Conservative Day shut out bipartisan group

By By Nicole Richard

By Nicole Richard

In response to Jonathan Deesing’s column, (“Conservative Day sets good example,” Sept. 16), I felt the urge to expose the reality of the day’s events.

Conservative Day was a good example of how the Republican party strives to change and return to its roots. What the editorial failed to mention was the desire to expel differing opinions, the desire to not conduct responsible conversation and a blatant disregard for manners.

Paul Rolly of The Salt Lake Tribune recently wrote his own opinion of the day’s events. His mentioned the removal of the bipartisan nonprofit organization Fair Boundaries. The local nonprofit, which aims to do away with corruption involved in redistricting voting boundaries, was very popular for the full 10 minutes they were allowed to table at the event. Becky Lockhart, a Republican representative from Utah County, called for the removal of the group after she had a heated verbal exchange with Mark Nelson. Nelson, a graduate of the U, was originally allowed to table at the event with the approval from a Republican candidate and the College Republicans themselves.

After many of the other candidates, including Lockhart, voiced their disapproval of the bipartisan group being allowed to table, the College Republicans had Fair Boundaries removed from the event.

So Deesing, why the “pride and reassurance in our country’s future” after the events of Conservative Day? Is this the change Republicans think is necessary8212;the removal of our First Amendment rights? I think not.