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Honoring the Flag

This coming Monday, June 14th, is Flag Day. It’s the day that celebrates the adoption of our flag in the United States. That happened in 1777.Flag Day is not a federal holiday; so it’s not a day off (when it falls on a weekday); but it’s a day to honor the flag. I gather that it is a ...

Dreams and Pessimism

Now that Covid-19 is easing up for us in this country, people are anxious to get out and about again. People are starting to travel. I have friends who recently had a great week in Hawaii. Others are now going on dream vacations that they had postponed.I have talked with some about their travel ...

Population and Growth

Some basic information from the 2020 census has been released recently. You may have heard that Utah has the fastest-growing population of any state in the country. Utah now has 3.28 million people. That’s up 18.4% from 10 years ago.Utah is now the 30th most populated state. Our increase in ...

Books and a Parable

Last Saturday, I stopped in at the “every Saturday book sale” that a guy in doing in Manti. Maybe you’ve heard the ads on the radio. As I understand it, Nate Christensen essentially bought out a used book store in Provo. He now has 75,000 books in several metal containers in his back ...

Gas Pains

When the month of May arrives and Mother’s Day passes, I begin to anticipate Memorial Day. It’s traditionally the unofficial start of the summer season. I also associate the holiday with the raising of gas prices. Right when we want to get out on the road think about vacations – Bang, up ...

You Deserve It

Sanpete is lucky to have some good bakeries up and down the county. “Tractor beams” (nothing to do with farm equipment), as far as I know, are fictional devices that suck objects in from a distance in space. It’s a Star Wars kind of concept.For me, a bakery has a similar pull that defies ...

Manti Temple Letter to the Editor

<h3>People should work to preserve the Manti temple as it is</h3>Dear Editor:The Manti temple is a graceful masterpiece of nineteenth century building and architecture, not a shell waiting to be ruined. Everything about the Manti temple, not only the art, should be ...

Something to Drink?

Over this past weekend, I attended a baby shower party. My youngest son and his wife are expecting their first baby next month. The party was an open house format. Family and friends were invited with no regard of gender, age, IQ, eye color, political affiliation or…, well, you get the ...

Do, Do, Do

A few years ago, I heard a lady give a talk in church. At one point in her speech she told about working on genealogy when she and her husband were in England. She related that while in the London area she had made the acquaintance of a man from a different part of the country. His home ...

Clothes Speak to Me

Some time back, I discovered a pair of pants in a closet (I have clothes in multiple closets), which were neatly folded and hanging on a standard, wire clothes hanger. Don’t ask me why I still have them.They say (whoever “they” is) that fashions just cycle around and you can just save ...