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When downsizing becomes a journey of the heart

I spent Saturday evening at a “Pay It Forward” party, pondering a friend’s kitchen casseroles and photo frames, her DVDs and music CDs and an angel tree topper. I would cock my head a little and gaze at each item, trying to picture whether it would fit well in my little corner of the world.

August 18, 2016 | Lois M. Collins Deseret News | Other Views

Does the U.S. have an opportunity-oriented federal budget?

With various social, economic and political problems swirling around us, details of long-term federal budgets are probably not where many people are focused. In corporate budgeting, many times scenarios look like the following: as a company grows, revenue increases at a faster rate than expenditures. The result is greater profit. However, the U.S. federal government budget scenario we face today has a built-in growth in spending that almost guarantees that expenditures are larger than revenue, yielding growth of the cumulative deficit.

August 18, 2016 | John Hoffmire Deseret News | Other Views

When the effort for a beach-ready body turns into being happy with a swim-romper body

I looked at my friend who had a 3-month-old baby and couldn’t stop myself from blurting, “Oh my gosh, you look so good!”

August 17, 2016 | Carmen Rasmusen Herbert Deseret News | Other Views

Sarona: A private investment firm with a heart

Sarona is a private impact investment firm, deploying growth capital to reach growth-stage companies in high-growth countries across frontier and emerging markets. It is essentially what is called a fund of funds. It invests in a number of different impact investment funds and, in some ways, acts like a mutual fund of private investment vehicles. One of the main differences is that you cannot move in and out of your investments in this type of fund of funds.

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

What happens if we assume climate change is caused by humans?

This is a column for everyone. I am writing for those who believe that climate change has been produced by humans, for those who do not believe that climate change is human-produced, and for those who do not believe that the climate is changing. I just ask that you assume, for the moment, that the climate is changing and that it is people in the countries in the middle to top end of the development spectrum who have mostly caused the change.

August 04, 2016 | John Hoffmire Deseret News | Other Views

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 on both sides more than most. He was genuinely black and blue, an African-American who served for 10 years on the Baton Rouge police force.

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.” In the 1950s, a lawyer named Louis Kelso coined the term “Employee Stock Ownership Plan” (ESOP). The intent of ESOPs is to significantly increase employee incentives and productivity, while giving employees an additional source of financial assets, or savings. Kelso was driven by the notion that there was no one better to offer company shares to than employees. For many companies, an ESOP has already been the answer to converting employees into passionate contributors and ...

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 U.S. Martin Shkreli and his questionable big-pharma persona are an easy target and embodiment of how some continue to squeeze increasing profits out of America’s declining health. Drug prices have been identified by both sides of the aisle as a possible solution to stave off people's possible bankruptcies due to health care costs.

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 by phone that he made her nervous. The man was wearing his country's traditional robe and head scarf.

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

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

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