Life is like a ladder in many ways.

You start at the bottom the day you are born.

When you open your eyes for the first time, the first thing you see is a ladder that reaches to the sky, and you decide then and thereafter whether to climb that ladder or stay on the ground.

If you decided to climb that ladder, there will be many levels that you can step off and live your life the way that level has to offer, but you can’t always step back onto the ladder and continue to climb.

There will be times when you will miss a step and fall back down—sometimes only partway, sometimes all the way down.

But you get back up, determined to climb that ladder all the way to the top.

When you get to the top, you stop and look back down to see where you have been, but you cannot go beyond the top because you are weighed down with money and material things.

So you must descend back down to that last level and leave all of it there for posterity, then step back up the ladder to go beyond the top.

There to greet you at the top will not be money or material things, but the Lord and family and friends with outreached hands to help you take that last step beyond the top.

There you will realize they have always been by your side as you climbed that ladder of life.


Keith Keisel


Appreciate efforts to preserve pioneer age houses


After many years of no dramatic improvement to Main Street, I want to express my appreciation for the efforts made by our city and Cache Valley Bank to beautify the central part of it and efforts by other businesses elsewhere on Main Street. I think it’s a big step in the right direction. Likewise, the city’s commitment to ridding Main Street of blights is, I think, commendable.

Individual citizens are also to be commended, in my opinion, for their personal contributions to the “restoration” of our community. I am encouraged when I see an old neglected, often dilapidated, house being sensitively restored to a strikingly beautiful appearance. Whenever this is done, the entire block benefits, as well as our city as a whole.

I am concerned, however, about the two Victorian houses immediately north of the Sinclair station. I seem to remember Brant Hansen being reported in the newspaper as saying something about an option the city has where they could purchase the houses and offer them for sale (my own words follow) under a covenant whereby the buyer must restore or preserve the exterior’s original appearance. The buyer would not be compelled but encouraged to retain original architectural features on the interior. I think it would be a sad thing to lose these two houses that reflect the architectural history of Ephraim. In my mind, they could be real assets to our Main Street which, after all, is the Heritage Highway.

All over town we can still see examples of pioneer-built homes (1860-1890) and some that were built somewhere later, all of which serve to inform us of life and ideals of a very different time and how things change over times. This enriches our lives, broadens our perceptions and perspective, and can actually inspire some people to take positive action toward preserving and enhancing what we are privileged to have.

I am a committed preservationist and an unabashed lover of old houses, as most people know and sometimes seem to resent. I try always to encourage people to research, appreciate, and preserve or restore their historical houses, stores, etc. Sometimes I’ve been critical, and I apologize. With all my faults, I do practice what I preach about honoring our architectural heritage. If I have inspired only one individual—and I think I have done at least that—then it is worth the effort and any criticism it might generate.


Does preservation matter? I would say, absolutely!


Sharron Andreasen

Ephraim, Utah

Our communities are good!



I just can’t help it!
Sometimes I almost feel overwhelmed by all the goodness I am surrounded by in Sanpete. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have my head in the sand concerning the “un-goodness” that’s here; I know it is, but what’s right about our communities far outweighs the unsavory!
Just think about it.
Our mountains and valley are extraordinary. Store owners are trying their hardest to provide what we want and need. People in the medical field are considerate and compassionate about “the one,” sharing so much of themselves to make sure we’re taken care of in the best ways.

Other services, i.e., plumbing & electrical; eye care; dental; grocery needs; building supplies and builders; insurance necessities; elementary, middle and high schools and Snow College; our local government who cares about their communities, wanting the best for them, especially for the long-term.

