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Pedal power at the market
Every Saturday, Tony Pavlantos' Off the Grid Smoothie Cafe attracts a crowd at the Salt Lake Farmers Market. Read more»
Sunday, July 27 2014 10:40 p.m. MDT

Sports

Spring football not an answer to Power Five
SMU coach proposes have-nots play their own schedule. As if recruiting weren't complicated enough. Read more»
Thursday, July 24 2014 12:15 p.m. MDT
Big 12 commissioner frank about future of NCAA
At his conference's football media gathering, the Big 12 commissioner told those who love college football: “You are going to hate it going forward." Read more»
Wednesday, July 23 2014 5:30 p.m. MDT
Utah runner produces feats for the ages (or aging)
Brad Barton, a motivational speaker and magician from Ogden, has shredded the record books for middle-distance running — at the age of 48 Read more»
Sunday, July 27 2014 11:55 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

Don't leave an estate with life insurance
You don’t use life insurance to leave an estate. It’s a bad idea. You leave an estate by saving and investing. Read more»
Monday, July 28 2014 7:17 p.m. MDT
Survey says lack of balance, manager support are job 'deal breakers'
According to a new survey, a low salary isn't the most likely factor that will cause someone to leave a job. Rather, a lack of support from managers and limited work-life balance are Read more»
Wednesday, July 23 2014 9:30 p.m. MDT

Opinion

Religious liberty and the pioneers — Understanding true worth
The Utah Pioneers understood the true worth of religious liberty. Read more»
Thursday, July 24 2014 8:12 a.m. MDT
Re-enactment of 'This is the place' using modern technology
In the spirit of Pioneer Day and reflecting on our heritage, we update an old column and provide a “re-enactment” of Brother Brigham’s entry into the valley using Read more»
Sunday, July 27 2014 12:04 a.m. MDT
Goldwater 2.0
Fifty Julys ago, up the road near San Francisco, in the unfortunately named Cow Palace, the Republican National Convention gave its presidential nomination to Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater, Read more»
Thursday, July 24 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT
Border crisis presents cruelty's many sides
Cruelty comes in many different forms, and that is what Rep. Jason Chaffetz wishes people would understand. Read more»
Wednesday, July 23 2014 3:45 p.m. MDT
Utah leaders lack confidence, lose public trust
Now the governor wants another committee to study academic standards — and that is not his responsibility. It makes Utah’s leaders appear to lack confidence and explains Read more»
Saturday, July 26 2014 4:33 p.m. MDT
High levels of student debt affect many parts of economy
Graduation from college with massive amounts of debt may delay large purchases, such as homes and cars; it can delay savings and investment for retirement; it can steer potential entrepreneurs Read more»
Monday, July 28 2014 7:30 a.m. MDT
Remembering and recognizing America's ability to achieve
There are still moons to explore, problems to solve, challenges to meet. This is a time to remember what Americans – united, resolute, bravely facing the future – can achieve, Read more»
Wednesday, July 23 2014 5:26 p.m. MDT
Hamas and its financial priorities
A good test of an organization’s priorities is what it spends its money on, particularly when money is scarce. That applies to what is currently unfolding in Gaza, where hard Read more»
Monday, July 28 2014 6:13 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
Remembering the Exodus — both ancient and modern
Many have compared the trek of the Mormon pioneers to the exodus of ancient Israel, and not without justice. The pioneer migration should be remembered and celebrated, as the ancient Read more»
Thursday, July 24 2014 5:00 a.m. MDT
Bad days are inevitable — complaining is not
To my pal who thinks all my days are perfection, think again. Just because I don't dwell on them doesn't mean I don't get punched in the mouth like everyone else. Bad days are inevitable Read more»
Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:00 a.m. MDT
In religion and art, the toads are very real
Religion, in my world, is never a premise to be believed, disproven, then discarded. Religion is what brings a tear to your eye or makes you feel as if you’ve sprouted wings. Read more»
Saturday, Aug. 2 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
Who were the first 3 women to enter the Salt Lake Valley?
Who were the first women to enter the Salt Lake Valley? Why were they chosen? What were they like? When Brigham Young led the first company of 148, these three women were a boon and Read more»
Wednesday, July 23 2014 10:07 p.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
Utah’s interesting, divided society
We love Utah. We love the mountains and the desert. We love the people. We even love the interesting and unique culture. But on some levels, a kind of divided, two-sided, competition-mixed-with-animosity Read more»
Thursday, July 31 2014 10:14 a.m. MDT
Moving — a life changing event for all
Many hands make light work and that can be said about much of our lives especially when good friends show up to unload an ABF truck on a hot day in Gilbert, Arizona. Read more»
Wednesday, July 23 2014 3:42 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
The happiest place on earth
Can geography determine happiness, or is happiness simply a state of mind? Read more»
Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:20 a.m. MDT