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Guest Commentary

A Business Leader's Perspective on Weber County’s Use of Contractors

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As a local business owner and resident, I would like to express my appreciation to Weber County for implementing some of the best practices that make the private sector thrive. One of these practices is the use of external contractors. Sound crazy? Hear me out. In local government, you’ve...


Barker Park doesn't need amphitheater

I applaud the couples who sued over the amphitheater. I hope they appeal. The Barkers must be turning over in their graves at the planned commercialization of the park. With the Amphitheater and parking there will be no park left. An almost $700 K upgrade is planned. An amphitheater is fine just...


Enforcement, not separation, is the issue

Rich Lowry

President Donald Trump climbed down on separating families at the border, but the underlying argument is not going away. The central question isn't whether we should separate families -- even most immigration hawks would prefer to hold families together -- but whether migrants should stay in the...

Our View

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Each week the Standard-Examiner hashes out issues large and small and takes a thumbs-up, thumbs-down stance. Have a thumbs-up or thumbs-down you’d like to give? Email a submission of 100 words or less to jmccabe@standard.net. Here’s what we recommend this week for praise and criticism:...


Send in The Clowns

While much of the civilized world watched with intense interest as leaders of the USA and North Korea met to explore the possibility of peace another segment of the population were treated to three hours of prime time TV entertainment as the theatrical elitist gathered for yet another presentation...


DACA reform should go before voters

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After decades of angst and political histrionics over immigrants entering the country illegally and elusive reform, change still eludes America. The country has actually been closer than ever to come to grips with the need to enact comprehensive immigration reform. Congress, again, appears ready to...


Lesser of two evils and immigration

I've been talking a bit with family and friends about the current immigration problems, including the horrific family separation at the border. Here are some examples of justification I am hearing: "We don't have the whole picture," "What about human trafficking? We have to separate adults and...


A Border Wall is Not Acceptable Justification for Separating Families

My husband, James, and I spent the summer of 2014 in El Paso, Texas while he completed an internship in Border Patrol’s communication office. That summer, there was a historically high influx of Central American migrants and unaccompanied minors crossing the border to claim asylum. They...


Trump and the Invasion of the West

Patrick Buchanan

"It is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart," says former first lady Laura Bush of the Trump administration policy of "zero tolerance," under which the children of illegal migrants are being detained apart from their parents. "Disgraceful," adds Dr. Franklin Graham. "We need to be ... a...


Why the only answer is to break up the biggest Wall Street banks

Robert Reich

Federal bank regulators are proposing to allow Wall Street more freedom to make riskier bets with federally insured bank deposits -- such as the money in your checking and savings accounts. Watch your wallets. The new proposal waters down the so-called "Volcker Rule" (named after former Federal...

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