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Here are the reasons why Orem should leave Alpine School District.

1. ASD stacks Orem schools with the best students through language immersion and advanced programs. They hold schools they take students from accountable for low test scores. Special needs students are ignored in the name of helping elementary students to get on track to go to Brigham Young University.

2. ASD complains about large class sizes, then tears down newly-remodeled schools, like Hillcrest, then tell parents the only solution is to hire more counselors.

3. The superintendent makes more than $250,000 a year with benefits and retirement.

4. Vineyard is growing. ASD has made no plans, that I am aware of, for this growth.

5. ASD ignores weather conditions of Orem when deciding inside days, snow days etc.

6. They waste lots of money with color ads and flyers sent out.

7. They issue bonds that always get passed because, \"Who wants cut funds for education?\" But that just puts Orem more in debt to them.

8. Progressive ideas are being taught.

9. Zero tolerance polices are hurting the innocent.

10. ASD is too big for a Utah school district.

There are lots of reason why we should break. We should have broken off in 2006 when we had the chance. We need to wake up and take action.

\u2014 Trent Bowen, Orem

"}, {"id":"fa63da48-0bee-529b-94c8-d6debc8b4f48","type":"article","starttime":"1559714400","starttime_iso8601":"2019-06-05T00:00:00-06:00","priority":50,"sections":[{"mailbag":"news/opinion/mailbag"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Hallen: Praise to those ending abortions","url":"http://www.heraldextra.com/news/opinion/mailbag/article_fa63da48-0bee-529b-94c8-d6debc8b4f48.html","permalink":"https://www.heraldextra.com/news/opinion/mailbag/hallen-praise-to-those-ending-abortions/article_fa63da48-0bee-529b-94c8-d6debc8b4f48.html","canonical":"https://www.heraldextra.com/news/opinion/mailbag/hallen-praise-to-those-ending-abortions/article_fa63da48-0bee-529b-94c8-d6debc8b4f48.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":0,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"What do minorities in China have in common with unborn or partially-born babies in the United States? They are both subjected to live organ-harvesting for business profits and lucrative medical research. I salute lawmakers and citizens in Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio and Utah for exercising their moral courage in seeking to stop the slaughter of innocents. And if Hollywood filmmakers decide to curtail their industry of normalized promiscuity and glamorized violence in those states, all the better.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":[],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":null,"revision":2,"commentID":"fa63da48-0bee-529b-94c8-d6debc8b4f48","body":"

What do minorities in China have in common with unborn or partially-born babies in the United States?

They are both subjected to live organ-harvesting for business profits and lucrative medical research.

I salute lawmakers and citizens in Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio and Utah for exercising their moral courage in seeking to stop the slaughter of innocents. And if Hollywood filmmakers decide to curtail their industry of normalized promiscuity and glamorized violence in those states, all the better.

\u2014 Cynthia L. Hallen, Springville

"}, {"id":"1a415f70-45ab-567d-83e4-3032d0ea1b63","type":"article","starttime":"1559714400","starttime_iso8601":"2019-06-05T00:00:00-06:00","priority":50,"sections":[{"mailbag":"news/opinion/mailbag"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Tordensjold: Dishonest business leads to pay gap","url":"http://www.heraldextra.com/news/opinion/mailbag/article_1a415f70-45ab-567d-83e4-3032d0ea1b63.html","permalink":"https://www.heraldextra.com/news/opinion/mailbag/tordensjold-dishonest-business-leads-to-pay-gap/article_1a415f70-45ab-567d-83e4-3032d0ea1b63.html","canonical":"https://www.heraldextra.com/news/opinion/mailbag/tordensjold-dishonest-business-leads-to-pay-gap/article_1a415f70-45ab-567d-83e4-3032d0ea1b63.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":0,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"I am saddened and disturbed by the massive wage inequities we see in Utah county. I am not talking of gender or anything like that, I am speaking of the massive difference in what employers are willing to pay skilled, educated individuals, versus nearby states, or even nearby counties. We see very little difference in cost of living compared to our neighboring states, but here in Utah County, the wages for the same employ are much less, even than the state average. I attribute this to the religious culture prevalent in Utah county.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":[],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":null,"revision":3,"commentID":"1a415f70-45ab-567d-83e4-3032d0ea1b63","body":"

I am saddened and disturbed by the massive wage inequities we see in Utah county.

I am not talking of gender or anything like that, I am speaking of the massive difference in what employers are willing to pay skilled, educated individuals, versus nearby states, or even nearby counties.

We see very little difference in cost of living compared to our neighboring states, but here in Utah County, the wages for the same employ are much less, even than the state average. I attribute this to the religious culture prevalent in Utah county.

