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Guest op-ed: Jingles jangle our society

God, school teachers, veterans and puppy dogs are among America’s most sacred institutions. Who in their right mind would think to openly criticize any of them? But these four venerable institutions don’t even touch our most sacred cow of all — American business. And why? Probably ...

Guest op-ed: It is time for the unvaccinated to be incentivized and nudged

Despite the emergence of the more contagious and lethal delta variant of the COVID-19 virus, many stubborn people in the U.S. and Utah are guided by their own selfish view of freedom of choice to remain unvaccinated. As I mentioned in my commentary on this issue in the Standard-Examiner on July ...

Guest op-ed: Advice for surgery recovery

When I found out that I needed total knee replacement surgery, no one told me that the most important tool for recovery was to have a very spoiled and vocal cat. Luckily, I had two cats — both spoiled, one vocal. Oreo was a dainty little female and she was a terrific nurse. When I came home ...

Andrews: Freeing speech to gain a greater understanding of our world

There is something magical about the start of a new school year. I’m not sure if it is the packs of fresh pens and pencils or the shiny new notebooks, but the collective attitude of people is filled with possibility and new beginnings. You might be heading back to school or starting a new ...

The Homefront: Necessity conquers fears of the ‘kitchen bomb’

I made a bomb in my kitchen last Saturday. Again. It’s an annual event. I use a thick, solid metal pot with a heavy locking lid, a gauge, a valve, heat, steam and pressure. And it scares me half to death every time I do it. But if I want to bottle the beans, I have to. Some people call it a ...

Guest op-ed: Renters are people, too

During my time on the Ogden City Council, I have worked to ensure that community members have equitable opportunities for overall well-being, in important areas like health, education, employment and housing. And throughout my term, I have consistently heard comments regarding high-density ...

Tech Matters: Getting started with cryptocurrency

When my soon-to-be 85-year-old dad called to say he wanted to buy some cryptocurrency, I knew it was time to write a simple guide for first-time buyers. This guide is a beginner’s "how-to" and includes an explanation of terms used in this often-confusing and volatile space. Whether or not you ...

Guest op-ed: Maybe the election was stolen

Now that the smoke has cleared and emotions have receded a bit, one can see solid evidence that the election really may have been stolen. But not this one. THE 2020 ELECTION WAS NOT STOLEN Many Americans, it seems, have discounted the joint statement of the Federal Cybersecurity Agency and ...

Guest op-ed: Clarity on COVID in children

Editor's note: This commentary has been modified with permission by UMA from a letter by St. George pediatric providers. As concerned physicians who have worked for years to keep people in Utah safe and healthy, we write today to Utah parents. Extending and adding to the message given by ...

Byrd: I’m doomed

Well, that’s torn it. I’ve officially turned into my mother. I’m writing this with a bowl of freshly stolen picked blackberries at my elbow. I took a walk on the trail below my house. So far, this is normal for me, but the rest of this sequence is completely unnatural. 1. Noticed AND ...