Entries by Stan Rasmussen

How family structure affects black families, communities

In a series of articles recently published in The Daily Signal, Walter E. Williams, professor of economics at George Mason University, author and syndicated columnist, focuses on the impacts of parents and family structure on community and culture. Asserting his assessment of causes and effects on black families, youth and communities, Professor Williams presents data and perspective that underscore the […]

Remembering the hardy souls

Today we celebrate Pioneer Day in Utah – the 169th anniversary of the arrival of the first group of Mormon pioneers to enter the Valley of the Great Salt Lake in 1847. Why did the Pioneers, pioneer? They sought God, religious freedom, truth, knowledge, happiness, and a brighter tomorrow.[i] As described by LDS apostle John […]

The specter of assisted suicide

During the Legislature’s monthly interim meetings to be held today, July 13, on Utah’s Capitol Hill, the Health and Human Services Committee will discuss a topic of increasing interest – and deep concern: assisted suicide. Beginning at 12:50 p.m., in Room 445 at the state Capitol, the committee will hear from individuals and organizations that […]

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 […]