Brian Nicholson, Deseret News
Many years ago the actor William Bendix portrayed a comic character named Chester A. Riley. Riley was a hard working fool made sympathetic by his utter lack of guile and his never failing best of intentions. He was also easily deceived by glitz and a sucker for every something-for-nothing or get-rich-quick scheme that came along. His most enduring line was, "My head is made up! Don't confuse me with facts!"
There seem to be a lot of Chester Rileys among today's electorate.
Meanwhile, as they used to say in radio, politicians fiddle with deck chairs as we draw ever closer to the abyss. While our enemies rub their hands and cackle with glee.
Thomas W. Brown
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