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Cushman: Salt Lake City Should Tax Plastic Bags

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By KC Ellen Cushman, Opinion Writer

June 23, 2020

  I went to Seattle for the first time in 2016. I had always loved the city for its liberal attitude, but found it a little annoying when my parents stopped to get snacks at a grocery store and insisted that we carry the groceries back to the hotel in order to avoid paying the city’s plastic bag tax. Municipalities all over the country are adopting similar plastic bag taxes and bans in an effort to reduce plastic waste. Logan r...

Chung: Utahns, Say “No” to the Rollback of Clean Car Standards

Inversion in Salt Lake City, UT on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. (Photo by Curtis Lin/ Daily Utah Chronicle)

By Stacy Chung, Social Media Manager, Opinion Writer

June 22, 2020

Despite the major consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, there is one possibly optimistic result — significantly reduced greenhouse gas emissions. But don’t get your hopes up. Even this slightest possibility of cleaner air may disappear far too quickly, thanks to new auto-emissions standards. Ironically, the Trump administration justified this change as a means to alleviate economic distress while protecting the public and the environment, but in reality, it will hu...

Barron: Stay Home from National Parks this Summer

Arches National Park near Moab, Utah. (Photo by Cassandra Palor | Daily Utah Chronical)

By Morgan Barron, Opinion Writer

June 3, 2020

  During winter break, my family and I planned a trip to Yosemite for late July. We booked an Airbnb, discussed how to split up the drive and I set a reminder in my calendar to apply for a hiking permit for Half-Dome months in advance. The same day I entered the permit lottery, COVID-19 claimed its second known victim in the United States. Like most Americans at that point, I had no idea how...

Cushman: Utah Should Reopen Its National Parks

Zions National Park in Springdale. (Photo by Cassandra Palor | Daily Utah Chronical)

By KC Ellen Cushman, Opinion Writer

May 27, 2020

  Unacast, a location data analysis firm, has given grades to each state in order to measure how well they have implemented health protocols to stop the spread of COVID-19. Utah scored a D, one letter grade above failing. Despite that low grade and concern about the risk of reopening the Utah econ...

Starr: Distant outdoor adventures can wait

Zions National Park in Springdale. (Photo by Cassandra Palor | Daily Utah Chronical)

By Kennedie Starr, Opinion Writer

April 22, 2020

  In an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, government officials have pushed to close national parks and place increasing limitations on public land. While some may see these actions as too severe, official public land restrictions, for the time being, are in the best interest of community ...

Starr: The legislature should revisit and pass the Utahraptor State Park bill next session

Dinosaur fossils at the Natural History Museum of Utah. (Photo by Hailey Danielson | The Daily Utah Chronicle)

By Kennedie Starr, Opinion Writer

April 22, 2020

  Utah’s “Mighty Five” national parks bring in millions of visitors each year, but state parks are just as important as national parks — even though they fly under many tourists’ radars. State parks serve a wider purpose than allowing people to water ski and speed away in off-highway v...

Starr: Draper shouldn’t expand Geneva Rock’s gravel pit

By Kennedie Starr, Opinion Writer

April 21, 2020

  Last spring, Geneva Rock, a construction company with locations dotted across the Wasatch Front, reapplied to Draper City for a rezone to enlarge their already sizeable gravel pit at the point of the mountain. Thankfully, the Draper City Planning Commission unanimously gave a negative recommendatio...

Burton: Voters Should Pay Attention to US-China Relations in 2020

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By Logan Burton, Opinion Writer

March 17, 2020

Two hundred years ago, the legendary French general Napoleon Bonaparte exclaimed the prophetic words "China is a sleeping lion. Let her sleep, for when she wakes, she will shake the world." Though Napoleon did not live to see his prediction tested, his words ring especially pertinent today. Since the...

Starr: Utah Should Replace Rob Bishop with Darren Parry

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By Kennedie Starr, Opinion Writer

March 17, 2020

Congressman Rob Bishop has represented Utah’s 1st Congressional District (CD-1) since 2003, and there is not much to praise from his tenure — especially in the eyes of environmentalists or anyone who identifies as somewhat moderate. The district boundary covers a large area, including the city of...

Opinion Desk: The Hardenbrook Ticket Will Unite the U

The Chronicle's Opinion Desk has endorsed Rebecca Hardenbrook's ticket for ASUU President. Her running mates are Devon Cantwell and Carlos Craig. (Courtesy Rebecca Hardenbrook)

By The Opinion Desk

February 23, 2020

  The views expressed in this article do not express the views of The Daily Utah Chronicle as a whole. This article has been written by the Opinion Desk as a whole, and may not necessarily represent the views of each individual on the Opinion Desk.   Winning an election and leading ...

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