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In a state where one belief system and one political party rules, it is inevitable that corruption will develop, for "Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."

Perhaps it is time for Utah voters to consider actually voting for the best qualified person regardless of the candidate's political affiliation. If there is one lesson from the A.G. scandal, it is that we need more checks and balances in our local government. The founders of our country understood the need for checks and balances and created the three branches of government to ensure a healthy democracy.

It is time for those who praise the Constitution to understand the need for diversity and compromise and realize that no one person, party or belief system has all the answers.

Ray Whelan

Salt Lake City

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