GUEST OPINION: Federal lands should revert to the states

RBC I For more than a century the western United States has engaged in a debate over federal control of Western lands. This debate, which started early in the 1880s, gained popularity during the 1970s and ‘80s, when President Ronald Reagan declared himself a member of the Sagebrush Rebellion, a group that sought transfer of […]

One Person’s Opinion: Should we protect our federal lands for, or from, humans?

RBC I You may have heard that conservation biologists are arguing with each other. Some say nature should be protected “for” humans; others say it should be protected “from humans;” others say it’s possible to do both.

Guest Opinion: Utah’s federal lands not about to change over to the state

RBC I Plenty of ink has been spilled lately over Utah’s Transfer of Public Lands Act, the controversial law requiring the federal government to turn over 31.2 million acres of public land to the state of Utah without even a token payment to the U.S. Treasury. But should the American public take this proposal seriously?

Guest Editorial: Easy entitlement access undermines nation’s work ethic

RBC I “Our greatest primary task is to put people to work.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933. Although sometimes considered the father of the American entitlement state, FDR understood that our sense of achievement and self-sufficiency comes from our work.

One Man’s Opinion: Bad facts cloud reality about fracking

RBC I The American Southwest is undergoing a spike in seismic activity. A new U.S. Geological Survey shows that a small basin on the New Mexico-Colorado border experienced 20 times more serious earthquakes between 2001 and 2011 than it had during the previous 30 years.

Guest Editorial: Opinions differ widely on the future of natural gas in country

RBC I The wide-scale deployment of hydraulic fracturing, the technique of blasting water and chemicals into the ground to release trapped hydrocarbons, has, over the last decade, vaulted the U.S. into the position of leading natural gas producer in the world.

Teaching children to remember the needy during holiday season

RBC I Knowing when to talk to your children about serious problems they may face sooner rather than later can be difficult for parents.

Another look at Trappers Lake and the Wilderness Act

RBC I Only God can make a tree, but only Congress can designate a wilderness, and the Wilderness Act, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, became the law it is today largely because a powerful Colorado congressman, Wayne Aspinall, blocked the legislation in his committee over and over again.

Uintah Basin faces a tricky problem with oil, gas industry

RBC I On a crisp fall day lined with cottonwoods as yellow-bright as balls of flame, I take a gravel shortcut from Utah’s Nine Mile Canyon toward Vernal, an energy boomtown of some 10,000 souls.

Author shares suggestions for dealing with dementia patients during holidays

RBC I Whether it’s Mom, Dad, Grandma or Grandpa—or your spouse—the “holiday quarter” can present special challenges for families with a loved one suffering from dementia.

Guest Editorial: Education paradigms all wrong; new thinking needed

RBC I Think of our schools as a horse and buggy. It worked well in a different time, but times have changed. Educational needs have changed as much as transportation needs. Retrofitting a horse and buggy will not give us an airplane, and yet we seem to expect that reforms to our schools will meet […]

Guest Editorial: Recent fracking information was alarming, but it isn’t true

RBC I University of Maryland researchers just concluded that hydraulic fracturing—the process of shaking oil and gas free from below—could endanger the health of nearby residents by exposing them to air and water pollution. This would certainly be cause for alarm, if true.