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It made more sense to come together on points of agreement and... In the Madrid, Spain, Missionary Training Center while preparing for my LDS mission, I was taught one way to reach out to people about the gospel was to build on common beliefs. I talked with thousands of people during that 18-month period, many of them with very, very different ideas than mine. However, I always managed to find common ground and see the good in each person’s perspective and struggle to reach their divine potential. It made more sense to come together on points of agreement and... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58358482@www.sltrib.com Mon, 01 Sep 2014 18:48:37 MDT Dionne: A Market Basket of dignity http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58358965-82/arthur-workers-basket-market.html.csp WASHINGTON • Who knew that one of the best made-for-Labor Day speeches in American history would be delivered by a CEO? And who could have guessed that the summer’s major labor story would not be about a CEO saving the jobs of his workers but about the workers saving the job of their CEO? This is the wonder of the happy-ending tale of Market Basket, the New England grocery chain. Most of its 25,000 non-unionized workers walked out to get their deposed CEO, Arthur T. Demoulas, reinstated as the c... WASHINGTON • Who knew that one of the best made-for-Labor Day speeches in American history would be delivered by a CEO? And who could have guessed that the summer’s major labor story would not be about a CEO saving the jobs of his workers but about the workers saving the job of their CEO? This is the wonder of the happy-ending tale of Market Basket, the New England grocery chain. Most of its 25,000 non-unionized workers walked out to get their deposed CEO, Arthur T. Demoulas, reinstated as the c... 58358965@www.sltrib.com Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:23:02 MDT Washington Post: Jindal puts politics ahead of students http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58358955-82/jindal-common-core-standards.html.csp Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s efforts to withdraw his state from the Common Core State Standards were successfully rebuffed by members of his own administration. His attempted end-run to the courts was smacked down by a state judge who said the Republican governor’s actions harmed parents, teachers and students. That should have been the end of the matter, particularly with school starting, but sadly Jindal seems more intent on burnishing his conservative credentials for a presidential run than ... Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s efforts to withdraw his state from the Common Core State Standards were successfully rebuffed by members of his own administration. His attempted end-run to the courts was smacked down by a state judge who said the Republican governor’s actions harmed parents, teachers and students. That should have been the end of the matter, particularly with school starting, but sadly Jindal seems more intent on burnishing his conservative credentials for a presidential run than ... 58358955@www.sltrib.com Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:23:01 MDT Cepeda: One sleeper of an issue http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58355969-82/sleep-adults-kids-early.html.csp CHICAGO • Many adults tend to dismiss scientific research about the adolescent mind. Perhaps they came of age during a time when children, especially teens, were expected to behave as little adults. For years the scientific community has made clear that brains of children and young adults into their 20s undergo physical and chemical changes that can result in high-risk behaviors, vulnerability to addiction and mental illness. Still, some adults scoff at the notion that teenagers don’t have ... CHICAGO • Many adults tend to dismiss scientific research about the adolescent mind. Perhaps they came of age during a time when children, especially teens, were expected to behave as little adults. For years the scientific community has made clear that brains of children and young adults into their 20s undergo physical and chemical changes that can result in high-risk behaviors, vulnerability to addiction and mental illness. Still, some adults scoff at the notion that teenagers don’t have ... 58355969@www.sltrib.com Sun, 31 Aug 2014 01:01:05 MDT Bloomberg View Op-ed: Nation of privilege undermines rule of law http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58356016-82/law-privilege-black-system.html.csp These days, the word “privilege” has been reduced to a trite buzzword. That’s a shame, because it used to mean more than just being born into advantageous circumstances. The word, which means “private law” in old French, originally referred to a system in which different groups of people had different rights under the law. If there’s one political idea most people agree on these days, it’s the rule of law. We argue endlessly about income inequality, wealth inequality, or inequality of opportunit... These days, the word “privilege” has been reduced to a trite buzzword. That’s a shame, because it used to mean more than just being born into advantageous circumstances. The word, which means “private law” in old French, originally referred to a system in which different groups of people had different rights under the law. If there’s one political idea most people agree on these days, it’s the rule of law. We argue endlessly about income inequality, wealth inequality, or inequality of opportunit... 