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»

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What’s more embarrassing than President George W. Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” banner on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln in 2003? Try this: “We’re leaving behind a sovereign, stable, and self-reliant Iraq, with a representative government that was elected by its people.” That’s what President Obama said in December of 2011 as he announced that troops had been withdrawn and the U.S. war in Iraq was over. In … Continue reading»

Prisons — Americans are spending less and getting more

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Life is getting safer all the time. Statistics from the FBI and the Bureau of Justice Statistics show the crime rate nationwide continues to drop, for the most part. And along with that, the amount of money states are paying for prisons is dropping, as well. The figures were compiled by the Pew Charitable Trusts as part of its public safety performance project. That’s quite a switch from … Continue reading»

George Will and those lovable losers on the north side

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A book review: “A Nice Little Place on the North Side” by George Will, Crown Publishing. When conservative pundit George Will writes a book about baseball, you can be sure it won’t be a sentimental, romanticized or emotional look the game, which far too often lends itself to such analysis by those who wax rhapsodic about the game’s place in the fabric of American culture. This is true … Continue reading»

Does anybody really know what time it is?


If we’re going to continue this daylight saving time nonsense, let’s at least be humane about it. Make it take effect at 4 p.m. on a Monday. Presto! A weary Monday afternoon turns into time to go home. Sorry boss, the day just got away from me. Why does it have to come out of my sleep at 2 a.m. on a Sunday? But, no. Instead, all we … Continue reading»

If you’re broke, come to Utah’s high-wage capital

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Remember all the talk about how wages in the Salt Lake City area were so low compared to elsewhere? I heard this almost from the moment I moved here in 1986. Those figures always have depended on how you measure them, and the worries always were a bit overblown. Utahns tend to rank low in per capita income because families here have more children on average than families … Continue reading»

Well-being Index has Utah going in the wrong direction

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By at least one measure, life in Utah is getting steadily worse. When Gallup and Healthways started the Well-Being Index in 2008, Utah ruled. The Beehive State finished first. The index is an attempt to measure in categories from physical health, to access to quality care, work environment and how people feel about their lives. Fifty-five measures are evaluated, including whether people learn new and interesting things daily. … Continue reading»

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Dutch speed skating coach Jillert Anema is getting a lot of Internet traction after his comments to CNBC about why the U.S. didn’t win any medals in long-track at Sochi while his country pretty much swept the field. Simply put, we Americans waste too much time on our football, at which we are the best because no one else in the world plays the game, he said. Oh … Continue reading»

Edward Snowden

So now it’s smartphone apps. Big Brother knows your score on Angry Birds. When you press “yes” to the question of whether an app can know your location, you’re really giving permission to the National Security Agency to follow you around like some dude in a fedora hiding around the next dark corner. But not really, because there aren’t enough spy guys in the world to follow all … Continue reading»