Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Healing heroes

This story illustrates how Utah veterans, prisoners and shelter dogs serve and heal each other through a beautiful series of connections (with plenty of photos and video). The dog is … a potential service animal, training to help free a … Continue reading

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‘Speak American!’

A few months ago I was on the receiving end of a fender-bender in Taylorsville. I spent some time standing around and talking with the other drivers who had been hit. After I left one conversation to tend to my … Continue reading

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Eeeek, it’s Al Gore as the Beast!

“What could be scarier than an elected official in a Halloween costume?” asks Politico. Well, plenty of things, but take a look anyway! Click here to see Politico’s slideshow of various officials throughout the decades … and see if you shriek.

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‘If a nation expects to be ignorant and free … it expects what never was and never will be’

These two reports, published six-plus years apart, portray the civic behavior of Utahns as notably estranged from ‘responsible citizenship,’ Utah’s unique, youthful voter-age demographics notwithstanding: “Utah among lowest in nation in political engagement, report says” “Study: Utah voter turnout lowest … Continue reading

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Strong family culture and policy help drive Utah’s dynamic economy

Utah has heard a lot of praise lately for its economic performance, and rightly so. Utah has the nation’s 2nd lowest unemployment rate (3.6 percent), 2nd highest rate of job growth (3.5 percent or 44,700 new jobs), 3rd highest household … Continue reading

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Paul Mero steps down as Sutherland Institute president

Sutherland Institute and Paul Mero are parting ways. After 14 years at the helm, Mero has been asked to step down as president by the Institute’s board. The decision is effective immediately, and the search for a new president will … Continue reading

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Getting your money’s worth: Which states are best?

Maps published by the nonpartisan Tax Foundation offer a concise depiction of the cost of living in Utah compared with other states. Or as the foundation puts it: “Which states offer the biggest bang for your buck?” Utah lies somewhere … Continue reading

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Another angle on natural law

In our writings at Sutherland Institute we occasionally use the term “natural law,” referring to the common foundations of justice and fairness innate to each of us. An article in the Intercollegiate Review (excerpted from The Perspective of Love: Natural … Continue reading

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Will U.S. intervene in the Middle East? Mero Moment, 7/29/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. As I speak these words the Gaza Strip in the Middle East is literally exploding. Even a cursory review of the news demonstrates … Continue reading

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The #YesAllWomen non sequitur

Here’s what I don’t get. I agree with much of the sentiment behind #YesAllWomen. I think all women, or darn close, are subject to sexual objectification and harassment. It’s common and often subtle enough that men don’t see it, and … Continue reading

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To understand YWCA’s report on Utah women, read it backward – Mero Moment, 5/6/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. The Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) was established in the United States just prior to the Civil War and just around the time … Continue reading

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We were wrong

My friend Quinn McKay has helped facilitate several sessions in Sutherland Institute’s Transcend Series. Quinn’s focus is honesty and integrity. Early in each session Quinn invites a member of the audience to stand and asks the person, “Have you ever … Continue reading

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Leave Newtown in peace for anniversary of shooting

The residents of Newtown, Conn.  – whose lives were violently disrupted by a massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary last year on Dec. 14 – have asked media to leave them alone this year. No breathless “one year ago today!” stories … Continue reading

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Equity, not equality, should be the goal

What’s so great about being equal? If we all lived equally but in medieval conditions, would that be better than some of us stuck in, say, 1950s living conditions but others living the 21st-century dream? Wouldn’t we all be better … Continue reading

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‘Fruitful fields and healthful skies’

During this Thanksgiving season, particular thanks should be extended to Sarah J. Hale, “editress” (as she called herself) of the Lady’s Book and the reason we have a national day of thanksgiving today. Hale worked for 15 years placing “papers … Continue reading

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