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Going gently into the night: For now, Death with Dignity is a lost cause in Utah

“I don’t want to die,” says John Scharf, who recently received a terminal cancer diagnosis.  The Davis County man is receiving all possible treatments to extend his life, but says, “If can’t take care of my family, feed my chickens and play with my grandkids, I want to leave in a humane and dignified manner.”…

Utah Legislature Opts for Unsafe Sex—Again.

The Utah Legislature’s mortification at the idea sexy talk is so extreme the House education committee this week fell on the grenade, so to speak, to protect the full House from discussing the facts of life. House Bill 215 that would have allowed an extremely tame version of reproductive health instruction in public schools was cock blocked before it could even…

Sex (mis) Education: No Place is Less Knowledgeable than Utah (Part 1)

No place is more obsessed with sex than Utah. And no place is less knowledgeable. Three nervous students sat in the back of my classroom, whispering among themselves—“You ask her! No, YOU ask her!” Finally, one cleared her throat and raised her hand: “Hey,” she stammered, red-faced with embarrassment, “how many holes are there down…

Sex (mis) Education: Utah’s Fear of Pornography (Part 2)

No place is more obsessed with sex than Utah. And no place is less knowledgeable. by Susan Lacke Photography by Adam Finkle No one in the Utah Legislature seems to know. Despite passing a resolution in 2016 declaring pornography as “evil, degrading, addictive and harmful,” not one lawmaker responded to requests to define what, exactly, constitutes…

World AIDS Day: Local event offers health resources and emotional support

To raise awareness this World AIDS Day, many local organizations are teaming up to eliminate the stigmas surrounding AIDS and encourage more people to get tested. The HIV incident rate in Salt Lake County is 10.8 per 100,000 people and has only increased since 2010. Making matters worse, only about 22% of the Utah population has…