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(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Robert Gehrke.

If we want to improve our justice system, Utah should get rid of capital punishment, Robert Gehrke writes

By Robert Gehrke | September 13, 2021, 12:55 p.m.

(Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) People fill the room as the Salt Lake County Council voted down Dr. Angela Dunn's mask ordinance for K-6 students, on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021. Would today's division keep the country from uniting if another challenge like 9-11 came upon us?

Twenty years later, could the United States withstand another 9/11? asks Robert Gehrke

By Robert Gehrke | September 10, 2021, 12:00 p.m.

(Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) The new Taylorsville liquor store on Tuesday, June 8, 2021.

The small-government, economy-driven Utah Legislature should let grocers sell wine, Robert Gehrke argues

By Robert Gehrke | September 3, 2021, 4:47 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Robert Gehrke.

While Cox postures and legislators dawdle, Utahns are dying preventable deaths, Robert Gehrke writes

By Robert Gehrke | September 1, 2021, 1:03 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Robert Gehrke.

Will oil and gas foxes be watching Utah’s air quality henhouse? Robert Gehrke asks

By Robert Gehrke | August 31, 2021, 1:43 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Robert Gehrke.

Software can prevent gerrymandering, but will Utah use it? Robert Gehrke asks

By Robert Gehrke | August 30, 2021, 4:26 p.m.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall  encourages citizens to keep wearing masks, after the state mask mandate ends, during a news conference in front of  Santo Taco shop, Friday, March 19, 2021.

Mendenhall made the right call, and legislators will punish her for it, Robert Gehrke says

By Robert Gehrke | August 25, 2021, 12:00 p.m.

(Rick Bowmer | The Associated Press) In this April 22, 2020, photo, Afghan refugee Mahmood Amiri poses with daughter Safa, and his wife Masouda, in West Valley City, Utah. Coronavirus restrictions have affected refugee families in the same ways as anyone else — job losses, child care challenges — but many are navigating the turmoil in a language they don't fully understand and without extended family or close friends to help. Amiri arrived in the United States more than a month ago, but his children are still waiting for their first day at school and the family has yet to go to the mosque to meet fellow Muslim families.

Desperation in Afghanistan brings fear and hope in Utah. Robert Gehrke explains how Utahns can help.

By Robert Gehrke | August 22, 2021, 3:57 p.m.

(Chris Derrick | The Salt Lake Tribune) Rep. Jason Chaffetz in 2017. Could a 2024 run for Senate be in the cards?

Will Jason Chaffetz challenge Mitt Romney in 2024? Robert Gehrke says it’s looking that way.

By Robert Gehrke | August 18, 2021, 1:10 p.m.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Standing water in a neighborhood of Enoch, from the heavy rains Aug. 2, 2021. Without a reduction in fossil fuel burning, Utah weather catastrophes will only increase.

Climate upheaval is upon Utah, and we can’t dither, Robert Gehrke explains

By Robert Gehrke | August 16, 2021, 1:06 p.m.

(Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) People fill the room as the Salt Lake County Council voted down Dr. Angela Dunn's mask ordinance for K-6 students, on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021.

Now Republicans on the Salt Lake County Council own our child COVID rate, Robert Gehrke writes

By Robert Gehrke | August 14, 2021, 2:58 p.m.

(Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) Executive director of Salt Lake County Health Department Dr. Angela Dunn and Salt Lake County mayor Jenny Wilson arrive at a news conference in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021. Robert Gehrke says the County Council should give Dunn's elementary school mask mandate a three-week window to prove its worth.

Salt Lake County Council has a unique opportunity to find middle ground on masks, Robert Gehrke says

By Robert Gehrke | August 11, 2021, 8:39 p.m.

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Utah State University Old Main Building, Friday, July 22, 2016.

Hundreds of USU students scrambling for housing after developer fails to finish complex. Robert Gehrke has the story.

