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Let's pass JFK's vision to a new generation

I READ your article, 'JFK exhibition opens in Dallas' (News, November 14). This week marks 50 years since the 35th president of the United States, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, was slain while riding in an open limousine through the streets of Dallas, Texas.

I have been to Dealey Plaza. I have been inside the Sixth Floor Museum in the old Texas School Book Depository. I have driven over the 'x' painted on Elm Street denoting where the fatal gunshot wound happened.

Being a student of history, I am aware that President Kennedy halted the motorcade to greet a group of nuns and shake hands with some schoolchildren. Few accounts focus on all the goodness that happened along that route.

Our American money in 1963 had our coins – dimes, quarters and half-dollars – made from 90% silver. The various US Mints were already geared up and making 1964 coinage.

But, when 1964's minting ended, President Lyndon B Johnson and Congress mandated that such coins be 'clad coinage' thereafter, made largely of base metal.

Jack Kennedy made his inaugural speech with the phrase: "Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country."

Kennedy had his good attributes and a few bad ones. I say: remember his finer hours.

JFK was slain a half-century ago, but his vision lives on. It is up to us to pass that torch onto a new generation.

JAMES A MARPLES

Longview, Texas, USA

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