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Published: Monday, Nov. 19 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

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Huntsville, UT

Looks like we have another sour grape.

Casa Grande, AZ

Sarcasm isn't that funny when mixed with sour grapes.

Who gets all this free stuff anyway? All those "free" hover rounds going to seniors in the t-party? Free Dr visits to the same. Free checks from SS that pay most of the motor home mortgages in the country? That free stuff?

Or are you upset about the $50 a week in food stamps some low income families get for their kids? Free crutches for wounded veterans? There is a lot of "free stuff' going on but you'll have to be more specific which of it you are upset about.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

wah wah!

And letters like these will surely win the GOP more votes in 2016!

Keep it up repubs! You're heading further and further into political irrelevance day by day!

Mike in Sandy
Sandy, UT

What a ridiculous thing to say.
Maybe the author should move to somewhere where there is an anthem to his liking.

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

I wonder where John received his anti-American training. Perhaps John’s father was a businessman. In my school they taught the good things about America.

Provo, UT

I think the only "free" stuff John cares about is the free stuff going to the inner city poor. Of course it's great that the government gives free stuff to senior citizens and gives businesses subsidies. Those are the good people!

American Fork, UT

The anthem is fine whether you're in reality or not.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Ridiculous letter.

Anti Bush-Obama
Washington, DC

America is becoming a welfare state thanks to the offshore megabanks that have almost all of our politicans in their pocket.

Kent C. DeForrest
Provo, UT

I find it interesting that the Republicans complain so much about "free stuff." Utah, for the record, is a net "taker," receiving more money from the federal government than we pay in taxes. In fact, most of the "taker" states are red states. Only Texas, with its oil industry, is a significant exception. Utah and its red sisters rely on economically productive blue states like New York and Illinois to make all the "free stuff" they get available.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

What pains me most are Hypocrites.

I've listened to these bafoons and radio clowns go on and on, year after year about how
They are the REAL Americans.
How They are the TRUE Patriots,
How only They can be right, and evyone else disagreeing otherwise are wrong,
How THEY are the one trying to save this great nation of ours...

For 8 long years I watched in absolute horror as GW Bush and Dick Cheney single-handedly wiped out 4 generations of American prosperity and didn't say ANYTHING negative about my country!
For 8 long years - as a VETERAN - I was trash talked as being un-patriotic and un-America because I did not support 2 OFFENSIVE, and un-Funded foreign wars for oil and didn't not trash talk my country.

Pres. Obama gets easily re-elected - and now those very same so-called, self-pronounced Patriots,
who call themselves the only true Americans,
are the ones trash talking America as a whole,
tell themselves Obama is destroying America,
that anyone who voted against them NOT an Aemrican,
and NOW -
They want to Seceed from the Union.


Traitors is what I call them.

Anti Bush-Obama
Washington, DC

Secession is as American as George Washington and apple pie. it's what built the country.

Othello, WA

Actually the letter writer could just write and use his own version of the Star Spangled Banner, and make it work any way that fits his desires. After all, that's what the country and its activist judges have done to the constitution, reinvent and reinterpret it to make it something other then what it was written to be.
As for Utah being a "net tax taker", that might be technically factual, but take away the unfunded government mandates, and union payoffs in government contracting requirements, the Issue changes a lot. Then turn massive amounts of confiscated public lands, over to private (tax paying)ownership, and the "net tax taker" issue become zero!

Provo, UT

@Hahahaha -- Those Utah lands weren't confiscated. They were never Utah's to begin with. Utah agreed that they would remain part of the land controlled by the federal government when they were granted statehood. Before that they belonged to the US government as a part of a territory. It's not like the federal government came in and took the land. You can't take something away from someone who never had it to begin with. Instead, Utah is trying to take the federal government's land. Bunch of takers trying to always take from the rest of us!

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

Taking poor loser and bitter sour grapes to epic heights! Whoever decides what is an "opinion letter" should screen letters for junior high school whining. This is equivalent of mooning the third period teacher. The disillusioned beyond sanity letters are entertaining and do show the extent that Utah people were hyped up about a guy in the predominate religion.

Salt Lake City, UT

I'm pretty sure the other guy was offering a shiny new 20% across the board tax cut.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Like I told my tantruming 2 year olds when they didn't get their way;

..."the only thing needs to 'Change' here is someone's bad attitude."

Grow-up...for a change.

Othello, WA

Ok Wonder dude lets say your right and I'm wrong, please go on and on some more telling us what confiscated means. Point being, Utah has massive amounts of public and even private land, that is locked off from development and tax generating enterprising, because of the do gooder know it all bureaucracies, and their laws, that control these things. And they are controlled by the inept, mind-numbed environuts or anti private enterprise crowd. That issue is a big factor in the "net taker" argument!

Makanda, IL

A bit off topic, I know, but for some time I have thought it might be a good idea to change the national anthem from the Star-Spangled Banner to America the Beautiful and move the Star Spangled Banner to our military anthem. The Star Spangled Banner hits some excellent sentiments, but is ultimately a war song and focuses more on the fight for freedom than on the concept of freedom itself. That it is about fighting for freedom necessarily engenders an 'us vs them' attitude. Who us and them are change through time, but to keep a fight alive means that there must be someone - even if other Americans - that must be countered. In contrast, America the Beautiful has no inherent divisiveness and just focuses on the notion that it is great to be an American - which it is.

Richard Larson
Galt, CA

I want to know what john charity spring
has to say about this!

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