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Letter of the Week: Tribune is a champion of the left

Published March 19, 2017 8:51 am
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The morning of March 15, I followed my usual pattern of reading the day's Tribune edition over breakfast. The leading headline was "Utah ACLU ranks swell." In reading the article and doing a couple of calculations it appears that ACLU membership has increased from .00083 percent of Utah's population to .002 percent of the population. At that rate, if they quintuple their current size they would represent 1 percent of the state's population.

Are newsworthy subjects so scarce that such a ridiculously small base and change merit Page 1 headlines?

I recognize after subscribing to The Tribune for 30 years that the paper's claim to be an "Independent Voice" is history, given The Trib consistently champions just about anything left of the Republican Party or, for that matter, the LDS Church. It seems, though, that with attack dogs Paul Rolly, Robert Gehrke, Pat Bagley, George Pyle and a steady diet of the Washington Post editorial board, you could find page one headline subject matter that actually might be meaningful reading even if it consistently continues to represent the political views of the west and east coasts instead of the majority of those who live in the state.

Issues of the paper continue to shrink. You have shrinking chances to make the paper relevant to independent, non-native Utahns like me. What difference does it make that the ACLU has a relatively tiny growth in numbers? I assume right-wing organizations had similar growth during President Barack Obama's administrations. Maybe one of the above mentioned gentlemen can look into that.

Patrick Williams





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