Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Hatch too long in office
This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2012, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Re "Hatch for Senate: Give Utah's lion one more term" (Our View, Sept. 23):

Sen. Orrin Hatch for another six years in the Senate might make some kind of sense for Utah, but it's a terrible idea for our country.

Those long enough in the tooth remember what has and hasn't gone on in the United States since Hatch (now 78) and some of his too-long-in-office colleagues landed in our nation's capitol in the 1970s. During those 36 years, real and continuing leadership on these national problems has been absent:

• the "war" on drugs;

• the results of illegal immigration;

• the pollution of politics by big money;

• the exponential availability of guns in the wrong hands;

• a $2-3 trillion national backlog of infrastructure renewal and repair;

• a tax code long overdue for simplification;

• fiscally draining foreign policy decisions that have, as superpower on call, kept us (1) the target of terrorists, (2) in war after war, and now in debt from military expenditures larger than the rest of the world combined.

I've no doubt forgotten some things; while I'm in good shape for my age (76), I'm prone to forgetting.

Ron W. Smith


Article Tools

 Print Friendly
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.