Principles Matter

If 2020 has taught us anything, it is that principles matter. In 1968 Ezra Taft Benson said, “If principles are correct, then they can be applied to any specific proposal with confidence. Unlike the political opportunist, the true statesman values principle above popularity and works to create popularity for those political principles which are wise…

D.C. The 51st State

Today, split along party lines, the US House of Representatives passed HB 51. This bill would make Washington, D.C. the 51st state. The legislation would actually leave a small piece of property around the White House, the US Capitol and the National Mall as a federal district, but the rest of the area would form…

Why the Worst Rise to the Top

Lately I have found myself reflecting on the classic, The Road to Serfdom, where economist Friedrich Hayek wrote a fascinating chapter called, Why the Worst Get on Top. In it, he asserts that benevolent dictatorships exist only in theory because authoritarian regimes with positions of power and control tend to attract people who desire power…

We’ve Been Conned by the Con Con

Article V Convention In 1787, following the Revolutionary War, delegates from 12 of the 13 states met in convention to revise the Articles of Confederation. However, it quickly became apparent that there was too much to fix: they needed to start over.  And as you know, they threw out the Articles of Confederation and wrote…

Governor Candidate Responses 2020

How do you see your role if you are governor during a future pandemic? Madeline Kazantzis (Rep.Write-In): I would reject the forcing of people to stay home or close their businesses and would not mandate masks. I believe in the case of a pandemic, I would do my best to ensure that all Utahns have…

What’s the 411 on Black Lives Matter Foundation?

It is important to realize that all lives matter: young, old, rich, poor, brown, black and white all matter.  Racism= when someone shows or feels prejudice against people of other races or believes that a particular race is superior to another.  If one race is protected more than another, than it is implied that race…

STATE SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATES 2020 – District 15

1) What is your stance on state standardized testing (RISE/ASPIRE/Dibbles)?  Scott Smith-I am against Nationalizing our Education, Common Core and Standardized testing. I do believe we need to test, especially in the form of benchmark testing for comprehension throughout the year. I also believe we need to have some way to gauge the effectiveness of…

Who Will You Vote For? The struggle is real!

How do you select the best candidate? Do you vote for someone because you saw them at the temple last month? you saw them at church this week? They live in your neighborhood? They are a good teacher? They are a good contractor? They have served in public office before? They have lots of signs…