Category Archives: Personal Responsibility

Intergenerational families: Humanity’s keystone species

At Yellowstone last summer, we heard about keystone species, “a species that has a disproportionately large effect on its environment relative to its abundance.” These species solve large ecological problems that would otherwise threaten the very existence of an ecosystem. … Continue reading

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Before you vote, take these 3 easy steps

Here are three easy steps to help you decide whom and what to vote for. Besides the major federal, state and county office candidates, your ballot can include choices for judges, amendments to the Utah Constitution and county propositions. To … Continue reading

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Away with the speed traps!

What would you do if you were king or queen for a day in Utah? If you could make any decision to create any law or repeal any law or pass any regulation you want, what one thing would you … Continue reading

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Positive signs for Orem taxpayers after 8-hour tax hearing

After an eight-hour Truth in Taxation Hearing, the Orem City Council voted 4-3 at 1:45 this morning to approve a 25 percent property tax increase for the Orem portion of the property tax bill, instead of the proposed 50 percent … Continue reading

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Isn’t a dollar still a dollar?

  While waiting in an excessively long line in the grocery store the other day, I overheard a little girl say to her mom, “Can I have this? It’s just a dollar.” The girl’s mother didn’t respond. But the child … Continue reading

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Overspending will kill your Christmas cheer

  “Christmas is the season when you buy this year’s gifts with next year’s money.” -Unknown With the holidays nearly upon us, I was thinking about all the good memories I have about Christmas and the good feelings associated with … Continue reading

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The gift of self-reliance, stitch by stitch

  My 10-year-old daughter just presented my husband and me with a Christmas wish list in the form of a letter: Dear Mom and/or Dad, Please, please, please get me a sewing kit for Christmas. I dearly want a junior … Continue reading

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When Tiger Woods’ values disintegrated, so did his world

  Tiger Woods recently announced that he and his longtime caddie Steve Williams parted ways. Williams’ departure is simply the latest in the stream of friends, family members and corporate partners who have left in the wake of Woods’ stunning … Continue reading

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Video games, parental rights and double standards

  Reactions to the Supreme Court ruling that struck down a California law regulating the sale of violent games to minors strike me as interesting, to say the least. Regardless of where one stands on this particular ruling, it is … Continue reading

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‘Free’ lunch for all Utah children this summer – at your expense

  This summer, many government schools (and parks and rec centers) in Utah are offering free meals to anyone under age 18 who shows up, regardless of their need, using federal tax dollars. Check out this video report to learn … Continue reading

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Utah tax dollars used to treat drunken drivers

By law, DUI offenders in Utah must complete an assessment to determine whether they need substance abuse treatment. In many cases, Assessment & Referral Services (ARS) at the University of Utah provides this evaluation free of charge, at a cost … Continue reading

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Fighting Addiction: The Individual, Family, Community and Government

A recent tragedy in my extended family has spurred some thoughts regarding addiction. A relative of ours overdosed on drugs. It’s not clear whether it was intentional or if it was a “hot” batch of drugs that took his life. … Continue reading

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