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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

To the man who yelled at me: I'm sorry

I came across a post on Facebook the other day that struck a chord with me:

September 18, 2015 | Carmen Rasmusen Herbert Deseret News | Other Views

Our personal experiences as acts of philosophy, politics and economics

As new school and work years begin, it is a perfect time to analyze what we do and, if necessary, make some changes. I am probably the first who needs to amend what I do. Primary among the priorities I want to adjust is related to how my actions can be consistent with my professed philosophy as well as my political and economic beliefs.

September 16, 2015 | John Hoffmire Deseret News | Other Views

Do we like heroes or gossip better? And what does it say about us?

While trying to figure out what to feature on their Sept. 7 cover, People magazine editors had a dilemma that feels both surreal and strangely modern America. I think it’s worth pondering.

September 14, 2015 | Lois M. Collins Deseret News | Other Views

Education about alternative energy options remains pressing need

Today the world consumes over 12,700 Mtoe (million of tons of oil or equivalent) or 1.47 E12 terawatt hours of energy. The majority of that energy consumption (92 percent) comes in the form of fossil fuels such as coal, oil or natural gas. However, these sources of energy are finite and are fast being exhausted.

September 09, 2015 | John Hoffmire Deseret News | Other Views

Transforming noble ideas into novel solutions

The beacon of development often conjures up images of radical innovations, disruptive models and leapfrog technologies. And yet, as nations attempt to embrace the promises of development, there is often a colossal failure of both imagination and execution in providing for even the most basic of human needs. Measurable social change, ensuring a degree of social equity and fundamental provisions, is critical in securing any significant socio-economic transformation. Pervasive deprivations and glaring inequities create a corrosive burden on our societies — violating our sensibilities and fomenting adversity.

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

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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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


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