Sutherland Newsletter – June 28, 2007

1.Another Lesson for Utah from South Carolina

Is “public school” choice the same as real school choice?  The Governor of South Carolina doesn’t think so.  On June 22, 2007, Governor Mark Sanford vetoed a bill often referred to as an “open enrollment” bill, saying that the bill would not provide true choice for South Carolina’s students, but would actually inhibit it.  “We believe an open system is vital to allowing a student to move from a school that is not working for them to one that does, but the fact of the matter is that this bill only creates the illusion of an open system,” Gov. Sanford said, according to a press release issued by the Office of the Governor.
Click here to view Gov. Sanford’s veto message.


2.George Will Defends the Term “Natural Family”

Terms such as marriage and natural family typically wouldn’t be classified as hate speech, unless the city government of Oakland, California has anything to say about it.  In a column published in the June 24, 2007 edition of the Deseret Morning News, nationally-syndicated columnist George F. Will, defends “marriage [as] the foundation of the natural family and sustains family values.”  This comes after the city of Oakland said the two terms “constitute something akin to hate speech and can be proscribed from the government’s open e-mail system and employee bulletin board.”


To read Will’s column, click here.