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Published: Friday, Jan. 31 2014 7:50 p.m. MST

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Idaho Falls, ID

Scientist, I feel for you. I really do. It feels awful to be grumpy and cynical about so many things. There is absolutely no harm in exercising a little faith. It might even put a genuinely happy smile on your face. I double dog dare you to try it.

Bountiful, ut

It has been shown that we can make better use of our scare and precious resources if we humans would cut back significantly on our consumption of meat. I, for one, don't intend to pray that ranchers have more feed (or less expensive feed) for their cattle, as I feel strongly that the inefficiency inherent in the cattle-and-pigs-for human-food industry wastes billions of gallons of water and millions upon millions of bushels of food that could - should - be put to better use as food for people.

sandy, ut

Why would praying and fasting help? Doesn't god already know we need rain? Some years are wet, some are dry, and some are average. If people pray and fast of course moisture will come.... eventually, and in the same timeframe it would have come had the prayers not been offered.

Salt Lake City, UT

Two thoughts:
1. I hope they don't blame meteorologists for getting forecasts wrong if they think that prayer can change the weather.
2. I wonder how many of them believe anthropogenic climate change is occurred as they're trying to perform an action in the hope of having a changed climate.

Somewhere in Time, UT

Dear Brahmabull:

Sometimes God requires us to humble ourselves and ask for his help. We don't always get handed things. Sometimes we need to be reminded of our dependence on Him.

Sandy, UT

They do know that it is the super bowl this Sunday, right? I doubt people will be fasting or going to church.

Salt Lake City, UT

I think the Farm Bureau should consider the amount of water being used by Utah's agriculture industry. About 85% of Utah's water use is used by agriculture. Sometimes I question how they use the water. For example, after numerous wet years since 2005, during the summer of 2012, water released from Jordanelle Reservoir was at historic highs - never since the dam had been built had so much water been released during that summer. Now, we regret having so much water released that year - it should have been conserved - at least normal amounts should have been released that year conserving more water for the drought years of 2013 and 2014 (assuming things continue this year.)

Plano, TX

"The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much."

Naysayers need not join in.

sandy, ut


Does god require a certain amount of prayers before he opens up the heavens and lets rain fall? I mean the whole thing seems like a ridiculous premise.

Salt Lake City, UT

Pat Robertson famously laid responsibility for some recent hurricanes on the "gay agenda." Maybe if we want rain, instead of fasting and praying, Utahns should drop the appeal of the Kitchen v. Herbert case. Tropical depression and six inches of rainfall, here we come!

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