Beyond Bars: First vacation after prison leaves me feeling inspired

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“As I treaded water, I could feel the sun on my face and my shoulders and I realized I was...


A Border Wall is Not Acceptable Justification for Separating Families

My husband, James, and I spent the summer of 2014 in El Paso, Texas while he completed an internship in Border Patrol’s communication office. That summer, there was a historically high influx of Central American migrants and unaccompanied minors crossing the border to claim asylum. They...


Trump and the Invasion of the West

Patrick Buchanan

"It is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart," says former first lady Laura Bush of the Trump administration policy of "zero tolerance," under which the children of illegal migrants are being detained apart from their parents. "Disgraceful," adds Dr. Franklin Graham. "We need to be ... a...


DACA reform should go before voters

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After decades of angst and political histrionics over immigrants entering the country illegally and elusive reform, change still eludes America. The country has actually been closer than ever to come to grips with the need to enact comprehensive immigration reform. Congress, again, appears ready to...


Send in The Clowns

While much of the civilized world watched with intense interest as leaders of the USA and North Korea met to explore the possibility of peace another segment of the population were treated to three hours of prime time TV entertainment as the theatrical elitist gathered for yet another presentation...


Lesser of two evils and immigration

I've been talking a bit with family and friends about the current immigration problems, including the horrific family separation at the border. Here are some examples of justification I am hearing: "We don't have the whole picture," "What about human trafficking? We have to separate adults and...


Keep track of your pets

My wife and I are dog lovers, as are many, many other people. That said, please dog lovers and owners, keep track of your beloved pets. As we travel back and forth on the streets and roads between Ogden and Salt Lake, we see dogs on the loose, roaming in the streets and trying to dodge traffic. We...


Real enemy is those in power

A snopes.com fact check found Trump’s claim that existing immigration laws required separation of children from parents is false. The separation of children at the border is a result of a change in policy made in May by the Trump administration. The objective of this policy change is...


Why the only answer is to break up the biggest Wall Street banks

Robert Reich

Federal bank regulators are proposing to allow Wall Street more freedom to make riskier bets with federally insured bank deposits -- such as the money in your checking and savings accounts. Watch your wallets. The new proposal waters down the so-called "Volcker Rule" (named after former Federal...


Take critical look at charitable foundation abuse

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New York’s attorney general has filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump and his charitable foundation, accusing them of using money illegally to help his businesses and political campaign. Whether the action has any merit remains to be seen. But while we are thinking of abuses...

Guest Commentary

Church, state and the golden rule


Could the golden rule be the common denominator among those who believe the United States was founded as a Christian nation and those who believe in strict separation of church and state? Let’s see. Few issues today create more controversial religious discussion than the issue of...

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