Journalism awards? Meh. But journalism? It doesn't get any better

Jail deaths

“After all, you know what they say about reporters: ‘If your mother says she loves you,...


Ogden needs realistic ideas to advance

(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. Consultant Stuart Reid’s apparently unpublicized study, for which he was paid $187,500 of taxpayer...


Progressives Save the GOP

Erick Erickson

I have been pretty critical of the Republican Party even though I was, for a time, an elected Republican. I criticized George W. Bush vocally for being what some branded a "big government conservative." Under Bush, the size and scope of the federal government grew at a reckless rate, not for war,...


Hope and skepticism after U.S.-North Korea summit

North Korea Cyber

The effort showed initiative, but its promise is of a familiar sort. There is something to be said for occasionally abandoning protocol, turning a deaf ear to naysayers and plowing ahead with a goal in mind. That was the path for President Donald Trump, who (last week) concluded a summit with North...


Weak Environmental Policies Cost Jobs in Utah

Froma Harrop

"The public will no doubt be surprised at the economic importance of this industry as (we measure) the impact of activities like boating, fishing, RVing, hunting, camping, hiking and more." The speaker is U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. The industry goes under the broad name of outdoor...


Taking Care of Kids Who Witness Death


Normally, small research studies don't interest me much because they usually don't include a large cross section of participants. I mean, how can you reach a generalized conclusion if you have only questioned or studied 20 or 30 people, right? But a newly reported effort from the Boston Reentry...


Leadership changes needed to prevent next Freedom Festival failure

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This past week has been a roller coaster for the Freedom Festival and the LGBT community of Utah County. And we don’t mean the fun kind of roller coaster you excitedly wait in hour-long lines for. We mean the one that, at the end of it all, makes you feel a little sick to the stomach from the...

Guest Commentary

Helpful answers require good questions


Scientists ask questions. It’s what we do. It’s a hallmark of the scientific method. I’m sure you remember those worksheets from junior high on the Scientific Method. Some had five steps, others eight, but the one I recall had four: 1) make an observation that describes a problem,...

Behind Bars

Beyond Bars: First vacation after prison leaves me feeling inspired

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“As I treaded water, I could feel the sun on my face and my shoulders and I realized I was smiling. This was the feeling I had dreamed about many times while I was locked up. I felt free, so free,” Brian Wood writes this week. 


Justice Department rebuked in AT&T case

AT T Time Warner Antitrust

President Trump's chilling campaign to politicize the Justice Department ran into a stinging rebuke on Tuesday as a federal judge broadly rejected the government's attempt to block AT&T's $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner. Appearing to pander to the president's hostility to much of the...


Historic Snooker

Mona Charen

The headline writers adore the word "historic." It was ubiquitous in reporting on the April meeting between Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in. Kim shook Moon's hand and then guided him over the military demarcation line to step onto North Korean territory. This prompted swoons. What rot. If that was a...

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