Tag Archives: family

Why the ‘natural family’ matters to the community

Many Utahns are asking why, exactly, the “natural family” is so vital. The short answer is this: A free society requires formal and broad recognition that the natural family is the fundamental unit of society. Marriage is the cornerstone of … Continue reading

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Dodgy social science in the Utah same-sex marriage case

In their recent submissions to a federal court judge who’s being asked to mandate same-sex marriage in Utah, the plaintiffs included a declaration from a sociologist, Charlotte Patterson, who commonly weighs in on litigation with the message that mothers and … Continue reading

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‘Like treating cancer with a Band-Aid’

“The federal government has a horrific record on preschool,” says Joy Pullman in The Federalist. And she says no one is willing to admit what the root problems are: “The most curious thing about the preschool debate is that everyone … Continue reading

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Hey kid, want to go from rags to riches? Move to S.L.

Where do you think a child from a low-income family would have the best chance of moving into the upper 20 percent of the “national income distribution”? New York? Seattle? Las Vegas? It’s the Salt Lake City metro area. In … Continue reading

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‘Catastrophically damaging’

According to “economic development” advocates, here’s what “catastrophically damaging” looks like when it comes to drinking in Utah: a few moments of awkward conversation about Utah’s liquor laws when a waiter has to explain to a customer at a restaurant … Continue reading

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What children learn from welfare: stay on welfare

What are the effects of government welfare programs on families, and especially children? Do they simply provide a temporary hand up to families, so their children can go on to lead self-reliant, productive lives? Or do they actually teach children, … Continue reading

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Interim Day: Testimony before legislative committee regarding liquor policy

Testimony by Paul Mero before the Business and Labor Interim Committee on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. Mr. Chairman and members of the committee, State liquor policy has been consistent for decades. Utah is a control state. Our policy is to … Continue reading

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Conservatism and freedom: Sen. Lee gets it

Utah Senator Mike Lee delivered a superb exposition on how conservatism, accurately interpreted and applied, offers the best hope of providing the maximum amount of freedom and highest quality of life for more citizens than any other alternative. Sen. Lee … Continue reading

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Defending the pillars of society

The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations: Last week, at the Sutherland Institute annual dinner, our special guest was Professor Robbie George from Princeton. Professor George is described by … Continue reading

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Nothing silly or embarrassing about Utah’s liquor laws

With what can only be described as noble indifference – the new political posture of politically correct and “tolerant” Republicans – many otherwise thoughtful Utahns have gone just plain goofy over Utah liquor laws, especially the “Zion Curtain.” Whenever Sutherland … Continue reading

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Children and the culture of drinking

In the recently concluded legislative session, a bill was introduced and passed by the Utah House of Representatives on a 63-11 vote that would have done away with the so-called “Zion Curtain.” Wisely, the Senate stopped such poor public policy … Continue reading

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‘Zion Curtain’ is a matter of culture

The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations: If you were to take a tour of my home, you would immediately notice the symbols of my family’s culture. Our living … Continue reading

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Why marriage is so important to society

The Heritage Foundation has written an excellent post outlining why marriage matters. Here are the main points of the piece, written by Ryan T. Anderson, along with a few of my own thoughts:  “[M]arriage exists to bring a man and … Continue reading

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Will this Legislature uphold or undermine ideals of family?

Animating the Sutherland Institute’s efforts on family issues at the Legislature is the principle that individual family disintegration or failure to form is not the only problem our society faces. The increasing social and legal acceptance of family breakdown and … Continue reading

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Utah must tackle issues behind prison, mistreatment of prisoners, and recidivism

Warehousing large numbers of people in prison is neither wise, nor just, nor humane as most people, and certainly conservatives, recognize. Allowing rampant crime to go unchecked is also none of these things. As a result of many factors, we … Continue reading

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