Although I have years behind me, I am not too old to remember how idealistic I was in college. I was enrolled at the University of Utah on the GI Bill being catered to and patronized by my family, friends and associates. I never paid taxes, made a payroll or accepted responsibility for self-sufficiency. Now that I have matured, it is difficult to see in the recent voting in the primaries that these idealists are choosing our potential leaders.

It is easy for the employee to vote for higher wages and benefits when one is not responsible for the success of the company. It is the same when these possible over-patronized idealists vote for free health care, low-cost housing, little- or no-cost education, welfare, child care and other entitlement programs. It may sound like murmuring, but as a longtime, hard-working, sizable taxpayer, I feel entitled.

T.G. "Bud" Mahas

Salt Lake City