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Hatch has some nerve to say he spent his life helping the poor

Senate Hatch Retirement-1

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, recently said the following while discussing children's health care: "I have a rough time wanting to spend billions and trillions of dollars to help people who won't help themselves — won't lift a finger — and expect the federal government to do everything."...


Free will must exist. Just look at the dumb things our brains let us do.

Glimpses Of The Brain

My reaction to E. Kent Winward's Dec. 31 column on the subject of free will (“The stories we create about our past dictate our future”) is the following: A. I felt like the dog and my brain is Pavlov. B. I wondered how many Cuba Libres Winward had before, during and after writing the...


Fact-checking on the "opinion" page?

Trump Veterans Fact Check

War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. And fact-checking is now printed on the "opinion" page of my local newspaper (”AP FACT CHECK: Trump on making Christmas great again,” Dec. 26).  Dan Schroeder Ogden


We have the right to know where Utah lawmakers stand on guns

Las Vegas Shooting-7

Since the mass murder of 58 people in Las Vegas, I have emailed and called my congressman, Rob Bishop, and Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee regarding their position on the following: 1. Bump stocks. 2. Large-capacity magazines. 3. Assault rifles. My phone calls and emailed questions have not been...


Get involved with one of the two major political parties

Trump Inauguration

I've recently moved back here after 23 years on the West Coast. Some things have gotten worse (air quality and I-15 traffic) and some things have improved — like the Standard-Examiner. It's a really good read; I especially enjoy reading the local opinions. The recent letters on working for...


Base political choices on what really affects you

BZ 110717 Voting 04-2

At this point, I’m not sure which I find more discouraging and disheartening — the outrageous corruption of our political system or the way the American people allow themselves to be led to vote against their own self-interests. For a well-educated population that prides itself on its...


Register as an unaffiliated voter this year


I was just cleaning out the storage room and took a break and read that 70 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with the direction of our country and 57 percent of us think we need an alternative to both political parties. Ask a few people around you, "So what do you think of politics these days?"...


Christmas lights went out when it rained in downtown Ogden

SW 112517 Christmas Village Electric Parade 17

A while back I wrote a letter praising the city for its efforts in having the trees along Washington Boulevard lit up for the holiday season. Also, in that letter I mentioned the importance of making sure the tree lights stay lit. I have been told that the city contracts out this work. I can only...


Keeping misdelivered packages is theft

Postal Holiday Shipping

Kudos to the honest woman who knocked on my door and gave me the six packages the mail carrier delivered to her which had my name and address on them. Thank you. My roommate did not get your name. Bah humbug to the person(s) who received the misdelivered bracelets, rings, chains and other things...


Utah lawmakers need to acknowledge climate change, protect the environment

BN 123016 Smog Inversion 02-1

Whatever you think about climate change, you have to look at 2017 with some amazement. The Atlantic hurricane season brought four storms reaching “major” status, Category 3 or greater. Hurricane Harvey dropped 50 inches of rain in some areas of Texas. The Florida Keys were hit hard by...

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