Readers need to see past limited horizon

Dear Editor:
I am always deeply saddened when I read some of the letters to the editor, not only in Utah Valley Magazine, but other publications as well. So many folks seem to have only a one-sided dimensional view of life about them, notwithstanding their own moral compass.

All kinds of people love Utah Valley for many different reasons. I know my heart leaps each time I return and see the majestic mountains of my youth rising above the valley floor. My love for Utah Valley is all inclusive and I look forward to the day when I return for good. Your magazine is a good alternative until I do.

Obviously, some of your readers cannot see beyond their own limited horizons to see how broad and rich are the values and interests of the nearly 300,000 people there.

Mr. Thompson of Highland, and others, seem to be particularly challenged by the Nedra Roney article. Albeit she has lived life differently than many of us would choose, I prefer to believe she is as worthy of any redemptive powers, and even more so for Mr. Thompson.

Allan Frazier,  Middletown, CT
Look past the ‘mold’

Dear Editor:
I am appalled at the negative letters you received in response to your article/pictures of Nedra Roney. I for one enjoyed the article about Nedra and was glad to see an article about someone not fitting the “mold” for a change.

After reading this article, I would love to know Nedra. She seems to embody qualities to be admired including fun loving, sincere, hard working, dedicated to family, loving mother and most of all capable of being fallible and human.

The “mold” created in this valley of the person who is or who is NOT a good example is the reason this valley receives (and deserves) criticism. The holier than thou, self-righteous attitude that I read in the Letters to the Editor is appalling. You don’t have to fit into the “mold” to be a good, loving, positive influence and example in our society.

Please continue to search out those who don’t fit the mold and do articles on them. Hopefully the citizens of Utah Valley will become less pious and anal retentive and start to enjoy the diversity of its citizens and realize the importance of all kinds of people with all kinds of backgrounds to contribute to this valley.

Debbie Dallas, Elk Ridge
Struggle for audience

Dear Editor:
It would seem that you’re an advertiser struggling to capture an audience.

With the front cover and lead paragraph in January on Nedra Roney, the magazine went straight into the garbage.

Trying to remain open-minded, I flipped through the March issue and found two articles worth reading: the one on ballet and the one on Jim Trent’s family and Wolf Electronix. These are two articles that capture the imagination and provoke thought — not the type of drivel you slathered on in that patrionistic article about the Nu Skin founder.

If you want to capture and maintain interest in the magazine, publish things people can relate to and find interest in.

Rohn Fullmer, Utah Valley
‘Bachelors’ was single best part of last issue

Dear Editor:
I loved the Bachelor section in the March issue. As a single adult in this happy valley, it is fabulous to see the exposure Utah Valley Magazine is giving this seemingly peculiar population. It’s amazing how many singles there are and how dating has changed for this generation compared to what the previous generations did to “meet their one and only.” Thanks for giving the rest of the valley a glimpse of this ambiguous group that’s growing larger every day.

It’s refreshing to think there’s attractive men out there … who have a job!

Paige Atkin, Provo
This is not the Ensign

Dear Editor:
People here in Utah Valley need to lighten up. I enjoyed the Nedra Roney article and found it intriguing and a little humorous.

What people need to realize is that this magazine is not the Ensign or the Church News. I have only had the opportunity to read your magazine a few times and have enjoyed each issue.

I have met Nedra Roney and although I think she’s a bit eccentric, she seems to care for those around her and I believe she tries the best she can. I hope she’ll write a book about her life. I would love to read it. She has had trials and successes the rest of us can only dream about or be grateful we have not had.

I hope your magazine will continue to share the variety of people and lifestyles in our communities. Nedra, thank you for allowing us insight on your life.

Sandy Folkman, Lehi
Thanks for the prize

Dear Editor:
Just wanted to thank you for the gift certificate to Porters Place for being a winner in the “Name the Landmark” contest. We enjoy the magazine and the fact that you guys write about all types here in the valley.

Rob Wible, Orem


Narrow attitudes in area are disturbing

Dear Editor:
The March/April issue of Utah Valley just arrived and I had to write after reading the letters to the editor. Most of them blast you and your magazine for the article and photos of Nedra Roney. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Nedra, her family and her company. We moved to Utah Valley two years ago from Florida and I knew nothing about Nu Skin or its founder(s). Thank you for the article.

I find the narrow-minded attitudes of most in this area very disturbing. I am LDS and found nothing offensive about your feature. Please do not give in to those who belittle you for your journalistic freedom. I find it interesting that good “Christian” people can judge the heart and soul of Ms. Roney based on an article and photos. Shame on them all!! Keep bringing us a variety of information and topics to reflect an ever-improving tolerance for diversity in Utah Valley.

Gary Lipsey, Orem
Merrill says ‘thanks’

Dear Editor:
I am Merrill Osmond’s daughter and assistant. He wanted me to thank you for the wonderful story you wrote for the March issue of Utah Valley Magazine. He has had many wonderful comments on it and just wanted to make sure that he thanked you for the opportunity.

Heather Osmond Hallows, Provo
Bachelorettes next?

Dear Editor:
I loved your piece on the 10 bachelors. I like to be reminded that there are still single guys out there who like tall girls like myself. Have you ever thought about doing a bachelorette piece?

Anya Bybee, Orem
What’s the fuss?

Dear Editor:
Will somebody tell me what all the fuss was over the Jan/Feb cover?

What set off so many vehement declarations that the photo and article were not “reflective of the values in our valley”?

Surely it wasn’t Ms. Roney’s fake nails, clownish make-up, or surgically enhanced and prominently displayed cleavage that caused such outrage; I see a parade of similarly altered and attired women every day in this valley.

Surely it isn’t Ms. Roney’s pursuit of wealth and fame at the same time brushing shoulders with General Authorities and giving millions to charity. From all outward appearances, that kind of duality is also perfectly in keeping with “the values and interests of Utah Valley.”

To redirect a quote from one of your most outraged readers, I find, not your magazine, but the (self-) righteous indignation of some of your letter writers to be “the worst form of blatant hypocrisy this valley is known for.”

We should be more concerned by a community that values a very narrow definition of modesty and morals over tolerance and generosity of spirit than by the photos of one woman whose biggest failing seems to be questionable taste.

Deborah Marriott, Orem
Did we miss Sunday School lesson?

Dear Editor,
I am appalled at the audacity of some of my fellow readers. While I may not agree with Nedra’s style of living, and perhaps would have toned down the slightly exotic cover photo, I found the article rather interesting, and did not feel it was a disgrace to your magazine.

I find it honorable that you are trying to appeal to all ages of readers. Those who felt the article was doing damage to the LDS faith must have missed that Sunday School lesson on forgiving all men and reserving judgment for the Lord. While I am LDS and live a conservative lifestyle, I am glad for a little diversity in the valley and hope that my children will realize that everything is not always perfect here in Utah Valley.

Kristin Davenport, Lehi


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