Leave state seal alone

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

I’m writing this letter concerning the May 17 front page story, “Towns to weigh Native depiction on seal.”

About the Coat of Arms of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts — which depicts an arm wielding a broadsword over an Algonquian Native American and the Latin motto that translates: “By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty” — the sword and motto have nothing whatever to do with Native Americans, and was adopted by our founding fathers who established our independence from Great Britain, by the sword.

Remember, the first colonists came here to escape religious persecution from the English. Should we now petition the British Parliament, and maybe Queen Elizabeth, for redress of our 400-year-old ancestors’ ill treatment? Maybe we could be awarded a nice piece of the English countryside to live on (I’ve always wanted to see the English countryside)?

It’s time to bury that 30-year-old bill pending in the state Legislature as nonsense.

We’re all, including Native Americans, better off today that our 400-year-old ancestors ever dreamed or prayed for.

Fred Schindler