Sutherland Newsletter – August 23, 2007

1.C-SPAN: Mero on Natural Family Book

C-SPAN is scheduled to air a presentation given by Paul T. Mero, president of Sutherland Institute and Allan C. Carlson, founder of the Howard Center for Family, Religion & Society.  They will be discussing the book they co-authored, The Natural Family: A Manifesto, at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. on September 7, 2007 at noon (EST).

In the book, Carlson and Mero point to the numerous studies and extensive research showing the importance of a two-parent family in today’s society.  Over the past few months, the authors have been interviewed on more than 100 radio and television stations throughout the nation regarding this topic.


2.School Vouchers to Help Minorities and Low-Income Children

As reported by the National Catholic Register, a Member of Congress, who has traditionally been against school vouchers, has had a change of heart.  Respected political activist, U.S. Rep. Carrie Meek, D.-Fla, “is older now, and in a reflective mood.  Earlier this month, she told the St. Petersburg Times, ‘I spent a great part of my life trying to strengthen minority children and minority families.  To get a scholarship like this would be very helpful to some of these children.'”  The article also mentions Terry Fields, another black Democrat who has opposed vouchers throughout his career until last year.  As quoted in the article, Fields said, “It’s time to ‘get out of our comfortable boxes and do what’s best for our kids.'”

While being interviewed on KCPW‘s “Midday Metro” on August 21, 2007, Paul T. Mero, president of Sutherland Institute, said it is appalling that in Utah’s black and hispanic communities four out of ten students are not graduating. “A voucher, as limited as it is, will help these disadvantaged kids and I think most Utahns will resonate with that message.”  The debate over vouchers is the second subject Mero addressed in the KCPW interview, which can be accessed by clicking here.