I was interested in the front-page article Feb. 23 about the economy in Utah. Twice it was mentioned that Utah has a small number of retirees, noting that retirees would help in an economic downturn because they have stable incomes. There were five states (Nevada, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona) mentioned with more retirees than Utah. One wonders why this is true. One explanation might be that four of these states do not tax Social Security benefits, and the other one (Colorado) exempts most of this income from taxation.

Why does the Utah Legislature tax Social Security benefits when 35 other states exempt these benefits from taxation? Why is it that retired Utahns are double-taxed for this involuntary program? Why does the state treat its older citizens in such a shabby manner?

James C. Reading