Dem candidate for governor says more volunteerism needed

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  • one old man Ogden, UT
    July 24, 2012 11:11 a.m.

    Given all the shenanigans that have come have come from the governor's office recently, we really do need a man like Peter Cooke to fill that office.

  • skeptic Phoenix, AZ
    July 24, 2012 10:12 a.m.

    It seems like a good idea, perhaps he can get off to a good start by asking the 2000 Stripling Mormon Warriors to be the first to volunteer.

  • AlanSutton Salt Lake City, UT
    July 24, 2012 8:51 a.m.

    Perhaps the article wasn't sufficiently clear, but it appears that Mr. Cooke wants students with high student loan debt to volunteer to work in hospitals and other places to pay off their loans.

    But if they are volunteering, how do they pay off their loans? And if they are working to pay off their loans, who comes up with the money to pay them so they can pay off their loans?

    Yes, Mr. Cooke needs to do more thinking about the details of his new "volunteer" program.

  • David Centerville, UT
    July 24, 2012 7:19 a.m.

    In my mind, to "volunteer" & do "service" in exchange for a reduction of student loan debt isn't really "service". But as Tevyev says in Fiddler on the Roof, "On the other hand" we say that those in the military are serving their country & they do so, often in exchange for a reduction of their student loans.

    I like Cooke's thinking. I like that he is trying to find ways to help graduates be productive & gain experience in a tough job market. I like how he is trying to help graduates with their student loan debts. I like how he is reflecting back upon our state's pioneer roots. I like that Cooke has served his country in the military with distinction.

    Herbert has always left me feeling uneasy about him. Don't know why, just an inward warning signal. He has certainly benefitted from presiding over a well-run state. Utah has had good to great governor's for decades regardless of their party. May I use this forumn to encourage Utah voters to cast their vote for Cooke? That's where my vote will go.

  • don17 Temecula, CA
    July 23, 2012 6:40 p.m.

    Is this a non issue or what?

    Does Utah not lead the nation in volunteerism? Yes!

    Does Utah lead the nation in donations to non-profits? Yes! beating out Oklahoma # 2.

    How can the Governor of utah be failing at this if Utah is # 1.

    That is like saying the manager of the New York Yankees Joe Girardi is failing because his team is only 20 games over 500 !

    How does a Democrat win an election in Utah against a successful Governor? Make Something Up!

    Sound familiar?