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

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By Kennedie Starr, Opinion Writer

November 18, 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...

Barron: The Death Penalty Benefits Victims and Protects Communities

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By Morgan Barron, Opinion Writer

November 18, 2019

Six people currently sit on Utah’s death row. One was convicted of torturing, raping and murdering a student. Their home is currently a 14x7 foot cell with a toilet, sink, mirror, hard bunk and futon. They are permitted to leave the cell for only three hours each day. Still, the punishments of death ...

Head to Head: Should Utah Keep the Death Penalty?

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By Morgan Barron and Kennedie Starr

November 18, 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.

Head to Head: Should People Disclose Their Pregnancy in Job Interviews?

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By Morgan Barron and Paij Chavez

November 13, 2019

Two of our opinion writers, Morgan Barron and Paij Chavez, have differing opinions on the advantages and disadvantages of disclosing pregnancy status in job interviews.

Chavez: Pregnancy Disclosure May Do More Good Than Harm in Job Interviews

Chavez: Pregnancy Disclosure May Do More Good Than Harm in Job Interviews

By Paij Chavez, Opinion Writer

November 12, 2019

Searching for a job is a daunting process. By the time you make it to the interview stage, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and ready to say anything to land a fulfilling job — or at least something that pays the bills. The pressure to appear to be the perfect candidate may cause you to withhold personal...

Barron: Reproductive Planning Should Not Be a Part of Job Interviews

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By Morgan Barron, Opinion Writer

November 12, 2019

The set of questions asked in most job interviews often include, “What are you passionate about?” and “Can you tell me about a difficult work situation and how you overcame it?” While a little cliché, these questions give potential employers insight into a candidate’s motivation or abilit...

Cushman: By Regulating Morality, the Government Protects Its Citizens

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By KC Ellen Cushman, Opinion Writer

November 7, 2019

To some extent, human morality is formed around human health and well-being. Casual sex with multiple partners, gambling and drug use have the potential for detrimental results, and for this reason, it is reasonable for them to be at the center of many moral arguments throughout time and today. These...

Chavez: We Should Fix Social Problems, Not Punish Victims

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By Paij Chavez, Opinion Writer

November 7, 2019

“Legislation of morality” is common phrasing around criminal statutes against gambling, alcohol and drug use, pornography and certain sexual acts. Utah is a good example of a state that regularly dabbles in “morality legislation.” The vast majority of its elected officials are members of The Church o...

Head to Head: Should Government Regulate Morality on the Grounds of Health?

The Utah State liquor store on July 11, 2018 (Photo by Justin Prather | Daily Utah Chronicle)

By Paij Chavez and KC Cushman

November 7, 2019

Two of our opinion writers, Paij Chavez and KC Cushman, have opposing perspectives on how much the government should regulate moral decisions — like drug abuse or sex work — in the name of protecting public health.

H2H: Rush: Should Confederate Statues Remain Standing?

H2H: Rush: Should Confederate Statues Remain Standing?

By Nicholas Rush

August 29, 2019

  One might find Confederates, the group I am viewing to be oppressed, as unworthy of defense. However, that notion belies the very issue at hand — who deserves to be defended, and perhaps, even more pressing, which ideas deserve to be heard. The Confederacy ended over 150 years ago, but t...

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