By Robert Gehrke | August 9, 2021, 4:02 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Folded up bleachers at the old Provo High School gym are covered in notes accumulated since April by people giving their reasons for getting the COVID-19 vaccine as health care representatives administer the vaccine nearby on Wednesday, July 28, 2021.

Too many Utah leaders would rather send kids to the hospital than make them wear masks, Robert Gehrke says

By Robert Gehrke | August 6, 2021, 12:00 p.m.

(Screenshot via YouTube) Former Sen. Lyle Hillyard and Brigham Young University professor Rex Facer at Tuesday's meeting of Utah’s independent redistricting commission.

Utah’s redistricting commission may be set up to fail, Robert Gehrke says

By Robert Gehrke | August 3, 2021, 1:55 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  | The Salt Lake Tribune) Intermountain Healthcare unveiled new artwork by Utah artist Heather Olsen, to pay tribute to frontline health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, on Monday, April 5, 2021 in Murray.

Robert Gehrke: How do you tell the families of the unvaccinated their loved one has died?

By Robert Gehrke | July 30, 2021, 1:21 p.m.

FILE - In this March 30, 2020 file photo, My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. Dominion Voting Systems filed a $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, against Lindell, the founder and CEO of Minnesota-based MyPillow, saying that Lindell falsely accused the company of rigging the 2020 presidential election. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon File)

The only fraud in Utah elections is people claiming fraud, Robert Gehrke says

By Robert Gehrke | July 27, 2021, 4:57 p.m.

"Mystic Mike" Ginsburg sits with his dog, Stella, on bluff overlooking his property near Monroe, Utah, where the Mystic Hot Springs owner plans to build an art installation that could be seen from Interstate 70. It's a project that started thanks to rumors he was bringing Antifa to town to cause problems last Pioneer Day.

Robert Gehrke: Antifa not showing up last Pioneer Day sent ‘Mystic Mike’ on a pioneering quest

By Robert Gehrke | July 25, 2021, 5:54 a.m.

U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., grabs the hand of a supporter following a rally against U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, outside the Wyoming State Capitol in Cheyenne. Gaetz, who is under investigation in a sex trafficking case, headlined a fund raiser at Donald Trump's Mar a Lago resort for Mike Lee in February. (Michael Cummo/The Wyoming Tribune Eagle via AP)

Mike Lee OK with spending funds suspected sex trafficker Gaetz helped him raise, Robert Gehrke says

By Robert Gehrke | July 22, 2021, 10:15 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) This photo depicts marijuana plants growing in a Utah medical cannabis nursery on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020. With the U.S. Senate considering legislation to decriminalize possession of marijuana, is it time for Utah to do the same?

Now is the time for Utah to decriminalize marijuana, writes Robert Gehrke

By Robert Gehrke | July 19, 2021, 5:39 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Robert Gehrke.

Smirking teen battering ‘Back the Blue’ sign is no hate crime, Robert Gehrke writes

By Robert Gehrke | July 16, 2021, 4:41 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Robert Gehrke.

Renters are losing out to Airbnb, and Utah won’t let cities help them, Robert Gehrke says

By Robert Gehrke | July 13, 2021, 2:21 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Robert Gehrke.

Lee should tell the political attack dogs to stay out of Utah, but he won’t, Robert Gehrke says

By Robert Gehrke | July 11, 2021, 4:44 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Robert Gehrke.

This landlord should be utterly ashamed, Robert Gehrke writes

By Robert Gehrke | July 3, 2021, 5:21 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Salt Lake Tribune columnist Robert Gehrke ,center, is joined by Utah Attorney General’s Office Training Director Scott Carver, left, as William Fowlke, Training Specialist for the Special Investigations Unit runs the Virtra simulator in an active shooter scenario at a movie theatre, on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, which is used to train police officers.

Do police simulators work? Robert Gehrke steps in one to find out

By Robert Gehrke | July 2, 2021, 3:06 p.m.