Monthly Archives: April 2018

Five steps to build a transcendent political culture in Utah

My political sins, if you will, have been on full display for decades. Through the pages of my career’s open book, I have been anything but transcendent – although not for a lack of trying. By the time I arrived in Utah 18 years ago, I was determined to lead differently. In time, I created the Transcend Series at Sutherland Institute to help elected officials and community leaders overcome politics as usual. I often reached across the philosophical aisle in an attempt to raise civil dialogue. read more

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I Choose Comey

Upon the announcement nearly two years ago from then-FBI Director James Comey that he would not further pursue the Hillary Clinton email scandal, I shared these thoughts with you:

Perhaps like me, you too watched all or a part of the congressional hearing with FBI Director James Comey. Regardless of his answers and defense of his report to the Justice Department, how did Comey come across to you? How did he make you feel? Did you sense a difference between Comey and Clinton or Trump? Did Comey come across as a liar? Did appear to be just another slick lawyer? Was there anything in Comey’s presentation that made you feel uneasy or that he wasn’t telling the truth as he sees it? read more

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Don’t Get Distracted in the Fight for Equal Pay

Salt Lake Tribune editorial writer, Michelle Quist, has spent her last two columns on equal pay for women. I have applauded both columns. I think equal pay for women is an obvious good, a no-brainer like legalizing the “dreamer” kids. Not many public policies are as easy to address as these two policies.

In fact, equal pay for women is such an easy concept to wrap your head around, it makes me wonder what opponents and even reluctant supporters are worried about? We have heard the many circumstantial excuses why policy makers and some business leaders are unwilling to accept the obvious – women’s lives are different than men, they are in and out of the work force, they cannot give full attention to their jobs because of domestic distractions, etc. read more

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Potheads Make Bad Laws

Now that the Utah Medical Marijuana Initiative has inched closer to obtaining a spot on the November statewide ballot, it is a good time to get absolutely real about what policies, and their societal effects, are at stake. Supporters of the measure argue that good people are being forced to break the law just to relieve chronic pain. Opponents argue that this initiative is simply the first step in a broader campaign to legalize pot, as in Colorado. So who is right?

Every statewide ballot initiative permits supporters and opponents to offer a few words to argue their case with voters. I would add a new category of ballot explanation titled, “The Truth” and here is what I would argue: read more

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The Politics of Hand Washing

Immediately preceding the crucifixion of Jesus, the Roman governor of Judea, Pontius Pilate, told the accusing crowd of Sanhedrin, “I find no fault in him.” He told them four times, “I find no fault in him.” The Sanhedrin wanted Jesus dead and, under both Jewish and Roman law in this circumstance, only the Roman governor could order the death of Jesus. But Pilate found Jesus innocent of the trumped up charge of sedition.

In the end, Pilate became more concerned with maintaining his position as governor of Judea than with the truth. He capitulated to the irrational but vociferous Sanhedrin and ordered Jesus crucified. Wrought with guilt for condemning an innocent man, Pilate symbolically washed his hands of the blood about to be shed and announced he had nothing to do with it. read more

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