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I would like to thank the Ogden Pioneer Days committee for the opportunity to serve as the grand marshal for 2018. It has been a privilege and honor and has provided a wonderful experience and great memories for myself and my family. We live in an extraordinary community with a great heritage.

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I encourage the citizens of Utah to vote “Yes” on Proposition #3, which will be on our statewide ballots this fall. Proposition #3 will expand Medicaid health coverage to those 150,000 Utahns whose meager incomes fall in a gap between the poorest of the poor (who currently qualify for Medica…

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As I mosey around town I cannot help but notice how many Trees of Heaven there are growing rampant all over town. I did a little research on those stinky trees and found they were brought to America in the 1700s to grow silk worms. They are horribly invasive. You pretty much cannot kill them…

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Property taxes are unfair. I can't keep quiet any longer. Something has got to be said about Weber County property taxes. A 35.5 percent increase in two years is out of proportion with our earnings. While property tax has gone up 35.5 percent, my retirement income has gone up 2 percent. My p…

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I'm new to Utah, about nine months, and I am dismayed and shocked to see the lack of caring Utahns display. The Standard-Examiner ran a front page article explaining that the worst day for pollution is July 4, and fireworks are a strong contributor, but we have fireworks anyway. Now into Aug…

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I have been watching the TV news and reading about President Trump’s meeting with President Putin at the Helsinki Summit, and I can’t help thinking about the saying, “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.” I wonder if “What happens in Helsinki stays in Helsinki”?

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I went on a hike up Beus canyon recently. I came upon a lady with a dog. The dog came at me, and the lady was barely able to hold him back. The dog was on a leash but still almost got me. About 5 minutes later I came upon a man with three large Lab dogs. They didn’t try to eat me like the la…

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I would like to thank the Standard Examiner and the editorial staff for instituting a regular column dealing with topics pertaining to science and the public. I have waited hopefully for this for a long time, and I regard it as something we have needed for a long time. Further, as John Armst…

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I’m responding to Mr. Reynolds constant letters attacking Democrats and anyone else who has a different opinion of Trump. WE GET IT!

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In remembering Harry “the buck stops here” Truman and the integrity he maintained in government, and comparing it to Trump and the total lack of integrity in government, I am certain Harry is turning over in his grave like a whirling dervish!

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Thank you for printing another wonderful and inspiring article written by my very favorite writer, D. Louise Brown!! I devour everything she writes! Her words are so “down to earth,” written from her heart, so very uplifting! I am referring to her article published on June 26 about the Grave…

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There’s not an hour of the day that goes by when something Donald Trump said, did, or was involved with is not constantly replayed on every major cable network. While everything he says or does is certainly newsworthy, much of it is little more than lies, wild exaggerations, and insults agai…

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Being from Salt Lake City and wanting to be a marine biologist may seem strange, but the oceans always fascinated me. Although I ended up moving to New York to model, I still carry that passion with me. That’s why I support legislation that would help one of the ocean’s most important creatu…

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The plot of a 1957 movie was that a man discovered he was shrinking because of some mysterious atomic force. We have a similar event happening today in American politics, the Democratic Party is shrinking not so much in the number of registered voters as in those who can believe in what thei…

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I would like to have a brief conversation with the majority of voters in Utah, those who are Mormon and vote Republican. Somewhere, in between the Fox News channel and KSL you might have accidentally stopped on CNN or MSNBC. Before you were able to change channels, you heard uncomfortable th…

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You gave Utah Power a thumbs up for giving people $3,000 to help purchase electric cars. I'm pretty sure they can write this off. You also mentioned it would help people be less dependent on fossil fuels. Utah Power makes 78 percent of their electricity from fossil fuels, 62 percent is from …

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There are times when my aging body reminds me how the years are flying by. Last night I had to lean on the bed as one knee reached the floor and then the other as I gingerly knelt to say my prayers. Then it was a struggle to get to my feet again. There are times when I skip the kneeling part…

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Mr. Dennis Wakefield’s comments of June 28 relative to my letter of June 22 are interesting. He purports to value “facts” over “opinion” yet cites opinion to bolster his argument on the future of the U.S. economy. He quotes Mr. Rugaber (an expert) saying that “persistent uncertainty about ta…

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How many of your readers have realized that America has just had its first COUP? Wake up people… A Coup is when there is an organized attempt to over throw a government from within - In this case the United States of America… something no American ever dreamed to be possible. It was never th…

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John Reynolds is entitled to his personal opinion as expressed in his letter to the editor on June 22. However, his opinion typically lacks documentation. He wrote about the lack of recognition for progress made in jobs and economic growth.

