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Letter: How much do we pay for governor's preferential treatment?
This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Paul Rolly's Tribune column dated Nov. 20 raises a question. Is Utah governed by elected public servants or are we subjects in some form of oligarchy?

In Rolly's column titled "Lunch patron bounced by Herbert's henchman," a patron of Trio's restaurant was kept from parking in a public space by one of Gov. Gary Herbert's advance toadies. She not only was denied the space, she was hung out in traffic on the very busy 900 East.

The column states that the spot was guarded and unused for another 45 minutes before the royal party arrived.

In a situation that is wrong on so many levels, what stands out to me is the cost associated with preferential treatment. Having your own parking attendant in your entourage can't come cheap.

I'm not sure what the punishment would have been if Sandra had taken the parking spot, but the guillotine does come to mind.

Jeff Heyn

Salt Lake City

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