Future changes to our climate, from an increasingly variable water cycle to extreme weather events, and how they affect us depend on the choices we make today.

My wife and I, and our three children moved into Draper in 2015, looking for a home above the valley’s smog inversion…

The discursive construction of race is a tool of rationalizing and excusing dehumanization. Use of this tool is as much about the hegemony’s rhetorical construction of their own racial identity as it is about assigning a racial taxonomy on others. White supremacy, antisemitism, and manifest destiny, for example, are all…

My life is fueled by the cheap energy supplied by burning fossils as fuel. I bet yours is to, and that’s The Problem. Unless you’ve won the lottery and can a build fortress of sustainable solitude, it’s impossible to escape this carbon footprint without turning to homelessness. …

It is unparliamentarian to refer to the President’s tweets as racist. “Freedom of speech is a pillar of our democracy,” said Utah Reps. Rob Bishop, John Curtis and Chris Stewart in a joint statement issued after voting against House Resolution 489 Condemning President Trump’s racist comments directed at Members of…

first published in The Canticle (University of Utah, 2019)

Aeneas, grasping his shield and long spear …

I am listening to the Iliad, looking straight ahead, because ever since I became a writer I’ve been trying to become well-read. But reading has never been an easy pastime for me. Highway…

First published in Earth Tones Journal, SLC, Utah, April 2019

Growing up in the “Mormon diaspora” — migrants from Great Basin Mormon settlements who relocated throughout the US for educational or employment opportunities — the romanticized stories of Mormon pioneers, and particularly the 1847 arrival in the Salt Lake Valley…

Russ Fugal

Former U.S. Congress candidate for UT–3 www.Fugal2020.com/elba/

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