Utah is a special place

We might have thought it from time to time — especially when I lived there*.  But I never would say it out loud, let alone have been so bold as to put it into a headline at USA Today.

Talking about Utah election results — it seems only a short while ago Scott Matheson won election as governor, and Orrin Hatch as U.S. Senator, and now Matheson’s kid, Jim Matheson, finishes his 6th term in the U.S. House and got elected to a 7th, and Hatch is the longest-serving Republican U.S. Senator; Jim Matheson scraped out a victory over GOP rock star Mia Love . . . and so on —  and Mr. Jim Butler, the grammar and spelling stickler, called my attention to it.

Look, there on the left hand side, under “Story Highlights,” where it mentions that “Mitt Romney won Utah” — how does it describe the state?  Mostly what?

USA Today headline, "Utah is mostly moron state"

Unfortunate typographical error in USA Today — there should be two of the letter “m” in “Mormon.”  Screen shot courtesy of Kathryn Knowles.

What’s that again?

Moron state close up, USA Today Typo

On the one hand, you wonder, do they have copy editors at USA Today? Then it strikes you: Yes, yes they do.

Did the copy editors intend to say that, that Utah is “a largely moron state?”  It’s been up for more than 36 hours that way.  They didn’t capitalize “moron,” so maybe they didn’t mean “Mormon.”

They can’t say that, can they?

It’s probably an unintentional slip, an unintended and unexpected blurting out of some truth or other.

Will USA Today ever correct it?


As I drove up the canyon towards Evanston, Wyoming, upon my move out of Utah in 1978, I remember thinking that I would never live in another place in America where it was so difficult to get a drink, nor to find a good cup of coffee.  About a decade later, I moved to Texas, and found that our area of the county was completely dry.  Though we now have beer and wine sales in this end of Dallas County, we’ve lost our better beer and wine stores in the recession, and Starbucks moved out, so I have to get the New York Times at 7-11, if you can believe it.  This was brought to mind in an e-mail conversation with my sister, who is back in Salt Lake.  On election day, they voted and went out for coffee at a local hangout.  I asked where they get a good cup of coffee these days.  Annette wrote back:

We have such a deal!  When Annette’s Place is closed or lazy, we walk to an Einstein’s, which is just across a parking lot from Starbuck’s.  Einstein’s coffee is as good as Starbucks and cheaper, and their mudslides, bagels, and other treats are much better than Starbucks.  Or we just walk next door to a newly opened smoke shop, which also sells great coffee drinks.  They open at 7:00 most days and that’s usually early enough. 

Obviously you should move to Salt Lake.  We have fabulous, local coffee shops and beer makers.  Coffee Garden, Raw Bean, Beans & Brews, Squatter’s, Wasatch Brewing Co., Epic, and the great High West Brewery in Park City, making the best Rye, Whiskey and Vodka made in the US.  A Ski-in distillery, no less. 

There are no ski-in distilleries in Texas, I’ll tell you that.

8 Responses to Utah is a special place

  1. Jim says:

    That’s the heft of it, Ed. 2014. We’ll win the big ones. Maybe for a long time to come given the demographics. But the off-years. Oh my. 2010 has proven to be an unmitigated disaster. And looking at the seats we will have to defend in 2014…ugh. It ain’t pretty.

    I don’t know if there is a well-oiled Obama “machine” or not. But it was clearly asleep at the switch in ’10. It dare not be in two years or we’ll have more Allen West, Michelle Bachmann, Roscoe Bartlett and Paul Ryan types roaming the halls of Congress.

    What would some of your old bosses say if they could see it now?



  2. Ed Darrell says:

    Haven’t heard anything from either Morgan or David. Have you checked Morgan’s website?

    Perhaps they have gone into mourning.

    In the interim, we would do well to heed Woody Guthrie’s advice, paraphrased: Don’t gloat; organize.

    2014 is just two years away; Congress hasn’t been exorcised of the Tea Party yet.


  3. JamesK says:

    So its been a week since the election now…and the right wing treason fest being promulagated by some on the right shows no signs of abating…..

    Of course Morgan and David won’t have the morality to condemn their fellow conservatives who are spouting off about secession.


  4. Jim says:

    Hatch made the mistake of saying civil and decent things about Ted Kennedy. And supporting fetal stem cell research. Both are heresy in today’s GOP.


  5. Eli Rabett says:

    Einstein could do science, but he can’t do bagels. Run, as fast as you can


  6. JamesK says:

    then there is Texas and the GOP which once again are flirting with treason..


  7. Ed Darrell says:

    That’s the guy. If they knew half the history, they’d be ashamed.


  8. JamesK says:

    Isn’t Orrin the Republican the Republican party tried primarying (sp?) out of office for supposedly not being Republican enough?


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