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Let's be honest then


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By RICHARD SHAW
Sun Advocate publisher

At the Women's Conference at USU Eastern on April 11 Speaker of the Utah House Becky Lockhart, who gave the keynote address, said that people in Utah are too nice. And in that, we are passive-aggressive, that we are not honest enough.

Okay Becky, let's be honest then.

Honesty is painful and I hope you and others of your ilk feel the pain since you want honesty.

I am tired of right wing politics dominating our legislature. I am tired of one party rule. I am tired of the legislative leadership doing exactly what they want and cutting people out of the process if they don't agree.

I am tired of our state government always talking about everyone else's shortcomings and not their own. I am tired of having our governor tell us that we have a pretty great state when many of the rural areas are not sharing in the job creation he is always talking about.

I am tired of our state spending millions of dollars to investigate an ex-attorney general (in fact two of them). I am also tired of them hiring outside law firms to the tune of more millions of dollars to "test" legislation that most people know will probably be found unconstitutional.

I am tired of hearing politicians say that Utah is a true American liberty state when what they really do is put legislation down to keep many people from living the way they want to.

I am tired of hearing about the Zion curtain, as if seeing a waiter pour a little Whiskey in a Coke is immediately going to turn a kid into an alcoholic. (And yes I know you were against the Zion Curtain, but one party rule being what it is, you caved).

I am tired of our state being last (or nearly last) in education per pupil spending for students that attend our public schools. Oh I know, we do spend a lot of money but there are just so many kids.

Well whose fault is that?

I am tired of the idea that regionalism should be a big problem in our country. While it's true our problems are different from that of say Connecticut, we are still one country and we are all Americans. As far as I am concerned this talk of seceding is treason, particularly when it comes from legislators.

So I have been honest about how I feel. And one more thing. During the fight over HB 477 a few years ago, (you remember when the legislature tried to take away almost all of the public's right to know anything about what state or local government is doing) I sat in your office with some others from the media and you were very arrogant about the power you all held. Thing was, you didn't realize that it wasn't the media that was concerned, it was the populace of the state. And their pressure caused the demise of that bill.

So Becky, here I am being honest and I have one more thing to add.

I'm glad you won't be back in the legislature next year.

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