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Author: Gray Griffin

Trump, Niger and Connecting the Dots

Thomas L. Friedman New York Times OCT. 31, 2017 Refugees waiting for aid in Diffa, Niger, last year. Credit Adam Ferguson for The New York Times It is easy to ignore the recent story of four U.S. servicemen killed in Niger, the giant state in central Africa, because the place is so remote and the circumstances still so murky. That would be a mistake. Niger highlights a much larger problem — just...

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Tribune Editorial: Birth control fights poverty

By The Salt Lake Tribune Utah politicians worry a lot about poverty. The kind that causes homelessness and crime. The kind that leads to dependency. The kind that is handed down from generation to generation. The kind that leaves the taxpayers stuck for Medicaid, law enforcement, special education and other costs. Such politicians are sometimes heard to blame the poor for their own situation, for...

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Utah lawmaker says providing birth control for poor women would prevent hundreds of abortions

Salt Lake Tribune By MICHELLE L. PRICE The Associated Press Published: July 13, 2017 10:03AM Updated: July 13, 2017 10:03AM A plan to cover the costs of birth control for poor women in Utah would help women and families climb out of poverty by preventing unwanted pregnancies and save taxpayer money and prevent abortions, a state lawmaker working on the proposal said Wednesday. Utah is one of seven...

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Utah is no longer the nation’s most fertile state

By William Mathis The Salt Lake Tribune First Published Jul 16 2017 07:00AM • Last Updated Jul 17 2017 09:48 am Fertility rank » The state slips as the number of babies born to women in their early 20s decreased by more than 28 percent between 2007 and 2015. Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Email Print Share This Article When Heather and Benjamin Sessions exchanged wedding vows at the Salt Lake...

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None of the world’s top industries would be profitable if they paid for the natural capital they use

By David Roberts on Apr 17, 2013 GRIST.ORG The notion of “externalities” has become familiar in environmental circles. It refers to costs imposed by businesses that are not paid for by those businesses. For instance, industrial processes can put pollutants in the air that increase public health costs, but the public, not the polluting businesses, picks up the tab. In this way, businesses privatize...

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