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As an aerial firefighting pilot in Utah, I know firsthand how dangerous 2020 was for communities in the line of fire. More than 1,500 fires were started during the 2020 fire season in Utah, a significant increase from the past two years. Utah wasn’t alone in dealing with an unprecedented fir…

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When I was a young boy, my parents taught me the value of every penny. They gave me a piggy bank, and eventually, my collection outgrew the pig. Opening my first savings account was one of my first lessons in stewardship: a principle I’ve since applied to many aspects of my life. And I’d be …

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Erastus Bingham, my 2nd great grandfather, arrived in the Salt Lake Valley with his family in 1947 in the third and last company arriving that year. He was instrumental in building the largest fort in Weber County with the most buildings still intact. It went from 2nd St. and Wall Ave. to wh…

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I have been reading the articles in the newspaper about naming a street Bingham Fort Lane. The diversity Commission determined it would be disrespectful to the Indians that lived on the land before the fort was built. When the Pilgrims came all of the United States was Indian land. There are…

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My wife and I, age 70 and 73, respectively, just received our second dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the Dee Events Center on the Weber State campus. We are extremely appreciative of all who brought this about.

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The Utah legislature will soon vote on HB98, a bill that’s only purpose is to make life easier and pockets fatter for developers. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Paul Ray, who is also the CEO for Wasatch Homebuilders Association, seeks to remove the authority a city has over building that occurs…

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My name is Evan Barlow, and I’m a nerd. I’m also a business professor and an unaffiliated (independent) candidate to represent Utah in the United States Senate in place of Mike Lee. I ask that we fight for America against all foes: foreign, domestic, and within us. Let us begin by fighting o…

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In this, our world of high technology, many employers have done away with paper application forms and now require potential employees to apply online. Unfortunately many people don't have access to the internet or who can't access application pages by what internet they have in their homes. …

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Thank you Carol Sanders for responding to the critical letter to the editor submitted by Mr. Neunzert regarding Lynn Blamires’ column. Something that isn’t mentioned often is for those of us who are advanced in age, the off-road vehicles are our only ability to access and experience some of …

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We all play a part in what we want to see happen in our cities, communities, and State. We all have a voice and need to share it. As one who has recently come to understand that my voice is important, I want to encourage all of us to make our voices heard, end the silence, and make a differe…

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My purpose for writing this letter is to address the continued lunacy surrounding proposed laws concerning abortion in Utah. Whether I am personally for or against abortion is not relevant, it is obvious that we are wasting time, energy, and money that could be targeted elsewhere with the pu…

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Get ready to cancel Washington Boulevard, Lincoln Elementary, and Pioneer Days. Such will be the case if rationale put forth by the city’s Diversity Commission to oppose a street naming proposal is not rejected.

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In response to a recent letter, I was so disappointed that Mr Neunzert would actually express an opinion to “replace” Lynn Blamires. In this world where life is so crazy and people are struggling to find a way to do something different, Lynn is always showing us great ways to get out and enj…

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February is Congenital Heart Defect Awareness month. One in one-hundred children every single year are born with a Congenital Heart Defect. In fact, it is the most common birth defect, yet it is hardly ever talked about especially here in Ogden. I think that Ogden residents should work to le…

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Wanted to give a huge shout out to the Genesis Project for the 110% you gave for Night to Shine this year. Every year you do such a fantastic job, but this year you went out of your way, coming to our homes to celebrate. As parents we appreciate so much what you did to make our son feel spec…

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I am writing in response to the editorial, “Biden shouldn’t compromise on COVID-19 relief—or anything else”, written by Robert Reich. I strongly disagree with Mr. Reich’s sentiment that President Biden shouldn’t compromise with his Republican opposition. In his inaugural address, Biden stres…

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The night I suited up as a Dixie Rebel for my first collegiate game in 1972 remains a highlight of my life. And if no one else remembers my brief football career it doesn’t diminish the richness of my early college experience on the field, in the classroom, in the dorm and in the community o…

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Former Secretary of State under Ronald Reagan, George Shultz died this month at the age of 100. Under President Reagan, Shultz played a key role in ending the Cold War through a combination of military and economic strength and his ability to negotiate focused on benefiting the good of Ameri…

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We communicate using words and gestures. Often, we use our hands, arms, legs even our whole body to express ourselves. So, naturally words and gestures have consequences; a frown, a raised eyebrow, even the wrong digit can cause an undesirable response.

