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A recent KSL editorial called the effort to overturn Utah's new school voucher law through voter referendum "a waste of time, energy and means." "There's no need to put the community through such a divisive and futile battle," we said.
Among those writing to disagree with our position was Utah State Democratic Party Chairman Wayne Holland:
"KSL wrongly takes the position referenda are a waste of time rather than a valuable check on legislative power or an important means of fostering debate within our representative democracy. Referenda are a necessary check on legislative power, especially in a state that has seen considerable gerrymandering making it difficult for the people to truly hold their representatives accountable on Election Day."
Utahns for Public Schools, representing the PTA, the UEA and other organizations, also responded:
"Since when did citizens participating in the democratic process become a waste of time? In a day when so few people even register to vote, thousands of Utahns are taking a personal interest in this issue. We would expect KSL to champion our efforts to walk the talk and take the matter to the voters."
Each of these responders had much more to say about KSL's position. We encourage you to read their complete responses by following the editorial links to the right.