Letters to the Editor, March 30-April 2, 2013
Living in an age where we are brainwashed by society, self confidence in young girls seems to be eating away. Simply seeing somebody that is skinnier than you in public can make a person want to go home and be bulimic. That is just sick. As Jess Addario said in her famous poem, "Society Killed The Teenager," "We always knew that there was someone judging us."
I know people personally who have eating disorders so they can look like their role models. Sure, many of the people in the media have model bodies, long flowing hair, and sexy boyfriends. They are controlled; you are a free person. Society may set an example for you, but you are your own person who should be able to decide to make their own choices.
People need to realize that beauty comes in every shape, size, color. We all can’t be tall and blonde and have the perfect body. Just like Lady Gaga said, "I am beautiful in my way / ‘Cause God makes no mistakes / I am on the right track, baby / I was born this way."
Just remember what Lady Gaga you have the urge to purge or cut. You’re beautiful in your way ’cause God makes no mistakes. You’re on the right track, baby. You were born this way. Accept yourself.
Worry about those who carry weapons illegally
Between 1980 and 1990, I investigated the murders of 28 people. To the best of my knowledge, not a single one of them awakened on the last day of his or her life with even a suspicion that they wouldn’t make it to bedtime. As Liana Teteberg would have it, none was paranoid.
We wear seatbelts not intending to crash our cars. We wear helmets not intending to have a wreck on bikes or skis. We insure our homes, but still don’t play with matches. And some carry concealed weapons with no intent or desire to use them, but with the realistic understanding that it may become necessary to protect ourselves or others from harm.
Ms. Teteberg is apparently uncomfortable that some Utahns who have passed a background check and taken a four-hour course might be armed. She worries, I guess, that because she doesn’t know their state of mind, they may be unstable or dangerous. In my view, she should be much more worried about those who carry weapons illegally whether in Park City, New York, or Chicago who have already made the decision to break the law, often for the purpose of committing further crimes.
Obama took bold step to protect our heritage
This week, President Obama took a bold step to protect and preserve both the cultural and natural heritage of our nation. I want to thank the president for showing great leadership by naming five new special places, including New Mexico’s spectacular Rio Grande del Norte, as national monuments.
Monuments also generate significant economic opportunities for surrounding local communities. A report by Headwaters Economics studied 17 national monuments and found that, without exception, nearby counties experienced economic growth after the monument’s creation. In poll after poll, Americans overwhelmingly support protecting our country’s unique historical sites and outdoor heritage; they agree that we can protect land and water and have a strong economy with good jobs, without choosing one over the other. In New Mexico alone, the new Rio Grande del Norte National Monument is expected to bring $15 million per year to the region.
In Utah, we also have exceptional natural places, like Greater Canyonlands, where people can connect with nature. These lands host world-class recreation and world-class views. Places like Greater Canyonlands conserve the lands and waters that define America’s history and provide unique cultural, archeological and environmental value including clean water, clean air, and access to the outdoors for mountain biking, climbing, rafting, hunting, hiking and other recreational activities.
Experience has demonstrated the wisdom of protecting special places by creating national monuments on lands and waters already owned by the American people. These unique and irreplaceable natural treasures, like Greater Canyonlands, tell the story of our past and can help shape the experiences of future generations. We need to protect them so that our kids and grandkids can enjoy and learn from them too.
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