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    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a town hall, Monday, July 25, 2016, in Roanoke, Va. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Debate: Fantasy meets politics. Or, Why Donald Trump is Lord Voldemort. Or Biff ...
    Interesting letter in today’s Salt Lake Tribune Public Forum, comparing those who go to the Republican and Democratic national conventions to folks wh...
    Updated Jul 26 2016 05:28 pm   |     |   Share
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    NBA players Carmelo Anthony, from left, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James speak on stage at the ESPY Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Wednesday, July 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) Debate: From my keyboard to Michael Jordan’s checkbook ...
    It sure would be cool if I ... — Police represent us, so whether they do wrong or they’re attacked, it’s personal — George Pyle | The Salt Lake Tribun...
    Updated Jul 25 2016 04:32 pm   |     |   Share
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    Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, talks to a delegate on the floor during first day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Monday, July 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) Debate: Mr. Lee Goes to Cleveland ...
    <blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Fitting that Mike Lee, one of few Rs to attempt constructive popul...
    Updated Jul 18 2016 05:01 pm   |     |   Share
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    Britain’s Home Secretary, Theresa May, makes a statement outside the Palace of Westminster, in London, after she won 199 votes for the Conservative leadership, Thursday July 7, 2016. Andrea Leadsom took 84 votes and Michael Gove took 46, meaning the UK’s next prime minister will be a woman. (Jonathan Brady/PA via AP) Debate: Women (will) rule ...
    Reading the news from Washington and London today, it appears that, come January, it is likely that the elected leaders of the United States and the U...
    Updated Jul 07 2016 01:24 pm   |     |   Share
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    Activists demonstrate in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, June 27, 2016, as the justices close out the term with decisions on abortion, guns, and public corruption are expected. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Debate: Finding common ground
    Some common thoughts out there today: — Utahns in Congress need to show more results — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial “ ... While there are deep disagree...
    Updated Jun 28 2016 01:15 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: Gov. Herbert tweets a photo with Dalai Lama. Take that, China ...
    A few days ago people were apparently worrying over whether they wanted to be seen with the Dalai Lama, who is visiting Utah this week. — Walking a di...
    Updated Jun 21 2016 04:27 pm   |     |   Share
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    President Barack Obama speaks at the Treasury Department in Washington, Tuesday, June 14, 2016, following a meeting with his National Security Council, to get updates on the investigation into the attack in Orlando, Florida and review efforts to degrade and destroy ISIL. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) Debate: Brains vs. Trump
    [Video: This parallel had occurred to the folks at my house. Come to find out other people had thought of it, too.] Fans of this space may already k...
    Updated Jun 14 2016 06:31 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)     Megan Barret and Candice Berrett hold their baby, Quinn, as they speak at a rally at the State Capitol, urging Gov. Herbert, to not appeal Judge Robert J. Shelby’s ruling, Friday, January 10, 2014. Debate: What comes first? Family or wealth?
    Many years ago, when the newspaper I was editor of had just been one of the first to run a same-sex wedding announcement, I got a phone call from a wo...
    Updated May 31 2016 12:38 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   BYU freshman James Bernier places his pledge with other during BYU’s ’Start by Believing’ campaign, Tuesday, April 12, 2016 as part of Sexual Assault Awareness month on campus.  Brigham Young University is under scrutiny amidst allegations that students who are victims of sex crimes are routinely investigated, under the auspices of the school’s famously-strict code of conduct, known as the ’honor code,’ and face disciplinary action as a result of reporting their abuse. Debate: University president fired in wake of sexual assault scandal. No, not in Utah ...
    Says here that the president of a religion-based university has been fired as part of an ongoing scandal. A scandal centering on whether reports of se...
    Updated May 24 2016 05:49 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Steve Griffin |  Tribune file photo)    A UTA TRAX train climbs out of downtown Salt Lake City as it heads to the University of Utah in Salt Lake City on Monday June 24, 2013. Debate: UTA opens up again. Who gets the credit?
    Today, there’s this: — UTA switches course, will open committee meetings following negative feedback —Lee Davidson | The Salt Lake Tribune “In the fac...
    Updated May 24 2016 03:56 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Julie admitted to a male neighbor that she was having doubts about her faith after he noticed she didn’t seem very happy at church. That’s when he began blackmailing her, forcing her to go on dates, attending church with her and making advances on her, threatening to tell the Honor Code Office.  Brigham Young University students are required to remain in good standing with religious institutions. Debate: Sex crimes, gender and porn in Utah ...
    — How BYU should deal with its sexual assault scandal — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial “ ... But as the people who are in charge of Brigham Young Univers...
