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Guest op-ed: ‘Freedom from’ and ‘freedom to’

Every summer, Independence Day celebrations such as our Freedom Festival remind us about our liberties.At a recent prayer breakfast in Provo, a young woman named Mykia Anderson spoke about the crucial importance of religious freedom, and former Geneva Steel CEO Joseph Cannon attributed our ...

Guest op-ed: Faulty thinking on guns

There is a good deal of faulty thinking about gun control that confuses people and prevents society from reaching consensus on how to handle the problem. Here are just a few examples pulled from recent reports.One influencer suggested that his proposed, all-encompassing federal legislation is ...

Guest opinion: Financial success is student success

Graduation ceremonies generally take place during May and June, when loved ones, professors and friends celebrate the accomplishments of thousands of graduates.In 2020, the Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) awarded 50,364 degrees and certificates. This showcases the value that Utahns place ...

Guest Opinion: Preparing financially for Provo’s pandemic pets

Were you one of the many people in Provo that adopted a pet during the pandemic?You are not alone. Adoption of pets skyrocketed in Utah as people looked for companionship during the lockdowns of the past year. Now is the time for new pet parents to prepare financially for the future needs of ...

Guest Opinion: Utahns must unite in stamping out racism

A few years ago, I toured a plantation just outside New Orleans. The walk up to the plantation was spectacular. Massive oak trees overhung a magnificent walkway to an astonishing mansion.Our tour started, not at the magnificent building but in the small wooden slave-quarters tucked behind the ...

Guest Opinion: Nullification a sound way to regain constitutional control

If federal government usurps powers never delegated to it by America’s ratified Constitution what can be done? Is there a civilized way for states to remedy usurpations?Don’t federal encroachments on liberty require state interposition? Is there federal oppressive taxation, over regulation, ...

Guest op-ed: Citizens lead out on conservation

In August 1921, Elon and Vearl Manwill, sister and brother, set out hiking in American Fork Canyon. After visiting the defaced Hansen Cave with their friends, the group split up looking for a cave rumored to exist in the area. Hiking to the east, Vearl stumbled upon the entrance of the ...

Guest opinion: Biden ‘pause’ could leave Utah running on empty

In 1948, a single well drilled southeast of Vernal in the Uinta Basin became Utah’s first significant commercial petroleum operation.Since then, the oil and gas industry in the Beehive State has grown to account for one of every nine barrels of oil produced in the Intermountain West and one ...

Guest op-ed: The power of coaches

With spring in full bloom and pandemic restrictions loosened, it’s been fun to see the local parks and fields teeming with kids playing sports. At the Utah Women & Leadership Project, we know that girls’ participation in sports is a widely recognized pathway to leadership, ...