Messenger helped consolidation of high schools in 1956




I read with interest the article labeled, “Sanpete Messenger celebrates 125th anniversary,” which appeared in your Nov. 22 edition.

In particular, I noted the comment by R. LaVaun Cox, who served as publisher between 1946 and 1960. Those were the years in which I went through the public school system—elementary school in Sterling, junior high and high school in Manti, and then Snow College in Ephraim.

Publisher Cox mentions the peacemaker role undertaken by the Messenger over the years. I can attest to one major change where that contribution was very important.

During the summer of 1956, between my junior and senior year, the schools in Manti and Ephraim were consolidated. There was great angst in both communities, as well as both student bodies. The focus was on what each had lost rather than what each had gained. We seemed certain a great mistake had been made.

The apprehension was misguided. Each would profit. Manti’s athletic program was stronger, but by the end of the first year after consolidation, it was clear to me that I would have to ratchet up my emphasis on academics to be competitive with the students from Ephraim. I was not alone. It was a wake-up call—especially for the boys.

In retrospect, I think it is clear that the merger worked wonders, not only for the junior high and high school, but for higher education in Ephraim. Before the merger, students attended high school on campus. Afterward, the college’s  limited facilities were no longer filled with high school students, and its enrollment shot upward.

In the fall of 1957, along with most of my classmates, I became part of what I believe was the largest freshman class in the history of the college up to that time. Since then, the college has continued upward in numbers and quality, and now ranks at the top of junior colleges in America.

I have no doubt that the Sanpete Messenger helped facilitate this remarkable and most important achievement, but there were many others deserving of credit and thanks.

On the broader front, Manti and Ephraim cooperation has also had a positive influence on the local economy and will continue to do so during the years that lie ahead. Similarly, the consolidation of the newspapers, which you have now accomplished, is likely to produce a stronger product with a corresponding positive impact.

I extend sincere congratulations to all who have helped achieve these cooperative advances over many years and wish for ongoing success in this special part of Utah.

Kay McIff

Richfield, Utah

It’s not hard to protect gardens from deer




This letter to the editor is regarding the article by James Tilson; “Manti looking for solutions to deer that are causing some residents ‘to give up on gardens.”

I find it interesting that people choose to move/build in the beautiful rural mountains of Sanpete, overtaking not only deer habitat but other wildlife too, and then have the gall to complain and blame the deer for messing up their own habitat.

As a homeowner, if you want to plant a garden, it should be up to you to do the research and take the necessary steps to protect your plants from any wildlife you do not want to share it with.

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources website has plenty of ‘researched’ information to assist homeowners and with a few more clicks of the mouse, you can probably find more than enough information to help you deal with deer in your yard.

I believe council meeting might be better spent discussing and doing something about the thousands of deer killed on our Utah roads. Protecting drivers by building fences and crossing along our Sanpete County roadways seems a more valuable use of time and resources.


Randall J. Cox


Believes problem with Mt. Pleasant is Kevin Stallings

Last week’s kerfuffle in Mt. Pleasant over Mayor Sandra Bigler’s resignation reminds me of John Dean’s appearance before a Senate Committee in 1973, in which he said, “There’s a cancer at the heart of the presidency.” The resignation of Mayor Bigler has revealed a ‘cancer’ at the heart of the Mt. Pleasant City Council, and its root cause, in my opinion, can be laid directly at the feet of Councilman Kevin Stallings.

Mayor Bigler’s resignation is far more a palace coup than a simple resignation, facilitated by the bullying and hostile work environment created by Stallings and his minions. It overturns the will of the people when they reelected her as the city’s chief executive officer eight months ago.

Stallings, I call him King Kevin now, has engaged in a relentless campaign intended to thwart almost every executive decision of the past two mayors, including direct interference in city personnel matters.

Mayor Bigler cited this unwarranted interference as the major reason for her resignation. She told me, “Steve, I just couldn’t take it anymore.” In conversations with former mayor, David Blackham, he said, “I couldn’t get anything done because Kevin Stallings wanted to run everything himself.” He added that his resignation was prompted by Stallings’ constant interference more than any other issue.

Now Stallings and his cabal have concocted a plan to appoint an all-powerful “temporary emergency support” executive, who, according to the municipal code, will have all city employees under his authority.

His name is Paul Madsen. He is not is a qualified, professional, municipal administrator. He is a construction worker and miner. And surprise, surprise, he is one of Stallings’ closest personal friends. Without denigrating Mr. Madsen, being friends with King Kevin appears to be a pretty good gig.

