Letter to the Editor: Laughter Is Utah’s Best Medicine

By Katy Corneli, Junior, Anthropology


In response to John Morley’s Nov. 13 opinion column, “Local Beer Advertisements Done in Bad Tastes,” discussing Wasatch Brewery’s new brew, I have to say that I disagree with his opinion.

While I can see how some people might take offense at this “distasteful advertising,” I don’t think that realistically these billboards will fuel tensions between any Utahns with a sense of humor.

Morley hypothesized that non-Mormons will “see the brewery ads and feel their distrust of Mormons confirmed.”

I am not a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and I think the ad is hilarious. The only feeling I get is a thirsty one.

To reduce tensions and cool Salt Lake’s “anger-filled religious climate,” officials and locals need to concentrate on a heck of a lot more than a billboard.

Morley points out that the Mormon Church has long encouraged love for those who are different. That is surely a step in the right direction.

But I think it is important to encourage a sense of humor as well, to help lighten things up instead of the constant sober?I mean somber?mood that Salt Lake City’s residents are stifled by.

We know polygamy has existed in our past. It exists now, and not just in Utah. We can’t ignore it or destroy it.

Moments before the Polygamy Porter story came on the news, I watched a report about the Kingston clan. Why not take it lightly? Where is the fun if you can’t laugh at yourself every once and a while? After all, laughter is the best medicine.

Katy Corneli, Junior, Anthropology