About Utah: Former Miss America Sharlene Wells Hawkes treats veterans like royalty

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  • iron&clay RIVERTON, UT
    April 1, 2014 5:05 a.m.

    1984... BYU National champions NCAA Football

    1984...Miss Utah wins Miss America

    30 years ago, seems like yesterday.

  • Jack Aurora, CO
    March 31, 2014 4:31 p.m.

    @ Bob,
    Propaganda? You don't think people are willing to serve their country to preserve it? There are many reasons people join the military, and "service to country" is just one. I just can't agree with your reasoning. Promoting and sustaining veterans isn't promoting the cause of war over peace, it's taking care of those to served and the spouses of those who didn't come back. Charity is unfair? I'm stunned at that one. I just can't get my head around it being unfair in your mind. You must experience a tremendous amount of anguish in your life to have such expectations that things will be "fair".

    You want "fair"? It's held every fall and you can get all kinds of fattening foods and see all the livestock entries in one place.....

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 31, 2014 9:44 a.m.

    Thank you, Sharlene Wells for the good you do.

    Regards veterans, and I am one whose life was enriched and assisted by the military, I think that the reason for the deification and exaltation of veterans is simply a part of the propaganda to provide people willing to die in the next war. I think that other than that they would be treated as so much extra baggage. Maybe as bad as ordinary working people are treated.

    Rather than see people like yourself promoting the cause of war, I would like to see you promote the cause of peace.

    Charity is unfair, ineffective and profits the giver more than the receivers. To select 20 cases per year out of the tens of thousands of combat deaths and call it service to veterans is a stretch too far.

    The "Remember My Service" seems to me to be just another business operation.