Workers Unite! And Read | Letters | Salt Lake City | Salt Lake City Weekly
We need your help.

Newspapers and media companies nationwide are closing or suffering mass layoffs since the coronavirus impacted all of us starting in March. City Weekly's entire existence is directly tied to people getting together in groups--in clubs, restaurants, and at concerts and events--which are the industries most affected by new coronavirus regulations.

Our industry is not healthy. Yet, City Weekly has continued publishing thanks to the generosity of readers like you. Utah needs independent journalism more than ever, and we're asking for your continued support of our editorial voice. We are fighting for you and all the people and businesses hardest hit by this pandemic.

You can help by making a one-time or recurring donation on, which directs you to our Galena Fund 501(c)(3) non-profit, a resource dedicated to help fund local journalism. It is never too late. It is never too little. Thank you. DONATE

News » Letters

Workers Unite! And Read



Many Utah Mormons do follow the mentality of state Sen. Chris Buttars, R-West Jordan, over the Mormon President Thomas S. Monson [“Two-faced Utah,” March 5, City Weekly], but there are Mormons who think differently.

Try looking at The Mormon Worker (, a publication whose purpose is to “meaningfully connect core ideas” of Mormonism to “radical politics.”

Before you jump to the conclusion that its politics are far right-wing, note that it discusses (in a positive light!) a broad spectrum of political ideas: anarchist, socialist, progressive, etc. It also looks at broader and deeper political ideas than typical leftwing local mainstream publications.

The Mormon Worker’s November 2008 issue was dedicated to Dorothy Day, the journalist, activist, pacifist, anarchist and devout Catholic convert. Ironically, Day is even being considered for sainthood, despite the fact that, as the Mormon Worker quotes her, she once said: “Don’t call me a saint. I don’t want to be dismissed so easily.”

We should be careful to not be dismissive of nor marginalize Mormons who do differ. We should give these Mormons—instead of Buttars—more of our attention.

Stewart N. Thorpe
Salt Lake City