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Slogans and Mottos

It's Rasmuson's opinion time!

Better Times Ahead

I asked a GOP friend who follows Trump on Twitter how he thinks he's doing. "Are you kidding me?" he responded.


Is it great to suck at something?

Changing Our Culture

Members of the LDS community represent a disproportionately large percentage of the world’s repairers.
I recently met with several fellow members of the LDS/Jewish Dialog Luncheon group.


Saturday. 9:30 a.m. Sears' parking lot.

Social Media in Salt Lake

For me, it all started quite innocently as a volunteer job at the American Red Cross...
My immediate family members avoid interacting on social media the way some farmers avoid city people.


Like 11-year-old Barron Trump, I wore ties at a young age—not because I wanted to, but because of the unwritten LDS dress code.
In my tie-wearing days, I marched to the drumbeat of fashion. I wore skinny ties when they were in vogue, wide ones when they weren't. Same with patterns.

Summertime Doesn't Mean We're Easy

Wardrobe choices are less vamp and more a game to beat the elements.
Although I'm not opposed to dress codes—in fact, I think hats and gloves are long overdue to make a comeback—it just seems that they should be based on principles of etiquette instead of gender bias, which creates a disservice to everyone involved.

Weiler's Words

Talking sex ed with Utah State Sen. Todd Weiler.
After reading my shout-out in a previous Opinion piece, Utah State Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, tweeted me, saying I don't understand Utah's current sex ed curriculum.

Mall Writer

Note to The Gateway: give me a call.
The Mall of America is recruiting a writer-in-residence.

Shadow Men

What is the protocol for unwanted dick pic shares?
I found myself curious how often men size up a situation with the intent of deducing risk vs. safety. For females this act is mandatory—especially when out alone—a concept I frankly find annoying to admit.

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.


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