Former UTOPIA executive intends to sue West Valley City Mayor Mike Winder over story

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    Nov. 19, 2011 10:43 a.m.

    Sue? Of course, many attorney's love the thought of deep pockets.

  • regis Murray, UT
    Nov. 18, 2011 10:02 p.m.

    @Jack's Mom 12:21--"The media is great at twisting things."

    Do you realize the irony of that statement in the context of this whole controversy?

    According to the article, Winder/Burwash decided UTOPIA needed some positive media coverage, and he knew just how to do it.

    Could there be any more classic example of the media "twisting things."

  • MapleDon Springville, UT
    Nov. 18, 2011 1:34 p.m.

    @Jack's Mom

    Another sad story. Well, Mike, keep 'em coming.

  • Jack's Mom WEST JORDAN, UT
    Nov. 18, 2011 12:21 p.m.


    You're funny. I almost never post, but I felt compelled to do so after seeing all the mud-slinging that was going on. I think it is easy to judge people we don't know personally. The media is great at twisting things.

    My sister-in-law was the very unfortunate victim of this a couple months ago after she had a seizure while driving and ended up hitting and killing a 12-year-old girl. The media got it all wrong and it made me sick to see the comments strangers would make. After that, I swore I would make a point not to judge people based on what I saw/read. I was simply trying to put some perspective on things and ask people to have a heart.

  • JediToby Tooele, UT
    Nov. 18, 2011 12:13 p.m.

    @Jack's Mom:

    Sitting with the unpopular kid years ago in high school does not come anywhere close to deceiving the public in a public forum during public service, nor conspiring to do so.

    I'm sure it was all, from Mr. Winder's perspective, well-intentioned. But lying as a public officer is not a principle most Utahns support.

  • MapleDon Springville, UT
    Nov. 18, 2011 11:02 a.m.

    @Jack's Mom

    That's such a touching story. Not a dry eye in the audience.

    Is this Mike Winder--again?

  • DonO Draper, UT
    Nov. 18, 2011 10:42 a.m.

    @ Ute Alumni- "The harm is" an elected official used deceit to accomplish his goals. People who ask for the public trust need to be above board in every way. Especially when one holds a public office, the ends do not under any circumstances justify lies and deceit. If Winder does it in this case, what's to say he won't do it again in another? I applaud him for being a good guy in high school and being a friend to those in need but that also does not give him license to cheat.

  • ClarkKent Bountiful, Utah
    Nov. 18, 2011 10:28 a.m.

    Oh this will be a fun situation to watch. Oh gosh what a web! I bet this will make good movie material..

  • Nite-Train Bluffdale, UT
    Nov. 18, 2011 10:08 a.m.

    I write for the Deseret New Connect team and i do so as myself. What would have been the harm in him just writing under his own name? i realize he was trying to give good news stories about his city but you could still write these articles as the mayor.

  • Let's be real Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 18, 2011 9:29 a.m.

    For those of you that think that deception is ok when you are trying to do a good thing: deception is wrong! Normally deception happens because there is a myriad of different motivations. To think and trust that Winder is just doing it because he wanted to make his city look better, is being untrue to yourself. He went so far as to build a fake facebook page with a photo of another person whose name is not as stated on the facebook page. I would hope that with a tremendous amount of digging which will happen, the actual motivations will come out which will include axe grinding, manipulation, score settling and many others. To say that, well our founding fathers did it also, you better go back and read the things surrounding what they did, how they did it and the facts of them. They, in almost every case are worlds apart from what Winder did. Winder, what you did was wrong, you know it and those of us with a conscience know it also. Please do not try to deceive us anymore. We are not falling for it. Better find yourself another job(s).

  • Jack's Mom WEST JORDAN, UT
    Nov. 18, 2011 9:18 a.m.

    I was very good friends with Mike in high school. He was our student body president and an all-around good guy. Despite being close friends, he often would not sit with us at lunch. I saw him in the cafeteria one day sitting with a rather scraggly-looking boy I did not know at a table off in the corner. After the bell rang and I caught up with him, I asked him why he didn't sit with us. He just simply replied that that other boy needed a friend more than we did.

    This is the kind of person Mike Winder is. He never made it known to people but, rather, quietly went about trying to search for those who needed a friend or help in some way. His intention has always been to help others in need.

    Do I believe he made a mistake? Yes. But let him who is without sin cast the first stone. In the grand scheme of things, we all make mistakes, and certainly there are far worse mistakes that can be made. Mike is a person of character and integrity; human, as we all are.

  • Uncle Rico Sandy, UT
    Nov. 18, 2011 7:33 a.m.

    Dear Chris Hogan,


    The economy has been tough on most of us....

  • ute alumni Tengoku, UT
    Nov. 18, 2011 7:09 a.m.

    just a matter of time before an attorney got involved. i'd like to know what the harm is.

  • kcmannn Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 18, 2011 4:15 a.m.

    So that is why he used a pen name. I knew it had to be more than "trying to make my city look better"...

  • vermillion Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 18, 2011 1:25 a.m.

    "Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive." - Walter Scott

    Mayor Winder, I do declare your attempt to make West Valley look good has spectacularly backfired.

    Let's hope the next mayor behaves more like an adult and less like the high school kid who joins the yearbook club just to make sure he gets a good write-up and photo spread.

    Why hasn't the city council censured Winder yet?