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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


The importance of environmental practices in poverty alleviation

Alleviating poverty is a worthy endeavor pursued by many organizations. However, studies show that in some cases there are unintended negative impacts upon the environment. The goal to alleviate poverty without environmental damage can be challenging.

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


Opinion: Romney's no-holds-barred denunciation of Donald Trump was the right thing

I was only a lukewarm supporter of Mitt Romney as a 2012 presidential candidate, but I was very proud of his no-holds-barred denunciation of Donald Trump on Thursday. He must have been aware that his detractors would immediately reduce his motive to his own presidential ambitions and ridicule him, Trumplike, as a weak “loser.” But, regardless of the immediate consequences for him or for the nomination contest, Romney did the right thing in plainly depicting the character of the Republican front-runner.

March 10, 2016 | Ralph Hancock Deseret News | Other Views


Celebrating one who uses business to help minorities

Len Greenhalgh is a senior management professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth in Hanover, New Hampshire. He is also faculty director of Tuck’s extensive programs for minorities, entrepreneurial women and Native Americans. Dartmouth College was founded in 1769 with a royal charter to serve Native Americans and European settlers in New England. The college’s emphasis on diversity and inclusion has continued ever since.

March 08, 2016 | John Hoffmire Deseret News | Other Views


Maternal mortality rates rising in US, stunting global maternal health progress

The overall global maternal mortality rate (MMR) may be dropping, but the decline is slowed in part by a surprising rise in rates in the developed world. In the United States, the rate of mothers dying from complications in pregnancy and birth is increasing. The rate seems inconsistent with modern medical and technological advances. Maternal mortality rates should be steadily dropping, especially in the developed world, yet the statistics suggest that something is wrong with current models of public health.

March 02, 2016 | John Hoffmire Deseret News | Other Views


How could mobile financial services help people in poverty?

According to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, three out of four adults in the developing world don't have access to banks or any other financial institutions. Moreover, only 10 percent of the 2.5 billion people who earn less than $2 a day have a bank account. What these figures tell us is that for the most part, the transfer mechanism attached to the economic life of most low-income people is based on and limited to the traditional use of cash and barter.

February 24, 2016 | John Hoffmire Deseret News | Other Views


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