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Guest opinion: Being a critic and a disciple of the LDS Church

Several recent General Conference messages have reminded me of the strong emphasis LDS leaders place on being “all in,” a concept that entails complete devotion to all the teachings and practices of the Church. With this emphasis has come a frequent condemnation of those who demonstrate ...

Ferro: Survey says — sustainability

This past winter, Ogden City and Weber State’s Community Research Extension conducted the Community Renewable Energy Program (CREP) survey. It showed a majority of the public supports investing in renewable energy. CREP came about through 2019’s Utah Legislature House Bill 411 to allow ...

Guest opinion: Let’s work together to find housing solutions

As a member of the West Haven City Council, I read with interest the guest commentary by Bill Knowlton, "Affordable Housing — We Must Do More." I agree there is an acute shortage of affordable housing in the state at this time. It’s interesting the Mr. Knowlton mentions “private sector, ...

Guest opinion: Right way and wrong way to play Barbies

My husband, Dave, and I have mixed feelings about Barbie. On the one hand, when our daughter, Catherine, was little, we had a significant fortune tied up in Barbie and her clothes and her house and her friends and all of her accessories, so we felt that Catherine had darn well better play with ...

Johnston: Water and us

I grew up in western Oregon where, much of the time, water didn’t just fall out of the sky but was the very fabric around us, a pervasive mist for months on end. Gray skies and mossy surfaces dominated everything around me. In college, when I met people from other, dryer, western states, I ...

The Homefront: Moms, dads, grads and newlyweds — Say ‘thank you’

Thanksgiving time is usually when we make an extra effort to express our thanks. But May’s Mother’s Day followed by all levels of graduations, then June’s Father’s Day and an entire month-plus of weddings offer loads of opportunities for us to express our thanks. Thank-you cards should ...

Guest opinion: Reminder — Trump isn’t on the ballot

Ever since Donald Trump descended into the political scene in 2015, his name and his politics have put a wedge between neighbors, family and friends here in Utah. Whether you blame him or the news coverage of him for that fact, it is nevertheless the unavoidable reality that we are all a little ...

Guest opinion: Overheated immigration debate threatens economy

The politics of immigration comes alive again, particularly among GOP politicians and their supporters. Surveys show concerns among Americans about the unusual flood of immigrants and asylum seekers at the southern border, especially from Central American countries, and the inability to cope ...

Wiser: In a free society more speech, not less, is the answer

It hasn’t gotten much attention at all, so you probably haven’t heard about Elon Musk buying Twitter. Of course, I jest, because for a while it seemed to be the only thing all the talking heads were discussing. The dialogue, however incessant, did raise some important points about free ...