Author Archives: Pamela Whitmore

Conservatives begin with gratitude

Conservatism is not about saying “no” to everything, nor is it about putting the brakes on a rapidly moving culture. It’s about gratitude. This is what Yuval Levin said upon receiving the Bradley Prize last week at the Kennedy Center … Continue reading

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Google on a search-and-destroy mission against online child porn

This is a great piece of news to start the week with: [Google] is creating a database of images depicting child exploitation – to be shared with tech companies, law enforcement, and charities – in order to scrub the images … Continue reading

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Government’s stalking of media is outrageous and creepy

As a former journalist who spent 20 years in the newsroom of a daily paper, I have watched with horror the news about the Justice Department snooping into the Associated Press’s records and conducting surveillance on Fox News correspondent James … Continue reading

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‘Feminism has betrayed an entire generation of women’

In 2008, the daughter of novelist Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple, wrote about how her mother’s extreme feminism poisoned her life. Rebecca Walker rued her upbringing and praised the happiness that motherhood has now brought her. Her article … Continue reading

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Scholar Robert P. George speaks at Sutherland dinner on the pillars of a decent society

Princeton’s Robert P. George spoke at Sutherland Institute’s annual dinner on Tuesday, giving an impassioned defense of the traditional family structure as the key to a free, prosperous and happy society. “Although no family is perfect, no institution matches the … Continue reading

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Put your sweetheart first (no Paris ‘lovelocks’ required)

The Wall Street Journal is talking of love … ways of showing love. One way is to write both your names, or your initials, on a padlock, lock it to a bridge over the Seine in Paris, and throw the … Continue reading

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Tonight on PBS: ‘First Freedom’ documentary by Utah filmmaker

“First Freedom: The Fight for Religious Liberty,” a film by Utah filmmaker Lee Groberg on the history of religious liberty in America, airs tonight at 7 on KUED as well as on hundreds of PBS affiliates across the country. Rob … Continue reading

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Sorrow and a search for solutions

The school shootings in Connecticut last Friday have saddened the hearts of our nation. Our natural reaction is to scramble for ways to keep such a slaughter of innocents from ever happening again. As emotionally tempting as it is to … Continue reading

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Reporter’s vivid Pearl Harbor account is finally published

Here’s a newly published report of the Pearl Harbor attack and its aftermath, written in 1941 by a Honolulu Star-Bulletin reporter but never printed by the newspaper because her editor “thought it would be too frightening for the women to … Continue reading

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Digital learning summit: How ‘blended learning’ works

Blended learning is an education strategy that combines aspects of digital learning and a more traditional school setting. It offers superb flexibility and high quality to students who use it. And it’s happening right now in Utah’s public school system. … Continue reading

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Mobbing Hobby Lobby

Remember the Chick-fil-A controversy? Now it looks like some progressives are put out that Hobby Lobby is challenging the great wisdom of Obamacare. Fox News says: A Christian-owned chain of hobby shops is facing a bitter backlash after suing the … Continue reading

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Burning Man festival: a libertarian's delight?

I’ve been intrigued by Nevada’s Burning Man festival ever since a long-ago co-worker painted a glowing picture of it – and the art I’ve seen in photos of the free-wheeling festival looks wonderfully creative. But not being a fan of … Continue reading

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Helen Gurley Brown and the American family

Helen Gurley Brown’s death last week was followed by a number of laudatory stories about her trail-blazing career at Cosmopolitan magazine. Undoubtedly she was successful, measured by influence and money. But I find it hard to lionize her career or … Continue reading

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‘Roam school': the future of education

A first-person story in the Wall Street Journal points out the exciting developments in homeschooling and digital learning and the growing possibilities of being able to “mix and match” different options to create the best K-12 schooling for our children. … Continue reading

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A warmer planet needs cool-headed adaption

Just for a moment, let’s set aside the war over “global warming.” Whether you blame humans, cows, the sun, the natural cycles of the earth, or hot air from politicians for the planet’s temperature, let’s just look at the options … Continue reading

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