gave you to do things you never thought you could do? Their ...

The Homefront: Do you want it done well, or do you want it done?

Usually, couples do things together to stay together. Seasoned couples know there are certain things you should not do together so you will stay together. Painting walls is one of them for us. Years ago, my husband and I ambitiously painted all the bedrooms in our home. Painting is something ...

Guest opinion: Punishments won’t solve absenteeism

Can chronic absenteeism be solved through punishment? Not likely. There has been ample evidence that punishing students and families for absenteeism doesn’t work. A group devoted to solving chronic absenteeism, Attendance Works, said this, “Effective approaches are those that treat ...

Guest op-ed: Utah leaders’ hostility to trans people has real consequences

“Some days I feel like I'm gonna fight like hell; other days I'm suicidal and don't know how to give my kid hope to also stay alive; and other days I just want to move.” Those are the exasperated words of a transgender child’s mother. She sent me this message after the Utah State ...

Johnston: On the human heart

I don’t understand the heart, but I know that mine is broken. As an organ, the human heart delivers the lifeblood of our living system, a function that is the very definition of our aliveness. In diagnostic terms, my heart is deficient in a few ways. There’s a genetic predisposition on my ...