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Mayors of Utah Valley: A decade of growth

Our beautiful mountain and lakefront community of Saratoga Springs is continuing to grow in a proactive manner to balance residential growth, attract commercial businesses and provide enhanced public amenities and recreational programs. This is evident by the most recent census data which shows ...

Shinkoskey: A shot over the bow

Maybe it is time for a biblical-style warning about the direction America has been heading. We will imagine that an American-style Moses wrote this warning, put it in a time capsule, and we just opened it today. The first part of the warning reminds about all of the good things that will ...

Letter: COVID concerns come home from school

I have been sick with worry since sending my kids back to school last week. My kids are worried, too. My family should be worried; here in Utah County, COVID-19 prevention guidance has been reduced to a mere suggestion. Students who test positive for Covid and those who came into contact with ...

Letter: The president is not a dictator

The president does not have the authority to mandate vaccinations or to mandate businesses to require them. That is dictatorial and must not be allowed. There is no such thing as a COVID "Delta variant." People started going to the hospitals with symptoms that were different from COVID right ...

Letter: Let’s revise an article of faith 

In Utah, many folks frequently repeat an article of faith that reads, “We believe in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.” This policy undoubtedly reflects the true sentiments of LDS believers. This particular article of faith also suggests that early LDS leaders were desirous of ...

Goodness Guru: When your grandchildren leave home

Many of us have been in this situation; the moment you realize your oldest child has really left the nest. You know it the second it really hits you that you now have more room in your home, fewer schedules to organize, less food to have to purchase, fewer loads of laundry to fold. It’s a ...

Shinkoskey: The story of democracy

The recently re-aired PBS presentation "Nature to Nations" retells the story of North American democracy. It moves the birthplace of American democracy from Philadelphia at the Constitutional Convention to a meeting of native tribes near Syracuse, New York, several hundred years earlier. The ...

Guest opinion: Your guide to Provo small business pandemic (re)hiring

When COVID-19 hit, nearly half of small businesses had to furlough or lay off staff members. But as the economy reopens in Provo and businesses rebuild, you may be ready to hire or rehire.Deciding how to staff your business may be heavily influenced by the ongoing pandemic in Provo, even as you ...