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As with most inaugural speeches, the one delivered Monday by Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr., though lacking in specifics, offered a broad view of the new leader’s goals and objectives. From KSL’s perspective, the view is refreshingly progressive.
In presenting himself as “an agent of change,” the new Governor astutely invoked the memory of the many risks taken by those who settled Utah. They didn’t fear change, he suggested, and neither should contemporary Utahns. Rather, it is a time to “embrace opportunity.” The analogy is sound. The message is motivating.
Especially encouraging was Governor Huntsman’s expression of optimism and stated willingness to use whatever political capital he has earned to expand the economy in order to deal with the perplexing issues of education, health care and infrastructure improvements.
Now, along with everyone else, we look forward to evaluating his specific proposals as they come forth in coming days via the budget he’ll present, the legislation he’ll support and the “State of the State” address he’ll deliver. “A New Day for Utah,” is the theme he gave his presentation. Whether it actually is remains to be seen, but his vision seems clear and contagiously invigorating. In KSL’s view, the new governor is off to a good start.