Perhaps the worst that has come out of all this mess is the revelation that King Kevin seems to have been feeding richly from the public trough. A GRAMA request this week revealed that Stallings’ company, Stallings Sheet Metal, has been paid some $150,000 by the city since he took office. According to the former public works director, he is the exclusive contractor for maintenance and repair of heating and air conditioning in city buildings.

Councilman Justin Atkinson has a similar conflict of interest issue in regard to his employer, Sunshine Engineering.

I have queried both former mayors as to whether either Stallings or Atkinson ever recused themselves in any vote, including approval of bills, that either Stallings or Atkinson’s employer would have benefited from. Both said they had never seen either man do it.

The optics here are terrible, giving the strong appearance of corruption at the heart of the Mt. Pleasant City Council. I believe there are grounds for an immediate state auditor’s investigation.

What can you do? Citizens should fill the chambers of the next council meeting to demand an end to all this. To put it in a medieval perspective, the oligarchs have seized the castle and ransacked the treasury, and are in the process of usurping all authority unto themselves. “To the barricades,” good citizens of Mt. Pleasant, “to the barricades.”

All should read Dianne Blackham’s open letter posted to Facebook entitled, How We Mix Church and State, which details King Kevin’s terrible abuse of ecclesiastical position to attempt to browbeat the Blackhams into bending to his secular will.


Steven Clark


Member, Mt. Pleasant Main Street Committee

Supports Draper, resignation brings back hard memories


Editor’s Note: The following is a letter former mayor David Blackham wrote to Sam Draper after Draper resigned as public works director in Mt. Pleasant. Blackham asked the Messenger to reprint portions of the letter in our letters-to-the-editor column.


Dear Sam:

I just arrived home from the council meeting today held at the acceptance of Mayor Bigler’s resignation and I couldn’t help but think of you and your resignation. The three council members (as two were absent) acted as if there were no problems as they presented you and the mayor’s departure as nothing more than a peaceful severance. We both know it was different.

I, having experienced an insatiably hostile environment before resigning as mayor, was targeted with false sexual harassment accusations and completely pounced upon by the two senior councilmen. Today, those memories couldn’t escape my thinking.

The absolute desire of the two councilmen to usurp my executive authority and circumvent my prerogatives while mayor with threats of reversing any and all actions I would take was the ultimate bullying to me.

I remember how painful it was then; and today at the council meeting it was beyond my ability to overcome my own feelings as the events unfolded. It was not a normal second council meeting of the month.

The second meeting was established to only pay the bills. Today they added to their agenda the resignation acceptance of the mayor and announced your resignation and installed a mayor pro temp without allowing any public comment. It was so wrong to do!

I remember while I was mayor, the two senior councilmen would deride and belittle you and the other public works employees, and I would have none of that.  I consider you as one of the most talented and capable persons I have ever known when it comes to systems analysis and maintenance of anything.

I fondly still think of you as “Superman Sam” and always will. I could and did rely on you for anything that would go haywire in the overall city workings. You never had a word of complaint and always assured me that it would be taken care of. As it always was.

I never would allow the short-sighted complaints of the two councilmen to detract from the exceptional work you were so dedicated to.

I truly lament the extreme adverse environment that was created when I left office.  I had no idea that Mr. Stallings and Mr. Atkinson had so much hatred for you and the other public works employees. I don’t understand their reasoning when we were so successful in fulfilling so much good work for the citizens.

I know you will be sorely missed by so many of our citizens and I hope that we can survive without you.

If I could only turn back the clock and weather the storms; then I would have remained in my position as mayor and I would have never allowed this to happen to you or the other employees.

It looks like the two have colluded to successfully convince the other council to not only remove me and the recorder Jane Banks, you and Mayor Bigler, but it looks as if they are now working on Coulter Allen and Gary Bennett, and others to name a few, by creating a hostile work environment for them.

I have asked the city for information on the two councilmen and have sought to find a possible reason for their efforts to subvert oversight by any mayor.  This is what I have found.

Mr. Stallings’ business, Stallings Sheet Metal, has received approximately $150,000 for work for the city since his election, all without a bid process.

Mr. Atkinson works for Sunrise Engineering and his firm has received over $190,000 to date in contracted work.

I am curious if their conflicts and cash-cow work has anything to do with their attitudes to seek to subvert oversight by any future mayor.  Their goal seems to make the mayor into a “puppet” with no executive authority.

Thanks for the wonderful time we had while I was mayor. You are the very best employee and servant of the people I have ever known.

