Author Archives: Pamela Whitmore

Go find a sunset

The Wall Street Journal writes that experiencing awe is good for you: Want to improve your life? Go do something awesome. The actual feeling of awe, and experiences that inspire it, benefit us in all sorts of ways, from stronger … Continue reading

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Vaccination: the debate that shouldn’t exist

Vaccines have fallen victim to their own success. They have worked so incredibly well that no one remembers the reality of the diseases that vaccines have kept at bay, and instead too many people, out of fear, focus on a very few bad outcomes. The … Continue reading

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Reusable bags are great, but don’t ban plastic

I’m a conservative who loves reusable bags. When I lived in Austria 20+ years ago, I learned quickly that if you didn’t bring your own bag to the corner grocery store, you’d have to carry your purchases home in your … Continue reading

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A useful, non-shaming guide for working with women

Do men need a guide for how to work with women? Joanne Lipman, writing in The Wall Street Journal, has some suggestions, and they’re worth reading: The point isn’t to blame men. In my view, there has been way too … Continue reading

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As war begins: a vivid glimpse of Pearl Harbor in 1941

For seven ghastly, confused days, we have been at war. To the women of Hawaii, it has meant a total disruption of home life, a sudden acclimation to blackout nights, terrifying rumors, fear of the unknown as planes drone overhead … Continue reading

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‘Speak American!’

A few months ago I was on the receiving end of a fender-bender in Taylorsville. I spent some time standing around and talking with the other drivers who had been hit. After I left one conversation to tend to my … Continue reading

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Eeeek, it’s Al Gore as the Beast!

“What could be scarier than an elected official in a Halloween costume?” asks Politico. Well, plenty of things, but take a look anyway! Click here to see Politico’s slideshow of various officials throughout the decades … and see if you shriek.

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A head-scratching analysis of (dead) American adulthood

A story by New York Times film critic A.O. Scott last month declared adulthood dead in the United States. Well, maybe, but his reasons for thinking so are not the ones I’d choose. Much of his argument seems to rest … Continue reading

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Be ‘warriors’ for social justice, Mike Lee and Arthur Brooks tell audience at Sutherland event

Is social justice a conservative cause? Yes, absolutely. Sen. Mike Lee of Utah and Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, explained why it’s not just a cause, but a moral imperative, last night at a Sutherland Institute dinner … Continue reading

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Poll: Most Utahns want police to wear body cameras

Following the recent violence in Ferguson, Mo., and shootings by police in Utah, the website Utah Policy commissioned a Dan Jones poll on how Utahns feel about related issues. Utah Policy’s report says, More than 8 out of 10 Utahns … Continue reading

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The #YesAllWomen non sequitur

Here’s what I don’t get. I agree with much of the sentiment behind #YesAllWomen. I think all women, or darn close, are subject to sexual objectification and harassment. It’s common and often subtle enough that men don’t see it, and … Continue reading

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On Point video: views from Utah women in politics, 5/9/14

Watch as our panelists for this episode discuss Utah politics, divisions within conservatism, Benghazi, and the choices that women in politics must make. On the show this week: Aimee Newton, Salt Lake County Council member; Holly Richardson, “Holly on the … Continue reading

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Video: Senators Cruz, Lee speak at Sutherland dinner

Senator Ted Cruz of Texas urged a defense of “the tradition of sacrifice and religious freedom that our country was built on” as he spoke last week at Sutherland Institute’s 2014 Annual Dinner at The Grand America Hotel. In a … Continue reading

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Elder Oaks urges mutual understanding on religious freedom issues

I have heard people rant and rave and bellow That we’re done and we might as well be dead, But I’m only a cockeyed optimist And I can’t get it into my head Elder Dallin H. Oaks quoted these lyrics … Continue reading

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What time is it? Caucus time!

Party caucuses are tonight and Thursday, so here’s your chance to have a voice in Utah’s political process! Click here for a giant infographic explaining how Utah’s caucus system works. Click here to learn what delegates are and how they’re … Continue reading

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