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It is astonishing that Americans are being treated in 2020 to the rupture of so many sacred institutions of this country that have functioned so well for so long. We knew it could, even would, happen. But this fast?

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For an attorney, Mr. Cooper has proven with his column that he is altogether as astute, but no more, than all the other attorneys with whom Trump has managed to surround himself in life. I'm sure we can expect he'll be receiving some sort of communication from the White House (probably Twitt…

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Ronald Maher (Letter: Kneeling Jazz Players), it seems as though the national anthem represents something different to you than it does to me. To me and others, it is a tribute to the hard-fought freedoms that so many Americans enjoy.

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While coronavirus, Black Lives Matter, and the 2020 election dominate our attention, Trump’s Bureau of Land Management is privatizing as much public land as it can.

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In an August 5, 2020, letter to the editor, Mr. Brent Garner rebutted my statement, in the opinion piece of this paper, on the findings of a study by David Card on Mariel BoatLift of Cubans in Miami in 1980. I stated that David Card finds that Cuban refugees had almost no effect on unemploym…

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I just finished reading David Horowitz’s book “BLITZ.” It is an extremely well written, in depth & knowledgable reflection on the disastrous 3 1/2 years our country has experienced. Trump hater or Trump lover, it would behoove every citizen to make an effort to read this book and get bot…

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During this extremely hot weather, we realize how difficult it may be to keep the Ogden Cemetery grounds looking good and want to give a shout out to Johnny C. and his crew. We would like to express our gratitude for the great job they are doing at the cemetery. As watering has been sporadic…

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As Utah nears Election Day, we ask ourselves what it is that we want out of our representatives. Although this is likely different for all of us, we could find common threads.

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Kneeling Jazz players are protesting their right to free speech. I will not watch the Jazz as long as players kneel during the national anthem. Kneeling during the national anthem is akin to protesting the U.S. Constitution and its First Amendment. Therefore, they are protesting exactly what…

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I read a Standard Examiner article a while back about the possibility of closing off 25th Street to vehicle traffic, which would allow restaurants to expand patio style seating in the street for their patrons. On Sunday my wife and I spent the day in Park City and that is what they had done …

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I am writing in response to Mr. Mathur’s opinion piece in which he argues that immigrants do not impact the wages of American workers. His claim is that they do not impact American wages. In rebuttal I would refer him to George J. Borjas' paper titled “The Wage Impact of the Marielitos: A Re…

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When is it okay for the government or state and local officials and mayors to force the closures of businesses, places of worship? The overall response from all levels of government to COVID-19 has betrayed the very foundations of our Republic! Rights have been trampled upon, the constitutio…

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During this challenging COVID-19 pandemic, I am grateful for the laws that protect our religious freedom. I am also thankful for the actions my church has put into place after having to cancel our regular church meetings.

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So, if you believe that Colin Kaepernick is not in the NFL because he knelt during the National Anthem, you really don’t know sports. This guy was smart, he knew his numbers were very sub-par in his last 2 years for an NFL quarterback. Look into his stats sinse he lost the Super Bowl. We wit…

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I’m writing to you with concern for my family in Utah. I’m currently in Corpus Christi, TX, which is one of the hotspots for COVID-19 in Texas. It’s a hotspot because nobody is listening, and people aren’t social distancing despite being told to do so.

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I'm furious on behalf of our teachers. They are being sent into a war zone, to fight Donald Trump's insane campaign experiment. Many teachers are forced to make hard decisions, including polishing up their resumes and/or exploring entrepreneurial options.

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Trump took his fight regarding releasing his income tax returns all the way to the Supreme Court. Trump said he would release his taxes when the audits were finished. Giuliani said, “Trump’s taxes had been audited except for the current taxes.” The Supreme Court said, “Trump’s taxes are to b…

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It is odd that the theoretical opponents of the so-called Deep State are employing all the apparatus they said the Left was supposedly gathering in secret bunkers, military sites, and training grounds somewhere in the vast wastelands of Texas and Oklahoma. But take a look-see at who actually…

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Dear fellow citizens, why is it so few people are wearing masks out there? Sure, the mask won’t help you personally from becoming infected, but what if you’re one of the ones carrying the virus and maybe you’re not showing signs yet? Those masks go a long way in slowing the spread of this vi…

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I have been watching the events of the last few months in total disbelief. The Executive Office ignoring and then mishandling the Covid-19 pandemic, Black Lives Matter peaceful protesters being gassed and shot with rubber bullets, protesters being run into by vehicles (Lawrence, KS) and the …

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I am appalled and disheartened by the (belated) news that our recycled items have been going to the landfill. Apparently this has been going on for MONTHS! Why weren’t we told sooner?

