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Deseret News writer Jenifer Nii discreetly and rhetorically raises the issue by quoting other reporters and editors of other journals: "After meeting deadlines you're wired . . . some may want a beer or two or a glass of wine before retiring for the evening." "Journalists tend to party an awful lot . . . (and) will have a different sense of Salt Lake City, if they are allowed to have a good time."

Let them liquor up, and they'll say nice things? Aren't we just getting over the shame of aborting our high values to buy Olympic votes?

Let the visiting press write about Utah as it is for any other visitor or resident — a ticky-tacky melange of rules and regulations, and "drinks" laced with a medicine dropper of spirits, and retail outlets that conjure the image of former Iron Curtain states.

It would be an instructive read for a more licentious world.

Listen, reporters are not brain dead. If they're clever and guileful enough to cut through the layers of regulations and rules that separate them from the facts — and spirits or gratification of any other appetites — anytime, any place in the world, they can do the same in Utah.

This time no compromise of value and principle to buy international approval: Let them thirst, suffer and then delight if they will in the guilty pleasure of discovery on their own.

To the Utah overlords of laws, rules, regulations and enforcement: Stand for something! Do not patronize the world's press. They will only resent it. An so will a long-suffering Utah electorate granted no such indulgence.

Robert H. Woody

Salt Lake City