The diversities of religious worship helping our communities be well-rounded, giving us all a chance to join in common causes that build. There are the community and college police forces who are exceptionally competent, risking so much so that all of us can feel safer and more secure. Just drive down our main streets at night, and the Christmas lights welcome even the disheartened, pulling them into a valley of warmth and caring.
The task of sharing what is so wonderful about our own Sanpete would take a great deal more space than I’m allotted in this letter but rest assured; there is so much more that could be said!
I know Sanpete isn’t a “fix-all” for everybody, and there is plenty we can all do to improve our valley, and that we must do our part to help strengthen and build it but I maintain that we are enveloped in a gold mine of what’s good about living. I know because my husband and I have lived here for over 40 years, not because we had to but because we wanted to. I also know that we find what we’re looking for.
Thank you, everyone, for being a part of what I cherish so deeply! I hope I never take you or this extraordinary valley for granted.


Julie Poulson



Sanpete Pantry thanks Norbest and others


We are writing to express our appreciation for the recent donation to the Sanpete Pantry by Norbest of Moroni.  The generous folks at Norbest have supported the Pantry for years, making possible our ability to continue our mission of providing supplemental foodstuffs to those in need.

Norbest has again this year made a donation to the Pantry of turkeys in time for the holidays.

With their continuing support over the years, Norbest has demonstrated their deep commitment to our Sanpete Community. The support of Norbest has repeatedly played a key role in making the holidays a less stressful time for our neighbors in need.

We at the Sanpete Pantry are continually inspired by the generosity of the people of Sanpete County, whether it be through donations of food, time or money.

Thank you Norbest and our fellow Sanpeters.



Sanpete Pantry

Board of Directors


Thanks Dean for opinion on Trump


In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I would like to express my gratitude for Suzanne Dean’s integrity in expressing a relatively unpopular opinion in her “Publisher’s Perspective” piece condemning Trump. Thank you for your commitment to the truth.

Susan Murdoch,


Wants low-income housing in Sanpete


Talk about compassion. The City of Ephraim is kicking people out of the local trailer park during the Thanksgiving and Christmas season. And, if they do not move out soon enough, the city will cut off their lights and heat during the coldest time of year.

Where will these people go? The county has prohibited the building of affordable and low-income housing for years.

It is time for the county to repeal the ordinance and allow affordable and low-income housing to be built in the county.

Talk about shooting ourselves in the foot. The Sanpete County treasurer gave $37,000 to a scam artist. $100 lost is a mistake; $37,000 is malfeasance. The county then spent more time and money to try to get some of that money back.

What do the voters do? Vote straight Republican and put her right back into office. So, every time we give money to the treasurer’s office we can ask ourselves: will this money go to a scam artist or to someone else it should not go to? The answer is: eventually.


Benton Petersen,


Spring City sidewalk project should be dropped


I noted the article in the Sanpete Messenger Nov. 10, 2016, “Not enough support for Spring City sidewalk safety project” and would like residents of Spring City to consider some issues.                While it is laudable for a community to try to engage in a project, in this instance questions remain which perhaps have led to the lack of enthusiasm for this particular effort. Originally, to Councilman Harmer’s credit, he ran the figures which did not support accepting a grant for the project, thus the concept of donation of time and materials which have been not have been forthcoming.

However, many issues were not addressed in the original concept, including lack of adequate funding to complete the project, impacted property owners’ approval never being sought, nor were they informed as to the design. Who is going to maintain these sidewalks? Who is liable for any accidents associated with this project built with volunteer labor?

Years ago, Spring City’s WPA project sidewalks were in disrepair and the residents did not want
assessments in order to replace them. In my opinion, this decision helped maintain the unique country ambience leading to the listing on The National Historic Registry. Many years ago I was informed by an authority on historical preservation that cement sidewalks leading to homes listed on the National Historic Registry are not consistent with the National Historic Registry guidelines.

With Spring City being only one of two cities in the nation so designated, would the construction of cement sidewalks affect this designation? Such a removal would certainly lead to economic losses in the form of disqualification for potential restoration grants as well as losing the cache of being such a unique community and perhaps lowering property values.

On a personal note, the design of this sidewalk impedes automobile and farm machinery access to my garage and fields as the sidewalk is being built/planned going on the uphill east side of the road. My neighbor stated they would be facing the same challenge accessing their field with farm machinery.

