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  • Truth Decay
  • Truth Decay

      What could fuel a livelier conversation—religion and politics notwithstanding?
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  • Making Meals Out of Misfortune Part 1
  • Making Meals Out of Misfortune Part 1

    After a summer of pandemic and protests, local chefs have to get creative to keep the lights on
      Dining rooms and bars were closed to in-room service, which meant that eateries could only serve takeout or meals for delivery, while Utah bars essentially became "dry" under state directives.
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  • Tales for  Road Warriors
  • Tales for Road Warriors

    Those who staked out Utah's wilderness, both in life and the printed word
      We get it. This "hunkering down" idea has you second-guessing all your summer plans.
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  • On Patriotic Correctness
  • On Patriotic Correctness

    Armed Forces Day is a good time to take stock of your own patriotic correctness.
      My driver license has VETERAN printed on it. It occasionally earns me a "Thanks for your service" from a well-intentioned clerk.
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  • Ending as Beginning
  • Ending as Beginning

      "There are these two young fish swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says, 'Morning, boys, how's the water?' And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes, 'What the hell is water?'"
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  • Redeemed by Poets
  • Redeemed by Poets

    The wretched state of public discourse cries out for poetic grace.
      I was a high-school English teacher in 2001, the year Billy Collins was appointed U.S. poet laureate.
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  • On Trump's Parade
  • On Trump's Parade

      Donald Trump might have been humming Richman's familiar tune last summer after watching a military parade in Paris commemorating Bastille Day and the French Revolution.
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  • Dear Orrin
  • Dear Orrin

    'Hypocrisy, thy name is Orrin'
      I read that Brigham Young University and the University of Utah are vying to become the repository of Orrin Hatch's congressional papers.
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