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Is Gary Herbert trying to manipulate Scott Andersons?
Mar 02, 2017 | 2199 views | 0 0 comments | 325 325 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Dear Editor:

Gov. Gary Herbert used the term “let us reason together” when suggesting that the Outdoor Retailer shows were in the wrong in leaving over Herbert and Utah politicians’ land grab efforts. 

One must wonder if he realized that Utahns might find it reasonable for the shows to leave given that the land grab efforts, in one case, would have cost $14 million (a lawsuit); in another, were trying to undo something that had already been done (a resolution to Trump -- from a different level of government -- to rescind former President Obama’s Bears Ears designation) when that act of undoing (reversing national monument designations) has never even been done before. Or at the least, Herbert realized that Utahns would frown on a major economic driver leaving town, one that brought 40,000 visitors and $45 million to the state each year. 

So, Herbert did what tyrants have done: deploy religious rhetoric to manipulate deep convictions for political gain. 

“Let us reason together” comes from Isaiah 1 of the Judeo-Christian world and a form of that phrase is found in Latter-day Saint scripture (D&C 50). Surely, he must have known that even if Utahns generally weren't going to absolutely hammer him, the highest-profile and most influential of business leaders would. 

This must certainly include Scott Anderson, the Zions Bank CEO so powerful in Utah that he may as well be another leading politician. 

But Anderson is also a devout Latter-day Saint and runs a bank that has had LDS church association. Gary Herbert trying to manipulate the Scott Andersons? Boy. I’d say that’s sad for Herbert, except in his policy approach and communications on this affair, he created his own rock and hard place.


Rhett Wilkinson


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