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Utah

Time to rethink investment in prep sports
Why do we spend millions of dollars on high school sports programs that benefit a relative few? Instead of investing costly resources so 12 kids can play basketball, why not a broad-based Read more»
Tuesday, Aug. 5 2014 7:10 p.m. MDT
Salt Lake is HIS city
In 16 short years, Italy native Valter Nassi had become Salt Lake City's restaurateur supreme. Read more»
Saturday, Aug. 2 2014 9:40 p.m. MDT

Sports

How the Utes can go to a bowl and save Whittingham
Ute coach is on the spot as he begins his 10th (and possibly final) season at Utah. Read more»
Saturday, Aug. 2 2014 11:05 p.m. MDT
3 in-state college stars to get excited about this fall
With college football camps starting up in coming days, there are three star players in Logan, Salt Lake and Provo who can have breakout seasons in 2014 and make a huge impact on the Read more»
Friday, Aug. 1 2014 7:10 p.m. MDT
After weeks of cricket and darts, it's nice to follow American sports again
After being in England for a few weeks, Mike Sorensen is happy to be watching American sports like football, baseball and, of course, beach volleyball. Read more»
Sunday, Aug. 3 2014 7:25 p.m. MDT
Any coach's secret to success — better players
"You know, we're a lot smarter when we've got better players," a wise high school coach told me this past week, only half-joking. Indeed, any coach in America will attest that, without Read more»
Monday, Aug. 4 2014 2:11 p.m. MDT
2013-14 ski/snowboard season the 3rd-best in Utah state history
Even after a slow start, Utah's skier/snowboarder total for the 2013-14 season was the third-best on record. In question, however, is the future of Park City Mountain Resort. A judge Read more»
Tuesday, Aug. 5 2014 10:30 a.m. MDT

Moneywise

Everyone needs a will
No one is getting out of this thing alive. You need a will, a full estate plan with specific instructions on what to do with all your stuff after you die. Read more»
Tuesday, Aug. 5 2014 4:50 p.m. MDT
Survey offers tips for keeping meetings short, productive
Throughout my career, I've had a love/hate relationship with one unavoidable part of the average office worker's life: meetings. A new survey shows I'm not alone, but it also provides Read more»
Tuesday, Aug. 5 2014 8:30 a.m. MDT

Opinion

Israel's right to defend itself: Hamas not productive peace participant
The United States must not alter its stance toward Hamas. While Hamas undoubtedly has some clout with the Palestinian people, this does not warrant official recognition or the lifting Read more»
Thursday, Aug. 7 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT
Political market research — Can it be trusted?
Last week, the Doug Owens congressional campaign released an Owens-commissioned survey of 400 voters showing him only nine points behind Mia Love. The survey generated the usual debate Read more»
Sunday, Aug. 3 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT
Into a new void?
This far into the human story, only the historically uninstructed are startled by what they think are new permutations of evil. Read more»
Thursday, Aug. 14 2014 6:21 a.m. MDT
On Second Thought
A lighthearted look at news of the day. Read more»
Monday, Aug. 4 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT
Elect leaders who can lead, give hope and unite
Unless we elect leaders who can lead, give us hope and unite us instead of divide us, we will continue to become a second-class state. Anything less is a recipe for failure. Read more»
Saturday, Aug. 2 2014 6:48 p.m. MDT
Modern era requires modern international aid
In an effort to alleviate poverty, the United States government spends billions of dollars annually in foreign aid. But there is a growing consensus on the type of aid that is most Read more»
Monday, Aug. 4 2014 7:30 a.m. MDT
School start times are designed for everything but the kids we're trying to educate
The American Academy of Pediatrics says we're starting school too early for teenagers to thrive. It's a simple fix, it says, but one that policymakers seem reluctant to take for a lot Read more»
Tuesday, Aug. 26 2014 9:22 p.m. MDT
Reinstituting state-sponsored school prayer is a bad idea
Recently, I heard someone claim that America is going downhill because God has been taken out of the schools. This argument has been made since the U.S. Supreme Court banned state-sponsored Read more»
Wednesday, Aug. 6 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT
It could be the best of times
I often hear, “These are the worst times we’ve ever had!” along with, “Our future is doomed.” No they’re not and no it isn’t. Read more»
Monday, Aug. 4 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

Faith

My LDS singles ward is one big mutual activity
I'm struggling in my ward because I feel like I'm being treated like a teenager. How can I change this? Read more»
Monday, Aug. 11 2014 12:40 p.m. MDT
Salvation comes through Jesus Christ, without exception
Latter-day Saints join wholeheartedly in the central Christian declaration that Jesus Christ is "the way, the truth, and the life,” and that, ultimately, nobody will come to the Read more»
Thursday, Aug. 7 2014 6:35 a.m. MDT
Meet a former Black Panther affiliate, inmate, Mormon
John Johnson isn't your typical member of a Mormon high council. He's a former federal inmate and a former member of the Black Power movement. Most importantly, he was seconds from Read more»
Tuesday, Aug. 5 2014 2:45 p.m. MDT
An earthquake at 3 a.m. is a literal wake-up call
I was in Oakland when the recent earthquake hit northern California. I awoke at 3 a.m. in an undulating bed. My first thought, in my mental fog, was “I don’t remember asking Read more»
Saturday, Aug. 30 2014 5:00 a.m. MDT
The sadness that comes from lost or ruined photos and documents — and the resolution
Heavy downpours of rain and ensuing landslides over the past three weeks are a reminder to plan ahead for potential big-time calamities. Read more»
Wednesday, Aug. 20 2014 5:38 p.m. MDT
Time to kill the exclamation point!
As we’ve morphed from the handwritten letter to the email to the text or “comment,” we’ve had to navigate how to convey our emotions in shorter bursts of thought. Read more»
Wednesday, Aug. 13 2014 5:00 a.m. MDT

Family

When it comes to family, blood is thicker than fighting over a toy
As I watch my kids play, pester each other and play some more, I'm just glad they have each other. Read more»
Tuesday, Aug. 5 2014 4:50 p.m. MDT
Movies that attract kids, like 'Guardians of the Galaxy,' should strive to be less profane
“Guardians of the Galaxy” is funny, except when it falls back on coarse language as a punch line. Read more»
Wednesday, Aug. 6 2014 11:00 a.m. MDT
Boycott the play date? Why not just do it right?
We, as parents, are the ones trying to make play dates fit with our lives. We want them to be orderly, planned and well-supervised. But the best play dates are messy, completely chaotic Read more»
Wednesday, Aug. 6 2014 9:50 a.m. MDT
Lessons learned from burnt vegetables
Recently, my wife almost burned down the house. She was cooking some vegetables and forgot to turn off the oven. No, she did not do it on purpose. She was not plotting insurance fraud Read more»
Monday, Aug. 18 2014 10:19 p.m. MDT
Here's one of the most powerful ways to improve the moral character of our world
The most powerful way to improve the moral character of our world is not policing but talking. We can help one another stay morally engaged by simply talking more often about the values Read more»
Wednesday, Aug. 6 2014 11:00 a.m. MDT
Why much of what our media say is a lie
Most entertainment media are represented as a reflection of typical or majority lifestyles, values and conduct. However, media is more in the business of creating trends, suggesting Read more»
Tuesday, Aug. 5 2014 5:10 p.m. MDT
Looking for the rainbow after a storm
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Wednesday, Aug. 6 2014 7:32 p.m. MDT
Why are there giant robot footprints in your backyard?
Whatever you do, don't go outside tonight. Trust me. If you have to go out, just stay away from the University of Utah. Read more»
Friday, Aug. 1 2014 5:41 p.m. MDT