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Published: Thursday, Sept. 19 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Burke, VA

Persectly said. Thanks for your thoughts Don. We should all heed your suggestion.

Salt Lake City, UT

You're welcome to privately pray all you want, but for real-world problem solving I'd much prefer that people calmly and thoughtfully discuss real-world evidence and respect the truth.


And what exactly is this great problem you think is so bad?

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

There is a lot of TV shows on about the supernatural. To be there is a lot of evidence there is life after life. There is a lot of people that has gone on to the after life. So as it is hear on earth there are o lot of good people and a lot of bad ones. I like the thought that some one up there is watching out for me. I think I should say thanks, thanks for watching out for every one that's on my mind. Weather there alive or dead, their still in my heart and in my head. You matter That's the spirit of things. It's going to take an act of God to make things better.

Open Minded Mormon
Everett, 00

"Our country has witnessed many crises since 1776 and has remarkably survived them all. The present one seems to be one of the most critical...."


Which "one" are you talking about?

A complete meltdown of our economy?
12 years of War in the Middle East?
A totally inept Congress?
A soaring deficit?

by your tone, and from what I hear on talk radio and Republicans I can only assume only "one" other thing -- the black Democrat in the WhiteHouse.

Who - BTW - I pray for him each and everyday.
I pray he can get SOMETHING done with the stonewalling, do nothing Congress he has to work with, who is still more focused and interested in making HIM [one] fail, than America [350 million of us] succeed.

Dietrich, ID

Our flag was still there in the War of 1812 and at the bottom of the WTC. We survived space disasters, presidential assassinations and many other things. This country is still great.

American Fork, UT

"He who knows all"...you mean Donald Trump has been alive that long?

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

We should pray that common sense economic solutions be sought after, ethics reforms be established, and the military industrial complex which desires war, but subdued.

We cannot survive anymore with the 1 percent earning everything and then throwing their employees onto food stamps because they don't want to pay them a decent wage.

We cannot survive anymore with big banks, "Too Big to Fail." We need to break them up and STRONGLY regulate them and Wall Street (unlike the repubs want to do. They want the banks to "self-regulate." Yeah, like that's going to work...).

We need to establish laws which tie employee salary and benefits directly with the CEOs. No more tripling the CEO's salary and benefits while cutting the employees' salaries and benefits.
We cannot survive anymore with corporations being treated as people. Sorry, but the Super-Pacs must go. No more Citizens United nonsense! Overturn it immediately.

We need to slice the bloated defense budget to common sense levels. We are spending more right now than we ever did during the Cold War. Ridiculous.

Finally, I pray for our President, regardless of skin color and political party affiliation.

Kent C. DeForrest
Provo, UT

But can the U.S. survive the GOP's insane attempt to destroy the government and the economy? Really, Utah, you keep sending these people to Washington. Can't you see where they're headed?

Salt Lake, UT

I think both the GOP and Dems are to blame. Both parties have their faults. I would rather people finally stand to both of them and say we have had enough and we will vote for someone else, if the people in office cannot fix our problems economy etc. they need to be replaced. I for one do not vote for someone based on a letter by their name. I look at the individual and study what their plan is if elected. I encourage others to do the same.

Burke, VA

Maudine - I can't speak for Don but it seems to me that the current "great problem" we are facing is that every one seems to be distrustful of the guy next door and the vitriolic language we hear on the radio and read on these pages is evidence of that. Instead of sitting down together and recognizing that most of our problems effect us all in some way (are you listening Congress?) we have people trying to solve their problems with a gun. We live in a "me first" world and until we recognize that we are all God's children - equal in every way in His eyes - we will continue to flounder as a nation and our problems will only get worse, not better.

the truth
Holladay, UT

@Open Minded Mormon

There is nothing "open minded" in your comments, In fact I find them very narrow in view,
and the same extreme leftest rhetoric we have been hearing for years.

In fact all the commments here from the extreme left are all about blaming someone else making them the enemy.

Burt what has left done to improve the condition of the poor
to fix our cultural and societal ills,
to make the world a better place?

In practice, in reality they are all about gaining power and control, destroying freed and liberty and making money. All there policies have been about these things.

There side has been a big lie too.

Both parties are infected by "progressivism".

We do need to appeal to a higher authority.

Durham, NC

What a great letter than managed to discuss the topic without bowing down to the all too common trend of resorting to partisan rhetoric. It is a shame that sentiment and restraint didn't make it's way into some of the comments that followed.

Open Minded Mormon
Everett, 00

@the truth
Holladay, UT

But what has left done to improve the condition of the poor
to fix our cultural and societal ills,
to make the world a better place?


YOUR Social Security and YOUR Medicare for starters.
Then there is National Parks and protected wilderness.
The Environmental Protection Agency.
I could go on and on,

Then there are the other lefty progressives...

Abraham Lincoln who took a slave owners property and "Freed" them.
The Founding Fathers all very Liberal and very Progressive.

If your are LDS, Joseph Smith and Brigham Young - liberal, progressive.
The ancient Nephites and 1st century Christians.
Jesus was crucified for being a Liberal Progressive.

Shall I continue?

salt lake city, utah

Sorry sir I'm waiting to talk to Santa Claus. In the mean time here's one of the core problems,"Both parties are infected by "progressivism".". To be a Republican or a Democrat is basically to see the solutions to the countries problems through different lens, to call progress an infection is a refusal to see the world at all. It's the entrenched ignorance of an ideologue.

The actual Jesus that lived was a proclaimed Messiah who's core behaviors were intended to confront the Roman culture and to change it in favor of the meek the lowly and the sinners. What we call today progressivism.

Salt Lake City, UT

Don, I grew up in Spanish Fork. I must admit that there are some really good people there. I think that they genuinely care about those around them. I am a gay person and sometimes, here in Utah, it feels like nobody cares. The Bishop accross the street has never said one word to me in the fifteen years that I have lived in my house! I miss the feeling that you get when you know that others care. It doesn't always have to be money or food. I think our whole country needs it. When people care, it brings hope and courage and we have a reason to live our best! When we care, we listen more. We don't always have a need to be right all of the time and we can bend a little. There have been many who helped when I was sick. They didn't judge me or ask if I was worthy of their help . They cared and they did it and I can never thank them enough! We need to stop tearing each other down on a daily basis!

the truth
Holladay, UT

@Open Minded Mormon

I made typo and meant freedom not "freed"

The number of poor has grown,

The problems minorities face have increased, culturally and societallym inner city problems have increased

strict gun laws have made Chicago, DV and other places the murder capitals of the country.

Rights of states has decreased.

Part time jobs with no benefits has increased while full time jobs with benefit has decreased thanks to leftist policies

Abraham lincoln was a republican not an extreme leftist,

Democrats creates reservation, caused the trail of tearsm put japanesze ans german citizens in interment camps,

The founding fathers were a different kind of "liberal"

Jesus and his prophets were a different kind of "liberal" or "progressive"

The modern notion of "liberal" and "progressive" came directly from the communist party, who called themselves liberals until it got a bad name then they called them selves "progressives" infiltrated both parties colleges and education system.

So I am pretty sure Jesus and none of the prophets are communists.

The left has done much at a big price of loss of personal freedoms, privacy, and property rights, and so forth.

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

yes, the present tea party threaten to obstruct and subvert our system of laws is a very low point.

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