Tew: Should we support the UN?

Dear Editor:

From Feb. 10-12, 4,000 high-profile notables attended the World Government Summit, among whom were Hollywood actor Harrison Ford, International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde, UNICEF boss Henrietta Fore, UN General Assembly President Maria Espinoza, left-wing news maven Arianna Huffington, former Obama official Cass Sunstein, left-wing economist and New York Times opinionator Paul Krugman, motivational guru Tony Robbins, New York University law professor Arthur R. Miller and Columbia University professor and UN advisor Jeffrey Sachs.

Opening the global affair was none other than Pope Francis, who blessed the conference attendees and their mission in a pre-recorded video message.

The United Nations, the would-be world government that many seek to strengthen into that role, will be holding its 68th UN Civil Society Conference in Salt Lake City on August 26-28. I wonder how many of these same notables will be among the thousands flocking to Utah to honor the world government idea?

Utah Valley University was instrumental in bringing the UN to our state and is considered an associate university to the UN. Are we state taxpayers now paying people at our university to act as agents for the UN and its globalist propaganda?

— Bliss Tew, Orem

Bowen: Why we should save Hillcrest

Demolishing Hillcrest Elementary is about money. I visited a teacher friend and saw this beautiful school, perfectly landscaped in a nook of homes. It is breathtakingly serene. Why would a recently remodeled school in the middle of a tight-knit neighborhood need to be torn down?

The land it sits on is worth a lot, being across from a mall and adjacent stores, is why.

With the track record of Alpine School District, I don’t believe that the students will see that money, it will go to the administrators’ obscene salaries and pet projects, not the teachers or students. We are losing a school and neighborhood to greed. I foresee another shopping center and bond, that will be passed to continue to fund a school district that is too large; and a run-down neighborhood that will eventually be razed.

There is hope the Hillcrest is still there. Residents should demand answers, How much will the land sale generate? How will that money be spent? How do we ensure that the community does not die? Was the community even considered when the decision was made?

Orem doesn’t need another mall. The fix was in 13-0 in favor. They did not care about residents’ input. I am questioning the motives of the Alpine School district.

— Trent Bowen, Orem

Marples: Salt Lake Temple restoration

I read the article in the April 19 Daily Herald, “Renderings of Salt Lake Temple renovations.”

It told how the perhaps best-known LDS temple in the world will close Dec. 29 for four years as part of the Temple Square renovation plan. While four years is a long time for a closure, it is undoubtedly necessary to perform the upgrades and reinforce the structural integrity of the Salt Lake Temple.

Having walked the grounds on several locations, I marvel at its beauty. However, I realize, that just like the renovations to the Catholic Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris after the recent disastrous fire, that skilled artisans need time and must work unhindered.

Probably the best improvement to the Salt Lake Temple is making fortifications against potential earthquakes. It would be nice if the church put out a “missionary call” to licensed experts such as electricians, stonemasons and others to work on the project.

I don’t say this lightly, President Russell M. Nelson himself said it was originally built by “courageous pioneers.” Portions of the iconic “wall” will be removed and replaced with supposedly more “visitor-friendly” see-through fencing. Personally, I wish the wall would stay intact. It simply adds history.

I would hope that a few courageous and truly skilled souls of the 21st century would be involved in the restoration. I wish the project success.

— James Marples, Provo