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THUMBS UP: The state’s Tax Restructuring and Equalization Task Force held is final town hall this week, ending in Orem at Utah Valley University. It concludes a tour of town hall meetings across the state as legislators Sen. Lyle W. Hillyard, R-Logan, and Rep. Francis Gibson, R-Mapleton, and…

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THUMBS UP: This week police, detectives and other personnel with Salt Lake City were able to locate, test and confirm they had recovered Mackenzie Lueck's remains. The Utah student had been missing when police had already recovered some of her DNA last week in a man's backyard, who was subse…

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In all the #MeToo talk about sexual harassment, sexual assault and rape, it dawns on me that one category of victim remains undiscussed, almost taboo to talk about: the victims of childhood incest.

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THUMBS UP: More of us than others have been guilty of it, but it’s something we all as Utahns can improve upon: driving hands-free of our cellphones. There’s plenty on them to distract us — between messages, alerts, music, podcasts and, yes, still phone calls — while sitting and walking, muc…

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THUMBS DOWN: It’s not that far into the school year yet and weird things are happening. This week Weber High School students were evacuated after several randomly started falling ill from an unknown substance. While the others might have enjoyed getting out of school early that day, it’s unu…

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Thumbs up & down: While it’s unfortunate that it’s taken as severe declines as Utah has seen, at least the governor and state are now paying attention to the problem of our teacher shortage. On Wednesday Gov. Herbert held a press conference with Envision Utah at the state Capitol to disc…

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THUMBS UP: It’s important that Ogden City Council continue to work on and plan for Ogden’s future water needs and the infrastructure that will require. According to a Standard-Examiner report, since Ogden’s last culinary water plan was adopted in 2012, construction of a new water treatment p…

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Like many businesses, the Standard-Examiner has ebbed and flowed with the changes of time since its inception in 1888, but its commitment has always remained married to the community.

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WASHINGTON -- President Trump took to television Tuesday to "clarify" his position on alleged Russian meddling in our 2016 presidential election, as stated at the Helsinki summit with Vladimir Putin. The only thing he clarified was his astonishing ability to make matters worse for himself.

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The new rising star of the Democratic Party is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The 28-year-old former bartender doesn't know much about politics -- this week, she bungled her way through an interview answer by referring to Israeli "occupation" of Palestine and citing her lack of expertise on the i…

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The Trump administration revived calls for privatizing air traffic control services last month as part of a broader proposal to reorganize and modernize the federal government.

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One of the Obama administration's greatest foreign-policy missteps was the failed "reset" button it attempted to hit with Vladimir Putin's Russia. President Donald Trump's meeting with Putin in Helsinki this week, and the calamitous press conference that followed, was far worse. Instead of a…

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Want to sip a refreshing beverage this summer?

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As the political season heats up, Donald Trump is ramping up his lies through three amplifiers: his rallies, Fox News and his Twitter account.

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Bad politicians do not translate automatically to bad policy. Scott Pruitt was not an acceptable administrator of President Donald Trump’s environmental policies — but that does not mean Trump should change them.