58356016@www.sltrib.com Sun, 31 Aug 2014 01:01:05 MDT Milbank: America’s real ice bucket challenge http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58355931-82/bucket-ice-percent-federal.html.csp WASHINGTON • I’m just back from vacation in Europe, where, to judge from the political headlines coming out of the United States, this country had no greater care than which of its leaders would next be soaked in cold water. George W. Bush was doused by his wife, Laura, and then nominated Bill Clinton to take the ice-bucket challenge for charity. Mitt Romney got a bucket poured on him by his former running mate, Paul Ryan, who joined other possible 2016 presidential aspirants Scott Walker a... WASHINGTON • I’m just back from vacation in Europe, where, to judge from the political headlines coming out of the United States, this country had no greater care than which of its leaders would next be soaked in cold water. George W. Bush was doused by his wife, Laura, and then nominated Bill Clinton to take the ice-bucket challenge for charity. Mitt Romney got a bucket poured on him by his former running mate, Paul Ryan, who joined other possible 2016 presidential aspirants Scott Walker a... 58355931@www.sltrib.com Sun, 31 Aug 2014 01:01:04 MDT Will: Paul Ryan’s way forward http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58355954-82/ryan-government-obama-fair.html.csp WASHINGTON • To take the measure of this uncommonly interesting public man, begin with two related facts about him. Paul Ryan has at least 67 cousins in his Wisconsin hometown of Janesville, where there are six Ryan households within eight blocks of his home. And in his new book, “The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea,” he says something few politicians say, which is why so many are neither trusted nor respected. Ryan says he was wrong. At a Wisconsin 4-H fair in 2012, Ryan encountere... WASHINGTON • To take the measure of this uncommonly interesting public man, begin with two related facts about him. Paul Ryan has at least 67 cousins in his Wisconsin hometown of Janesville, where there are six Ryan households within eight blocks of his home. And in his new book, “The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea,” he says something few politicians say, which is why so many are neither trusted nor respected. Ryan says he was wrong. At a Wisconsin 4-H fair in 2012, Ryan encountere... 58355954@www.sltrib.com Sun, 31 Aug 2014 01:01:04 MDT Op-ed: Why the criminal case against Rich Koerber was dismissed http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58344681-82/koerber-case-government-judge.html.csp Several days ago, The Salt Lake Tribune raised questions about the federal court’s dismissal of the criminal case against businessman Rick Koerber. I’ve represented Koerber in that matter for almost five years. The record – 472 entries on the court docket – reveals some of the answers the newspaper is looking for. In May 2009, when Koerber was first indicted, Utah Commerce Director Francine Giani and federal prosecutors held a press conference to congratulate themselves for pursuing the case “... Several days ago, The Salt Lake Tribune raised questions about the federal court’s dismissal of the criminal case against businessman Rick Koerber. I’ve represented Koerber in that matter for almost five years. The record – 472 entries on the court docket – reveals some of the answers the newspaper is looking for. In May 2009, when Koerber was first indicted, Utah Commerce Director Francine Giani and federal prosecutors held a press conference to congratulate themselves for pursuing the case “... 58344681@www.sltrib.com Sat, 30 Aug 2014 09:06:01 MDT Op-ed: It’s time to put a woman’s health, safety and rights first http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58352026-82/care-health-abortion-woman.html.csp In states across the country, politicians are passing laws that single out abortion care for regulations that apply to no other similar medical practices. As a result, a woman’s ability to access safe, legal, essential reproductive health care in the United States today varies widely from state to state. This means a woman in Utah does not have the same access to health care that a woman living in Colorado does. That simply isn’t fair. As an obstetrician-gynecologist serving Utah women and th... In states across the country, politicians are passing laws that single out abortion care for regulations that apply to no other similar medical practices. As a result, a woman’s ability to access safe, legal, essential reproductive health care in the United States today varies widely from state to state. This means a woman in Utah does not have the same access to health care that a woman living in Colorado does. That simply isn’t fair. As an obstetrician-gynecologist serving Utah women and th... 58352026@www.sltrib.com Sat, 30 Aug 2014 09:04:02 MDT Washington Post: West must make Putin pay http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58351363-82/putin-ukraine-russian-russia.html.csp If any international norm can still be called uncontroversial, it is the stricture against cross-border aggression by one sovereign state against another. Certainly any failure to enforce it in one place invites violations elsewhere. That is why Vladimir Putin’s decision to send Russian forces openly into Ukraine is a watershed, not a mere “continuation of what’s been taking place for months,” as President Barack Obama understated the case Thursday. If Putin does not pay a high price for this na... If any international norm can still be called uncontroversial, it is the stricture against cross-border aggression by one sovereign state against another. Certainly any failure to enforce it in one place invites violations elsewhere. That is why Vladimir Putin’s decision to send Russian forces openly into Ukraine is a watershed, not a mere “continuation of what’s been taking place for months,” as President Barack Obama understated the case Thursday. If Putin does not pay a high price for this na... 58351363@www.sltrib.com Sat, 30 Aug 2014 01:01:05 MDT Washington Post: A climate for change http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58351401-82/emissions-countries-carbon-china.html.csp Probably the most persuasive argument against U.S. action on global warming is China. No U.S.