I hope none of my fellow Utahns would labor any more under the delusion that the man we elected as our governor is a conservative Republican or a conservative anything. I voted for him, but I would not do so again. The events of the past few months tell part of the story. Consider the shameless way in which he tried to keep conservative Republicans from being elected in the primaries in favor of his own "moderates," and I use that term loosely, who have a liberal agenda similar to his own. Take a close look at his views on public education which, if they are not in lock step with the Clinton administration's, then I confess to not knowing the difference between a liberal and a conservative. Neither governmental entity seems to know or understand the meaning of the Constitution, which makes public education the sole prerogative of the individual states, thus denying the federal government any role whatsoever in this arena.

What about the governor's views on taxes? I wrote to his office several months ago asking why huge budgetary surpluses almost every year since he has been governor were not returned to the rightful owners of those monies, the Utah taxpayer.I was finally told that the surpluses were "never large," yet the Deseret News reported on June 13 this year that there has been at least a $40 million surplus every year since 1991 - and one of those years it was as high as $120 million. I guess "large," like "beauty," is in the eye of the beholder.

Someone please tell us all, with reasoned logic following, that this view of the governor is skewed, and that he really is a constitutional conservative after all. If the Founding Fathers of the nation were here today to view what our state and national politicians have done to the institutions that they so painstakingly crafted, they would weep along with many of us.

David Weber

Holladay