    Updated May 23 2016 02:13 pm   |     |   Share
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    “Keep the sound down,” reads a placard in a subway car travelling beneath the streets of New York City, Wednesday, March 4, 2015. The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority has launched a campaign extorting their riders to be more considerate of each other. The MTA, which oversees a subway system that transports about 6 million riders every weekday, began putting its signs in the subways in late 2014 after it received numerous complaints from riders about such things as space hogging, passengers eating pungent foods during their commute and others grooming themselves. (AP Photo/Verena Dobnik) Debate: Other cities fuss over their public transit agencies ...
    From the Things Are Tough All Over Department: It seems the Wasatch Front is not the only rapidly growing area where folks are upset [UTA needs to bre...
    Updated May 19 2016 10:06 am   |     |   Share
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    (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Holly Jorgensen, Roy, chants with a group of protestors against common core hold signs outside the the Utah Office of Education, Friday, August 8, 2014 Debate: Utah is a target-rich environment for editorial writers ...
    — Utah County Sheriff’s Office not above the law — Provo Daily Herald Editorial “... It’s bad enough that Deputy Edwin Randolph, the subject of a leng...
    Updated May 17 2016 12:51 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Tribune file photo  The Salt Lake Tribune)   newsroom, 1915. Debate: You don’t have to spend millions to preserve a free press ...
    You don’t have to spend millions to preserve a free press ... — Your subscription makes a difference — Jerry Mitchell | The (Jackson, Miss.) Clarion-...
    Updated May 13 2016 04:48 pm   |     |   Share
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    Maranda Brooks stands outside a payday loans business that she frequented in the past Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, in Cleveland. Troubled by consumer complaints and loopholes in state laws, federal regulators are putting together expansive, first-ever rules on payday loans aimed at helping cash-strapped borrowers from falling into a cycle of high-rate debt. Analysts often point to Ohio for its complicated history with payday loans:  Ranking fourth in the nation in the share of people who took out payday loans, at 10 percent, Ohio also was third among states in the number of consumer complaints to the CFPB about payday loans, behind Texas and California. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) Debate: Google agrees with Tribune on payday lenders ...
    I wish we could take credit for this: — Google will stop carrying payday lending ads — Ken Sweet | Associated Press | Salt Lake Tribune “Internet gian...
    Updated May 11 2016 04:36 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Coal is piled up at the Levan transfer facility along Interstate 15--south of Nephi. Utah Community Impact Board awarding a $50 million loan to four coal-producing counties to build a deep-water port in Oakland, Calif. that would be a shipping point for Utah coal. Debate: Fossil fuel death watch, Episode 7 ...
    Today’s entry in the race to the bottom between Fossil Fuels and Fossil Newspapers. The Los Angeles Times is on to us: — If coal is too dirty for the ...
    Updated May 10 2016 05:57 pm   |     |   Share
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    Garnet Edwards Jr. walks on a street while volunteering for a nonprofit community organization in the business district on Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, in Welch, W.Va. ’There’s no place like home. We’re always going to be here,’ said Edwards, a native of Welch. ’All it takes is one person to keep caring.’ (AP Photo/David Goldman) Debate: Fossil vs Fossil, Part 6
    Trying to go blow by blow on the decline of newspapers and the decline of oil and coal. Today, its mostly the fossil fuel industry that’s in the news....
    Updated May 09 2016 04:55 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: Fossil fuels vs Fossil newspapers, Part 5 ...
    This one sounds really familiar. Only worse: — The plot to save the Pioneer Press from its hedge fund owners — Mike Mullen | City Papers “ ... The old...
    Updated May 04 2016 12:12 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Julie admitted to a male neighbor that she was having doubts about her faith after he noticed she didn’t seem very happy at church. That’s when he began blackmailing her, forcing her to go on dates, attending church with her and making advances on her, threatening to tell the Honor Code Office.  Brigham Young University students are required to remain in good standing with religious institutions. Debate: BYU Honor Code story makes nationwide headlines (but you read it here first)...
    Some of us remember how the task of selecting a college involved lots of letters and catalogs coming in the mail. These days, of course, it’s all abou...
    Updated Apr 27 2016 11:57 am   |     |   Share
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    Prince Sultan bin Salman talks to a Associated Press reporter at the ArabianTravel Market exhibition in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, April 26, 2016.  A day after Saudi Arabia outlined sweeping reform plans, the top prince spelled out for the first time in an AP interview how the kingdom aims to make tourism an important element of its shift toward less reliance on oil.  (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili) Debate: Fossil News vs Fossil Energy, continued ...
