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Letter: These perilous times call for a bold vision and pragmatic action

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) The sun sets on the last day of the Legislature’s 2021 general session at the Utah Capitol in Salt Lake City on Friday, March 5, 2021.

Prayers.

Yes we need them.

But we are reminded: “The Lord helps those who help themselves”.

The West is burning up with scorching heat and persistent wildfires most from dry lightning and a few from careless individuals.

Gov. Cox admonished for our collective heavenly pleadings to bring us relief but there is much more we can do.

Both commercial and residential property owners must cut back on landscape watering, assured we will get recovery later summer and in the fall. Our small contributions, however, are just as important.

On a national level, our environment is getting closer to a tipping point where even drastic conservation emergency sacrifices may be too late to slow down let alone prevent the loss of our quality of life we still take for granted.

Safe drinking water, clean air are fundamental human rights as citizens, regardless of race or political party affiliation.

The trending increasing record temperatures are documented fact. Climate change is real and will continue to escalate our challenges to adjust.

So we need bold vision, pragmatic action with fiscal accountability where new energy sources and innovation can fuel economic growth and preserve our planet for future generations.

Any legislator that can’t see that vision should not hold office. The national entrenched partisan refusal to confront this reality that impacts all citizens is crippling our country.

Yes, keep praying.

Peter R. Finn, Murray

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