Author Archives: Pamela Whitmore

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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How marriage affects the economy

Marriage and Eco Well BeingWhat do personal choices regarding marriage have to do with the economy? Quite a bit, according to a number of studies. Take a look at this report, a synthesis of recent research regarding marriage and the … Continue reading

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Going upscale in downtown S.L.

Five years ago backhoes started ripping two old, not-so-upscale malls and surrounding buildings in downtown Salt Lake City into rubble. Now, after an immense amount of construction, the new City Creek Center is open. City Creek is remarkable not only … Continue reading

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Defining necessity

  I have seen an image going around Facebook that will make you think twice about your holiday spending. It juxtaposes a photo of obviously starving children, holding out their hands, with a photo of harried shoppers with arms and … Continue reading

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The gift of self-reliance, stitch by stitch

  My 10-year-old daughter just presented my husband and me with a Christmas wish list in the form of a letter: Dear Mom and/or Dad, Please, please, please get me a sewing kit for Christmas. I dearly want a junior … Continue reading

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Brazilians put brakes on babies

  September’s issue of National Geographic included a feature on “Brazil’s Girl Power,” detailing how Brazil’s fertility rate has slid from 6.3 children per women in 1960 to 1.9 in 2009 – a lightning-quick change in the world of demographics: … Continue reading

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Not what this woman wants

  I find myself grinding my teeth every time the “What A Woman Wants Show” billboards pop up around the Salt Lake Valley. The sales expo aimed at women is a legitimate event, the art on the billboards is cute, … Continue reading

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City regulations cut into homeowners’ options

  My husband and I had windows replaced in our basement the other day – all but two windows. Why leave them out? Because, according to the window-replacement company, if you replace basement windows – no matter the age of … Continue reading

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Families’ private flights unleash a storm of envy

  Hundreds of commenters on the New York Times website had a tantrum over a story this week about families that charter private jets to send their children to summer camp in the Northeast U.S. These enraged readers see inequity … Continue reading

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