The loss of The Salt Lake Tribune would be catastrophic for Utah. State government is already compromised by a corrupt, single-party political machine, where money talks and citizens’ needs are only addressed when they line up with demands of monied special interests.
An independent newspaper is imperative to expose corruption, explain legislation and, most important, demand honest government if democracy is to have any hope for a future.
The power structure of the state is unique and the LDS-owned Deseret News should never be the state’s only major newspaper. Theocratic ideology, based on faith and obedience, and democratic ideology, trusting reason, science and freedom, exist in two different worlds.
The LDS church has many worthwhile aims with much to be admired. However, a sexist, homophobic, anti-intellectual, theocratic dictatorship, a special interest with its own agenda, including refusal to halt its sovereignty at the church door, is simply incapable of providing a tolerant, intellectually rigorous and enlightened voice for democracy.
Salt Lake City
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