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Published: Thursday, Aug. 27 2009 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Optmist

It dose my heart good and it makes me proud to hear prominent leaders from our Utah community speak well of those from a party, that is not of our own.

It is much better than hearing all the bashing of our President and all that he tries to accomplish.
It is better than hoping that all that our President does accomplish, eventually will fail.

I hope that these Utah leaders are contagious in their open minded recognition that there is good in all of us, regardless of our Party.

Glenda

The way to get rid of your enemies is to make them your friends. That's what they do in Washington. They have to get along with each other to work together. Perhaps Kennedy didn't think like a Mormon but if they were hateful to him he would never want to be like them. Their job in Washington is to sway each other to think alike. It's called debate, not hate. Who's to say how much good rubbed off onto Sen. Kennedy from friends.

Really Pathetic

American was crafted from the debate of competing opinions and ideas. True patriotism embraces the debate of ideas, for that is what this freedom is all about. Demonizing those who don't share our opinion, spreading fear and hatred is how others in other places and other times have clung to power.

I have not always agreed with the Kennedy family politics, but no family has lost more and suffered as much as the Kennedy's have protecting the rights of people to choose freely to be liberal or conservative. They have paid for it with the blood of their own family, loosing three of four brothers to the cause. You don't have to like their politics, but you can respect their dedication and sacrifice they have made.

Thank heavens there are people out there that remember who they are, what they stand for and represent far overshadows some political party affiliation. There is time to stop, and respect those who has lost this day, even if it is someone we disagree with.

It is too bad class and respect are lost. It seems some have become Republicans first rather than fellow Americans. Real patriotism is in shambles.

Warren Kay

I wish my condolonces to his family and friends.

I personally could never embrace him because of Chappaquidick. I don't understand why the elite are not held to account. Though I disagree with many of his political views and personal traits, I do recognize the effectiveness he had in congress.

No Teddy Lover

Chappaquiddick and the cover-up/silence afterward--trumps any good Ted Kennedy may have accomplished in his life.

teddy

He was a person with all his flaws and human traits. The natural man is an enemy to God. And Teddy was the most natural man out there. He never did anything that wouldn't feed his inner desire for notoriety and power. RIP

daveescaped

To No Teddy Lover. I must agree that I'm totally conflicted about his death. People can tell great stories of his kindness and service. But then there is Chappaquiddick. I've stayed out of any discussion because I don't think I can say kind things about him. But eventually the adulation reaches such a point that it might be important to point out his highly significant shortcomings. I mean, he walked away from a manslaughter charge that to my knowledge he rightly deserved. Drunk driving touches a nerve with me since it claimed the life of my cousin. If her killer were a lauded public figure I think this love fest would have made me sick. And it might have painted his supporters in a pretty unfavorable light. Do those who have such adulation for Ted really have ni issue with Chappaquiddick? It's just an honest question. Maybe I need to recheck my math. Maybe his good made up for his bad. I find that hard to believe though.

Neighbor

No matter what you feel about the Kennedy family, please be aware that four brothers died while in service to the country. The first of these brothers was awarded the Navy Cross. Yesterday, there was a touching political cartoon in the press of three brothers welcoming their aged brother into their sloop. Utahans should all be sensitive to the family and their contributions, and we best stow any other notions at this time.

Chance

It always has to turn to religion. Can't we just talk about these men politically and leave Mormonism out of it. They do not make as big a stink about things about Catholics or Baptists. Kennedy was a political snake, IMO. He did things that made me sick to my stomach, personally and politically. Just because he served long and had a popular political career doesn't mean that he is the best thing since fried chicken. (Although besides JFK, he was probably the best of the bunch.) Also, I dont like the word elitists. It shows a particular stink from the bottom up that I think many of us are guilty of. Most people are trying to become elitists. Aren't they?

Lost in Utah

"He among you that is without sin let him cast the first stone." I am so happy to be in Utah where there are thousands of you people that are clean and pure and without sin so you can freely cast verbal stones at everyone you disagree with.

