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  • Editorial: Utah makes right call to step back from lands suit
    Give Utah legislators credit for backing away from a questionable strategy to sue the federal government to force transfer of federal lands to the sta...
    Updated Feb 23 2017 05:56 am   |     |   Share
  • Editorial: House bills see Utah as a violent place, and seek to make it more so
    The vision of Utah that arises from some of the bills making their way through the Legislature is one of a violent, dystopian jungle where public orde...
    Updated Feb 22 2017 10:02 am   |     |   Share
  • Editorial: Utah’s lower sales tax rate on groceries should remain
    Utah’s lawmakers are once again being peppered with proposals, from within and without, to make changes in the state’s tax structure. The issues are c...
    Updated Feb 20 2017 05:36 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Attendees file in to to the Outdoor Retailer event at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City last month. Some outdoor companies have left the event because of Utah’s stand on public lands and others suggest that they will follow suit. Editorial: The world is not so welcome now, as Outdoor Retailer exit shows
    In the same week Utah announced that it had topped $8.17 billion in annual economic benefit from tourism, the $40 million Outdoor Retailer show announ...
    Updated Feb 19 2017 05:41 pm   |     |   Share


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  • Tribune Editorial: Legislature should not stop judicial nominating process from diversifying the bench
    A strong argument can be made that it is a bad idea to put a job applicant’s gender, race, sexual orientation or other such factor ahead of that perso...
    Updated Feb 18 2017 08:39 am   |     |   Share
  • Editorial: Weak sex education doesn’t give Utah kids better judgment
    For the second year running, a bill to update Utah’s curriculum to allow for comprehensive sex education died in committee at the Utah Legislature. ...
    Updated Feb 16 2017 06:00 am   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  Tribune file photo)   Intro to algebra teacher Jennilyn Derbidge helps a student with an assignment in her Math 1010 class at the Utah County Academy of Sciences school in this file image. UCAS maintained its A grade from last year in the new school letter grades  released Monday.  UCAS is a public early college STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering & Math) charter school located on the UVU campus in Orem. Tribune Editorial: Time to end Utah’s school grading system
    “Next contestant, Mrs. Sybil Fawlty from Torquay. Specialist subject — the bleeding obvious.” — Basil Fawlty, “Fawlty Towers” Yes, it is time to r...
    Updated Feb 16 2017 09:01 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - IN this Feb. 9, 2017, file photo, U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz speaks during a town hall meeting at Brighton High School in Cottonwood Heights, Utah. Some attendees of the contentious town hall, hosted by Chaffetz last week, have sent the congressman fake invoices after he claimed some people there were paid protesters. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) Editorial: Chaffetz should investigate, not emulate, the president
    It seems to work for the president of the United States, so, Jason Chaffetz may have surmised, it should work for members of Congress, too. But expla...
    Updated Feb 15 2017 08:34 am   |     |   Share
  • Editorial: Utah juvenile justice reforms should be approved
    The Utah Legislature has been handed another chance to spend some money now on a program that promises to save a lot more money — and a few lives — ov...
    Updated Feb 14 2017 09:11 am   |     |   Share
  • Editorial: To get along in these challenging political times, let’s get something done
    That was some pep rally at Brighton High School Thursday night. The occasion was a town hall meeting hosted by Rep. Jason Chaffetz, and it was swamp...
    Updated Feb 13 2017 10:04 am   |     |   Share
  • Editorial: Utah takes small steps to unleash marijuana, rein in opioids
    It is hard to keep a clear head when drugs are involved. Even just talking about the uses and abuses of different substances can make one dizzy. Memb...
    Updated Feb 10 2017 07:36 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams presents his State of the County address Tuesday, Feb. 7 in the County Council Chambers. He spoke about opportunities for jobs, early childhood education, health care, criminal justice reform, and recreation and open space. Editorial: McAdams is right. Without state funding, Justice Reinvestment Initiative is a failure
    “If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn’t help the poor, either we have to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we’ve go...
    Updated Feb 09 2017 06:06 am   |     |   Share
  • Washington Post: Trump needs to ‘drain swamp’ by example
    The slogan “drain the swamp” was a potent one, tapping into public perceptions that Washington is paralyzed by special interests. President Donald Tru...
