Category Archives: Culture

Helen Gurley Brown and the American family

Helen Gurley Brown’s death last week was followed by a number of laudatory stories about her trail-blazing career at Cosmopolitan magazine. Undoubtedly she was successful, measured by influence and money. But I find it hard to lionize her career or … Continue reading

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Have some Boy Scouts board members lost their compass?

Reports of recent comments by two board members of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) provide Exhibit A examples of self-serving inclinations and failing to remember which way they (should) face. The first comes from The Dallas Morning News:  Two … Continue reading

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Utahns optimistic about their communities – why?

  Do Utahns have greater hopes for the future than people in other states? In creating the ratings for its well-being index, Gallup found that Utahns rank first in city optimism, meaning they believe “the city or area where they … Continue reading

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From ‘the greatest generation’ to ‘the greatest generational failure’

  Has the baby boom generation become one of the greatest failures in leadership in American history? Walter Russell Mead, himself a boomer, recently published a thought-provoking essay in regard to this question, and his answer seems to be an … Continue reading

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Penn State insanity calls for radical surgery

  The Pennsylvania State University Board of Trustees should have announced cancellation of the football team’s Saturday game at the same time they fired Coach Joe Paterno and the university president. Further, the appropriate response to this unfolding atrocity, in … Continue reading

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‘Cult’ accusation is a bigoted blast from the past

  When evangelical pastor Robert Jeffress called The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints a “cult” at the Values Voters Summit, a huge gathering of the “pro-family movement,” it brought back all sorts of thoughts for me. Permit me, … Continue reading

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Not what this woman wants

  I find myself grinding my teeth every time the “What A Woman Wants Show” billboards pop up around the Salt Lake Valley. The sales expo aimed at women is a legitimate event, the art on the billboards is cute, … Continue reading

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‘Selective reduction’ of twins highlights need for a culture of life

  The New York Times ran an article recently about a growing abortion practice in which a woman carrying twins chooses to abort only one of the two healthy, viable fetuses, while keeping the other. The article noted that this … Continue reading

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Mind-bending story about ‘gay Mormons’ reinforces political correctness

  A growing number of Americans seem to be accepting, even embracing, the idea of same-sex relationships (i.e., homosexuality) even while there still remain Americans who view those relationships as dysfunctional. Professional medical associations have, one by one over the … Continue reading

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Give Sundance credit where credit is due

  A few weeks ago in another post on this blog, Sutherland analyst Matthew Piccolo brought to light the vulgar content presented during parts of the Sundance Institute’s annual film festival. While I share his concerns about the festival, Sundance also … Continue reading

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Families’ private flights unleash a storm of envy

  Hundreds of commenters on the New York Times website had a tantrum over a story this week about families that charter private jets to send their children to summer camp in the Northeast U.S. These enraged readers see inequity … Continue reading

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