    Following up on — Debate: The future of fossil newspapers ...[vs fossil fuels] — George Pyle | The Salt Lake Tribune Two big companies are fighting ov...
    Updated Apr 26 2016 12:37 pm   |     |   Share
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    A pedestrian asks for directions outside the Los Angeles Times building in downtown Los Angeles, Monday, April 25, 2016. Newspaper publisher Gannett said Monday that it wants to buy rival Tribune Publishing in a deal that would give the owner of USA Today control of the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and several other newspapers. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) Debate: The future of fossil newspapers ...
    — Newspapers decline but oil will be valuable for decades — Laura Nelson | Governor’s Office of Energy Development | For The Salt Lake Tribune “ ... T...
    Updated Apr 25 2016 03:18 pm   |     |   Share
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    Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II smiles to the crowds as she rides with Prince Phillip, not pictured, in a open top car to celebrates her 90th birthday in Windsor, England, Thursday, April, 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) Debate: Does it mean anything that Prince died on the Queen’s birthday?
    [Video: From Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremonies, 2004. It’s been said that “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” was written by George Harrison, recorded ...
    Updated Apr 21 2016 12:34 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: No sex, please. We’re Utahns ...
    It shouldn’t have surprised me that showing the movie “Deadpool” would get the folks at Brewvies in trouble with the Utah DABC. — Brewvies cited for s...
    Updated Apr 20 2016 05:27 am   |     |   Share
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    (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Salt Lake County delegates and poll watchers Chalese Craig and Kent Winder had an impromptu swing dance while waiting for Utah House district 30 volunteers to begin counting ballots between incumbent Fred Cox and newcomer former West Valley Mayor Mike Winder at the Salt Lake County Republican Convention, Saturday, April 16, 2016 at Cottonwood High School. Debate: Utah convention delegates cling to unwarranted power ...
    Those of us who find the Utah caucus and convention system undemocratic in the extreme haven’t changed their minds after Saturday’s county conventions...
    Updated Apr 18 2016 12:52 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Courtesy photo)   Utah’s 13 national parks and monuments are featured prominently in the new film, ’National Parks Adventure 3D,’ narrated by Robert Redford. Debate: Congressional ‘Anti-Parks Caucus’ is heavy with Utahns ...
    Just in time for National Parks Week, celebrating the 100th anniversary of America’s Best Idea: The Center for American Progress has outed what it cal...
    Updated Apr 13 2016 12:51 pm   |     |   Share
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    Supporters gather for a rally outside the North Carolina State Capitol in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, April 11, 2016, in support of a law that blocks rules allowing transgender people to use the bathroom aligned with their gender identity. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) Debate: We look down on them, they look down on us ...
    [Video: Vintage BBC comedy. John Cleese and the Two Ronnies.] We take advantage of an opportunity to look good: — An Open Letter to Our Friends Do...
    Updated Apr 12 2016 02:30 pm   |     |   Share
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    FILE - In this July 29, 2015 file photo, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks during a hearing in Austin, Texas. Federal securities regulators have filed civil fraud charges against  Paxton, Monday, April 11, 2016, over recruiting investors to a high-tech startup before becoming the state’s top prosecutor. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) Debate: At least our attorney general had the decency to resign ...
    Everything is bigger in Texas. Including the length of time between when a state attorney general is accused of criminal activity and when he quits. I...
    Updated Apr 12 2016 11:10 am   |     |   Share
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    Debate: Does porn affect behavior? Some folks hope so ...
    If only that power could be used for good... — Utah right to see porn as a public health crisis — Gail Dines | Special to The Washington Post | sltrib...
    Updated Apr 11 2016 05:15 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Nursing professor Julie Valentine shares findings from a new study where she looked at the processing of 1,874 sexual assault kits, also known as rape kits during a press conference at the BYU Broadcasting Building. Thursday, April 7, 2016. Debate: Evidence in rape cases shouldn’t sit on a shelf ...
    [Video: Samantha Bee explains it all.] Before we go any further, there’s got to be a better way to label these packages than “rape kits.” It sounds li...
    Updated Apr 11 2016 01:05 pm   |     |   Share
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    FILE - This March 10, 2015, file photo, shows signage outside PayPal’s headquarters in San Jose, Calif. PayPal said on Tuesday, April 5, 2016,  it’s canceling plans to bring 400 jobs to North Carolina after lawmakers passed a law that restricts protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File) Debate: Bigotry bad for business ...
    When I said this: “ ... For Utah politicians, who are often heard to say that they are all about good management and economic growth, that was a reall...
    Updated Apr 05 2016 12:03 pm   |     |   Share