I noted in the Norwalk Reflector earlier this week the mention of a new one dollar coin that had neither "In God We Trust" nor "E Pluribus Unum" on the face of it. Instead, as a technicality, these important words are printed on the edge, where they cannot be seen or read.
I have written to Sen. Sherrod Brown to protest this. As an American whose ancestors arrived here in the year 1674, I know that my country was founded by Christians, on Christian principles. The assertion "In God We Trust" has been on thousands of federal documents since this nation was founded. There is nothing in the Constitution that suggests we cannot use this phrase indefinitely.
"E Pluribus Unum," or "From Many, One" is the watchword under which this nation saw the arrival of immigrants from many nations while retaining its cultural identity and sovereignty. Propagandists for various causes speak of "multiculturalism" but the fact remains that the United States was founded by the English and Great Britain is our mother country, not Guatemala. Those arriving here need every reminder to assimilate.
Finally, there is the issue of whether we need a new one dollar coin at all. Home foreclosures are at record levels. We are embroiled in an unsuccessful war in the Middle East. Twelve million illegal immigrants are taking jobs from Americans. And the problem of how to fund government pensions is at crisis proportions. In this situation, do we really need to be spending millions on changing the coinage? Which special interest group is asking for it and sending the rest of us the bill?
Why don't we just shelve the one dollar coin program and go on to matters of greater importance?
Carl R. Goodwin