The week in letters: Leggings, mugshots and Shurtleff/Swallow

From leggings to mugshots, from Swallow/Shurtleff to BLM employees, Utahns are on the defensive in this week’s letters to the editor across the rainy state of Utah. Some of these characters need more defending than others.

Leggings are healthy sign of teen defiance

But we have to realize the teens are doing exactly what they are genetically programmed and morally obligated to do: infuriate the old folks. Every teen in every generation has tried to rile up their parents. In my day, the boys grew out their hair and refused to tuck in their shirt tails. Then it was wearing sandals without socks. Girls in mini-skirts (go google Nancy Sinatra singing about her boots)!

So, young folks, keep on making us mad. Carry on and be happy and make this a better world in which to live.

Michael Greer, Cottonwood Heights

Fair trials

Although the charges against these men are serious, it appears they have already been tried, found guilty and sentenced in the minds of many. I am concerned that due to this widespread sentiment, should these men be found innocent, they will have no chance to move on with their lives in any meaningful way, nor will their families.

I would hope that those following this story, regardless of political affiliation, would responsibly weigh the information they are receiving from all sources, and temper their remarks in these public social media sites, remembering that these men are human beings with families, who have served the people of Utah for many years.

Dave Moss, Sandy

Weber County needs better mugshot photos

On behalf of those bored individuals out there that view the mugshots at, will the Weber County jail please turn on the flash to their camera?

Seriously, Davis County provides high quality, viewable photos, whereas Weber is just getting by with “we just turned on the gym lights and their warming up” photos. How am I supposed to truly see the pain and embarrassment on these peoples faces?

Todd Cella, Layton

Politicians disparage dedicated federal employees of public lands

These employees are professional land and resource managers, good citizens with families and are our friends and neighbors. Many of them are native Utahns and have been educated in our universities. On their jobs, they are occasionally confronted with timber thieves, cattle rustlers, poachers, marijuana cultivators and antiquity thieves. Some of these protectors of our natural resources have of necessity been trained in law enforcement and need to be armed.

It is very discouraging to read of politicians who want to disarm the good guys but have no problem with private militias and extremists who flaunt assault rifles and ride roughshod over sensitive habitat.

Leonard Stephenson, Ivins City

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