Congress and the president have signed into law a 50 State Commemorative Quarter Program. Beginning in 1999 and continuing for the next nine years, the reverse (tails) of the Washington quarter will feature impressions commemorating each state. Each year, five different reverse designs, emblematic of the individual state, will be introduced in the order in which the states ratified the Constitution or were admitted to the Union. In 1999, quarters will be issued for Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia and Connecticut. Utah is scheduled for the year 2007. I would like to propose that the schedule be altered slightly so that Utah's quarter would be issued on Jan. 4 (Statehood Day) in the year 2002 in honor of the Olympics being held in our great state.

During February 2002, the eyes of the country and the world will be on Utah. This commemorative quarter would be a tribute to the efforts and voluntarism of the members of the state. It is my hope that elected officials from our state exert their influence on United States Mint officials in the Treasury Department to call for this logical exception.Dave Bernhisel

Farmington