Tag Archives: family

Senator Mike Lee’s focus on ‘putting families first’ — Sutherland Soapbox, 2/24/15

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. The podcast can be found at the bottom of this post. Much has been said over the past several weeks about the number … Continue reading

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Is apple pie next? — Sutherland Soapbox, 2/17/15

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. The podcast can be found at the bottom of this post. Motherhood and apple pie, as the idiom suggests, are things we can … Continue reading

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The research so far: Mom + Dad still best for kids

In past decades, a large body of research has developed focused on the question of what family structures are most likely to promote child well-being. The basic consensus — based on comparisons of children raised by married biological parents, single … Continue reading

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Religion, democracy and the family – Sutherland Soapbox, 12/30/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. The podcast can be found at the bottom of this post. Reflecting recently on a discussion some years ago with an associate from … Continue reading

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Give your kids the present they wish for the most

IKEA has put together a moving video that should touch all parents, and probably will sting most of us. In the video, they asked some kids to write two letters: one to the Three Kings (like a letter to Santa) … Continue reading

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Arranged marriage

Today, the law of Utah says that marriage is an association of a man and a woman, or a man and another man, or a woman and another woman. Not, however, because a massive cultural change in the state led … Continue reading

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Marriage: a cornerstone, not a luxury good — Sutherland Soapbox, 12/16/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. The podcast can be found at the bottom of this post. Prominent sociologist Andrew Cherlin had an interesting piece in the New York … Continue reading

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Parents’ rights: Integrating rights and responsibilities

The U.S. Constitution is understood to protect the ability of parents to direct the upbringing of their children, free from state interference. That formulation derives from a pair of cases from the 1920s involving disputes over education. In Meyer v. … Continue reading

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6th Circuit marriage decision is powerfully protective of liberty – Sutherland Soapbox, 11/11/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. The podcast can be found at the bottom of this post.  Last week’s decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth … Continue reading

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S.L. Tribune op-ed: World Conference of Families does not spread fear

As administrator of the ninth World Congress of Families (WCF) to be held next fall in Salt Lake City, and as a lifelong Utah resident and Latter-day Saint, I appreciate the opportunity that Erika Munson’s Nov. 2 op-ed provides to … Continue reading

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Energy development boosts poor and middle class

Amid the agonizingly slow recovery from the last recession, policy-makers on both sides of the aisle have turned their focus to improving economic mobility for the poor and economic security for the middle class. So from the political left we … Continue reading

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Take the long view of court’s (non)decision on marriage — Sutherland Soapbox, 10/7/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations.  Utah’s marriage law, and a measure of its self-determination, has now been wiped out by the inaction of the U.S. Supreme Court. As … 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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Make marriage easy to break, and guess what? – Mero Moment, 8/5/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. If you make something easy to break, it gets broken. This is self-evident. It’s why poorly made toys break more often and poorly … Continue reading

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U.N. Human Rights Commission defends the family unit

In a post titled “No Good Document Goes Unpunished,” Laura Bunker of United Families International points out that even the United Nations recognizes the family as the fundamental unit of society. She writes, In observance of the 20th anniversary of … Continue reading

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