I attended the Utah Republican State Convention on Friday and Saturday, May 8 and 9. I was disappointed by the attendance. I am concerned that a small group of extremists were disproportionally represented. The "I don't care" attitude of people was manifested again.

Frankly, I was shocked and offended with Jeremy Freidbaum's nomination speech Friday night. His nominator stood up and told us the election was a spiritual "test." She told us that God has over time raised up men, Moses, Joseph Smith, other men of righteousness. She said I now hold up Mr. Freidbaum. She also quoted parts of a ceremony that is very sacred to me. Needless to say I was disgusted.Rep. Cannon is the most conservative member of the Utah delegation and one of the most conservative in Congress. From Freidbaum's literature, I learned that he has no agenda other than criticizing Rep. Cannon's voting record.

Utah needs a representative in Congress with clear, conservative goals. Like Freidbaum's nominator, I also say this election is a "test." A test of our ability to choose an effective, conservative representative with clear goals or to choose a sideline critic with no idea how to get anything done. Chris Cannon is the clear choice. Let's not let apathy keep us from doing something to move Utah forward.

Stan Allman