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Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Re-enactment of 'This is the place' using modern technology

Published: Sunday, July 27 2014 12:04 a.m. MDT

Salt Lake Temple and Brigham Young Statue.

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Pignanelli & Webb: Summer in Utah is nice — dry heat, few bugs, water recreation and an extra holiday in July. In the spirit of Pioneer Day and reflecting on our heritage, we update an old column and provide a “re-enactment” of Brother Brigham’s entry into the valley using modern technology, including texts, tweets and email messages from political personalities.

by@ldsprophet.com: Just emerged from the mountains. What beauty and what potential. We should all give thanks to Heavenly Father for our deliverance. But I must say that I am exhausted and feel poorly.

by@orrin.hatch@wellpreserved.com: Brother Brigham, I have what you need — vitamins, antioxidants, all sorts of alternative remedies and a new “Promised Land” CD you can buy to celebrate the arrival.

by@ldsprophet.com: Who are these brothers and sisters atop small, strange four-wheel vehicles screaming as they drive through pristine wilderness with guns and flags?

Ken.ivory@downwiththefeds.com: They are divine warriors of light fighting the evil BLM and satanic federal government. They’re ready for Johnston’s Army!

by@ldsprophet.com: Sounds like we need to institute a legal structure in this new territory.

Sean.reyse@itoldyouso.com Yeah, let’s forbid our legal officers from befriending shady characters who own fancy buggies and offer trips to beautiful resorts.

by@ldsprophet.com: Just proclaimed, “This is the place.” Now we must organize ourselves. Praise the Lord!

Utah.county.gop@nevertooright.com: Well, whatever we organize, you better make sure it's a republic and not a democracy.

Gayle.ruzicka@truebeliever.com: And our schools must avoid any hint of the satanic Common Core.

mike.lee@wannabeasupreme.com: I have a wagonload of copies of the Constitution. We didn’t have room for food or clothes, so we might need to borrow some, but I am warmed by the wisdom of the Founding Fathers.

by@ldsprophet.com: We made it to the only tree in the valley. I will relax under the shade, seek refreshment, and await for our brothers and sisters to gather.

dc@utahcoveniencestores.com Need refreshment? We sense a business opportunity with dark carbonated bubbly liquid that is low in calorie but very addictive.

ralph.becker@greenie.com: Remember our brothers and sisters on bicycles are the chosen blessed who can travel anywhere without the rules required of wagons. Those who park wagons in my city can expect a hefty fee.

wayneniederhouser@extremelyfit.com: Bicyclists are the true soldiers and handmaidens of the Lord.

Jason.chaffetz@mediahound.com: Where are the reporters in this wilderness territory? I have wisdom to impart.

Utah.county.gop@nevertooright.com: We will establish a colony of the true faithful in Utah Valley and declare ourselves independent, in thought and culture, from you Salt Lake City infidels.

snooty@whycantutahbelikecalifornia.com: The really smart and savvy will go to Park City, where we will one day view independent cinema and slide down snowhills on skinny boards.

Brad.dee@iloveweber.com: I am heading north and I demand we receive the same treatment of government largesse as those in the valley.

Spencer.cox@reallylucky.com: Brother Ralph Okerlund and I will establish colonies in rural areas … where we will raise our families in bucolic paradise.

Greg.hughes@UTAchair.com: We are a frugal people who respect the land and air quality and we should travel efficiently in group wagons at everyone else’s expense.

by@ldsprophet.com: I have arrived at a gentle part of the valley and have designated the spot for corner of Temple streets.

Rob.bishop@greyghost.com: Temple? You must mean the new baseball stadium. I will start marking the diamond.

Jim.matheson@bluedog.com: I get to throw the first pitch. You know, I can throw left handed and right handed.

gary.herbert@mostpopulargovinamerica.com: I can help organize the town and area. I see us being recognized as the best-managed territory.

Becky.lockhart@toughasnails.com: Ha! Sounds like an inaction figure to me.

jon@overstockchair.com: What? Rookies! Only a private sector veteran with big ideas can offer a real vision.

by@ldsprophet.com: So that commerce may thrive in the Land of Deseret, we must establish a bank … how about Zions Bank?

scottanderson@prezzionsbank.com: Fabulous idea! This Zions Bank can be an Ensign to the world of good works and community service.

spencer@ecclesfamily.com: Wait! This valley needs a bank with a name that inspires confidence … how about First Security? Plus, we have an idea for plastic cards that provide credit.

by@ldsprophet.com: I am sure both institutions will coexist in peace and harmony.

jamesevans@GOPchair.com: Help! The faithful are fighting over whether a handful of the select or the great unwashed determine party nominees.

Jim.dabakis@grenadethrower.com This is why we need two newspapers. The first to be established by the original pioneers and the second to provide self-righteous blather why we are all wrong.

by@ldsprophet.com: This is a time for celebration and a prayer of thanks.

Curt.bramble@wrestlemania.com: Oh no! We’re in Mexican territory without documentation. I hope the Mexicans let us have buggy driving privileges, work permits, our children get in-state tuition, and our babies have citizenship.

Ben.Mcadams@reallyniceguy.com: We have cities, counties, special districts, overlapping services. Can’t we bring order to this valley?

Obnoxious.pointless@deseretnews.com: Frank and LaVarr here. Brother Brigham, who cares about politics or parades! We just want to say thanks for another summer holiday.

by@ldsprophet.com: What a mess! Will anyone notice if I go on to San Diego?

Republican LaVarr Webb is a political consultant and lobbyist. Previously he was policy deputy to Gov. Mike Leavitt and a Deseret News managing editor. E-mail: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 House minority leader. E-mail:frankp@xmission.com.

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