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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


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


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A tricky combination: Some money, a honey and different spending styles

I'm coming up on my 20th wedding anniversary this spring, but I still remember the things that mattered to me when I was dating.

February 04, 2016 | Lois M. Collins Deseret News | Other Views


The influence of generic drug production on developing countries

Due to the difficulty in accessing drugs from brand-name pharmaceutical companies, most patients in developing nations are heavily relying on less-expensive generic drugs.

January 21, 2016 | John Hoffmire Deseret News | Other Views


What did folks want to know about children in crisis in 2015?

Childhood is not a happy place for all children, the process of raising them not always intuitive or straightforward for their parents. If one were ...

January 21, 2016 | Lois M. Collins Deseret News | Other Views


How to represent and protect minority investors against intentional wrongs in crowdfunding companies

The global financial crisis of 2008 was considered the most devastating financial crisis since the beginning of the Great Depression in 1929. The Eurozone crisis ...

January 20, 2016 | John Hoffmire Deseret News | Other Views


Virtual reality will give parents a host of new challenges

Last night I toured two cities in Latvia and stood on a sidewalk in Sao Paulo, Brazil, watching people walk by on a sunny afternoon ...

January 17, 2016 | Jay Evensen Deseret News | Other Views


Dumping your bad day on the clerk nearest you

For the first time, everyone at my house is employed. One daughter works at sports venues selling concessions and the other works at a local ...

January 12, 2016 | Lois M. Collins Deseret News | Other Views


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