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Nobody's Perfect

By City Weekly Readers
Posted // March 18,2009 -

I was waiting to go snowboarding recently and saw your article “Two-faced Utah” [March 5, City Weekly]. It had a catchy headline, and indeed it caught my attention. Who living in Utah wouldn’t have their interest sparked by that? I don’t mind you pointing out the Utah isn’t perfect. It surely wasn’t my choice to move here; I’m not a big fan of this state, to be brutally honest.

My objection with your article is it implies that Utah says it’s perfect and isn’t living up to what it proclaims. What state, family, job or country is perfect? There are always people who misrepresent their religion, employer, government, etc. There are always those few who go to extremes on both sides.

You can nitpick and find what you are looking for if you look hard enough. The bottom line is Utah isn’t perfect—but it doesn’t claim to be. It tries, and fails sometimes, but at least it gets up and tries again.

If you want to take a negative approach and bash everything in Utah from religion and politics to racism, and freedom of choice and expression, you can, but is that really what is needed here? Is that the best way to fix the underlying issues? Use your voice for good, positive things and make a difference. I think right now, with our current president, the message is clear: It’s not about division.

Don’t brush your opinions under the rug, but if we can learn one thing from history, it is how to communicate and compromise to get things done. We have gone so far away from that, not only here in Utah with Democrats and Republicans, but nationally—and things are that much harder to fix.

Carrie Ostler
Salt Lake City

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Posted // March 19,2009 at 09:43 Good on you, Carrie! This is an ages-old discussion about why the biting criticism of our dominant religion-culture is so prevalent here from non-members. It's not like City Weekly invented criticism of Utah and Mormons. It's national sport. If you doubt that, wait until Mitty Romney runs for President again in 2012. I think it goes hand-in-hand with the LDS Church's rather(?) peculiar belief system, its utter secrecy and the prevailing attiude coming from Mormons that they are just, plain better than those of us who don't believe what they dedicate their lives and after-lives on. And although I agree with you that all religions suffer fools in their membership, we have the added burden in Utah of a very conservative, restrictive and often oppressive religion that has more than its share of unethical, immoral greedheads who would screw over their own grandmother to buy a boat or house bigger than their neighbor's. Or subscribe to porn tv channels at a rate higher than the rest of the country. Lots of dirty little secrets which makes them an unavoidable target of attention in the media.