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  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

  • Cheers to the Mail Tribune for recognizing in a recent editorial Lincoln's legacy of not only bringing together a fractious nation and saving the union, but his eloquent first proclamation establishing Thanksgiving as a national holiday. "I do therefore invite my fellow-citizens ... to set apart and observe ... a day of Thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens."
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  • Cheers to the Mail Tribune for recognizing in a recent editorial Lincoln's legacy of not only bringing together a fractious nation and saving the union, but his eloquent first proclamation establishing Thanksgiving as a national holiday. "I do therefore invite my fellow-citizens ... to set apart and observe ... a day of Thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens."
    Continuing, he said, "To implore the imposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it, as soon as may be consistent with the divine purpose, to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and union."
    Powerful words then and now. Washington's farewell address had the same flow. "Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, Religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of Patriotism, who should labor to subvert the great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of Men and citizens."
    We don't think or speak that way anymore. Maybe we should before America is no longer America. — Joel Marks, Medford
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