I stopped reading Saal's columns a long time ago, and only read this one because a friend wrote a letter to the editor complaining about it and I was curious.
("Standard Deviations" July 28, "Utah makes poor showing in this year's National Honesty index" and "Saal's column about honesty offends 'gentile'" online July 29).
What a pitiful attempt to state a clear religious bias under the guise of poorly stated humor. If I were a Mormon, I'd be offended at his snobbish us-vs-them perspective ("good" Mormons vs. "jacks").
As a Christian ("gentile") I am offended at his ignorant blame-shifting. As a Utahn, I am offended at his incorrectly stated, clearly cliche "Utah LDS," overly simplified, sweeping, wink-wink take on who we are. He is desperately out of touch with today's Utah, the good and the bad. As a professional journalist originally from New York, now residing in Ogden, I am not surprised at his provincial and quasi-anecdotal writing----it's the whole reason I stopped reading in the first place.
He's not funny; he's ridiculous and there is a big, sad difference between the two.
I don't know how the Standard-Examiner tracks who reads and/or likes this guy, but unless it's looking for an entire readership full of pious LDS, it needs to seriously reconsider his position as a columnist. He is a poor representation of the quality writing, thoughtful consideration and intellectual insight that I presume the Standard- Examiner strives for.
As an aside, I could write his LDS-perspective column better with one, Christian hand tied behind my back and offer my services to do so.