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.
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.
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?
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.
"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.