George Washington, a founder, father of our country and first president, gave advice to the American people on many topics.

He wrote “Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation,” at the age of 14.

Some examples of his advice from that 1746 appellation are: “Shew not yourself glad at the misfortune of another though he were your enemy;” and “Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation for ’tis better to be alone than in bad company.”

Another is: “Think before you speak, pronounce not imperfectly nor bring out your words too hastily, but orderly and distinctly.”

I thought I might update Washington’s advice for 2019. Here is a short list:

• Reproach not thy political enemies but rather point out their idiotic positions.

• Be not snarky, better to let thy political enemies be snarky and thus, show their low position.

• Affront anger with dignity and silence, but let not the offender go, point out their lunacy later in time.

• Speak with knowledge, studiousness and honor, not emotion.

• Give not social media attention, it be the source of fake news.

• Beside health, time is your most precious commodity: give not time to the voices of Maxine Waters, AOC, Adam Schiff, George Clooney, Michael Bloomberg, Nancy Pelosi, John Brennan, Andrew Cuomo, Whoopi Goldberg, Chuck Schumer, Joe Biden, Mayor Pete, Stephen Colbert, Kamala Harris, Chris Matthews, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Michael Moore, the NFL, Michelle Obama, Hillary and Bill Clinton, Bernie Sanders or others of their ilk.

• Send socialists to the political netherworld, to return not to the republic that gave birth to their freedom to be such.

• Speak not too hastily of emotional response, though it be rampant upon the left.

• Think not ill of the Constitution, American tradition of hard work and honor or the Judeo-Christian tradition for time and history hath shone them to be the main source of hope and change for humankind.

Michael Janton



Jane Campion Kinn (letter, May 11) does not have her facts straight.

The German shepherd did the attacking, not the service dog. Kris Depuy’s dog has been attacked three previous times by the shepherd.

Also, the owner of the shepherd has come to Depuy’s home twice to apologize and check on Pipa’s (the service dog) health, stating she couldn’t control her dog and how sorry she was that this happened.

This whole issue has had an adverse effect not only on Pipa, but also on Depuy’s quality of life.

I believe it’s way past time our legal system steps up and protects our citizens and their dogs!

Stephanie Badertscher