Comments about ‘Utah Lt. Gov. Greg Bell stepping down’

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Published: Monday, Sept. 16 2013 11:10 a.m. MDT

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DN Subscriber 2
SLC, UT

Greg Bell is a class act, and a thoughtful public servant, along with being an astute politician.

Although he is a bit more "moderate" than I like, I respect his sincerity and service and thank him for the many years he has given to working to make Utah a better state.

He has been a great employee for the State of Utah, and his performance here should earn him a great job which will pay a lot more, and based on his abilities, not his connections.

Best wishes!

John Valentine, Mike Waddoups or Margaret Dayton would be excellent replacements, or even Becky Lockhart.

Most Truthful and Patriotic
Layton, UT

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Who gets to be 65 and finally figures out they are way over their heads in debt?

What's the deal there? You didn't get caught in the recession, Mr Bell, you were helping cause the housing bubble.
I'm just trying to figure out how he's forestalled payments for five years, when normal people lost their homes and investments.

What's the real reason, Mr Bell?
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homers
Provo, UT

Most Truthful and Patriotic should add "most cynical"

No One Of Consequence
West Jordan, UT

Retiring to go back to work because he can't afford to retire.

There's always Walmart....

Cats
Somewhere in Time, UT

Those who attack decent public servants are usually those who are sitting at home in their parents' basements with nothing better to do than criticize others. So sad.

TRUTH
Salt Lake City, UT

So the leadership driving the short bus here in Utah are trying to make money at 65 instead of retiring? That is an indicator of just how terrible Obamanomics has been to America! QE and Obamacare are disasters that are just beginning to come under scrutiny......no thanks to the liberal media!

micawber
Centerville, UT

I respect Greg Bell. He will be hard to replace. I hope he succeeds in his real estate endeavors.

Thanks for your service, Lieutenant Governor Bell.

rawlshea1
salt lake city, UT

Lt. Gov. Bell has served the State well under many trying circumstances. He is a man who is not afraid of making a decision and has demonstrated repeatedly his willingness to engage in discussions with those he does not agree with, an admirable and much needed characteristic in public servants. Utah should wish he and his family well.

NeilT
Clearfield, UT

I believe Waddoups is serving as a mission president. To cast stones at somebody because they have financial problems is pure hypocrisy. Put your own house in order and let Mr. Bell do what he thinks is in his own best interests.

InspectorC
Wasatch Front, UT

There are NOT enough good words in the English language to describe Greg Bell!! He's the cream of the crop. One of the finest people I've ever had the privilege of knowing. His many, many years of humble public service are a stellar example to any who would seek elective office or serve in our government.

I'm sorry to hear that he has sacrificed so much for our communities and state that he now finds himself in a financial pinch. Truly I am.

Best wishes, Greg!

Paul H
West Valley, UT

$110,000 a year and can't afford to retire? What does that say to everyone making less?

jhurst82
Holladay, UT

The majority of the state of UT makes less that $105,000 a year and somehow find a way to make ends meet. Are we supposed to feel sorry for a so called civil servant making more than us? Maybe a man who is unable to live within his own means and budget should never have been allowed to even have a voice on the state budget.

downunder
south jordan, UT

Please I WILL take that phony baloney job and its $105,000 salary and harrumph at all of Herbert's suggestions! That would be my retirement dream job! There has to be more to this story. Maybe he is going into home teaching on a permanent basis.

UTAttorney
Salt Lake, UT

The fact that he wants to make more money to meet his obligations is noble. He could have declared bankruptcy and the debt holders would have been out of luck, but he has integrity and paid what he owed. What an example! $102,000 may seem like a lot, but if you are making payments on commercial property with your salary, it can dwindle quickly. Good for you Greg Bell for not throwing your hands up and telling the lenders "too bad." I admire him more than I did before now.

InspectorC
Wasatch Front, UT

I can't believe all the know-it-all, cynical folks out there who love to spout off! You guys have no idea what you're talking about. 8)

You probably don't realize that the Gov and Lt. Gov, as elected in Utah, receive NO retirement bennies from the State Pension System.

And, Bell's current salary (a fraction of his true earning capacity) has nothing to do with any of this. Many people with greater incomes than his still end up with negligible nesteggs when they retire.

This real estate investment (that Bell is going to recover) IS quite possibly his retirement nestegg (via his business)! If he loses it, he will have nothing left to retire on.

Or.... perhaps he HAD built a substantial retirement nestegg over the course of his career/extensive public service, but was forced to draw it all out in order to honorably KEEP his business/investments afloat thru these lean years... rather than running from his contracts and commitments.

You have no clue what his circumstances are, so how about getting down off your high horse and stop judging so harshly.

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

Must of got that call to be a lobbyist.

Esquire
Springville, UT

Didn't he know last November what the job paid and the term of the office? Pulling a Palin?

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