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America shouldn't be in the business of preserving Confederate statues

Confederate Statues New Orleans-1 Davis

With the recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, I have had cause to ponder the way bigots act today versus the clarity we had back in the 60's. Liberals use the term "dog whistle," which refers not to a whistle only dogs can hear but rather to code racists use when they try to express...


U.S. should take down statues if they glorify a dark part of history

AP Explains Robert E Lee

I could not agree less with D. Louise Brown (”America shouldn't be in the business of taking down statues,” Aug. 31). Would she care to see a statue in downtown Salt Lake City of Missouri Gov. Lilburn Boggs, the author of the extermination order against the Missouri Mormons? He is a...


There may be a plan behind Trump's reckless behavior

Democrats Culture War Trump

Donald Trump is no Adolf Hitler, at least not yet. But I would be alarmed by any American president who would do what he is doing. He attacked our judicial branch for refusing to approve his unconstitutional immigration ban and, as a further insult to our judiciary, he pardoned the racist forme...


Columnist D. Louise Brown is wrong about Confederate statues

Confederate Monuments Baltimore-6

All right, let's see if I've got this straight. Statues of leaders in some parts of the United States, who fought for the dissolution of this country and for slavery, represent the same values as the scorched bricks and bullet-pocked walls preserved in a country attacked by a menace threatening to...


Social Security isn't the government's money — it's our money

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I am writing in response to David Spackman’s letter of Sept. 5, “Medicare, Social Security promote laziness and dependency.” First, I would like to know his age. He said, “This country was founded on limited government to protect basic rights, relying on individualist...


England didn't erect statues of Hitler, Hess or Goebbels

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I share some of the thoughts put forward by D. Louise Brown, as published in the Standard-Examiner on Thursday, Aug. 31 (“America shouldn’t be in the business of taking down statues”). Some I do not share. I too believe that statuary is a powerful lesson in history, positive and...


Are solar panels reducing summer power outages?

DaVinci Academy Solar Panels

I was pleased to see Leia Larsen' s Sept. 4 Q&A with Michele Beck, director of the Utah Office of Consumer Services, about Rocky Mountain Power’s solar settlement. Last summer, our area had several power outages when air conditioner use was at its peak. We've had none this year, in spite...


The Confederates were traitors. They don't deserve statues

Confederate Statues Robert E. Lee

Let me get this straight, D. Louise Brown: You're comparing bombing scars from World War II to Confederate statues, correct? Interesting logic (“America shouldn't be in the business of taking down statues,” Aug. 31 Standard-Examiner). While you were wandering London, did you happen...


Medicare, Social Security promote laziness and dependency

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I attended U.S. Rep. Bishop’s Aug. 24 town hall meeting in Brigham City. Good on him for doing them despite some not-so-polite attendees. His response, and especially the response of the crowd, to one of the questions makes me wonder if this country will survive as originally conceived. The...


If deer are a nuisance, and cougars kill deer, why kill more cougars?

Cougar permits

I'm know very little about hunting or balancing predator populations, but something is really confusing me. There are frequent complaints about the deer population. There are just too many, and they are eating the shrubs, causing damage to automobiles, eating up the seeds in the bird feeders and...

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