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Two Herbert home runs

Published April 12, 2013 1:01 am

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I seldom see eye to eye with Gov. Gary Herbert, but two of his recent decisions have inspired a renewed confidence that perhaps he really does have the best interests of Utahns at heart.

Either that, or he capitulates on core Republican principles in the face of citizen opposition for the sake of re-electability. But I'm willing to give credit where it's due.

First, the governor did the right thing by vetoing HB76, a bill that would have preempted background checks and safety courses for any adult wishing to carry a concealed sidearm for self-defense.

This flawed bill would have allowed any Dirty Harry wannabe and Second Amendment zealot to pack a gun, including borrowed, stolen or privately purchased weapons, with virtually zero accountability. For now, the existing concealed-carry permit protocols will remain in place. Thank you, governor.

Second, and even more important, the governor prevented the irresponsible giveaway of Snake Valley water to Nevada and the consequential devastation of the Snake Valley, its citizens, wildlife, agriculture and ecology. Well done!

If the governor really wants to earn my respect, he'll stop salivating at the thought of confiscating our public lands for corporate consumption.

David E. Jensen