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Letter: Utah’s legislative representation is 92% Republican. That’s not enough?

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) House Speaker Brad Wilson, R-Kaysville, left, answers questions about redistricting after announcing Rep. Mike Schultz, R-Hooper, center, as new House majority leader along with Jefferson Moss, R-Saratoga Springs, at right, as new House majority whip, at the Capitol on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021.

After reading about the Utah Legislature once again gutting public input on voting district boundaries; and then, trying to eliminate tiered popular voting; and watching almost every year their attempts to crush the feasibility of citizen initiatives, I continue to wonder: What are these people so afraid of?

Utah government already had the majority at hello. (“Hello, I’m Republican.”)

Something like 62% of Utah is conservative, but Utah’s legislative representation is 92% Republican. That’s not enough?

Is their worry that people not like them could have some influence? Are young progressives moving in for high-tech jobs in Silicon Slopes too much? Please bring your tax dollars but not your ideas?

The greatest sadness is that these legislators live in fear of losing perceived power, spending day and night thinking of ways to usurp democracy in fear of … something? Oh, yes … fellow Americans.

How grateful most citizens should be to not live in this type of continual fear. Fear is not power. Respect is power: Something Utah’s legislature does not have.

Kelli Lundgren, Lahaina, Hawaii

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