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Published: Monday, Jan. 21 2008 12:00 a.m. MST

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Legal Utah Worker

It does not matter what changes in the law may, or may not, take; I will continue to work on Martin Luther King day to honnor him. He would have wanted it that way.


Well put, Legal Utah Worker. I think Dr. King would prefer people honor him by working. He worked very hard toward social acceptance of all people, a worthy effort on his part. How sad that he died because of the opposite situation. I hope people will truly honor him for his efforts in a great cause.

Hard worker from St George

I also feel working on Martin Luther King Day would show our commitment to human rights. He was a great man and set the stage for many to have the freedoms we all enjoy today.


Is that the silliest headline you could come up with? Seriously. This article has virtually nothing to do with "Utahns commitment to diversity."

Civil Rights Day

I refuse to call today "MLK Day". I have no problems with the guy, and think he did some good things to help human rights progress, but I liked Human Rights Day better. There is no Cesar Chavez Day, no holiday for the Asian Americans. There are many ethnic groups that get no representation. To me, today will always be Civil Rights Day.

King deserves great Honor

The reason he is honored, is that he is the most influencial and eloquient of the civil rights leaders. Just as we don't call christmas, atonement day, or the pathegorean theorem, the theorem of right triangles, instead we honor the doers or inventors. He gave his life for his cause and he deserves to be honored. His contribution ranks right up there with the best of the founding fathers.

I think it odd that such a "christian" country as this could have such problems with civil rights. Doesn't christianity teach, "treat others as you would want to be treated"? Yet the churches fell short on this most important of subjects, it took Martin Luther King to do what they should have done long before and all along.

PC Hater

How about "Overrated Hypocrite Day?" That would be more historically accurate if we're talking about the REAL Martin Luther King.

>There is no Cesar Chavez Day

We could just broaden it and have "Criminal Thug Day."

Today's Monday. Quit playing revolutionary and go to work. Race is irrelevant.

Martin Luther King Day

Many people were involved in bringing about the social and legal changes that increased civil rights. Martin Luther King was the face of the movement and he paid for it with his life. He did something that no one else had done until that time, which was to change the attitude of white America so that the racism that had been prevalent throughout the history of our country was no longer acceptable. Racism still exists and the struggle continues, but Dr King represents a significant change in cultural attitude, and for that reason the day is properly named Martin Luther King Day.

No MLK lover

Martin Luther King was a womanizer and plagiarizer. His public persona as an ordained Baptist minister, was totally different from his private life. He does not deserve a national holiday. Have a Human Rights Day, but I can never honor such a hypocrite as MLK.

No disrespect

I am glad Luther played a part in Civil rights, I know there is a hidden story about his life and principals as well. I hope we can focus on the good he has done.

What I find ironic is that all of our preisdents including Abe share 1 day and Martin gets his own?

It releates to how I feel about Affermative action, I am so glad we are all equal and have equal oppertunities, but lets not be hypocrites and start holding back the WHITES or MALES because of their skin color or gender! We are not standing up to the values Martin or any of our other fathers fought so hard for!

Re: King deserves honor

to say MLK deserves to be up there with the founding fathers is ludicrous. Not even close to what the founding fathers went thru. Then to give him a holiday and take away from Washington and Lincoln is a grave injustice. It's all apart of political correctness and the frear people hace to be called a racist


Dr. King has taken all the shots that bigots and haters can dish out and with each passing MLK day, his message of inspiration and hope, along with our need for strength in our leaders, makes him a true hero in the eyes of more and more Americans and citizens of the world. And that just drives bigots nuts. Happy Birthday, Dr. King!! And thank you.

What Greatness is

MLK was indeed a womanizer, yet inspite of this he was great, one of the greatest Americans who ever lived, A great person is not one who doesn't have faults, but a person who contributes great things that exceed by far their shortcomings and other mens accomplishmentgs. Being a womanizer is small patatoes compared to his great accomplishments.

Re Re: King dererves Honor

Oh really? What ever did the founders do that greatly exceeds his accomplishment? As great as the contributions of the founders were, they had a great smear on it and hole in them, slavery and the attitude that people among us could be treated like sub humans with no rights. The founders took a great step forward, but their accomplishments were incomplete. MLK in great measure completed their work, and I am confident that the founders would be proud that as great of a person as MLK, called the country they founded, his country and then made such great contributions to it, His faults are small patatoes compared to his great accomplishments and only small minds would insist on focusing on these rather than the great light and great man that MLK was.

More PC

This day is just another shining example of the PC crowd valuing style over substance. When we start paying the appropriate respect to James Madison and other founding fathers I will be mare deferential to MLK. I will not be voting to change the opening day of the Utah State Legislature; unless I can vote to put it in recess indefinitely. But anyway, thanks for the day off. I think I'll go 4X4ing.


"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."

The eloquent words from Dr. King said on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. It's too bad that the PC/Diversity crowd just give lip service to them and try to twist them toward their own ends.

King wanted to be a uniter, not a divider. The PC/Diversity crowd wants us judged by our race/sexual orientation/genger/hair color/etc. Not by how we act or what we do, or by our character.

If the words of the "I Have A Dream" speech are to be believed, then we need to get rid of "diversity" and embrace everyone, regardless of who they are.

That said, there are still some things that society shouldn't have to accept, because of "diversity" which is fodder for another day.

For now Dr. King deserves his holiday. So do our greatest Presidents, Washington and Lincoln. Not some drummed up day like "Presidents Day". We should honor both. Besides, then the government workers get another day off. So do the banks.

. . . unless you're Mitt

Human Rights day seems more meaningful this year, now that we're in the throes of a campaign between some of the most diverse candidates ever.

I thank Martin Luther King for his part in making it possible for any little boy or girl in America to grow up and become presi----OOPS--unless you're a Latter-day Saint, that is.

Guess we still have a long way to go.

No MLK lover

Womanizing and plagiarizing are "small potatoes"? Wow! What is happening to our world? Normally when a man of the cloth is found having sexual relations outside of marriage, he is dismissed from the ministry, and a person caught plagiarizing his college papers, is kicked out of school. I don't believe being an adulterer and plagiarizer (thief), are small potatoes, I guess unless MLK is your hero.

I suppose MLK was taught as a young child, that the most important thing is to be on your best behavior when in public, but when no one is looking, it is OK to be bad.

In about 30 years, the FBI tapes on MLK will be unsealed, and the debauchery of MLK's personal life will be fully exposed.


I will always call it "Human Rights Day"!
MLK was a good man that spoke for all, of any race.
Those who only want to point out his faults, put your life up to the public eye ... Hmmmmmm!
Those who cry "racism" because we want to call it "Human Rights Day", why do you want to bring race into it?


Re: Re: Re: King deseves honor

Every one of the founding fathers faced hanging by treason if they lost. Because of their courage, you are allowed to make your ignorant statements. Don't down play their great accomplishments to try and build up those of Dr. King. See the truth for what it really is instead of promoting your illogical ideas.

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