Single-party blues
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Want to know what happens in a state when the populace votes only for one political party? There are no checks and balances.

The governor is caught up in an interstate highway bidding mess that costs the taxpayers $13 million. At the same time, he's working to have federal lands turned over to the state. Of course, there is no plan for how the state will manage the lands or pay to replace the federal employees who manage these properties.

The lieutenant governor meddles in a child abuse case, causing wasted energy and time on Capitol Hill.

While serving as Utah's deputy attorney general, the state's current attorney general moonlighted to supposedly help interests in Nevada. At the same time, he associated with questionable characters involved in trying to, at best, influence a U.S. senator about a criminal case.

The Legislature? Just read the newspaper every day; their actions speak louder than their words.

Some well-qualified candidates were left by the wayside so we could have a one-party system. Keep voting the one-party ticket, Utah. It makes for bad government but provides great entertainment.

Mike Cherry

Park City