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by Erin Weist The month of July is an important one for the United States in remembering freedom from tyranny: Independence Day remembers our separation from the monarchy of Great Britain.  But people in my state also celebrate a similar date in July.  Utah celebrates July...

By Shanci Christensen The door slammed shut as if it were shouting, “Goodbye old house!”  I locked the door behind him and then stood in the kitchen with my hands shaking and my heart pounding.  “Did I do the right thing?”  I heard a noise behind...

Photo: vhines200/Creative Commons By Candice LeSueur I excitedly was able to check another thing off my bucket list this last weekend as I flew out to see my friend in San Francisco, a city I have been dying to visit. As she and I were strolling down...

By: Diane Robertson Parents who do you think is best qualified to listen to, advise, and help your children? Would you name a doctor, a teacher, or a social worker, or do you believe that listening to, advising, and helping your children is your primary responsibility?...

Food waste in America By Cinthia Jahnsen Ok.  Here’s the deal. I think we all love going to an all you can eat buffet.  What can be better than endless amounts of delicious food with as many helpings as you wish, plus amazing mountains of dessert at...

By Erin Weist Recently, the state of Indiana has made headlines regarding changes to their abortion law.  Governor Mike Pence, newly announced running mate for GOP Presidential nominee Donald Trump, signed into law restrictive measures that would prevent a woman seeking an abortion based on the...

By Mekelle Solomon Late last week the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, approved an anti-terrorist law. The law was a complete package of restrictions designed to “protect” against radical terrorist attacks. An anti-terrorist law sounds like a great idea right? Something that the whole country could...

Diane Robertson The Founding Fathers of the United States were keenly aware of the right to property and its connection to freedom. Before the Revolutionary war, the British would send troops over to the colonies and quarter them in the homes of the people. The people...

by Erin Weist Yesterday at church my congregation sang the well-loved American patriotic hymn, “America the Beautiful.”  (For those not familiar with the song the words are posted below.)  A few of the lines stood out to me as incongruous with current events, both in this...

By Candice LeSueur   It has been said that if you want to see where our society currently stands on the social spectrum, look to the popular TV shows that are being aired. I haven’t watched very much television at all the past few years, so I...

by Diane Robertson    A nation can never be better than its families. For much of the history of the United States beginning with the founding of the colonies, families devoted their lives to God. They did not all have the same religious beliefs, but...

by Tashica Jacobson There are many benefits that come from marriage. The couple, the children and even society is influenced by marriage. In a study of unhappily married couples, those who stayed together were happily married five years later. (Waite, 2002). While there may be difficult...

By Candice LeSueur I once heard a story about a girl who became pregnant and could not understand why. When she discussed her situation with her therapist, she said, “I didn’t even kiss him. So how could this have happened to me?” It was learned that...

by Diane Robertson This week has been a blow to Constitutional rights as the Supreme Court has handed out rulings on several cases. The first, second, and tenth amendment have all been ignored, as justices tossed aside the documents they pledged to uphold in favor of...

By Cinthia Jahnsen Is sugar really as harmful as some make it sound? The answer is "yes." Agave nectar, brown rice syrup, high fructose corn syrup, dextrose, evaporated cane juice, glucose, lactose, malt syrup, molasses, sucrose. Do any of these sound familiar? Sometimes sugar is disguised as...

By Erin Weist The state of Mississippi is preparing to enact a notable bill passed earlier this year by the state legislature.  This “Religious Liberty Bill,” as it is described, was written as a result of certain events throughout the United States.  Those events are described...

Diane Robertson It’s hard to figure out liberal logic. Liberals will say that disagreeing with someone can tragically cause them to want to commit suicide, and therefore speech must be regulated. On the other hand, if the person who wants to commit suicide asks a doctor...

Erin Weist As a woman in today’s world I often feel that there are certain principles I am supposed to embrace. One of those ideas I feel pressured to adopt is to say that fairy tales are ridiculous because the basis for most of the stories...

Cinthia Jahnsen “We gain control of many things. But we had to let go of others.”                                            - The Giver, Lois Lowry. Released: to be set free;...

by Annalise Jarman Father's Day is Sunday, and I'd like to take this opportunity to write about my own father. My dad is quiet, studious, and detail-oriented. He can come across as pretty serious and stern. He likes things a certain way. So he might not...

by Mekelle Tenney I’m from a small town in Southern Utah, population 300. The 4th of July celebration is a big deal and something that everyone looks forward to. The day starts with the flag raising and the national anthem. We then have the traditional hot...