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A statistical look at guns

We are all aware of the deadliest mass shooting in American history. In Orlando, Florida, 49 people were killed and 51 more injured. It is time to take a new look at the facts related to guns in America.

June 22, 2016 | John Hoffmire Deseret News | Other Views


Lessons from a good dad: The subject he taught was 'heart'

More than 20 years after my father died, I am still very much a daddy's girl, though the girl part might be a bit of a stretch. But it is only recently that I've considered the science that underpins the role my dad had in shaping who I have become and the way that any good dad contributes to bettering his kids' lives.

June 22, 2016 | Lois M. Collins Deseret News | Other Views


Human trafficking: The economics and the disgust

Sara is a young, single mother living in Moldova. For the last two months she’s been looking for work with no luck. She reads an ad in the local newspaper that’s offering good paying jobs serving in restaurants in Italy. She calls the number and in a matter of weeks she has a passport in one hand and a suitcase in the other. She plans on sending money back to her mother who took charge of her son. Upon arrival to Italy, she is sold to a pimp for $4,000, raped, and beaten. She is then locked ...

June 16, 2016 | John Hoffmire Deseret News | Other Views


Modern slavery in your life whether you know it or not

Slavery as an institution has existed in almost every human society since Neolithic times. As the age-old process of buying and selling of humans as property for involuntary labor continues, slavery has been legally banned in every country of the world (Mauritania being the last to do it in 2007).

June 13, 2016 | John Hoffmire Deseret News | Other Views


Great or grate: The American people always get to decide

Every election cycle seems to bring a variation of how to make America “great again,” part of our pretty consistent pining for the “good old days.” What that means depends on who’s longing for them.

June 06, 2016 | Lois M. Collins Deseret News | Other Views


How Alex Boye's 'Lemonade' helped me after I missed my flight home



One of my favorite summer songs is “Lemonade” by Alex Boye, and boy, have I needed the catchy tune stuck in my head over the weekend! The chorus sings:

June 02, 2016 | Carmen Rasmusen Herbert Deseret News | Other Views


Does aid work?: Markets, big goals or both?

The year 2015 was a significant time for the world as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) — targeted at a core of eight different issues, ranging from universal primary education and HIV/AIDS to extreme poverty and hunger — were replaced by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These are an even more aspirational set of goals targeted at 17 different issues. With the adoption of this new set of ambitious goals, designated to be achieved by 2030, it may be the right time to ask a simple but forward question — do big goals work?

May 25, 2016 | John Hoffmire Deseret News | Other Views


The wealthiest 1,000: How they made their money and why can't we do the same?

How rich are the rich? Well, Bill Gates has $75 billion, Warren Buffet $60.8 billion and Mark Zuckerberg about $44.6 billion. The people in the top 1 percent have so many assets that they own half the wealth on the planet, as reported by Credit Suisse. Specifically, 30 of the wealthiest individuals own as much as a trillion dollars collectively, according to Forbes. Nevertheless, not everything is good news for them. The combined wealth of the 20 richest dropped from $899 billion in 2015 to $827 billion in 2016; the Mexican businessman Carlos Slim alone lost $27 billion ...

May 19, 2016 | John Hoffmire Deseret News | Other Views


Why do customer service reps often make you feel as if they have been taught to say sorry and do not

It can seem as though customer service representatives are trained to do nothing but apologize and defuse the feelings of angry customers. It often feels like the problem you waited several elevator songs to explain will likely not get solved in the end. Whether or not the problem gets resolved, the interaction between a customer service rep and a consumer has a major effect on the customer's relationship with the company.

May 11, 2016 | John Hoffmire Deseret News | Other Views


Credit cards: Love them and hate them

This is a positive take on credit cards. You don’t see those very often. Everyone wants to dump on debt, and there are reasons to do so. On the other hand, credit card debt can assist almost anyone in reaching certain goals.

April 27, 2016 | John Hoffmire Deseret News | Other Views


Dramatic rise in child abductions by the Lord's Resistance Army signals terrorist group's resurgence

A new report released earlier this month notes that the Lord’s Resistance Army, a rebel terrorist group from northern Uganda, has abducted 217 people in the past two months in the Central African Republic, 54 of whom are children. This is almost double the number of abductions performed by the group during the entirety of 2015. Experts fear these trends could signal new resilience and the LRA’s attempt to rebuild its military force.

April 10, 2016 | John Hoffmire Deseret News | Other Views


What can be done to convince pharmaceutical firms to lower prescription drug prices?

When the news broke that Martin Shkreli, now the former CEO at Turing Pharmaceuticals, decided to increase the price of the life-saving drug, Daraprim, from $1,130 to $63,000, it made headlines all over the world. A price increase of more than 5,000 percent is probably not justified by high research and marketing costs. More likely his decision to hike the price was because of greed and the fact he could.

March 30, 2016 | John Hoffmire Deseret News | Other Views


Saathi pads: Sustainability addressing India's needs for sanitary pads

Let’s talk sanitary pads. As an American man, I don’t think about these products often. Although I knew that there are alternatives available for managing menstruation, the details matter in places like India.

March 23, 2016 | John Hoffmire Deseret News | Other Views


Has 'help our own first' talk generated any action?

Not long after states started announcing that they didn’t want to take in Syrian refugees, the Web in general and social media in particular blew up with memes about “helping our own” ahead of helping those from other lands.

March 21, 2016 | Lois M. Collins Deseret News | Other Views


'Making a Murderer' misses the point

Since around last December and into the New Year, the Netflix documentary series "Making a Murderer" (TV-14) has not only captivated the collective attention of the Internet-streaming nation, it has also created swarms of armchair detectives and legal analysts with an entirely new perspective and opinion about the fairness of the American criminal justice system.

March 20, 2016 | Eric Benson Deseret News | Other Views


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Let's call bad acts what they are when it comes to black and blue

In an argument over whose lives matter and whether one should support blacks or the police, Montrell Jackson may have understood what was at stake ...

July 25, 2016 | Lois M. Collins Deseret News | Other Views


Honoring the dignity of employees includes having them own more of the companies where they work

George Clason, in his classic book titled "The Richest Man in Babylon," wrote this line: “A part of all I earned was mine to keep ...

July 21, 2016 | John Hoffmire Deseret News | Other Views


Replacing big pharma's products: how good are the generic options?

Big pharma and its big price tags have been the target for many a politician seeking to lower the cost of health care in the ...

July 17, 2016 | John Hoffmire Deseret News | Other Views


Amid tragedy, making time to get to know others

It seems we can’t go more than a few days without another tragedy striking our country and the world.

July 14, 2016 | Tiffany Gee Lewis Deseret News | Other Views


When bypasses trumps common sense, it's painful for everyone

A businessman from the United Arab Emirates was recently taken down by police at a hotel in Ohio after a desk clerk told her family ...

July 10, 2016 | Lois M. Collins Deseret News | Other Views


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