This election provides a clear choice between two very different visions of government. Are we truly "endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights," which government is formed to secure, "deriving its just powers from the consent of the governed?" Or are we merely appendages to the state, enjoying only such privileges as it agrees to grant, "resources" to be supervised, regulated and taxed in support of its ambitions?

Rep. Jim Matheson's 12-year voting record shows him to be solidly in the second camp. He only "puts Utah first" when his vote is not essential to promoting this government-centric agenda.

Michael A. Cosman

South Jordan