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I agree with Scott Renshaw that there are plenty of things many of us don’t know about Utah [“Antisocial Studies,” Dec. 12, City Weekly], but I don’t think I will ever be able to say, as he does, that I know “more than enough.”

I will never know enough, for instance, about how elected leaders believe that they can continue to attract good business while allowing dirty air so thick that we can see and smell it, how they allow public policy so bankrupt that homeless people devoid of hope beg in the streets, how they allow children without medical care to overburden emergency rooms (passing on the costs to the rest of us), and how they allow underfunding of education.

The list goes on; it’s hard to list them all.

I will never know enough about how my fellow Utah citizens are content to be third from the bottom in exercising our constitutional right to vote.

I will never know enough of why fellow Utahns are willing to endure one-party government, like China—unless we emulate Chinese-style politics because we associate it with our acceptance of breathing Chinese-style air.

In antediluvian times, when I grew up, voting was a right to be enjoyed. It was taught, dare I say it, in public-school social-studies classes, and we learned that it was fun to do.

Everybody voted ... and our air was cleaner, too.

Stan Rosenzweig
Cottonwood Heights

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