It's time for new ideas and a different approach in Washington

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  • killpack Sandy, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 2:44 p.m.

    LDS Liberal, I vowed that I would never vote for Orrin Hatch, true. Here's the problem. Howell is a Democrat, and way more Democrats than Republicans voted for the bank bailouts that were a total scam. Not one Democratic Senator, not a single one, voted against the horrible, pork-laden, special interest-favoring, debt increasing ARRA. Not one Democratic Senator voted against Obamacare, which is equally if not more horrible than the ARRA. If Scott Howell can prove to me that he will vote in line with his fellow Utahns and Americans and contrary to his fellow Democrats in Congress, by voting against such atrocities as the bailouts and Obamacare he will have my vote, I promise it. If not, I probably will still not vote for Orrin Hatch, but there is no way possible I am going to vote to send another Democrat to Washington to rip me off. There is a reason Utahns are afraid of Democrats. It isn't despite the issues; it's because of them. Recently, Democrats, in a predictable and partisan way, with a few exceptions, have voted against the will of Utahns (and Americans) on issues, e.g. bank bailouts, Obamacare, etc.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 12:51 p.m.

    Utahns SAY they "think" and "vote on the issues" ---

    But in reality most vote party-line (R).

    I challenge any "thinking" voter to lay aside R's and D's and party platforms vote strictly for the person.

    That goes espicially true for the anti-Hatch Republicans who trash talked Orrin for months leading up to the Convention and promised to do everything in their power to unseat him,
    but by lacking any sense of integrity,
    will swollow their pride, lap up their own vomit, and cowardly pull the curtain and secretly vote Party-line.

  • lcg Bluffdale, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 11:46 a.m.

    Seems that Scott is asking us to support him for the same reasons as we should support Romney - business experience.

  • killpack Sandy, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 11:44 a.m.

    I, like many Utahns, am very disappointed in Orrin Hatch, especially his vote for the bailout of AIG and friends. I, like many Utahns, wrote him and Bob Bennett several letters each, pleading with them to not be so reckless with hard earned taxpayer money. Well, it didn't work. They voted for the bailout, anyway, despite the public outcry. Fortunately, Bob Bennett paid DEARLY for his poor decision. Unfortunately, Hatch is still around and has won his primary. Unfortunately still, I may end up voting for him or just not voting at all. Why? Democrats in Congress were far more likely to vote for the bailout than their Republican counterparts. It seems to me that Democrats are far more likely to vote for crony favoring, debt increasing legislation in general, e.g. ARRA, Obamacare, etc. However, if Scott Howell can give me some kind of guarantee that he won't vote in favor of such atrocities, like the overwhelming majority of his fellow Democrats, he will have my vote! It is all up to him. Convince me you won't vote for things like bailouts, TARPS, Obamacares, and countless other scams, and you'll have my vote, Scott Howell!

  • oxymoron Cedar City, UT
    Sept. 23, 2012 5:57 p.m.

    Mike Richards -

    While Scott was serving as the Senate Minority Leader in the Utah Senate, he encouraged his colleagues to vote their conscience, their constituents, and the constitution. That's always been his guiding principle, and has promised to do the same in the US Senate.

    Regarding social issues, Scott is a member of the LDS church and his positions are in line with his religious beliefs.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Sept. 23, 2012 5:43 p.m.

    Mike Richards -- how about defining exactly what those "Utah values" are?

    Do they include the outright lies we hear daily in ads supporting Republican candidates?

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    Sept. 23, 2012 1:26 p.m.

    Mr. Howell,

    America is facing a crisis caused by government exceeding its authority.

    Would you promise to vote against ANY bill that is not Constitutionally authorized? Don't say that only the Court can decide if something is Constitutional. You're asking us to put you in a position that allows you to write legislation. If you don't understand the Constitution well enough to know what the limits of your duties are, how can we trust you to uphold the Supreme Law of the Land?

    Do you respect life? Will you vote to prohibit abortions unless the unborn is given the same rights as a convicted felon to an appeal - all the way to the Supreme Court - to preserve that unborn baby's life? The primary duty of government is to protect its citizens. Fifty million have been destroyed, with the consent of their mothers, while those unborn babies were nestled in the mother's womb. What are you going to do about that? The people of Utah don't believe in abortion except in rare cases.

    What about changing marriage? Where do you stand?

    Will you stand for Utah values or for Democrat values?

  • Kent C. DeForrest Provo, UT
    Sept. 23, 2012 11:41 a.m.

    Although I will vote for Scott Howell and sincerely hope he is willing to compromise in order to solve problems, I disagree with his notion that what we need in the Senate is a businessman. Business values are the last thing we need in government. Let's have more statesmen and fewer businessmen.

    As for Hatch, yes, he should spend more time with his grandkids. What is he thinking, running for a seventh term, especially after the statements he has made in the past? Time for us to hold Orrin accountable for his own views. Vote him out.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Sept. 23, 2012 11:34 a.m.

    hatch represents everything that is wrong with our government.

    Since he will have senority, Utah voters will vote for him...again...and again...and again.


  • Eric Samuelsen Provo, UT
    Sept. 23, 2012 9:24 a.m.

    Excellent letter, from a man I've admired for years. And I challenge all the Republicans who have expressed their disappointment over Hatch in these pages to support Utah's next great senator, Scott Howell.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Sept. 23, 2012 9:19 a.m.

    You know,I hate to come off as cynical but they all say this stuff at the beginning.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Sept. 23, 2012 8:23 a.m.

    Hatch has been in the Senate for a very long time. He is the status quo. If you don't like what is going on, then why send the same people? It is irrational.

  • dustmagnet tremonton, UT
    Sept. 23, 2012 5:35 a.m.

    I clicked on the link to his site. No where could i find a comment addressing the serious environmental concerns that Utah faces. Pollution needs to be addressed. The laxity of the Federal and State governments in permitting the handling of dangerous pollutants needs to be a topic that we, the voters, hear where the candidates stand. Utah is a beautiful State - WHEN you can see it through the haze!