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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…

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If I write this then everyone will know just how petty and immature I am, if I don't then there is no way for me to seek repentance and change, so here I go. When I got a news alert on my phone that said “Brent Taylor National Guard..” I said to myself “Agh, what's the guy doing now!” I had …

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Our family's heart goes out to Mayor Taylor's family. We were aghast at the news Brent has been killed during his military deployment to Afghanistan. What an outstanding and exemplary legacy he has left. Very few can say they left a total community better than they found it. Mayor Taylor was…

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South Ogden Senior Center is a lovely facility! It is bright, designed expressly for the services provided and built by the community. The all-purpose room is airy, seats about 50, and used for many things -lunch, bingo and other games, meetings, and quilting (the Center donates more than 10…

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The recent redesignation, reclassification, and reduction of our national parks as Bears Ears and Escalante Staircase, and placing them into the state's hands is a sacrifice of not only some of our country's greatest assets but of those safegarding principles that guide us in their preservation.

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Salt Lake City recently had the opportunity to welcome transplant recipients and donor families from across the United States as they participated in the Transplant Games. There were 5,511 registered athletes. It was inspiring to see so many people who, thanks to the selfless gift of an orga…

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My fellow Americans could we please get some perspective on the immigrants coming from the south. In spite of what the fabricator in charge would have you believe, these aren't "bad hombres" or drug runners, or gangsters, or terrorists. Switch off faux news and look at the CNN coverage of th…

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Wow. South Ogden city officials ... I'm not sure what else to say. Referring to Oct. 19 article "Vital Sexual Assault Exam ..." At such a critical time in this planet's history, when women who have been sexually assaulted are finally speaking up and getting help, South Ogden city decides tha…

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It was reported in the Standard Examiner that in the debate between Deanna Froerer and Steve Waldrip, candidates for state representative for District 8, Mr.Waldrip stated that voters should support him because he would be able to participate in the Republican closed-door caucus where all th…

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It’s time to end Rob Bishop’s career in Washington. If the Democrats do take back the House, as expected, he’ll lose his seat on committees and any power he had. His voting record shows who he’s helped the most anyway. Over 90 percent of his campaign contributions come from outside Utah and …

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No one can say you folks are not telling both sides ... In the Oct. 18 paper, in it's "letters to the editor " page, presented a letter from a Box Elder County resident totally supporting our President / "The Donald" Trump ... and right below a piece by a National columnist refuting everythi…

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It doesn’t have to be in State House District 11. After receiving campaign literature from both candidates, the incumbent Kelly Miles and the challenger Jason Allen, I had questions. Where do you stand on Question 1, and Propositions 2,3 and 4. Both replied, thank you. On Question 1, both su…

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Question 1 is asking for voter approval for an increase in the gasoline tax of 10 cents per gallon. The revenue generated from this tax, estimated to be at least $100 million, is to be used mostly for school improvements. A worthy cause. Supporters of the tax say it will cost the average tax…

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For over a decade our district has had strong legislative representation. With the change in political landscape, we now have the opportunity to select a new representative. It is critical that our voice is not lost in transition and we elect a state legislator that can continue the good wor…

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Three years ago or so, our Legislature increased the gas tax by five cents to repair roads because they did not want to receive any federal funding. Now, they want another 10 cent increase! I’m all for education, our children, and anything that goes along with educating our children, but the…

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Mitch McConnell just announced the Republican Party plan to reform Social Security to pay for their permanent tax cuts for the rich. Rob Bishop and Mitt Romney will also get in line. The answer is will you get in line behind them too?

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The last conversation I had with a dear friend before I learned of her suicide was about how she missed going to her Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ward and how she longed to return. But was afraid too, because she knew her bishop would be required to excommunicate her and her w…

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In 2009 my picture was on the front page of the paper for an article titled "Who mows park strip in Clinton? Home owners want no part of "useless' land." Fast forward nine years and the recommended $60 a year is actually $120 a year. Not only that but for the past nine years I have been char…

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We don't govern our country by mob rule, social or liberal media, but by our elected officials, who abide by the rule of law. Chuck Schumer declared "there is no presumption of innocence" regarding Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

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In 2009 my picture was on the front page of the paper for an article titled "Who mows park strip in Clinton? Home owners want no part of 'useless' land". Fast forward 9 years and the recommended $60 a year is actually $120 a year. Not only that but for the past nine years I have been charged…

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“The ends justifies the means.” That is a rationale Democrats have adopted in a national conflict of ideologies. It is an open question as to whether or not this conflict will be peacefully resolved. When we resort to violent acts to win a disagreement we need to be absolutely sure of our op…

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With all the talk of division in our country, I believe clean air is something that we can all rally around. After all, who would vote to damage their own bodies, the future health of their progeny, or the beautiful vistas this state treasures? Assurances of a better life for our offspring i…

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I am not concerned that Judge Kavanaugh may have been a heavy drinker in high school and college. I am concerned about his list of lies and the Republicans willingness to overlook them in their hurry to confirm a conservative judge before the mid term elections.

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Am I the only person in the USA who has read the U.S. code concerning "Respect for the Flag"? May I quote US Code, Title 36, Subtitle 1, Part A, Chapter 3, Paragraph 301, Subtitle 171, "Conduct During Playing. "During rendition of the national anthem when the flag is displayed, all present e…

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Layton desperately needs a homeless shelter. It breaks my heart to see these people, even families with little children without food or shelter. What if it were us - what if it were Jesus? Would we turn him away? 

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Totally unexpected: Recently I made a purchase of gasoline at one of our discount stores, after filling up the machine automatically discharges a receipt. All the receipt showed is the amount of purchase and the cost, and the last four numbers of the card you used.

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I have drafted many letters because of the recent round of what I consider to be chaos created because a senior member of the Senate with 26 plus years of experience in politics, and others, sat on a document when she was interviewing a person of interest in the document, even when she had t…

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After serving during the Vietnam War as a civilian for the Tooele Army Depot, I returned to my country eager to enter back in to civilian life. While I am now retired, I worked as a mechanic, owner, and operator of semitrailer trucks throughout my post-military career. I have lived an exciti…

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UDOT is obviously aware of the amount of bicycle traffic over Trappers Loop Highway, SR 167, as they have repeatedly warned cyclists of the potential hazards in traversing the road during the reconstruction period. Why then, was consideration not given to make the route safer for cyclists, p…