Frank R. Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb: Homeless Ben, seldom-seen Love, and Tuesday showdown

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  • wasatchcascade Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 14, 2017 5:36 p.m.

    Many citizens since the election of Trump have felt a steady stream of "dread and despair"; and the Utah delegation of Senators and Reps rarely if ever raise concern re his acts or manner. Health care, Medicaid, jobs, employment, pollution, water resources, environment, public lands, transportation; the lists go on. Most citizens at public town halls are well mannered and from or near the local where the session is held. And most electronic meetings are rarely or never far in advanced advertised, or they are completely sanitized and edited by workers on the other line. Hatch and Lee have never agreed to Salt Lake City town hall meetings, and Mia simply isn't capable of nuanced engagement with citizens on a full or partial range of issues. And the other Rep's? They simply don't care to hear about views contrary to their own and so they slide onto the electronic highway and suggest they are "available there". Being out of touch? One can say that about too many politicos, and now it's probably true also for Frank and LaVar who are mired in a trench of sorts, that doesn't allow for diversity or spirited (not rude or profane) discourse and accountability.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Aug. 14, 2017 10:44 a.m.

    Mia Love is adverse to independent, unscripted events that she or Dave Hansen cannot control. In large part it is because she doesn't have the skills and knowledge to openly and candidly address issues. She is more of a figurehead. Her adverse position on town hall meetings is not new. I really think she is ill-suited for politics at the big kid level.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    Aug. 13, 2017 5:56 p.m.

    Mr. Webb, I have attended many town halls in my life in opposition to a good many self-satisfied Republican officials, although I have never been a "paid protester."

    Could you tell me where I can pick up my check?

  • play by the rules SOUTH JORDAN, UT
    Aug. 13, 2017 4:53 p.m.

    This was an entirely political stunt. The problem is the people in the great state of Utah recognize that it was a stunt and McAdams and SL City leadership are responsible for the homeless problem. You keep pushing money at homelessness and you will get more homeless.
    I worked at the shelter. People view Salt Lake as Santa Claus County and are coming from all over the US (NY, NV, NM, etc), just to take advantage of the freebies. If you fund them, they will come.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Aug. 13, 2017 2:40 p.m.

    "Hughes is now universally considered an invaluable element in any resolution."
    By whom? Most Utahn's see Hughes as the political carpetbagger and grand stander from Pittsburgh. But, they vote for him anyway.