Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Governor Herbert: a gut conservative

In the course of my career I’ve met many politicians. I have seen the worst of them and I’ve seen who I consider to be the best of them. Personally identifying with a politician – seeing them as friends or … Continue reading

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Placing politics ahead of faith

Progressives’ favorite go-to Mormon gal is Joanna Brooks. She has secular credentials they like (associate professor in English at San Diego State) and she passes the key test of being a female progressive who enjoys sharing provocative ideas about her … Continue reading

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Sorrow and a search for solutions

The school shootings in Connecticut last Friday have saddened the hearts of our nation. Our natural reaction is to scramble for ways to keep such a slaughter of innocents from ever happening again. As emotionally tempting as it is to … Continue reading

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Reporter’s vivid Pearl Harbor account is finally published

Here’s a newly published report of the Pearl Harbor attack and its aftermath, written in 1941 by a Honolulu Star-Bulletin reporter but never printed by the newspaper because her editor “thought it would be too frightening for the women to … Continue reading

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BYU graduate Samake strives for democracy in Mali

Yeah Samake, a BYU graduate interviewed by Sutherland last year, is featured today in a front-page story in The Salt Lake Tribune, Ex-BYU student focused on restoring democracy in bid for Mali presidency: With just six weeks until elections to … Continue reading

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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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