Comments about ‘Scott Howell, Sen. Orrin Hatch in war of words over age’

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Published: Tuesday, Sept. 18 2012 6:00 p.m. MDT

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willows, ca

Howell sounds desperate. Can't they leave the Church out of this, including the statements that this or that politician who is LDS is a good member of the Church.

American Fork, UT

Howell is using age descrimination which is against the law at any business. At least we now know what kind of person he really is. I would never vote for someone who thinks like this.

Far East USA, SC

I seemed to detect just a slight mixing of religion and politics in this article.

Taylorsville, 00

Senator Hatch is advanced in age, but if he's healthy, then it's a non-issue. I think that the primary raised the issue of his age a few times, so this is a rather exceedingly beaten zombie horse.

Salt Lake City, UT

Being younger doesn't automatically make one more competent. Try giving a real reason to vote FOR you, Howell.

newhall, CA

We do not elect public officials for life. Sorry, but you could have fooled me. Hatch is begging for one more term...his last. Sounds like an old man who just can't let go of his ego. He has served Utah well...not all 36 years but well enough. He has become a wealthy man and made many of his staffers rich as well. His being in Congress means nothing and won't change the performance of perhaps the worst Congress in modern history. In fact, I would have to say that he is part of the problem. This country needs to re-examine tenure and this idea of elder statesman. We need term limits which equates responsibility and accountability. Arguing for one last term raises the red flag that Hatch will be able to do whatever he wants with no accountability because he won't be running for re-election. This is a guy who has hired individuals who have profited from 36 years of career politicking. Enough. We need new leadership. Unfortunately, he won the Republican primary. But of course, his ego just seems to get in the way.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

Age isn't a factor. Competency is. When you lack the latter you must attack the former. Senator Hatch has my vote.

Tooele, UT

Nothing Howell says or dies will give him the slightest chance of defeating Hatch, so you'd think he would want to maintain a little credibility, decorum, and decency during his losing bid.

But, I guess that's just asking too much of a politician.

What in Tucket?
Provo, UT

Any way you slice it our country is in dire straits. Another Democrat in Congress makes it that much worse just more spending. We are headed for catastrophe and a lot of people are only interested in their food stamps or welfare checks. Hatch may not be perfect, but his voting record is still pretty conservative. If he drops out I would rather have a Republican governor name his replacement.

Salt Lake City, UT

I am 85 years old, in good health, and still operating a small business.

I resent Mr. Howell's insinuation that "old" age is a detriment.

I think most people value wisdom and experience above youth and exuberance.

Also, finding fault with your competitor is a low class approach to competition. Mr. Howell would do well to emphasize "his" qualifications for the office he seeks and avoid his childish assaults on Mr. Hatch's age.

Brigham City, UT

Do Howell's comments show desparation? Maybe so. OK, probably so.

However, to be fair, does spending $8 million plus just to win a primary election for a job that pays less than a quarter million a year not also show desparation?

Great Horned Owl
Spanish Fork, UT

I'm happy to see Howell get attention. His retorts to Hatch's responses are well-informed and spot-on. It might not be politic to attack Hatch on his age -- as it's true that many people are still quite healthy at that age -- but anybody who has met with Hatch recently (I have) knows that the people of Utah would be better off if he'd retire and spend time with his grandkids as he promised 6 years ago. His memory is fuzzy and his comprehension of new data is slow. He hasn't championed anything with passion in the past 20 years except the Patriot Act, more war, and heavy handed punishments for flag burning. You might support some or all of that, but I find it disturbing and against our Founding Principles. I would have voted for Hatch 36 years ago when he campaigned on Liberty and State's rights. I *have* voted for Hatch in the last decade and I won't do it again.

Hesperia, CA

I guess most LDS who are Democrats just "check their religion at the door".

Roy, UT

Sen. Hatch has often pointed out his membership in the lds church as a selling point for folks to vote for him, at least as a lifelong Utah resident, this has been my impression. Therefore it doesn't seem wrong for comparing his age to that of ldrshp in his church...
...I believe in term limits, and that much of the abuse of power in Government would go away if terms were limited so a Senator's job would not become a lifetime vocation.

Kearns, UT

Daniel Inouye is still perking along just fine. I saw him in DC last summer and he was walking with what I would call vigor. And he's a WWII veteran.

Howell is just plain dumb to bring this issue up. Hansen's characterization of the LDS General Authorities is actually a fine one. L. Tom Perry is 90 and working just fine. Nelson is in his mid 80's and he's just fine. Oaks, Packer, Monson, Ballard, Scott, Hales are all over 80, and Eyring is 79 and I'm sure they would disagree with Howell.

A couple of notable exceptions from last conference. H. David Burton was 73 when he got released as Presiding Bishop and his councilor Richard C. Edgley was 76 when he got released. So Scott, it doesn't always work.

Kearns, UT

If you knew Orrin Hatch like I know Orrin Hatch, you would know why he's running for another term. Personally, I can't comment on why but he has alluded to it from time to time. Because what I know is frankly none of your business, and if he knew that I knew it, he'd most likely be put out by it. Just suffice it to say, it isn't about ego. It's about service.

Madison, AL

Howell is being divisive by age baiting, of course he probably has little to contribute anyway.

American Fork, UT

I was going to vote for him but I'm not so sure now. Seems like a pretty low swing.

Midvale, UT

I was leaning toward voting for Howell but no more. His comments were totally out of line with what I expect from a United States Senator.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: DRay Roy, UT
"Therefore it doesn't seem wrong for comparing his age to that of ldrshp in his church..."

Works for me. The Quorum of The Twelve and President of the LDS Church serve until they die.

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