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Letter: Utah needs Hatch

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  • Thimk Preston, ID
    March 20, 2017 9:55 p.m.

    Hatch's track record for working effectively with Democrats has seen a sharp decline in recent years. Note his support for Garland years ago vs. his blatant disregard for the same "highly qualified" justice nominee one year ago, and his mysterious support for our current president, whose behavioral history meshes very poorly with stated Utah values. I cannot endorse the author's claims.

  • CC Clay Brigham City, UT
    March 20, 2017 1:14 p.m.

    I would like to acknowledge, and hopefully on behalf of the residents of Utah, acknowledge, what a great Job Senator Hatch has done for Utah. But with that said, Sen. Hatch is now 82 yrs old, and he has been Utah's Senator for the past 40 years did promise that this would be his last term in the Senate. As time gets closer to file as a candidate for the Senate, I hope that Sen. Hatch will change his mind, and let a younger person run for the senate seat.

  • Kent C. DeForrest Provo, UT
    March 20, 2017 10:28 a.m.

    Utah needs Hatch just like it needs:

    more air pollution
    worse health care
    laxer gun laws
    less education funding
    more global warming
    a Tweeter-in-chief
    more Russian meddling
    more drilling permits on public lands
    dirtier water
    politicians who don't know how to answer questions

    Well, you get the idea.

  • Lia Sandy, UT
    March 20, 2017 8:15 a.m.

    Utah INDEED needs Hatch...to retire.

  • wendell provo, UT
    March 19, 2017 11:48 p.m.

    Orrin Hatch has been in Washington for way too long. He is selfishly going back on his word that this would be his final term in office. It's beyond time for him to step aside and let someone else have the opportunity to serve the people of Utah.

    Remember back in 1976 when then-candidate Hatch said, "What do you call a Senator who's served in office for 18 years? You call him home."? Well... if 18 years in office is too long then certainly the 40 years Senator Hatch has been there is WAY too long.

    Senator Hatch, I ask you to do the honorable thing and step aside at the end of your current term.

  • cmsense Kaysville, UT
    March 19, 2017 7:01 p.m.

    Esquire,

    You have a point. I'm not impressed with Hatch going along with the unwise GOP health care future mess, but I'd rather have Hatch anyday over a Mike Lee. At least Hatch supported CHIP back in the day. Maybe Hatch could find an inner younger Hatch and if he got re elected there could be a hope he wouldn't pander to the far right and the pragmatist could re emerge since surely that would be his last election.

    Now a Sen. Huntsman, that I would definitely hope Hatch retires for, but it looks like Huntsman is occupied with something else.

  • unrepentant progressive Bozeman, MT
    March 18, 2017 11:46 a.m.

    Utah will probably send "Senator for life" Hatch to Washington yet again.

    When will the new blood start flowing?

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    March 18, 2017 11:30 a.m.

    Is Mr. Hatch the only person qualified in Utah to represent the State of Utah? I think not. He told us that he would not run again. Now he tells us that he is too valuable to not run. Did his memory fail him? Even if his memory is faulty, the voters have perfect recall. It's up to the voters to fire him.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    March 18, 2017 8:59 a.m.

    As someone with decades of Washington experience, I assure you that it is time for Orrin to step down. And I know him personally and have a warm relationship with him. The problem is that Utah would send a far right winger to replace him. I miss pragmatic leaders like Utah used to have.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    March 18, 2017 8:16 a.m.

    I think the 'dietary supplement' industry needs Hatch more than Utah.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    March 18, 2017 8:14 a.m.

    "Hatch is in a position to do more good for Utah and our country than any LDS politician since Ezra Taft Benson was secretary of agriculture. "

    Then how about electing an effective non-LDS politician, Don? Is that even a possibility in your world?