How sad that many members of the Mormon Church, that profess to be followers of Jesus Christ, do not do what He asked us to do or not do. Yes I am an active member of the Mormon Church but it is difficult at times like this to admit that I am because of the hate that comes so freely from so many of you.

Ted was a great man. He did many great things for the "least"! He clothed the naked, He fed the hungry, He gave shelter to the homeless! And he tried to provide medical care for them also.

Have you done these things? If you haven't you better start because that is what Jesus Christ said that we would all be judged on.

Good Luck!

Think some more daveescaped |

I think we all know someone who has made a really bad mistake. Recently, in my area we had an 85 year old lady strike and kill a 6 year old getting off a bus - is now any good she has done in her life completely undone by this accident? A soldier who uses poor judgement, and kills by friendly fire someone I played high school football with - who later went on to play pro ball and then enlisted - is that soldiers life now meaningless. The doctor wo makes a mistake in surgery, and looses his patient, should that person be condemmend for the rest of their life despite all the other people that same doctor positively touched. Do we vilify the pilot of a communter jet that misunderstood runway instructions and in the end caused an accident that took many lives, is that persons life and any good completely lost?

I think we don't look past others failures because we don't want to. If it were a brother or sister who made the mistake, we would grieve with them. But a political figure -there seems to be no room for forgiveness.

Way to stand tall Utah.

Blue

I will not be lowering my flag to half mast.

John Pack Lambert

Mitt Romney is no Utahn. He was born and raised in Michigan. He has lived most of his adult life in Massachusetts.

Anonymous

To "Lost In Utah" Amen! You said it all perfectly.

Anonymous

The vitriol I've seen directed at Ted Kennedy in the last 2 days here at DN makes me think that many of those commenting have problems that Ted Kennedy and politics in general are not responsible for.

Find your humanity, people, and think what all the hate you're carrying around inside is doing to you.

Re: Think some more daveescaped

Those incidents you mention are different than a man of full mental and physical capacity, who fled the scene of an accident and left a woman to drown, and then neglected to report the incident to authorities until after the body had already been found and the story was already making the news. Eyewitnesses the next morning said he was acting as though nothing was wrong, and that he'd called the front desk of his hotel a few hours after the accident to complain that he'd been woken up by a loud party down the hall. He then changed his story a few times, making himself sound more heroic each time, and paid off the woman's family so they wouldn't sue him. The young woman also left her things, including her purse and her hotel key, at the party, making it seem that she was going off alone with the senator and then planned to return to the party afterward.

Whether it was an honest accident or not, whether he truly was in shock and didn't realize what he was doing, his actions after the accident spoke volumes about his character.

To Lost in Utah

Let me tell you there are other areas of the country that will more freely cast verbal stones than here. You just expect that because are large portion are LDS that they shouldn't do that.

Also you say, "He clothed the naked, He fed the hungry, He gave shelter to the homeless! And he tried to provide medical care for them also".

NO HE DID NOT! He took your and my money to do that - we did that, BUT not by our own free will and choice.

I have a single Mom who is now living with my family trying to help her and her baby. I did that on my own free will.

So don't throw verbal stones and preach to me.

Why the 5-4 S.C. is liberal

Ted Kennedy fought conservative Robert Bork's nomination to the Supreme Court on these grounds - and won,

"Robert Bork's America is a land in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions, blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters, rogue police could break down citizens' doors in midnight raids, schoolchildren could not be taught about evolution, writers and artists could be censored at the whim of the Government, and the doors of the Federal courts would be shut on the fingers of millions of citizens for whom the judiciary is -- and is often the only -- protector of the individual rights that are the heart of our democracy... President Reagan is still our president. But he should not be able to reach out from the muck of Irangate, reach into the muck of Watergate and impose his reactionary vision of the Constitution on the Supreme Court and the next generation of Americans. No justice would be better than this injustice."

Those are not Utah's values.

47 years

Too bad he couldn't learn anything. the worst economy since the Great depression and the lion of the senate never saw it coming. Senator Hatch is just as bad. And we keep electing them year after year to screw things up. Only in America.

US Vet

C'mon, lower Utah's flags at half-staff for Ted Kennedy...does the Governor know how to read???

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