Author Archives: Paul Mero

Here’s how Utah can really level the educational playing field

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. Ten years ago, Sutherland Institute published a powerful analysis of public education in Utah called Saving Education and Ourselves: The Moral Case for … Continue reading

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Count My Vote supporters don’t know when to call it a win

Count My Vote is not an issue high on the priority list for Sutherland Institute, and yet, it inexorably draws my attention. I’m stunned when the “reasonable” people – normally the adults in the room – behave like spoiled children. … Continue reading

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Marriage laws and the delicate balance between order and liberty

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. During a radio interview this week about the state’s defense of Utah’s marriage law, my host along with an opposing guest expressed incredulity … Continue reading

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Quick to judge, quick to condemn, and short on humor

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. When Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman went on his post-championship game rant against the San Francisco 49ers, I thought, wow, this guy has … Continue reading

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We were wrong

My friend Quinn McKay has helped facilitate several sessions in Sutherland Institute’s Transcend Series. Quinn’s focus is honesty and integrity. Early in each session Quinn invites a member of the audience to stand and asks the person, “Have you ever … Continue reading

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Put burden of proof on those who would liberalize liquor laws

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. Last year, a scholarly paper was presented at the Alcohol Policy 16 Conference explaining how restaurants can transform in all practical aspects into … Continue reading

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Count My Vote will put decisions in hands of fat cats

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. During a Sutherland Institute panel last week at the state Capitol discussing the Count My Vote initiative, I mentioned that I have no … Continue reading

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In politics, where there’s a stink … there’s probably a rotting fish

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. Embattled New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s scandal provides a wonderful case study in politics as usual. Not that I think he’s done something … Continue reading

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How Judge Shelby got the 14th Amendment wrong

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. The 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution has been at the epicenter of most controversial court decisions over the past 40 years. … Continue reading

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Why the ‘natural family’ matters to the community

Many Utahns are asking why, exactly, the “natural family” is so vital. The short answer is this: A free society requires formal and broad recognition that the natural family is the fundamental unit of society. Marriage is the cornerstone of … Continue reading

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A culture of corruption in Utah

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. As the John Swallow scandal reveals more and more culture of corruption within Utah’s Attorney General’s office, I am left with a few … Continue reading

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Clueless AG Office lawyers opened door for Shelby’s specious ruling

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. Four days is a long time for me to be silent about the “gay marriage” ruling in Utah. I’ve thought through this, read … Continue reading

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It’s naïve to believe Medicaid expansion promises

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. I have long felt that Medicaid expansion is a central component of Obamacare. If President Obama can get more and more people on … Continue reading

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Finding the balance between a safety net and a spiderweb of corruption

As I write this I just finished reading the Lee Benson interview of United Way’s Deborah Bayle in the Deseret News. In full disclosure, I’m not a big fan of private social service agencies that institutionalize the use of tax … Continue reading

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‘The Yellow Bird’ and the limits of liberty

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. English journalist and author G.K. Chesterton once wrote a parable about liberty titled “The Yellow Bird.” In this parable, a Russian scholar, Professor … Continue reading

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