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Editorial

Plain Writing

Gobbledygook is a thing of the past

By John Rasmuson
POSTED // Jun 8,2011 - I was once a writer of gobbledygook—a purveyor of pretentious, polysyllabic, ponderous, purple prose. I kept a thesaurus next to my typewriter. Thus, what I wrote was not merely “wordy” but “characterized by prolixity.”

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Foul Foibles

Sorry, girls: Without those gross habits you hate, men wouldn't be men.

By John Rasmuson
POSTED // May 11,2011 - One of my favorite Saturday Night Live sketches was called “Women’s Problems.” Staged as a television talk show, it featured Dan Aykroyd as the moderator of a panel of sleazy men as they held forth on so-called women’s problems ...

Editorial

Grok Expectations

Much of the behavior practiced by Earthlings is unfathomable.

By John Rasmuson
POSTED // Apr 27,2011 - This is a story about a Martian verb that has found a place in the English lexicon. For me, the story begins a long time ago ...

Editorial

Hammer Time

A good protest song unites and inspires activists of all ages.

By John Rasmuson
POSTED // Mar 16,2011 - Peter, Paul & Mary performed in Salt Lake City in late 1962 or early ’63, my senior year at Highland High School ...

Editorial

Mtn. Men

Though they didn't train here, Utahns still owe a debt to the 10th Mtn. Division.

By John Rasmuson
POSTED // Mar 2,2011 - On April 16, 2002, then 3rd District Rep. Chris Cannon was quoted extensively in the Congressional Record as supporting the designation of a stretch of Route 224 ...

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Volun-tears

Utah leads the nation in volunteering, but women are carrying the load.

By John Rasmuson
POSTED // Feb 23,2011 - I tend to be skeptical of Utah’s best-in-the-nation volunteering status. Were it not for the LDS Church, I don’t think Utah’s standing would be 17 points above the national average ...

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Techno Blues

It's the end of the technology road for this weary traveler.

By John Rasmuson
POSTED // Feb 9,2011 - At Christmastime, as I fiddled with my son’s new iPad, I was suddenly overcome by melancholy ...

Editorial

Glock Talk

By John Rasmuson
POSTED // Jan 19,2011 - Too much of what politicians say these days doesn’t pass the common-sense test. That they get away with it troubles me ...

Editorial

Twain Wreck

Altering Huckleberry Finn is an assault on art and words.

By John Rasmuson
POSTED // Jan 12,2011 - “Nigger,” the most odious of all racist words in the language, was yet again the subject of controversy two weeks ago following the announcement that a sanitized version of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn will be published.

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What If?

It's vital to prepare kids for the future, whatever it may bring.

By John Rasmuson
POSTED // Jan 5,2011 - Put yourself in the role of Fulfillment Consultant (FC). Your clients are Generation Y parents. They want their toddlers to grow up and lead happy, fulfilled lives.
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