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Last Updated Jul 3, 2015 06:38PM

On my key ring is one of the military dog tags I wore during active duty with the U.S. Army in the early ’70s. Whenever I look at it, I’m reminded that I was once young enough to do lots of marching, shooting, latrine-cleaning, running, jumping out of airplanes, K.P. and getting yelled at by truly scary people. Forty-plus years later, I keep the ID tab on my key ring for the same reason it was issued to me in the first place — to identify something of mine as …

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  • Singer Gordon Lightfoot performs during the CFL's 100th Grey Cup Championship Halftime Show at the Rogers Centre on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, in Toronto. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP) Kirby: Gordon Lightfoot’s seen better days, but the feeling’s not gone
    Gordon Lightfoot took the stage at the Sandy Amphitheater on Wednesday evening. Three of his biggest fans — my wife and friends Chris and Norm — barel...
    Updated Jun 30 2015 06:01 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this July 19, 2011 file photo, Confederate battle flags fly outside the museum at the Confederate Memorial Park in Mountain Creek, Ala., Tuesday, July 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File) Kirby: Why I gave up the Confederate flag
    I planned to have three sons when I got married. Pretty hilarious, huh? Like it was totally up to me. Five seconds after it happened, I discovered tha...
    Updated Jun 29 2015 08:53 am   |     |   Share
  • Robert Kirby Kirby: Wait, did we miss the second coming?
    A few days ago, I dug out my LDS patriarchal blessing to see how I was doing. Traditionally given to Mormon teens, the blessings are intended to be ...
    Updated Jun 26 2015 10:58 pm   |     |   Share
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San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman declines to speak with reporters as he leaves U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City. On Thursday, his lawyer concluded Lyman's defense against federal charges arising from an illegal ATV ride Lyman led in Utahís Recapture Canyon to protest BLM policies restricting motorized access. The four defendants put on only one witness, local water master Ferd Johnson. The case goes to the jury Friday. Kirby: Why should Utahns pay for Lyman’s bad idea?
    I am more than passingly familiar with the horrible feeling that things are turning out much worse than anticipated. Most people have experienced it. ...
    Updated Jun 23 2015 08:49 pm   |     |   Share


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A pamphlet distributed by the National Park Service to people entering Yellowstone National Park warns visitors not to get too close to bison, also known as buffalo, which can weigh up to 2,000 pounds and sprint three times faster than a person. Despite such warnings, bison have gored two Yellowstone tourists within the past three weeks. Kirby: Ignoring the warning signs gets you gored
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    Updated May 24 2015 07:00 am   |     |   Share
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