I am not speaking of the predominant faith. I have absolutely no problem there. I am speaking of the culture that has sprung up around it, and has little or nothing to do with the tenets of said faith.

Religious cultures, as a general rule, take the teachings of a religion and twist them to the logical extreme. Case in point: pay inequity in Utah county. The predominant faith teaches to be frugal, to be careful with your money. There is absolutely no negativity in this concept. Indeed, we should all be more careful with our spending habits.

But the religious culture takes it several steps further, stating that you should \"live within your means,\" even if it means that this is accomplished at someone else's expense. The culture encourages one to be a \"cheap skate,\" which is being incredibly careful with your own money, whilst not caring about anyone or anything else in the doing.

I cannot count the number of times that I have heard local business people who profess to be upstanding adherents of the local predominant faith justify unethical or harmful business practices with the phrase \"it's just business.\" Really? Check your Temple Recommend at the door, as one should not be able to honestly answer the third question asked to receive this document: \"Are you honest in your dealings with your fellow man\"? This includes business.

I have run and owned several businesses. I understand how difficult business can be. If you, as a business owner or employer, feel a need to keep your own bottom line as plentiful as possible at the expense of your people, you are part of the problem.

Pay what your people are worth, and you will rarely if ever be disappointed. If you are unable to tighten your belt in any other fashion than payroll, be honest. You are just being lazy, and should consider whether or not you should be running a business at all.

\u2014 Beorn Tordensjold, Provo

"}, {"id":"5f431c77-8486-57ac-aaec-bdb581d41e90","type":"article","starttime":"1558504800","starttime_iso8601":"2019-05-22T00:00:00-06:00","priority":50,"sections":[{"mailbag":"news/opinion/mailbag"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Monney: Protecting wildlife affected by the Roadless Rule","url":"http://www.heraldextra.com/news/opinion/mailbag/article_5f431c77-8486-57ac-aaec-bdb581d41e90.html","permalink":"https://www.heraldextra.com/news/opinion/mailbag/monney-protecting-wildlife-affected-by-the-roadless-rule/article_5f431c77-8486-57ac-aaec-bdb581d41e90.html","canonical":"https://www.heraldextra.com/news/opinion/mailbag/monney-protecting-wildlife-affected-by-the-roadless-rule/article_5f431c77-8486-57ac-aaec-bdb581d41e90.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":0,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"Many Utahns find solace in Utah's national forests, but it is Utah's diverse wildlife populations that call these forests home. Compared to other states, Utah ranks 10th in biodiversity and 5th for endemic species, and these species will likely pay the highest price for Governor Herbert's Utah-specific Roadless Rule.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":[],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":null,"revision":3,"commentID":"5f431c77-8486-57ac-aaec-bdb581d41e90","body":"

Many Utahns find solace in Utah's national forests, but it is Utah's diverse wildlife populations that call these forests home. Compared to other states, Utah ranks 10th in biodiversity and 5th for endemic species, and these species will likely pay the highest price for Governor Herbert's Utah-specific Roadless Rule.

More than one-third of Utah's sensitive species have been found in the undisturbed ecosystems of roadless areas which are currently protected by the federal Roadless Rule. As the name implies, the Roadless Rule is a designation of the National Forests that prevents road building and timber cutting (except during severe wildfire threat) in order to preserve the forests. Governor Herbert's new rule justifies more road building, timber cutting, and commercial logging, and it fails to address the impact these practices will have on wildlife. Roads are one of the greatest threats to wildlife populations and habitat. Roads break up tracts of forests, lead to wildlife-vehicle collisions and erode hillsides, which increases sediment in streams with native and endangered fish.

Given all the threats to Utah's special wildlife species and populations, our forests need more protection, not deregulation for profit. Governor Herbert's Utah specific roadless rule is a backwards approach to restoring and protecting wildlife habitat, and would further imperil Utah's most wild and invaluable forest ecosystems.

\u2014 Taylor Monney, Orem

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Monney: Protecting wildlife affected by the Roadless Rule

Many Utahns find solace in Utah\u2019s national forests, but it is Utah\u2019s diverse wildlife populations that call these forests home. Compared to other states, Utah ranks 10th in biodiversity and 5th for endemic species, and these species will likely pay the highest price for Governor Herbert\u2019s Utah-specific Roadless Rule.

