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I need to comment on Rep. Rob Bishop's guest commentary in the Feb. 10 paper. I was under the impression the 35-day government shutdown was caused by Mr. Trump's unwillingness to accept less than $5.8 billion dollars for a border wall in the government funding bill. Mr. Trump said that he wo…

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It is time for our country's leaders to look back and take note of the history behind the fall of the Roman Empire and the moral decline of its leaders. It is truly disgusting and unbelievable how our great United States of America is really beginning to look more and more like what happened…

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Scientists say the magnetic north pole movement from Canada towards Siberia has increased to about 35 miles per year, causing the need to change GPS orientation for maps, etc. Some streets named for their geomagnetic locations have already had a name change. To quote Kevin Anderton, science …

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I listened to President Trump's Rose Garden address about opening up the government again. The address heavily insisted that we need a barrier on our southern border to keep people from coming in because there are a lot of criminals, drug-dealers, and "bad, bad people" trying to enter our country.

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I used to look forward to Mark Saal’s weekly humor columns. They were creative, refreshing and funny. I find that his political commentary often sounds like a rehash of CNN talking points.

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I am one of 450-plus federal officers that work at the Salt Lake International Airport. I have missed two pay checks starting this past Friday. I understand both sides of the Wall issue, and I agree to a point with both parties. However, because of both parties childish actions, we the littl…

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So we endure another government shutdown. Albeit a partial one. These are not uncommon and if the media doesn’t bring up the struggles of civil service employees nobody gives it much thought. It might being unsettling to think that you might be considered “non-essential”.

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This is my response to “Stand up against the border wall” Dec. 30, 2018. The author parrots leftist propaganda consisting of outright falsehoods and red herring emotional appeals.

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Humankind has built walls since before the 1st century B.C. The early wall of China later became the Great Wall in the 14th through 17th centuries. Romans built Hadrian’s Wall in England in the second century. Walls were made of stone, mortar and wood. The Berlin Wall was built by Communists…

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It is true that Donald Trump has been able to accomplish remarkable things. In the present instance, he has actually managed to make me, a staunch Democrat, nostalgic for Ronald Reagan.

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Wow! Not even sworn in yet and already attacking our President! It looks like the people of Utah really did vote in a Flake. It looks like honorable(?) Mitt Romney got himself voted in for his own agenda — not caring about the nation or the state of Utah. Mitt Romney really does us proud. I …

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I am writing again regarding the homeless shelter in Layton, which we do not have! Where is the compassion and love we are supposed to have for our fellow human beings?

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The so-called "Border Wall" is not only dumb, it is totally ridiculous. Illegal entries will simply seek other areas of free access.

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Sen. Romney, many of us in Utah didn't support your campaign for Senate but you were elected. I am a constituent and as of now I'm willing to give you a chance to really represent the "people" of Utah. All of us. Democrat, Republican and Independent.

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As we begin the new year, I want to take a moment to show my appreciation to the ones that work tirelessly behind the scenes making the world a better place and say thank you to those heroes that gave me the chance to enjoy this beautiful morning of Jan. 1.

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I want to thank the Weber Wildcat football for an exciting season. I have followed them the whole season. I came to the South Dakota State and Eastern Washington home wins. They are entertaining. They get ahead and keep the lead. I was impressed with Josh Davis. The defensive secondary was p…

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I propose nominating Tim Vandenack, news writer for the Standard-Examiner, for a Pulitzer prize for all of his excellent reporting on the goings-on in North Ogden these past couple of years. He has attended dozens of our city council meetings and other issue related civic meetings in order t…

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It is notable in a recent Standard-Examiner article that Sen. Hatch has backtracked on his comments to a CNN reporter about allegations against Trump that he now considers "irresponsible." The reporter said that federal prosecutors have made the case that Trump directed his personal lawyer M…

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I had my car stolen and it was found the following morning by the Tooele County Sheriff's Department on I-80. Instead of calling me first, they called the tow company in Tooele. Now the tow company wants $350 tow bill plus $40 per night storage fee. I can't afford to get my car back; I live …

