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Guest: Acceptance key for reducing suicide among LGBTQ+ in Utah

According to the Utah Department of Health, Utah has one of the highest suicide rates in the nation. It is the sixth-leading cause of death among adults, as well as the leading cause of death among youth ages 10-17. The risk of suicide is even greater among Utah’s LGBTQ+ population. A 2020 ...

Guest: ‘Bear Service’ at Utah Lake

In Finland, there's a phrase to describe an offer of help that ends badly — “bear service.” Think of a bear offering to help in a china shop. Some private real estate developers are now offering “bear service” that will not turn out well. They propose to save Utah Lake by building ...

Guest op-ed: The Constitution is more than an out-of-power buzzword

It's become a time-honored tradition in recent American history for the out-of-power concerns to begin talking about the U.S. Constitution, the checks and balances of our Republic and federalism. Often, resurgent forces rally to the idea of constitutional values and fight to take back control ...

Guest: Why is the Provo City Council proposing a tax on students?

The Provo City Council will soon vote to propose a parking fee for parking in the Joaquin area — except each household would be given a permit for at least one parking space. The given reason for this is that it would improve parking situations for the neighborhood, and it would for some. ...

Guest: Why America needs educators

As a young boy, my father took me to work at his landscaping business on my weekend and summer breaks. It was hard work, and I was often reluctant to go. When I complained at times, he used it as a teaching moment to emphasize the importance of staying in school and going to college. I stayed ...

Guest: Numbers, information dispute COVID-19 misinformation

Chris Null should be nullified from the Salt Lake County Republican Party, and Jared Whitley is more appropriately acting as the mis-communications advisor to the county party in their Daily Herald Guest Opinion from Nov 13-14, 2021: “The COVID cure that Big Pharma doesn’t want you to know ...

Guest: Require recycling for BYU approved housing

It is a widely accepted fact that instant ramen and frozen microwavable meals are staple foods found in every college apartment. And while these meals are quick, easy and convenient, what they lack in nutritional value, they make up for in plastic weight. Yet, for those of us who live in ...

Guest: The founders’ original sin

It has long been a truism that the strength of the Republican party lies in its head and the strength of the Democrat party lies in its heart. The Republican mind says that democracy can only be maintained when the nation preserves liberty and safety for persons and property and promotes ...

Guest: Utah’s do-it-yourself justice system

When charged with a crime, do Utahns call upon fellow citizens, sitting as a jury, to decide their guilt or innocence? No way. Of the 674 federal criminal cases resolved in Utah in 2019, according to the United States Sentencing Commission, only four or 0.6% — were decided by a jury trial. ...