Author Archives: Paul Mero

Friends (yes!) in politics

Tweet The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. Politics certainly creates strange bedfellows. Over the span of my career I have made very special friends – and, in an … Continue reading

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Finally, candor from both S.L. newspapers

Tweet The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. In one of his first editorials since taking the helm at The Salt Lake Tribune, Terry Orme sets his leadership with … Continue reading

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This is why depending on D.C. is a bad idea

Tweet The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. If all the wailing and gnashing of teeth surrounding the partial government shutdown shows anything, it’s that we’ve become overly dependent … Continue reading

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When spoiled children decide elections

Tweet The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. Only eight months ago we were talking about the threat of budget sequestration – a dramatic showdown between congressional Republicans and … Continue reading

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The motives behind Count My Vote

Tweet The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. One of the reasons I love working for Sutherland Institute is that I can say what I mean without fear of … Continue reading

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Is our 226-year-old Constitution in crisis?

Tweet The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. This week, specifically September 17, marks the 226th anniversary of the United States Constitution. While our Declaration of Independence is the … Continue reading

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Let’s have a dialogue about unreliable climate change models

Tweet The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. One of the things we try to do at Sutherland Institute is encourage an honest dialogue. Opinions are often a part … Continue reading

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3 ideas that changed the world

Tweet The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. Standing in a checkout line at the supermarket, I saw a special edition of Time magazine titled, “100 Ideas That Changed … Continue reading

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The push for pot

Tweet The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. When Colorado and Washington voters approved ballot initiatives last November to legalize the use and possession of up to an ounce … Continue reading

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How religion-free trend affects public policy

Tweet The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. A sign on a commercial building in the neighborhood where I live reads, “Interested in God, but not religion?” The invitation … Continue reading

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Responsible citizens, gun rights and the 2nd Amendment

Tweet Text of Paul Mero’s remarks, as prepared, at the KVEL Radio 2nd Amendment Rally in Vernal on Aug. 10, 2013: I mentioned to our host that me sharing thoughts with you about the Second Amendment is like a student … Continue reading

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‘Zion Curtain’ is a useful reminder

Tweet The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. In Utah’s liquor wars, it’s no secret that Sutherland Institute supports current laws designed to decrease the sale and consumption of … Continue reading

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‘The American Illness’: How the legal system drags down our economy

Tweet The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. A friend of mine who teaches law at George Mason University in Virginia has edited a new book titled, The American … Continue reading

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Tempest over attendance law: It’s all about money and power

Tweet Much will be argued over Senator Aaron Osmond’s proposal to revise Utah’s compulsory attendance law, but my guess is, most people will ignore the central question: Who (or what) has final say over the education of children? Utah’s compulsory … Continue reading

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Arguments against repealing compulsory education are insulting

Tweet The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. Periodically, our friends at Utahpolicy.com survey their readers on political issues of the day. Just this week, it ran a survey … Continue reading

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