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'Pay for success' — when government, private and community interests align

Not all government policies are as effective as intended. This can happen for a variety of reasons, including failure to thoroughly research a policy’s consequences or a misunderstanding about which people will be affected. Often policies are proposed based on stories and anecdotes rather than data, or no measurable goals are proposed to accompany a policy. In the last few years, innovative “pay for success” programs are transforming the way in which government develops and implements policy in various places around the country.

November 30, 2015 | John Hoffmire Deseret News | Other Views


Music inspires gratitude

A few of my friends have taken on the “gratitude challenge,” posting on social media things that they are grateful for this November.

November 26, 2015 | Carmen Rasmusen Herbert Deseret News | Other Views


Be careful when picking enemies — if the qualifications are too broad, you'll be alone

It wasn't long after the reports of the murders in Paris this past weekend broke that my daughters started hearing other reports: rumors about American retaliation against Muslims here in America and cries to shut the borders and keep Syrian refugees out lest a radicalized Islamic State supporter come in as well.

November 24, 2015 | Lois M. Collins Deseret News | Other Views


The longer we wait, the more difficult it will be for future of Social Security

Social Security policy is unsustainable in its current form. What has consumed a significant portion of America’s paychecks and helped sustain a significant portion of America’s seniors is destined for change.

November 10, 2015 | John Hoffmire Deseret News | Other Views


Sustainable Development Goals narrow gap in eliminating worst forms of poverty

In September 2015, at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in New York, new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted. These SDGs address a comprehensive range of issues, from poverty, health and hunger to gender equality, climate change and energy. Some parts of the world have now re-oriented themselves towards achieving the vision of a better future by the year 2030.

November 03, 2015 | John Hoffmire Deseret News | Other Views


Food fight: Congress and the nutrition guideline update

The twice-a-decade update to the official federal nutrition guidelines has turned into something of a food fight.

October 20, 2015 | Lois M. Collins Deseret News | Other Views


World development is everyone's business

The United Nations has periodically set goals in order to help world development and reduce poverty. However, the U.N. alone is not the only group helping to develop nations. Individuals and organizations acting under their own direction have and will continue to make the greatest strides in reducing poverty and promoting equality.

October 20, 2015 | John Hoffmire Deseret News | Other Views


Evidence-based policy versus policy-based evidence

The world we live in is full of situations where evidence is created to support policies. Of course, it should be the other way around. Policy should grow out of evidence. Take, for example, attempts to address poverty. There are those who support aid to developing nations. Others state that such aid will more likely harm countries since they do not develop their economies and instead grow dependent on the aid.

October 18, 2015 | John Hoffmire Deseret News | Other Views


A teen's challenge: Deflecting arrows of anger and envy

I was an awkward teenager who did well in my classwork but had to work like crazy to accomplish it. Outside of classes, I was not an all-star at much of anything.

October 15, 2015 | Lois M. Collins Deseret News | Other Views


To the mom who feels all her efforts are in vain

I have written this column with a very specific woman in mind. She is the woman who feels that even her best efforts haven’t been enough lately. She is tired. She is worn out. She is constantly giving, giving, giving, yet she feels all her efforts are in vain or perhaps go unnoticed. She feels that she just ... can’t.

October 07, 2015 | Carmen Rasmusen Herbert Deseret News | Other Views


The 'death' of faith may be exaggerated; believers still outnumber those who don't

JuDea Klaas, Christine Matte and Brian Sanchez are at different stages of their lives and thousands of miles normally separate them, but they share something each would say is crucial to his or her life: faith in God.

October 07, 2015 | Lois M. Collins Deseret News | Other Views


It's time for candidates to make simplification of tax code an issue

In 2008, Timothy Geithner was nominated for U.S. secretary of the Treasury. He was voted in by the U.S. Senate, and served from 2009 to 2013 under President Barack Obama. It was later discovered that, even as a trained economist and monetary expert, he had underpaid his taxes in the previous decade by $34,000. This is a man who studied at both Dartmouth College and Johns Hopkins University, yet the mistakes in his tax forms were attributable to his own misunderstandings about his tax status.

October 06, 2015 | John Hoffmire Deseret News | Other Views


Employee ownership — an idea many agree with, few know

The philosophy behind an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) has three parts, according to ESOP advisors: broaden ownership of capital, create financial security and incentives, and urge better employee productivity. It is a wonder that ESOPs are not more prevalent with such a philosophy.

September 29, 2015 | John Hoffmire Deseret News | Other Views


Making toilets 'cool' needs to be major health priority in India

For hundreds of millions of people in rural India, living life without a toilet used to be quite common. However, thanks to the Indian government’s toilet building program, millions of people now have regular access to toilets for the first time. Although this sounds like a tremendous success, there’s still one more thing to be done: convince people to use them.

September 22, 2015 | John Hoffmire Deseret News | Other Views


The amazing power of kindness

While trying to wedge my folding canvas chair into an already full line of spectators at my grandson’s soccer game recently, a young mother next to me kept adjusting her own chair to make sure I got a comfortable place. Her concern was more than perfunctory. In the next few minutes, I observed her tender kindness and affectionate gestures as she interacted with her husband and children. The special feeling her example left me with has endured for weeks.

September 18, 2015 | Greg Bell Deseret News | Other Views


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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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


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