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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»

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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»

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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?

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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»