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I was beyond appalled to read the story entitled “Ex-LDS bishop gets probation for shooting out neighboring dog’s eye with BB gun.” I was outraged as I read that Kim Errol Tibbitts of Ogden repeatedly shot his neighbor’s dog with a BB gun over 9-months, but the dog’s owners weren’t aware of …

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We are writing to strongly object to the forcible separation of children from their parents at the U.S. border with Mexico. Families seeking asylum who present themselves at the border, as well as those crossing illegally, are having their children, including toddlers and school children, to…

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I applaud the couples who sued over the amphitheater. I hope they appeal. The Barkers must be turning over in their graves at the planned commercialization of the park.

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After decades of angst and political histrionics over immigrants entering the country illegally and elusive reform, change still eludes America.

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I've been talking a bit with family and friends about the current immigration problems, including the horrific family separation at the border. Here are some examples of justification I am hearing: "We don't have the whole picture," "What about human trafficking? We have to separate adults a…

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My husband, James, and I spent the summer of 2014 in El Paso, Texas while he completed an internship in Border Patrol’s communication office. That summer, there was a historically high influx of Central American migrants and unaccompanied minors crossing the border to claim asylum. They wait…

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While much of the civilized world watched with intense interest as leaders of the USA and North Korea met to explore the possibility of peace another segment of the population were treated to three hours of prime time TV entertainment as the theatrical elitist gathered for yet another presen…

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My wife and I are dog lovers, as are many, many other people. That said, please dog lovers and owners, keep track of your beloved pets. As we travel back and forth on the streets and roads between Ogden and Salt Lake, we see dogs on the loose, roaming in the streets and trying to dodge traff…

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A snopes.com fact check found Trump’s claim that existing immigration laws required separation of children from parents is false. The separation of children at the border is a result of a change in policy made in May by the Trump administration. The objective of this policy change is debatab…

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(The June 3 Stanard-Examiner) was an excellent study in two visions for improving the economy in Ogden, one that helps consultants and developers get richer, and one that helps actual people.

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I have had the opportunity to work closely with both James Ebert and Gage Froerer, and wish to share my experience with Gage Froerer’s remarkable leadership style. I first met Gage before I held any political office when I contacted him as a constituent. He personally responded, and genuinel…

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I am in favor of enforcing our immigration laws. I'm not in favor of torture as a method of law enforcement. Is separating children from parents a form of torture? It would be for me. And it would be for you too, wouldn't it? What are we becoming in this country? I agree with Rep John Curtis…

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It was with great interest that I read the column written by Paul Mero in Saturday’s Standard-Examiner, “Ebert Right Choice for Weber County Commission.” Let me start off by saying, I don’t know Mr. Ebert and have no axe to grind with him. My concern is the tone of Mr. Mero’s guest commentary.

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I read carefully the article in Friday's Standard Examiner, Page A-9, entitled 'Romney Predicts 4 More Years for Trump', and double checked with other sources that Romney actually made the 2 comments I find so interesting; the sources validated the legitimacy of the reported comments.

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For many of our Utah families the holiday weekend started on Thursday or Friday, when the graves were decorated, including for us, a son and nephew who served but came home.

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Kay Combe joins John Reynolds and me (and many, many more folks) in agreeing that our death by gun problem is fundamentally a human problem; evil or imbalanced people who get their hands on guns.

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I know that we are getting a new sheriff in the county but the buck shouldn't stop there. We (citizens of Davis County) need to clean house and replace both county commissioners that are up for re-election. Because apparently the current commissioners were either in awe of the sheriff or the…

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In doing some research on guns, the 10MM Glock came on the market in 1982. Using a Glock in 2007, 25 years after first manufacturing, the Virginia Tech shooting occurred. The Bushmaster XM15 E2S was designed in 1980. Using a Bushmaster, in 2002, 22 years after coming on the market, two men w…

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We need a more conservative U.S. Senate that will support President Trump. I do not believe Mitt Romney is the right person. Mike Kennedy is only 49. His background is a Family Doctor & Attorney and proven conservative State legislator for six years. He is perfect for all conservative va…

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I visited the moving wall on Memorial Day 2018. I went in 2008 but I didn't handle it well then. Five of my Ribault High School classmates from Jacksonville, Florida are on that wall. My wife's brother died from Agent Orange in 1976.

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Ever since I became qualified to vote, I have found my views to be more in line with those of the Republican Party. However, in recent years serious questions have arisen. I was appalled by the treatment Jan Zogmaister received from her co-commissioners and reportedly at the convention. Both…

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Our Veterans have placed their lives on the line to fight for our freedoms. Their sacrifices cannot be repaid. But, we can honor and serve them every day through our commitment to provide them the best possible health care experience. The VA Salt Lake City Health Care System takes that respo…

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My trek to Utah from Virginia brought more culture shock than some of my travels abroad. A major observation was how Utahans celebrate holidays. I had never seen houses and yards all out decorated for Halloween nor Christmas lights that stayed lit through January. Fireworks on July 24 were a…