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Published: Tuesday, May 15 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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PeanutGallery
Salt Lake City, UT

Good letter. Yes, Sen. Hatch has done some good things. But sometimes he has also set aside the Constitution and voted for monumental growth of the federal government. These are the kind of votes that have led to our current national crisis. Hatch can dance around these votes, but he can't ignore the truth.

Liljenquist is well prepared to step in and make a difference in his first term, just like Hatch did in his own first term many years ago. Liljenquist is more conservative than Hatch, fully respects the Constitution, and doesn't carry the baggage that Hatch does. Let's give Liljenquist the opportunity.

Apricot Tree
Brigham City, UT

New blood is not a good enough reason to take someone out of office who is ready to 'hit the floor running' and represent our state and nation with vigor, conservative values, and sway.

This post reminds me of 1 Kings 12 when Rehoboam goes after the younger generation and forgets the experience of the old men.

travelrus
murray, UT

It is time for new blood in Washington. Vote for Scott Howell he is not a right wing extremist. He is a moderate Democrat with Utah values he can work with both sides of the aisle to solve the many problems we face today. What we don't need is another opstructionist or someone who panders to special interest groups.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

Does anyone really expect the "new guy" to be any less corrupt than the old guy?

I'm not a fan of Hatch. And I actually do hope he is replaced.

But as long as corporations are considered people and can use their billions as "free speech" I think we'll continue to see legislation proposed and passed that won't help Americans.

Flashback
Kearns, UT

Hatch is just fine and will continue to be just fine. The "new blood" arguement doesn't stack up. Come up with another reason. Howell obviously isn't the answer. Liljenquist will be like Lee. A do nothing because the senior members of the Senate won't let them do anything.

HaHaHaHa
Othello, WA

The essence of stupid is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting a different (better) result!

Nonconlib
Happy Valley, UT

The problem with Congress right now is that the Republican Party refuses to "consort" with those from across the aisle. The Democrats have shown at least a little willingness to compromise. But when the Republican House passes only bills that they know will not survive in the Senate, this is not responsible leadership.

We need to find solutions, and those solutions are neither on the extreme right or the extreme left. Often they lie somewhere in between. Sometimes they are completely outside the traditional left-right continuum.

If we keep sending right-wingnuts to Congress, who have no inclination to compromise, we will continue to have a dysfunctional Congress with approval ratings in the teens. So, pick your poison, Utah. Send true statesmen to Washington, or keep sending silly childish messages (such as "If you won't play by my rules, I'll just refuse to play"). It's time to grow up.

isrred
Logan, UT

so when Orrin Hatch trounces Liljenquist in the primary is the letter writer going to stick to their convictions and vote for Scott Howell to represent Utah as the "new blood"? Or will the letter writer put party over principle and pull the lever for Hatch again simply because of the R next to his name?

one old man
Ogden, UT

I'm still waiting for a list of all Hatch has done that is good. It will certainly be a short list.

Let's replace him with an honest, thoughtful man. That man is Scott Howell.

Hemlock
Salt Lake City, UT

Let's start at the top with President Obama.

swede1952
Smithfield, UT

Laura, great letter! Yes, Hatch is tired, predictable, and not prepared for 6 more years of rigorous, diligent, representation. Time to turn the reigns of government over to the next generation. They can't do any worse than we did! I'm tired of reading rhetoric from Hatch supporters. ALL I read is "seniority", "balanced budget", "conservative", etc. How does the one writer know that "senior members of the Senate won't let Liljenquist do anything." I wish to point out that most of the "old guard" is NOW gone! Kennedy, Snowe, Dodd, Nelson, Lugar, et al. They're ALL gone! Hatch is next! Get ready Utah for new vision, new accomplishments, and many good tidings from Senator Liljenquist! GO DAN !!!

Apricot Tree
Brigham City, UT

Re: Swede

You wrote... "I'm tired of reading rhetoric from Hatch supporters. ALL I read is "seniority", "balanced budget", "conservative", etc."

That is like saying, "all I hear from Romney supporters are experience, economy, and conservative values!"

We obviously differ on our opinion, but I am not willing to risk what Liljenquist cannot do - and I hope that most Utah voters are not willing to either. We need immediate experience and knowledge in the Senate. This is not the time to experiment with "new blood." This is the most important time in the history of this nation and this state to get Hatch into office.

For anyone who sees Hatch as the problem in the last 30 + years...

Trying to blame Hatch for problems in the Senate is not wise either. He is not the only one in the Senate, and he has been working very hard to pass balanced budget bills. Whether or not Romney is in office next year, Hatch will be able to push the balanced budget as senior chair, and as a very committed man to the Family: Proclamation to the World - will represent us as conservatives with conviction and experience!

Gildas
LOGAN, UT

@Apricot Tree 7.38
QUOTE "This post reminds me of 1 Kings 12 when Rehoboam goes after the younger generation and forgets the experience of the old men".

RESPONSE What you need to consider is what the old men, and then what the young men advised Rehoboam.

The old men wisely advised Rehoboam:

If thou wilt be a servant unto this people... then they will be thy servants forever.

The young men, in stark contrast, arrogantly advised Rehoboam to increase the burdens of the people.

Rehoboam, taking the latter advice, stated to the people:

I will add to your yoke.

Orrin seems to have taken the latter tack, stating for example:

The poor are not taxed enough.

We are not, however, dealing with a king with two contrasting sets of advisers; we are dealing with two political candidates. Liljenquist at 37 years of age is not much younger than either Hatch, 42,or Rehoboam, 41, when first starting out.

I hope that voters will vote for the man who "wilt be a servant unto this people" rather than adding to the yoke of the people. We must all decide who that is.

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