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I have three observations to make with regard to two recent unrelated stories. First, regarding the "quirky idea" of closing 25th to cars, and having patrons of businesses social distance outdoors as they eat, drink and socialize is a great idea. The concern of the hot summer sun can be solv…

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Lieutenant Colonel Vindman, the Army officer who reported concerns about the President’s call with the president of Ukraine, recently retired. It was apparently under pressure. He was reportedly on the promotion list for Colonel but the President had planned to remove his name. Vindman was o…

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It is amazing how eerily similar the Wildfire Season and the Coronavirus Spread are in Utah. Although “higher than normal fire potential” exists throughout the state — there have already been 698 fires with roughly 150,000 acres burned, more than twice than the same time last year — we have …

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Government malfeasance is clearly seen in the closing of the economy and the lack of protection of life, liberty and property seen over the last months. Their failure to secure our constitutional rights will have long-term consequences. To care about the economy is to care about human life, …

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When I was in school, school names and mascots were often the name of a group or a race of people. The names were picked because the group or race were esteemed. We never degraded our school name or our mascots. The NFL, baseball, basketball or any sports team pick names for their team that …

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The article in the Standard-Examiner on Monday, June 29, 2020 "Advocates say '8 can't wait" included some interesting comments by local activist Malik Dayo and Ogden Police Chief Steven "Randy" Watt. Each of their comments gave some viable solutions to recent problems. They each offered refo…

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As a school teacher, I appreciate Governor Herbert’s concern for safety embodied in his mandate for masks in school. In spite of all of the controversy, masks have ben shown to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Unfortunately, it is impractical, educationally unsound, and not healthy to have stu…

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The Seattle district known as CHOP, Capitol Hill Organized Protest, has been occupied by demonstrators and is starting to break up. This is a small community in a City. All successful societies think of the well being of their children 50 to 100 years down the road. The CHOP zones may be the…

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Wearing a mask or other face covering while we struggle to keep Covid-19 numbers from spiking seems to be a much easier solution than going back to the stay-at-home regime we all just had to endure. The State of Utah and the City of Ogden have declined to make this mandatory, but local busin…

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Utah small businesses, like mine, are fortunate to have witnessed such a comprehensive state and local government response to help owners weather the economic uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Even with all of this necessary help, many businesses would not have survived without th…

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I'm 92 years young, born and raised in Ogden in the old McKay Dee Hospital on 24th and Harrison Blvd. I started school in the old grant school on Grant Avenue between 22nd St and 23rd. It went from the first grade to the seventh. Boy, you talk about a mixture of ethnic races. We had Japanese…

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The media has failed the public by reporting clearly biased information regarding the Black Lives Matter movement. This failure has manipulated the public trust for ulterior motives and political agenda. Why has the media NOT reported that Black Lives Matter is founded by self-proclaimed "tr…

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Many conservatives are lamenting their vote for Senator Romney based almost completely upon his name recognition and faith. It appears Jon Huntsman is a similar candidate to Romney, not a true conservative but a moderate who will likely disappoint them as he supports liberal agendas and poli…

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A June 23 article in the Deseret News reminds us that Utah’s next governor will be elected by only half of Utah’s voters, as the winner of the Republican primary is almost certain to win in the general election. Many voters are aware of the Republican Party’s power in Utah politics because o…

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It's always interesting how many out-of-state Super PACs you never heard of pop up to send nasty-grams at election race time. Now we're getting accusations from Greenwood Village, Colorado, against Jon Hunstman branding him as evil because he established a 15 year plan for Utah's growth then…

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I spent some time researching the final four republican candidates on the ballot to represent us in Utah’s first congressional district. By far and away the person with the most energy, enthusiasm and temperament for the job is Blake Moore.

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I read with great interest the article about the fears of Black moms raising sons in America. I am the adoptive mother of two Polynesian children. My fears match the Black moms. My beautiful children at the age of 12 were kicked off the FrontRunner for no reason that we could discern, even a…

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If elected to Congress in Utah’s First Congressional District, Kerry Gibson will listen to you. Really! Most political candidates promise that listening ear, then after taking office, listening stops. Judging from my experience with Kerry Gibson, I believe him unlike most. I believe he will …

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For the upcoming June 30th primary election, Utahns will be asked to vote by mail and likely many of you have already received your ballot. You might not know, however, that only 11 of the 29 counties in Utah are providing prepaid return postage for mail-in ballots. That means hundreds of th…

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On June 16, 2020, the Standard-Examiner published my opinion article, changing the title from “Conflict between social goods and personal freedoms is unwarranted” to “Social conflict is unwarranted”. This change is misleading to the readers about the contents of the piece and contrary to my …

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Having worked with Representative Spencer Cox as a fellow legislator, I saw first hand the priority time he spent to resolve constituent needs and problems from his rural district.

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Utah’s First Congressional District has the responsibility to send the best person to Washington DC as our representative. That person is Bob Stevenson, former city councilman, former mayor, and county commissioner.

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The single, most effective thing we can do, short of requiring all folks to stay at home 24/7, is to get people to wear masks; face coverings that intercept nasal and mouth exhalations and breathing...it's been shown to be the most effective step in reducing the spread of CoronaVirus, short …

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I am writing about Bob Stevenson who is a candidate for the 1st congressional district of Utah. He was Mayor of Layton 4 years ago when the Layton Police made an accusation against an employee of a small business in Layton of dropping Meth and THC in a Police officer's drink.

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It is interesting how the politicians of our state believe we have selective memories. A former governor or our state who masqueraded as a Conservative, abandoned his post halfway through his term to take an Ambassador post for Barack Obama (a full-fledged Liberal). He is now back in Utah. I…

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I was born and raised in Brazil, and learned about the American Civil War from my dad when I was 12 years old. He described it as a brother-against-brother war, where one side — the south — wanted to preserve slavery. Now living here in America, I see all this discussion about naming militar…