More than one-third of Utah\u2019s sensitive species have been found in the undisturbed ecosystems of roadless areas which are currently protected by the federal Roadless Rule. As the name implies, the Roadless Rule is a designation of the National Forests that prevents road building and timber cutting (except during severe wildfire threat) in order to preserve the forests. Governor Herbert\u2019s new rule justifies more road building, timber cutting, and commercial logging, and it fails to address the impact these practices will have on wildlife. Roads are one of the greatest threats to wildlife populations and habitat. Roads break up tracts of forests, lead to wildlife-vehicle collisions and erode hillsides, which increases sediment in streams with native and endangered fish.

Given all the threats to Utah\u2019s special wildlife species and populations, our forests need more protection, not deregulation for profit. Governor Herbert\u2019s Utah specific roadless rule is a backwards approach to restoring and protecting wildlife habitat, and would further imperil Utah\u2019s most wild and invaluable forest ecosystems.

\u2014 Taylor Monney, Orem

Vehar: Appreciation for online education

We enrolled our son, Jacob, at Utah Virtual Academy to give help him excel academically. Jacob was struggling in brick and mortar school he attended and Jacob felt like a failure. We worked with his school to make adjustments, but it wasn\u2019t enough. We needed to try something different. We knew about K-12\u2019s tailored curriculum and transferred right away.

UTVA has given Jacob the personalized approach he craved. Jacob is happy about learning again and is making tremendous progress. We both like his live class sessions with teachers. This is not homeschool. He interacts with peers through breakouts and class discussion \u2014 it\u2019s a focused, controlled environment giving Jacob the best opportunity to grow his confidence; his grades are responding in kind.

Jacob is a budding tennis player, too. He began playing when he was just 4 years old. UTVA\u2019s flexibility gives Jacob the opportunity to practice and compete. He\u2019s ranked 15th in the state of Utah for his age group!

We are thankful there are many options for all kinds of students. Public school at home works great for Jacob and we want Utah to protect the school choice we\u2019ve made for our son.

\u2014 Gayle Vehar, Spanish Fork

"}, {"id":"b716b28e-496e-5252-8989-74a33e44978b","type":"article","starttime":"1557320400","starttime_iso8601":"2019-05-08T07:00:00-06:00","priority":50,"sections":[{"mailbag":"news/opinion/mailbag"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Kingsford: The U.S. should cease support of the U.N.","url":"http://www.heraldextra.com/news/opinion/mailbag/article_b716b28e-496e-5252-8989-74a33e44978b.html","permalink":"https://www.heraldextra.com/news/opinion/mailbag/kingsford-the-u-s-should-cease-support-of-the-u/article_b716b28e-496e-5252-8989-74a33e44978b.html","canonical":"https://www.heraldextra.com/news/opinion/mailbag/kingsford-the-u-s-should-cease-support-of-the-u/article_b716b28e-496e-5252-8989-74a33e44978b.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":0,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"byline":"Beverly Kingsford","prologue":"Dear Editor, I wholeheartedly agree with Bliss Tew's letter about the United Nations. The United Nations has been presented to the world as some kind of savior government, but in reality, it is the devil working his deceitful plans. What this world needs is for each individual nation to be able to freely address its own problems without the fear of having its solutions being overrun and undone by the United Nations.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":[],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":null,"revision":4,"commentID":"b716b28e-496e-5252-8989-74a33e44978b","body":"

Dear Editor,

I wholeheartedly agree with Bliss Tew's letter about the United Nations. The United Nations has been presented to the world as some kind of savior government, but in reality, it is the devil working his deceitful plans.

What this world needs is for each individual nation to be able to freely address its own problems without the fear of having its solutions being overrun and undone by the United Nations.

Nations have a much better chance of understanding their own specific problems than a world entity does. And if a nation is trying to solve its problems with solutions that don't work, then we have to let that nation see the failures of its so-called solutions. Rescuing people and nations from their problems doesn't cause motivation to happen.

We learn from having and solving problems, but if people and nations don't learn the easy way, then they have to learn the hard way. How can they learn if they are always being rescued by other nations and their so called money?

The only reason the U.S. is able to give an annual sum of money to the United Nations is because we have a fiat monetary system, based on debt and fake money. If we were using real money \u2014 real gold and silver \u2014 then we wouldn't be so willing to rescue other nation states out there. We would be focusing a bit more on investing our REAL money into our own nation. We need to realize that a world government such as the U.N. doesn't work. It's based totally on debt and fake money that cannot and will not survive. It's not a sane mathematical solution for any economy.

