Linda & Richard Eyre: The Romneys: Like father, like son

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  • Chuck E. Racer Lehi, UT
    June 14, 2011 10:01 p.m.

    Politics is the art of accomplishing the possible...not the perfect. In the liberal state of Massachusetts, that's what Romney did.

    Romney would be much more likely than any other candidate out there at effectively steering our country back somewhere closer to the right direction. Massachusetts would have done something much worse with health care and their economy without Romney.

  • barbara Carlsbad, CA
    June 14, 2011 5:28 p.m.

    Thank goodness for the Eyres. I would not know how to even think without their advice.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    June 14, 2011 8:42 a.m.

    This is in fact an endorsement.

    The authors have used their column in this paper for political purposes before. Would you like me to point it out, DN?

    I know the Eyres and Mitt Romney are favored in the DN community, but at least try to be balanced. I guess it is OK to mix religion and politics, all in the goal of making money....

  • delasalle Sandy, UT
    June 13, 2011 7:35 p.m.

    You have got to be kidding me. I grew up in Michigan and although I had high hopes for Mitt, he is nothing like George. You say it in our own article - George said and did what he felt was right. He did not pander to groups to try to fit in or say what he thought they wanted to hear. If you were around George, in addition to stating the Vietnam war as it truly was, you know then that he fought for civil rights at a time when it was not popular among Republicans to do so. He made Michigan one of the first states to rewrite its constitution to include civil rights. He personally investigated instances of racism or prejudice in things as small as apartment rentals. George was an unprecedented three-term governor who was considered a hero by all, both Democrats and Republicans, in Michigan. It's a travesty that the American people were so blinded at the time that they caused one of the greatest potential presidents to withdraw from the race. I highly doubt Mitt will ever be considered the man George was by those who knew both.

  • Independent Henderson, NV
    June 13, 2011 1:22 p.m.

    I liked this article because it shows that contrary to the way politicians are demonized in the media, they can be very nice down to earth people. I'm an optimist, and I believe this to be true of most people, regardless of their political party or opinions.

  • Allen#1 West Valley, UT
    June 13, 2011 12:04 p.m.

    I liked George Romney even though his "I was brainwashed" comment was very offensive to me after it was spoken by George. I admired George for infusing life into the Rambler and American Motors. He was a visionary before conservation of energy became popular.

    Fast forward many years and we now know that George Romney was one of the few politicians that told the truth. Mitt is blessed with great leadership abililty but is too much for Big Business with very little compassion shown for the poor and the needy, the sick and afflicted. I strongly disagree with the presumption that "Like father, like son".

  • Redshirt1701 Deep Space 9, Ut
    June 13, 2011 11:50 a.m.

    To "A Scientist | 9:45 a.m." um...Romney belongs to the LDS church. They believe fully in equality for all gay people. Any Gay man can do exactly the same things that a straight man can do.

    The LDS church believes that sex before marriage is wrong. There is no stipulation about it being a gay or straight commandment. They also believe that marriage is between a man and woman. The man and woman, gender based, so it is equal for all.

    Please explain how the LDS church "denies equality to gay and lesbians".

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    June 13, 2011 11:34 a.m.

    I went to the Romney website where it says this: "Our next president must repeal Obamacare and replace it with market-based reforms that empower states and individuals and reduce health care costs. States and private markets, not the federal government, hold the key to improving our health care system."
    ??? Idealized market models don't match up with health care realities. So unless some of you are Romney insiders, my question will remain unanswered.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    June 13, 2011 11:25 a.m.

    The only question I have about Romney right now is this - if he is elected will boomers like myself have access to health care? Anybody care to predict?

  • junkgeek Agua Dulce, TX
    June 13, 2011 10:45 a.m.

    Mitt's particular expertise in business doesn't really lend itself well to building an overall economy...

    June 13, 2011 10:32 a.m.