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Regarding the effort to rename part of 2nd Street, ‘Bingham Fort Lane’ (Feb 3, 2021). Wow - another case of political correctness/cancel culture run amok. It’s okay to have streets named after MLK Jr and Cesar Chavez, but not some (White...OMG!) settlers, in this case? “C’mon!”...as the Pres…

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Everyone tells me we should try to do better in 2021. Perhaps we should let Lynn Blamires retire honorably and replace him with a dynamic, interactive team of writers living in this century. You know, people with enough scientific depth to know current problems cannot be solved by just addin…

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I took my 73 year old mother for her vaccination appointment Wednesday. The process was smooth, however it was extremely difficult for her to stand in line for an hour. I was able to push her on her walker in order to get through it.

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With the impeachment trial of former President Trump I strongly urge Sen. Lee and Sen. Romney to act in the best interest of the United States, the constitution and the rule of law. The violent, despicable and disgusting insurrection of January 6th as incited and urged on by former President…

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Within his first days in office, President Biden has reminded us what the Democratic answer to climate change is: big government overreach. Make no mistake, we need to address climate change. But singling out America’s energy producers with heavy-handed regulations is the worst way to do it.

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If parents are upset with the inclusion of an African American History Month curriculum in your school, I am in agreement with those who feel “disappointment” in the attitude, and that “We should not shield our children from the history of our Nation”. However, I feel we should go further in…

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We were among the frustrated Weber County residents who tried many times to get appointments on the Weber-Morgan COVID vaccination website. After many attempts, we finally got appointments for 10 February. A few days later we received emails that said slots were available for the 3rd. We got…

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As the Utah legislative session gets underway, one of the largest discussions centers around alternative voting. Ranked Choice Voting has been a hot topic ever since a pilot program was introduced in 2018. However, Ranked Choice Voting is the only method we’ve tried. If we really seek to imp…

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President Biden has established the commendable goal of protecting 30 percent of our nation's lands and waters by 2030. This could be a significant response to the mounting climate and extinction crises. However, achievement of this goal is questionable given the failure of federal agencies …

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"No, ma'am. He's a decent family man [and] citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues and that's what this campaign's all about. He's not [an Arab]." This was John McCain’s response to a woman who feared Barack Obama was an Arab.

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The U.S. senators have taken an oath to impartially listen to the evidence presented in the Senate trial that Donald Trump instigated the insurrection at the U.S. Capital on January 6, 2021. They are to vote to acquit or convict Donald Trump of insurrection. In criminal or civil trials juror…

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My wife and I believe that the 45 Republican senators who don’t think that former president Trump should be impeached are like the old saying “Hit me again because it feels so good when you stop.” Have they already forgotten that they were within 60 seconds of being run over by the mob that …

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I’ve been an educator in Utah for 9 years and have loved seeing the growing diversity of options for our students over that time. Not every educational institution is the right fit for every child. That’s why I am thankful for learning options and am celebrating National School Choice Week.

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To those republicans in congress who are refusing to sign those articles of impeachment for former president Donald J. Trump, or recognize his part in inciting and provoking that insurrection of the capital with the intent to over turn the election. Reminds me of what the late Dr. Martin Lut…

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With a grateful heart I and so many senior souls in Weber County would like to thank the State of Utah, Weber County Health Department, Weber State University Nursing Program and many other volunteers who championed the inoculation of many at the Dee Event Center this past week. Everyone the…

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I would like to congratulate our new OPC Eric Young. I don't know him personally, but have read about his amazing qualifications and feel like he is going to be perfect for Ogden.

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The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Title VII indicates that individuals cannot be discriminated against due to race, sexual orientation, etc. In recent years, little has been publicized that this law applies to discrimination against Whites and males as well as minorities. Fin…

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“They” want to be heard, and so “they” demonstrate and riot. Yes, “we” do want to listen to them, so “we” say. But “we” cannot hear them, or understand them — so they claim.

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I'm sure there were many letters sent in regarding the COVID crisis and the vaccine that was finally developed. I believe that the vaccine has planted the seed of hope for the world, particularly China. Now there are skeptics regarding the vaccine, and I believe that they have good reason to…

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I am lucky enough to have made it to the over-70 age group and, therefore, qualify for the second wave of the COVID-19 vaccine. I preregistered and recently received the email inviting me to schedule an appointment. Even though I opened the email and tried to request an appointment within tw…

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Saturday morning, I was up early, and looked out my front window to see a beautiful crescent moon. I like watching the moon in its various cycles. It gives stability and continuity.

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The city of Ogden, Utah really needs serious change on signs for driving. I have lived here 8 months, and almost been ran over probably 15 times. No stops on lights, no arrows, no enforcement on COMPLETE STOPS at lights and signs is the norm. It is not safe for walking, biking or scooters. I…