\u2014 Beverly Kingsford, Orem

"}, {"id":"7ab57fbf-e4f4-5d45-8848-ac1758f4d339","type":"article","starttime":"1557320400","starttime_iso8601":"2019-05-08T07:00:00-06:00","priority":50,"sections":[{"mailbag":"news/opinion/mailbag"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Duster: The cruelty of the dairy and meat industries","url":"http://www.heraldextra.com/news/opinion/mailbag/article_7ab57fbf-e4f4-5d45-8848-ac1758f4d339.html","permalink":"https://www.heraldextra.com/news/opinion/mailbag/duster-the-cruelty-of-the-dairy-and-meat-industries/article_7ab57fbf-e4f4-5d45-8848-ac1758f4d339.html","canonical":"https://www.heraldextra.com/news/opinion/mailbag/duster-the-cruelty-of-the-dairy-and-meat-industries/article_7ab57fbf-e4f4-5d45-8848-ac1758f4d339.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":0,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"byline":"Peter Duster","prologue":"Dear Editor, Mother's Day, on May 12, celebrates the cherished bond between mother and child. But mother cows, very icons of motherhood, never get to see their own babies. Newborn calves are torn from their mothers at birth and turned into veal cutlets so we can drink the milk that was meant for them. The grief-stricken mother cows bellow for days, calling in vain for their return.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":[],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":null,"revision":6,"commentID":"7ab57fbf-e4f4-5d45-8848-ac1758f4d339","body":"

Dear Editor,

Mother's Day, on May 12, celebrates the cherished bond between mother and child. But mother cows, very icons of motherhood, never get to see their own babies.

Newborn calves are torn from their mothers at birth and turned into veal cutlets so we can drink the milk that was meant for them. The grief-stricken mother cows bellow for days, calling in vain for their return.

Dairy cows spend their lives chained to concrete floors with no access to the outdoors. Each year, they are impregnated artificially, to maintain production, and milked by machines twice a day. When production drops, around four years of age, they are ground into hamburgers.

Dairy products are laden with cholesterol, saturated fats, hormones, pathogens and antibiotics, leading to obesity, diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Many African and Asian Americans lack the enzyme for digesting dairy products.

But help is on the way. Food manufacturers throughout the world are developing excellent nut- and grain-based dairy products. U.S. sales alone are expected to exceed $2 billion.

This Mother's Day, let's honor motherhood and compassion. Let's replace the products of cow misery with delicious, healthful, cruelty-free plant-based milk, cheese and ice cream products offered by our supermarket.

\u2014 Peter Duster, Provo

"}, {"id":"dc22bc61-cb4c-5cf3-ac7e-20571e5397c1","type":"article","starttime":"1556949600","starttime_iso8601":"2019-05-04T00:00:00-06:00","priority":50,"sections":[{"mailbag":"news/opinion/mailbag"},{"columnists":"print-specific/columnists"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Bowen: Why we should save Hillcrest","url":"http://www.heraldextra.com/news/opinion/mailbag/article_dc22bc61-cb4c-5cf3-ac7e-20571e5397c1.html","permalink":"https://www.heraldextra.com/news/opinion/mailbag/bowen-why-we-should-save-hillcrest/article_dc22bc61-cb4c-5cf3-ac7e-20571e5397c1.html","canonical":"https://www.heraldextra.com/news/opinion/mailbag/bowen-why-we-should-save-hillcrest/article_dc22bc61-cb4c-5cf3-ac7e-20571e5397c1.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":0,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"Demolishing Hillcrest Elementary is about money. I visited a teacher friend and saw this beautiful school, perfectly landscaped in a nook of homes. It is breathtakingly serene. Why would a recently remodeled school in the middle of a tight-knit neighborhood need to be torn down? The land it sits on is worth a lot, being across from a mall and adjacent stores, is why.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":[],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":null,"revision":4,"commentID":"dc22bc61-cb4c-5cf3-ac7e-20571e5397c1","body":"

Demolishing Hillcrest Elementary is about money. I visited a teacher friend and saw this beautiful school, perfectly landscaped in a nook of homes. It is breathtakingly serene. Why would a recently remodeled school in the middle of a tight-knit neighborhood need to be torn down?

The land it sits on is worth a lot, being across from a mall and adjacent stores, is why.

With the track record of Alpine School District, I don't believe that the students will see that money, it will go to the administrators' obscene salaries and pet projects, not the teachers or students. We are losing a school and neighborhood to greed. I foresee another shopping center and bond, that will be passed to continue to fund a school district that is too large; and a run down neighborhood that will eventually be razed.

There is hope the Hillcrest is still there. Residents should demand answers, How much will the land sale generate? How will that money be spent? How do we ensure that the community does not die? Was the community even considered when the decision was made?

Orem doesn't need another mall. The fix was in 13-0 in favor. They did not care about resident's input. I am questioning the motives of the Alpine School district.

