Letter: A blind eye

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  • Sal Provo, UT
    Jan. 18, 2014 11:00 p.m.

    The LDS Church sends millions of dollars of medications, wheelchairs, clothing, and food to the poor all over the world. It contributes thousands of hours of volunteer service on a regular basis. The letter writer is blind to the good done by this organization.

  • Steve Cottrell Centerville, UT
    Jan. 18, 2014 5:47 p.m.

    Remember the past experience of the Chair of the Utah Republican Party and his affiliation with the payday lending usury crowd. As reported in Wikipedia, " He owns a payday lending franchise, Checkline.[2]"

    Don't hope for progress with the leader of the party an owner of a payday lending company.

  • Orem Parent Orem, UT
    Jan. 18, 2014 3:53 p.m.

    The one guy that tried to stand up to them was Rep. Daw from Orem. Unfortunately "anonymous" donors suddenly started sending mailers out to the residents with half truths about Rep. Daw. He lost the election.

    I'm hoping he comes back and runs the bill again.

  • Sal Provo, UT
    Jan. 18, 2014 1:44 p.m.

    The letter writer acts as if people are dragged kicking and screaming into these places of business, then forced to take out loans. The difference between stupidity and genius is the fact that genius has its limits.

    I see this letter as more propaganda to bestow victim hood on another group of people.

  • Demo Dave Holladay, UT
    Jan. 18, 2014 1:37 p.m.

    If it weren't for hypocrites, churches would be empty.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Jan. 18, 2014 10:42 a.m.

    I have always noted that the shadiest of society prey on the vulnerable, the uneducated, the victim class. They're injury lawyers, bankruptcy outfits, payday and title loan places. All with plenty of big ads promising easy cash and dodged responsibility. It's sad. I noticed that the pope recently spoke out against the predatory practices of unrestrained capitalism; he was branded a marxist for his efforts. Nothing's going to change anytime soon.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Jan. 18, 2014 10:33 a.m.

    How many of Utah's legislators actually have financial interests in loan shark businesses?

    And two of our former Attorney Generals?

    There's sludge at the bottom of our governmental pond and scum at the top.

    But we're all supposed to trust them. Right?

  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 18, 2014 9:56 a.m.

    It's far from being limited to payday lenders.

    I grew up with a current owner of a string of payday lender "businesses", and trust me, they view the whole situation as just the freedom of two parties to engage in business together.

    And, who can argue with freedom?

    But if you navigate up the economic scale, we're now numb to the unconscionable compensation of CEOs who lay off thousands, temporarily boost the stock price of their companies, and arrange "golden parachutes" for themselves if times ever get tough. The stories of CEOs who run companies into the ground while getting paid $25 Million for the gesture is as common as the latest scores from the NBA. Really, nothing new.

    Moving up from grotesquely overpaid CEOs are the financier class who have no qualms about raking in obscene truly amounts of money from moving companies between nations, disrupting the lives of thousands, and looking the other way while making enormous sums of money from slave-labor manufacturing.

    "Hey, it's just the free market at work!"

    And people wonder why levels of trust between people are at all time lows.

  • EDM Castle Valley, Utah
    Jan. 18, 2014 8:55 a.m.

    Not quite. Not all politicians haven't turned a blind eye - many of them are in bed with this stuff.

  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 18, 2014 8:23 a.m.

    The Bible expressly prohibits the types of activities that payday lenders engage in. Where are the people who are always telling us to follow the Bible? I certainly hear them in the gay marriage debate. Why not this one?

  • liberal larry salt lake City, utah
    Jan. 18, 2014 7:03 a.m.

    Somehow, in the recent glorification of all things business, we have started to see Americans, not as people, but as prey. A perfect example are the legalized loan sharks we call "Payday Lenders".

    One of our disabled tenants got his checking bank account cleaned out by the banking bottom feeders and then suffered the pain of bounced checked, and fees that were charged by his regular bank.

    Utah should show it moral stripes and join the 12 other states that have banned "payday lenders" completely!

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Jan. 18, 2014 6:47 a.m.


    The problem comes from the mentality that

    1) business will do the right thing if left completely alone
    2) campaign contributions and lobby money don't affect legislation

    And number 2 is by far the largest problem. Google open secrets and look at payday lenders.

    Business is way smarter than government. Does anyone seriously think that their $$ are not buying favorable legislation?

    This is not a partisan issue as both parties are happy to take the payoff.

  • E Sam Provo, UT
    Jan. 18, 2014 1:50 a.m.

    Well. Perhaps a trifle hyperbolic? Though, to be fair, not entirely without foundation.