Why is Utah the most depressed state in the nation? Well, quite frankly, it seems to be stuck in second gear and doesn't seem to want to move forward — economically or socially — with the rest of the country. No wonder we're depressed. Living in downtown Salt Lake City, the place is utterly dull. I find myself having to walk a couple of blocks to the nearest liquor store — and there are no Dunkin' Donuts in sight!

But in all seriousness, the Mormons have themselves to blame for the pressures and demands. The use of antidepressants in this state is alarming; so is the divorce rate. I'm sure if we were more accepting of other faiths and cultures, got out of our comfort zone, and made people from out of state feel more welcome, then the pendulum would swing in our favor.

Jordan Taggart

Salt Lake City