Writing a letter to your confirmation candidate

It seems that one of the biggest events in confirmation preparation in this country is the letters of support to be given to the confirmation candidates during their mandatory retreats.

I have three such letters saved on this blog:

Confirmation letter to my daughterConfirmation letter to my fourth sonConfirmation letter to to my third son
I've asked my children what they remember about the letter they got from me and their dad, and also what they remembered about the letters they received. 
The answer was not much, or at least nothing specific. In general they were happy to have gotten a bag full of letters and there was a sense of feeling loved and supported. I guess that's the main thing - for them to have a sense that this is an important step in their spiritual growth, and that people they know, love and respect have taken the time out of their lives to let them know that! So here are some tips on procuring and writing letters for young confirmation candidates. Start thinkin…

My Daily Domestic Clips 04/27/2011 (a.m.)

    • First, defensive medicine is real. Every doctor knows it. Although the number is difficult to quantify, Price Waterhouse did so in their 2008 study that estimated defensive medicine costs $210 billion a year. A Congressional Budget Office study from December 2008 backs up that number.
    • Although this study is touted as verifying that defensive medicine is not a significant factor in healthcare costs because tort reform will only reduce costs by 0.5%, the fine print showed that number to be based on insurance premium reductions. It added that when defensive medicine is figured in, the total percentage could be as high as 7%. When multiplied by the $2.4 trillion in overall healthcare costs, that comes to $168 billion per year. Even in the healthcare world this is not an insignificant number.

      Second, the current system doesn't give real justice for patients who have been truly harmed in medical malpractice. It takes years for a lawsuit to garner any money for patients. Much of the settlement/judgment goes to the plaintiff's attorney. Plus, it's rare that there will be a change in the physician's medical practice. There's no current mechanism to have the lessons learned from this trial be carried out for the specialty as a whole.

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