As a state delegate to the recent convention, I tried my hardest to assess the feelings of the very large amount of attendees. I constantly looked around and took notes. It appeared that the older people present wanted Sen. Orrin Hatch. The younger ones, and most vocal, were for Dan Liljenquist. The red shirts and cowboy hats were for Hatch. The blue shirts invariably were for Liljenquist. Liljenquist was a good speaker. Hatch has never sounded more fired up.
It is my decided opinion that the senior people are frightened as to what might become of their Social Security, into which they have paid all their lives, and their Medicare that they may feel they could not live without. The younger people I have spoken with seem quite calloused on the subject. They have said both benefits are "entitlements." Land 'O Goshen! How else are we seniors to survive?
Can we say that Hatch has done nothing for Utah? Can we really believe that Liljenquist would have that much clout to change things as a freshman senator? If Sen. Mike Lee has done tons for us, I surely have not heard about it.
Earl V. Elmont
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