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KSL hopes President Bush isn’t taking Utah for granted. Yet, as he barnstorms the country on his touted 60-day, 60-stop tour to promote Social Security reform, he seems to be overlooking the Beehive State.

He’s been to neighboring states, but not Utah. And no visit, as far as we can learn, is scheduled. In fact, over the years he has consistently bypassed Utah – only one visit as President and that was for the Olympics.

So, a word or two to the President: Just because Utah is the reddest of the red states doesn’t mean you should ignore us. On the contrary, because of the state’s overwhelming support during both of your elections, we’d think you’d be a bit more responsive to our concerns.

We’d be more understanding of your travel agenda, for example, if you’d use your clout to help derail the plans of Private Fuel Storage to turn the Skull Valley Goshute Reservation into the nation’s dumping ground for nuclear waste. And we’d be more forgiving of your absence if you’d cut the state some slack on your ill-advised No Child Left Behind Act.

While it would be nice if you’d acknowledge us with a visit, we realize politics is politics. Just don’t overlook Utah and issues that concern us! And don’t take us for granted.

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