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Published: Friday, Nov. 2 2012 5:24 p.m. MDT

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Utah Observer
West Jordan, Utah

Amen. Now that's more like it to have the Deseret News publish a meaningful Letter to the Editor....

one old man
Ogden, UT

But what about freeing ourselves from the bondage of the Party Of No?

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

If there is still anyone who can't make up his mind about what direction he wants America to go, just what will it take?

Will he vote for someone who hides the fact that he's a Democrat?

Will he vote for someone who voted against the mind and will of Utahns and opposed the other two Representatives and the two Senators on major legislation?

Can anyone vote for an opportunist whose goal is to retain his seat in Congress by implying that he has made a difference for Utah? What difference has he made? He reduced Utah's representation to one vote in the House. When three representatives can't decided amongst themselves how to best represent the people of Utah, why would anyone vote for the "odd man" who consistently voted against the other two? Utah is not a divided state. We don't need or deserve a divided representation in Congress.

It's time for Matheson to get a job outside of Washington until he understands just how ineffective he has been in Congress as one of Utah's Representatives.

Provo, UT

The author of this letter fails to understand that we elect representatives to the U.S. House every two years and while a vote for Jim Matheson may not be a vote for Nancy Pelosi this term it may be a vote for her over the long term. Making it harder for his next challenger would be unwise. Utah residents shouldn't consider the outcome of other elections in other states when they decide who to vote for instead Utahns should "liberate ourselves from the bondage of the author's irrelevant argument" that "in order for Republicans to lose their majority, they will have to lose all 12 "lean Democrat" races, all 25 "toss up" races and more than half (10) of the 19 "lean Republican" races. Such an outcome would be historically unprecedented and is expected by virtually nobody."

That should not have any determination in our vote. Our only consideration should be what each candidate might do when they get to D.C. such as who they would vote for Speaker of the House or if there might be a tie in the Electoral College and they were the only Utah representative able to make it there to vote.

Huntsville, UT

@Mike Richards;

Please note. Your views are NOT representative of the vies of all Utahns, you share views with some Utahns. Your views are not the only views that are relevant.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah


Is this about me or is about Matheson? I'm not running for Congress. I didn't ignore the voices of the people of the most conservative state in the union. I didn't vote with Pelosi and friends AGAINST the people of Utah.

I agree that not everyone thinks exactly the same in Utah. Some of you are more liberal than the rest of us, but we don't force you to accept our opinion; we vote and, believe it or not, in America, the majority gets to choose who represents them.

Matheson has pretended for twelve years to be someone that he is not. He expected Utahns to continue to be too lazy to check his voting record. He expected liberals to hurl insults against the majority of Utahns. That may have worked in the 2nd District, but he's no longer in the 2nd District. He's running for an office in a district where he can't even vote for himself.

Provo, UT

Mike Richards,

RanchHand seems to be intent on making it about you and not about Matheson and what he has done while in office including who he has voted for as Speaker which is the third person in line to become President should anything happen to the first two. Jim Matheson claims to be reflective if Utahns but if that is the case then why doesn't he seek to become Speaker and ask others to vote for him instead of casting his lot in with Nancy Pelosi. There is really nothing that requires him to do that. It's his personal choice. There's also nothing that's stopping him from caucusing with Republicans even if he is elected as a Democrat.

If he is voting for Obama and supports Nancy Pelosi for Speaker then its clear that he wants two people to be in line to be President after Barack Obama. Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi. He prefers Nancy even over himself since he voted for her and didn't run for Speaker. So, let's ask him. Would Utahns prefer Nancy Pelosi as speaker or Jim Matheson?

Do Utahns prefer Nancy over hundreds of others?


I will be voting for not for Mia Love, but for Jim. Why? The underhanded republican effort to re-draw the boundaries of the 4th district is enough for me to show up and try to stop what they want to do; win by scheming.

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