    Nice to share a similar history as Richard Eyre. George Romney was my Stake President and Govenor in Michigan. Years later when my own family moved to Massachusetts, our first church meeting was a Stake Conference where Mitt Romney was presiding. I walked into the meeting and my past flashed before my eyes as I saw George Romney in the form of his son standing at the pulpit; they looked so much alike. Mitt later became our Govenor. In my scrapbook, I have an invitation to both Romneys' gubernatorial, inaugural balls. I was a "Romney Girl" for one of his campaigns in the late 60's and at the time, we had to make or have made our own dresses in royal blue. I remember Lenore Romney giving me the pattern. Thanks for the walk down memory lane. I was also a freshman at USU in 1967 but transferred to the University of Michigan to complete my undergraduate degree. I hope my comments translate to an endorsement of Mitt Romney for Govenor! I have lived under Mitt Romney as a Stake President and as the Govenor of Massachusetts when his entire legislature was one party, Democrats. Small World!

  • MollyinGA Atlanta, GA
    June 13, 2011 10:23 a.m.

    I have to agree with the comments that he "flip-flops" on his opinions and he satisfies to whomever he speaks. I'm sure he's nice, but you are not going to please all of your constituents - have an opinion and stick to it, I would respect him more.

  • A Scientist Provo, UT
    June 13, 2011 9:45 a.m.

    The father failed to win the Republican nomination because he was a member of a Church that denied equality to blacks, and because he claimed to have been "brainwashed" by the military, and falsely claimed to have "walked with" Martin Luther King, Jr..

    The son failed to win the Republican nomination once already, and will probably fail again because he is a member of a Church that denies equality to gay and lesbians, and his brain is still in the "flip-flop" washing machine, and he claimed he "saw" his father "walk with" MLK.

    Yep. Like father, like son.

  • Furry1993 Somewhere in Utah, UT
    June 13, 2011 6:50 a.m.

    To put it bluntly, the father had honor and integrity and the son doesn't. The son shifts to satisfy whomever to whom he speaks. That's not what this country needs.

  • Gr8bald1 San Diego, CA
    June 12, 2011 9:22 p.m.

    What has become ittitating to me are the huge egos of most politicians. I desire to pull back from most of them.

    I want to like the Romney, (honestly I do), but his desire to please everyone bugs me. Mitt is compassionate almost to a fault (if that is possible). That is how Romney-care got started in Mass. However, that compassion has been manipulated by the dark side to lead those good-intentioned ideas to a liberal state legislature that was intent on controlling and manipulating them into coercive, progressive laws. And the subsequently subtle (yet longer term and damaging) liberal agendas. I am afraid that he will compromise too heavily with the enemy. This and a few other snafus will be the fodder for the democrats. Their intent is to so blind the potential voters with character trivia, that they will dismiss the other many good, efficient and better whole true leadership that Romney has to offer. Mitts biggest strength is turning businesses around (and subsequently the economy). Sad to say the USA is an economy.

  • dr.bridell mclean, VA
    June 12, 2011 5:01 p.m.

    I assume this is the Eyre's column for the week, but it says "by Reporter" whatever that means. Maybe I am just reading it on line early and the paper has not yet attributed it to the Eyres. Oh, now I got to the end of the article and notice that it is the Eyres.

    Anyway, loved the piece! When it comes right down to it, it's not what a candidate says that ultimately matters--it's who he is! Mitt is who he is partly because of the great family he was raised in, and the family he and his wife Ann are raising now says more about the man than words ever could.

    I deeply and profoundly hope he is our next president!

  • CaliforniaCougar Lake Elsinore, CA
    June 12, 2011 4:38 p.m.

    Mitt has a very solid campaign structure right now. He has the financial backing. He is leading the polls of the Republican field. The No. 1 topic on the minds of voters right now is the economy and jobs. There is no better right now to lead the nation than the turnaround artist. Now is the time to show Mitt your support and get out there and participate.

    Mitt 2012