David H. Blackham

Former mayor

Messenger’s view of Trump is off-base


Imagine if….

Our Messenger newspaper is SO amazing—truly fortunate are we. Continued Trump-bashing though compels this letter. Imagine if President Trump hadn’t won and we were here today with Hillary: Our 4.1 percent GDP would be Obama’s 1 percent; my taxes would be the same horrible level as last year; ISIS would be bombing us instead of defeated; and North Korea would be busy lobbing missiles our way.

Granted, it wouldn’t be as contentious—the globalist swamp rats would be too busy creating our utopian society to bother, the illicit things they have done hidden instead of exposed, and our ability to have a say in our futures mostly gone.

We would be on the way to politically correct madness—the flag a symbol of racist oppression instead of freedom to my grandkids, and we would feel powerless watching our country disappear. Instead, the ship is being turned by a courageous man, facing unprecedented condemnation in mainstream media at all levels, while Americans turn to other sources to understand the real story.

Amazing to this old info manipulator to see near 50 percent approval ratings for a president where 97 percent of media coverage is bad. InfoOps isn’t as effective as we’d hoped—thank heavens it’s not.


Carl Sullivan


Sandra Bigler explains why she served, why she left


I was deeply touched when I watched Sen. John McCain’s funeral in the National Cathedral. His honesty, integrity and courage caused me to reflect on my resignation as mayor. I wondered if I had let down the people who voted for me by leaving office after serving just eight months of a four-year term.

I want my supporters to know that I arrived at a point where I could not serve effectively as the chief executive officer of the city as I had done during my previous term in office. There were just too many differences between me and the city council. I leave office with no regrets.       The city is in excellent financial condition. When I completed my first term as mayor, we had a $100,000 surplus. It is much greater today. As I said in my budget message on May 8, 2018, we erased a projected budget deficit of $111,000 by the power department’s providing $367,000 and by exercising frugality.

I said in my message that a budget is more than figures on a piece of paper. It is a road map that articulates the goals and objectives we set to serve all of our people in a conservative and competent manner.

That is what I tried very hard to do during 25 years of service to the city of my birth, the city I love.

Sandra Bigler

Former Mt. Pleasant mayor

Wishing the Blackhams Buena Viaje and Bon Voyage


While Dave and Dianne Blackham are still in our midst, my wife and I want to express to them my best wishes for the mission they will soon begin serving in Mexico for the LDS Church. During their absence, we will miss them, but will also be wishing them well as they continue to serve their neighbors and the surrounding community in a different location, one far from those they have long served in Sanpete County.


Personally, I know few of the details concerning their mission call except for being told by Dave, while picking up a prescription at Skyline Pharmacy that he and Dianne would soon be leaving to serve in Juárez, Mexico. A few days later, during another visit to the pharmacy, I was told by the pharmacist on duty, their daughter, Emily, of her trepidation with trying to step into the shoes being left empty, and needing to be filled, while Dave and Dianne are away.


While I have great confidence in Emily’s abilities, I agree with her that filling the shoes of her parents will be a tall order. They have a long and illustrious service to the community, which strikes me as something we should all aspire to. Years ago, soon after my wife, Magdalena, and I settled in Fountain Green, we volunteered to establish a new Cub Scout program at Mt. Pleasant’s historic Presbyterian Church. Our plan was to serve mostly the youngest possible age group of scouts since they were not yet old enough to join the scouting programs in the area’s LDS wards.


Happily for us, not long after we announced our plan to start the Cub Scout den, the Blackhams stepped forward and offered to assist our efforts. So, as Magdalena became the Den Mother and Dianne the Assistant Den mother, the Blackham’s two youngest sons became charter members of the new Cub Scout Den. In retrospect, it now seems almost prophetic that most of the other boys who joined our den came from the Spanish-speaking families which my wife, a native of Mexico with advanced University degrees from there, got to know from her work in north Sanpete elementary schools.


Over the years since then, we have witnessed the Blackhams contributing in other ways to many other efforts making our area a better place. Who knows if we would now be enjoying the benefits of the ConToy Arena, with its indoor Rodeo space and outdoor Eventing course, or the Aquatic Center, with its Olympic Size swimming pool and children’s Splash Pad, without Dave and Dianne adding their support to the efforts of other like-minded citizen seeking to improve life for all of us?


