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Published: Thursday, June 12 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

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slcdenizen
Murray, UT

This letter sounds like a schizophrenic admission of some sort. Why drag the president into this? What possible responsibility does he hold over the thoughts of our fellow citizens? The right has shown what bizarre expectations they have of the president this term.

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

Actually, the violent crime rate has dropped steeply in the past 20 years. Things are not "getting worse"--they're getting better. And I'm sure President Obama is opposed to "evil thoughts."

pragmatistferlife
salt lake city, utah

And just what would you have the President say and do? Even the biggest of the big government advocates think there is a limit on what government can actually accomplish, and I'll bet thought control falls in that category.

I have to admit though that this is a pretty creative new criticism of the President. With this as a guide the next two years ought to be quite entertaining.

Darrel
Eagle Mountain, UT

And as soon as the President condemns evil thoughts, the right will be crying about the invention of the "Thought Police"

Really, the answer is not more government intervention. It's education. Mental illness is such a taboo in our society that people are afraid to get help.

FreedomFighter41
Provo, UT

Obama is responsible for everything bad apparently. Wasn't he who tempted Eve with the apple?

GZE
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

I thought we were trying to avoid an Orwellian future?

Open Minded Mormon
Everett, 00

Now they radical right wing is Obama for murders because he doesn't control people's "evil thoughts"?

Amazing,

Lucifer himself can't even do that...

Frozen Fractals
Salt Lake City, UT

"two girls who had watched a program where they were told they must kill someone."

Read a fictional story.

Understands Math
Lacey, WA

Another aspect where the letter writer is wrong: the girls did not actually kill their victim.

Opinionated
Sandy, UT

RE: Irony Guy "Actually, the violent crime rate has dropped steeply in the past 20 years"
You're living in a dream world. Life must look pretty good looking through those rose-colored glasses. There is so much more crime than 20 years ago, whether statistics show that or not. Filling the brain with violence will increase violence. We as a society would be naive to this otherwise.

The Wraith
Kaysville, UT

I had a little trouble following this letter but I got the idea he wants to ban things like Slender Man or at least censor it heavily because two girls tried to kill another girl and were influenced by the material. Should we apply this same logic to the incident recently in Florida where a mother did succeed in killing her 2 year old child because she thought she had to act out a bible story? What about all the other people who have murdered their own children because they felt god told them to?

In reality its not the bible or Slender Man that leads to these killings. The problem is that the people committing the crimes are not mentally stable. If the mother in Florida didn't have the bible to wrap her warped mind around she would have found something else. If the two girls didn't have Slender Man they would have been influence by something else. The real problem is a mental health care system in this country that is broken. It can't find or help the people it needs to.

Understands Math
Lacey, WA

@Opinionated wrote: "There is so much more crime than 20 years ago, whether statistics show that or not."

If statistics disagree with your point, then just toss the statistics and claim that they're wrong?

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

It's easy to be "Opinionated" especially fact free opinions?

Confused
Sandy, UT

Irony guy...
So based on your comments, all the talk about "Gun Control" is bogus because the Violent Crime rate is going down... Right?

slcdenizen,Open Minded Mormon and others...
What the writer is suggesting is that "Thoughts" is the real culprit in all these attacks we read and hear about.

What the writer is saying is that the President (Regardless of Party) should speak out on the plight of the mentally ill and the lack of help for them. STOP focusing on other things and focus getting these people help.

Grover
Salt Lake City, UT

I think Don yearns for a theocracy rather than than a republic or democracy. I don't want the President to ever lecture us on good or bad thoughts. How long would it be before Justice department would feel the need to check to see if people were following those "suggestions"?

Open Minded Mormon
Everett, 00

@Confused
Sandy, UT

slcdenizen,Open Minded Mormon and others...
What the writer is suggesting is that "Thoughts" is the real culprit in all these attacks we read and hear about.

What the writer is saying is that the President (Regardless of Party) should speak out on the plight of the mentally ill and the lack of help for them. STOP focusing on other things and focus getting these people help.

1:48 p.m. June 12, 2014

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I disagree.

What the letter writer is attempting to do is a veiled attpemt to "blame" President Obama for someone else's "thoughts" and "actions".

BTW -- My President DOES tell us about controling "evil thoughts",
and his name is President Monson.

Screwdriver
Casa Grande, AZ

So you WANT Obama to control your thoughts? You WANT him to be the thought police?

I seriously doubt it.

RanchHand
Huntsville, UT

Now conservatives are proposing that the President should approve of thought control.

ugottabkidn
Sandy, UT

Come on Don. More reporting doesn't mean more news. Maybe if you convinced your friends to turn off A.M. radio things would settle down for you.

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