Entries by Stan Rasmussen

Introducing your state school board election homework

Sutherland Institute is pleased to include Homework on State School Board candidates on our website: a one-stop-shop hub of what voters need to know to make informed choices. Because the content will be frequently updated as more information and links become available, readers are encouraged to revisit this section regularly between now and primary election […]

Get to know state school board candidates before June 28 primary

As recently highlighted by the Deseret News, in a series of debates set to begin on Tuesday, June 7, “Utah voters will have opportunities to compare the educational philosophies of candidates vying for the Utah State Board of Education.” From establishing student testing to assessing curriculum standards, decisions made by the Utah State School Board […]

A day of remembrance

This weekend, as we commemorate Memorial Day, appropriately we’ll reflect on the lives of those who have gone before. Beloved family members, dear friends, neighbors, teachers, leaders and others whose influence helped shape who we are becoming. Among them, the Founding Generation of men and women who risked and sacrificed to establish our nation, this […]

Uncle Sam wants you … to conform, now

On Friday, May 13, in a move simultaneously appalling, consistent in pattern, and egregiously disrespectful and dismissive of active judicial proceedings, The Obama administration told U.S. public school districts across the country on Friday to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity, rather than their gender at birth. … Officials […]

The moral compass of religion

Among the seven Sutherland Institute governing principles is “Religion as the moral compass of human progress.” In “Turning back the tide of sexual promiscuity through religion,” an op-ed published Sunday in the Deseret News, scholar Jenet Jacob Erickson, Ph.D., shares insights that appear to underscore the linkage between human progress and the moral compass of […]

Acknowledging pornography as a public health crisis

Awareness of the threat that pornography poses to America’s health and society will top the agenda Tuesday morning at the Utah State Capitol as Governor Gary Herbert hosts a press conference and ceremonial bill signing. The focus of the event will be SCR 9 – Concurrent Resolution on the Public Health Crisis, a resolution recognizing […]

Our time for choosing

On Tuesday evening, March 22, many Utahns affiliated with the state’s two largest political parties will participate in their neighborhood precinct caucus meetings. In these gatherings, attending Republicans and Democrats will elect delegates to represent them at their respective upcoming county and state conventions where decisions will be made regarding one of now two paths […]

Testimony in support of HB 437 S3 (Health Care Revisions)

Testimony presented by Stan Rasmussen, Sutherland Institute director of public affairs, on March 8, 2016, before the Senate Health and Human Services Committee of the Utah Legislature in support of HB 437 3rd Substitute: Sutherland supports HB 437 3rd Substitute – Health Care Revisions because it strikes a good balance among several key considerations: (1) […]