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Commander-in-chief keeps lowering the bar.

American Terrorist

We have a terrorist organization operating in the United States.

On Religious Discrimination

It wasn't long ago that English kings, among others, were God's own anointed protectors of the faith, assuming the roles of political leader and religious pontiff combined.

Shooting the Watchdog

Utahns should be shaking in their boots, but instead, they're forcing their heads deeper into the sand.

Summer in the City

On valuing the simplicity of free-spirited fun.
From childhood through our adult years, summer embodies the time of year when our lives just feel lighter.

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.

Keep Dreaming

When DACA hits home
When Trump announced he was ending DACA, the governmental program that gave immigrants like myself who came here as children the right to work, I worried that my world would come crashing down.

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?'"

Mormons and Pot

Despite Mormonism's claims that its prophets talk with God, its recent history portrays a rather bleak record for getting on the right side of political issues.

Good Friend, Good

"Friend. Good."

Safety First

The conversation is far from over. Opponents and politicians would be wise to start showing up to the conversation prepared to listen.

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.

One in Four and More

I prefer the phrase "one in four" to "25 percent."


In my early 20s, there were five movies in rotation as my go-to bedtime stories.

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.

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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