Sutherland Newsletter – March 29, 2007

1.Anti-Voucher Forces Outsmart Themselves in Utah

Sutherland Institute President Paul T. Mero was quoted in an opinion-editorial written by Vicki E. Murray of the Pacific Research Institute concerning the fight over school vouchers.  “In Utah, parents and the public can only take so much of special interests,” Mero said.  “They only care about protecting their turf, not the best interest of the child.”


Murray writes that directly following the passage of the sweeping school voucher legislation, “opponents were up to their old trick of amending school choice legislation beyond workability…but this ploy is coming back to bite them as they try a new trick to stop the program before it begins.”


2.The Tyranny of Diversity

Sutherland Institute President Paul T. Mero submitted an opinion-editorial to the Deseret Morning News in response to a Marjorie Cortez column, in which she opposed school vouchers because of her belief that it’s only at public schools where a common ground is created for students.  Because the editorial board decided not to publish the piece, Sutherland is providing the content of The Tyranny of Diversity on its website.  The following is an excerpt from Mero’s op-ed:



“Wittingly or unwittingly, Ms. Cortez follows that old line of prejudicial thinking, part bigotry/part elitist, that Americans require forced socialization and that the only way to do it is to pry the rising generations out of biased (i.e., traditional) homes and into little factories for social uniformity — uniformity, oddly enough, she calls ‘diversity.'”