Lack of Sgt. Butler coverage...
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On Aug. 16, Sgt. Aaron Butler lost his life while serving in Afghanistan. He was a Special Services Green Beret who was born and raised in Monticello. He was laid to rest Aug. 26th in Monticello.

During the ten days between his death and burial, there was almost constant news reporting regarding his death and sacrifice. Gov. Gary Herbert personally visited the Butler family to offer his condolences.

On the day of Sgt. Butler’s funeral, the governor ordered all flags in Utah to be flown at half-staff. The night before, high schools and universities observed a moment of silence at their football games in remembrance of Sgt. Butler’s sacrifice for the freedom for which he was fighting.

With all of this, why has there been no coverage of this significant, local event in The Times-Independent other than the printing of his obituary which would have been submitted by his family?

The Aug. 30 issue of the T-I featured a front-page story of the trial involving the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office held the day before Aaron’s funeral.

It must have been considered a significant, regional event, so why was not the sacrifice of a local soldier not even worth a mention? I am greatly surprised and very disappointed in our local newspaper.

—Maxine Deeter

La Sal

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