Letter: 2 newspapers with differing views are good for Utah

Published November 9, 2013 1:01 am

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Leslie N. Manchester is opposed "for obvious reasons" to the ownership of the Deseret News yet did not state what those obvious reasons are ("LDS Church should stay out of the news business," Forum, Nov. 3).

Perhaps she believes the LDS Church's affiliation with the Deseret News is a violation of the establishment clause of the U.S. Constitution which separates church and state. But if this is the case, many other newspapers dating back to the early years of our republic have equally been in violation.

For example, the United Methodist Reporter, a newspaper which operated for more than 150 years, was originally started in 1847 by a Methodist minister from Texas as a means of covering both secular news and news from within the church.

I for one am grateful we live in a country where newspapers like the Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News can exist side by side, regardless of who owns them or what opinions are contained inside.

If one vehemently dislikes the content of either one paper or the other, my advice is simple: don't read and don't subscribe to it. Problem solved.

Clark Roger Larsen