Bell, Swallow investigations test the public trust

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  • perspicacious Salt lake city, Utah
    Feb. 23, 2013 3:05 p.m.

    Come on glglex, read the reports and the transcripts of you neighbor Rawle and donut shop meeting of Johnson and Swallow. You want the actions whitewashed like UDOT payment of $13mil and last minute change of bid analyses? It is time for serious attention of all politicians to ethics rules. And stop the flim flam in the legislature as occurred with HB 466!

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Feb. 23, 2013 1:43 p.m.

    Republicans may win elections in Utah but they don't necessarily have all the wisdom and knowledge of what should be right for Utah. They have plenty of insiders that think they can get away with a lack of integrity as everyone is doing it. Money speaks and in Utah it speaks for the people who are out to get gain at anyone else's expense, if needed.

    The GOP, nationally, has a similar issue that has infiltrated over time to cause problems for them, as the Democrats have issues but just different. In Abraham Lincoln's time the Republican party surfaced.

    As politicians change out, retirement or forced out, Parties need to think about doing that same process, either realign to the basics or lose sight of what the mission or goals have done to people's mentality or caring about others.

    Some politicians won't help groups as those groups don't give the politicians the expected money for swinging their way. Money can be a route to evil and some buy into that philosophy. It wasn't just the $13M but the small amount of $85,000.00 donation from the other contractor to the Governor's campaign.

    Honesty wins.

  • Johnnyoh! ,
    Feb. 23, 2013 12:07 p.m.

    Democrats keep hoping for the 2nd coming of watergate, the Democrats I grew up with left the secular progressive party, long ago, now those left are still called Democrats remain committed to destroying, anyone, not only Republicans that disagree with their ajenda.
    We all should wait until the investigation has been completed before casting judgement, most all our government city, county, state, federal, has corruption in it , which shows the failure of both parties to keep their house in order, even if the findings on both these men come out in their favor, the other side will yell as they always do...foul/cover up!
    "And so it goes"....Linda Ellerby

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Feb. 23, 2013 10:50 a.m.

    No, jlglx, Democrats are trying to "take over Utah" by helping voters understand the corruption that is hidden in the backrooms of the GOP.

  • Grover Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 23, 2013 8:10 a.m.

    How would opinions change if the phone call to the Human Services director was in the tone of "back off, these are friends of mine!" instead of "I just wanted to call to be sure you are handling this properly." Which scenario seems more plausible?

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Feb. 23, 2013 7:51 a.m.

    Utah is not really different than Chicago, is it?

    The biggest problem is that Republicans are untouchable here. Better government results from a true two party system. There is no fear of the voters here.

    And to hyper-partisans (Spring), Reid had no role in any of this. It defies logic. He was a target of lobbying because of his position, being LDS, and close to St. George. Had any other Senator been in the same position, he or she would have been named. Reid is being smeared by self-serving partisans who want to point the finger at others in order to cover their own sins.

  • wear2manyhatz Holladay, UT
    Feb. 23, 2013 6:34 a.m.

    As so often happens when politicans talk about doing somthing corectly, keep the caveat in mind. In this instance:

    "Should the bill pass, it would take effect May 14 and not be retroactive. Valentine said the commission would only investigate alleged actions occurring after that date."

    Meaning this would not apply to either Swallow or Bell.

    Just like all those Congress members who so selflessly said they wouldn't take a paycheck until a budget wsa passed. Nice, pithy, meaningless words since that action would be unconstitutional.

  • jlglex Provo, UT
    Feb. 23, 2013 1:02 a.m.

    It seems pretty clear to me that these are both unjustified, partisan attacks by Democrats against Republicans.

    Read between the lines:

    Democrats are trying to take over Utah by destroying Republican politicians.

  • John Charity Spring Back Home in Davis County, UT
    Feb. 22, 2013 8:49 p.m.

    Once again, the DNews has glossed over the role that Reid may well have played in the Swallow fiasco. It is time for a full and complete review of Reid's role so that these questions can be addressed once and for all.

  • stevo123 slc, ut
    Feb. 22, 2013 7:32 p.m.

    Mr Bell? Mr Swallow? Moving the prison to benefit a few? Thirteen million lost on the UDOT Utah county road project? We as citizens deserve better than this!