Category: Guest Columnists

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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