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Starr: Keep the Road Home Open

Starr: Keep the Road Home Open

By Kennedie Starr

November 26, 2019

Record-breaking cold temperatures in Salt Lake City last month made my hands freeze and my frowning face flush to pink. However, when I feel the discomfort of the harsh elements while I walk around downtown or on my way to class, I have the opportunity to fall into my own bed each night under a roof t...

Starr: ‘Love is Love’ Should Include Legalized Polygamy

Starr: ‘Love is Love’ Should Include Legalized Polygamy

By Kennedie Starr

November 20, 2019

I had just graduated from high school when the United States Supreme Court affirmed that same-sex couples could have the right to marry and celebrate their love for one another with the law behind them. It was a happy day, as many of those close to me felt a little freer to be who they were and partic...

Starr: Utah’s Death Penalty Is Too Barbaric To Bring Justice

Starr: Utah’s Death Penalty Is Too Barbaric To Bring Justice

By Kennedie Starr

November 17, 2019

The six people currently on death row in Utah join a total of 2,673 people who face execution in other states and in the U.S. military. While the decline in the death row population continues annually, execution is still a form of punishment in many states. Despite it being unconstitutional, a disserv...

Head to Head: Should Utah Keep the Death Penalty?

Head to Head: Should Utah Keep the Death Penalty?

By Morgan Barron and Kennedie Starr

November 17, 2019

Utah is one of thirty states in the U.S. that still uses the death penalty. Two of our writers, Morgan Barron and Kennedie Starr, debate whether this form of punishment should still be allowed.

Starr: This Land Is Our Land?

Starr: This Land Is Our Land?

By Kennedie Starr

November 12, 2019

At a roundtable discussion in Moab last month, Senator Mike Lee and the other senators of the Public Lands, Forests and Mining subcommittee sat down to discuss public lands policy in Utah. While Lee was correct in his statement that land is not “one single monolithic thing,” his assertion that states shoul...

Starr: If Utah Ski Resorts Don’t Collect Fees, The Snow Will Pay The Price

Starr: If Utah Ski Resorts Don’t Collect Fees, The Snow Will Pay The Price

By Kennedie Starr

October 29, 2019

The “greatest snow on Earth” is at risk of becoming run-of-the-mill. The 2018 ski season resulted in one of the highest skier-spending years since 2010, despite the year’s lower than average snowfall. There is no question about the popularity of Utah’s renowned powder, but responsibility of k...

Starr: Want to Help the Environment? Grow and Shop Local.

Starr: Want to Help the Environment? Grow and Shop Local.

By Kennedie Starr

October 26, 2019

It is understandable to feel fatigued by the constant reporting on the challenges of climate change. Are rising seas, dwindling bee populations and bleak UN reports on the state of the global environment bringing you down? If so, it might be helpful to use the negative feelings you’re housing as activators for simple changes to your daily routine. Take, for exam...

Starr: Facial Recognition Tech: No Longer Science Fiction, but a Threat to Privacy

Starr: Facial Recognition Tech: No Longer Science Fiction, but a Threat to Privacy

By Kennedie Starr

October 16, 2019

Two weeks ago, the Utah state Legislature debated the use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement agencies. Legislators heard comments from representatives of interest groups, the public safety department and an associate from Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy & Technology. The use...

Starr: An Efficient Census is Necessary For Effective Democracy

Starr: An Efficient Census is Necessary For Effective Democracy

By Kennedie Starr

October 1, 2019

When the Constitution was drafted and ratified by the Founders, they decided that direct taxation and each state’s number of representatives would be determined by population. The apportionment procedure is codified in the Constitution under Article 1, section 2 and was modified with the passage of ...

Starr: Utah’s Environment Should Not Pay the Price of Off-Road Recreation

Starr: Utah’s Environment Should Not Pay the Price of Off-Road Recreation

By Kennedie Starr

September 22, 2019

The Factory Butte Special Recreation Management Area, a lesser-known public land treasure of Utah, is facing challenges from the Bureau of Land Management, the very agency which is supposed to be in charge of its protection. In 2006, the BLM made the decision to disallow off-highway vehicles in the Factory Butte area near Hanksville, Utah. That protective ord...

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