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Letter: President Dallin Oaks, Sen. Lee, party loyalty and conscience

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, walks on Capitol Hill as the Senate works to complete the Democrats' $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, in Washington, Saturday, March 6, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Two quotations from recent news stand out. One is from Dallin Oaks, First Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: “There are many political issues, and no party, platform or individual candidate can satisfy all personal preferences. Each citizen must therefore decide which issues are most important to him or her at any particular time.”

In other words, it is more important for people to vote their consciences than it is to blindly support everything any political party wants.

The other is from Sen. Mike Lee, who called criticism by Coca-Cola and Delta Air Lines of Georgia’s new voting law “really, really offensive, and I think they should both issue an apology to the voters of Georgia.”

In other words, Sen. Lee is offended that corporation executives, who often support Republican candidates and policy preferences, have dared to oppose Republican policies regarding who, how, and when people can exercise their right to vote.

Sen. Lee, what part of “conscience” don’t you understand?

Mark Brunson, Millville

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