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Champine: Starbucks Must Do Better for the Queer Community

By Morgan Champine, Assistant Opinion Editor July 9, 2023

  Starbucks Workers United, the union representing the 150 stores on strike, issued a statement saying that many Starbucks locations have been banning pride decor from their stores or telling their...

Forest Dale Golf Course in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, June 21, 2023. (Photo by Sophie Felici |The Daily Utah Chronicle)

Dunn: We Can Keep the Golf Courses

By Auriana Dunn, Opinion Writer June 23, 2023

  When it comes to water issues there is one subject many people immediately think of — golf courses. Comedian and Host of Last Week Tonight John Oliver had a segment last year on the water shortage...

Carolyn Tuft speaking during the March For Our Lives protest at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City on April 5, 2023.

Champine: Anti-Trans Politicians and Groups Use Utah Children as Pawns

By Morgan Champine, Assistant Opinion Editor June 19, 2023

  On June 6, 2023, the Human Rights Campaign declared a state of emergency for LGBTQ+ people. Utah’s LGBTQ+ community has suffered majorly over the past year, and Utah’s queer youth are being...

Two parade-goers kissing in front of the Official Street Preachers at the 2023 Utah Pride Parade in downtown Salt Lake City on June 4, 2023.

Hargis: Queer Pride is a Demonstration of Joyful Activism

By Harper Hargis, Opinion Writer June 16, 2023

In May 2019, I listened to an episode of the podcast, Truth Be Told. The episode was called “Joy” and podcast host, Tonya Mosley, argued that even in the face of hardship, marginalized communities...

The Colorado River in Canyonlands National Park, Utah on March 10, 2022.

Dunn: We Don’t Need the Lake Powell Pipeline

By Auriana Dunn, Opinion Writer June 16, 2023

  In April, I wrote an article on water usage in Utah. In that article, I focused on the public use of water, particularly in the agriculture industry. Now, I’m focusing on a proposed water...

Take Pride merchandise display at Target in New York City, New York.

Champine: Target Must Take a Stand for the LGBTQ+ Community

By Morgan Champine, Assistant Opinion Editor June 10, 2023

  On May 27, 2023, Target stores across Utah faced bomb threats due to items in their PRIDE collection. In a statement, Target stated that, “Our focus now is moving forward with our continuing...

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Dunn: We Need More Green Burials

By Auriana Dunn, Opinion Writer June 4, 2023

According to the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association, only about 24% of Americans plan their own funeral. This leaves surviving relatives to plan their deceased loved ones’ funerals,...

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Hargis: Movies About Food are Actually About Money

By Harper Hargis, Opinion Writer June 3, 2023

  While I’m not a huge fan of his, I distinctly remember watching the music video for Justin Bieber’s song “Yummy.” It was an evening in 2020, and I had nothing better to do than to click...

UTA TRAX passing through Fort Douglas station in Salt Lake City, on Monday, Feb. 14, 2022.

Dunn: Public Transportation Needs More Support to Reach its Full Potential

By Auriana Dunn, Opinion Writer May 17, 2023

  This past April, the Utah Transit Authority’s Frontrunner train celebrated its 15th birthday. The Frontrunner train runs from Ogden to Provo and provides bike storage and complimentary WiFi....

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Hargis: The Friendship Recession Puts Men in Jeopardy

By Harper Hargis, Opinion Writer May 4, 2023

  For more than three years, people across the world have lived through the trials and tribulations of a mass viral outbreak. It’s changed nearly everything about our lifestyles — it’s changed...