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Guest opinion: Problems with employer-based health insurance

COVID-19 has shown that health insurance provided by employers has serious problems.Being laid off anytime is bad, but during the pandemic it is doubly ominous: Not only is your income gone, but if your former employer provided your health insurance, so is your ability to pay medical bills. ...

Gygi: Shining light on actions of legislative, executive branches

During the 1920s and ’30s, many Americans were engaged in what became known as the Roaring ’20s, followed by a serious depression and then by a horrific second World War in a decade. This war would dictate much of our society’s behavior for the next century.However, a researcher named ...

Jelalian: On weight loss and racism

Some things should go without saying, but unfortunately, they still need to be said.“Nobody is perfect” is one of those things.I shouldn’t have to say it, but here we are.We’re all flawed people. Some of us are impatient. Some of us are lazy. Some of us are rude. And some of us like ...

Jelalian: Intentions matter, but results matter too

What matters more, your intentions behind your actions, or the results of those actions?Let’s all have a little thought experiment.Let’s say you’re a police officer. You have a buddy on the force, and when you’ve worked with him, you notice he treats people of color more harshly than he ...

Jelalian: This Memorial Weekend, follow their example

This is Memorial Day weekend. A time for us to remember and honor the fallen. More specifically, those military men and women who went off to war and never came back.Every sales ad and event planner has helped turn Memorial Day into a day for barbecues and brewskis when, like many holidays, ...

Guest opinion: Next governor will deal with more than just COVID-19 recovery

Business leaders in Utah County joined a virtual forum Wednesday to hear the four Republicans running for governor share their vision for the state. While much of the forum naturally focused on recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, the event illustrated something business leaders and voters ...

Jelalian: Things are never going back to normal

The summer between my junior and senior year of high school, I went camping with a bunch of church friends for about a week.We ran around doing dumb kid things and had a lot of fun.But when they were dropping me off at my house, I noticed there was a car in my driveway that didn’t belong to ...

Jelalian: Not releasing business names sows distrust in local government

There are now three new COVID-19 hotspots in Utah County.According to news reports, the Orem hotspot is believed to stem from a birthday party attended by dozens. Provo’s spike is believed to come from an outbreak at a long-term care facility. The Payson hotspot was reportedly due to an ...