Action Utah Op-Eds and Letters To The Editor

Writing a Letter to the Editor or Op-Ed on an issue that matters to you can help give the issue needed attention, sway public opinion, pressure elected officials to take action or simply educate the community. Action Utah leaders and members submit Op-Eds and LTEs throughout the year on a range of issues. Here’s what we’ve been writing.

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2019

“Guest Opinion: Guns and suicide: Utah needs honest search for solutions”

– Deseret News, June 30, 2019, by Action Utah Policy Director, Carrie Butler, and Sutherland Institute VP of policy, Derek Monson

“Letter: ERPOs can intervene before tragedies strike”

– Deseret News, April 23, 2019, by Action Utah Executive Director, Andrea Himoff

“Letter: Bill ending school grades should be heard”

– Salt Lake Tribune, March 6, 2019, by Action Utah Education Policy Coordinator, Ashley Anderson

Letter: Give red flag orders a fair chance

Deseret News, March 2, 2019, by Action Utah member, Teresa Garrett

Letter: Utahns need to do what we can to reduce suicides

– Deseret News, February 27, 2019, by Action Utah member, Julie Chen

“Letter: This Utah bill could keep immigrant families together”

– Deseret News, February 23, 2019, by Action Utah fellow, Jasmine Fitzsimmons

“Guest Opinion: One way Utah can help prevent suicides”

– Deseret News, February 14, 2019, by Action Utah Health Policy Coordinator, Monica Bellenger

“Commentary: Extreme Risk Protective Orders can save lives”

– Salt Lake Tribune, February 10, 2019, by Action Utah Health Policy Coordinator, Monica Bellenger

2018

“Letter: An opportunity for compromise”

– Deseret News, November 21, 2018, by Action Utah Policy Director, Carrie Butler

“Letter: Protective Orders Could Prevent Many Suicides”

– Salt Lake Tribune, November 20, 2018, by Action Utah Executive Director, Andrea Himoff

“Commentary: November is Coming; Change Isn’t”

– Real Clear Politics, October 30, 2018, by Action Utah board member and top political strategist, Reed Galen

“Letter: Rolling back air standards is bad for Utahn’s health”

Salt Lake Tribune, August 5, 2018, by AU Exec Director, Andrea Himoff

“Letter: Prop 3 could maintain a healthy community with a tiny investment”

Salt Lake Tribune, August 2, 2018, by AU Letter Team member Maurena Grossman

“Letter: Support for Proposition 3”

Deseret News, July 30th, 2018, by AU Letter Team member Maurena Grossman

“Letter: This tax credit would be a first step towards reducing intergenerational poverty in Utah”

– Salt Lake Tribune, July 28th, 2018, by AU Policy Director Carrie Butler

“Op-ed: Utah must keep the climate conversations going”

Deseret News, July 15th, 2018, by AU Exec Director Andrea Himoff

“Letter: Before they ‘fix’ student grades, lawmakers need to stop giving misleading grades to Utah schools”

– Salt Lake Tribune, June 24, 2018, by AU Policy Coordinator Ashley Anderson

“Letter: Since EnergySolutions donates to anyone, Salt Lake Schools would like $1.7M please”

Salt Lake Tribune, February 24, 2018, by AU Policy Coordinator Ashley Anderson

Op-ed: The problem with paraprofessional wages

Deseret News, February 11, 2018, by AU Policy Coordinator Ashley Anderson with Christy Clay

2017

Opinion: Utahns won’t benefit from more oil and gas production — just the companies that operate here

Salt Lake Tribune, December 9, 2017, by AU member Stan Holmes

Letter: Let’s all agree

The Spectrum, December 4, 2017, by AU Policy Coordinator Miriah Elliott, regarding Rep. Ward’s Family Planning Services Amendments (HB 12)

Letter: Health and Human Services Committee shows softening hearts

Deseret News, Decemeber 2, 2017, by AU Policy Director Carrie Butler, on autism insurance and Sen. Allen Christiansen’s change of heart

Letter: Rep. Ward’s family planning legislation makes sense

– Salt Lake Tribune, Noveber 25, 2017by AU member Kat Martinez

Opinion: Why are those with ties to white supremacists making our immigration policy?

– Deseret News, October 21, 2017, by AU Policy Coordinator Laura Bandara

Why put coal mining ahead of everything else?

– Salt Lake Tribune, September 17, 2017, by AU member and former leader Kate Ferguson

Letter: Respect Utah’s persecuted settlers by supporting DREAMers

– Salt Lake Tribune, September 13 2017, by AU Policy Coordinator Laura Bandara

Letter: Elected Officials Should Support DACA

– Deseret News, September 7, 2017, by AU Policy Coordinator Laura Bandara

Letter: Trade trust lands to benefit Utah schools

– Salt Lake Tribune, May 16, 2017, by AU Policy Coordinator Ashley Anderson about the benefits of trading SITLA lands captured in Bears Ears for more profitable lands

“Letter: Come visit”

– Deseret News, April 15th, 2017, by AU Issue Captain Kate Ferguson to Secretary Zinke during the national monuments review by the Department of the Interior

Column: Brian King’s Good Landlord Amendments: Are they enough?

– The Independent, February 18, 2017, by AU member Marianne Mansfield assessing the benefits of Rep. King’s legislation to help vulnerable Utahns find housing that leads to better outcomes for their families and communities

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