Monthly Archives: November 2009

Novel puts readers into the shoes of a gay Mormon teen who wants to stay worthy

“I made my choice. I did the right thing and stood up for the church. But it’s just so hard. Being around people. People not liking me. People pretending I’m not even there.” Or so says teenager Paul Ficklin, a … Read More

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Health care reform is stumbling to a finish

Last Saturday, the U.S. Senate wasted time and taxpayers’ funds exploiting a legislative procedure. In short, senators spent long hours debating whether or not to debate. This is an example of the farce that has become the U.S. Congress. No … Read More

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Comparing vampires: a Mormon author versus a Mormon novel

“… just because we’ve been … dealt a certain hand … it doesn’t mean that we can’t choose to rise above — to conquer the boundaries of a destiny that none of us wanted. To try and retain whatever essential … Read More

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Al Gore's Current takes the prize in Palin-hatred

Sarah Palin’s book “Going Rogue” arrived this week and not surprisingly, most of the mainstream media greeted it with forced snark. The Associated Press assigned 11 reporters to “fact-check” the book. They came up with a few alleged “inconsistencies.” If … Read More

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CNN poll: Americans want KSM tried in military court

According to a just-released CNN poll, Americans are giving a big thumbs-down to the Obama administration’s decision to try the Sept. 11 terrorist mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed in a civilian court. Sixty four percent of us want KSM tried in … Read More

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All those Mormons who think R-rated films are taboo are wrong

A couple of years ago my oldest daughter’s accelerated fifth-grade class viewed a film version of the well-regarded novel, “The Devil’s Arithmetic,” which involves a contemporary girl being thrust back in time into the horror of the Holocaust. I was … Read More

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If you're an incumbent, beware the 2010 elections

A new Pew poll shows voters are dissatisfied with incumbents at a near-record level. Only 52 percent votersnow  support their incumbent. In 1994, only 49 percent of voters supported their House incumbent. Majority party Democrats lost 52 seats. In 2006, … Read More

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Watch out kiddies! Sesame Street hates 'Pox News'

“There’s a fiendish plot on Sesame Street!“  … Or so says a sour right-wing blogger! According to blogger “Stage Right,” a recent episode featured journalist Oscar the Grouch of the Grouch News Network (GNN … get it!) offending a TV … Read More

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Despite House passage, health care reform a bigger headache for Democrats than Republicans

The Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives — with one GOP vote — barely passed a trillion dollar-plus health care bill. They needed to, or the issue would have died. But they ultimately succeeded only by passing an amendment … Read More

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In our LDS ward, we have become the 'in-betweeners!'

When I walk into church with my family, lately I’ve thought of the quote from Atticus Finch in the classic novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird”: I got started late, the middle-aged Atticus told his still-young kids who marveled at his … Read More

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