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Stromberg: There’s a world of possibilities outside our comfort zone

“Life always begins with one step outside of your comfort zone.” — Shannon L. Alder, author and therapist I recently became the student engagement coordinator for the Olene S. Walker Institute of Politics & Public Service at Weber State University, working alongside our new ...

The Homefront: This world needs love and this is how we do it

This world is full of friends we just haven’t yet met. My husband, with his approachable blue eyes, smiling face and positive, nonjudgmental attitude sees it that way. I’m the one who regularly needs reminding. Him at the grocery store: “People are awesome!” Me at the grocery store: ...

Guest opinion: Microschools face major problems

Microschool founders face major problems when it comes to establishing their schools. And local governments don’t help. It can be difficult enough to begin a new business. Entrepreneurs need to raise capital to get a building or purchase inventory. They have to invest in marketing to attract ...

Guest opinion: Economic health of many families in the country has worsened

The family is the most fundamental institution in any country. Harmonious relationships in the family and income security provide work-life balance, economic and emotional stability. Thus, the economic and emotional health of adults and children in a family is an important contributory factor ...

Guest opinion: Feeling green and clammy

This stupid cough, this stupid cough, I do not like this stupid cough! Would you like some little pills? Those little pills, those little pills, they do nothing when I’m ill! I’ve taken pills both large and small; I do not like them, not at all. My eyes with constant tears are ...

Ferro: The amazing pattern-recognition machine

Recently, I took a break from preparing a class on conspiracy theories to play a word game and read about three Utah brothers trying to reinstate Donald Trump as president. I suddenly realized the interrelation of the three things. The human brain does an amazing job of seeing patterns. Our ...

The Homefront: Caring for each other gets us through hard times

The little mother moved through the grocery store slowly, pushing a shopping cart while surrounded by her brood of seven young children. The littlest one was seated in the cart; the rest swarmed around her in a nearly silent, well-mannered group. If you’ve ever watched a mother duck with her ...

Guest opinion: Why I am running for mayor of Ogden City

My name is Taylor Knuth and I am running to be your next mayor of Ogden City. On Jan. 9, I made this announcement on the lawn of the Marshall N. White Community Center. For me and many people I know, this center is special. It’s a place that speaks to the values that have made Ogden unique. ...

Guest opinion: Singing the praises of political harmony

In a world going topsy-turvy, our leaders struggle to do what is right for both big governments and small town councils. Sometimes they even get on the same page, but most of the time we quarrel, squabble and throw chairs. We hope a statesman will arise out of the crowd, verbally pick us all ...