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Most popular editorials, columns and op-eds of 2013 (23 items)

By and , Deseret News

Dec. 15, 2013

Over the past year, the Deseret News has published at least one editorial and column or op-ed each day, covering a variety of topics.

Here is a look at the 10 most popular Deseret News editorials and the 10 most popular columns or op-eds from the past year. These articles received more page views than the rest.

The list starts with the most popular editorials and concludes with the most popular columns and op-eds. Each section starts at the 10th most popular item and concludes with the most popular piece.

Only the first few paragraphs of each article are included in this list, but hyperlinks are provided to each article in its entirety.

1 of 23. Deseret News editorials

Here are the 10 most popular Deseret News editorials from 2013.

2 of 23. #10-No easy answers to end tragedies like the one at Sandy Hook

Our recent editorial about filmmaker Quentin Tarantino and the negative impact his ultraviolent movies have had on the national culture sparked a tremendous amount of responses, some of them heated., a humor-themed news aggregator website, labeled the piece "stupid" and derisively claimed that the Deseret News had taken the position that "we all know that if we stopped killing each other in movies, then death would just take a holiday."

Would that it were so.

If there were a way to end the tragedies like the one at Sandy Hook once and for all, then this newspaper, along with all people of good will, would do everything possible to make it happen. The harder, messier reality is that no such simple solutions exist. If they did, they'd already be in place. Instead, we're left to muddle through and try to cobble together piecemeal approaches to an intractable problem. That's not nearly as emotionally satisfying as a one-size-fits-all magic fix, but that's the only way to make any progress.

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3 of 23. #9-Marijuana should not be made legal

Following in the footsteps of Colorado and Washington, where voters legalized the recreational use of marijuana in last year’s election, four other states — California, Alaska, Oregon and Arizona — have similar measures on the ballot this year.

That may be an inevitable consequence of the federal government indicating it will stand aside and allow such laws, even though they run afoul of federal laws. But Americans need to think twice before jumping on this bandwagon.

Marijuana is a harmful drug. That much is beyond dispute, no matter what the drug’s advocates say. It is particularly harmful to young people who begin smoking it regularly, but it also is harmful to adults. It is addictive.

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4 of 23. #8-Erosion of religious liberty

Throughout history, devout religious believers have at times been forced from their homes by persecutors and made to seek refuge. Mormon pioneers, whose trek West is commemorated this month, are evidence that even in the United States, constitutional guarantees do not always protect the right to openly worship.

Now, despite generations during which that right — so grievously assaulted by Nazi forces during World War II — has been generally recognized in civilized countries, dark clouds seem to be gathering again.

A recent opinion poll by The Newseum Institute in Washington, D.C., found that one-third of Americans feel the Constitution's First Amendment goes too far in granting freedoms, including the freedom of religion. This alarming figure represents a jump from 13 percent who held that view only last year.

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5 of 23. #7-Room for compromise

Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, with regard to the current budget standoff, said, “We are at one of the most dangerous points in our history right now. Every bit as dangerous as the break-up of the Union before the Civil War.”

That’s exponentially exaggerating the gravity of the nation’s current situation, which shows no signs of degenerating into interstate combat. What it does demonstrate, however, is that hyperbolic rhetoric seems to increase as comity and compromise decrease.

The only way out of this crisis is for people on each side to tone down their speech and begin to compromise to some degree. And yet as of Wednesday both sides were digging in, hoping voters would blame the other side for failing to find the middle ground.

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1. Mugabe
Dec. 17, 2013

If alcohol, prescription drugs, pornography, and cigarettes are legal, then why not Marijuana? Marijuana is a herb bearing plant with no artificial ingredients made by the hands of men; therefore, it is for the use of man.

I believe that it is hypocritical to arrest a person for growing marijuana, for personal use, while at the same time, allowing large corporations to brew whiskey grow tobacco, and manufacture drugs for public consumption. I don't smoke Marijuana, but those who choose to do so should be free from prosecution.

2. Mugabe
Dec. 17, 2013

I think that this argument stems from the fact that we don't really know the true definition of religion. Nobel defined it as this: "A world view, a theology, a philosophy or and ideology with an over reaching perspective about: God, the world and man's relationship to them."

That perspective does not have to be in favor of God or those who choose to follow him. It can be an apposing view; for instance, the humanist regard the universe as "self-existing and not crested. They also believe that man is a part of nature and that he has emerged as the result of a continuous process.

If one compare these two tenets with Genesis 1:1 and 1:27, it is obvious that each one is a perspective about God, universe and man's relationship to them. In lieu of these observations, there is no that isn't religious.

Those of us who are followers of Christ set ourselves up as being unique in religious beliefs, and this is the crux of the argument. So, anyone who purports to stamp out religion better be ware that they don't shut their own mouths.