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Elvis or James?

The editorial "Elvis: the Legend, the Stamp," March 17, questions the decision of the United States Postal Service to issue a postage stamp honoring Elvis Presley after a vote on two portraits, one of which shows him when his "career was about to crash from pills, alcohol...."

Back in 1989, and again in 1991, I wrote the Postal Service recommending that the father of the US Constitution and prime mover behind the American federal system of government be commemorated on the bicentennial of the drafting - or else, the ratification - of the Bill of Rights, which Congressman James Madison had initially drafted and introduced into the 1st Congress. Displaying apparent ignorance of the fact that Madison did anything of note before his election as president, the Postal Service reject ed the idea, asserting that President Madison had already appeared on several postage stamps.

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Presley or Madison? Is it any wonder that our friends throughout the world are becoming increasingly anxious about the apparent decline of moral leadership? John O. Sutter, San Rafael, Calif.

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