    Updated Feb 08 2017 10:30 am   |     |   Share
  • Tribune Editorial: There is risk for Utah in calling Outdoor Retailers’ bluff
    Outdoor retailers and Utah’s political leaders are back at the poker table, and once again the Utahns are calling the retailers’ bluff. The people b...
    Updated Feb 08 2017 10:30 am   |     |   Share
  • Bloomberg: Small business needs a Dodd-Frank repair
    At a meeting with small-business leaders this week, President Donald Trump pledged to do “a big number” on the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act, which he blamed fo...
    Updated Feb 07 2017 03:35 pm   |     |   Share
  • Editorial: SB54 is legal, and Utahns want to keep it that way
    From a legal standpoint, the fight over Senate Bill 54 has ended. From a political standpoint, the losing side is still trying to eke out a victory. ...
    Updated Feb 07 2017 03:35 pm   |     |   Share
  • President Donald Trump signs the National Anthem during a National Prayer Service at the National Cathedral, in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017., Also pictured is Donald Trump Jr., left, his wife Vanessa Trump, second from left, first lady Melania Trump, third from right, Vice President Mike Pence, second from right, and his wife Karen Pence, right. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) Editorial: Trump’s promise to allow churches to back candidates is a bad idea. For everyone.
    Religious organizations of all stripes should be very wary of President Trump’s promise to “totally destroy” the part of the U.S. tax code that condit...
    Updated Feb 04 2017 03:48 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin / The Salt Lake Tribune)    Members of Utah’s Clean Air Caucus hold a press conference in the Hall of Governor’s at the State Capitol in Salt Lake City Thursday February 2, 2017. Both Democrats and Republicans form the membership of the caucus and all are pushing for new bills to help Utah’s air quality. Editorial: Will Trump era undo Utah air quality progress?
    Believe it or not, the air is getting cleaner in Utah. Is that going to continue? For the next few years, it largely depends on the Donald Trump admi...
    Updated Feb 03 2017 08:51 pm   |     |   Share
  • Representative Jason Chaffetz, a Republican from Utah and chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, speaks during a House Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington last May. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Andrew Harrer Editorial: Chaffetz should look into Trump’s doings
    All that stuff about the constitutional separation of powers, each of the three branches of government keeping a wary eye on the other two, doesn’t me...
    Updated Feb 03 2017 05:42 am   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin / The Salt Lake Tribune)    Jacob Jensen, a Utah Against Police Brutality member, center, leads a group of people as they chant outside the mayor’s office at the City and County Building in Salt Lake City Monday January 30, 2017. Some members of Utah Against Police Brutality have met with SLCPD every two weeks for almost a year and were at the mayor’s office in hopes of gaining access to a draft of new policy regarding the release of body cam footage from the SLCPD. Tribune Editorial: Police videos should be made public ASAP
    It is time to move past the point where video footage of an alleged crime, or of an alleged act of police brutality, is considered to be a some kind o...
    Updated Feb 01 2017 11:45 pm   |     |   Share
  • Tribune Editorial: BSA continues update with transgender decision
    The pup tent got a little bigger this week. The Boy Scouts of America announced Monday that the organization will allow transgender boys to participa...
    Updated Jan 31 2017 09:12 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Protesters, including two Muslim women, Ban Naes, center/left, and Alaa Al Barkawi, center/right, marched around the City and County building to object to the recent ban on refugees entering the United States, Sunday, January 29, 2017. Editorial: Utah Republicans should lead the push against Trump’s Muslim ban
    “In my mind it was a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, windswept, God-blessed and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmo...
    Updated Jan 31 2017 09:26 am   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  Tribune file photo)    Sen. Orrin Hatch got a new title, a raise and round-the-clock security as the Republicans took control of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday. Editorial: Time for Orrin Hatch to retire from the Senate.
    Orrin Hatch, a man who launched his political career by convincing voters that 18 years in the Senate were enough for anyone, now seems convinced that...
    Updated Jan 29 2017 11:22 am   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown speaks as House Democratic Representatives and Utah Latino Leaders, along with community activists, law enforcement, and others spoke against recent orders by President Donald Trump on immigration and refugee status. The press event took place at the Salt Lake City Public Safety Building, Thursday January 26, 2017. Editorial: ‘Sanctuary’ SLC makes right call on immigration enforcement
    What would happen if Salt Lake City police started enforcing federal immigration laws? • Jail beds would be harder to come by, meaning some truly ba...
    Updated Jan 27 2017 09:43 pm   |     |   Share