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I have read with interest letters of concern about our environment. Our current group of geriatric politicians are unconcerned. After 40 years of being self employed, I have a lot more faith in businessmen than in politicians. No businessman in America will ever build a coal-fired electric p…

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Biblical accounts suggest that there was a defensive wall surrounding the city of Jericho roughly 8,000 years ago. More recently, the Chinese built several walls, including the Great Wall of China, which may have been built between the 14th and 16th centuries. The communists built a wall in …

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Brent Chugg is the only logical choice for Mayor of North Ogden. He has been on the job for a year. North Ogden needs continuity after the shock of Brent Taylor's death.

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I was excited to find out that the Ogden City Council made Mark Saal’s “Nice List” this year regarding the honorary street naming designation. Dr. Forrest Crawford, former Council member Jessie Garcia, and the Ogden Diversity Commission worked hard to accomplish the completion of honorarily …

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The basic idea behind the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act is price pollution. In today's world non-polluters get to subsidize polluters. Why not turn this around and have polluters get to subsidize non-polluters? That's the idea of carbon fee and dividend. The beauty of it is that …

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I live in Uintah. There is only one east/west road that connection with two major transportation arteries -- Highway 89 and I -84 There are no sidewalks. The road is too narrow for side markings. There is minimal lighting. The speed limit is 40 mph. Joggers, bicycle riders, walkers, school k…

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I’ve spent the last several months pondering on morality, both in personal and societal atmospheres. While I may no longer be religious, I was raised and taught to be kind and helpful to all. I believe this is something that rings true with many of us, as told in the biblical story of the Sa…

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Thank you for printing the National Commentary: "Fake praise for GHWB," of Larry Elder, as well as "#MeToo's unintended consequences" by Kathleen Parker. New leadership at the Standard-Examiner seems to have a better understanding of fairness to publish both conservative and liberal sides of…

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Last month California suffered its worst wild fire on record. The Camp Fire destroyed Paradise, California and killed at least 85. On June 28, Denver tied its all-time high temperature of 105 degrees. That same day the warmest night ever, anywhere on earth was recorded — 109 degrees in Oman.…

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A big thank you to all the “volunteers” who made the 39th annual Messiah Sing-In, a truly spectacular event for the Christmas season. The top of Utah can be very proud of the professionalism demonstrated by all involved from the director, Dr. Dennis Ahern, to the soloists, all graduates of W…

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I’m writing to encourage Representative Rob Bishop and the rest of Congress to drop rider SEC 736 from the Farm Bill. This rider would force the USDA to issue new regulations on “clean meat” or “cell-based meat,” even though the USDA and FDA are already working together to oversee the safe p…

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This letter is in response to an article that was published in the Standard-Examiner on Nov. 19, 2018. The piece is about an explosion that happened at a hazardous waste site in southwestern Idaho on Nov. 17, 2018. A spokesman for the company that runs the site stated that the cause of the e…

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I wrote to you after the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting where eleven people were killed, and seven were injured. My letter wasn’t published, but that week the editorial board felt the need to weigh in on the Ogden neighborhood dog shooting, which I agree is bad.

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I read in the Standard-Examiner with great disappointment and dismay the decision by the South Ogden City Council to close the Senior Center and sell the property to a developer, presumably for high density housing.

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Yes, now truly is a time to be thankful. We want to publicly thank our higher power. (We call our higher power God.)

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A disturbing voting trend is emerging in Weber County and it needs addressed immediately. The last few election cycles have shown a greater interest in voter turnout. With political topics being of such contention along with their candidates, it's a bit surprising our county auditor didn't s…

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The end of life. A time where you make final arrangements and prepare yourself and your family. Tragically, this time can come about from an illness or disease, sometimes a preventable one. Preventable deaths — some coming about from a patient’s inability to pay. Charities — organizations wh…

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On behalf of Congregation Brith Sholem, I am writing to express gratitude for the outpouring of love and support from people throughout the Ogden area. After the massacre in Pittsburgh, Jews across the nation were shaken and deeply distressed. The perpetrator had taken out his fury and resen…