Comments about ‘Gov. Herbert, Thurl Bailey encourage Utahns to attend World Refugee Day festival’

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Published: Thursday, June 20 2013 6:25 p.m. MDT

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Hyrum, UT

I full-heartedly support what our state is doing for refugees. It's great. But to compare them to our original pioneers in making Utah blossom like a rose is too much of a stretch. Comparisons are very minimal.

First of all, the real pioneers pushed handcarts over 2000 miles over untraveled wilderness. These refugees flew here in air-conditioned jets. The real pioneers almost starved the first few years here before getting established. Entitlement programs keep these refugees housed and well fed from day one.

And lastly, the real pioneers had to build irrigation reservoirs and dig miles and miles of big ditches... all by hand, in order to make Utah "blossom like a rose". These refugees need only to learn English, and at their own pace. Overall... it's not much of a real comparison at all.

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