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  • Rick Bowmer  |  AP Photo   Desiree Hennessy cries during the Utah Patients Coalition news conference at the Utah State Capitol Monday, June 26, 2017, in Salt Lake City. A group of activists and Utah residents with chronic conditions has launched a ballot initiative to ask voters next year to pass a broad medical marijuana law. Her adopted son Hestevan has Cerebral Palsy and suffers from chronic nerve pain, seizure disorder, and life threatening complications from his medication. Tribune Editorial: Time to make medical marijuana legal in Utah
    Utah’s sick and afflicted are hoping for a little charity from their friends and neighbors in the form of safe and legal medical marijuana. The Utah ...
    Updated Jun 26 2017 06:36 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Refugee Leader Zakiya Ali speaks to Gov. Gary Herbert and officials in a roundtable meeting with area refugees at the new Utah Refugee Education and Training Center at Salt Lake Communty College Medowbrook Campus Tuesday Nov 10. Tribune Editorial: Get ready for Utah, and America, to become more diverse
    The United States is growing more diverse, and forecasts for Utah match changes seen across the country. Minorities now account for 21 percent of Utah...
    Updated Jun 24 2017 03:12 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Paul Fraughton  |  Tribune file photo)     Signs in the liquor store at 400 South and 200 West in Salt Lake City advertise discount prices on Wednesday, December 10, 2008. Tribune Editorial: Closing liquor store won’t cut off supply
    Why can’t we just put liquor stores where alcoholics won’t find them? There are many reasons to move Salt Lake City’s downtown liquor store to a new...
    Updated Jun 24 2017 10:12 am   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Smoke billows in the afternoon winds behind the roadblock closing highway 143 to Brian Head, in Parowan on Wednesday. Tribune Editorial: In the summer, fire and other hazards get worse.
    Summertime, and the living is easy. Unless you start a huge range fire with a weed torch. Burn down a neighbor’s house with stray fireworks. Cause a ...
    Updated Jun 28 2017 09:56 am   |     |   Share



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  • (Al Hartmann  |  Tribune file photo)   House of Representatives Speaker of the House Gregory Hughes, R, joins Minority Leader Brian King, D, to hold an unusual meeting to discuss a power struggle lawmakers are having with Gov. Gary Herbert at the state capitol Tuesday June 20.  The committee discussed whether Herbert overstepped his bounds in not allowing the attorney general to give an opinion to them on legality of process the governor imposed for a special election to replace Rep. Jason Chaffetz. It was an open caucus of both Republicans and Democrats. Tribune Editorial: Lots of blame to go around for Utah’s special election fuss
    The Legislature and governor are sparring once again over the race to replace Rep. Jason Chaffetz. The Legislature claims the governor called a specia...
    Updated Jun 28 2017 09:41 am   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   A sign along Election St. in Draper asks for courtesy from construction traffic. American Prepatory Academy was told to halt construction of its new high school campus in Draper Thursday morning but workers were still on the job in the afternoon. Tribune Editorial: Charter schools should not have the right to take others’ property
    Charter schools in Utah have been a good experiment. Mostly. Independence from overly regulated and underfunded school districts allow charter schools...
    Updated Jun 28 2017 09:41 am   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Imam Yussuf Awadir Abdi gets hugs from friends after he arrived at Salt Lake City International airport, Sunday, June 18, 2017. Tribune Editorial: Utah imam had every right to come home again
    This is your captain speaking: “We will not separate the family.” Thus was the family of Yussuf Awadir Abdi allowed to board the aircraft for the las...
    Updated Jun 20 2017 06:36 am   |     |   Share
  • Tribune Editorial: Utah water report shows how much we have to learn
    It’s 194 pages and took more than four years to prepare. It involved 40 diverse stakeholders and a process that got better as it went along. It’s the ...
    Updated Jun 19 2017 05:51 am   |     |   Share
  • Tribune Editorial: Utah must face its problem of domestic violence.
    Utahns are often referred to as happy, friendly people. Yet the syrupy smiles and overly boisterous small talk mask a more authentic darkness. Over t...
    Updated Jun 18 2017 11:48 am   |     |   Share
  • Tribune Editorial: Utah needs to have a look at burdensome school fees
    Fees for a student in junior high school can easily add up to more than $200, including money for academic funds, activity fees, instruction materials...
    Updated Jun 16 2017 05:59 am   |     |   Share
  • Tribune Editorial: We have far too much bullying in our politics
    President Trump’s candidacy and election have plunged America into political incivility reminiscent of colonial America. The popular play by Lin-Manue...
    Updated Jun 15 2017 12:58 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke hikes along the Butler Wash Indian Ruin trail alongside Utah Gov. Gary Herbert during a tour of the Bears Ears National Monument on Monday, May 8, 2017. Tribune Editorial: Zinke leaves Bears Ears dispute unsettled
    The best thing that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke could have done about the Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah was absolutely nothing. ...
    Updated Jun 14 2017 07:46 am   |     |   Share
  • Dom Smith  | Courtesy of EcoFlight This aerial photo shot in April 2015 shows the White Mesa Uranium mill near Blanding and its evaporation ponds. In comments to the U.S. Interior Department, state officials are claiming the mill — and Utah’s uranium industry — are being jeopardized by President Obama’s designation in December of the Bears Ears National Monument. Tribune Editorial: Rules for White Mesa uranium mill are not confidence inspiring
    “Why worry? Each of us is wearing an unlicensed nuclear accelerator on his back.” — Peter Venkman, Ph.D., “Ghostbusters” Elected officials from t...
