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COVID-19 - Opinion

Gardening at Legacy of Lowell Saturday Service Project 2017. Courtesy of the Bennion Center

Burton: It’s Time to Volunteer for Something Bigger Than Yourself

By Logan Burton, Opinion Writer August 6, 2020

  I’ve been mulling over a quote from Blaise Pascal for the last couple of months, "All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” Despite being hundreds...

West High School in Salt Lake City. In the minority-majority Salt Lake City School District, there are concerns about later start times. (Courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

Chung: Schools Could Reopen Safely This Fall – but Governments Need to Do More

By Stacy Chung, Opinion Writer August 6, 2020

  As the coronavirus pandemic continues to ravage the world, face coverings and masks have sparked a heated debate in the United States. Questions about who should wear them and why have been a...

Michelle Brown, campaign chair of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women organization, speaks at the Womxn’s March at the Utah state capitol on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020.

Cushman: COVID-19 Illuminates the Inequities Indigenous People Have Faced for Centuries

By KC Ellen Cushman, Opinion Writer August 3, 2020

  The coronavirus outbreak has affected all our lives, but ethnically and racially diverse communities are facing the pandemic’s severest consequences. COVID-19 has had a disproportionate impact...

Students in an elementary class room | (Chronicle archives.)

McGrath: Public Schools Are Letting Low-Income Students Down – Especially Now

By Mackenzie McGrath, Opinion Writer July 31, 2020

  Students are used to end-of-summer dread as the the next school year looms near. This year, though, incites an entirely different dread with returning to classrooms amid the coronavirus pandemic....

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Poma: Anti-Mask? Keep Your Kids Home from School

By Sasha Poma, Assistant Opinion Editor July 29, 2020

  Masks have stirred a lot of confusion and debate during the coronavirus pandemic. With most K-12 schools allowed to hold in-person sessions this fall, Governor Gary Herbert declared that schools...

Taylor Natt and her husband Hayden Natt prepare for the protest for Bernardo Palacios in front of the District Attorney’s office in Salt Lake City on June 24, 2020. (Photo by Ivana Martinez| Daily Utah Chronicle)

Cushman: Partisanship Poses a Bigger Threat to Your Liberty than a Mask Mandate

By KC Ellen Cushman, Opinion Writer July 28, 2020

  A recent Salt Lake Tribune article commended Senator Mitt Romney for his willingness to step away from his party. It cited examples like Romney’s vote to convict President Trump of abuse of...

People casting their votes during the Midterm Elections 2018 at the Salt Lake County Building in Salt Lake City, UT on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. (Photo by Curtis Lin | Daily Utah Chronicle)

Burton: Utah’s Gubernatorial Primary Showed Us the Importance of Mail-In Voting

By Logan Burton, Opinion Writer July 23, 2020

  The 2020 Utah gubernatorial race has been an exciting process. With a prolific and lengthy decade under his belt, Gary Herbert will retire his position as governor in 2021. The next governor...

Barron: A Jail Sentence Shouldnt Be a Death Sentence

Barron: A Jail Sentence Shouldn’t Be a Death Sentence

By Morgan Barron, Opinion Writer July 21, 2020

  As of July 6, Weber County Jail has 114 active COVID-19 cases and nearly a third of the inmates jailed in Washington County tested positive for the virus. In contrast, Utah’s prisons, which...

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Chung: New High School Graduates Should Consider Deferring Their First Semester of College

By Stacy Chung, Opinion Writer July 17, 2020

  The coronavirus pandemic has altered many aspects of our lives — jobs, entertainment, food, education and more. It’s having a particularly heavy impact on recent high school graduates, 49%...

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Burton: Please, Just Wear a Mask

By Logan Burton, Opinion Writer July 16, 2020

   As Utah and other states transition out of economic shutdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Utahns are coming closer to a sense of normalcy. After months of social distancing and closures of...