Near our property an old irrigation ditch was leveled, trees roots are exposed and the trees are clearly dying. The town lost enough trees when the irrigation ditches were covered, depriving the trees lining the lanes of water.

Not every town can have a college or a financial district. Not every town should be pro-growth. Not every town has the same mandate.

We should care take Spring City’s rustic heritage passing it as much as possible to future generations where it can serve as a model of a unique rural Utah community.


Sue Jensen Weeks

Spring City


Thanks Commissioners for holding off tax increase increase until now


Sanpete County Commissioners deserve thanks for their dedication to Sanpete and for their efforts to hold off a tax increase until now.  While they were “tightening their collective belts” these past 10 or more years, we as citizens were able to use money privately that might have gone to incremental tax raises.

Sadly, the financial problems Sanpete faces at this time reflect the fruits of the socialistic government now holding sway throughout the United States.  This situation is yet another wakeup call to return to the true and proven principles of the U. S. Constitution.

Jane Braithwaite


Can we be spared political blathering now?


Please, can we now be spared our political elites continuing their blathering about “Utah Values,” which seems to imply that people in Utah have moral superiority over people who inhabit other states.  When these leaders and the majority of the voters of our “great state” support  a presidential candidate with a well known history of serial adultery, lying, disparaging women, bullying others, obscene language, mocking a person with a disability, threatening a free press, and “boy talking”  it is laughable to claim any moral high ground.

With the election of Trump we now have the opportunity to cozy up to Putin and to celebrate a first lady whose nude photos and plagiarized comments grace the internet.

KC Mason


Still have questions on proposed tax increase


Still have questions on proposed tax increase

I attended the public hearing with the county commissioners last Thursday. A lot of topics were covered, but a few thoughts and questions still come to mind.

  1. Why were so many people opposed to the 60 percent tax increase, but would have favored “small bite” increases? If the 5 percent increase a year over the last 12 year period had been imposed, the compounding would have meant we would have paid much more in taxes.
  2. The majority of opinions expressed at the hearing seemed to prefer lower taxes. With that in mind the question is: Who, when, where, and why is the final decision made to implement or decline the 60 percent increase?
  3. Central Utah Water Conservancy District, (CUWCD) was also mentioned. The residential population pays the majority of the taxes. Most of us have never received a direct benefit (and probably never will). Now they are also want to raise the tax rate for repair and maintenance. I think it is well past time to opt-out. I ask again: Who, when, where, and why is the final decision made for this significant tax increase?
  4. I am pretty sure is a good thing that we did not approve a new courthouse. I have not heard that the repair costs for the current one are exceeding the long term cost of building a new one. Even though I am in favor of the county receiving their fair share of funds, is good to remember that government money, at any level, is never free! There is the high cost of overhead to get our money back.
  5. As for the county jail, we no doubt needed a new one, but we almost built an additional wing. Does that mean under the current criteria the county taxpayers would be on the hook for twice as many inmates?

Overall I think it was clear that most citizens would prefer a reduction of expenditures rather than an increase in the tax burden.

Rob Walsh



Objects to publisher’s media bias


This is indeed a “Letter to the Editor”, a personal letter to Suzanne Dean. The majority of Americans believe that the Media is biased, and it seems that CNN, aka The Clinton News Network, as well as the New York Times and LA Times are, and have lost all credibility.

Their anti-Trump campaign has failed. But who would have ever thought that that right here in Sanpete that the “Ugly” media bias would raise its head. Ms. Dean your “Ugly Trump is no choice at all” article puts you right up there with the New York Times , in the tank for Clinton.

I challenge you to get out of your Ivory tower at 35 South Main and attend mornings at a local “coffee shop” where you can find out what real ”Sanpete Americans” are thinking and saying. If you’re one of the women that’s so easily offended by a little male “Locker Room’’ talk , I wonder if you are one of the millions of women that bought and read the book, “50 Shades of Gray”.

