Category Archives: Miscellaneous

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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Another death on Nov. 22, 1963: Remembering C.S. Lewis

Many remember well where we were on that day draped in melancholy memory when the terrible news radiated out of Dallas. Followed by nonstop news coverage: Dealey Plaza, horrific footage, the killer murdered on Sunday-morning live television, a bereaved widow … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Address: not so silly after all

The Patriot-News, a newspaper in central Pennsylvania, printed an amusing retraction of its ancestor’s original, uncomplimentary, review of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address: “We pass over the silly remarks of the President. For the credit of the nation we are willing … Continue reading

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Finally, candor from both S.L. newspapers

The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. In one of his first editorials since taking the helm at The Salt Lake Tribune, Terry Orme sets his leadership with a … Continue reading

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Big shoes to fill, for sure – and capable new feet

Concluding speculation about who Governor Gary Herbert would choose to replace Lt. Gov. Greg Bell, on Tuesday, the governor introduced Spencer J. Cox as his choice. Currently serving as a member of the Utah House, Mr. Cox was elected in … Continue reading

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Let’s have a dialogue about unreliable climate change models

The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. One of the things we try to do at Sutherland Institute is encourage an honest dialogue. Opinions are often a part of … Continue reading

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