Thanking the individuals who stand up and serve in the 2013 Utah Legislature

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  • dalefarr South Jordan, Utah
    Jan. 30, 2013 11:51 a.m.

    Every year the D-News does a cheerleader piece on the Utah Legislature at the beginning of the session. Legislators serve because serving provides opportunites of power and financial gain. Providing a public service is a secondary motivation.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Jan. 30, 2013 8:16 a.m.

    To "Furry1993" if the 45 days that the Utah Legislature is in session are the most dangerous, and Utah is one of the best run states, what does that say about the US congress or when states like California or Michigan are in session?

    Let me simplify that. If the very best run state result in 45 days of danger, what does that mean when you have anything less?

  • Dektol Powell, OH
    Jan. 29, 2013 7:43 a.m.

    They won't really "stand up and serve" until there is no retirement pay for Elected officials. Get rid of that high cost and get back to citizen legislators.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Jan. 29, 2013 6:37 a.m.

    The Utah State Legislature is in session. The most dangerous 45 days in Utah's year have begun. I hope I am surprised, and find that the legislators will work for the good of the people. Somehow, though, I don't see that happening. It will be business as usual, and the people of Utah will suffer as a result.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    Jan. 28, 2013 5:20 p.m.

    It's not that these people don't get paid or don't get access to power and don't use this power to help their friends or themselves. It's not that that the vast majority don't have some ego or some thirst for power and influence. So if you don't all mind, I'll pass on "thanking" the legislature. I will thank the rest of us for putting up with all of this and trying to live our lives and do something useful while our legislation (and Congress) is in session.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 28, 2013 1:28 p.m.

    Thank you for the polluted air.

    Thank you for depleted Uranium shipped here from Italy.

    Thank you for higher suicide rates.

  • Redshirt1701 Deep Space 9, Ut
    Jan. 28, 2013 12:31 p.m.

    To "Ultra Bob" would you rather it be like the US congress that is full of Lawyers with no business sense? Look at the Utah budget, it nearly always balances. It has been over 50 years since Congress balanced the budget.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 28, 2013 9:50 a.m.

    Compared to what is possible they fall short.

    Compared to other states they do a great job. Our state is one of the best managed.

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 28, 2013 9:24 a.m.

    The problem for the people of Utah is that they have no representation in the virtually solid block of businessmen of state government.

    Not only will they spend the taxpayer money on favoritism for business, they will spend a great deal of money in the competition for power with our national government. In either case, state government is a redundant, unnecessary and improperly organized entity and should be abolished.