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This May 18, 2013, file photo, shows people looking on during the Utah Republican Party's annual organizing convention, in Sandy, Utah.
This May 18, 2013, file photo, shows people looking on during the Utah Republican Party's annual organizing convention, in Sandy, Utah.
Rick Bowmer, Associated Press

Our caucus system is not outdated. It was working just fine until a few years ago, when the Republican Party changed the threshold from 70 percent to 60 percent and closed the primary to Republicans only. These two changes made it too easy for a small passionate group to gain control of the process.

Ours is a representative form of government. By vote we choose people to represent us and make decisions for us. If it is proper for a small group (a council, a house of representatives or a senate) to represent us and to make decisions in our behalf, it certainly is OK and proper for a small group ( a caucus) to represent us and to begin the process of choosing the candidates who might serve us.

There are two major problems with the primary. In the primary system it costs too much to get started, and thus only the well-to-do can compete. Also too many people have a "what's in it for me?" attitude and they pick those who promise anything to get elected. Let's just make the two small changes (70 percent threshold and an open primary as before). They will fix the problem.

Howard H. Johnson

Lehi