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Guest op-ed: Gender equality is at the heart of LDS doctrine

I am writing in response to the guest commentary posted on Dec. 11-12 by Keith Burns, titled “LDS women need more opportunities, not more praise.” Mr. Burns cites sociologists Cragun, Sumerau and Williams in their characterization of so-called “soft influence tactics” and charges that ...

Guest: Railroads in Utah and beyond under threat from Biden administration

Senator Mike Lee, R-Utah, continues to be a leader in fighting for quality professionals to lead federal regulatory agencies. This includes the under-the-radar U.S. Surface Transportation Board, which maintains oversight of the nation’s freight railroads — like Union Pacific in ...

Guest op-ed: LDS women need more opportunities, not more praise

Ever since its founding in 1830, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been exclusively governed by men, a phenomenon which by no means is exclusive to the LDS tradition. Local congregations are led by bishops, who are overseen by stake presidents, and General Authority Seventies ...

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 ...