University Journal Editorials


Editorial: Bears Ears: National decisions affect locals

On Dec. 28, 2016, former President Barack Obama designated a new 1.35 million-acre national monument in southeastern Utah called Bears Ears — so named for two buttes rising out of the desert in San Juan County.

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Editorial: If knowledge is power, then ignorance is STDs

Last week, Utah state legislators rejected a plan for comprehensive sexual education, insisting on maintaining an abstinence-based curriculum.

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Editorial: We must restore a full democracy in the U.S.

In 2016, the United States went from a “full democracy” with a score of 8.05 to a “flawed democracy” with a score of 7.98, according to The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy Index.

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Editorial: Don't blame the media; use your better judgment

Fifty-five percent of American voters believed the media was biased against then-President-elect Donald Trump in 2016, according to a poll by Quinnipiac University. Since then, President Trump and Chief Strategist Steve Bannon have both openly condemned the media, with Trump labeling them as dishonest.

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Editorial: SUU must curb growth or expand its resources

In 2015, SUU’s enrollment went up by 16 percent from the previous year, according to an annual enrollment report by the Utah System of Higher Education.

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Editorial: The Board tackles repeal of the ACA

From Jan. 11-12, the U.S. Senate partook in a “vote-a-rama.” Members voted on amendments for seven hours before finally passing a budget resolution to enable the repeal of large portions of the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare. This is one of the first steps toward a full repeal of the ACA, which NPR estimates will take several more weeks.

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Editorial: Resolutions set us up to fail in 2017

The concept of a new year has several connotations. Many consider it a kind of blank slate — perhaps a way to click “refresh” on all the unsavory aspects of the past 12 months, whether it be damaging habits, people or situations.

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Editorial Board: Commercialism of Christmas presents

Giving is an integral part of the holiday season. Throughout December, Americans spend $450 billion total, according to Forbes.

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Editorial: Climate change is a terribly hot topic

In the past century, global sea levels, extreme temperatures and ocean acidification have shot up at staggering rates while snow and ice sheet levels have dropped, according to NASA.

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Editorial: Students need to vote

It is easy to take voting for granted in a democracy, considering it’s something that we have done for centuries. There are some who may scoff at the idea of voting in this coming election because of distaste for the candidates or beliefs that their voices do not make a difference. However, voting is not a duty that should be taken lightly; many around the world — such as those living in China or Saudi Arabia — don’t get to do so, and their voices actually don’t make a difference when it comes to who is elected to run their countries.

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Editorial: Board discusses the morality of hunting

Last weekend’s fall break offered a marvelous amount of free time for students to pay off their sleep debt, study or find means to relieve some of the stress that accompanies midterms.

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Editorial: Donald Trump is utterly unfit to be president

It’s Oct. 21, less than a month away from Nov. 8. The pivotal Election Day is approaching.

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Editorial: Stop dressing up as clowns, please

Halloween is fast approaching, and the month of October is already riddled with several frightening components: midterms, the election, and now, clowns.

Editorial: Halloween: racial sensitivity needed

It’s officially October. Trees are changing hue, temperatures are dropping and those who love to dress up are likely looking forward to their favorite holiday: Halloween. Selecting an original costume for Halloween can be difficult, and sometimes, people end up turning to store-bought options or creating their own culture-based costumes.

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Editorial: Big Pharma price hikes despicable

Imagine having to pay $600 for airbags every year. Ultimately, you’d pay thousands of dollars on potentially life-saving devices.