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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. ...

Guest: Experience, the oracle of truth

Often, Americans speak of the US Constitution as if it is the fountain from which political truth originates. Even those who fight stridently for constitutional orthodoxy sometimes forget that the US Constitution and the rest of America’s founding documents were just as much a climax of ...

Guest: Provo City’s greatest opportunity to improve public safety

Halloween weekend was the deadliest weekend on Utah’s roads according to Utah Highway Patrol. The agency reported ten deaths, half of which were children crossing the street. Sadly, Provo experienced two tragic crashes as well. In the last week of October, two Provo children were severely ...

Guest op-ed: The impact of child care on the economy

As vaccination rates increase, businesses reopen and kids prepare to return to school, we still have a long way to go before the pandemic is in our rearview mirror. Our economy continues to be in a precarious position after the past 18 months of adversity. A critical piece to revitalizing our ...

Guest: Rethinking our insistence on unbridled growth

Last week, state and county leaders met to discuss how to cope with economic and population growth in Utah County. While the suggestions were reasonable, they were all based on the assumption that growth is inevitable — like tectonic plate movement — and not the product of deliberate state ...

Young: The truth matters

I don’t condone negative or personal attacks, so my campaign has been positive and focused on the issues, but when a candidate votes to raise taxes and tries to deny it, that is an issue residents should know about. Because the truth matters. It's clear my opponent is trying to change the ...

Guest: Let’s change for the better

Disagreements are inevitable in politics. Even when two people or groups want the same thing, they may not agree on how to best reach that objective. At its best, political debate can help everyone clarify their thinking and come up with new and better solutions. However, that can only happen ...