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The Deseret News, Laura Seitz
In this June 15, 2012 file photo, Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch and Dan Liljenquist talk before participating in a debate before the Utah primary election at KSL Newsradio in Salt Lake City.

I understand Sen. Orrin Hatch's reluctance to debate his challenger Scott Howell. He's a very busy man, he tells us — too busy to appear before his constituents. Or is it, as senior senator, he's become "senior" enough that he'd rather we not see that his memory and grasp of issues has slipped?

The people of Utah deserve to make a judgement based on a side-by-side comparison.

Marilyn A. Smith

Salt Lake City