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6 common inaccuracies that cloud gun issues

SALT LAKE CITY — The debate over gun control never seems to die down. In early March, the issue received national attention when the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives proposed and then rescinded an ammunition ban. In Utah’s … Continue reading

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Hiking Devil’s Garden Trail in Arches National Park

There is no doubt that Delicate Arch is the most iconic image for Utah. (Some might argue for the beehive, but that just gets confusing for most people.) Because of the dominance of that giant red inverted sandstone horseshoe, some … Continue reading

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Carriage business is good for draft horses

The recent collapse of a carriage horse in Salt Lake City drew criticism from the Humane Society and animal rights supporters. While they might have good intentions, their stated goal of ending urban carriage businesses could doom the horses they … Continue reading

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Decision on gays a non-issue for most scouts

Frustration and anger over the recent decision by the Boy Scouts of America allowing the participation of homosexual boys generated national attention that is out of proportion to the reality of the issue. It even prompted some sponsors and leaders … Continue reading

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Knee problems cramp my normal spring style

Normally, spring is the busiest season for me. As soon as winter weather gives the tiniest hint of breaking, I’m outside fixing fences, building walls, turning over soil, cleaning corrals, brushing out horses, etc. As the weather warms, I begin … Continue reading

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Gun control proposals are the wrong approach

On multiple occasions in recent weeks, Vice President Joe Biden advised people who want to defend their homes against intruders to purchase a double-barrel shotgun. He alleged no villain would be foolish enough to confront someone armed with such a … Continue reading


Intent of Second Amendment already violated

Today there are members of Congress who believe the Second Amendment is outdated and unnecessary. For those who have forgotten their high school government class, here is the complete text of the Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights: “A … Continue reading

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Gun control folley

My high school was filled with guns and no one was ever shot. I lived in a rural area in Ohio and graduated from high school in 1976. On any given day, there would be students with guns in their … Continue reading

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A simple proposal to increase Utah graduation rates

Many in the Beehive State were surprised on Nov. 27 when the U.S. Department of Education released statistics that show Utah ranks 32nd in overall high school graduation rates. One simple change by the Utah Legislature could dramatically improve graduation … Continue reading

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Preventing future Highland tax increases

During many years as a journalist, one of the things I found most surprising was how at any level of government, elected officials would completely disregard the will of the people who put them in office. A recent incident in … Continue reading

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