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The best and worst Christmas music for your playlist

Stars are shining, sleigh bells ringing, carolers singing -- it's officially Christmas music time! (Just ignore that you have been hearing it since Labor Day.)

December 14, 2015 | Davison Cheney FamilyShare | Other Views


While we fight over the Christmas spirit, Christians are dying

Americans have a great ability to get lost in the forest of meaningless trivialities, missing things on the horizon that truly matter. Now that December has come, the forest is getting thick, indeed.

December 08, 2015 | Jay Evensen Deseret News | Other Views


Forging bonds in a season of family

The greatest joy of this long stretch of holidays that starts with the turkey on Thanksgiving and continues to the New Year for me is the opportunity to gather with family — both the one I was born into and adore and the one I built from the heart up.

December 02, 2015 | Lois M. Collins Deseret News | Other Views


Many potential college students are not going to university partly because of fear of debt.

Clearly, there can be problems when students and their families take on too much debt to pay for school. But the pendulum has swung too far. Many potential college students are not going to university, forever hindering themselves, partly because of fear of debt.

December 02, 2015 | John Hoffmire Deseret News | Other Views


27 things you are taking for granted but should be crazy grateful for

1. The moment you finally sneeze.

December 01, 2015 | Alexandra Crafton FamilyShare | Other Views


'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


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