Tom Smart, Deseret News
Gov. Gary Herbert waves to the crowd after delivering his 2012 State of the State address Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Gov. Gary Herbert's State of the State address was well-presented. It is true that Utah needs to be independent in much of its policy decisions. A remark that is bothersome to me was when he spoke of his goals to create jobs.

He said, "it is in the private sector — not government — that creates wealth, creates jobs and creates opportunities for Utah's citizens." I hope the public was not left with the impression that all Utah job growth can be obtained without federal funding.

Federal agencies such as Hill Air Force Base, Tooele Ordinance Depot and the Veterans Hospital, just to name a few, are extremely significant in creating wealth, jobs and opportunities as well as creating private sector jobs and community growth. Hopefully, Herbert can see the need for partnership with the federal government rather than resist them in obtaining job growth.

Hal R. Belnap

Bountiful