I am grateful to Newsday for reminding us, in such an artful manner on the July 4 Opinion page, of “The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America.”

The last line holds special meaning, especially the phrase “. . . with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”

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Would that every holder of public office took that same pledge, suffering just consequences if the pledge is not upheld.

Edward Kalbaugh, Holbrook