The article titled ”Utahns to vote on marijuana, not candidate-nominating law” was hidden at the bottom-center of page B2 in a 2-by-4-inch space on June 3. Maybe this article was placed here because it’s under the “Week in Review” and was less important than the statements from a volunteer at Nuzzles & Co., but it’s not entirely clear if you only read the weekend papers.
This article announces the state government’s active suppression of a pathway to civic action for citizens. The act described in this article affects all of us because it lessens our ability to participate in making the rules we live by.
Meanwhile, the main story on page B1 is about former Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder eating a blueberry scone and being “very, very happy.” Nothing against Sheriff Winder, but happiness in his new job is inconsequential to the readers of this paper.
On the other hand, the suppression of a pathway to civic participation is a very real tool used to take away the people’s ability to become lawmakers and deserves precedence. We are a weaker state governed by less relevant policy because of the current concentration of power. The Tribune’s action to minimize the significance of civic suppression isn’t helping.
The Salt Lake Tribune is just about the last place corruption, fraud and misconduct can be published for criticism. Don’t take that away from us and fall in line with the Utah plutocracy. Place the people’s right to civic participation above all else.
Rob Benton, Salt Lake City