-only initiative can stop the planet from warming. Any effective response to climate change will require broad, international effort. All true. But such coordination is not as out of reach as many believe. It is quite possible — if the United States does its part. The European Union has been shrinking its carbon footprint for years, proof that the United States will not be cutting emissions alone. A 2013... Probably the most persuasive argument against U.S. action on global warming is China. No U.S.-only initiative can stop the planet from warming. Any effective response to climate change will require broad, international effort. All true. But such coordination is not as out of reach as many believe. It is quite possible — if the United States does its part. The European Union has been shrinking its carbon footprint for years, proof that the United States will not be cutting emissions alone. A 2013... 58351401@www.sltrib.com Sat, 30 Aug 2014 01:01:05 MDT Op-ed: Women’s museum plan expensive, not inclusive http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58335429-82/women-museum-history-american.html.csp Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee and our 500,000 members around the country join Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, in his opposition to a bill that could put taxpayers on the hook for millions of dollars to build and maintain a new women’s museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. There is no doubt that women have played an indispensable role in shaping and improving the American experience throughout our nation’s history — and their stories deserve to be shared and celebrated... Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee and our 500,000 members around the country join Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, in his opposition to a bill that could put taxpayers on the hook for millions of dollars to build and maintain a new women’s museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. There is no doubt that women have played an indispensable role in shaping and improving the American experience throughout our nation’s history — and their stories deserve to be shared and celebrated... 58335429@www.sltrib.com Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:05:02 MDT The Commentariat: A sampling of reader comments posted on sltrib.com http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58340177-82/sltrib-com-board-common.html.csp “The entire breathing public has been telling the Utah lawmakers that the UTA is out of control for years. The real test will be if the Utah lawmakers actually do anything about it.” — citizen110451 commenting on the August 26 sltrib.com article, “Audit blasts UTA, says it gave millions in sweetheart deals” “I believe the organized resistance to Common Core is rooted in the fear it might actually work and the test scores of public school children will start to improve dashing the hopes of... “The entire breathing public has been telling the Utah lawmakers that the UTA is out of control for years. The real test will be if the Utah lawmakers actually do anything about it.” — citizen110451 commenting on the August 26 sltrib.com article, “Audit blasts UTA, says it gave millions in sweetheart deals” “I believe the organized resistance to Common Core is rooted in the fear it might actually work and the test scores of public school children will start to improve dashing the hopes of... 58340177@www.sltrib.com Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:05:02 MDT Pyle: In Utah, we bribe the rich, punish the poor http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58347851-82/sltrib-business-audit-com.html.csp May we now, finally, once and for all, drive a stake through the heart of the tired old saw about how “government should be run more like a business.” Government exists to serve the people. Business exists to serve itself. Get the two confused, and neither functions properly. A particularly striking example of that confusion may be rumbling by your house even now. Tuesday, the top brass of the Utah Transit Authority collected the Salt Lake Chamber’s President’s Award for Excellence, given in r... May we now, finally, once and for all, drive a stake through the heart of the tired old saw about how “government should be run more like a business.” Government exists to serve the people. Business exists to serve itself. Get the two confused, and neither functions properly. A particularly striking example of that confusion may be rumbling by your house even now. Tuesday, the top brass of the Utah Transit Authority collected the Salt Lake Chamber’s President’s Award for Excellence, given in r... 58347851@www.sltrib.com Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:05:02 MDT Op-ed: Record research funding shows USU’s importance to Utah http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58348908-82/research-utah-state-usu.html.csp Thousands of students are again crisscrossing our quad this week at Utah State University as fall session begins. As I watch them head to their classes under the now-changing trees, I consider our obligations to them — the skills and knowledge they’ll need, the workforce they’ll enter, the society they’ll shape. USU’s statewide commitment only deepens that obligation, and I believe that research is a key to fulfilling it. University research often appears on institutional ledgers in dollar amoun... Thousands of students are again crisscrossing our quad this week at Utah State University as fall session begins. As I watch them head to their classes under the now-changing trees, I consider our obligations to them — the skills and knowledge they’ll need, the workforce they’ll enter, the society they’ll shape. USU’s statewide commitment only deepens that obligation, and I believe that research is a key to fulfilling it. University research often appears on institutional ledgers in dollar amoun... 