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Andrews: Take care of yourself and others

Last week, I found myself in a great deal of inexplicable pain. Normally, I would try to push through because there is so much to accomplish. Unfortunately, the pain became blinding, and all I could do was cry. This situation required medical attention. I’d been dealing with the pain for a ...

The Homefront: Leaves — and humans — change with the seasons

So, what happens when carotenoids experience a drop in chlorophyll production? Red leaves happen. Red, yellow, orange and their many variants happen. In short, fall happens. I’m this many years old and I still have to look it up when my mother asks, “What makes the leaves turn red?” She ...

Guest op-ed: Wounds from Elder Holland’s musket fire are still being felt

One month after the BYU Education Week speech given by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, many Latter-day Saints (especially LGBTQ+ members) have been feeling confused, frustrated and hurt. Since the speech, we have spoken with several dozen members of the Church, including LGBTQ+ individuals, and have ...

Ferro: Is it an electric future for automobiles?

On Sept. 17, Weber State University Automotive Technology hosted an event to celebrate a new program in electrical vehicle mechanics. Everyone there confidently predicted the end of petroleum-powered, internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles on American roads. Like any technology, however, ...

Guest op-ed: Mind over matter

Usually, when it comes to the battle between mind and body, my mind doesn’t put up much of a fight. I think my brain reasons that since it only takes up about 2% of my total body mass, that it should only get about 2% of the say in any decision. Most of what’s happening goes on at a ...

Armstrong: SpaceX launches inspirational flight to the future

You might be forgiven for being unaware, but just last week SpaceX launched Inspiration4, the first orbital space mission crewed entirely by civilians. With little fanfare, four commercial astronauts spent three days in orbit and returned safely to Earth. I find the word “civilian” a ...

The Homefront: Polio, mumps and smallpox — COVID’s history lesson

I was a young child when a nurse in a starched white hat offered me a sugar cube with pink liquid on it. I happily ate the cube. What child wouldn’t? But what child would understand the significance of that moment as she munched down a polio vaccine-laced sugar cube which inoculated her from ...

Guest op-ed: Anecdotes, aberrations and averages

Context matters. Take this simple statement: Nearly 10% of the world’s people live in extreme poverty. This is true. And standing alone, without context, this statement would lead many to think the world has a huge poverty problem. They'd be right. But they'd also be missing a big part of ...

Wiser: Government supports our responsibility to help others

Last year, about this time, I had my heart broken. It was the worst feeling in the world and still hurts to think about. It was as if I couldn’t catch a full breath, as if the front part of my brain, just behind my forehead, wouldn’t ever stop pounding, and as if my heart were being ...

Commentary: Then & There — Remembering Lorin Farr Park fun, 70 years later

Shortly before school recessed for the summer in 1951, Mrs. Wessler's second grade class at Lincoln Elementary School was taken to Lorin Farr Park in Ogden for an excursion. At that time, the school was located at the northwest corner of 3rd Street and Adams Avenue in a "working class" area ...