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Cushman: Utah’s Legislature Would Perform Better With a Longer Session

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By KC Ellen Cushman, Opinion Writer

April 4, 2020

  This year was my first year covering the Utah State Legislative Session as a student journalist. It opened my eyes to the negative impact that a short session (Utah’s lasts only 45 days) has on legislation. It was difficult to write and update stories about legislation that was changing so...

Poma: What is Consent? Utah Needs a Clearer Definition of it.

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By Sasha Poma, Opinion Writer

March 16, 2020

  Rep. Angela Romero’s H.B. 213 Consent Language Amendments passed the Utah House and the Senate during this year’s general session and made important clarifications about consent. Unfortunately, due to major changes made to the bill, certain aspects of affirmative consent remain unclear. These revisi...

Barron: Increasing the Integrity of Convictions Begins with Prosecutors

Scott M. Matheson Courthouse in Salt Lake City on Monday, July 9, 2018. (Photo by Curtis Lin | Daily Utah Chronicle)

By Morgan Barron, Opinion Writer

March 7, 2020

  18 Utah-based convictions have been overturned since 1990 with prison sentences ranging from two years to life, according to the National Registry of Exonerations. Utah has approximately 3,000 prison admissions a year, and it is tempting to believe our wrongful conviction rate is equal to our exoneration rate — about 0.02%. However, a s...

Cushman: Elected Officials Should Prioritize Public Safety Over Partisan Agendas

The business end of a Glock 19. Opinion writer KC Ellen Cushman says,

By KC Ellen Cushman, Opinion Writer

February 29, 2020

  The short length of Utah’s legislative session can make it hard to keep up with all the legislation being passed, but one bill that should not be ignored or lost in the fray of these final weeks is Representative Maloy’s H.B. 271. This bill amends firearm preemption laws, removes po...

Barron: Incomplete Data Costs Indigenous Lives. One Utah Legislator Has a Plan to Fill in the Gaps.

Utah has been specifically identified as one of the states with the highest number of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (Courtesy Flickr)

By Morgan Barron, Opinion Writer

February 29, 2020

  In 2008, the Department of Justice released sickening statistics regarding violence toward Native American women. They found that Native Americans disappear at twice the rate per capita compared to white Americans, and that in some areas Native women are murdered at rates 10 times the natio...

Burton: Teachers Can’t Succeed In Their Classrooms On Bonuses Alone

By Logan Burton, Opinion Writer

February 28, 2020

  Teaching is known to be a difficult profession. Despite the fact that many regard teaching to be a noble job, teachers often do not feel valued for the work they do. Unfortunately, this has caused a high national turnover rate of 16% ⁠— 8% of which leave the profession altogether each year. The demand for teache...

Emery: Teachers Should Not Need to Pay for Their Own Supplies

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By Nate Emery

February 25, 2020

On average, teachers in the United States are paid about 20% less than individuals in other similarly educated professions. On top of this fact, teachers work many long, uncompensated hours far beyond their students’ school day. Outside of school, teachers revise lesson plans, grade homework and purcha...

Cushman: Utah Needs to Clarify Its Consent Laws to Protect Survivors

Buttons showing support for sexual assault victims during the sexual assault protest in the MEB parking lot on Friday, Nov 4, 2016. (Photo by Chris Ayers | Daily Utah Chronicle)

By KC Cushman

February 24, 2020

  The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network reports that every 73 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted, and only five out of every 1,000 perpetrators will serve jail time for their crimes. Sexual assault is a particularly important issue in Utah where one in three women experience sexual viole...

Moran: Utah Should Not Force People to Call 911

By Serena Moran

February 20, 2020

  Utah State Representative Brian King has proposed H.B. 104, 911 Responsibilities in an Emergency, which seeks to make it a Class B misdemeanor if someone fails to contact emergency services in the event of an emergency or crime. It is common courtesy to help a fellow Utahn, but one should not...

Poma: Banning Handheld Devices While Driving Is Common Sense

By Sasha Poma, Opinion Writer

February 20, 2020

  H.B. 101 would ban Utahns from using handheld devices while driving . The bill has failed multiple times because of concerns that making this a criminal offense would be excessive. But all the bill says is that drivers may not use a “handheld wireless communication device” while operating a vehicle on a road. Simply put, driv...

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