The statement by Gov. Mike Leavitt that " . . . here in Utah, we are in the best of times" really disturbs me. How can the caretakers of this state be so ignorant and nearsighted?

How can they frivolously give away our precious mountain ecosystems, watersheds and critical wildlife habitat for instantaneous and short-term gains for a relative few self-centered developers, many of whom are not residents?Then they have the audacity to say that we are in the best of times as we helplessly watch as our childhood memories, pristine environment, wildlife and children's inheritance flow into the bank accounts of thieves. The very people robbing us blind are telling us that all is well in Zion. Is it just me, or is something wrong with this picture?

How can they say that we are in the best of times? Every day we either hear or read stories about murder, youth and domestic violence, child abuse, drug abuse, political scandals, immorality, fraud or the courts punishing the innocent and letting the guilty go free.

Must I go on? If these are the best of times in Utah, I do not want to be here for the worst. Are all these things an indicator of a more significant problem? Which master are we serving?

Jeffrey L. Weeks

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