Inauguration page erred

Thank you for the informative "in depth" page of historic details about our presidential inauguration ceremony. In the interests of accuracy, however, I would point out that the inauguration of our second president, John Adams, took place on March 4, 1797, not 1798 as printed.

The event was remarkable for many things, not the least of which is that it marked the second time that George Washington had voluntarily relinquished great power, making him "the greatest man in the world," as no less than King George III declared to the American painter Benjamin West upon the occasion of Washington's resigning his commission as commander in chief of the Continental Army in 1783. We were fortunate indeed in our early leaders. — Susan Stitham, Ashland

Good start for 'stupid party'

How ironic in Saturday's MT that the photo of the Governor of Louisiana telling the Republican Party to "Stop being the stupid party" was positioned directly below the photo of Sarah Palin as her ties were cut with Fox News. There's a good start. — Sally Schott, Medford

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