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Published: Saturday, May 31 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

Florez implies that public agencies are essentially organizations which serve themselves free from outside pressures. So they just go to sleep unless they find a way to renew themselves. There are a few public organizations that are like that, but many are not. I cite the Department of Environmental Quality where I worked for several years. That organization is interfered with and hamstrung by private industry and mining groups continually. There, the challenge is to protect the public in the face of pressure from industry. They are not complacent or asleep. Their situation is one of exhaustion and fear.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

I agree with Mr. Florez. From my observations, institutions, public or private, care for themselves before they care for their "customers". Why should those providing "welfare" for the unemployed help the unemployed become self-sufficient? The self-sufficient would have no need for their services.

Often, when I see a medical specialist, it seems that the only purpose of my visit is to have that specialist tell me that everything looks good, but that I need to come back in two weeks. I don't put up with that. If there's no reason to see the doctor, I tell the doctor that I'll make an appointment when I need his help. He always protests that he is trained to spot anything that needs attention. I counter with the fact that he's taught me to read the blood test and to know whether the two tests are normal or not. He likes the $300 that he charges the insurance company for sagely nodding his head.

Public or private, people and institutions need to help the individual - first.

Bob K
Davis, CA

Doesn't the same reasoning apply to large churches which dominate their State, including its politics, media, and education, and thus have little incentive to look at outside criticism as an opportunity for growth?

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