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Guest opinion: Don’t repeat Salt Lake’s mistake — vote no on Prop 9

Proposition 9 is a bait and switch. Proponents want Utah County voters to follow Salt Lake County’s decision to adopt a mayor-council form of government.They claim the change will save money and arrange for separation of powers. A closer look, however, reveals that Proposition 9 does nothing ...

Guest opinion: Amendment G features promises that won’t be kept

If you’re a fan of election year promises that won’t be kept, then Constitutional Amendment G is for you.That probably sounds quite cynical, but unfortunately it does not take an overabundance of political skepticism — or basic math — to see that Amendment G just doesn’t add ...

Barone: Both candidates have risky strategies

Are both presidential candidates trying to lose? Or at least pursuing campaign strategies which put them at grave risk of defeat?In nearly four years, Donald Trump has made little effort to win over the 50%-plus of voters who didn’t support him in 2016. Having proved that he could win the ...

Gygi: Conservative views underrepresented in media, culture

Our country has never been so divided politically, but for those of you who think this started with President Trump, I want to present another scenario for you.Some people seem to be born or gravitate toward conservative ideas or liberal ideas, this is the old nature vs. nurture argument. The ...

Vote for Amendment G strengthens school funding

During the 2020 legislative session, we were part of a broad group of legislative leaders and education stakeholders who joined GovernorGary Herbert to announce a bold plan that provides protection for education funding, allows the use of income tax for the health needs of at-risk, school-aged ...

Guest opinion: We need everyone working together to reduce COVID-19 threat

<em>The following op-ed is authored by the chief medical officers from HCA/MountainStar Healthcare, Intermountain Healthcare, Steward Health Care, and University of Utah Health.</em>As leaders and physicians in Utah’s healthcare community, we’ve been watching ...

Guest opinion: We could use next-level niceness in Utah County

We Utahns pride ourselves on being nice. We especially like it when others notice that we do good works, like donating to charities, providing service, and generally treating each other with politeness and kindness.We take special pride in taking care of our families and our immediate ...

Guest opinion: Politicians should encourage behavior, not mandate it

In my last column, I wrote about how I believe the reaction to COVID-19 has been draconian and inconsistent, which confuses so many Americans including myself. In this column, I want to add to the previous column — so you’re warned.Over the last month, the Provo Municipal Council has ...

Guest opinion: When it comes to wearing a mask, just do it

Let’s talk about our social contracts.There are laws and policies that dictate what we have to wear. Most states, and many cities, including Provo, have decency laws that require adults to wear a certain amount of clothing. Why? Because it protects me when I wear them, and it protects you and ...

Facer: We need a mayor-council for Utah County

In 2040, Utah County will be the home to more than 1,000,000 people, according to the Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah.This kind of growth is not new to Utah County. Since the 1990s, Utah County has seen explosive growth. In 1990, Utah County had a population of over 260,000; ...