Lobbyists have a place

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When in session, our state legislators are very busy. They cannot know all facts and solutions. They can and should rely on ethical lobbyists for research and proposals on complex issues.

It is helpful to be knowledgeable. Good lobbyists provide that function, along with staff. Face time is important.

Given our representatives' limited time, let's let them have a free lunch or dinner or ball game with lobbyists and others to present their points of view.

When we elect our legislators, we assume they are honest, ethical and will represent their constituents to the best of their ability. Let's look at the glass as half full, and assume our legislators and the lobbyists are honest and hard-working.

Pepper Martin

Salt Lake City