Guest opinion: Proposition 4 values the distinct needs of our diverse Utah family

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  • Freiheit Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 10, 2018 4:08 p.m.

    Let's face it. The moves for Prop 4 would not have been made if the legislature had shown itself capable of drawing even approximately appropriate boundaries. Utah has been cited in national forums as an extreme example of gerrymandering. It's time to recognize a broken process and change it.

  • one old man MSC, UT
    Oct. 10, 2018 9:44 a.m.

    Comments by both Zabilde an NoNames are completely missing the point.

    This is NOT an attempt to strip power from the GOP. This is an attempt to make the process fair for ALL candidates.

    But fairness and honesty are not currently considered to be Utah Values by some people.

  • Zabilde Riverdale, UT
    Oct. 10, 2018 8:25 a.m.

    This view is flawed. Yes the current representatives are from the Wasatch front (fyi to the author Brigham City is also on the front). But is that their fault? Or is it that rural candidates are not challenging for those seats? That said the current system and the current districts ensure that all of our delegation do have to address rural as well as urban issues. A rural only district might be nice but would that one voice be lost behind the three urban districts we'd likely end up with?

    We have a redistricting commission that answers directly to the people. The legislature. It's not an unelected commission and it represents the voters more proportionately according to election results. The proposed comission would give the extreme minority democrats an full 1/3 of the vote on district layouts. And odds are any independents would side with them just to spite the majority party of the state. That would give the minority party the dominant say in districting.

    Vote no on Prop 4, it's not about fairness, or representing urban or rural or vise versa, it's a power grab by the democrats to try to weaken the conservative majority of this very well run state.

  • NoNamesAccepted St. George, UT
    Oct. 9, 2018 8:42 p.m.

    Fact is, any representative from Utah is going to be asked to speak on Utah rural land issues. To have any of our congressional delegation who is free from all connetion to rural land is to create a congressional district whose elected congressman will speak about rural land issues, being cloaked in credibility by the "Utah" behind his name, but who has zero accountability to those most affected by his words.

    Utah's rural minority is every bit as deserving of protection in how we draw congressional districts as are Utah's urban Democrat minority. In fact more so if we consider on how many people decry the extra-constitutional 2-party system with its many flaws and problems. Let us remember that Washington warned of the dangers of partisanship, while Jefferson lauded the virtues of the yeoman farmer.

    To gerrymander a Democrat safe urban district is to further entrench the 2 party system, while our current "pizza slice" districts value rural voices instead of partisan voices.

    Let us remember, some of our strongest Democrat areas area also rural: Carbon County for one.

    Let's keep our redistricting commission our directly elected and accountable legislature.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Oct. 9, 2018 8:26 p.m.

    I agree with the overall premise of this opinion. However "Liberal Salt Lake County" is a stretch. Some of the most populous and conservative enclaves are in SL County. Sandy, Draper, Riverton, Herriman, South Jordan, West Jordan, etc. are heavily GOP dominated. South Salt Lake County is as right wing as Utah County.