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Letter: Truly repent, Sen. Hatch
First Published Apr 14 2014 05:51 pm • Last Updated Apr 15 2014 11:19 am

I know all of the swear words. While generally not offended hearing them, I do think it poor taste and pandering to purposefully use "profanity" in front of a large captive audience. On Saturday, our U.S. senator, the honorable Orrin Hatch, addressed the Republican state convention and lamented the existence of "dumb-ass Obamacare," saying that he doesn’t usually use "these words." Interestingly, while addressing a group of Republican students in 2011, he was quoted as saying about Obamacare: "It’s good to allow them (states) to work out their own problems rather than a one-size-fits-all federal government dumb-ass program. It really is an awful piece of crap."

It was reported by the school newspaper that he then "apologized for swearing and said he does not swear often." Hatch later promised to "repent" for using the words.

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Senator Hatch needs to embrace a stronger meaning of the word "repent". Contrition without penance is meaningless, just like most of the things he says these days.

Jim Stava

Salt Lake City

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