In our opinion: An era in Utah politics will come to an end

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  • Thimk Preston, ID
    Jan. 5, 2018 11:32 p.m.

    Let's not forget that Hatch bounced Frank Moss for staying to long.

  • Freiheit Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 3, 2018 2:41 p.m.

    Dot
    "It's obvious that Freiheit and Ms. Bilington don't know what laws Sen. Hatch has passed through Congress. You probably benefit from several of them. Do your homework."
    I did my homework. Would those be the laws that he sponsored then later opposed or failed to fund? His recent "contributions" to the judiciary, DACA and tax law are enough elicit celebration of his decision to retire. We don't even need to mention serving under the greatest president.

  • Thimk Preston, ID
    Jan. 3, 2018 10:58 a.m.

    I for one am pleased to see Hatch decline to run. First, he has been there too long, even by his own standards. Secondly, he is not getting any younger. And finally, I have been very disappointed in his recent advocacy of the tax law, his affection for Donald Trump, and his seeming preference for enhancing the lives of the wealthy over the poor. I hope our next senator displays a refreshing contrast to the senate we have come to "accept".

  • JWL Seattle, WA
    Jan. 3, 2018 10:28 a.m.

    It's a shame that Hatch did not have the good sense to retire before his obsequiousness to Trump: "… this is one of the great privileges of my life, to stand here on the White House lawn with the president of the United States, who I love and appreciate so much, … We wouldn't be where we are without him. . We're going to keep fighting and we're going to make this the greatest presidency that we've seen not only in a generation, but maybe ever." 

  • Cora Smith BOUNTIFUL, UT
    Jan. 3, 2018 9:50 a.m.

    Hatch didn’t need to stay in the Senate; the Republican donors had been served.
    CHIP is still in peril, and any judicial goodwill engendered by the 1990s has been wiped away by Hatch's enthusiastic abetting of the railroading of Obama Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland and the rubber-stamping of every blatantly unqualified Trump administration nominee suggested by the Federalist Society. In 30 years, some of those judges will be on their third decade on the bench and their sixth of learning to tie a shoe. That is the big thing that Republican Party supported Trump in order to accomplish: to tax the working and middle class and try to bleed safety net programs dry so they can kick over a trillion dollarsup the chain to the wealthiest people in the world, all while rubber-stamping jurists who will roll back judicial activism against reasonable employers who just want to irradiate workers' rights.

  • SG in SLC Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 3, 2018 9:06 a.m.

    In the interest of journalistic accuracy, the DN should probably replace the word "era" in this particular op/ed title with the word "eon" . . .

  • Dot Northern Utah, UT
    Jan. 3, 2018 8:49 a.m.

    It's obvious that Freiheit and Ms. Bilington don't know what laws Sen. Hatch has passed through Congress. You probably benefit from several of them. Do your homework.

  • Freiheit Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 3, 2018 7:35 a.m.

    An era in Utah politics will come to an end. Thank Heaven!

  • Laura Bilington Maple Valley, WA
    Jan. 3, 2018 6:46 a.m.

    "who jealously held onto power well beyond their effective years."

    He was effective in raising money and increasing his own power. He was effective in helping the top 1% get even richer at the expense of the middle class and the poor. But effective in actually making life better for the rest of the country?

    History will not judge him kindly.