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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


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


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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 ...

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 ...

April 10, 2016 | John Hoffmire Deseret News | Other Views


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