I do know that a few years ago, when a large company operating a nationwide chain of pharmacies expressed interest in possibly buying Skyline Pharmacy from the Blackhams, Dave and Dianne ranked protecting the jobs of their employees and serving the needs of their customers at the top of their list of demands any buyer would have to meet—perhaps killing the deal. I am happy our corner pharmacy has not yet been replaced (as I see it, newer and bigger are not always better.) In any case, my wife and I wish the Blackhams a wonderful time on their mission, yet we don’t want them staying away for long.


Doug Lowe

Mt. Pleasant


Lecture will focus on how

we can save the Constitution


“Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32)

This timeless message taught by the very Son of God as he walked the earth 2000 years ago applies to every aspect of our lives today. It remains crucial to the destiny of America if liberty is to survive.

The great Christian General Moroni warned us in the Book of Mormon (Ether 8:23) that the same forces which destroyed two great civilizations on this continent, centuries ago, are had among us now.

It is imperative that we, as citizens, recognize the forces of evil and what can be done to

overcome them. Vance Smith who will be speaking at the Manti City Complex, 55 S. Main in Manti Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. has paid a huge price to understand and shed light upon these very deceptive evils and how they can and must be defeated.

We are fortunate to have a man of Mr. Smith’s caliber share his vital knowledge here in our midst.

Truth, understood and acted upon by a sufficient number of Americans, will turn the tide

for the “Cause of Christians” and liberty. The enemy is entrenched but there is still time for each of us to make a difference.

I believe Sanpete, with God’s help, can be a beacon to our whole Nation!


Jane A. Braithwaite


Are we to be judged by our lawns,

even during drought?

            I was alarmed by an article published July 12, 2018, titled “Moves to clean up Moroni hinge on enforcement.” The article stated “Moroni has an excellent secondary irrigation system and more water than most towns, which could translate to lots of green lawns… yet an increasing number of homes, including some at the town entrance, have no lawns at all.”
I thought we were suffering a severe water shortage due to the drought. In fact, most towns are under water restrictions, including Moroni. I have let my lawn go brown, focusing on conserving water. Am I to be condemned for not maintaining a green lawn? Seems like a case of “damned if you do, damned if you don’t.”
There are better alternatives for our yards; we should be encouraging and utilizing xeriscaping and drought-resistant plants.
Even if we weren’t experiencing a water shortage, we still live in a desert, and it’s time to start acting like it.
Susan Murdoch

Is Ephraim losing




Apr. 19, 2108


Sanpete County is an area rich in historical architecture built by the pioneers.

But it’s not as rich as it had been many, many years ago before a great number of architectural gems—yes, some of them surely diamonds—began to disappear from the scene.

Over 100 years ago, centrally locating Snow College necessitated the removal of many pioneer-era (1854-1890) homes in Ephraim. Later expansion and student housing mandated the demolition of still more such homes.

But now, sadly, we see an example of a not-so-necessary demolition: the once-beautiful Madsen house (295 E. College Avenue), which had informed observant passersby as to Ephraim’s beginnings and the admirable workmanship and ideals of the pioneers.

For an accurate historical record, not only should the statelier and more beautiful historic houses be preserved but also the humbler, simpler ones belonging to the laborer, the farmer, the not so well-to-do. These houses also demonstrate admirable, long-abandoned building skills and often convey a homely charm.

Not only did Snow College disband their comprehensive Traditional Building Skills Institute (TBSI) program years ago, which could have been vital to our community, they went so far as to demolish the very focus of the TBSI—its hands-on restoration project, the Madsen house.

What a gift that restoration would have been to our community—an inspiring example!

Now it is gone.

I know a little about restoring old houses, and I know where there’s a will there certainly is a way. Foundation problems? Not so hard to deal with. It’s simply an overused excuse to facilitate the needless destruction of an irreplaceable historical asset.

We need not be helpless victims to the whims of shortsighted people who consider historic buildings to be dispensable.

We need to educate people as to the value of protecting and preserving our ever-diminishing and always threatened architectural history.

Why not offer a class at Snow College?

Why not reinstate the TBSI? The outstanding Greaves-Deakin house at 118 S. Main Street would be an excellent choice for a TBSI project.

Additionally, why does our local government do nothing to protect Ephraim’s architectural heritage so it will survive to tell the story of our town’s unique beginnings? Why doesn’t the city buy up threatened buildings to resell under covenant and on condition their exteriors be historically preserved?

Right now, three or more such houses on Ephraim’s Main Street are in dire need of protection.

Is it just a matter of time until they too will fall hapless victims of people who fail to understand and appreciate their value?

It is time to take some decisive steps to save Ephraim’s pioneer architecture.