I’m quite sure you will never put this letter in the Messenger but at least I know you read it. I support “The Freedom of the Press” and “Freedom from the Press” and your “bias”. I’d cancel my subscription but I enjoy the Sanpete news too much.

Richard Peterson


County should not increase taxes


The Sanpete County Commissioners have proposed a large property tax increase. I do not think that is such a good idea, as they recently lost almost $40,000 in a recent scam.

They say most of the money has been recovered, but they want to increase taxes to spend more—on what? It all makes us a little nervous.

I believe one of the main reasons they want an increase is to eventually build a brand new courthouse. This is just bad business.

The county has the fairly new jail addition that could easily be renovated with shiny, brand new offices that cost less, but they have never used that space, so there it sits—a complete waste.

It is time the local cities and the county officials get over the “we need the newest and most expensive buildings in town” mindset. It is obvious as you drive through the county who is benefiting the most from tax dollars, and it’s not the local small store owners.

If, however, they pass the tax increase, there is a way for citizens to get around it if they’r4e willing to go through extreme harassment. Currently, the words “property tax” are others words for “rent.” When you pay property tax you are essentially paying rent to the government, the government simply changed the name of it so quell the masses.

And like all landlords, they can make certain rules that you have to obey. But you can get around all of that by filing a Land Patent. Just fill out the correct paperwork, pay the appropriate fees, and declare yourself an independent land owner by running an ad in the local newspaper.

No more rent, now you officially own your property. But why bother, let’s just have the county commissioners tighten their belts and quit wasting money.

Do not raise taxes.

Alan Cox


Chaffetz flip-flops on reputation of Trump


Well, so much for Utah values.  After the Washington Post revealed Trump’s 2005 “Access Hollywood” tape with Billy Bush, Utah Politicians like Gov. Gary Herbert (who was the first elected Utah official to pull his endorsement from Donald Trump), Sen. Mike Lee, Reps. Jason Chaffetz, Chris Stewart and Mia Love, and former Gov. Jon Huntsman all called for Trump to abandon his campaign.

Lee, (who’s in a re-election race, has been floated as a possible Supreme Court pick by Trump,) said that he could not and would not support Donald Trump.  And, of course, Sen. Orrin Hatch, who has little opinion about anything, scolded Donald Trump, but would not pull his endorsement.

However, Jason Chaffetz has set the record for FLIP-FLOPPING, after claiming the day the tape was released: “I’m out! I can no longer in good conscience endorse this person for president.”  Chaffetz went on to say, that he couldn’t look his 15-year-old daughter in the eye and talk about what the GOP presidential nominee said: “It is some of the most abhorrent and offensive comments that you can possibly imagine.”

We can only assume that Chaffetz recent flip-flop support is done to prioritize and protect his future political aspirations, ie… To become the Speaker of the House.   And Jason, What is a vote if not an Endorsement.  So much for Jason’s 15 year old daughter.

Utah Values Aside, in an effort to protect their political careers, now support Donald Trump.

Although the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints declined to weigh in on the issue, the church-owned Deseret News newspaper published a scathing editorial calling for Trump to step aside.

“What oozes from this audio is evil,” the paper wrote. “Nor is this an isolated incident. His reprehensible sexual speech confirms troubling reports and outrageous outbursts that have dogged his campaign from the beginning.”

HOPEFULLY, Utah history will remember which Republicans flunked the Trump test.




Linda Nielsen,





All Republicans should support Trump and bring down the ‘establishment’


In the meridian of time a certain tent maker and student of the law, Saul of Tarsus, became an enemy of Christianity. He had the new Christians arrested, tried, and jailed. He also consented, by holding the garments of those who murdered Stephen by stoning. Saul’s name was changed to Paul after his miraculous conversion on the road to Damascus. He immediately and totally changed his efforts from threatening and slaughtering of the Christian disciples to preaching the gospel and becoming the very productive and extremely powerful new apostle.

He was chosen as a “special vessel to bear the name of Christ before the Gentiles and Kings”. The existing apostles and disciples accepted Paul because he was both authorized and effective at bringing down the old establishment. They immediately forgave and forgot about Paul’s past transgressions.

