Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Letter: State, church leaders focus on wrong things
First Published Jan 07 2014 01:01 am • Last Updated Jan 07 2014 04:30 pm

Another day of air quality so dangerous that schoolchildren are not allowed to play outside at recess. Another day when thousands of Utahns have no health care coverage and face forgoing medical treatment or risking financial ruin — which may include a visit to payday loan sharks with average interest rates of 474 percent.

How do Utah government and church leaders respond to these problems? Gov. Gary Herbert and state legislators are willing to commit millions of taxpayer dollars to appeal U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby’s decision that Utah’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. Mormon Church leadership officially opposes gay marriage as a moral hazard, but did not join leaders of other Utah churches who signed a letter asking the governor to expand Medicaid coverage to Utah’s poor.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

Mormon leaders take no stand against the usury of payday loan companies which prey upon the poor. They are mostly silent about lack of stewardship for a healthy environment.

Both state government and Mormon Church leadership are good at revving up support for an emotional issue that affects a small group. Unfortunately, both state and church leaders appear blind to issues that impact the daily lives of Utahns. Is their moral outrage against gay marriage a screen for ignoring problems which may annoy powerful interests?

Ann Johnson


Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment

About Reader Comments

Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Contests and Promotions
  • 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.