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Weiler's Words

Talking sex ed with Utah State Sen. Todd Weiler.

Mall Writer

Note to The Gateway: give me a call.

Shadow Men

What is the protocol for unwanted dick pic shares?

The State of Pickleball

Utah has earned special status in the nationwide pickleball community.
In the summer of 2011, I dropped by the Sports Mall in Murray to see if I could play pickleball there.

Food Choices

I continue to suffer a love/hate relationship with food that’s not always good for me.
There are three points of view regarding food. I have a couple of friends who consider food a critical lifestyle, consistent with what kind of house to live in or what car to drive or where to ski.

Sex Ed

If kids don't learn about the birds and the bees in school, they are bound to learn it elsewhere.
Learning about sex is inevitable. It comes from three places: blind experimentation, clueless classmates and unscientific but successful magazines.


To give or not to give?
To give or not to give? That is the question I confronted in my 20s while living in Africa. I eventually decided I would not give money to panhandlers.

The Kids Are Alt-Right

It's a shitty time to have any kind of identification with the prefix "alt."
Alt-right. Alt-facts. Alt-media (hey, that's us!). You've heard the prefix, but this guest writer explores its meaning in today's political climate.

Shamrock Surprise

We each hold our culture personal. This green and orange thing is a good part of that.
For religious observance, most of us tend to stick to our own cultures, except we have almost universally embraced two religion-based holidays that have Celtic or Irish origins.

Word by Word

"A writer lives in awe of words, for they can be cruel or kind." —John Steinbeck
Of the 200,000 or so words in the English language, I have just a few favorites.


"The best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing." —Theodore Roosevelt
A minister at the First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City, concludes his emails by writing, "Here's to the work, friends."

Homelessness Continues

>News editors sometimes make a fundamental error when reporting on the drug-addicted and the homeless, treating the two as if they are one and the same.

Economics You Need to Know About

I am sick and tired of reading the same rehashing about you know who. So, from here on in, at least to the end of this column, there will be no politics. Instead, this will be a practical column about where the economy might be going according to the people best qualified to know. I will share thoughts and predictions about how your paycheck will shrink in the next few years and how rich you are not going to be now that America is on its way to being great again for the very, very rich.

Nazis and Vaginas

Two months in, the madness seems to be rolling strong in 2017.
Nazis have perhaps made a return. Women are wearing vaginas on their heads. One side screams fake news and the other purports alternative facts.


I don't know many foodies, so I have not felt the lash of foodist disapproval. Not yet, anyway. Foodism is a spectator sport for me. From the sidelines, I take passing notice of such food-related developments as Whole Foods morphing from grocery store to cafeteria and the hybridization of doughnut and croissant into a cronut.

Jason Jarred

“Chaffetz is perfectly safe in his gerrymandered congressional district that he won by over 100,000 votes.”
People are so happy to experience Kobe steak, they ignore that what they just ate was a Jordan River carp, and whoever says it's not steak is a damned liar. This is the world where Jason Chaffetz lives.

Trump's Words

How could a guy so boorish and so unfit for the job become our 45th president? I don't think the election was rigged, as Trump often asserted, but on the eve of his inauguration, I am trying to reconcile the fact that 62 million people disagreed with me and voted for him.

Singin' in the Rain

Can't we all just get along? In harmony?
When I first heard that the Mormon Tabernacle Choir was going to perform at Donald Trump's inauguration, I had to chuckle a little for a few reasons.


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