Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Privacy and bad behavior

Forty-seven years ago in the Griswold case, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the First Amendment to the Constitution “has a penumbra where privacy is protected from governmental intrusion.” A “penumbra” is a shadow and seven of the nine … Continue reading

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Burning Man festival: a libertarian's delight?

I’ve been intrigued by Nevada’s Burning Man festival ever since a long-ago co-worker painted a glowing picture of it – and the art I’ve seen in photos of the free-wheeling festival looks wonderfully creative. But not being a fan of … Continue reading

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A German journalist’s views on Mormons, Romney and EU austerity

Andreas Ross, editor of foreign policy for Germany’s second-largest newspaper, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, came to Salt Lake recently to interview Sutherland Institute President Paul Mero for a piece on Mormons and Mitt Romney. We took the opportunity to ask Ross … Continue reading

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Latest biased polling goes unquestioned by journalists

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll that is making lots of headlines, both nationally and locally, reported that opposition to “gay marriage” has fallen to a “new low,” with only 39 percent of the public opposed. It would seem noteworthy … Continue reading

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Reporting on poll results often fails Journalism 101

Political reporters often report poll results about candidates or issues without examining whether the polling sample makes any sense. Since a polling sample can almost single-handedly determine its results, this would seem like an elementary requirement of any competent journalist … Continue reading

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King’s moving plea and the American Dream

  On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered an electrifying speech to 200,000 civil rights supporters in Washington, D.C. As he stood in front of the Lincoln Memorial, King called for the nation to finish what the 16th … Continue reading

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A peek at Paul Mero’s reading list

  If you open Paul Mero’s iPad2 and review his ibooks, here are the books you’ll find: 1. John Adams by David McCullough 2. The Conservative Mind: From Burke to Eliot by Russell Kirk 3. A Queer Thing Happened To … Continue reading

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Results of our GOP delegate survey

  State delegates are charged with selecting primary candidates, but surprisingly little is known about these delegates’ opinions on important issues in Utah. Earlier this month, Sutherland Institute sent out an email survey to Republican state delegates. Seven hundred ten … 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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What makes you happy? Show us and win!

  You know one thing that makes us happy? A healthy sense of humor. To celebrate the belly laughs conjured by a good comedian, we’re giving you the chance to win two fantastic tickets (14th row, middle) to see Brian … Continue reading

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Remembering 9/11

  The 10th anniversary of the horrific Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks is a sobering reminder of the evil and suffering present in the world today and, more importantly, of the heroes, loved ones lost and left behind, and the … Continue reading

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Lessons on liberty from an Ethiopian taxi driver

  On my way to the airport after a recent conference in Seattle, I had an interesting chat with a taxi driver. “Eddie” is originally from Ethiopia but has lived in the United States for the last seven years. He … Continue reading

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Utah Democratic chairman’s minority behavior is no surprise

  I worked in Washington,D.C., on Capitol Hill from 1987 to 1997 – pre- and post-Gingrich “revolution.” I began my political career in the minority. Democrats had controlled the House of Representatives for more than 60 years before the 1994 … Continue reading

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Why has no one replicated America?

  Here’s a question: If America’s Constitution, Bill of Rights, system of government and free market economy are the best solutions humankind has ever conjured to govern itself, why has no other country closely replicated our systems and, correspondingly, our … Continue reading

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Cicero, natural law, and why you can’t marry a plant

  Have you ever wondered why certain things seem to make sense while others just don’t seem right? Why, for instance, do humans get great pleasure out of relationships with each other yet struggle to find any common bond with, … Continue reading

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