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William C. Duncan In a 52-48 vote on November 21 the majority Democrats in the Senate repealed a provision that allowed a Senator to filibuster an executive branch nominee unless a vote of at least sixty Senators could be mustered to end that filibuster. This change...

Kristi Kane One of my favorite poems is this: I have wept in the night for the shortness of sight that to somebody's need I was blind. But I never have yet felt a twinge of regret for being a little too kind. ~anon. There are so many issues in today's society...

Carol Soelberg Flannel had become a popular new trend in the late 80’s and early 90’s.  My mother had spent hours and hours making all of us children matching pajamas to open on Christmas Eve out of this trendy plaid, flannel material.  As I look back...

As in previous years, a nondiscrimination bill was presented during the 2013 Utah Legislative session. It gained unprecedented momentum by passing a Senate Committee, before dying on the Senate Floor.  It will be back in the 2014 Legislative session.[i] Nondiscrimination laws sound like a good idea....

Meghan Hofhiens For much of my high school experience I attended a private international school in Bangkok, Thailand. The expectations to succeed were high. My classmates were driven and my teachers were inspired. The work was rigorous, but not beyond my capabilities. It was my experiences...

Rebecca Mallory Currier and Ives and Norman Rockwell… Remember those guys? I’m old enough to remember the days when “happy holidays” referred to Halloween, July 4th, St. Patrick’s Day and Groundhog Day all rolled together. All of those holidays were… happy!  And December 25th was strictly...

Those who favor turning our sovereignty over to the United Nations system are at it again!  By Ann Bailey There is once again a strong push to move the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities  to the U.S. senate floor for a ratification vote...

Diane Robertson Is religion an important part of society? One Supreme Court Justice in Britain thinks so. Lord Sumption, has blamed a need for more laws on the decline in religion and traditional moral values. From 1997 to 2007 Britain added 3000 new laws in the...

David Jenks Same gender parenting is a controversial subject. Many people believe that a same gender couple could raise a child just as well as a heterosexual couple. This is an attack on the structure of the family and could have detrimental effects in the long...

  Rachel Allison The Thanksgiving Holiday offers us a specific season each year to reflect on our blessings. These past few days my thoughts have focused on my childhood and the impact my parents made on me during my formative years.  Their words, their priorities, their expressions...

by Kristi Kane During my last year of college, a young man in one of my creative writing classes wrote a story about a young woman who had been raped. I still remember the opening line of his story written in first person, in which the...

Monica Nicholas & Taylor Evans “Living apart from natural fathers can be associated with poverty and negative outcomes for children.”  Lisa Calderwood, London University, Institute of Education Scotty was a happy little four year old boy when his parents were divorced.  He stayed with his mom in...

Ann Bailey Gay advocacy groups continue to beat the drum that gays suffer from employment discrimination, but it seems that the problem is exactly the opposite.  Homosexuals actually enjoy a “wage premium.”  They earn 2.5% more than a similarly-situated heterosexual earner.   Yep, what you might have...

Diane Robertson There are many laws put in place to protect children—seat belt and car seat laws, laws that allow driving, drinking, and smoking only after children reach a certain age, and many more. Why? Because these laws protect children and are good for society. Seat...

Golden-brown turkey, soft buttery rolls, spicy pumpkin pies. . . what are your family’s favorite Thanksgiving traditions? Family traditions are more than just familiar routines. They are powerful sources of strength to families. Research shows that traditions give structure and rhythm to family life, and...

Diane Robertson This is not a topic I like to read about, talk about, or even think about. I did not want to write about it. Yet pedophilia is quietly being normalized. Responsible adults need to understand what is happening in order to act to protect...

Alexandria Christensen and Kendra Mayo Parenting is an important part of how society functions. Parents rear the rising generation that will become the political leaders, the work force, and the consumers of tomorrow. Parents raise children to become successful adults. Laurence Steinberg (2005) states, “Good parenting is...

Elise Ellsworth When Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney spoke at a college commencement this past year he chose an interesting topic to address – marriage.  He urged young people to actively pursue marriage: “Combining your life with another person … is tremendously challenging and enormously rewarding...

Alexxus Kochel                                                      After a long week, I was very excited for a date night with my husband. Something about a stress free Friday night to unwind is soothing to me. My husband picked me up from work, and we headed to a movie. We had...

Diane Robertson The Pilgrim Separatists fled their homes in England, endured starvation and hardships and the deaths of many of their loved ones in order to establish a colony in the New World free from religious intolerance. The sacrifices of these first settlers began a tradition...

Attempting to scare people is part and parcel of the Halloween season, but the “zero-population growth” folks have really kicked it into gear the last few weeks.   “Scary stories” abound, especially since the new report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was...

Shelle Mask Soelberg With “Mask” for a last name, Halloween was bound to be special, and my mom made sure it always was.  Our tradition for extravagant and individualized costumes made us anticipate Halloween all year long. Our costumes were always homemade and always thrilling in...

Kassie Anderson I was talking with my good friend Eden, who had been talking with her 90 year old aunt, about how women are losing their instinct to mother. I am 100% on board with this. My theory is that there are so many books and...

In the United States, October is the month for pumpkins and trick-or-treaters. It also National Breast-Cancer Awareness Month, a nationwide campaign “dedicated to educating and empowering women to take charge of their own breast health.” Judging by the multitude of pink ribbons from sea to...