Utah is a bad state for teachers? Think again

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If you’re used to hearing bad news about public education in Utah — teachers are underpaid and in short supply, classrooms are too crowded, politicians don’t care, etc. — here’s a switch. Wallet Hub just released a study that ranks Utah ninth in the nation on a list of the best states for teachers. Low teacher pay is not unique to Utah. The study ranked the five states … Continue reading»

A-leppo into the abyss?

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Goodbye 15 percent? Or …? When you’re the Libertarian candidate for president, it’s hard enough to be taken seriously, even if you do and say everything right. But in a year when many Americans seem dissatisfied with the Republican and Democratic candidates, Libertarian Gary Johnson has been enjoying unprecedented support (for a Libertarian). Until Thursday morning. That’s the conventional wisdom, anyway. Don’t be so quick to buy it. … Continue reading»

If Trump is elected, I’ll … I’ll … I’ll ….

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It’s September of another presidential year, which means it’s time for celebrities to announce they’ll leave the country if the Republican is elected. This might actually affect the vote (in which direction is unclear), except that none of them has carried out previous such threats. Beyond the question of partisanship — I certainly am not endorsing Trump — shouldn’t public figures be held to answer for promises they make … Continue reading»

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That James Buchanan is considered the worst U.S. president ever is hardly a new idea. Earlier this year, the National Constitution Center published a piece on the growing consensus against the 15th president, noting several reasons — he influenced and defended the Supreme Court’s Dred Scott decision, which made slavery purely a states rights issue and fanned the flames of war, he pushed to allow slavery in the … Continue reading»

What to do about the costly EpiPen?

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With the price of the Epipen jumping by leaps and bounds, I took advantage of Utah Sen. Mike Lee’s visit to the combined Deseret News/KSL editorial boards on Monday to ask what he thought. Lee, a strong believer in the free market and in limited government, said the government “certainly has an interest in making sure there is competition” in the pharmaceutical market. He then turned the conversation … Continue reading»

A buck is simply not a buck everywhere

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The same $100 bill buys different amounts in each of the 50 states. That shouldn’t surprise anybody. A two-bedroom apartment in Mississippi costs about $769 per month, according to MyApartmentMap.com. The same unit would cost about $2,785 in New York. A gallon of gas costs $1.81 in South Carolina, according to gasbuddy.com. It costs $2.32 in Utah and $2.74 in Hawaii. Those figures have a significant impact on … Continue reading»