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Letter: Oaths matter

In response to the question posed in: "Oaths in the modern age: Do they still matter?" (Nov. 9 Deseret News), I would answer with an overwhelming, "Yes." The article noted the Hippocratic oath for doctors. It didn't mention the Nightingale pledge taken by registered nurses, nor did it mention marriage vows.

It did mention the presidential oath of office and how Richard Nixon disgraced it by becoming a disbarred lawyer; yet George Washington honored the solemn promise or oath. George Washington also honored the solemn promises, oath and obligations he took in becoming a member of the Masonic fraternity.

Additionally, I took a solemn oath as a Boy Scout. My ancestors have taken oaths as military recruits, pharmacists and even as jurors serving in legal trials to exact their duties properly without any type of evasion or mental reservation. President John F. Kennedy at his inauguration said it eloquently: "For I have sworn before you and Almighty God the same solemn oath our forebears prescribed nearly a century and three-quarters ago." Kennedy stressed that an oath can be honorable. Oaths are still needed today. They reflect a sincere person's conscience by faithfully keeping promises made.

James A. Marples

Provo, Utah