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Not Lincoln’s words

To the Editor:

Frank Musial’s May 1 letter to the editor suggests that we follow these three bits of Abraham Lincoln wisdom: 1. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong; 2. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift; 3. You cannot help the wage-earner by pulling down the wage-payer.

The problem here is that these bits of wisdom were written in 1916 by William John Henry Boetcker during the time that he was director of the pro-employer Citizens’ Industrial Alliance. The Snopes fact-checking website is a good resource to consult before sending letters to the editor.

Cheri Wilcox

Bull Valley

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