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Supporting public libraries still important in a digital age

Darrell K. Brown  |  Posted  Apr 26th - 5:30pm

In an age when seas of information are available with the tap of a smartphone, it’s a tough time to be a library.

TV ratings should reflect the impact of violence on childrens' mental health

Darrell K. Brown  |  Posted  Apr 15th - 2:02pm

The system of rating public media violence should be updated to incorporate new insights into how children are harmed by exposure to violence.

Preventing pornography is a question of public health

Darrell K. Brown  |  Posted  Jan 5th - 6:43pm

Pornography has become an ingrained part of popular culture with widespread acceptance among the public at large. But there is mounting evidence that pornography ought to be classified as a threat to public health.

KSL Editorial: Utah SB 54 should stand

Darrell K. Brown  |  Posted  Jan 16th - 6:55pm

The Utah Republican Party is planning to lobby the Legislature to repeal a law passed by a Republican-controlled House and Senate and signed by a Republican governor. The party is also filing a lawsuit. If this succeeds, the public would have every right to feel betrayed.

KSL Editorial: Utah needs an education plan

Darrell K. Brown  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 7:33pm

As thousands of Utah students head back to school, teachers have prepared their lesson plans. But our state lacks any kind of long-term or short-term education plan.

KSL Editorial: Improving graduation rates

Darrell K. Brown  |  Posted  May 23rd - 6:32pm

Utah's graduation rates are just slightly above the U.S. average at 81 percent. That's a clear improvement, but a closer look at some schools gives cause for concern.

KSL Editorial: Recapture Canyon

Darrell K. Brown  |  Posted  May 17th - 3:20pm

The riders who chose to break the law and drive ATVs on a remote trail in Utah's Recapture Canyon did so at the risk of federal prosecution.

KSL Editorial: Good Neighbors

Darrell K. Brown  |  Posted  May 13th - 6:50pm

A simple, random act of service over a fence post caught our attention recently.

KSL Editorial: Higher Education

Darrell K. Brown  |  Posted  May 6th - 9:07pm

As college graduates receive diplomas, every Utahn should know the disparities between those who have college degrees and those who don't have never been greater. The Pew Research Center looked at virtually every measure of economic well being and concluded that having a higher education has never been more important, yet fewer Utahns are graduating with college degrees.

KSL Editorial: Gun Safety

Darrell K. Brown  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 7:35pm

No parent wants to deliberately place their child in harm's way. One preventable threat is a locked and loaded gun.

KSL Editorial: Safe Haven Laws

Darrell K. Brown  |  Posted  Apr 22nd - 7:02pm

The tragic discovery recently of seven babies in a Pleasant Grove garage has many asking "Why?" Why did this happen? While we don't have answers, we do know Utah has a Safe Haven Law, which might have prevented the situation.

KSL Editorial: Bring down the noise

Con Psarras  |  Posted  Aug 21st - 9:00am

After hearing complaints from constituents, a leading lawmaker wants to scrap the new law that gave us a full month of fireworks use this summer. Not everybody, it seems, got a bang out of the new rules.

KSL Editorial: Prayers for resolution

Con Psarras  |  Posted  Aug 14th - 9:00am

We are in the midst of the deadliest stretch of combat in the ten-years of America's involvement in Afghanistan. The loss in one month of more than a hundred troops has rekindled the debate over why we are there, and how much longer we should remain.

KSL Editorial: Debt-ceiling compromise

Con Psarras  |  Posted  Aug 7th - 9:00am

The eleventh-hour resolution of the debate over the nation's debt ceiling offers an historic validation of a fundamental truth about our form of government -- it simply does not work without the ability to reach a compromise.

KSL Editorial: Policy of prevention

Con Psarras  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 9:00am

One Utah employer is encouraging its employees to take care of themselves.

KSL Editorial: Utah celebrates Pioneer Day

Con Psarras  |  Posted  Jul 24th - 9:00am

It's common across the United States for communities to enjoy formal holidays created to recognize something special in their history. This weekend, Utah celebrates the arrival of the early settlers to the Salt Lake Valley.

KSL Editorial: The end of a NASA era

Con Psarras  |  Posted  Jul 17th - 9:00am

It is sadly ironic that as the Space Shuttle Atlantis takes its final laps around the Earth, it will not be visible in the skies over Northern Utah -- a place where the space program has left a legacy which will be very visible for a very long time.

KSL Editorial: Huntsman's civil campaign

Con Psarras  |  Posted  Jul 3rd - 9:00am

Whether his campaign gains steam or fizzles, Jon Huntsman Jr. has chosen to set an admirably high standard for the conduct of his candidacy, and there could be no better outcome of his quest for the presidency than if his pledge of civility becomes contagious.

KSL Editorial: New fireworks laws

Con Psarras  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 12:03pm

An unusually wet spring has led to unusually lush hillsides, which will lead to dangerous fire conditions once those weeds and grasses dry out and turn to tinder.

KSL Editorial: GRAMA working group deserves praise for way it conducted business

Con Psarras  |  Posted  Jun 23rd - 8:41pm

The committee assigned to examine Utah's government records act will recommend small but important changes to the 20-year-old law — a far cry from the major overhaul approved, and later retracted, by the Utah Legislature.