Sherron Andreasen


Efficient government needed in Ephraim


Apr. 19, 2018


When I came to Ephraim 43 years ago, Arlene Deleeuw and Valene Aston were running city hall. Wayne Sevy was the marshal with his own pickup. I was able to build my dome house, and everything worked fine.

Today, I wouldn’t be allowed to build my dome house, there are seven people in the office and they subcontract the billing. There are seven policemen and no beer hall to police.

Crime in the U.S. is down, and violent crime is half what it was 10 years ago.

Why such a large bureaucracy in Ephraim?

What has happened to efficient government?

In spite of multiple government grants, Ephraim transferred thousands of dollars of utility surplus funds to the general fund last year. Now the utility funds are low, and they want to raise taxes (bond) by about 10 percent for utilities.

Ephraim’s spending, like the federal government’s spending, is out of control.

Ephraim is facing Utah law S.B. 81 (2017) which outlaws charging a franchise fee and licensing for profit, which they have ignored for a year now.

I printed out the bill (S.B. 81) and presented it to the city council on the first of last month with my recommendation for implementing it.

The city council is still ignoring this law which would cut into their revenue substantially.

The city has called a public hearing at the city office on May 2 at 6 p.m. to receive public comment on the bond.

When one person shows up, their opposition is ignored.

If you are concerned about how the city is running their finances, etc., this is the time to show up in force. I will be there.


Frank Crowther


Students acted wisely,

but not government


Aren’t we all deeply moved and proud of students who have demonstrated their support, their empathy, for everyone who has suffered and who may yet suffer in the wake of the horrific shootings that grip our country.

Administrators, teachers and parents too should be honored and respected for their support and their willingness to allow these young people to be heard.

A most egregious mistake was made when government failed years ago to ban assault weapons from the hands of the citizenry, and now a great many people have such weapons.

The right to bear arms needs to have some reasonable limits and safeguards, or, as we clearly see, there is chaos and tragedy.

It is time we make America a safer place, where everyone can enjoy life and the pursuit of happiness and not be stripped of those blessings as they innocently go about their daily lives.


Sherron Andreasen


Cabal agenda is the

problem, not gun control


As a mother and grandmother, I cannot remain silent. I must speak out against an evil striking at the heart of all that is held dear.

The “Valentine Massacre” in a Florida-school shooting claimed the lives of 17 children and wounded many others. The toll of such tragedies ever since the year 2000 (according to the “Survivors speak out: Two decades of school shooting survivors speak out about solutions” in Deseret News on Feb. 22) totals 149 killed and scores of others wounded.

Media sources continue to report that the urgent remedy to the slaughter of innocent children is gun control. This mantra is perpetuated through demonstrations and by other means.

First is the tragedy, then the demand for gun control. This has been an all-too-familiar pattern ever since the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado.

No, the problem is not guns or the perpetuation of violence.

The problem is the agenda of a secret and deeply entrenched cabal seeking to destroy our God-given right to bear arms under the Constitution.

Our sovereignty is heading for a meltdown. Planned for us is a dictatorship underneath the United Nations and a one-world government.

Today’s reality stems from brutal, hardened conspirators drunk with the poisonous drive for power and gain. They care nothing about the suffering of human life. Such amoral groups have a history of destroying nations, including two great Christian civilizations on this hemisphere. (See Ether chapter 8 of the Book of Mormon.)

Cries of our children, victims of this merciless conspiracy, must not go unheeded.

Evidence is available, and wickedness will be unmasked as the light of truth shines upon this deadly evil.


Jane A. Braithwaite


Congrats to state winners,

says proud grandpa


Last week the Manti High School boys basketball team was able to do the almost unbelievable…take state when no one at the first of the year thought that to be a possibility.

What a great accomplishment and culmination of a lot of hours of blood, sweat, and tears, on both the ballplayers’ side and also the many coaches’ side.  Watching the glorious firetruck celebration down main-street yesterday, brought back so many memories and nostalgia from fifty-two years ago, when the very first Manti High boys basketball team took state for the very first time.

I, along with six other current grey-headed and weathering Sanpete residents, and several others living outside Sanpete, had the great honor and blessing of experiencing this same ecstasy, of that which these newly-crowned warriors started to feel as they left the St. George arena having won it all.

I wanted to congratulate my grandson Mason, a member of this remarkable group of young men, and tell him and his companions, how this single event will help to shape, bend and mold their future lives, for the better, if they will but stay true to the things they learned along the way.

