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Guest opinion: It’s time for a change in our county’s form of government

It’s time for a change in the governance structure of Utah County. Simply put, the needs, complexity, and the robust nature of our county, which is one of the fastest growth areas in the U.S., has outgrown the effectiveness of the three-member county commissioner form of government.Early in ...

Guest opinion: Provo leaders unmask mandate debate

Differences of opinion. We all have them and they are, in fact, a healthy sign of a diverse and vibrant community. Community differences of opinion can lead to better solutions — if we don’t allow them to divide us.The uncertainty of the pandemic has created divisiveness, particularly ...

Guest Editorial: What is to be “Nice”?

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 treat each other with politeness and kindness.We take special pride in taking care of our families and our immediate neighbors. ...

Guest opinion: Utah Valley visioning requires the voice of business

As chair of the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce last year, I was grateful to be a part of the effort to form a group solely focused on convening thought leaders to imagine the future of Utah Valley — Valley Visioning.The Valley Visioning committee is tasked with bringing business, government ...

Guest opinion: Vote no on proposed Constitutional Amendment G

Educational excellence is essential to our long-term social and economic recovery from the pandemic. However, Utah’s public education was slipping long before that pandemic.Fewer than 25% of Utah’s graduating seniors meet American College Testing benchmarks for college readiness in the ...

Gygi: Pandemic narrative keeps changing

I heard an interesting story recently which sounded like a good idea at first glance.It goes like this: A prison in England wanted to help inmates rehabilitate their skills. The prison offered adult education classes to the prisoners and one convict named Nicholas Webber decided to use his ...

Guest opinion: Celebrating the 19th amendment, but looking for more change

Happy Women’s Equality Day! The 19th Amendment, allowing white women to vote, officially became part of the United States Constitution 100 years ago today. Suffrage was a long and difficult fight. And, today we celebrate.This is not a centennial anniversary, however, for all women. Women of ...

Guest opinion: Don’t underestimate the kids, they can do hard things

Malala Yousafzai was speaking out for girls’ education at age 11, survived an assassination attempt at 15 and, at 17, became the youngest person to win a Nobel Prize.My friend, Gail, takes 3rd graders on a tough hike during the first week of school. They whine and complain, but they always ...

Jelalian: What if we’re wrong?

Some may be sad to know that I’m calling it quits here at the Daily Herald. I suppose others will be happy, and I suspect the vast majority of people will be either ambivalent or may not even notice that I’m gone.And frankly, I don’t blame any of you who hold those opinions.Since this is ...

Guest opinion: A call for leadership

Timing matters. And now is the time for deliberate, specific leadership in the Utah Valley business community.Over the past several years, community members have done extensive work to understand the growth trajectory of Utah Valley. We have looked at key areas that will impact growth, such as ...