Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Despite the gloom and doom, here are things to be thankful for

Published: Sunday, Nov. 24 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

  • The beauty and wonder of our outdoor resources, including our national and state parks, were highlighted in a weird way through the government shutdown. We are thankful for the attention and the honor of hosting these treasures — beautiful mountains, red rock canyons and marshes, hiking, camping, hunting and fishing, gorgeous sunsets.
  • In all the controversy surrounding Washington dysfunction, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, has reaffirmed his statesmanlike approach to governance, which reflects well on all of us.
  • A growing perception exists (such things are hard to quantify) that the religious divide in our community is narrowing. We are thankful for the determined efforts of leaders of all denominations, and their congregations, for reaching out to others of different religions.
  • LaVarr and Frank are again grateful that we have readers other than our mothers (and we wonder about their loyalty), but are especially thankful that politicians — despite their best efforts — remain interesting creatures who generate enough news and controversy to keep us busy every week. Republican LaVarr Webb is a political consultant and lobbyist. Previously he was policy deputy to Gov. Mike Leavitt and Deseret News managing editor. Email: lwebb@exoro.com. Democrat Frank Pignanelli is a Salt Lake attorney, lobbyist and political adviser. Pignanelli served 10 years in the Utah House of Representatives, six years as minority leader. His spouse, D’Arcy Dixon Pignanelli, is a state tax commissioner. Email: frankp@xmission.com.

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