They don’t realize it now, but this happening will be hashed over and dissected over and over again through the many years now following.  Take it from those first old “Codgers”, who still meet together on different battlefields, such as the golf course, or bedside of loved ones— the memories still live on.

Enjoy the ride, but also remember those souls who inspired, lifted, encouraged, and helped you all to be where you are now.  For myself, I remember the Keith Andersons, Woodrow Becks, and several Hill families from Gunnison; I recall the Manti Don Stotts, Jackson Wanlasses, Richard Olsons, Cecil Coxes, Wilbur Braithwaites and many others who visited our locker rooms after each home game;  I remember the Paul and Glen Baileys and Bruce Irons, Mac Wilkeys, from North Sanpete.

These old timers of the Sanpete community left a legacy of caring  and influence for hundreds of young people.   These were the stalwarts of the community, whose lives touched the souls of youth.  Now I give not only my grandson, who represents the fifth generation of Manti Templars who played sports in the family, as well as Mason’s cohorts on the court, a BIG CHALLENGE:  Go be the same loving, caring, encouraging influence on those who will follow after you, as you have had given to you from those who have gone beyond,or about to.



Leland Thompson


Concerned about possible

U.S. constitutional convention


Feb. 1, 2018


The Declaration of Independence contains the statement, “ All men are created equal, and endowed with certain inalienable rights. Among these are the life liberty and the pursuit of happiness. To obtain these rights government is instituted, deriving its just powers from the consent of the governed.”

The preamble to the U.S. Constitution starts, “We the people.”

Winston Churchill talked about the “profound significance of human choice, and the sublime responsibility of men.”

The Utah Constitution, Section 2 says, “All political power is inherent in the people; and all free governments are founded on their authority for their equal protection and benefit; and the people have the right to alter or reform their government as the public welfare may require.

Section 27 of the Utah Constitution, a section titled “Fundamental Rights,” says: “Frequent recurrence to fundamental principles is essential to the security of individual rights and the perpetuity of free government.”

There is in a Utah legislative committee a bill calling for a constitutional convention supposedly to limit federal government expenditures and require a balanced budget.

If this idea passes three-fourths of the states, such a convention could rewrite the constitution as the original founders did the Articles of Confederation.

By the means of this power, we as a nation are in danger of losing rights enumerated in the Constitution with the hope of limiting the federal government. Why should the federal government  honor a new restraining law where it now ignores the restraints of the present Constitution.

Fundamental rights have been eroded by the negligence and ignorance of the people, enabling government bureaucracies to gain power.

This is a natural occurrence due to the nature of government. The bureaucrats are hired full time to regulate and enforce. The politicians who are supposedly there to protect our freedoms are more interested in getting elected by catering to special interests. They are interested in preserving their power over the people, but the people do have the power to vote them out of office.

The judicial branch is in the same mode. They have circumvented people’s rights and created many laws controlling every aspect of public and personal life.

For instance, in the final instructions to a jury, the judge will read the instructions, “If you find the defendant broke the law you must find him guilty.”

This statement strips the jury, the “people’s representatives,” of the power to negate laws of the Legislature by their own conscience or in consideration of the circumstances.

This power is set by the tradition of trial by a jury of your peers and expressed in the Utah Constitution Section 15, which says, “The jury shall have the right to determine the law and the fact.”

The people err from ignorance. Schools need to teach principles of freedom and responsibility. I am encouraged by the self education found in Internet use, rather than the traditional thought which is contrary to freedom and people’s self interest, namely larger government.


Frank M. Crowther


Disagrees with BYU

broadcasting decisions


The reason for BYU Broadcasting dropping classical music from KBYU-FM and PBS from KBYU TV came to light during an interview on BYU TV on Jan. 21, 2018.

The managing director of BYU Broadcasting said that Elder Dallin Oaks told him in a meeting THAT BYU Broadcasting should teach the LDS gospel. From that, the director evidently inferred that classical music and PBS programming did not teach the “gospel” so Bach and Handel are going away as are nature and the Lawrence Welk Show, even with its LDS stars.

Programs such as Studio C and Extinct follow that order better for their target audience of 7 to 54 years of age, he said. Does that mean that the retired wealthy donors to BYU should end their donations because they are no longer important?

Personally, I believe that when BYU TV broadcasts talks given at Education Week on the BYU campus it was teaching the LDS gospel better than BYU volleyball and basketball are now.

It seems to me that the managing director of BYU Broadcasting should either reconsider Elder Oaks’ counsel, or leave his position or maybe even be fired if he insists that Extinct and Studio C teach the gospel better than Bach or nature.

Benton L. Peterson