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Last Updated Aug 25, 2016 10:30PM

When I became a cop in 1978, I was astonished at the amount of power entrusted to me. I had a gun, a badge and the authority to stick my nose into whatever was happening in public places. Case in …

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  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Jennifer Napier-Pearce, new editor of the Salt Lake Tribune, speaks to staff on Monday August 22, 2016.  Chairman Emeritus Jon Huntsman Sr. and Publisher Paul Huntsman listen in behind. Kirby: New Tribune era, new me?
    My first interview with The Tribune’s new editor didn’t go as well as I had hoped. Jennifer Napier-Pearce assumed command of me and everyone else in t...
    Updated Aug 24 2016 09:11 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    A choir featuring members from more than 50 countries sing at the General Women’s Session of the 186st Annual LDS General Conference, Saturday, March 26, 2016. Kirby: What’s in a name? For Mormon women, not a whole lot of power
    I’ve had a lot of church titles in my life, none of them of any real particular importance. This has been to the mutual advantage of all concerned. F...
    Updated Aug 21 2016 03:05 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Robert Kirby aims a cannon armed with a cement-filled coke can at a clothes washer in Rush Valley Saturday March 21, 2015.  Kirby: Getting too old to heft a weapon? There’s a gun for that
    I’m the product of 200,000 years or so of shooting. Prior to the invention of gunpowder, my ancient ancestors used various projectiles to kill animals...
    Updated Aug 20 2016 08:11 am   |     |   Share
  • In this Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016 photo, a Louisiana Army National Guard dump truck that drove off the road is submerged in flood waters near Walker, La., after heavy rains inundated the region, (AP Photo/Max Becherer) Kirby: Are you prepared to lose everything?
    How prepared are you for the moment when your entire world turns to crap? It’s a timely question given that most of the South is completely underwater...
    Updated Aug 17 2016 09:44 pm   |     |   Share


