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Founding Fathers

I rejoice that Benjamin Franklin’s comment, “It’s a Republic if you can keep it,” was brought to light per cartoon on the Opinion Page Aug. 14. It was superfluous, however, for the traitor remark to have been made.

Conclusions can easily be made because of modern mind-frames as to the intent of the Founding Father. Because of needs of the time and physical hardships crossing oceans in questionable sea craft, endurance was obtained by current fashions.

Abigail Adams was to curtly remind husband John, our nation’s second president, that there was another race to be reckoned with – the petticoat race – but she remained a strong helpmate to him.



Many readers today, sensitive to free speech, would either pale or flush at honest remarks made between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson and no one struck them down..

John Adams had to contend with an unforgiving new England climate. Thomas Jefferson, a southern gentleman, had the ease of servants and slaves and died in debt. Each served his country admirably. As did Benjamin Franklin.




Mrs. Glenn Wheeler

Penn Valley


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