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Mike Martin, Enderlin, N.D., Published October 10 2013

Letter: Great Seal motto clearly out of date

As a student of history, and in light of contemporary events, I would like to see a change in our nation’s heritage.

For decades, our Great Seal motto has been “E Pluribus Unum” or “Out of Many One.” It is becoming obvious this is a pipe dream at best or an outright lie at worst. I think our motto should be “It’s All About Me” and Shanley High School Latin instructor Brian Geffre tells me that in Latin it would be “Id Omne de Me Est.”

If this change came about, our honesty would be breathtaking, and so much of today’s political and business antics would be not only understandable but sanctioned. Should we embrace a dog-eat-dog 21st century or were those stuffy 18th-century farmers on to something?