UFI Blog

Diane Robertson It’s hard to figure out liberal logic. Liberals will say that disagreeing with someone can tragically cause them to want to commit suicide, and therefore speech must be regulated. On the other hand, if the person who wants to commit suicide asks a doctor...

Erin Weist As a woman in today’s world I often feel that there are certain principles I am supposed to embrace. One of those ideas I feel pressured to adopt is to say that fairy tales are ridiculous because the basis for most of the stories...

Cinthia Jahnsen “We gain control of many things. But we had to let go of others.”                                            - The Giver, Lois Lowry. Released: to be set free;...

by Annalise Jarman Father's Day is Sunday, and I'd like to take this opportunity to write about my own father. My dad is quiet, studious, and detail-oriented. He can come across as pretty serious and stern. He likes things a certain way. So he might not...

by Mekelle Tenney I’m from a small town in Southern Utah, population 300. The 4th of July celebration is a big deal and something that everyone looks forward to. The day starts with the flag raising and the national anthem. We then have the traditional hot...

by Diane Robertson When I was a child, I wanted to be just like my dad. If he asked for mustard on his sandwich, I asked for mustard on mine. If he liked watching Star Trek, then so did I. It really didn’t matter what it...

by Candice LeSueur All of us on the train huddled together in the middle section away from the windows hoping to not be discovered by whoever was putting us in danger. My friend and I desperately embraced each other in silence as we horrifyingly awaited our...

by Erin Weist Trying to write an article this weekend was difficult.  I attended a funeral for a sweet 2-year old, mourning with her family and friends trying to grasp some meaning in this tragedy.  I woke Sunday to news of a mass shooting in Orlando,...

by Christie Masters The understandable and warranted outrage against a California judge who recently gave a rapist a lenient six month sentence has brought the terminology “Rape Culture” to the headlines of news articles. There has been a public outcry and a petition circulating to have...

by Rebecca Mallory “Everyone should be required to take economics and civics!” If I had a dime for every time my dad said that to one of his 9 children, I’d be rich. My dad was an economics and math major in college which unfortunately, didn’t...

by Diane Robertson Early on the morning on Jan. 18 two men riding bikes on the Stanford University campus spotted a man raping an unconscious woman. The man later identified as Brock Allen Turner, a student and swimmer at Stanford University, ran away when he saw...

by Cinthia Jahnsen I live in sunny southern CA where pool and beach season can be anytime from March through October, depending on mother natures temperament. As I drive around I always see signs out (huge signs) that say “Prevent Drowning, Alway Watch the Water.”   Well,...

By Candice LeSueur It is common for heterosexual parents to feel disappointment, anger, shock, or guilt when their child “comes out.” All other family members may initially have feelings of disbelief or denial as they come to terms with a new reality that becomes a significant...

by Tashica Jacobson The small town of Dietrich, Idaho is in shock over the recent events that transpired between football team members. Last October three boys shoved a coat hanger up another team member’s rectum. This instance was not isolated and came after a long series...

by Mekelle Tenney On Saturday a four year old boy fell into the gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo. The boy was dragged into a mot by a 450 lbs. silverback gorilla named Harambe. In order to rescue the boy the zoo had the gorilla shot....

by Diane Robertson “’Do you remember,’ he went on, ‘writing in your diary, “Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four”?’ ‘Yes,’ said Winston. O’Brien held up his left hand, its back towards Winston, with the thumb hidden and the four fingers extended. ‘How many fingers am...

By Candice LeSueur The median age of marriage in the United States has risen subtly in the past several decades. In 1970, the average age to wed was 22 and crept up to 27 in 2010. These statistics aren’t sitting too well for those who are...

by Erin Weist “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). In the United States we celebrate Memorial Day today, the last Monday in May, as a time to remember those from our armed forces who...

By Ally Fife Recently, a woman in her twenties who had suffered sexual abuse as a child, was given a lethal injection at her own request to die. Her psychiatrists and doctors all felt it was in her best interest that she be allowed to choose...

by Rebecca Mallory      Well that was quick! I never planned such a quick follow up to my post on this subject just a few weeks ago. But no sooner did the government kowtow to the demands of minimum wage lobbyists than the free market...

by Diane Robertson Every now and then I think of my grandparents and great grandparents and what society must have been like for them. Things were different back then. People married younger and the divorce rate was under 15%. Babies born to unwed mothers was under...

Sexual content and violence on TV and the potential effect it has on our kids.  by Cinthia Jahnsen We all have been there. The awkward moment where we feel that what we are watching on television, or at the movies is not appropriate for our kids. (OrUS for...

by Erin Weist There is a saying that my husband and I use regularly in our home that we’ve learned from having kids: sleep begets sleep.   As naive parents we thought that if our baby or toddler missed a nap it would make him extra tired...

by Annalise Jarman You have probably heard that every family has at least one crazy person, and if you don’t think your family has one, it’s probably you, right? The saying makes me laugh, but it’s kind of true. At the very least, we will all...

by Mekelle Tenney The other day my mom and I came across an old applique pattern from 1905. The pattern was for dish clothes and there was a girl performing a different chore for each day of the week. One day was washing, one was ironing,...