Author Archives: Dave Buer

Crowdfunding and Burke’s ‘little platoons’ in action – Sutherland Soapbox, 4/7/15

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. The podcast can be found at the bottom of this post. Want to see what a strong civil society looks like in practice? … Continue reading

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On Point video: Women running for office; financial planning — 4/2/15

Holly Richardson, author of the “Holly on the Hill” blog, is joined by Sarah Nitta, CEO of Radiant Advisors, as they discuss issues ranging from the 2015 session and women in political races to the world of financial planning. On … Continue reading

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Top 5 highlights from the 2015 Utah legislative session

Of the 833 pieces of legislation that were introduced this session, below are five that are especially noteworthy. HB 333—Budget Reserve Account Amendments Utah lawmakers once again showed they are serious about their fiscal stewardship by raising caps on state … Continue reading

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There will be order – Sutherland Soapbox, 3/10/15

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. The podcast can be found at the bottom of this post. When it comes to figuring out how to live together in society, … Continue reading

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On Point video: Taxes and education in the Legislature — 2/12/15

  Watch as Utah GOP party officer Michelle Mumford and political consultant Michelle Scharf discuss the latest in Utah politics and the 2015 Legislature in this edition of On Point presented by Sutherland Institute. Click the image above to watch, … Continue reading

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Moral standards and redemptive values — in Hollywood? Yes! Sutherland Soapbox, 2/10/15

b This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. The podcast can be found at the bottom of this post. Hollywood is just a cesspool of filth rotting our souls and … Continue reading

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The (legislative) game is afoot

We’ve collected some great little tools to get you primed for this year’s legislative session: Here’s a quick video tour at the Capitol showing you where to find what. Learn how an idea becomes a law in this snappy little … Continue reading

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Utah Right On Crime: A conversation with Texas Right On Crime architects

We have the perfect primer for anyone looking to understand Utah’s criminal justice reform efforts and the Right On Crime initiative. Sutherland’s Derek Monson had the chance to sit down with Jerry Madden, the 20-year Texas state legislator who spearheaded criminal … Continue reading

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Trigger warnings and microaggressions — Sutherland Soapbox, 1/13/15

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. The podcast can be found at the bottom of this post. There’s a couple of interesting trends that have been brewing for a … Continue reading

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Give your kids the present they wish for the most

IKEA has put together a moving video that should touch all parents, and probably will sting most of us. In the video, they asked some kids to write two letters: one to the Three Kings (like a letter to Santa) … Continue reading

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Making peace with prosperity

About had it with the chaos of Christmas commercialization? Do yourself a favor and read Arthur Brooks’ New York Times column, “Abundance Without Attachment.” The ever-inspiring Brooks explains that while economic prosperity has brought much of the world out of … Continue reading

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The Power of One — Sutherland Soapbox, 12/2/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. The podcast can be found at the bottom of this post. If you’ve ever thought you don’t matter, or you don’t make a … Continue reading

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Generous Utah: Study says we’re tops in charitable giving

A new study once again confirms that Utah is the model for the country for charitable giving. The Chronicle of Philanthropy measured gifts to charity by analyzing itemized taxpayer deductions for 2012, and found Utah to have the highest rate … Continue reading

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Constitution, originalism and judicial activism – Sutherland Soapbox, 9/30/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. A couple weeks ago, Utah and the country celebrated Constitution Day. September 17 was designated to commemorate the signing of the Constitution by … Continue reading

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Why a distilled-spirits lobbyist agrees with us on alcohol laws — Sutherland Soapbox, 9/23/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. Utah and its elected officials are often lampooned for the alcohol/liquor laws and regulations of the state. The laws are usually portrayed as … Continue reading

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