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Last Updated Sep 25, 2016 11:58AM

In yet another venue for debating religious differences, former Mormon John Dehlin and LDS scholar Patrick Mason are jousting with each other on a blog titled “Mormonism Inside and Out.” Exactly what Dehlin and Mason hope to accomplish that 150-plus …

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  • (Photo Bucket) Miscreants like me need to know — what’s new in cop tech?
    St. George • I spent two days at the Utah Sheriffs’ Association conference. It was an eye-opening experience even without the embarrassing part where ...
    Updated Sep 23 2016 08:26 pm   |     |   Share
  • Robert Kirby Kirby: Watch out for the clowns
    An 11-year-old girl in Georgia was recently charged with bringing a knife to school. It wasn’t to protect herself from gang members, sexual predators ...
    Updated Sep 22 2016 10:03 am   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Please Get In Line, reads a sign at Salt Lake Comic Con in Salt Lake City Saturday, September 7, 2013. Kirby: Looking for signs in all the wrong places
    It comes as no surprise that people like me perceive few heavenly manifestations. I’m not saying that God doesn’t send them. Only that subtlety is was...

    Updated Sep 18 2016 11:46 am   |     |   Share
  • Robert Kirby Kirby: Lying cats, evil cows — it’s not bigotry if it’s true
    In a column last month I accused cats of being liars. This did not sit well with some cat owners — actually only one — who wrote to accuse me of being...

    Updated Sep 16 2016 08:45 pm   |     |   Share


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  • |  Courtesy Sonny Dyle  Robert Kirby cranks off a few rounds from a Colt Gatling gun while the gun’s owner, Ray L. Howser, center, supervises in Fillmore on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016. Kirby: Shooting for more than my bucket list (video)
    I struck another item from my bucket list last week. The list is normally hundreds of items long, but the exact number depends on what’s going on at t...
    Updated Sep 15 2016 12:22 am   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)     A bugler plays taps during the 911ceremony in front of the Sandy City Hall, Wednesday, September 11, 2013. Kirby: 15 years after 9/11, I’m still wondering about the innocents on both sides
    Exactly 15 years ago, a column I wrote about the dangers of allowing crazy people to fly airplanes ran in this newspaper. You can read it here: bit.ly...
    Updated Sep 11 2016 11:35 am   |     |   Share
  • Retro Kirby: Flying a plane is easy; even I can do it
    Robert Kirby column originally published Sept. 11, 2001 On Friday, I became a pilot. It was only for about an hour, but I got to fly a real airplane....
    Updated Sep 14 2016 06:12 pm   |     |   Share
  • Retro Kirby: Don’t let evil take over in our hearts
    Robert Kirby column originally published Sept. 13, 2001 I must be getting old. When I first learned the extent of Tuesday’s devastation at the World ...
    Updated Sep 14 2016 06:11 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Abigail Ramirez and Jamie Galindo drop a bowling ball onto a concrete beam during an experiment at Judge Memorial High School Tuesday April 5, 2016. Dr. Dasch Houdeshel’s students were testing the structural strength of concrete beams built with and without tin cans inside of them by dropping a 10 pound bowling ball from different heights onto them. The concrete beams without cans survived a 10 lb bowling ball dropped from 8 feet, where the beams with cans broke in half from a drop of as low as six inches. Kirby: Back-to-school tips from someone who flunked kindergarten
    Editor’s note • Robert Kirby was last seen heading south, cannon in tow. This is a reprint of an earlier column. My age caught up with me recently...
    Updated Sep 09 2016 09:05 pm   |     |   Share
  • Robert Kirby Kirby: Watch out for those with ‘buck fever’
    Editor’s note: Robert Kirby is gone not-hunting. This is a reprint of an earlier column. Bow hunters will be out in force next week, trying to ge...
    Updated Sep 07 2016 09:46 pm   |     |   Share
  • Robert Kirby Kirby: Calling Mormons ‘brother’ and ‘sister’ is even harder than calling that priest I parachuted with ‘Father’
    In 1978, I went to Fort Benning, Ga., where the U.S. Army taught me how to fall out of airplanes. It was easily one of the simplest things I ever lear...
    Updated Sep 03 2016 09:30 pm   |     |   Share
  • Left ï Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton Right ï Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump Kirby: The president should be a real American
    Salt Lake County Clerk Sherrie Swensen sent me a personal card this week. It has my name on it and everything. Given that most people concerned about...
    Updated Sep 04 2016 09:51 am   |     |   Share
  • Robert Kirby Kirby: How to make your little children suffer
    When my LDS ward let out last Sunday, parents came by to pick up their children from the nursery where I’m assigned as referee. As the kids waved goo...
    Updated Aug 31 2016 10:41 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Audience member at Utah Capitol Rotunda examines the Bible. Kirby: Where do you draw the line with God?
    Let’s pretend I get called into my bishop’s office next week. The purpose of the meeting is to ask me to hand over the deed to my house, the titles to...
    Updated Aug 29 2016 08:49 am   |     |   Share
  • Robert Kirby Kirby: Calling Mormons ‘brother’ and ‘sister’ is even harder than calling that priest I parachuted with ‘Father’
    In 1978, I went to Fort Benning, Ga., where the U.S. Army taught me how to fall out of airplanes. It was easily one of the simplest things I ever lear...
    Updated Sep 03 2016 09:30 pm   |     |   Share
  • Left ï Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton Right ï Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump Kirby: The president should be a real American
    Salt Lake County Clerk Sherrie Swensen sent me a personal card this week. It has my name on it and everything. Given that most people concerned about...
    Updated Sep 04 2016 09:51 am   |     |   Share
  • Robert Kirby Kirby: How to make your little children suffer
    When my LDS ward let out last Sunday, parents came by to pick up their children from the nursery where I’m assigned as referee. As the kids waved goo...
    Updated Aug 31 2016 10:41 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Audience member at Utah Capitol Rotunda examines the Bible. Kirby: Where do you draw the line with God?
    Let’s pretend I get called into my bishop’s office next week. The purpose of the meeting is to ask me to hand over the deed to my house, the titles to...
    Updated Aug 29 2016 08:49 am   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Tribune columnist Robert Kirby watches as UHP officers discuss the arrest of a suspected gang member after being on patrol with the UHP helicopter looking for stolen cars, Friday, March 11, 2016. Kirby: Look out for the long nose of the law
    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 wha...
    Updated Aug 26 2016 07:50 pm   |     |   Share
  • (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
  • (Courtesy photo)   Elder Robert Kirby. Kirby: Mormon missionary contracts were meant to be broken
    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...
    Updated Aug 16 2016 05:09 pm   |     |   Share
  • Robert Kirby Kirby: How to deal with internet trolls
    In the summer of ’64, Kevin Griffin’s treehouse was the gathering place for guys my age. You had to be male, willing to cuss and have recently finishe...
    Updated Aug 12 2016 10:11 pm   |     |   Share
  • Robert Kirby Kirby: Can you read this column through the online ads?
    I don’t remember when I stopped watching television. It occurred during the last 10 years, though. At some point I just lost interest in what TV had t...
    Updated Aug 10 2016 07:40 pm   |     |   Share