Being a resident of Utah serving in Kirkuk, Iraq, I've been watching the debate and subsequent defeat of the school voucher bill this past week.

I am stunned that a majority of Utahns, particularly those who identify themselves as conservative or Republican, could so eagerly abandon their implied principles and vote against simple logic. It's a sad day when conservatives forfeit the principles of individualism, free market competition and a less intrusive government and vote like a true-blue socialist-minded Democrat.

Once again Utahns have chosen government stewardship over our family affairs as opposed to putting that responsibility into our own capable hands.

Robert Ray Richards

Kirkuk Regional Air Base

Kirkuk, Iraq