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Published: Sunday, Oct. 14 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

We already have term limits... It's called the voting booth.

If Utahns are gullible enough to reelect Hatch then they deserve everything that's coming to them.

Eric Samuelsen
Provo, UT

Gosh, if there were only a viable alternative. Wait, there is: Scott Howell! We could vote . . . for the Democrat!

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

Voting against someone is foolish. I have never done that. I either vote for someone because I believe he/she will do the job, or I don't vote for that office.

Until the Democrat Party Platform changes, I cannot vote for a Democrat; but, that does not mean that I will vote for every Republican on the ballot.

Mr. Hatch will win, but he will win without the votes of many of us Republicans.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Scott Howell is the answer.

Trouble is, too many voters are not listening to the questions.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

The Deseret News has an excellent section that compares some of the candidates. Hover your mouse over "News" then click "Politics". You'll see "Decision 2012 Voter Guide". That guide has some very detailed answers from some of the candidates. It's a good starting point and well worth reading.

ugottabkidn
Sandy, UT

Unlike some in this forum, I will vote against some individuals and parties. I am pragmatic enough to know there are no perfect candidates, and there are no 'perfect' parties or their platforms. In this case I am going to vote for Howell as much as I will vote against Orrin Hatch because Hatch has represented the values of people that have sought to buy the government of the United States. During the past four years especially he has voted lock stop and barrel with those people and FOR obstruction. He called the jobs bill, that would create employment and close Chinese loopholes, "a joke". This is the attitude he has taken about the middle class and as corporate attorney he never figured out that enriching the powerful doesn't improve the life of all. I also would be remiss not to mention that I will be voting against the R that stands for Hypocrite running in the 4th district.

Buford Buckley
Provo, UT

I want an 84-year-old senator. Some of my favorite people are over 80. So what if he gets sick and can't finish his term. The party will appoint Jason Chaffetz or Mia Love to replace him.

WHAT NOW?
Saint George, UT

I appreciate the magnificent effort hatch gives every second he is in the senate.

hatch is a tribute to the knowledge and voting acumen of Republican Utah voters.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Buford, old friend, you just set off my Halloween Horror Alarm and added two more excellent reasons why we need to elect Scott Howell.

GK Willington
SLC, UT

re: Buford B & one old man

2 Tea party clowns representing Utah in the Senate would keep Wes Craven & Stephen King up @ night.

Wally West
SLC, UT

@ Mike Richards 10:47 a.m. Oct. 14

Well, you are 1/2 way there. Vote Libertarian.

one old man
Ogden, UT

What Now, you are being sarcastic, right?

JoeCapitalist2
Orem, UT

Don't you just love all these "if you don't think like I do, then you must be an idiot" comments whenever politics is discussed.

I can't wait for this election to be over, so that the name calling can simmer down a bit.

I am a conservative. I think the Republican party is much more aligned to my values than is the Democratic Party. I don't think the policies of the current president are good for the country. But I certainly don't think all Democrats are stupid, are liars, or are gullible lemmings. I can respect others' opinions even if I don't agree with them.

merich39
Salt Lake City, UT

Orrin Hatch is a liar and the fact that anyone continues to vote for him always amazes me. When he ran for the Senate against Frank Moss, he promised that he would not serve more than 2 terms. He didn't qualify that promise with any caveats like "unless I feel my work is not finished" or any such thing that politicians typically fall back on to justify their dishonesty. He only stated he would not serve more than 2 terms. He lied.

NedGrimley
Brigham City, UT

Joe: "I can't wait for this election to be over, so that the name calling can simmer down a bit.
" Seriously? The name calling will continue no matter who "inherits" what in whichever campaign...

Rifleman
Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: one old man Ogden, UT
"Trouble is, too many voters are not listening to the questions."

No, the trouble for Democrats in Utah is that the majority of voters still believe in basic morality, the sanctity of innocent life, and believe that individual citizens should be responsible for their lives.

We know the questions and the Democrats don't have the correct answers.

Hemlock
Salt Lake City, UT

Criticizing Hatch implies that the alternative is better, an unwarranted assumption.

VST
Bountiful, UT

Let's get back to the subject of Fred's letter, "Term Limits."

Fred, here is the reality of your suggestion ever happening:

You stated that you want term limits for members Congress. I have one question. How are "we" ever going to get a majority of the 435 Representatives and 100 Senators to agree to pass legislation that creates those term limits?

Hence, I have a news flash for all of us. The majority of those already in power will NEVER vote to limit the length of time that they have to exercise that power.

And that is reality – not fiction.

Mike in Cedar City
Cedar City, Utah

Lets ask Anite Hill what she thinks. Some of you will know what that means.

Rifleman
Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: Mike in Cedar City Cedar City, Utah
"Lets ask Anite Hill what she thinks. Some of you will know what that means."

Actually Monica Lewinsky would be much more credible. She had proof to back up her claim.

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