Utah as a retirement mecca?


Move over Sun City. A better retirement community is Provo, or maybe Saratoga Springs, or perhaps St. George. I’m betting on Southern Utah. It’s hard to tell, because the folks at bankrate.com didn’t go into that kind of detail. But they did rank Utah just head of Arizona on a list of the best states in which to retire. Utah just missed the top-10, finishing 11th, right behind … Continue reading»


People in Salt Lake City must not be as happy as those in the rest of Utah. That’s the only logical conclusion to draw from the latest city-by-city happiness report from wallethub.com. A team of researchers there looked at “the various findings of positive-psychology research” and applied them to the nation’s 150 largest cities. Salt Lake City finished a respectable 49th on the list. That was better than … Continue reading»

Is Trump a friend or foe of Western states?


Listening to Gov. Gary Herbert’s annual state of the state speech Wednesday night, I couldn’t help speculating as to how differently it might have sounded if Hillary Clinton had won the White House. You might have heard more about the need to transfer ownership of public lands from Washington to the state or at least a mention of the Bears Ears National Monument, and you might have heard something … Continue reading»

Trump was elected by only a quarter of Americans


Look around you. Only one of every four adults you see voted to make Donald Trump president. Of course, your mileage will vary depending on where you live, but a quick analysis of popular vote figures compared to newly released Census figures shows Trump received votes from only 25.3 percent of the nation’s eligible voters. And don’t get too worked up about Hillary Clinton’s popular vote lead. She … Continue reading»


We have become a selfie-obsessed culture, where anonymous hard work no longer seems to be good enough. That appears to be true now for membership in the Electoral College, as well. I don’t think I would be out of line to guess that you can’t name the electors in your state. You have faith they will reflect the will of the people in your state and vote for … Continue reading»

Salt Lake Police Officer Stone writes a homeless man a citation for trespassing in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016.  A joint operation by Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County in the downtown area is underway in an effort to immediately affect public health and safety there.

Salt Lake City, that den of sin and vice; a city where anger and hatred is more prevalent than on the mean streets of Chicago; a place where jealously reigns far worse than in New York City; and a place where excesses and vices are worse than in Miami. Salt Lake Vice? That might not be a ratings bonanza as a new prime-time crime show. But then, the … Continue reading»

Can healthcare costs be made more transparent?


Listen to a podcast of this blog: How would you feel if, after paying your airfare in advance and enjoying a safe trip to grandma’s for the holidays, you were hit three weeks later with a separate bill from the co-pilot? That’s the scenario concocted by financial analyst John R. Graham in a recent Forbes.com op-ed to illustrate the absurdity of what we go through with healthcare. Costs … Continue reading»

Savage Services employees volunteer at Central Park Community Center in  South Salt Lake,

Maybe it’s no longer a surprise, or even newsworthy, when Utah gets noted as the nation’s most generous state. However, Wallet Hub’s latest ranking of generosity and voluntarism, again ranking Utah No.1, is worth noting mainly because it was such a slam dunk. Utah scored No. 1 for its volunteer rate, for its percentage of income donated, and for the percentage of people who claim to have donated … Continue reading»

Why Americans won’t abandon the penny


India’s prime minister issued a directive last week that immediately invalidated two of that country’s most popular cash notes. Just like that, the 1,000 and 500 rupee bills were worthless. Meanwhile, in the United States, taxpayers continue to pay the bill for minting pennies no one seems to use. Clearly, Americans are more sentimental about their money than are people in India, or than people just about anywhere … Continue reading»

Marijuana referenda in the West could affect Utah

(Associated Press photo)

Five states will be voting Tuesday on whether to legalize recreational marijuana use among adults. Three of these — California, Nevada and Arizona — are in the West. Together with Colorado, which already legalized the drug, this could serve to almost surround Utah, which likely would result in more of the drug, and its problems, coming into the state. Despite how many Americans seem to be buying the … Continue reading»