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Prof. Lessig will speak about N.H. Rebellion at LRCC on Sunday

To The Daily Sun,

On Sunday, Jan. 18, LRCC SPEEKS, a student organization at, is sponsoring a presentation and discussion by Professor Lawrence Lessig at 4:30 p.m. in the Academic Commons building. All are invited.

Professor Lessig is participating in a 300-mile walk to educate the public and political candidates on the subject of reforming money in politics. The walkers will be coming through Laconia on Sunday the 18th.

Professor Lessig and other marchers are seeking to continue the work of the late New Hampshire reformer Doris "Granny D" Haddock, whose historic cross-country walk for campaign finance reform at the age of 90 helped spark a citizens movement to pass the McCain-Feingold Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002.

"The New Hampshire Rebellion cuts across party lines to champion fundamental reforms that are needed to save our state and our country," said former Republican gubernatorial candidate Andrew Hemingway, a member of the N.H. Rebellion.

Hope to see you there.

Dave Pollak
LRCC Faculty Sponsor
Laconia

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Our paper currency did not include 'In God We Trust' until 1954

To The Daily Sun,

I have been following the letters to the editor concerning whether the United States is or is not a Christian nation. Lately, this discussion has turned to our coinage and the motto "In God We Trust." As a numismat, rather than a civil libertarian, I felt a need to add an objective, non-partisan opinion.

In truth, both Mr. Veverka and Mr. Cacciatore are wrong. With the exception of the Indian Head cent (1863-1908) and the Buffalo Nickel (1913-1938) every coin minted for general circulation in the twentieth century bore that motto as do coins minted today, not just commemorative coins.

Going further back, the Barber series of coins, minted from 1892 to 1916, had the same motto on all coins except the dime. It's thought that space limitation prevented the inclusion of the motto on that coin. Morgan dollars, minted from 1878 to 1904 (and reissued for one year in 1921) also bore the motto. It is also important to note that those same coins had our Latin motto, "E Pluribus Unum" as well.

I believe this confusion may be caused by the fact that paper currency did not have "In God We Trust" printed on the reverse until around 1954.

Just for a historical note, the 1792 five-cent piece referred to in one of his letters was actually spelled "half disme" rather than "half dime." However, it was pronounced "dime." Ah, those crazy Founding Fathers and their spelling....

Should either gentleman wish confirmation of my claims, simply contact me and I will be happy to show you samples of U.S. coins from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Daylon Brock

Laconia

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