If one cannot see the strong parallel between Paul and Trump, they must be blind. Immediately all citizens who have the ability to discern the difference between the dark covert secret combinations of Clinton and especially all Republicans must support Trump and with all serious dispatch and humility help him bring down the “establishment”.

The wicked and absolutely duplicitous Hillary has never thought, acted, or spoke with the same inside voice as her outside voice (Dennis Miller). I paraphrase Ben Carson, “Our country is about to fall off a cliff” we must forgive any bad behavior of Trump’s past (before he entered public life) that occurred before he corrected his naughty acts and accepted his high calling to “Make America Great Again”(he now has a high and important reason to shape up) and help him stop the Clintons who ridicule, as deplorable, the effort to secure reasonable healthcare, stop illegal and dangerous immigration, keep manufacturing within our borders, respect the rights of unborn life, and control extreme radical Islam. These are bold and noble objectives.

Trump is far from perfect, however from his business record he has proven to be able to get results, creatively solve huge complex problems through good and competent people, yet of course he gets into trouble for not bowing to the “establishment” and using rough non political terminology as did Paul.

Obviously Paul’s calling was spiritual and Trump’s is temporal; however if you prayerfully study and compare Hilary to Trump’s expressions, body language, and histories, and I stress—especially since they each entered the political life — I think you will come to the conclusion that Trump is the person that will bring a fresh approach, and be more sincere and more effective for the particular problems we have today. Remember Trump has not earned his millions by selling any political favors and giving speeches, he did it in the rough and tumble world of business. We need his rough and tumble, ethical, transparent, law and order attitude in the White House.


Brent Anderson





County should cut expenses, not raise taxes


As a business owner in rural Utah, there isn’t anything more difficult than having to “cut back” or lay off employees.  However, when business conditions change and revenues fall, difficult decisions are required by management.  It hurts, but if you don’t take care of the health of your company, you won’t have a company.

The same principles apply to operations of the county.  Our county officials are elected to take care of the operation of the county.  When revenues fall, so must county budgets.  The proposed tax increase is absurd!

Of course, our elected officials know there will be an uprising against such a foolish 50 percent increase.  But their strategy is to get the public to accept a 10-20 percent increase (and feel good about it).

I propose that we hold our government official to a simple standard: for every one percent increase, they make a two percent cut in expenditures.  If we are subjected to a 10 percent tax increase, they must cut the county budget by 20 percent.

Sanpete County has enjoyed growth from people moving into this wonderful area, they have provided additional tax revenues that haven’t been seen in decades…  I hate cutting back, but whether it’s my personal budget or company budget, I am required to do what is essential to secure a safe future.

Of course we want continued police protection, but don’t play on the emotions of county residents. Our county officials need to reign in their appetites and control expenses.


Dale H Lewis

Spring City, Utah

It was a good ride, America


Some weeks from now we may be saying–“It was a good ride, America.” “Hillary and partner globalists/ media, with the goal to dismantle the country and transfer its greatness to global governance, pulled it off. Trump didn’t need this—could have played the corporate game, but instead put his life on the chopping block, and will soon take the chop.

The truth was out there in the O’Keefe videos/Wikileaks, but we were too busy with video games and life to notice, and the accomplice media was mum.  Needing a “Bishop in Chief,” McMullin was Utah’s feel-good choice (sore loser Wall-Street Romney’s surrogate)—and we chose him, paving the way for globalism.

Instead of saving the thread-hanging constitution, Utah cut the thread. Illegal immigrants turned instant voters with little conception of America now change the game, and a meaningful vote will be history. Casting our ballot on November 8 was the “last ride.” The result is total loss of freedom, disdain for rule of law, terrorism/war, and the very idea of “America” taught as a symbol of oppression to my grandkids (and those who died for this nation as “oppressors).


My flag flies knowing that its days are numbered.”




Commander Carl T. Sullivan Sr.

United States Navy Retired