Author Archives: Stan Rasmussen

A triptych for today …

… reflecting on George Santayana’s sobering reminder: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” (The Life of Reason: the Phases of Human Progress, Vol. 1, p. 284, 1905-06) “…the way to have good and safe government … Continue reading

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Marriage and family focus of Vatican Interreligious Colloquium – Sutherland Soapbox, 11/18/14

This post is an expanded transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. The podcast can be found at the bottom of this post. Today, we’ll take a look at marriage and family: the soil, … Continue reading

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Ronald Reagan: Still remarkably relevant today

Thirty-five years ago today, on Nov. 13, 1979, Ronald Reagan announced his candidacy for the office of President of the United States. Though a generation and a half have passed since then, in many respects his words and the circumstances … Continue reading

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‘If a nation expects to be ignorant and free … it expects what never was and never will be’

These two reports, published six-plus years apart, portray the civic behavior of Utahns as notably estranged from ‘responsible citizenship,’ Utah’s unique, youthful voter-age demographics notwithstanding: “Utah among lowest in nation in political engagement, report says” “Study: Utah voter turnout lowest … Continue reading

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How states that take the federal bait end up on the hook – Sutherland Soapbox, 10/14/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. Last week, Sutherland Institute had the opportunity to meet with Tarren Bragdon while he was in Utah’s capital. Tarren is CEO of the … Continue reading

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Charity care is crucial to Utah’s health – Sutherland Soapbox, 9/9/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. Health care and health care policy have become daily news topics. You may have noticed Governor Gary Herbert promoting his Healthy Utah plan. … Continue reading

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What is marriage – and why is it a matter of public policy?

I’m not going to say anything about morality, anything about theology or anything about tradition. There are some people who talk about marriage and talk about the same-sex marriage debate in terms of a moral argument, a theological argument or … Continue reading

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Utahns have 6 weeks to give Gov. Herbert feedback on Common Core

Governor Gary Herbert recently introduced a robust process by which state education policy, including the controversial Common Core State Standards, will be carefully reviewed. Of great importance, the process includes the means by which …parents, teachers, community members and other … Continue reading

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Thanks to Utah leaders for careful approach on climate politics

In “Herbert Catching Heat for Climate Change Stance,” (July 7, 2014, Utah Policy Daily), Bryan Schott shares the observation that “half of the nation’s Republican governors are climate change deniers, including Utah Gov. Gary Herbert.” To which an appropriate response … Continue reading

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Testimony on HB 285 (Alcoholic Beverage Service Amendments)

Testimony presented by Stan Rasmussen, director of public affairs, Sutherland Institute, on March 4 before the House Revenue and Taxation Standing Committee regarding HB 285 3rd Substitute – Alcoholic Beverage Service Amendments: Thank you Mr. Chair, and good afternoon, Representatives. … Continue reading

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Testimony on SB 171 (Student-Centered Learning Pilot Program)

Testimony presented Feb. 12 by Stan Rasmussen, director of public affairs, Sutherland Institute, before the Senate Education Standing Committee of the Utah Legislature regarding SB 171 – Student-Centered Learning Pilot Program: Thank you, Mr. Chair, and good afternoon, Senators. Stan … Continue reading

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Testimony on HB 96 (Utah School Readiness Initiative)

Testimony presented by Stan Rasmussen, director of public affairs, Sutherland Institute, before the House Education Standing Committee of the Utah Legislature on Feb. 6, 2014, regarding HB 96 – Utah School Readiness Initiative: Thank you, Mr. Vice Chair and good … Continue reading

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Another death on Nov. 22, 1963: Remembering C.S. Lewis

Many remember well where we were on that day draped in melancholy memory when the terrible news radiated out of Dallas. Followed by nonstop news coverage: Dealey Plaza, horrific footage, the killer murdered on Sunday-morning live television, a bereaved widow … Continue reading

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Big shoes to fill, for sure – and capable new feet

Concluding speculation about who Governor Gary Herbert would choose to replace Lt. Gov. Greg Bell, on Tuesday, the governor introduced Spencer J. Cox as his choice. Currently serving as a member of the Utah House, Mr. Cox was elected in … Continue reading

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Will BSA take a well-intentioned but calamitous path?

By nature an upbeat and optimistic person, today I am experiencing feelings that are hard to describe. Upbeat they are not. More a combination of sadness and mourning about the fact that this afternoon representatives of the 290 local councils … Continue reading

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