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Letter: Younger senator

In response to Robert Oaks' My View, I would like to offer a different perspective. With the anxiety in the world of politics we are now facing, some would consider it safer in the next election to keep the incumbent in office rather than take the chance with a younger inexperienced person. You see this in business and volunteer organizations as well as government, but this approach can be short sighted and maybe even disastrous in the long run.

When an organization looks and plans ahead for 5, 10 or 20 years down the road, the perspective changes and the future becomes as valuable as the present. After all, the future will be here tomorrow.

This applies to Utah's senate seat that will be coming up for election in 2018. Senator Hatch will be 84 at that time, and if elected he would be 90 when the term ends in 2024. The big battles ahead in the Senate are beyond 2024; we need to elect someone who can gain experience in the six years from 2018 to 2024, then they will have some power and influence when the next term starts in 2025. In my view, we as a state need to look at the long range future and not just the next term, we need to elect a senator in 2018 that can represent us for the next three terms.

Brent White

Elsinore, Sevier County