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Too Little, Too Much

The state revisits its sex-ed guidelines, the benefits of having two daily newspapers and a former mayor takes up a new fight.

High Times

A Utah senator tried marijuana, but what was the message? A win for Utahns' health and an unfortunate consequence of Medicare.

Radioactive Dollar Signs

More health challenges with Utah's toxic waste, water law's complicated nature and Utah's Medicaid battle.

The Three Kings

Where are the critics of Utah's proposed billion-dollar railroad? Utah's place in the climate change debate and a Utah journalism project shines a light on the dark side of housing.
You've probably heard that journalism is dying, or something along those lines. For sure, you've heard about #fakenews and the Failing New York Times.

Judge Wad-duped

What ever happened to the public part of public lands? The Legislature whittles away on ballot initiatives and don't say "Mormon" anymore.
Hold tight because we have at least two more years of the Trump administration's goal of taking the public out of public lands.

This Mormon Moment

Jeff Flake earns some credit, more red tape for beer retailers and was there any celebrating in Utah for National Public Lands Day?
If ever there was a Mormon moment, last week's Judiciary Committee hearings were it.


Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment saves lives. Does Utah need more education funding? And Jason Chaffetz “thinks” something again.
To celebrate 10 years of activism, Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment roll out scientific studies about how pollution causes deaths—lots of deaths.

Chasing Tail

Trophy hunters like to use the word "management" instead of "harvesting," more inland-port conflicts and should the Board of Education be partisan?
"Management" might just be the new euphemism for harvesting wildlife trophies.

Headline Hogs

Is the church more newsworthy than government? Problems in San Juan County and a look at homelessness.
A lot of non-Mormons are interested in what goes on with "The Church," but not so much its internal communications strategy.


Problems in Logan with GRAMA, the state's homeless plan and come on down the slippery slope to hell.
Lesson No. 1 on how bad laws are made: Base them on one bad actor.

Forfeiture's Demise

Asset forfeiture rears its head in Utah, the AG's thoughts on job protections for LGBTQ folks, and Utah's sexist attitudes.
Asset forfeiture has long been a tool of law enforcement to get the bad guys before they can take off with the money.

Ditto for Truth

The people's need for media literacy, will Michael Clara return to UTA and good luck to the church's rebranding.
The Deseret News, after much angst and forethought, published a one-word editorial, “Ditto,” that should have said it all.

Big Money, Big Marijuana

What's behind Utah's marijuana initiative? More unfound accusations of news bias and one school district says screw it when it comes to recycling.
Big money. We don't like it in politics, but, oh, how we take it.

Sour Taste

The kerfuffle over Taste of the Wasatch, Utah and its carbon ways and are we talking about inland ports or trade wars?
Some donors and providers who feel deceived withdrew from last week's event while others are pledging directly to Utahns Against Hunger.

Taken Hostage

A questionable take on the country's tariff fight, Utah's get-along nature and a possible win for national parks.
Stockholm Syndrome: Rep. Dan McCay, R-Riverton, might be sorry he ever mentioned it.

Dear Jon

A letter to Jon Huntsman Jr., more kids means fewer taxes in Utah and some perspective on the inland port debate.
The vast majority of folks have no idea what you really stand for, and frankly are looking for someone to make a strong statement in defense of our country.

Environmental 'Protection'

The "enemy of the people" saves the day, shifting the development discussion and maybe it would be better if we just made the damn cake.
Once again, the "enemy of the people" has come to the rescue.

High Anxiety

A new study suggests link between altitude and high teen suicide rates, coal is still king in Utah, for now, and an unhappy former mayor.
Moving is not realistic, so researchers are looking at more effective treatments for teens living in mountainous regions.


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