Entries by Stan Rasmussen

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 […]

Open season on tolerance

As noted in a recent Sutherland Daily article, within days of the Boy Scouts of America’s July 27 decision rescinding the ban on gay adult Scout leaders, several commentaries by prominent LGBT-rights advocates declared open season on religious-freedom-based exemptions to newly declared rights based on same-sex attraction. Shortly thereafter, in a Catholic News Agency (CNA) […]

70 years ago

An unforgettable memory from my youth is a conversation a group of friends and I had with a neighbor who had been a pilot in World War II. Though many living in our area had similarly served their country during the war, we listened as this particular veteran shared a distinctive story; a horrific experience […]

Where do we go from here?

With the recent decision of the Boy Scouts of America National Executive Board to rescind the ban on gay Scout leaders, and the tenor of several significant commentaries published shortly thereafter, a critical question arises: Where do we go from here? Consider this, from the Human Rights Campaign Blog: As Boy Scouts of America Takes […]

… One giant leap for mankind

Forty-six years ago today, the world watched in wonder as fellow humans fulfilled the dream of millennia: Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin walking on the moon. Achieving the goal pronounced by President John F. Kennedy a mere seven years earlier that “We choose to go the moon in this decade…,” the American astronauts brought […]