Tag: america

People are not experiencing the pandemic the same

By Darlene McDonald This week, the number of Americans who have died from Covid-19 reached a bleak milestone. The number of people who have died from Covid-19 surpassed the number of Americans killed during the twenty-year Vietnam War. That is a heartbreaking reality of the devastation brought on by a global pandemic. However, hidden within

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I want to be proud to be an American

Recently, I read an article (of which it seems there is no shortage these days) lamenting the partisan divide in our country. It used a couple examples from a new study to show how conservatives and liberals misunderstand each other: Democrats tend to assume Republicans don’t believe racism exists (most do), and Republicans tend to

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The only personal choice that will save us

If you’ve spent any time on the internet talking or reading about climate change, then you’re likely familiar with the tired comment, “well what are YOU doing about it?! What changes are you making in your life?” *sigh* Utahns value personal choice and personal control over our own futures. A core belief in the ability

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The “why” behind the “what”

We often get to talk about what we do, but we get far fewer opportunities to talk about why each of us behind Better Utah does the work we do. So this is my story. I am 56 years old. Maybe you’re older, maybe you’re younger. I believe that each of us comes at this

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Freedom to Protest

I had planned to write today about the importance of understanding the New American Majority. Understanding the NAM, who it is, what NAM members think, what matters to them, and what makes them vote, is critical to the future of our elections. But, and this won’t surprise anyone, Donald Trump changed my train of thought.

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Congressman Bishop’s Not-so-United States

In a show of government waste at its finest, the Utah Legislature’s Commission on Federalism met this morning at the State Capitol. While the finer points of dual sovereignty are certainly worth arguing, this sort of grad seminar style discussion should be out of place in the legislature, where more concrete policy making would be

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America is under attack

America is under attack, and it isn’t hand-wringing liberal secularists this time around. Extreme proponents of states’ rights are setting up a false divide between state government and federal government, an attitude that neglects the United part of United States. Those attitudes were on display in full force this morning during US Senator Mike Lee’s

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