Entries by Dave Buer

Hobby Lobby at the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby religious freedom case is important for many reasons; I’ll just cite a couple. First, the precedent set in the law because of the decision will either strengthen or weaken the ability of business owners to run their business according to their consciences (religious or otherwise). Second, and […]

On Point at the Capitol: advice from women in politics, 3/14/14

In this episode of On Point, “Holly on the Hill” blogger Holly Richardson interviews several Democratic and Republican state legislators about the highs and lows of the 2014 session and finds out how they got started in politics. The legislators, many of them retiring, also share advice for women considering entering politics. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mia3Lu11Q8Q&list=PLPoDVd2yIgAbwLAQIhDw2DcdXujeITFAA Holly interviews: […]

Weakening the ‘old habits of decency’

A wonderfully stated warning regarding the effect of government largesse: A sentimental utilitarianism argued that prosperity would abolish sin. It was a shallow argument, ignorant of history; for had it been true, all rich men’s sons, these many centuries past, would have been perfectly virtuous. To the student of history, as contrasted with the doctrinaire […]

Sign the petition! Show your support for traditional marriage!

A federal judge has just struck down Utah’s Amendment 3 defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The amendment was originally passed with 66% support in Utah. We need to show that Utahns still understand and support the critical importance of traditional marriage to the health and success of our society! […]

Turns out Common Core is not STEM-friendly

“As we have pointed out, standardization is inherently designed for standard, not exceptional, achievement. Because statewide standards in Utah and other states, including Common Core, are of the type that lead to standardization, it is impossible to assert as a logical argument that any of these sets of standards is the ‘best,’ especially when no […]

Meet this 13-year-old and his #hackschooling revolution

Thirteen-year-old Logan LaPlante has two big goals for when he grows up. He wants to be healthy and happy, and he figures his education should play a serious part in that effort. He has crafted his education to include activities proven to produce happiness and health; heavy doses of creativity; technology and online resources; and […]

‘Fruitful fields and healthful skies’

During this Thanksgiving season, particular thanks should be extended to Sarah J. Hale, “editress” (as she called herself) of the Lady’s Book and the reason we have a national day of thanksgiving today. Hale worked for 15 years placing “papers before the Governors of all the States and Territories — also I have sent these […]

The unmasking of the new liberalism

Think back to late 2008. Many in the country cheered the coronation of the new liberalism: the über-confident, unstoppable, aggressive expansion of government powers, entitlements and welfare. Flash forward to the present, as Washington Post opinion writer Charles Krauthammer describes it: The centerpiece of this vision is, of course, Obamacare, the most sweeping social reform […]