Author Archives: Sutherland Daily

The lowdown on Social Security

Many politicians talk of a Social Security trust fund, some even calling it a “lockbox.” This evokes images of a giant vault full of money stacked to the ceiling, or perhaps a huge savings account holding onto cash for when … Continue reading

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The unintended consequences of the minimum wage

Minimum wage arguments are often laden with good intentions. Of course everyone believes in a fair wage for an honest day’s work. However, what’s generally lacking in the push for a minimum wage is an understanding of the broader consequences … Continue reading

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Guest post: The New Liberalism vs. the Restored Gospel

By Ralph Hancock Part 3 of 3 of “Mormonism in the public square” In the first two articles in this series, I have examined the relationship between religion and politics and shown the impossibility of keeping these completely separate, especially … Continue reading

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Guest post: The sleight of hand in relativism

By Ralph Hancock Part 2 of 3 of “Mormonism in the public square” In the first article in this series, I summarized a common contemporary view of the relationship between morality and politics as follows: “But now society has fundamentally … Continue reading

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Guest post: Mormonism in the public square

By Ralph Hancock Part 1 of 3 There are two subjects to be avoided, it is often said, in conversation among casual friends and, especially perhaps, among relatives: religion and politics. Among people of the same faith, the first restriction … Continue reading

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New report: Energy development on federal lands could add $6.7B to Utah’s economy

A report released today by the Sutherland Institute Center for Self-Government in the West finds that, based on high-, medium-, and low-usage scenarios, the state’s economy could add between about $1.2 billion and $6.7 billion and 9,400 to 58,000 jobs … Continue reading

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9/11 and your shoes

“Look down at your shoes. Could you break into a run in those if you needed to?” So begins a post at The Foundry reflecting on the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Click here to read it. As it … Continue reading

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Guest column: Utah issues letter grades to public schools

By the Association of American Educators During the 2013 legislative season, the state of Utah passed SB721 in an effort to foster a culture of transparency in public schools. Similar to bills in 15 other states, the new law measures … Continue reading

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The consent of the governed (or, who’s in charge and why)

Where do governments get their power? The consent of the governed, according to Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson used the Declaration of Independence to make the case to the world that the British government was tyrannical, listing the grievances which proved the … Continue reading

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Win BYU, Utah, Utah St. and Weber St. football tickets!

It’s a “Freedom and Football Frenzy”! Sutherland Institute’s Utah Citizen Network is giving away 16 tickets to eight college football games featuring BYU, Utah, Utah State and Weber State. This week’s giveaway is a pair of tickets to see Utah … Continue reading

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Some habits are hard to break

The Salt Lake Tribune reported recently on the legal answer filed in the federal lawsuit challenging Utah’s marriage laws. It seems that in response to the filing, an activist group brought a copy of the Constitution to the attorney general’s … Continue reading

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New! Utah Local Elections Guide

Are you looking for information on the candidates in your city? Click here for our Utah Local Elections Guide – a quick way to find what you want. We’ve compiled information for Utah’s largest cities and posted it on Utah … Continue reading

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Rico’s immigrant founder using his success to help others

Here’s a great example of private charity – made possible by a Mexican immigrant who arrived in Utah, got to work and created a successful business. Now he’s helping feed the hungry with the assistance of volunteers on bikes. From … Continue reading

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Infographic: Grading Utah’s schools

Have you heard that Utah is going to start giving grades to its public schools? This is designed to give parents and the public more information about their schools – starting this fall. Click here to see an infographic by … Continue reading

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Reid abandons impartiality on Swallow

Utah State Senator Stuart Reid, showing his displeasure with Attorney General John Swallow’s lack of regard for public opinion during a recent press conference, sent a letter to many of his Senate colleagues with the subject: “My loss of impartiality.” … Continue reading

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