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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


Cash transfers are one way to alleviate poverty in developing countries

Worldwide, over 1 billion people live in extreme poverty. That is, they make less than $1.25 a day. Moreover, until recently, about 3 billion people, who represented about half the world population, lived on less than $2.50 a day. These World Bank figures speak volumes about how big the poverty problem is. The size of the problem helps us understand why governments, NGOs and even some companies are looking for a way to address this issue.

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


Climate change presents skewed vulnerabilities and the ethical imperative

The discourse around climate change is often spiced by vested interests, denial, skepticism, exaggeration and inertia. Even in rare constructive moments, the discussions are primarily limited to factual and technical analysis. This overriding focus on supposedly "objective" parameters only serves to blunt the effectiveness of our responses.

September 01, 2015 | John Hoffmire Deseret News | Other Views


Helping teens write new chapter after a mistake

At 16, school was not nearly as important to him as it should have been. Not quite a man, but no longer a boy, he was focused more on some challenges his family faced and on his social life. He figured he’d better get a job.

August 30, 2015 | Lois M. Collins Deseret News | Other Views


Moral deficits in donations: a case for anonymous giving

Anonymous giving is something we rarely talk about. Some might argue the nature of the topic makes it elusive; it is intrinsically invisible. Another reason we skirt around the topic is because some would prefer to not give anonymously, and to point it out is awkward.

August 25, 2015 | John Hoffmire Deseret News | Other Views


Winning war on poverty demands shifting focus to fighting unemployment

In 1964, then-President Lyndon B. Johnson declared war. Not a foreign war to be waged against another country fought with soldiers, tanks and bombs, but a war to be waged at home.

August 20, 2015 | John Hoffmire Deseret News | Other Views


Crowdfunding lends to need for financial literacy

Money makes the world go ’round. And because so much of what we all do revolves around money — making it, spending it, saving it and investing it — understanding how money works and being financially literate is important.

August 11, 2015 | John Hoffmire Deseret News | Other Views


How to address the Mediterranean refugee crisis

The European Union is in the midst of a crisis of conscience. From their headquarters in Brussels, EU leaders have spent years promoting a brand of acceptance, morally driven policies and socially responsible approaches to challenges throughout the world. And yet, in recent months, these policies have been leaving behind thousands of people, often at the cost of their lives.

August 10, 2015 | John Hoffmire Deseret News | Other Views


Is Puerto Rico America's Greece?

The current predicaments of Greece and Puerto Rico have been a long time in the making. No single policy or economic agreement is to blame, but the difficulties involved in both situations are likely to negatively impact many people, creditors and debtors alike. Unfortunately, regardless of the resolutions, it is probable that the poor will suffer most.

July 20, 2015 | John Hoffmire Deseret News | Other Views


Read a real newspaper, get ink on your fingers, save the world

Take a look at your fingers. Are they darkened with news ink? I didn’t think so. We have got a problem.

July 14, 2015 | Steve Eaton Deseret News | Other Views


What it takes to make inequality a national priority

Inequality is a phenomenon that humans have dealt with for millennia. No society has been able eliminate inequality and it’s unlikely to ever disappear completely. In the US, inequality has become an increasingly popular topic in the media as different groups advocate for higher wages or additional benefits. A recent poll conducted by The New York Times and CBS suggests the majority of Americans believe the gap between rich and poor in the United States is getting larger.

July 13, 2015 | John Hoffmire Deseret News | Other Views


To Your Health – When Caregivers Need Care

The extraordinary feats of our mythical superheroes, Superman, Wonder Woman and Captain America, pale in comparison to the strength, stamina and compassion of our real life, unsung heroes: family caregivers. While caring for a loved one is expected of close family members, the daily life of a caregiver can be one of sleepless nights, unceasing anxiety and unrelenting strain and stress. While caregiving is to be celebrated, it often comes with a cost.

November 21, 2012 | Oscar Wright, Ph.D. United Advocates for Children and Families | Other Views


Practical Money Matters – Benefits For Military Families

As we honor our Armed Forces this Veterans' Day, let's also acknowledge the financial challenges they and their families often face, both while in service and after discharge. Fortunately, service members needn't go it alone: Many tax benefits, social services and financial assistance programs are available to help.

November 07, 2012 | Jason Alderman Financial Advisor | Other Views


For Your Information - Recognize And Support Area Caregivers

November is America's National Family Caregivers Month, a time set aside by presidential proclamation to recognize and celebrate the nearly 66 million family caregivers in our country. These individuals, who include spouses, parents, adult children, friends and neighbors, tirelessly assist loved ones with a disability, serious illness or limitations of aging. Caregivers serve quietly and selflessly every day in homes, assisted living centers, hospitals and other places from cities to rural settings.

October 31, 2012 | Rick Carson CEO, Right at Home Modesto | Other Views


Money Management – Avoiding Family Business Conflicts

There are 5.5 million family-owned businesses in the United States, according to Family Enterprise USA. These companies often unite family members behind a common purpose, but conflicts can arise when professional and personal lives overlap.

October 17, 2012 | Bill Spaniel California Society Of CPAs | 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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