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Letters: Change and $10 bill

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew appears in Washington, D.C.

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew appears in Washington, D.C. on May 19, 2015. Credit: AP / Andrew Harnik

Regarding the $10 bill debate, why must there be one at the expense of the other ["Bernanke: Hamilton fits the ($10) bill," Business, June 23]?

If it's so important to have a woman appear on money, why not just have two different $10 bills? After all, we have more than 50 different quarters, with no deleterious effects on our monetary system.

Dennis Branscum, Massapequa

The bilingual Shoshone woman Sacagawea, who accompanied the Lewis and Clark expedition, should be on the $10 bill. This would prevent the issue from turning into a black-white racial thing like everything else in this country lately.

Gail Gardner, West Babylon

If anyone deserves to be memorialized on our currency, surely it is Alexander Hamilton. Born out of wedlock in the West Indies and orphaned early in life, he so impressed some wealthy men that they sent him to King's College -- today's Columbia University.

During the Revolutionary War, he organized an artillery company and rose to become an aide to Gen. George Washington. At the war's end, he became an ardent promoter of the U.S. Constitution through his authorship of many of the Federalist Papers.

During Washington's presidency, Hamilton served as secretary of the treasury, defined many of the fiscal policies used today, and created, even over the objections of Thomas Jefferson, what has become today's Federal Reserve Bank. Hamilton was an exemplar of the American dream.

Now, in the name of political correctness, a few would like to replace his image on the $10 bill with that of a woman. If the feminist faction is so in need of an image, let it lobby for a new note, say $200, or a coin. Don't disrespect a man to whom our country owes so much.

Richard M. Frauenglass, Huntington