"Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive." -
Walter ScottMayor Winder, I do declare your attempt to make West
Valley look good has spectacularly backfired.Let's hope the next
mayor behaves more like an adult and less like the high school kid who joins the
yearbook club just to make sure he gets a good write-up and photo spread.Why hasn't the city council censured Winder yet?
So that is why he used a pen name. I knew it had to be more than "trying
to make my city look better"...
just a matter of time before an attorney got involved. i'd like to know what the
Dear Chris Hogan,Seriously? The economy has been tough
on most of us....
I was very good friends with Mike in high school. He was our student body
president and an all-around good guy. Despite being close friends, he often
would not sit with us at lunch. I saw him in the cafeteria one day sitting with
a rather scraggly-looking boy I did not know at a table off in the corner. After
the bell rang and I caught up with him, I asked him why he didn't sit with us.
He just simply replied that that other boy needed a friend more than we did.This is the kind of person Mike Winder is. He never made it known to
people but, rather, quietly went about trying to search for those who needed a
friend or help in some way. His intention has always been to help others in
need.Do I believe he made a mistake? Yes. But let him who is without
sin cast the first stone. In the grand scheme of things, we all make mistakes,
and certainly there are far worse mistakes that can be made. Mike is a person of
character and integrity; human, as we all are.
For those of you that think that deception is ok when you are trying to do a
good thing: deception is wrong! Normally deception happens because there is a
myriad of different motivations. To think and trust that Winder is just doing it
because he wanted to make his city look better, is being untrue to yourself. He
went so far as to build a fake facebook page with a photo of another person
whose name is not as stated on the facebook page. I would hope that with a
tremendous amount of digging which will happen, the actual motivations will come
out which will include axe grinding, manipulation, score settling and many
others. To say that, well our founding fathers did it also, you better go back
and read the things surrounding what they did, how they did it and the facts of
them. They, in almost every case are worlds apart from what Winder did. Winder,
what you did was wrong, you know it and those of us with a conscience know it
also. Please do not try to deceive us anymore. We are not falling for it. Better
find yourself another job(s).
I write for the Deseret New Connect team and i do so as myself. What would have
been the harm in him just writing under his own name? i realize he was trying
to give good news stories about his city but you could still write these
articles as the mayor.
Oh this will be a fun situation to watch. Oh gosh what a web! I bet this will
make good movie material..
@ Ute Alumni- "The harm is" an elected official used deceit to
accomplish his goals. People who ask for the public trust need to be above board
in every way. Especially when one holds a public office, the ends do not under
any circumstances justify lies and deceit. If Winder does it in this case,
what's to say he won't do it again in another? I applaud him for being a good
guy in high school and being a friend to those in need but that also does not
give him license to cheat.
@Jack's MomThat's such a touching story. Not a dry eye in the
audience.Is this Mike Winder--again?
@Jack's Mom:Sitting with the unpopular kid years ago in high school
does not come anywhere close to deceiving the public in a public forum during
public service, nor conspiring to do so. I'm sure it was all, from
Mr. Winder's perspective, well-intentioned. But lying as a public officer is not
a principle most Utahns support.
@MapleDonYou're funny. I almost never post, but I felt compelled to
do so after seeing all the mud-slinging that was going on. I think it is easy
to judge people we don't know personally. The media is great at twisting
things. My sister-in-law was the very unfortunate victim of this a
couple months ago after she had a seizure while driving and ended up hitting and
killing a 12-year-old girl. The media got it all wrong and it made me sick to
see the comments strangers would make. After that, I swore I would make a point
not to judge people based on what I saw/read. I was simply trying to put some
perspective on things and ask people to have a heart.
@Jack's MomAnother sad story. Well, Mike, keep 'em coming.
@Jack's Mom 12:21--"The media is great at twisting things."Do you realize the irony of that statement in the context of this whole
controversy?According to the article, Winder/Burwash decided UTOPIA
needed some positive media coverage, and he knew just how to do it. Could there be any more classic example of the media "twisting
Sue? Of course, many attorney's love the thought of deep pockets.