-- Trent Bowen, Orem

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I read the article in the April 19 Daily Herald, \"Renderings of Salt Lake Temple renovations.\"

It told how the perhaps best-known LDS temple in the world will close Dec. 29 for four years as part of the Temple Square renovation plan. While four years is a long time for a closure, it is undoubtedly necessary to perform the upgrades and reinforce the structural integrity of the Salt Lake Temple.

Having walked the grounds on several locations, I marvel at its beauty. However, I realize, that just like the renovations to the Catholic Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris after the recent disastrous fire, that skilled artisans need time and must work unhindered. P

robably the best improvement to the Salt Lake Temple is making fortifications against potential earthquakes. It would be nice if the church put out a \"missionary call\" to\u00a0licensed experts such as electricians, stonemasons and others to work on the project.

I don't say this lightly, President Russell M. Nelson himself said it was originally built by \"courageous pioneers.\" Portions of the iconic \"wall\" will be removed and replaced with supposedly more \"visitor-friendly\" see-through fencing. Personally, I wish the wall would stay intact. It simply adds history.

I would hope that a few courageous and truly skilled souls of the 21st century would be involved in the restoration. I wish the project success.

-- James Marples, Provo

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Tew: Should we support the UN?

Dear Editor:

From Feb. 10-12, 4,000 high-profile notables attended the World Government Summit, among whom were Hollywood actor Harrison Ford, International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde, UNICEF boss Henrietta Fore, UN General Assembly President Maria Espinoza, left-wing news maven Arianna Huffington, former Obama official Cass Sunstein, left-wing economist and New York Times opinionator Paul Krugman, motivational guru Tony Robbins, New York University law professor Arthur R. Miller and Columbia University professor and UN advisor Jeffrey Sachs.

Opening the global affair was none other than Pope Francis, who blessed the conference attendees and their mission in a pre-recorded video message.

The United Nations, the would-be world government that many seek to strengthen into that role, will be holding its 68th UN Civil Society Conference in Salt Lake City on August 26-28. I wonder how many of these same notables will be among the thousands flocking to Utah to honor the world government idea?

Utah Valley University was instrumental in bringing the UN to our state and is considered an associate university to the UN. Are we state taxpayers now paying people at our university to act as agents for the UN and its globalist propaganda?

\u2014 Bliss Tew, Orem

Bowen: Why we should save Hillcrest

Demolishing Hillcrest Elementary is about money. I visited a teacher friend and saw this beautiful school, perfectly landscaped in a nook of homes. It is breathtakingly serene. Why would a recently remodeled school in the middle of a tight-knit neighborhood need to be torn down?

The land it sits on is worth a lot, being across from a mall and adjacent stores, is why.

With the track record of Alpine School District, I don\u2019t believe that the students will see that money, it will go to the administrators\u2019 obscene salaries and pet projects, not the teachers or students. We are losing a school and neighborhood to greed. I foresee another shopping center and bond, that will be passed to continue to fund a school district that is too large; and a run-down neighborhood that will eventually be razed.

There is hope the Hillcrest is still there. Residents should demand answers, How much will the land sale generate? How will that money be spent? How do we ensure that the community does not die? Was the community even considered when the decision was made?

Orem doesn\u2019t need another mall. The fix was in 13-0 in favor. They did not care about residents\u2019 input. I am questioning the motives of the Alpine School district.

\u2014 Trent Bowen, Orem

Marples: Salt Lake Temple restoration

I read the article in the April 19 Daily Herald, \u201cRenderings of Salt Lake Temple renovations.\u201d

It told how the perhaps best-known LDS temple in the world will close Dec. 29 for four years as part of the Temple Square renovation plan. While four years is a long time for a closure, it is undoubtedly necessary to perform the upgrades and reinforce the structural integrity of the Salt Lake Temple.

Having walked the grounds on several locations, I marvel at its beauty. However, I realize, that just like the renovations to the Catholic Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris after the recent disastrous fire, that skilled artisans need time and must work unhindered.

Probably the best improvement to the Salt Lake Temple is making fortifications against potential earthquakes. It would be nice if the church put out a \u201cmissionary call\u201d to licensed experts such as electricians, stonemasons and others to work on the project.

I don\u2019t say this lightly, President Russell M. Nelson himself said it was originally built by \u201ccourageous pioneers.\u201d Portions of the iconic \u201cwall\u201d will be removed and replaced with supposedly more \u201cvisitor-friendly\u201d see-through fencing. Personally, I wish the wall would stay intact. It simply adds history.

I would hope that a few courageous and truly skilled souls of the 21st century would be involved in the restoration. I wish the project success.

\u2014 James Marples, Provo

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