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    In this July 28, 2015, photo, electricians Adam Hall, right, and Steven Gabert, install solar panels on a roof for Arizona Public Service company in Goodyear, Ariz. Traditional power companies are getting into small-scale solar energy and competing for space. The emerging competition comes as utilities and smaller solar installers fight over the future of the U.S. energy system. (AP Photo/Matt York) Debate: Warren Buffett vs Elon Musk. And Robert Redford. And Jonathan Johnson ...
    Bruce Wayne [Batman]: And you are? Edward Nygma [Soon to become The Riddler]: Nygma. Edward Nygma. You hired me personally. We’ve never actually met, ...
    Updated Dec 07 2016 12:57 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Third graders at Wasatch Peak Academy in North Salt Lake use colored shapes to learn fractions in a geometry class.    A new report by the Utah Foundation says that charter schools receive less funding than school district schools, but charter advantages make it difficult to determine if the funding is inequitable.   Debate: ‘Public schools’ are good. ‘Government schools’ are bad. ‘Smart schools’ are in other countries ...
    If you want to win a public policy debate, one of the most useful tricks is to bend the language to elicit the emotional response you want from your a...
    Updated Dec 06 2016 03:00 pm   |     |   Share
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    President-elect Donald Trump gestures toward reporters as he arrives for a party at the home of Robert Mercer, one of his biggest campaign donors, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Head of the Harbor, N.Y. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Debate: Name that dictator ...
    I say Castro: – Trump takes some pages from the Castro playbook — George Pyle | The Salt Lake Tribune “ ... Trump mimics Castro by threatening to jail...
    Updated Dec 05 2016 04:10 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Courtesy photo)   Evan McMullin in Baghdad, Iraq, in 2008, while working as a CIA operative.  Debate: McMullin, and Utah, stretch their 15 minutes of fame ...
    [Video: Dug up by David Leonhardt of The New York Times, this anti-Goldwater ad from 1964 might remind you of today’s political dynamic.] — Who is E...
    Updated Oct 26 2016 03:33 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: BYU takes our advice on their Honor Code problems
    Back in April, The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board had this advice — based on some exemplary, and sensitive, investigative journalism from the other...
    Updated Oct 26 2016 01:52 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: The media made Donald Trump. Some of the media feels bad about it ...
    — To save the Republican Party, dismantle the right-wing media — Catherine Rampell | The Washington Post “ ... If Republicans truly want to save their...
    Updated Oct 25 2016 02:41 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: All things go back to Bugs Bunny ...
    Yes, when you saw Pat Bagley’s Sunday cartoon, you thought of this Bugs Bunny cartoon....
    Updated Oct 24 2016 12:18 pm   |     |   Share
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    Supporters Alexa Herrera, 12, left, and her mother Jeanette Herrera, center, pose for a photo with Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin, right, following a rally Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, in Draper, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Debate: Mormons in the national spotlight. For good reasons ...
    I’ve heard from a few people who don’t care for the way the national [and Canadian] press is talking about Mormons and Utahns as if those were totally...
    Updated Oct 24 2016 10:00 am   |     |   Share
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    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, accompanied by former Vice President Al Gore, right, attempts to quiet the crowd as a protester disrupts her speech during a rally at Miami Dade College in Miami, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Debate: And The Tribune Editorial Board picks ... Hillary Clinton
    — In the end, Hillary Clinton is the only qualified candidate, and the best choice — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial “ ... Clinton has been around a long ...
    Updated Oct 12 2016 01:06 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   361 crosses were placed on the front lawn of the Utah State Capitol Thursday Oct. 21 for Alliance for a Better Utah to make a visual point for their press conference.  Today marks 657 days since the Utah Legislature had the first opportunity to grant access to affordable healthcare for thousands of Utahns most in need. Better Utah estimates that as many as 361 Utahns (represented by the rows of crosses) have died because they don’t have access to affordable healthcare.  Debate: Arguing over Obamacare, medical marijuana, porn ...
    A healthcare theme to the sltrib.com opinion offerings: If you are upset by this one ... — Other states show that Utah did right to skip Medicaid exp...
    Updated Oct 03 2016 12:29 pm   |     |   Share
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    FILE - This July 16, 2013 file photo shows a sign at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. The heartache of a broken relationship may soon become less painful on Facebook. The world’s largest social network is trying to help people who have split up with a spouse or lover, offering a new feature that spares them from constantly seeing their former partner’s posts and pictures in their news feed.  (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File) Debate: Tax breaks and their opposite ...
    Having just wrapped up a testy tiff over tax breaks over in West Jordan, a debate on the opposite approach to building a city the way it needs to be b...
    Updated Sep 20 2016 05:22 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: We said. They did: Affordable housing. High school sports. Facebook.
    We said affordable housing was needed in Salt Lake City, even though it will be difficult and expensive. — Utah must find new ways to encourage afford...
    Updated Sep 14 2016 01:36 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Senator Stephen Urquhart, R-StGeorge, speaks to his bill HB107 - Hate Crimes - in the Utah Senate, Wednesday, March 2, 2016. Debate: Farewell — and welcome — to Sen. Urquhart
    [I love this photo of Sen. Urquhart. It looks like he is using his Jedi mind powers on the Utah Senate. Except, too often, it didn’t work.] At the e...
    Updated Sep 07 2016 06:15 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   West Valley City Police Chief Lee Russo on a police and community relations panel at the Utah State Bar in Salt Lake City, Tuesday September 6, 2016. Debate: Policing in ‘The Zone’
    [Video: The Six Million Dollar Man slows things down.] While we were working on this editorial for today’s paper: — Police shootings deserve as much...
    Updated Sep 07 2016 02:59 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Protesters gather around Infinity Events Center as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was scheduled to speak Friday, March 18, 2016. Debate: Good things ’bout Utah: Paul Rolly. Mormon voters. The arts...
    National reporting about or out of Utah doesn’t always make us look so good. But here are three recent exceptions: — Meet The Utah Columnist Shining A...
    Updated Sep 06 2016 12:25 pm   |     |   Share
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    In this July 2, 2015 photo, rancher Steve Drumright looks toward his cattle, grazing on a barren hillside in Tulare County, outside of Porterville, Calif. Drumright’s herd is forced to search the parched Tulare County hills for the dwindling vegetation as California endures a fourth year of drought. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) Debate: Is California out to steal our water? Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown
    A Public Forum letter published in The Salt Lake Tribune alleges that the drive to create a Bears Ears National Monument in Utah is being pushed by Ca...
    Updated Aug 31 2016 03:52 pm   |     |   Share
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    FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2015, file photo, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick stands on the field during an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Santa Clara, Calif. Trent Baalke is not ruling out the possibility of still striking a trade for Kaepernick, though San Francisco’s general manager is adamant he still hopes to see the quarterback working in new 49ers coach Chip Kelly’s system. While Baalke has been in touch with Kaepernick, he said Wednesday, April 20, they haven’t spoken in person despite both being at team headquarters. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File) Debate: The National Anthem at football games ... It worked for the Chiefs
    [Video: If everybody - if anybody - sang it this well, the Star Spangled Banner might be easier for everyone to respect.] I respect the protest by S...
    Updated Aug 29 2016 05:30 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Rick Egan  |  Tribune file photo)   Passengers exit the FrontRunner at Farmington Station in 2014. The Utah Transit Authority plans to improve oversight of transit-oriented developments following critical audits. Debate: Anybody looking out for us?
    — UTA disputes its bottom ranking for progress toward new safety system — Lee Davidson | The Salt Lake Tribune “The Utah Transit Authority’s FrontRunn...
    Updated Aug 17 2016 03:36 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