The people of Utah told "their" legislators their wishes on medical cannabis. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints demurred. "Our" representatives bowed to the church, proving once again that Utah is still a theocracy.
The voters told "their" legislators their wishes on Medicaid; they even provided funding. "Our" representatives decided it was too expensive, never mind that the voters made it clear that they were willing to fund it. Never mind that the projected shortfall is 1/100 of 1 percent of the total budget, a rounding error.
If Mormons read the New Testament, they should know that Christ himself provided free health care for the poor. How could any real Christian object to health care for the poor?
Which brings us around to an old question: Are Mormons really Christians? Our legislators' gratuitous cruelty toward the poor provides strong evidence that they, at least, are not.
Suggestion: If your legislator voted against your expressed choice, recognize that he does not represent you, and vote him out, regardless of party. Your new representative will not be secure in his office; he will have pay close attention to your wishes if he wants to get re-elected.
If you continue to re-elect legislators who ignore you, they will continue to ignore you. It's up to you.
Brooke Jennings, Holladay