    Updated Jun 13 2017 10:31 am   |     |   Share
  • Tribune Editorial: Money to help the homeless should focus on where they are — Salt Lake County
    Buried under the distraction of the long-standing and childish feud between Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder and Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike B...
    Updated Jun 11 2017 10:58 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   TRAX train zips past apartment construction along 400 South and 500 East on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. Tribune Editorial: UTA is rolling toward a more transparent operation
    The Utah Transit Authority has earned a reputation of secrecy and self-dealing. But, to its credit, new senior managers are trying to change that. Whi...
    Updated Jun 10 2017 06:07 am   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  Tribune file photo)   Salt Lake County County Recorder Gary Ott sits with his chief deputy Julie Dole before the Salt Lake County Council’s presentation of findings of the county auditor’s performance review Tuesday, Oct. 4., 2016. A week later, the Salt Lake County Republican Party censured Dole, accusing her of hiding Ott’s health status. Tribune Editorial: County recorder should be appointed, not elected
    Controversy surrounding President Trump has greatly raised the number of Google searches for ways to remove a president from office, including the met...
    Updated Jun 09 2017 11:36 am   |     |   Share
  • Tribune Editorial: Prosecutors who break the rules must be held to account
    Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson said it best, “The prosecutor has more control over life, liberty, and reputation than any other person in Americ...
    Updated Jun 08 2017 05:47 am   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Excavators demolish the exit ramp to what was previously the drive-through lane of the Salt Lake International Airport’s short-term parking garage. The exit ramp area, as well as what formerly housed car rental canopies will become a new roadway exiting the airport the summer of 2016 to prepare for future construction projects at the airport, Monday, February 22, 2016. Tribune Editorial: Don’t stop SLC airport TRAX short of airport
    Let’s start by stating the obvious. We’re not going to build a $2 billion airport and make people walk a quarter mile to get to it. There is a stando...
    Updated Jun 07 2017 09:11 am   |     |   Share
  • Tribune Editorial: Mormons and Muslims can show how to share kindness, not fear
    Ramadan (May 26 – June 24 this year) is celebrated throughout the Muslim world as a month of fasting to commemorate the prophet Muhammad’s first revel...
    Updated Jun 06 2017 03:56 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Shawn McMillen, the executive director of First Step House talks with two men currently living at First Step House, Sunday, May 21, 2017. Local law enforcement has taken an innovative approach around the 210 S. Rio Grande St. shelter, giving low-level drug offenders the chance to receive treatment instead of jail time. Some who were either rounded up during three sweeps last October, or visited the Salt Lake City Police Department’s nearby Community Connection Center, have found help in drug addiction treatment at First Step House. Tribune Editorial: Operation Diversion won’t work without more money
    In a collaborative, jointly-funded city and county operation, Operation Diversion intended to open treatment beds for drug users in Salt Lake City ins...
    Updated Jun 04 2017 07:23 am   |     |   Share
  • (|  Tribune File Photo)    Larry Ellertson is sworn in as Utah County commissioner by Uth County justice court judge Scott J. Cullimore at a ceremony in the council chambers on January 3, 2005. Tribune Editorial: Utah governor should cast wider net for transportation chair
    Former Lindon Mayor and Utah County Commissioner Larry Ellertson has a long résumé of public service. You could say he has done his part. Gov. Gary H...
    Updated Jun 09 2017 10:15 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   ’I’m here to train you as to why prostituted people think what they think,’ said Beth Jacobs to a room full of attendants at Utah Governor’s Public Safety Summit at the Davis Conference Center, Tuesday, May 16, 2017. ’I’m still trying to put my life back together.’ Jacobs was abducted from her hometown in Malaca, MN when she was 16-years-old by sex traffickers and prostituted for 6 years, mostly in Chicago, IL. Tribune Editorial: Make a way to clear away all convictions for prostitution
    “Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.” — Victor Hugo, “Les Miserables” Victor Hugo’s masterpiece “Les Miserables” resonates be...
    Updated Jun 02 2017 10:58 am   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Representative Mike Noel, R-Kanab, works on the House floor at the Utah Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016. Tribune Editorial: Noel is wrong to demand a ‘royalty oath’ from communities seeking grants
    Utah communities seeking to improve their facilities by tapping a pool of mineral royalties should not have to pledge their troth to the extractive ec...
    Updated May 31 2017 05:48 pm   |     |   Share
  • A sign of thanks rests against a traffic light pole at a memorial outside the transit center in Portland, Ore. on Saturday, May 27, 2017. People stopped with flowers, candles, signs and painted rocks for two bystanders who were stabbed to death Friday, while trying to stop a man who was yelling anti-Muslim slurs and acting aggressively toward two young women, including one wearing a Muslim head covering, on a light-trail train in Portland. Suspect Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, was booked on suspicion of murder and attempted murder in the attack and will make a first court appearance Tuesday. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus) Tribune Editorial: More Americans need to be Good Samaritans.
    The recent attack on three American heroes — two of whom were killed — on a commuter train in Portland, Ore., is a reminder of the nation’s unfortunat...
    Updated May 31 2017 05:20 pm   |     |   Share