Category: Op-Ed

OP-ED: UVU President Matthew Holland continues his battle against marriage equality

Photo by Nathan Gross When Matt Holland was chosen to be the new president of Utah Valley University in 2009, my partner and I sent him an e-mail at his BYU address. We welcomed him to UVU and said we looked forward to working with him. We were concerned, we wrote, that he was a member of the board of the National Organization for Marriage, an organization founded in 2007 “in response to the growing need for an organized opposition to same-sex marriage in state legislatures” (NOM Website). Given his work with that organization, we wondered how he might...

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The case for legal marijuana: Setting a high standard for alternative pain treatment

On Nov. 8, Americans voted to legalize marijuana for either medical or recreational use in eight states, bringing the total number of states in which marijuana is legal in some form up to 28, as well as the District of Columbia. Marijuana legalization has been a hot topic across the country for the past few years, with traditionally liberal states such as Colorado and Oregon taking the lead. Surprisingly, a bill that would legalize marijuana for medical use came before the Utah legislation last year. More surprisingly, it passed the state Senate before stalling in the House during this current legislative session. There’s a strong argument to be made for the legalization of marijuana, at the very least for medical purposes and many Utahns would seem to agree. According to a poll released by Dan Jones & Associates, 61 percent of Utahns support the legalization of marijuana for medical use. Surprisingly, the majority of Utahns over the age of 45 support legalization, while those between the ages of 18-24 oppose it. Opponents to legalization cite concerns about crime rates rising as a result, but the evidence out of Colorado seems to contradict these claims. In 2014 there was an overall decrease in crime of one percent, with homicides, robberies and burglaries seeing the biggest decrease, according to a Colorado Bureau of Investigation crime report. Incidents of impaired driving while...

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