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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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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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We don’t usually think of a city as a living thing, but I look at Ogden as a place to experience the five senses. I may not be up to date on Ogden’s program of senses improvement, but here is a list of ideas that any mayor of Ogden should consider.

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Recent research on Americans’ well-being and happiness is finding that the American dream is fading. These findings are at odds with some in the media parroting the current administration’s and its sympathizers’ announcements that the economy is very healthy with plentiful jobs, better than …

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Despite the rather obvious origins of my name, I often dreaded answering the question, “Are you Irish?” Growing up Catholic in Ogden, far from extended family, and in the land of the Utah Latter-day Saints, seemed to leave me unprepared to discuss what it means to be Irish-American.

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Occasionally, you run across valuable legislation that requires some public engagement to be fully realized. Such is the case with Utah House Bill 411, the Community Renewable Energy Act, which was passed with overwhelming bi-partisan support by the Utah State Legislature and signed by Gover…

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Imagine you’re a well-funded company from out of state and you purchase what you think will be a profitable multimillion-dollar business in Utah — a 2,000-acre piece of ground permitted for a landfill. You develop a business plan, invest lots of money and start construction. But as it turns …

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The Washington, D.C.-based Tax Foundation recently weighed in on Utah’s ongoing dialogue about tax reform. Their headline conclusion is that Utah should impose a sales tax on more of the services performed in the state. But, we should recognize that the report is, at least in part, the found…

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“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness … we had everything before us, we had nothing before us.” — “A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens.

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A recent opinion article, “The Myth of Wage Stagnation” by Phil Gramm and John Early (GE), in The Wall Street Journal on May 18-19, caught my attention. Contrary to my understanding of the economic status of most Americans in the newly structured economy, they paint a very rosy picture of th…

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As many homeowners dust off their grills for Memorial Day BBQs, this year there may be a new offering on the party menu: Fake meat.

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When I first saw the original print of Andrew J. Russell’s “East and West Shaking Hands at Laying of the Last Rail” from the Union Pacific’s Historical Collection at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, I found it surprisingly ... small. I had always imagined this iconic photograph, also known as t…

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When the first train rolled into Ogden March 8, 1869, citizens of the small town had just a small glimpse into how the world around them was about to change. When interviewed 50 years later in 1919, many adults remembered how scared they had been as children to see the massive engines and to…

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Today, May 3, World Press Freedom Day, is not a day to celebrate in our Americas. We cannot celebrate when journalists Miguel Mora and Lucía Pineda continue imprisoned in Nicaragua without due process. We cannot celebrate when the authoritarian regimes of Daniel Ortega, Nicolás Maduro and Mi…

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A summer job has become a rite of passage for American teenagers. From scooping ice cream to lifeguarding at the community pool, summer jobs have allowed teens to earn some extra cash before heading back to school in the fall. But over the past few decades, the rate of teenagers looking for …

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It is unfortunate that Mr. Brian Wood had a disappointing experience in the Department’s HOPE program – a substance abuse therapeutic community at the Gunnison prison site. His article was published by the Standard-Examiner (originally in March 2018 and rerun in December) under the title, “B…

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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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Utah consumers want the freedom to choose. That is what Senate Bill 121 is all about. It repeals the law that grants a monopoly to one class of title and settlement agents. SB 121, which recently passed the House and Senate by comfortable margins, allows consumers the choice of one-stop shop…

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Martha Hughes Cannon: pioneer, physician, polygamist, suffragette, senator. Any and all of these labels apply to one of Utah’s most accomplished foremothers. As March is Women’s History Month, it is a wonderful excuse to brush up on history and celebrate a woman who is still making news, eve…

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This submission is to encourage everyone to get their own and their child’s measles vaccination. Parents, please make this a priority for your children. I know that my letter will not be well received by those opposed to vaccines, but I feel, because of my personal experience with the measle…

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The collapse of our nation's housing market in the summer of 2008 didn't come from out of the blue. Though it surely did seem that way for many, those who were plugged in saw warning signs aplenty before all hell broke loose. One critical red flag: There were people getting home mortgages wh…

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Last year was Utah’s driest year on record. As commissioner of the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDF) and a rancher, I am concerned about the drought. But, I am also filled with optimism.

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This past summer, my wife and I were blessed to visit Atlanta, Georgia. There are many great sights to see in that metropolitan city. It was our goal to see the sights referring to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We were blessed to go to his birth house where we heard stories of how he did not l…

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We enter 2019 holding our breath. As the federal shutdown continues, I am watching friends, neighbors, students and others struggle to make ends meet. While we anxiously await elected leaders to effectively do their jobs and find workable solutions to our nation’s budget problems, we might f…

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Editor’s note: The following is the most reprinted newspaper editorial in history. Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun and the response by newsman Francis Pharcellus Church was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897.

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I recently saw a list of the 10 most common New Year’s resolutions. The majority of the list were goals aimed at improving health in some way or time management (such as spending more time with family and friends). These are great goals, but for someone struggling with various health concern…

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If one lesson came out of the 2018 elections it is that elections have messages. Indeed, voters use elections to send messages because it is one of their few opportunities to do so. While politicians and candidates spend two or four (or occasionally six) years talking at voters, voters get o…

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Recently, President Trump highlighted the importance of our nation’s veteran entrepreneurs and provided the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) with the donation of his second-quarter salary that will go toward helping our nation’s veterans transition from military service to small busi…

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Fall has arrived in Utah with cool temperatures and a heated electoral campaign season. Whether on television, by email, in the mailbox, on a lawn sign or at a public event, candidates and their advocates have made their positions known and implored you to get out and vote.

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It is now a little more than five years since new owners purchased Powder Mountain, saving the mountain from the massive development that was to be “Powder Mountain Town”. There is no doubt that the initial interaction between the new owners and local residents got off to a rocky start, prim…

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During my years of service in the Utah Legislature, I witnessed the level of dedication and concern my colleagues had for the future of Utah. Nearly every decision we made carried the goal of improving the lives for everyone in our state. Regardless of political party, I witnessed the common…

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I’ve never lived anywhere else in the world where Halloween has such an impressive hold on the local imagination. Not just kids trick or treating for chocolates, we have trunk-or-treats, ghost tours, scare factories, corn mazes, Halloween karaoke, haunted hayrides, Halloween love-poem contes…

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When I debated him in 2016, Governor Herbert said two notable things about taxes: “We don’t have the success we’re having in Utah by raising taxes,” and taxes are the “economic engine” of the state. He was spot-on right about the first and dead wrong about the second. If anything, taxes are …

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Ever had a traffic ticket? Divorce? Issue with your kids? If so, the next step that you likely faced was to appear before a judge. The decisions judges make affect individuals, families and our communities. But many of us don’t realize we have a voice in who judges us.