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Published: Sunday, June 23 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Hutterite
American Fork, UT

More swimsuit, less talking. Got it.

Lonster
Sandy, UT

Brevity is indeed better. In addition to the old saw, "The more you say, the less you know", I believe it was English poet Robert Southey who said, "Be brief, for it is with words as with sunbeams: The more condensed, the deeper they burn."

JBT
Provo, UT

And I thought reading Supreme Court rulings were difficult.. I don't think I would turn this into a big issue. It's the 'Miss USA' pageant; which is about beauty, not brains. After completely blundering her On-Stage question, she still managed to be Third Runner-up! Again, it's the Miss USA Pageant = I'm pretty sure the Producer of this show KNOWS he/she is going to get 'Entertainment' by asking the contestants tough questions...

Now if this were the 'Miss America' pageant, I would completely disagree with your opinion. Miss America IS about intelligence and talent, not just beauty. Interviewing is a BIG part of the competition. Taking out the On-Stage question would be one step toward turning this into a 'Beauty' pageant. I think it's important that Everyone gets a chance to recognize that these girls represent MUCH more than just physical beauty.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

"Contests" are travesties. Shouldn't "Miss Utah" be someone who has proven on her merits that she is the person who has embodied all the principles that Utahns would like to see in the person who represents them to the world?

Should beauty be more important than merit?

Should wearing a swimsuit be part of the selection process? Is that what Utahns find most important in their leaders? Does Thomas S. Monson parade around a stage in a swimsuit? Does Gary Herbert? Does Orrin Hatch?

Shouldn't talent be something that has been seen and respected over a number of years?

How about service?

How about compassion?

How about virtue?

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

If she had won because miss Conn had said something stupid, would all these utahns still be calling for the end of the Q&A?

Curmudgeon
Salt Lake City, UT

"Beauty" pageants are apparently designed to expose young women's attributes in more ways than one. Ever wonder why there are no comparable pageants for men?

Gender inequality, indeed.

Grover
Salt Lake City, UT

Do they ask math problems to the contestants at the Grand National Stock Show? No! No one cares what they think, only what the look like "on the hoof" (stiletto heels?). The spelling bee stops at 12 past that who cares if you are smart. That single fact propels the "beauty" industry and condemns women to the eternal pursuit of youth. Pathetic.

Badgerbadger
Murray, UT

Since the job these girls are applying for doesn't really require them to think, just look good and be able to read pre-written speeches, why not just go to a speech? Thinking isn't important to success.

Look where good looks and speech delivery skills have taken B.H.Obama.

Need I say more?

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

OK. I'll add my support to the end the Q&A side.

The Q&A ends up getting used as a political mine-field, and it's not about the politics of the contestant (is it)?

If we're going to pretend that you can judge the intelligence of the contestant from one question... I say use their school transcripts. If they don't have the grades... kick them out before the even become a contestant (not wait till they are a finalist).

If it's to see their poise under pressure, or their public speaking skills... make it a speech competition, and drop all the beauty and talent stuff.

The questions become more political every year. I think we should drop it. Her question was better suited for a Presidential Debate than a beauty contest!

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

@Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

Should beauty be more important than merit?

Should wearing a swimsuit be part of the selection process? Is that what Utahns find most important in their leaders? Does Thomas S. Monson parade around a stage in a swimsuit? Does Gary Herbert? Does Orrin Hatch?

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Mike,
It's a BEAUTY contest - not a campaign and vote for leadership.
Miss Utah is STILL Miss Utah, even if she lost - chill out.
Monson, Hebert, Hatch in swimsuits - seriously? What does that have to do with the Miss America contest?

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