As we vote for our elected officials, we need to study current issues and past voting records to make informed decisions. At our caucus, meeting I heard comments supporting Sen. Orrin Hatch because "he was the best religion teacher I ever had," or "he is an old family friend." Is this using our power of the vote wisely?

The most incredible speech came from a candidate for precinct chair who said that he would do whatever it takes to send Hatch back to Washington along with other comments mixing politics and religion. I was appalled at his comments. I was even more dismayed when he received the majority vote.

I sincerely hope the state delegates next month will rely on reason instead of sentiment when they vote. I trust they will be fair and give those of us who prefer a fiscal conservative as a senator the opportunity to vote for one in the primaries.

Emmalou Penrod