Comments about ‘Deseret News introduces Editorial Advisory Board’

Return to article »

Published: Monday, Aug. 23 2010 10:00 p.m. MDT

  • Oldest first
  • Newest first
  • Most recommended

I hope this doesn't mean we won't be hearing from Jay Evensen as much. he does a great job of analyzing issues, esp from a historical perspective.

John Pack Lambert of Michigan

Hannah Clayson Smith was head of the Women's Law Forum, or whatever exactly it was called, while a student at J. Reuben Clark Law School. She and her husband were both clerks under Judge Alito when he was on the 3rd circuit. Smith (I am pretty sure then Clayson) served her mission in the Geneva Switzerland Mission.

She later clerked for Clarence Thomas and then was one of Judge Alito's clerks on the supreme court when he was advanced.

Mary McConnell is the wife of Micahel W. McConnell. I wonder if that would be relevant.

The reaction for another Salt Lake paper to this really shows how adicted to snarkiness its writers are. The Deseret News apoints an editorial advisory board that has 4 people of other faiths (I think 3 Catholics and 1 Presbyterian, but I could be wrong on it) and they say this somehow represents the DN trying to become more of a Mormon paper?

This is possibly a lower perentage of Latter-day Saints than Utah as a whole.

What I think is more interesting is there is an immigrant and also a foriegner on the board.

John Pack Lambert of Michigan

Are Hannah Clayson and Jane Clayson related?

John Pack Lambert of Michigan

To from STL,
Judge McConnell was a proponent of Kagan's nomination. Senator Smith is quite moderate.

Jones is a foriegner and does not identify with any American political party.

If we are going to start guessing people's political persuasion based on no evidence, than I can guess at least one, and probably two Democrats, the later actually based on listening to the person in question moderate a program on NPR, although never enough to say definitively.

In fact I would go so far as to guess at least 3 members of this board are Democrats. However only one of these people has held elective office with a US political party as far as I can tell, so I would challenge anyone else being pegged in a party.

I do not believe Sister Stokes office was elective or partisan, I am under the impression that it was a high ranking career position that in no way was dependent on agreement with the political policies of her superiors.

John Pack Lambert of Michigan

To praxis,
There are over 1 million Mormons in Mexico. There are only 177,000 members in Canada.

Canada has 33 million people to Mexico's 111 million.

What next, will you gripe that there has been a member of the First Presidency born in Mexico but none born in Canada. That would be a really interesting gripe to react to, since N. Eldon Tanner was born while his mother was visiting her family in Salt Lake City and lived virtually all his life until he was called to be a general authority in Canada.

Marion G. Romney did not live in Mexico at all after he turned 17, and had lost so much of his Spanish ability that when he was assigned to oversee the Church in Mexico in the 1960s he needed to be tutored in Spanish by Eduardo Balderas.

Then there is Hugh B. Brown, who did not go to Canada until he was a young adult, but he served in the Canadian army in World War I and was a barrister. On the other hand he was also a lawyer and stake president in SLC.

John Pack Lambert of Michigan

To German engineering,
Of course, putting 3 Catholics and a Presbyterian on your board is exactly what you would do if you were going for being a more Mormon paper.

Hm, somehow I think I sense a major failure of logical flow. Anyway saying the McConnells or Jane Clayson Johnson are not Utah people is questionable at best. When President Bush appointed McConnell to a federal judgeship he was viewed as a Utah person.

Johnson made her start at KSL. It is in the very nature of modern journalism and academia that people travel all over the country and the parochial view of "Utah people" seems a bit off base.

George is the only member of the board who has never been a resident or student in Utah.

What tells you that the Utah count methods some indulge in do not make sense is that Stokes, who is one of the four Utah people, has lived in Utah less time than Johnson among others.


This article makes it sound like Deseret News hired someone that has put some thought into what the paper needs to do to adapt to the changing environment of News and what subscribers want. I can’t wait to see what comes from the advisory board and the changes that will come of it.

L Anderson

Well after reading all the comments, here's the thing. Deseret News will appoint people of their choosing (they own the business)....and we can choose to read the paper or not. (we are free to choose)
Thank goodness for the first Amendment!
So far, it's still there.

John Pack Lambert of Michigan

You have five categories. Since of the four residents of Utah in this group, one is a Mormon raised in Utah, one a Mormon raised outside Utah, one a Presbyterian who moved to Utah in the 1980s and one a convert to Mormonism who moved here about 4 years ago, I am not sure how you calculate the whole matter.

My other comment is, stop taking a 3rd grader as the epitome of theology. I also nave to wonder if there might be more to the story than you are telling that might at least make the statement seem to have different weight, but even if the child in question was the worst of bullies to act as if all Mormons are guilty for the action of one and to be bitter about it still is over-the-top.

If I blamed all Catholics for actions of some of my Catholic fellow students growing up in Michigan I would have unending hate of Catholics, but I do not do this, and I do not have it.

Orem Parent
Orem, UT

All I ask is that the editorial board shy away from the "trendy" editorials that do nothing but bash public education.

Give support and new ideas but don't belittle one of our greatest resources in Utah, public ed.

We have some of the best teachers out there and they are achieving more with less (in fact the least when it comes to funding).

Hopefully this new board will be positive and build our community up unlike so many other papers that do nothing other than tear down.

It is definitely time for a change.

John Locke
Ivins, , UT

Reading the News this morning, I felt like I was reading the New York Times. Front page, "Which Sen. Lee will show up at Utah, Iowa events?" Editorial page, Florez writes, "Lee, a rebel looking for a cause." Back page, by AP writes, "Conservative groups seek control of GOP agenda." In past issues this month, articles attacking Senator Lee and the Tea Party have been steady and vitriolic in their content.

Is this really the news? Obama lied about "Affordable" Health Care (ACA), and you ignore it. He and members of his staff knew (as reported in the Federal Register in 2010) that his plan would greatly affect the Grandfathering of health care insurance, once implemented. This is the story...millions to lost their chosen insurance because "Big Brother" does not think it is good enough. A single payer program is what he wants. That is the story, not Senator Lee, and the Tea Party who tried to stop it. If history is not re-written, Lee, Cruz and the Tea Party will be held up as heroes, despite what Florez, Bennett or Huntsman say to denigrate them.

Supporting the Constitution is not idealistic...unless you are a radical liberal.

to comment

DeseretNews.com encourages a civil dialogue among its readers. We welcome your thoughtful comments.
About comments