Utah ranks surprisingly high as a good place to be a teacher


If you were asked to guess where Utah ranks on a survey of the best states for teachers, my guess is you would score it somewhere closer to the bottom than the top. In Utah, an aggressive teachers’ union has conditioned us to believe it can’t get much worse than here. But Wallet Hub ranked the state 14th best in a study released this week. (See an interactive … Continue reading»

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If you’re reading this from somewhere along the Wasatch Front, you’re part of the hottest spot for soccer in the United States. That’s according to Wallethub.com, which just released its rankings for 2015’s best and worst cities for soccer fans. Salt Lake City (which obviously includes the metro area) ranked No. 1, followed by Mansfield, Conn., and Conway, S.C. Cities were ranked if they had any college or … Continue reading»


If you’re at work right now, you’re probably part of the roughly 70 percent of Americans who qualify as disengaged employees. The exception would be if your job description specifically includes reading blogs on news sites, in which case, you have a great job. For a long time, Gallup has been tracking workplace engagement. Since 2000, the results barely have budged. About 30 percent of Americans are engaged … Continue reading»


Here’s something Utahns can brag about:  They are the most humble people in the nation. Only 22 percent of people from Utah who use social media fill their Facebook pages, Instagram posts and Tweets with reminders about how wonderful they are. These include endless photos from their vacations to exotic places, boasts about a memorable event they attended or an encounter with someone famous, or other “brag-ommendations.” (I’m … Continue reading»

FSU cornerback P.J. Williams

The New York Times has published an investigative piece about how a hit-and-run accident involving a star football player at Florida State University apparently was swept aside, with help from Tallahassee police. It was improperly investigated and charges were reduced to a pair of minor traffic citations, all without the media or the public ever knowing. The saga, involving FSU cornerback P.J. Williams, is all too familiar. As … Continue reading»

State lotteries leave a trail of broken promises

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State lotteries are a ruse. If that’s a surprise to you, it’s because you haven’t been paying attention. States almost always enter the lottery business by promising a lot of easy money for worthy things, such as public education. But once the politicians get hold of all that easy money, they start moving funds around, and education still ends up hurting. Meanwhile, the poor and, ironically, uneducated, end … Continue reading»

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Democrats are voting early in large numbers, but Republicans are likely to overwhelm polling places on Tuesday. That’s the conventional wisdom heading into the weekend before mid-term elections. And while most people believe Republicans will regain control of the Senate, at least one poll shows a solid majority say President Obama’s performance is not a factor in how they intend to vote. All of which seems to confirm … Continue reading»

Barack Obama

One sentence out of an 846-page law passed in 1965. That’s what President Obama is relying on to impose tough new regulations on for-profit colleges and programs — rules that could soon shut down Corinthian Colleges, a chain that includes 107 centers and serves 72,000 students — without any input from Congress. That sentence says the federal government has the power to grant financial aid to people who … Continue reading»