Entries by Stan Rasmussen

Strong families, prosperous states

Three weeks ago, Sutherland Institute was pleased to host and conduct the ninth World Congress of Families, in Salt Lake City. During the four-day conference, held for the first time in the United States, attendees received a wealth of information and perspective about the many issues confronting families in today’s world as well as insights […]

A ‘Cyclone’ that helped keep our country free

This coming Wednesday, Nov. 11, grateful Americans will again observe Veterans Day. Initially a commemoration of the armistice that concluded “The Great War” – World War I – on “the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month” in 1918, Veterans Day has become a day of remembrance “…in order that a grateful […]

The continuing train wreck of Obamacare

 In a recent column, Guy Benson cites recent reports in The Hill, The Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times detailing the “story out of Kentucky, where yet another state-level Obamacare co-op has collapsed.” From the Oct. 9 edition of The Hill: Kentucky’s nonprofit health insurer set up under ObamaCare is shutting down because […]

Work and human flourishing

While attending the University of Utah in the 1970s, I became acquainted with the work of Dr. Frederick Herzberg, who had conducted groundbreaking research in the field of motivation in the workplace: in other words, factors associated with work performance and satisfaction. Far from being an obscure, esoteric pursuit, Professor Herzberg’s efforts are the topic […]

Justices who stood for justice

In a weekly column published by the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), Lawrence Reed relates stories “of people whose choices and actions,” in his view, “make them heroes.” Reed has served as president of the FEE since 2008. In his offering of Sept. 25, “Four Justices Who Stood for Justice – Real Heroes: Sutherland, Butler, […]

Family – the foundation

Wednesday, Sept. 23, marked not only the autumnal equinox – the first day of autumn – but also the 20th anniversary of the public presentation of The Family: A Proclamation to the World by leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Proclamation included not only declarations intended for members of the […]

Life elevated, online: college student edition

Continuing a gratifying tradition of accolades, the Beehive State was recently highlighted in yet another “best-of-the-nation” assessment. In The Best States for Online College Students 2015, Utah was ranked No. 3 in the country. The top 10: Washington, California, Utah, Georgia, Kansas, Texas, North Carolina, Virginia, Florida and Colorado. From the article summarizing the results […]

How far will this go?

A recent news story out of Colorado under the headline “Chick-fil-A location at DIA [Denver International Airport] paused after Denver Council cites chain’s LGBT stances,” reports that “City Council members, considering new concession deal, say company’s past same-sex marriage stance causes concerns.” Chick-fil-A’s reputation as an opponent of same-sex marriage has imperiled the fast-food chain’s […]

Wednesday, Aug. 19 noon rally at Utah Capitol Rotunda to address taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood

Wednesday, August 19, is the monthly legislative Interim Day on Utah’s Capitol Hill. In addition to the regularly scheduled meetings of the Legislature’s interim committees, an informative gathering will be held in the Capitol Rotunda from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm – to which citizens are invited and encouraged to attend. The topic will be […]