Category: Guest Columnists

Coping with insomnia and anxiety

Coping with insomnia and anxiety

by Eileen Jacobson, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. There are many causes of insomnia and anxiety. Sometimes, mental chatter is the culprit. If that is true for you, here are some suggestions to get out of the endless mental loop of anxiety so you can get some sleep! First, what is your worry topic?  If you have several, pick the most persistent […]

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Box Elder Bug Apocalypse

Box Elder Bug Apocalypse

by Casey P. Allen This unseasonably warm weather may be lovely for those of you who are into that kind of thing, but sometimes the unintended outcomes of excessive pleasantness are eternal hell and damnation in the form of the common Box Elder bug. This could not have become more plain to me as I recently leaned against the frame […]

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Op-Ed: Restoring the US Senate

Op-Ed: Restoring the US Senate

by Senator Orrin G Hatch. At a time of deep political division, most observers agree on one thing: the United States Senate has become dysfunctional. This view is shared by Americans across the ideological spectrum and by current and former senators of both parties. The public’s perception matches the political reality. The Senate is dominated by petty partisanship and accomplishes […]

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Spring, a time of renewal

Spring, a time of renewal

by Senator Orrin G. Hatch. After a long winter, the snow’s beginning to melt and colorful plants are getting ready to bloom. All of this change can only mean one thing: the arrival of spring. To many, Spring brings excitement for what the rest of the year has to offer. From exploring the mountains and wildflowers to enjoying outdoor concerts and […]

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Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.

Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.

by Senator Orrin G. Hatch. “I have a dream this afternoon that my four little children will not come up in the same young days that I came up within, but they will be judged on the basis of the content of their character, not the color of their skin.” These famous and revered words spoken by the Rev. Martin […]

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The greatest snow on earth

The greatest snow on earth

by Senator Orrin G. Hatch. With record-breaking snowfall over the past few weeks, it’s no wonder Utah is said to have “The Greatest Snow on Earth.” The Utah ski season is here and along with the holidays, comes the famous powder snow that brings so much joy while providing attractions for Utahns and visitors throughout the state. Although many winter […]

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Healthcare in America right now

Healthcare in America right now

by Mason Evans. Editor’s note: The following political news article was written by Mason Evans, a student at Mapleton Junior High, as an honors project. I believe that Obamacare has a good purpose. The poor sometimes cannot pay for special services and they need those services. It is up to us as Americans to help our fellow men and to […]

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Surprise!

Surprise!

by Lisa Spendlove Schuring. Today I was outside picking tomatoes when I heard our 12-year old neighbor chasing after my 13-year old son yelling “Give it back to me … It’s mine!” I found the neighbor boy kneeling outside of my son’s closed bedroom door begging him to “Give it back !” I knocked on the door and asked my […]

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Memorial Day

Memorial Day

by Senator Orrin G. Hatch. As we observe Memorial Day this year, I hope we will all take a moment to remember and celebrate the lives of the brave service men and women who have faced tremendous obstacles with courage and fortitude, and have sacrificed greatly for us to remain free. Today, flowers will dot the landscape, and flags will […]

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Utah’s bilingual skills lead the nation

Utah’s bilingual skills lead the nation

by Senator Orrin Hatch. In a neighborhood in Bountiful, Utah, several typical middle-class families raised their children. Their children played night games on the street in the summer, enjoyed skiing and sledding in the nearby mountains in the winter, and studied at regular public schools. One by one, they grew up, moved away and began families of their own. But […]

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Eating healthier, a simple choice

Eating healthier, a simple choice

by Melissa Olsen. Editor’s note: Melissa Olsen is a senior at Maple Mountain High School who is participating in the Miss Springville-Mapleton pageant. Her platform is Eat Well, Live Well. Hi fellow Mapleton residents! My name is Melissa Olsen and I’ve been interested in and involved with nutrition for many years. As I’ve chosen to make healthy habits and help […]

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Giving back to our communities

Giving back to our communities

by Senator Orrin G. Hatch The technology age we live in allows no escape from a constant barrage of negative news about rising unemployment, escalating national debt, growing crime rates and other information that can leave us wondering what has become of our society. But not all the news is disconcerting. Utahns continue to go above and beyond our counterparts […]

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Peace on Earth, Good Will to Men

Peace on Earth, Good Will to Men

by Senator Orrin G. Hatch. Captivated by twinkling lights, sparkling ornaments and visions of baby Jesus and Santa Claus swimming in their heads, most children are easily caught up in the magic and spirit of Christmas. No so with adults. As we grow older, troubling events and feelings of loneliness, stress and worry can cloud our vision, and Christmas can […]

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Honoring the Veterans who make freedom possible

Honoring the Veterans who make freedom possible

by Senator Orrin Hatch. We owe so much to our nation’s veterans. As Ronald Reagan said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years […]

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Hurricane Sandy: credit, NASA GOES project

“We the People” and Hurricane Sandy relief

by Senator Orrin Hatch. Some events transcend borders. Tsunamis fall in that category. So do hurricanes such as Katrina and, most recently, Sandy, which has wreaked widespread devastation along the East Coast and elsewhere. As I write this, the death toll in the U.S. from Sandy is climbing. There are 8.2 million people in 17 states without electricity, 2 million […]

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Fall is a great time for charitable events

Fall is a great time for charitable events

by Senator Orrin G. Hatch. Max Burton is well-known across Salt Lake Valley for being a huge fan of Halloween. But when his young daughter talked him into setting up a small haunted house at their Midvale home two years ago, even he was surprised at the big reception it received. As expected, it was a hit with neighborhood friends […]

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photo: Kjirstin Youngberg

Vern Swanson enjoyed a long run at Springville Museum of Art

by Senator Orrin G Hatch. When the director position at the Springville Museum of Art came open in 1980, one could say Vern Swanson had a leg up on the competition. Sixteen years earlier, as a freshman tailback for the Brigham Young University football team, Swanson ran from Provo to Springville after practice one afternoon to visit the museum, only […]

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Dear John Deer

Dear John Deer

by Scott Gutke. No, I am not a farmer who misspelled the name of my tractor. I am a photographer who enjoys taking pictures of our beautiful Mapleton community. For example, today when I was out and about, I ran into a good friend. For those of you who may not know my friend, his name is John. John is […]

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