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Letter: No, Washington did not betray his country

To the editor, A recent letter to the editor libels George Washington when he claims Washington "betrayed his country." The writer conflated the French-Indian War (1754-1763) with our revolution (1775-1783) both of which Washington honorably part...

To the editor,

A recent letter to the editor libels George Washington when he claims Washington "betrayed his country." The writer conflated the French-Indian War (1754-1763) with our revolution (1775-1783) both of which Washington honorably participated in.

There is a 12-year gap between the wars. George Washington quit his service with the British in 1758 because he was unable to secure a commission with the British. There was only one "side" at that time, so he could not "betray his country" as the letter writer claims. In 1758 there was no "American army." Washington went home, married Martha in 1759, and farmed at Mt Vernon until his country needed his services again.

I would appreciate the Herald being more careful about printing libelous statements about any of our presidents.

Paul P. Robinette Jr.

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Grand Forks

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