The temperature in Salt Lake dropped this week from the 90s to 80s, and local TV forecasters announced this change like a warden telling a prisoner he has been granted clemency. Every southern Utahn who daily witnesses these liberating proclamations chuckles at our northern neighbors' frailty. The way one weatherman overreacts to a temperature in the low 80s, one wonders if he has ever seen the inside of a sauna.

Step it up, northern Utahns. Your ancestors did not walk from Illinois so you could complain when the thermometer rises slightly above room temperature. Listening to the meteorologists carry on, it seems northern Utah is ignorant of the inventions of ice cream, snow cones and swimming pools.

Stephen Vincent

St. George