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    I came home from my LDS mission in 1975. A few days after arrival, I had an exit interview with the stake presidency and was formally released as a fu...
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  • Courtesy of  Robert Kirby Columnist Robert Kirby really shines as grand marshal of the Green River Melon Days parade in 2013. Kirby: If I can be a Mormon deacon, so can a girl
    The Catholic Church may one day have female deacons. Pope Francis — whom I do not know personally — has instructed a commission to investigate the pos...
    Updated Aug 07 2016 10:17 am   |     |   Share
  • The Sugar loaf and Guanabara bay are seen behind the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, July 4, 2016. With the Olympics set to start on Aug. 5, the games and the city have been overshadowed by security threats, violence, the Zika virus and a national political corruption scandal. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana) Kirby: When in Rio, don’t trust the monkeys
    Although I asked to be included in The Tribune team covering the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil this year, I’m still here. Me: “I’ve been to Rio befo...
    Updated Aug 06 2016 10:01 am   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | Tribune file photo The Salt Lake Tribune)  ’s new owner, Paul Huntsman, visits the offices to wrap up the final details Tuesday, May 31, 2016, as he speaks with then-Editor Terry Orme. Huntsman recently replaced Orme with former reporter Jennifer Napier-Pearce. Kirby: Terry or Jennifer — I’ll just keep taking the hits at The Tribune
    Ever been sick or injured and have people keep asking if you’re OK until it drives you crazy? It’s hard to fault them. Presumably, they care about you...
    Updated Aug 03 2016 10:38 pm   |     |   Share
  • Robert Kirby Kirby: Claiming the ‘Mormonberg defense’
    A recent email from a reader (and fellow Mormon) accused me of leading “church members” astray and deliberately attempting “to undermine the God’s kin...
    Updated Aug 24 2016 09:50 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     A look at the Utah State Capitol from a Utah Highway Patrol helicopter, Friday, March 11, 2016. Kirby: 5 things I hate about Utah
    Utah has failed to make the grade once again. Among a list of the 50 worst U.S. cities to live in, the Beehind State was unsuccessful in achieving a s...
    Updated Jul 30 2016 01:32 pm   |     |   Share
  • Robert Kirby Kirby: A visit from the purity squad
    In my living room is a picture of my brothers and me in our police uniforms. It was taken back in the late ’80s, a time when we were completely sure o...
    Updated Jul 27 2016 10:39 pm   |     |   Share
  • Pastor Joshua Nink, right, prays for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, as wife, Melania, left, watches after a Sunday service at First Christian Church Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, in Council Bluffs, Iowa. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Kirby: God’s not part of your political party
    Somehow, whenever I think about God, I never really get the impression that he’s a Republican. Or a Democrat, for that matter. But prayer has finally...
    Updated Jul 25 2016 02:06 pm   |     |   Share
  • Robert Kirby Kirby: Claiming the ‘Mormonberg defense’
    A recent email from a reader (and fellow Mormon) accused me of leading “church members” astray and deliberately attempting “to undermine the God’s kin...
    Updated Aug 24 2016 09:50 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     A look at the Utah State Capitol from a Utah Highway Patrol helicopter, Friday, March 11, 2016. Kirby: 5 things I hate about Utah
    Utah has failed to make the grade once again. Among a list of the 50 worst U.S. cities to live in, the Beehind State was unsuccessful in achieving a s...
    Updated Jul 30 2016 01:32 pm   |     |   Share
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    In my living room is a picture of my brothers and me in our police uniforms. It was taken back in the late ’80s, a time when we were completely sure o...
    Updated Jul 27 2016 10:39 pm   |     |   Share
  • Pastor Joshua Nink, right, prays for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, as wife, Melania, left, watches after a Sunday service at First Christian Church Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, in Council Bluffs, Iowa. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Kirby: God’s not part of your political party
    Somehow, whenever I think about God, I never really get the impression that he’s a Republican. Or a Democrat, for that matter. But prayer has finally...
    Updated Jul 25 2016 02:06 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Wendy Wilson, Assistant Park Manager at Antelope Island State Park looks on with concern or incredulity as Tribune’s Robert Kirby tries to get the hang of sucking up tiny spiders with a medical aspirator device during a spider hunt. Kirby calls it the ’spider bong.’ The first attempt sucking up spiders he used the wrong end of the ’spider bong’ and one ended up in his mouth.  Good thing it wasn’t the poisonous kind. He actually got one here in the container instead of his mouth. The fourth-annual SpiderFest at Antelope Island will be a chance to learn,and get up close and personal with some arachnids. Kirby: Yes, I inhaled the spider
    I like spiders. I didn’t have much choice about it growing up. My mom kept tarantulas the way other people keep goldfish and parakeets. She put the h...
    Updated Jul 22 2016 10:45 pm   |     |   Share
  • Robert Kirby Kirby: Talked off the ledge — for good
    My wife told me I can’t get on the roof anymore. This isn’t all that surprising given the sort of things I have done up there. From my roof I can hit...
    Updated Jul 20 2016 09:25 pm   |     |   Share
  • Visitors pass outside the front of a replica Noah’s Ark at the Ark Encounter theme park during a media preview day, Tuesday, July 5, 2016, in Williamstown, Ky. The long-awaited theme park based on the story of a man who got a warning from God about a worldwide flood will debut in central Kentucky this Thursday. The Christian group behind the 510 foot-long wooden ark says it will demonstrate that the stories of the Bible are true. Its construction has rankled opponents who say the attraction will be detrimental to science education. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) Kirby: Never start a fight with someone who believes in Noah’s Ark
    I’ve never seen rainstorms like the ones during my LDS mission to South America. Black clouds would roll in off the Atlantic and unload a hydro-beatin...
    Updated Jul 17 2016 09:08 am   |     |   Share
  • (Mark Thiessen  |  The Associated Press)   A sign at the National Weather Service in Anchorage, Alaska, on Tuesday informs Pokemon players that it is illegal to trespass on federal property. The staff started noticing an uptick of people in the parking lot after the location was included as a gym in the popular game. The ’Pokemon Go’ craze across the U.S. has people wandering into yards, driveways, cemeteries and even an off-limits police parking lot in search of cartoon monsters, prompting warnings that trespassers could get arrested or worse. Kirby: I’m not worried about Pokémon Go
    Pokemon Go. I’m not going to criticize it too much. Mainly because I’ve played and imagined even stupider wastes of time in my life. For those unfami...
    Updated Jul 15 2016 10:49 pm   |     |   Share
  • Robert Kirby Kirby: There’s no clever moral to a column about racism
    I became a Grantsville police officer in 1978. During my 18 months with the department, I was never accused of racism. There weren’t any black people ...
    Updated Jul 13 2016 10:28 pm   |     |   Share
  • Robert Kirby Kirby: What I’ve heard from Mormon leaders since I officiated a gay wedding
    Tomorrow will be exactly a month since I officiated at a gay wedding. I married Andrew Romriell to Jedidiah Smith in a rainstorm. I’m happy to report ...
    Updated Jul 10 2016 09:17 am   |     |   Share
  • Courtesy of Dan Ruderma/AP Adeline and Augusta Van Buren at the United States-Mexico border during their cross-country motorcycle trip. A century ago, when the automobile was in its infancy and most roads in the United States weren’t paved, the intrepid sisters from Brooklyn embarked on a remarkable journey, a 4,000-mile trek across the country, aboard two Indian motorcycles. Kirby: We’re still clothes-minded when it comes to women
    On July 4, 1916, 24-year-old Augusta and 22-year-old Adeline Van Buren set off from New York for the Pacific coast on a pair of 1000cc Indian Powerplu...
    Updated Jul 09 2016 12:32 pm   |     |   Share
  • Robert Kirby Kirby: Deciding the fate of sleeping idiots
    Tuesday, July 5, 3:46 a.m. — I’m wearing my jams and standing on the porch of a neighbor, trying to decide if I should ring the doorbell. The night ...
    Updated Jul 06 2016 10:30 pm   |     |   Share