Letter: Appropriate time to read 'The Federalist Papers'

As this week unfolds we celebrate our nation and what our Founding Fathers brought forth. I bring to your attention a book worth reading ... "The Federalist Papers," written in modern language and edited by Mary E. Webster.

This is a book about the Federalist Papers, which are among the most important founding documents in the birth of the United States of America. The whole original debate over the Constitution is laid out in detail. Most Americans have never read them because they were written in the complex language of the 18th century politics. They had a direct influence on the ratification of our Constitution and still today contribute to our daily lives. They were written to ratify the Constitution and to replace the Articles of Confederation. They appeared in newspapers at the end of the Constitutional Convention in September 1787.

This is a book for all Americans to read and understand the checks and balances of our government's foundation. It is easy to read and quite clear on why we have the legislative, executive and, most important, the judiciary branches of our government.

-- Ray Girardin


Ray Girardin is a retired sheriff's deputy and educator and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.