Author Archives: Stan Rasmussen

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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On an earlier April 18 in Boston

Listen my children and you shall hear Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere, On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five; Hardly a man is now alive Who remembers that famous day and year. From Paul Revere’s Ride, by Henry … Continue reading

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Herbert: ‘From adversity comes strength, from strength comes success’

Last week Governor Gary R. Herbert was inaugurated to his first full term as Utah’s chief executive, having first accepted the role in 2009 when then-Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. was appointed ambassador to China. Conducted in the rotunda of Utah’s … Continue reading

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Interim Day: Don’t call HB 148 a ‘land grab’ – Utah has every right to control its land

Mid-November meetings of the Utah Legislature are traditionally the final regular monthly gatherings of interim committees prior to the full-time session that begins in January. The issues and proposals discussed foreshadow and prepare the way for the work legislators will … Continue reading

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Celebrate Constitution with contest, concert, McCullough

On Monday, Sept. 17, we mark the 225th anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution – the foundation, along with the Declaration of Independence, of the American republic. Of this remarkable and most significant document, William R. Gladstone, … Continue reading

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Lincoln's legacy of leadership

Today marks 150 years since President Abraham Lincoln penned what has become one of the most frequently quoted writings of our nation’s 16th president. The letter, written in response to New York Tribune editor Horace Greeley’s blistering editorial published days … Continue reading

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