I was not amused by the Feb. 7, Wasatch Rambler column written by Charles Trentelman titled "Bishop-bashing gets ugly when even his friends are attacking." I am one of Rep. Rob Bishop's friends. We have known each other since junior high school. I consider him a just and honorable man.
Here is the issue I have with Mr.Trentelman's comments. It is not difficult to see which side of the political line Mr. Trentleman makes his mark. That's OK, I get it. We do not have to respect the man but we should respect the office.
In the opening sentence, Mr. Trentleman refers to the congressman once correctly as Rep. Rob Bishop. The rest of the article refers to the congressman only as Rob only as Rob. The surname Rob is used twelve more times in snippy statements such as, "Really, Rob, I expected better." and "That's where I have to zing Rob." And the last pathetic sentence, "You'd think Rob, a history teacher, would learn from the past." President Obama is referred to three times as President Obama not as Barack. This lack of respect only diminished the points that Mr. Trentleman was trying to make.
It would be difficult for me to agree with Sen. Harry Reid and Rep. Nancy Pelosi on anything political, but I would not write a newpaper article and address them as Harry and Nancy because I respect their office and that's OK.
As we watch the daily news events across our great country, it is alarming to see a trend in which respect to police, judges, teachers and each other is rapidly declining.
If Mr. Trentleman does not agree with the job Rep. Rob Bishop is doing, he should do something about it and run for that office or challenge the congressman to a debate. A conservative, former high school teacher, congressman, debating a liberal veteran journalist, now THAT WOULD BE AMUSING.