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1.Education Vouchers Bill Moves Forward

The Education Vouchers bill is on to the full Senate after favorably being passed out of the Senate Education Committee with a 5-2-1 party-line vote on Wednesday, February 7, 2007.  “This is a significant step forward not only here in Utah, but for the rest of the nation,” said Katie Christensen, public relations manager for Sutherland Institute.  “We hope that other states follow suit and implement similar policy by determining that school choice is a much better way of fulfilling the education needs of our children.  We are hopeful that the Utah Senate and Governor Jon Huntsman will see the value in this legislation and sign the bill, making it part of the education system here in Utah.”

 

The Institute worked closely with sponsors of the 2006 Education Vouchers bill.  Notably, all of Sutherland‘s recommendations included in that bill were incorporated into the legislation which just passed — the language of the bill being identical to that which Sutherland helped to craft last year. Many individuals and organizations brought the Legislature to this point, and we commend all of their positive efforts.

 

2.PARABLE INTRODUCED AT SACRED GROUND INITIATIVE EVENT

Sutherland Institute recently introduced a new publication and presented copies to all who participated in the September 24, 2009 Sacred Ground Initiative event in Provo, Utah.

 

The Unhappy Young Man, a parable written and published by Sutherland, is the story of a frustrated youth determined to leave home and never return to his embarrassing, old-fashioned family.  After a long first day of walking, he falls asleep beneath a tree and is soon awakened by the voice of an unseen guide that accompanies him to unfamiliar places, each representing a world very different from the one the young man has known.

 

Referring to different kinds of cultures in his remarks at the Provo session, Institute President Paul Mero observed that “freedom requires order – and someone’s idea of order will always rule the day.  There are five forms of order from which we may choose in a free society: the individual, the church, the corporation, the State, or the family.  Among those five, each comes with its own set of characteristics.”

 

As portrayed in the parable, the young man is given a glimpse into the distinctive kinds of society associated with each of the five different forms of order.  His experience sheds light on questions about one’s happiness and the peace and stability of a free society.

 

We invite you to obtain copies of the booklet, The Unhappy Young Man, by visiting Sutherland Institute’s offices in the Crane Building, located at 307 West 200 South, in downtown Salt Lake City.  Individual copies can be mailed for $1.00 (to cover postage).  The mailing of larger quantities can also be arranged by calling the Institute at 801-355-1272.

 

3.Sutherland Launches New Website

Sutherland Institute recently announced the launch of its new
website, http://www.sutherlandinstitute.org/.
The new site will allow elected officials, community leaders, the
media, and interested citizens easier access to reliable, accurate
information and analysis.

 

“Sutherland provides an essential independent voice in the
public debate in Utah,” said Lyall Swim, director of operations at
Sutherland Institute. “This website will help us extend the reach of
our efforts by improving the public’s access to research and
publications that underscore the role of conservative principles in
sound public policy.”

 

Some of the new features on SutherlandInstitute.org include
improved navigation, a secure contribution page, and an online events
calendar that will include all of Sutherland’s programs and events,
including the award-winning Transcend Series. The
site also boasts an expanded publications section (which incorporates
the Sutherland Journal of Law and Public Policy), a
virtual press room, and a legislation page that summarizes and updates
the policy initiatives Sutherland is pursuing.

 

“Much time and thought has gone into this project,” said Katie
Christensen, public relations manager for Sutherland Institute. “We
want to make sure that our governing principles – personal
responsibility, family, religion, private property, free markets,
charity, and limited government – serve as a constant theme throughout
the website, because those principles function as the filter through
which we see and act.”

 

In the upcoming months, more features will be added to
Sutherland’s website, including a blog, a multi-media center, and an
updated version of www.utahschools.org.

 

4.Sutherland’s Legislative Luncheon a Success

The staff and trustees of Sutherland Institute enjoyed meeting
and expressing appreciation to legislators who took time out of their
busy schedule on Wednesday, January 24 to attend our Legislative
Luncheon at the Alta Club. “We are grateful for the time and energy
legislators dedicate in their efforts to make Utah a better place to
live, work, and raise a family,” said Stan Rasmussen, public affairs
manager for Sutherland. “The luncheon yesterday was an opportunity to
say ‘thank you’ and provide a brief overview of the many Sutherland
resources available to legislators.” More than 30 legislators from both
the House and Senate were in attendance.

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