Like many Utahns, I often find myself baffled at Utah politics. On occasion, I think our local reality is even more exceptionally far-out than even our local celebrity, Pat Bagley, can capture.

As I've been feeling the political climate of the state become more restless, I've often thought of a quote attributed to Teddy Roosevelt: "Complaining about a problem without proposing a solution is called whining." With this in mind, my fellow Utahns, the solution to disillusionment with state and local government is fairly simple. Vote.

It is one of the rights we hold most dear as Americans, yet it is often underappreciated and underutilized. Many will say, "I did my civic duty, I cast my vote." For this, I commend you. But when your vote at the ballots can't say enough, a vote with your feet can amplify your voice.

My friends, please be engaged. This is your state, as much as it is anyone else's. Write your representatives, speak to your friends, read, post to social media and make your voice heard. Exercise your rights and exercise your mind. Your state thanks you for it.

Tyler Worsley