58348908@www.sltrib.com Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:05:02 MDT Op-ed: Cross-party effort needed to keep money from poisoning politics http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58293767-82/party-utah-campaign-reyes.html.csp Utah is one of only four states in the country allowing unlimited campaign contributions from unlimited sources in statewide races. If reasonable limits were in place, the political landscape would be far different, and far less corrupt, than under Utah’s system of government for sale to the highest bidders. Consider this glaring example: What would the attorney general’s race currently look like if contributions were limited to less than $3,000, as in U.S. House races? In fundraising, Charles S... Utah is one of only four states in the country allowing unlimited campaign contributions from unlimited sources in statewide races. If reasonable limits were in place, the political landscape would be far different, and far less corrupt, than under Utah’s system of government for sale to the highest bidders. Consider this glaring example: What would the attorney general’s race currently look like if contributions were limited to less than $3,000, as in U.S. House races? In fundraising, Charles S... 58293767@www.sltrib.com Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:05:01 MDT Rolly: Political persecution ironic, coming from Salt Lake City http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58348297-82/utah-lake-salt-sltrib.html.csp It’s got to be an uncomfortable situation for Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker. The liberal leader of one of the Western United States’ most liberal and gay-friendly cities must now witness what many observers will cast as a political persecution of LGBT advocates by an alleged overzealous prosecutor he appointed. In what the gay and lesbian community and many of its straight supporters are calling an outrageous overstep of authority, Salt Lake City prosecutor Padma Veeru-Collings filed misdem... It’s got to be an uncomfortable situation for Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker. The liberal leader of one of the Western United States’ most liberal and gay-friendly cities must now witness what many observers will cast as a political persecution of LGBT advocates by an alleged overzealous prosecutor he appointed. In what the gay and lesbian community and many of its straight supporters are calling an outrageous overstep of authority, Salt Lake City prosecutor Padma Veeru-Collings filed misdem... 58348297@www.sltrib.com Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:43:01 MDT Op-Ed: Disabilities treaty would put U.N. in control of U.S. http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58348861-82/treaty-crpd-disabilities-nations.html.csp Actions speak louder than words. For more than 40 years, the United States has led the world in protecting the rights of persons with disabilities by enacting and implementing laws that set real standards and help real people. Countries around the world have adopted legislation modeled after American statutes such as the Americans with Disabilities Act. We should continue to lead by example. Some advocates are urging the United States to go down a different path by ratifying the U.N. Convention... Actions speak louder than words. For more than 40 years, the United States has led the world in protecting the rights of persons with disabilities by enacting and implementing laws that set real standards and help real people. Countries around the world have adopted legislation modeled after American statutes such as the Americans with Disabilities Act. We should continue to lead by example. Some advocates are urging the United States to go down a different path by ratifying the U.N. Convention... 58348861@www.sltrib.com Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:43:01 MDT Rampell: The one fight to have before your wedding http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58351708-82/wedding-names-women-married.html.csp Betrothed women of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your husbands’ names. I’m getting married in a few days, and — as I’m told happens with most weddings — lots of exhausting fights over minuscule details have broken out along the long, treacherous road to the altar. But the biggest blow-ups, in my case, were over names. Specifically, women’s names. Or lack thereof. Here’s how it began. My mother was in charge of paper products — invitations, envelopes and seating ca... Betrothed women of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your husbands’ names. I’m getting married in a few days, and — as I’m told happens with most weddings — lots of exhausting fights over minuscule details have broken out along the long, treacherous road to the altar. But the biggest blow-ups, in my case, were over names. Specifically, women’s names. Or lack thereof. Here’s how it began. My mother was in charge of paper products — invitations, envelopes and seating ca... 58351708@www.sltrib.com Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:53:02 MDT L.A. Daily News: Classrooms key battlefields in War on Poverty http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58351438-82/poverty-business-california-leaders.html.csp Of the many battlefields where the half-century-old War on Poverty has been fought, there may be none so important — or difficult to conquer — as our public classrooms. Here in Southern California, the connection between education and poverty is clear: More than 25 percent of the region’s workers without a high school diploma live in poverty, according to U.S. Census data, and the total number of those living in poverty jumped from 1.9 million in 1990 to 3.2 million in 2012. This troubling trend... Of the many battlefields where the half-century-old War on Poverty has been fought, there may be none so important — or difficult to conquer — as our public classrooms. Here in Southern California, the connection between education and poverty is clear: More than 25 percent of the region’s workers without a high school diploma live in poverty, according to U.S. Census data, and the total number of those living in poverty jumped from 1.9 million in 1990 to 3.2 million in 2012. This troubling trend... 58351438@www.sltrib.com Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:12:01 MDT