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Utah's utopia, unfulfilled

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I found Jonathan Thompson's article on Utah's split personality between its politics and economic policies interesting and informative ("Red State Rising," HCN, 10/29/12). Especially insightful is his observation about the economic disparity between the Wasatch Front and the rest of the state's communities. If one checks the most recent annual data published by the U.S. Commerce Department, you will find that in terms of per capita personal income, Utah ranks among the bottom 10 states in the country. It seems like Utah still has some challenges in reaching Brigham Young's vision of working for "the benefit of the whole."

Jim Woods
Littleton, Colorado

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