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Letter: Legislators, please say no

Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor
Deseret News

To the state legislators, I ask, “Please, just say no.” How many new laws do we need? Over 500 bills passed last year, and how many more this year? And then there is next year, the year after that and so on. Long ago, when I heard the saying, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions,” I thought it was because of inaction, but today I think it is because too much action is taken, all in the name of good intentions.

I just heard the Legislature is on its way to passing a bill to avoid the unfortunate incident concerning the policeman and the nurse that occurred last year. What the policeman did was wrong. It was even against the law of the land, and yet lawmakers want to waste our resources by defining just how wrong it was. Stop.

Following such action, if I was a policeman, I would be tempted to think of all the various things I could do that weren’t necessarily right because the state had yet to make specific laws against such things.

We don't need the state of Utah having a law defining every aspect of our lives. Please, just say no, and dedicate some more time trying to trim out laws that frankly don't need to be in place anymore (if they ever really needed to be there).

Jack Scherbel