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Editorial: 235 years

“We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common Defence, promote the General Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution of the United States of America.”

When we had to learn these words as students, they did not have much impact; they were just something else to memorize.

Life and decades and politics all bring meaning to the timeless phrases, created 235 years ago and still guiding the governance of our nation. Those words are alive and ring true today.

Constitution Day will be observed Saturday, marking 235 years since Sept. 17, 1787, when the 39 Founding Fathers signed the document that set up our federal republic. They had been working on it since convening in May; and the job still was not completed.

It took another year until this document could be ratified. New Hampshire became the ninth of 13...

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