Letters to the Editor
March 18, 2006
I’ve teamed up with NaVee Vernon, who works in the Summit County Historical Office, in an effort to collect the names of all our young men and women who are serving in our nation’s Armed Forces, including the Guard and Reserves.
After we have collected all the names, ranks, units, job descriptions, dates of entry into the military, and a 5×7-inch photo (I know, that sounds like a lot) we’re going to do two things: 1) NaVee is going to construct a display panel over in the Courthouse in Coalville and 2) I’m going to construct a prayer list, which will be placed in churches all around our county.
If you have a family member or close friend who is currently serving, please pass along the above information (including a 5×7-inch photo, please) to either: NaVee Vernon, Summit County, 60 N. Main, Coalville, Utah 84017; or Mike Geisler, P.O. Box 673, Oakley, Utah 84055.
Thank you in advance for your assistance.
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Richard Schwermer, an assistant state court administrator and the courts’ legislative liaison warned the bill might not be upheld before its passage. The bill changes rules of evidence, which are generally under the Utah Supreme Court’s control. The courts say it would be risky for physicians to rely on the bill’s passage.
The American Medical Association’s Web site suggests that all physicians attend a full-day seminar to learn apology techniques.
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