I was very young when Gov. Scott Matheson stood up against the federal government and prevented the placement of a nuclear waste dump in Utah, but the story has reached the status of legend in our state. This week, his son showed the same fortitude in the face of intense pressure from the White House and the congressional leadership by voting against the ill-conceived $700 billion bailout.

Jim Matheson should be commended for acting in the interest of his constituents and maintaining a lonely position of sanity in panic-stricken Washington, D.C.

James Reynolds